On August 21, 2013 by Debbie
Welcome to the Once a Month Meals Paleo Menu
The Paleo Menu debuted January 2013 and quickly became one of our most popular menus. The guidelines for this menu are based on The Paleo Diet and the The Primal Blueprint which teach how to eat as our ancestors did, before widespread agriculture introduced large amounts of grain into our diet. For that reason, this diet is sometimes called a hunter-gatherer diet. You may find it slightly more expensive to shop for this menu as the focus is on protein and seasonal produce and sometimes requires specialty grocery items. But for many the price is worth it for their health! On each menu you will find 15 recipes – 3 breakfast, 4 lunch, and 8 dinner – that give you real, nutrient-dense foods for your real life.
In order to help you keep track of what you eat, each Paleo recipe on our menus will include nutritional information. If nutritional information isn’t found on the original recipe, it will be calculated using online resources such as NutrtionData.com, SparkPeople.com andMyfitnessPal.com. In order to assist those following the Paleo Zone, you will see blocks listed in the nutritional info as well! Zone blocks are calculated to the best of our ability but since Paleo Once A Month Meals is not associated with Paleo Zone, please use your own tools to ensure the information is accurate.
Types of Food Included
Dr. Loren Cordain gives a great introduction to the Paleo lifestyle on his website. In short you will see real food – full of flavor in its natural state. You may see some specialty items such as coconut aminos, almond and coconut flours, nut butters (not peanut), etc. But for the most part the grocery list will be simple. For all of you bacon lovers, you will see that on the Paleo menu, but take caution to check labels before you make your purchase. Here are some tips on purchasing pork products if you are unsure of what is acceptable.
- Plentiful produce
- Lots of protein in the form of meat, seafood, and eggs
- Nuts and seeds (almond, walnuts, pecan, macadamia, flaxseed)
- Healthy fats (coconut oil, olive oil, avocado, ghee and clarified butter)
- limited natural sweeteners such as honey and maple syrup
- limited white potatoes (some Paleo diets allow this such as Whole30, but use your discretion and we will also!)
Types of Food NOT Included
- GMO (genetically modified organisms)
- HFCS (high fructose corn syrup)
- Artificial ingredients
- Processed or packaged foods
- Highly processed condiments
- Refined vegetable oils
- Highly processed meats (sausages and lunch meats that contain additives)
- Grains (including wheat, oats, rice, etc.)
- Processed or white sugar
- Legumes (beans, peanuts, etc.)
- Soy and soy products
- Dairy (with the exception of ghee or clarified butter)
Tips and Resources for our Paleo Menu
- There are more and more delicious Paleo recipes available on the internet these days, but be aware that sometimes we adapt recipes that are NOT Paleo compliant (but close) for use on a menu. While the link goes to the original recipe, you will see the appropriate changes on your recipe documents.
- Seek out the highest quality ingredients you can afford. Shop local and organic whenever possible, especially when it comes to meats.
- Decoding the Dirty Dozen
- How to Purchase Local Grass Fed Beef
- Shop for the best eggs with tips here and here.
- Kelly’s Paleo Lifestyle
- 10 Tips for Surviving Your First Whole30
- 50 Freezable Whole30 Recipes
- Follow Tricia on her Whole30 Journey
- Paleo on a Budget