You might be under the impression that eating paleo or cooking in general has to be a time-consuming ordeal. It doesn’t. Actually, my experience thus far is that most of the meals I cook are very simple, and can be done in under twenty minutes. On a whim I decided to put together some that could be done in the time it takes to decide which channel you’re going to watch out of the 300 odd ones that you subscribe to. Amazing you cannot settle on something. Put down the remote. You’re aggravating me.
If you’re quick, yes, you can turn this one in under nine minutes. A little butter, a hot pan, and some spices and a quick hit on the heat and you’ve got a delicious and fast meal. My favorite is flounder or trout, but any fish can be blackened. Just keep in mind the thicker they are the longer they take and the more smoke you’ll produce.
8) Steak –
Again, the hot skillet is your friend. Simply rub it with salt and pepper or your favorite rub, drop it in the pan for a couple of minutes per side, slide it in the oven for an additional 5 minutes or so and you’ve got a delicious, juicy, tender steak ready faster than you can get through any drive through.
7) Sautéed Vegetables-
Quick and easy. Grab some coconut or olive oil, a little kosher salt and some pepper and go to town with a knife. More firm vegetables first (peppers, onions, etc.) then your softer vegetables later. If I am running behind I’ll grab whatever I can find out of the vegetable bin and make myself a quick bowl of whatever I have. Sauteed spinach is a delicious and quick fix, with a little garlic and some kosher salt.
Grab a handful of shrimp, some garlic, and some oil. Peel the shrimp (quickly we don’t have a lot of time). Toss it with the oil and season it and then drop it in the pan. Shrimp cooks ridiculously quick. And it is delicious.
5) Tossed Salad with Crab (or leftover fish or shrimp!)-
I always keep a can or two of crab around. No, it isn’t optimal but if you’re running behind you can throw together a quick salad with some greens, some sliced fresh vegetables and the crab for a very quick and tasty meal. You can even take it with you if you choose.
4) Vegetable Frittata-
Take 6-8 eggs and whip them and pour them in a greased pan. Swirl gently for a few moments. When the eggs are firm at the edges of the pan drop in some sliced or chopped vegetables. Asparagus, onions, mushrooms, or peppers work great.
3) Paleo Hamburger-
Some grass-fed ground beef and some lettuce and you’ve got yourself a 100% gluten-free, paleo safe hamburger. I topped mine with a fried egg and some onions for a scrumptious and out the door in a hurry meal. (Tip – Use very finely chopped dried mushrooms in place of breadcrumbs and you’ve got one juicy hamburger)
2) Chicken Stir Fry-
Take a handful of vegetables and some sliced chicken toss them in a large pan or a wok and stir. Fry. Simple. Two steps to deliciousness.
1) ASPARAGUS!!!!!!!! (If you’ve kept up with my blog this is no surprise)-
How can you cook asparagus? Let me count the ways. Bacon wrapped. Prosciutto wrapped. Asparagus sautéed. Grilled. Or just slide it in the oven with a spray of olive oil and some salt and pepper. You say asparagus is not a meal? Well, then you just aren’t doing it right!