The Novice Foodie

Just eating real foods, lifting heavy things and learning about it along the way


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3 Ingredient Paleo quick dish

Sausage Pepper Skillet

One of my favorite quick meals to make: Simply toss some peppers and onions (fresh sliced or frozen) and pre-cooked sausage sliced in a skillet with some olive oil. Because you’re essentially just re-heating and sautéing, the olive oil will hold up safely at the medium to low temperature.
I like Applegate brand chicken sausage, but any natural kind will do. Applegate is a good brand with a short list of ingredients and humane, organic practices. It is pre-seasoned and pre-cooked, which cuts meal prep time down significantly. There are also several different flavors to choose from!

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MEAL PREP: Quick, easy chicken marinade

One of the quickest, easiest, tastiest way to make chicken is to marinade it. The only catch is that you need to allow time for the chicken to absorb the juicy goodness, so meal planning is key.

I buy individually wrapped chicken breasts and keep them frozen.

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Every once in awhile I take one out and throw it in the fridge to defrost.

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Once it’s defrosted, I rinse it, throw it in a ziplock bag and add some olive oil, lemon juice, minced garlic, balsamic vinegar and salt/pepper/whatever spices I’m feelin that day and stick it back in the fridge. Some good options are rosemary, garlic powder, basil, cilantro or other herbs that strike your fancy. I usually leave it at least overnight but I bet a few hours would still do the trick.

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Makes for a juicy, flavorful chicken breast that I throw on the grill for a quick meal later in the week.


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This is what Paleo looks like: Burgers and Fries!

There are a lot of misconceptions about what Paleo is. I’ve heard more than one person assume it’s some kind of raw food or calorie-restrictive diet. It’s none of those things. What it is is lean beef, avocado sauce, roasted pepper and onions, and baked spicy sweet potato fries. It’s meat, vegetables and some fruit and nuts. It’s eating clean. It’s not calorie counting and it’s not processed food, grains, dairy or sugar. But it can be delicious!

See this recipe and more I’ve tried and rated on my pinterest page, “Pinned there, done that.”