When I began my autoimmune Paleo journey in 2013, I struggled to find quick and easy Paleo meals. Not only was I cooking for myself, but also for my family who was not following a Paleo or AIP lifestyle. I soon found myself looking for recipes that were quick, easy, didn’t require a culinary degree, special hard to find ingredients, weren’t expensive and were easily adaptable for my non-Paleo family.
You don’t need to spend hours in the kitchen each night to make a healthy and nutritious dinner. You don’t need to spend hours on Sunday meal prepping for the upcoming week missing out on time with family or enjoying the day in a meaningful and relaxing manner.
Truth is, I am not a chef. I do not like to cook. I am always looking for the easy way out of meal prep. I use to spend hours upon hours meal prepping my Sunday away. I had to pass on outings, gatherings and just relaxing because I had to peel all the eggs and make all the food or I would starve.
Not literally, but you get the idea.
It wasn’t long before I despised Sunday and I could not even think of eating one more salad for lunch. Then it hit me – I need to develop quick and easy meals that are easily adjustable (because I also made extra for the next day’s lunch). Before I knew it, I was spending about 15-20 minutes prepping and cooking each night and had a hot meal before I knew it.
Some may not like the idea of a single pot meal. However, there is a method and science to it to a certain extent. Let’s not forget I am not a culinary genius, nor do I love to cook but I have discovered ways to bring in some additional flavors along the way.
You’re in a hurry but want to provide your family with a healthy meal. I get it. I am a busy mom who is always short on time.
This is one of my favorite recipes and a true go to meals during the week. It is easily adjustable for more or less people. It is also adaptable for non-paleo meals by adding a side serving of rice for those who may not be following your lifestyle.
Chicken thighs with broccoli cauliflower mix (AIP, Paleo, Keto)
- 1 lb chicken thighs (bone in or out)
- 3 cups broccoli and cauliflower mix (aka winter mix)
- 2 tbsp coconut oil
- 1 tbsp coconut aminos (optional)
- 1 tbsp fish sauce (optional)
Recipe: Cut the chicken off the bone and into cubes and place in a pot with 2 tablespoons of coconut oil and a dash of sea salt. Cook the chicken over medium heat until it is almost cooked through, then add in chopped broccoli and cauliflower and cook until the veggies are tender. Once done, remove from the heat and sprinkle with fish sauce and coconut aminos to taste.