What’s great about being a True Carnivore, is that recipes become pretty much obsolete. Now, don’t get me wrong – there are recipes out there. You can switch up your meals and give yourself variety. But during this 90 Day Challenge, we are being pretty strict and that means there’s no real need for recipes. Meals consist of a couple of fried burger patties and/or a pan fried or grilled steak and/or airfried chicken wings and/or bacon cooked either in the instant pot or the oven. For variety, we eat eggs, deviled eggs, egg salad, chicken salad (all made with butter mayonnaise), cod loins or shrimp or langostinos or pork chops or breakfast sausage or chicken breasts wrapped in bacon and baked low and slow. The variety in Carnivore is generally the type of meat you eat … not what you eat with the meat.
Meal planning is a breeze! I used to sit and spend at least an hour or more creating a meal plan for the week. I’d spend that hour or more on a Sunday afternoon in my Paprika app and set up what I was going to cook, including all the recipes I’d be using for 21 meals — Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner. Then I’d add in snacks (made from scratch), desserts (made from scratch) and set a schedule for making all my bread (about 4 times a week), yogurt (once a week) and kefir (every other day). Then I’d actually figure out, from using these recipes before, if I could expect any leftovers and what meal I’d be using those leftovers for — generally lunches or the “all-you-can-eat” leftover smorgasborg I’d set out on Sunday. And that’s what we’d eat for the next week or so. Then I’d put together my shopping list from that meal plan for anything I didn’t have in my pantry. Then I’d go through my refrigerator and pull out any leftovers from previous week — we’d eat those leftovers for Sunday dinner (and lunch if there were enough of them) if there were any. Then the embarrassing part — throwing away all the stuff I bought but hadn’t used before it went bad. I usually had items I hadn’t used or leftovers that had been forgotten or set aside for “let’s eat that later” and “later” never happened.
Now, meal planning takes me 5 to 10 minutes. The only thing that changes is if I don’t have enough meat in the fridge or freezer and I have to go shopping. If that happens, I swap out proteins according to what I found on sale. We’re very happy with ground beef burgers and bacon for lunch and dinner. I’ll generally throw in a steak one meal a week. Then I’ll add a bit of variety by having pork chops once a week and some type of fish or seafood once a week. But there are no leftovers to go to waste!! No fridge cleanout on Sunday!! No pantry shuffle looking to see if I have everything for a recipe. Got meat?? Yep! Got butter?? Yep … OK, check! Mission accomplished — my work for the week is done!!
OK, that’s it for my recipe and meal planning update — if you are interested in any of my other 30 Day Updates, please check out the links below!!
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- 30 Day Update Overview
- Cooking, Grocery Shopping and Clean-up
- General Health Update
- Blood Pressure Update
- Weight Loss Update
- Measurements (Inches Lost) Update
- Let’s Wrap This Up!
If you are interested in finding out more about the Carnivore Diet or would like to try a 30 or 90 Day Carnivore Challenge, you can find out more here:
- Carnivore Diet Beginner’s Guide – by a practicing family physician
- 10 Things a Carnivore Diet Can Do for You
- What is the proper way to eat – by a different practicing physician
- Want to Learn more about Carnivore for a Specific Ailment? Start Here!