Tuesday, January 28, 2014

The Paleo Review Quick & Easy Cheat Sheets : Main Dishes

As the holidays approached, more and more I'd head into the kitchen and stare at my refrigerator and wonder what was for dinner.  I started creating a cheat sheet for myself with a short hand list of ingredients and instructions for my favorite weeknight main dishes and side dishes.  A weeknight main dish for me means a dish that can be made in 30-45 minutes (or less) and has ingredients I often have in my pantry and/or refrigerator.  

Then I thought, I wonder if any of my readers would enjoy these sheets?  After contacting a few paleo recipe authors for permissions and stretching my graphic design/blogging technical abilities, here they are!

Need weeknight meal ideas? Enter the TPR Quick & Easy Cheat Sheet

I've put together two sheets with some of the recipes that were on my less fancy personal sheets: Main Dishes and Side Dishes.  Both sheets have a few blank boxes to add your own personal quick and easy paleo favorites to my suggestions.  A good number of these dishes are AIP (Autoimmune Protocol) compliant or could be easily modified to be so.  I'm also offering blank templates of both sheets if you'd rather build a cheat sheet with only your favorites.  

How to Use The Paleo Review Quick & Easy Cheat Sheets

Before I talk about the recipes I've included on cheat sheets, you'll note that I've used some extreme short hand.  I've made all of the recipes I've included several times so I have a little memory for how they are to come together, but I need reminders for ingredient measures and process.  I do not suggest that you use my cheat sheet instructions for the first time you make a dish.   If you've not made one of my suggested dishes before, make it using the full recipe first.  All of the recipes I've included are available here on the blog or on the authors' websites.  I've included an abbreviation key in one of the boxes so my less than obvious abbreviations will make sense.  

Today, I'm publishing the Main Dish Cheat Sheet and Thursday I'll publish the Side Dish Sheet.

Click the thumbnails below to download The Paleo Review Quick & Easy Main Dish Cheat Sheet either with my recipe suggestions and the blank template.

Main Dish Cheat Sheet
Main Dish Cheat Sheet (Blank)


The Paleo Review Quick & Easy Main Dish Cheat Sheet

This sheet has seven EIGHT recipes that I make time and time again in my kitchen.

Robb Wolf's Quick Chicken Curry

Robb Wolf's Quick Chicken Curry is the first recipe on my main dish form and I was so excited that he let me reprint the recipe from his book, The Paleo Solution here.  I blogged my experience cooking this dish and it has been an on going quick favorite in my kitchen.  His recipe includes cashews, but I make the dish without them and believe it's quite tasty that way. You can use cooked or fresh chicken. Obviously, if you use fresh, you'll need cook it fully before adding the curry sauce.  He suggests finding a high quality sugar free curry sauce or make your own using 1 teaspoon yellow curry paste and 1/4 cup coconut milk.  I have always just made the sauce.  So that my short hand will make sense, here is his full recipe.

Quick Chicken Curry by Robb Wolf

1/2 c. Chopped Onion
1 T Olive Oil
1 diced Chicken Breast/Thigh (fresh or cooked)
1/4 cup Coconut Milk & 1 t Yellow Curry Paste or 1/4 cup Curry Sauce
2 cups Spinach

Sauté onion in the olive oil until translucent.  Add chicken, heat until cooked through.  Add the curry sauce and cashews, continue heating for 3-4 minutes.  Remove from heat, stir in the spinach.

Super quick and easy.  Thanks Robb for letting me use your recipe.

Paleo Chicken Pad Thai from The Paleo Mom 

The Paleo Mom, Sarah Ballantyne, graciously gave me permission to include her awesome Chicken Pad Thai.  In addition to being quick, easy and super tasty, it's AIP compliant.  I blogged my experience making this for the first time and as you make it again and again, it just gets easier to make. I've had to abbreviate this one quite a bit, but after you've made it the first time, the abbreviations will make sense to you.  Sarah has a book coming out.  I've not seen it yet, but its on my to order list. Thank you Sarah!

Lazy Salmon Burgers from Nourish Paleo Foods

When I contacted Nourish Paleo Foods about using this recipe, I was sad to learn that she's not actively blogging anymore.  She's leaving the blog up as a resource for a while, so head over and take a look. I'm so glad she allowed me to include her Lazy Salmon Burgers on the cheat sheet as it is the perfect meal for those nights when really all you can fathom doing is open a can.  I blogged about my experience making these here.  I like to add about 1/2 - 1 teaspoon of Penzey's Sunny Paris or Paleo Powder to these to kick the flavor up just a tad.  Quick, tasty, filling and easy - a perfect weeknight dinner (breakfast or lunch).  

Skillet Chicken Puttanesca inspired by Sarah Hatch

After I made Sara Hatch's Chicken Puttanesca in the oven, I put together a skillet version of her dish that could be made in under 30 minutes and detailed how I did it in the post rather than write a new review.  I've tried making it with a clean prepared puttanesca sauce, but it pales in comparison with the homemade sauce I made my original oven and skillet preparation with.  I think this is a great way to use left over sauce.  Thank you Sara for the great recipe and inspiration for a quick and easy weeknight meal!

Paleo Pepin Chicken

One of my absolute favorite dishes ever is Jacques Pepin's Quick Roasted Chicken.  There are only a few ingredients that need to be changed to make the dish paleo and I blogged about it here.  In under an hour (30-40 minutes typically for me) you have a perfectly roasted chicken that has none of the mystery ingredients that a grocery store rotisserie chicken has.  Yum.  I've made this for my Christmas dinner for the past few years.  

Ground Beef Curry 

While searching for new recipes, I came across this Ground Beef Curry from Betty Crocker.  I've made a few changes to it that I think improve the flavor and blogged about it here.  When you omit the rice that the original recipe calls for, the dish only takes 20 minutes to prepare.  It's a filling full flavored dish that goes to show you that you can't dismiss recipes even if they are from very un-paleo sources.  This is a new favorite for me.

Paleo Mustard Burgers

Last, but certainly not least, I've included the Paleo Mustard Burgers that I adapted from a Better Homes and Garden's cookbook that I've had for years.  This recipe produces a juicy burger whether you grill them or pan fry them. I recently updated the post to include an AIP option of substituting the egg with fresh onion and I dare say its better than the original.  Throw them in a dish with some salad fixings and you have a complete meal.

Whew!  Look at all that awesome food on one sheet of paper!

Hold the Presses! There's more! Update! 

Tammy Credicott's Sausage Stuffed Portobellos

When I first had the idea to publish these cheat sheets, I contacted all of the authors of the recipes that here on my personal cheat sheets and waited.  It was the beginning of December and I'm sure most with families are gearing up for the holidays.  One recipe I really wanted to include was the Sausage Stuffed Portobellos from Tammy Credicott's Make Ahead Paleo, but alas I did not hear back from her which I thought was odd as she has been really helpful and responded quickly via email in the past, but I figure all of these authors/bloggers are very busy (as I am). 

Imagine my joy when I checked my email this evening and found an email from her giving me permission to include the Portobellos!  Yay!  I've updated the links to a copy of the Main Dishes Cheat Sheet with Tammy's recipe included.   Thank you so much Tammy! As this recipe hasn't been shared on her blog, and is only available in her lovely cookbook, Make Ahead Paleo, I'll share the full recipe below so that my short hand will make sense.  

I blogged about my experience with this recipe here.  This recipe is in her Make & Freeze chapter.  The recipe is designed such that you can make the filling in advance, freeze it and then thaw it whenever you're ready to combine and bake with the mushrooms.  I've not frozen mine yet.  I just let the filling cool just a bit (or not) and then stuff and bake the mushrooms.  The recipe also calls for Worcestershire sauce.  I use a 50/50 ratio of Coconut Aminos and Fish Sauce to replace Worcestershire sauce and have given that option on the cheat sheet.  If you make the recipe as written, but don't cool the stuffing, it takes about 45 minutes.  I've made this several times just making the filling without baking and I love it just like that.  That takes about 20 minutes.  

Sausage Stuffed Portobellos by Tammy Credicott

1 TBSP Coconut Oil
1 pound Italian sausage for 1/2 pound ground beef and 1/2 pound sausage
1 green bell pepper, chopped
1/2 cup sliced, stuffed green olives
6-7 green onions, chopped
1 clove garlic, minced
1/2 cup tomato sauce
1 TBSP tomato paste
2 tsp. Worcestershire sauce
1/4 tsp sea salt
1/4 tsp freshly ground black pepper
6 large portobello mushrooms

Prep Day

1.  In a large skillet over medium heat, melt the coconut oil.  Add the sausage and cook, stirring occasionally, until the sausage is browned and cooked through. 
2.  Add the bell Pepper, stir, and cook for 2 minutes more.  
3.  Add the green olives, green onions, garlic, tomato sauce, tomato paste, Worcestershire sauce, sea salt, and pepper.  Stir to combine, and simmer for 5 minutes. 
4.  Remove the skillet from the heat and let the filling cool for 15 minutes.  
5.  Place the cooked filling in an airtight container, and freeze it until needed.  

Serving Day

1.  Thaw the filling in the refrigerator overnight.
2.  When ready to cook, preheat your oven to 400 degrees F
3.  Gently wipe away any dirt from the mushrooms with a damp towel.  Gently remove the stems and gills with a spoon.  Discard or save them for use in another dish, such as soup. 
4.  Spoon the filling into each mushroom cap, packing it firmly with the spoon. 
5.  Place the mushrooms in a glass baking dish, and bake for 20-25 minutes or until the mushrooms are soft and the top of the filling is browned.  
6.  Serve with additional sliced green olives or a few chopped green onions on top.  


What I love about this recipe is that it takes just 20-45 minutes to get a dish that tastes as close to pizza as I've gotten in a paleo dish.  Yum.  Thank you so much for letting me share your recipe, Tammy!  

So what are you waiting for?  Click the thumbnails below to download The Paleo Review Quick & Easy Main Dish Cheat Sheet either with my recipe suggestions and the blank template.

Main Dish Cheat Sheet
Main Dish Cheat Sheet (Blank)

Stay tuned!  Thursday, I'll post The Paleo Review Quick & Easy Side Dish Cheat Sheet!  Guess what? The Side Dish sheets are now up!  Download them by clicking the thumbnails below.

             Side Dish Cheat Sheet
Side Dish Cheat Sheet (Blank)

So tell me, what dishes will you add to your cheat sheet?