Podcast Episode 5: Desperation Dinners!

Podcast Episode 5: Desperation Dinners!

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It’s time for the next installment of the Nom Nom Paleo Podcast!

Picture it: You finally get home after a long day at work, school, or just lying around the house, and you don’t feel like cooking dinner. I totally know where you’re coming from, because I feel the same way most days of the week. Luckily for my family, I’ve figured out how to get food on the table ASAP. In Episode 5 of our podcast, I’ll share my favorite tips and tricks to keep you well nourished—even when you’re totally unmotivated. No more falling face first into a bowl of cereal!

Show Notes & Links for Episode 5:

What We Ate:

I reveal the blend of seasonings I love to sprinkle on my daily dose of crispy fried eggs. Big-O chats with his younger brother about his love of camarones al ajillo, Mexican-style garlic shrimp. And Lil-O throws Henry under the bus by revealing one of his regular non-Paleo indulgences.

My fried crispy eggs recipe and video can be found here. I top my eggs with Jacobsen Sea Salt, Urashima All Natural furikake, and Rinaldo’s Organic Garlic Gold Nuggets.

Main Course:

The bulk of this episode is all about desperation dinners. In other words, how do you get food on the table when you don’t want to cook? I don’t know about you, but I like to _eat _way more than I like to cook. Whenever someone asks me “what’s your favorite dish?” I almost always answer, “a meal someone else cooks for me.” But in all seriousness, the only way to make a Paleo lifestyle sustainable is to get off your butt and get cooking—even when you don’t want to.

Here’s what I stock in my pantry, fridge, and freezer for desperation dinners:

Eggs raw & hard-boiled


  • Leftover roast chicken
  • Canned fish I keep a bunch of salmon and tuna tins in my pantry
  • Refrigerated canned crab
  • Paleo Mayonnaise If you don’t make your own mayo, Primal Kitchen’s avocado oil mayo is a great alternative to homemade; Sir Kensington also makes a pretty good mayo
  • Avocados or guacamole I like Wholly Guacamole brand, but more often than not, I just ask Henry to whip up some homemade guacamole using his famous recipe
  • Nori sheets and butter lettuce Toasted seaweed and lettuce cups are my favorite alternative to tortillas
  • Salad greens Toss with oil and vinegar, and you’ve got an instant side dish!
  • Frozen mixed vegetables
  • Fresh herbs
  • Spice blends
  • Flavor-boosting acids e.g. lemon, lime, assorted vinegars
  • Quick-Cook Dinners (15-20 minute meals):
  • Sunnyside Salad with Crispy Eggs
  • Easy Paleo Frittata
  • Sweet Potato Hash (topped with your favorite protein)
  • Garbage Stir-Fry
  • Garbage Soup
  • No-Cook Dinners (5-10 minute meals):
  • Lazy Devils (the recipe can be found in our cookbook, Nom Nom Paleo: Food For Humans)
  • Madras Chicken Salad
  • Spicy Salmon Cucumber Bites
  • Chilled Cream of Avocado Soup with Crab
  • Watermelon and Tomato Gazpacho
  • Crab + Avocado Temaki
  • For even more inspiration, check out my 10 Fast & Easy No-Cook Paleo Meals post or my pal Charissa’s site, No Cook Paleo.
  • Lastly, the kiddos reveal that their desperation snacks include fresh fruit and SeaSnax seaweed snacks.
  • Crush of the Week:
  • Big-O tells us about how he likes flipping through my old school, out-of-print Quick & Easy Chinese cookbooks. Lil-O and our little buddy Matthew talk about their love of Cracklin’ Chicken—particularly when it’s doused with Coconut Secret Coconut Aminos Teriyaki Sauce.
  • Question of the week:
  • In my blog comments, Kadie asked:
  • I would love for you to describe your greatest inspirations—are there particular people, places, or things that especially inspire your kitchen creations?
Read the whole recipe on Nom Nom Paleo