Are you struggling for primal/paleo meal ideas? You may have breakfast and lunch dialed down but are unsure what to make for dinner. Or maybe you are sick and tired of bacon and eggs for breakfast and want something new.
In this post I will throw at you 12 different meal ideas. I personally enjoy one or two big ass salads every single day and never get sick of them.
Feel free to mix and match any of the following.
1. Big Ass Salad
My favorite. Everyday I grab my large red bowl, throw in the following:
- Mixed greens, spinach, romaine or other green
- Veggies and/or fruits
I’ll sometimes add avocado or shredded coconut and my dressing is always different. Some combination of vinegars, olive oil, macadamia oil, mustard, lemon or lime juice is the norm. I’ll even throw in some dark chocolate chips sometimes.
This is easy for me because I also make smoothies on an almost daily basis. I mean, I kind of have to since I am the creator of Toadally Primal Smoothies. I’ll sometimes enjoy a smoothie as a meal or part of a meal. It’s not hard to create a smoothie with 400-800 calories. Especially if you throw in raw eggs and/or coconut milk.
3. Meat & Veggies
This is simple. If you have steak, chicken breasts, thighs or drumsticks, pork chops, fish, crab legs, lobster tail, venison or more of the same, then throw that on the grill, in the broiler, on a frying pan, etc. Steam, roast, bake or grill veggies along with it. Throw some butter, coconut oil or other fat on the veggies and/or meat. Add spices or herbs as you please.
4. Egg Scramble
This is one of the simplest meals. Grab your smallest sauce pan and warm up your favorite fat. Once melted, crack 3-4 eggs in a bowl, whisk and then throw in the pan. Cover for a few minutes and then stir into a scramble. Cook it on medium low for best results. Add your favorite spices or try something new. Add various veggies a few minutes before the eggs are finished cooking depending on how cooked you want your veggies. I often times will throw in a half or full 6 oz can of tomato paste. Enjoy with a smoothie or piece of fruit if you wish.
5. Crustless Quiche
Throw eggs, veggies and pre-cooked meat in a 9×9 pan and bake for about 30 minutes or so at a 350+ degree oven. The temp and time is very general. An excellent recipe for a crustless quiche can be found in Mark Sisson’s latest cookbook, Primal Blueprint Quick & Easy Meals. This quiche will last 1-2 people many meals.
6. Stir Fry
This is very similar to a big ass salad. The only difference is you are going to cook your veggies! Warm up your favorite fat in a saucepan, add veggies and then some meat! Robb Wolf likes to make it easy and says to add meat and veggies at the same time and then simply cover on a medium-low heat for about 7 minutes or so. Throw in random spices for added flavor.
7. Plate of “Sides”
Who says you have to do something crazy for your meal? Or even enjoy some type of animal food? How does this sound for a meal… Larabar, coconut flakes and avocado. This is a perfect “I’m in a huge rush” meal. Not much protein but you don’t need x amount of grams of protein every single meal. Get over it. This meal would still give you more than 10 grams.
When you cook food, cook a lot of food. Eat the leftovers. A lot of times they are a lot better since the spices are able to mingle.
9. Large Steak, Fruit Salad or Something Not Primal
Have you ever enjoyed a nice sized steak, say 16 oz and nothing else as a meal? I have yet to do it but I want to badly. Who says that you have to eat animal and plant foods for every single meal. Enjoy a steak one meal and then enjoy a fruit salad the next meal. Are you worried about the fructose content? Then do this once in a blue moon. I guarantee it will not harm you if you do this once or twice per year.
Enjoy food that is not primal once in a while. I always prefer to eat primal foods, foods that I can tolerate well, because I generally feel awesome when I consume them. I am also very curious. The last time I had deep dish pizza in Chicago was over 2 years ago. I visit my brother there often and I am thinking of trying some deep dish next time. Will I feel like shit after? Only if I eat a few slices. I think I’ll be fine if I limit it to one piece… ok, not going to happen! Maybe two?
Grab your dutch oven. Throw some water or broth in. Throw in veggies and fresh herbs with some sea salt and black pepper or other spices. Fry up some hamburger meat or other meat of your choice and add in once the veggies are how you like them. Make a lot so you have leftovers. Make hot soup in the winter and chilled soup in the summer. Say what? Click here for chilled soup recipes.
11. Slow-Cooked Beef Roast
One of my favorite winter meals in West Michigan is a beef roast in the slow cooker. Since I work from home I don’t mind the aromas in the kitchen while the roast is cooking.
Make this easy. Brown all sides of the roast in your favorite fat for a couple minutes and then throw the roast in your slow cooker with some water or broth. Add spices and herbs. Feel free to add some root vegetables if you have a desire. Or make a big salad to enjoy with it. Or eat it on its own!
12. Intermittent Fast
Skip a meal once in a while. While I prefer 3 meals a day I only eat 2 many times. Skip a meal or simply don’t worry when there is not optimal food around. You do not have to eat every single day in order to feel awesome!
Phew. That’s a lot of meal ideas! I am sure you all have more ideas! Let me know in the comment section what your favorite primal meals are.