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Shrimp and sausage skillet – quick, easy, Paleo meal

shrimp and sausage skillet

This one-pan meal comes together in 20-minutes or less, and has protein, lots of veggies, and healthy fats — what’s not to love?! Plus it’s flexible – change out the veggies, use a different sausage, experiment with spices, leave out the shrimp — it’ll still come out great. And it’s Paleo, too! No processed food here.

The recipe is by Paleo Newbie, so I’ll just link to her recipe at the end. Here’s her photo; a little sexier than mine, eh?

shrimp and sausage skillet by Paleo Newbie

It’s pretty quick and easy as-is, but I like to do a little ingredient prep earlier in the day, so at dinner time, everything just goes into the pan without any measuring or chopping.

As you can see in my prep (photo below), I did the following:

  • Chopped the shrimp in half, for more bite-sized pieces.
  • Added some of the spices to the shrimp for a dry marinade.
  • Used a different kind of sausage — cooked and crumbled. (Check out my homemade sausage recipes.)
  • Used only one color of bell pepper, and added mushrooms.

I group together the ingredients that go into the pan at the same time. I just cover all these and stick them in the fridge till it’s go-time.

shrimp + sausage skillet meal prep tips

This is a recipe I turn to again and again. My hubs and I both love the flavor, and I love how easy it is to cook up and put on the table!

Original recipe on Paleo Newbie

Got leftovers? Make quick mini fritters.

what to make with leftover chicken - mini fritters

I picked up this idea from food writer Mark Bittman: he calls them “tiny pancakes.” (Here’s his original recipe.) It was born out of wanting to make himself something quick to eat, and finding some leftover scallops on hand. Don’t worry; you don’t need scallops to make this! Just about any leftovers will do, and you could do this for breakfast, lunch or dinner. Or brunch. Or appetizers. Or a midnight snack.

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Buffalo chicken quesadillas (dairy & grain free)

buffalo chicken quesadillas with avocado - paleo

This chicken quesadilla is one of my all-time favorite pre-Paleo dishes, because as I said in my original post, it’s:

…one of my go-to recipes when I realize too late in the day that I haven’t planned dinner…. I love it because it’s a few simple things I can throw together and have dinner on the table in 20 minutes or less. Also, there’s very little measuring involved.

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Balsamic-glazed salmon

balsamic glazed salmon

balsamic glazed salmon

If you like balsamic vinegar, you’ll love this salmon recipe! This one has been in my meal rotation for years, and for good reason. It’s a really simple dish — and like most really simple things, it’s also beautiful!

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For the balsamic glazed salmon recipe, visit my guest post at Faith, Food and Fitness!

(The green beans and pine nuts are another one of my long-time faves — also super easy! Recipe here.)

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Ginger chicken skillet

ginger chicken recipe

ginger chicken recipe

This Ginger Chicken recipe is from Kelly Bejelly at agirlworthsaving.com. She does a bang-up job of making comfort food that meets Paleo and/or AIP requirements.

This recipe is one she says her mom used to make weekly — and I can see why! It’s both easy and delicious.

My only changes to her recipe are to use thighs instead of drumsticks — I think they’re easier to eat, and we both prefer that meat. Plus, I eliminated the chopped red onion. It adds a little color, but there’s so much flavor happening I think they’re not totally necessary, and it simplifies the prep a bit. And I’m all about that!

One-Pan Ginger Chicken Recipe

4 chicken thighs

salt and pepper

about 1 T. coconut oil

1 yellow onion, coarsely chopped

1 fat piece ginger, about 2″ long, peeled and sliced pretty thin

1 green onion, white and green parts, chopped into thin slices

Make a slit in the meat that runs along the bone on the skinless side of the thighs. (There’s a line of fat and/or membrane there; just cut along that.) This isn’t absolutely necessary, but it makes the meat easier to cut off the bone later on while you’re eating it.

Trim off any skin that extends beyond the meat. Season the meat generously on both sides with salt and pepper.

In a large skillet over medium heat, warm the coconut oil, then add the chopped onion and ginger and cook for 3 minutes.

Place the chicken thighs in the skillet, skin side up, and cover with a lid. Turn the heat to low and allow to cook covered for 30 – 40 minutes, until meat is done. The juices will run clear, and the interior temperature of meat is at least 170 F.

Optional: For more color on the chicken, remove them from the skillet and broil for 3 – 5 minutes at the end.

Spoon the pan sauce over the thighs after plating, then sprinkle sliced green onions over them.

Mmm, that’s tasty!

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