Eating Out Paleo

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Let’s face it, sometimes you just don’t feel like cooking. You’ve been running errands all afternoon, projects took longer than you expected, or darn it, you just don’t want to cook! These moments hit all of us. That is why it is good to have a list of go-to restaurants that you know your family can eat at without getting too far off the Paleo wagon. I thought I would share my family’s list. I know that not everyone will have the same restaurant options, but I am hoping you get the general idea and maybe it will help you find some locales that will work for you!

  1. Chipotle! We LOVE Chipotle! So much so, that we have finally persuaded grandparents to buy Chipotle gift cards in place of Halloween candy for the kiddos! Of course, not all options are Paleo-friendly. We like the burrito bowl. We modify it by getting it with no rice or beans, extra meat, and all the veggies our hearts desire (except of course the corn salsa). We always get a couple of sides of guacamole and throw hefty portions on each platter! If you don’t have a Chipotle, try to find a fresh-mex place of some sort…Qdoba, Baja Fresh…you get the idea…they are easy to alter to Paleo-friendly.
  2. Red Robin- I know that their burgers are not grass-fed beef, but they will do in a pinch. All their sandwiches have the option of ordering “bun-less” so that they come wrapped in big pieces of lettuce. Order with a side salad in place of fries…Perfect! Most restaurants are willing to alter their burgers to bun-less or wrapped in lettuce (I’ve even gotten a lettuce wrapped burger from Portillo’s before!) even if it isn’t on the menu. Just ask!
  3. Lou Malnati’s- When I don’t have time to throw together my own Meatza, I order one from here. Yes, it does come with cheese (I’m sure you can ask for it without cheese, we never do!) Again, not exactly Paleo, but great in a pinch and at least you are still avoiding gluten!

There you have it! That’s my top 3! I would love to hear from you with any other places that make your list!

 


Stuffed Hamburgers with Sweet Potato Wedges

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Sometimes I like keeping things simple in the kitchen, and it doesn’t get much simpler than a hamburger! Since we have to go bunless, we prefer to wrap it up with a piece of lettuce (we like romaine). My only complaint of not having a bun is that you don’t have anything to hold together all those yummy toppings like mushrooms, onions, avocados, bacon, or jalapeños. That’s why the stuffed burger is so perfect! You stuff the inside with your toppings and its contained in this nice little “meat package”. I made mine with bacon, sautéed onions, and avocados…but choose whatever toppings sound good to you! My kids love these paired with my sweet potato wedges.

Stuffed burger

2-4 pounds of grass-fed beef (approx. 3 burgers with each pound)

1 tablespoon garlic powder

Salt and pepper to taste

1/2 lb bacon

1 onion

Avocado

Whatever other toppings you like…mushrooms, jalapeños

1. Mix ground beef, garlic powder, salt, and pepper. Form into baseball size balls.

2. Divide each ball in half and form 2 patties. Place toppings on top of one patty, then cover with other patty. Press seams together and form one large patty.

3. Grill on med to med-low heat for 8-10 minutes on each side. These are big burgers, so they take a little longer for the inside to cook.

4. Serve with lettuce and tomato slices if desired.

Sweet potato fries

5-6 med. sweet potatoes

1 tablespoon coconut oil melted

1 tablespoon cinnamon

1 teaspoon garlic powder

1/2 teaspoon sea salt

1. Peel and cut sweet potatoes into wedges.
2. Place on a baking sheet and toss with remaining ingredients until evenly coated.
3. Bake at 425 degrees F for approx 20 min. or until they look a little crispy