Sometimes I just don’t feel like cooking. Period. I know I am not alone in this. I am sure you all will agree that this happens! With the paleo diet plan (or any healthy clean eating diet) you’re going to want to be prepared, otherwise you’re bound to fall off the wagon and eat things you shouldn’t.
The best meals are the ones you can just whip up without much work and still be following your diet.
That’s where Paleo meal prep comes in handy.
The Paleo Diet Plan:
The paleo diet plan can be simple like that. You can do a bit of meal prep one day of the week and make the whole week ahead “heat and eat”. By cooking up some proteins (fish, chicken, beef, shrimp, etc.) and veggies ahead of time, then storing them in the fridge – you can make easy and healthy paleo recipes in no time every night of the week. Choose a day or 2 of the week (most likely a day off – usually Sunday is best for most people, but not everyone has a M-F work/school schedule!) and then follow these tips for easy paleo meal prep:
First buy lots and lots of storage containers to store pre-prepped meals or pre-chopped veggies or protein in. This will help you greatly. I love these for storing prepped meals in. Ziplock bags work too for storing chopped veggies.
Chop veggies and store in tupperware or ziplock bags in the fridge. They’ll then be washed, prepped and cut up already when you’re ready to cook. It will make your life so much easier. Even easier would be to buy frozen, already cut up veggies (and fruit,too). Veggies are a huge staple in the paleo diet plan.
Use your crockpot for cooking up big batches of meat. Check out our collection of 9 Paleo Crockpot recipes here for ideas. You can use any of these recipes to make meals for the week. Store in fridge either in single serving containers (for those who work all week), or in one container (for people who stay home). The crockpot saves lots of time, not only because it’s a super easy way to cook a meal, but also because it can prep food for the whole week if you want it to.
Saute 2lbs of ground meat (beef or turkey). Another way to cook up some protein, you can store this in the fridge for use in many different kinds of recipes: tacos, salads, or just eat it as is with some side veggies.
Keep canned fish on hand. Salmon and tuna in the can are easy to store for use at any time. It’s already cooked, so all you have to do is open the can and add to a salad or other recipe. Fish is a great lean protein for eating on a paleo diet plan.
Hard boil a dozen eggs. Store in fridge. These are a great go to snack, or to add to a salad for some added protein. You can also eat them for breakfast with some bacon or fruit.
Roast some sweet potatoes or yams. Roast 5-8 and store in fridge. These are easy to heat right back up for a simple side meal to some of those tasty proteins you made. To roast a sweet potato, simply prick it with a fork or knife a few times (so it doesn’t explode in your oven), then heat oven to about 350F and bake on cookie sheet for up to an hour, depending on size of the sweet potato/yam. Poke with a fork at 1/2 hour to see if it’s tender and done, if not cook 10 more minutes and keep checking until its done.