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Dinner Recipes

These Caramelized Onion Bacon Burgers are some of the best burgers I’ve ever had. I always make a big batch so that I have a lot of leftovers. They’re absolutely the best when they’re fresh off the grill, but they’re still excellent when reheated.  I make them all the time and just have them around for breakfast, lunch or dinner. They’re so good that sometimes I’ll eat them cold.

 

One thing to note: Caramelizing the onions takes some time... about an hour or more so plan ahead! Often I’ll caramelize the onions a day or two before while I’m doing something else.

If you’ve never used a slow cooker to roast a chicken, after doing it this way, you’ll wonder why you didn’t always use the slow cooker. The prep time is less than 5 minutes! Really. I’m going to post a video with no editing to prove it.

 

This is a great way to have chicken for 2 or 3 meals during the week. Put in in the slow cooker before you leave for work in the morning and when you get home, just add a veggie side dish and a salad. Dinner’s ready!


 

This is delicious and really easy to make. About once a week, depending on what meals I have planned, I roast a whole chicken in the slow cooker (very easy, very little prep… I’ll post that recipe soon). That whole chicken is good for 2 or 3 meals during the week. This is a great dish to make with some of that chicken. You can also use fresh chicken breast or thigh and cook that right in the sauce.

I'm a It’s hard to beat fresh wild salmon for an easy to make, delicious and nutritious meal. When salmon is in season, Costco will often have it available at a great price. That’s where we got this beautiful filet. The marinade/glaze is really easy to make and adds a little bit of spice to make a great tasting dish even better. . Click here to add your own text and edit me. It's easy.

If you’ve never had pork belly, you’ll be amazed at how good it is. I wasn’t even thinking of having pork belly this week, but when I went to my local butcher, Gizmo’s, there it was sitting in the case… calling to me. Pork belly is the cut of meat that’s used to make bacon. I think you can see where this is leading…

 

Prep is simple: Cut a few little slices in the pork belly, add salt and pepper, honey and sprigs of fresh rosemary and throw it in the slow cooker. There is one step after you’ve cooked it - searing it in a skillet - but that only takes a few minutes.

If you’re using your grill just for grilling meat, you’re missing out. Grill your veggies! And use that grill year-round. There’s no reason to grill only in the summer. This is one of my favorite ways to prepare vegetables and you can grill just about any vegetable and they’re really tasty. Well… you probably wouldn’t want to grill leaf lettuce or beet greens. All you do is chop them up, coat with olive oil - bacon fat also works great for extra flavor - add some salt and pepper and throw them on the grill. Do a bunch so that you can use them for meals throughout the week.

I think that the absolute best way to cook short ribs is in the slow cooker. I’ve done them on the grill and in the oven also but they always turn out best when you use the slow cooker. The meat is so tender it just falls off the bone. And it’s really easy… hardly any prep time required. This recipe is even easier than most. Usually you sear the ribs in a pan before putting them in the slow cooker but here it’s not required.

When I talk about eliminating bread when eating Paleo, a lot of people say “What? I can’t have pizza?!”  I understand. People love pizza. People have pizza for dinner, lunch and sometimes for breakfast. This pizza frittata just might satisfy that pizza craving. It smells like pizza, tastes like pizza and has everything that a pizza has except for the crust. And just like pizza, you can have it for breakfast, lunch or dinner!  

I love scallops. And I really love bacon wrapped scallops. But bacon wrapped scallops are kind of a pain to make. You have to slice the strips of bacon, wrap them around the scallops and hold them with toothpicks, then bake them. That’s way too much work. So I went looking for a bacon and scallop recipe that was easier and I struck gold. I never thought I’d be posting a Martha Stewart recipe but here it is (modified a little). And it’s awesome. My only regret is that I didn’t make twice as much.

When Julie and I were at our favorite local Thai restaurant last weekend, one of the items on the menu that looked really good was Peppered Beef. We didn’t order it there, but thought that it would be a great thing to make at home. So here it is. It’s a great “one pan meal.” It’s very easy to make and it turned out delicious!

 

This would be a good dinner to start in the morning and finish when you get home. Mix up the marinade, slice up the steak and put it in the fridge for the day.

I’m not really a huge fan of Chinese food. I rarely go out to Chinese restaurants. But this… This Is Good! And what makes it even better is that it’s very easy to make. It’s not really low carb, if that’s what you’re after, because it uses frozen orange juice concentrate. You could cut back on that to lower carbs, or cut back on the OJ and also add some orange peel zest.

This salmon recipe has tastes quite different from the Orange Citrus Glazed Salmon recipe but it’s just as easy. The dijon mustard and honey give it a sweet tangy flavor and the pistachio nuts give it a delicious texture that you’ll love.

One of the things I love about using the slow cooker is that when you cook beef in it, it comes out juicy and tender. Like most slow cooker recipes, this recipe requires little prep time. And the BBQ Beef that comes out of it is very flavorful and tender.

 

But you can’t rush it! I got mine going a little late in the day and at dinner time, it had only been in the cooker for a little over 6 hours. I was disappointed. It wasn’t tender. It tasted good, but wasn’t what I’d expected. But 3 hours later? Perfection! Make sure you get it going early in the day so it has a full 8-9 hours to cook.

The first Paleo meal that I ate after more than 20 years as a sort of vegetarian was steak fajitas. And they were awesome! Fajitas are great because they’re easy to make and they’re delicious. This recipe takes a bit more prep time than many of the others I’ve posted recently but it’s worth it. Usually I saute the veggies in a skillet. This time I grilled them and I think they’re even better that way. Find a good cut of grass fed beef and grill that too and you’ll have a gourmet meal that puts most restaurants’ fajitas to shame.  

This is for everyone that’s looking for a delicious pasta alternative. Look no further! 

 

You know I’m all about saving time when cooking. I’m also all about using the grill whenever possible. The big time saver in this recipe is that the meatballs are grilled instead of being cooked on the stovetop. That makes them even more awesome than cooking them in a pan. And it saves time because you can prepare the sauce and noodles while the meatballs cook on the grill.

 

 

Usually when I’m at Trader Joe’s, I look in the freezer case to see what wild fish they have. Today they had wild salmon, wild shrimp and wild Dover sole. I hadn’t had sole for a while so I decided to get some without having any idea how I was going to prepare it.

 

So I searched for a recipe that looked easy and tasty and found this one on the Paleo Leap website. It’s tasty and really easy. And I happened to have 95% of the ingredients at home. No parsley, but I’m not much of a parsley fan. On a scale of 1-10, I’d say it’s about a 7. So it’s not a “I can’t wait to make this again” recipe, but it is good, and it’s super easy. I was pretty distracted working on Paleo Tribe stuff and it still only took me 20 minutes start to finish including prep.   

I really like Thai food but I’m often disappointed when I go out to Thai restaurants… the sauces taste great. But usually they skimp on the meat and vegetables in the sauce. 3 prawns and a couple of slices of peppers? That’s not a problem with this curry dish. Lots of prawns and lots of peppers. And of course you can add any other vegetables you like.

 

And just like Super Easy Pineapple Chicken Curry, you can do some of the prep work while you’re cooking so the total prep and cooking time is very short.   

Grass-fed beef is leaner than corn-fed beef and needs a little extra care when cooking. It’s really not difficult, you just have to know what to do.

 

Here’s a step by step primer on what you need to do to ensure that you end up with a perfectly cooked, tender, delicious steak.

I should have named these “Damn Good Prawns.”  They’re really, really good. And they’re super easy to make, which makes them even better!

 

Trader Joe’s had some frozen Wild Blue Shrimp the last time I was there and I’m so glad I got them. Fire up the grill, mix up the sauce and coat the shrimp and about 15 minutes later you have a delicious meal. I put the prawns on a bed of shredded Romaine lettuce with some avocado oil and fresh pepper. Awesome!

 

As always, I made a big batch. Cut it in half if you only want a dinner with no leftovers. But why would you want to do that?

Whenever I’m in Trader Joe’s I stop by the freezer section to see what they have for wild fish. Last week they had some wild Mahi Mahi. Yeah! I love Mahi Mahi. And at Trader Joe’s it’s a great deal. The last time I bought some from the local grocery store, which has a nice little fish section, it was $20 per pound. Ouch! Trader Joe’s price: $7.99 per pound.

 

This ginger garlic glaze is really easy and tasty. You can have your main dish done in about 15 minutes. But it’s better if you do some prep ahead of time so the fish can soak in the marinade for at least 30 minutes.

I little while ago I had a request for a ribs recipe that didn’t use a tomato sauce. My first attempt was a fail and they were so bland I decided not to post the recipe. I did eat them. After putting tomato based barbecue sauce on them.

 

But these Thai Style Ribs are a winner! They’re easy to make but you do have to plan ahead a bit because they need to sit in the marinade for at least two hours. And they also take 90 minutes to bake in the oven. I think they’d be good in the slow cooker so I’ll give that a shot next time and let you know how it goes.

On Amazon Prime Day this year, I bought an Instant Pot. I’d heard great things about them… how they can cook up the same delicious meals that you can make in slow cookers, but in less than an hour vs. 6 to 8 hours in a slow cooker. So I thought about getting one and it wasn’t more than a thought until they had the large version on sale on Prime Day for only $89. Sold!

 

I actually haven’t used it that much yet. I did a version of the Slow Cooker Rotisserie Chicken in it in 45 minutes instead of 8 hours and it was awesome. This is my second time using it. And these ribs turned out awesome also. Spend 5 minutes prepping, walk away for an hour and you have some amazing, tender ribs where the meat falls off the bones!

It’s time for another delicious 15 minute dish! The great thing about fish is that you can prepare it and cook it so quickly. But some fish, like cod, can be a bit bland. Not this cod! It’s very easy and very delicious and you probably have all of the spices that you need in your cupboard. I found this fish (frozen) at Trader Joe’s

I hope you’re ready for another Thai recipe! I really love Pad Thai but if you’re trying to cut back on your carbs, the Pad Thai that you get at restaurants really isn’t a good choice. This recipe uses zucchini noodles so it’s very low carb and it’s very delicious! Sometimes, to save a little time, we throw in some frozen Stir Fry vegetables from Trader Joe’s. If you do, you really don’t need to do the zucchini noodles. And just like at the restaurant, you can choose what meat you want… chicken or shrimp?