Monday night dinner: The easy paleo meal 6

I love food. I love all kinds of flavors, and when I have time to make up something wonderful and complicated I enjoy the process and the results. But sometimes it is Monday night, and I am hungry as hell, tired and in need of food. I fight the urge to grab something to go on these nights, but the only way I pull it off is by knowing that I always have the means to make a healthy meal that takes about ten minutes worth of work.

Here is one of those easy paleo meals: A simple name would be dead animal and plant roasted until they are done.

Prep your ingredientsIn this case, the animal is some high-quality sausage from a local farm, and the plant is broccoli from the nearest market. The only other ingredients are salt, pepper, olive oil and heat. Magical. The fact of the matter is that you could do the same thing with ground beef formed into small patties, chicken thighs (the best thing, ever!) or pork chops, along with cut up cauliflower, Brussels sprouts, or asparagus (add the thin veggies later, or they will get cooked to oblivion). You could even combine a bunch of these things together, you crazy monkeys!

Below are step-by-step instructions and enough pictures to explain the process.


Turn on the oven

Heat the oven to 425 degrees Fahrenheit.

Wash the veggies

Wash the veggies – it doesn’t matter if they are organic or even from your own backyard. We are not animals, so get them under water and get the nasty yuck off of them. Here’s Rob’s soak, spin and shake method, but you can also just rinse them under running water.

Wash your vegetables

Cut ’em

Cut them up so they are not too much larger than the pieces of meat you are using  I cut the broccoli in half, but if it were bigger, I would have gone with quarters. Don’t panic (Petra, it is not an exact science, so put the digital scale away and relax), it will all be OK. A good sharp knife comes in very handy here, and almost every day in your kitchen. Get one of at least tolerable quality and keep it sharp.

Cut the broccoli

Oil the pan

Prep your heavy enameled cast iron roaster or similar pan that can take the heat. Put olive oil on the bottom and spread it around. You can use a piece of veggie as the spreading tool.

Oil the pan, and spread it

Add the veggies and spices

Shake the veggies dry (yes, again, you want as little water as possible on them) and add them. Drizzle them with oil (don’t be shy, get them oily, and they will get a couple crispy spots, which is nice), and add salt and pepper. If you have chipotle powder, I would highly suggest using a little, as it is the grandest of spices.

Oil, salt and pepper the veggies

Mix in the meat, put into heat

Add the meat to random spots in the pan, and stick it in the oven for about 30 minutes, give or take.

Add the sausage

We’re ready to eat!

Pull it out of the oven, squeeze a little spicy mustard on your plate and eat.

The easy paleo meal is ready

You will be surprised how delicious this simple combination is.

Enjoy, and I promise that I will share something a little more complicated with you some day soon.


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6 thoughts on “Monday night dinner: The easy paleo meal

  • Mary Catherine

    And the best part — Make a lot of this, and you have lunch for the next day too!

    I credit you guys with introducing me to paprika, which is now my go-to, on-everything spice. With your new recommendation, I will have to try chipotle powder…

    • Rob

      MC, I have a lunch container full of this waiting for me right now. I only wish I had a bigger baking dish, then I could mix things up and make lunch for the whole week. Are you still using Pride of Szeged Paprika? It is really good. The chipotle powder is smoky, and I can think of very few things (even sweet stuff) that doesn’t benefit from a little smoky goodness.

  • Jonathan Hicks

    Love you guys, laughing my butt off right now. Great blog, follow it daily – keep it up – we need more creatives creating blogs over the monetizers!

    • Rob

      If I knew you were reading this every day, I would have been writing way more often. I need to get busy!

      Thanks for the encouragement.