Posted: 30/07/2015 at 10:53
You don't need to be a culinary master, just organised. I slow roast a lot of meat and will bulk cook so I can get several meals out of it (Makes it cheaper too). A slow cooker is invaluable as is an oven. With a few herbs and spices you can make the most delicious meals without much cooking. I'm a master of one pot wonders!
Fundamentally this will either become a way of life for you or it won't. Simples
Typical days for me would be...
Streaky bacon and sauteed mushrooms
Last nights leftovers
100% meat sausages (the butcher makes them for me)
Frittata or omelete (when I'm eating eggs) - lots of yummy recipes out there
Cold meat and salad generally - although often I don't need lunch
Chicken casserole with whatever veg is in season
Thai Green chicken/pork curry
Slow roast belly pork with seasonal greens and homemade coleslaw (I make my mayonnaise like Duda above)
Leg of Lamb - yum and a half leg will keep me going most of the week
Roast chicken with veg
Chicken/pork stir fry
Dinner is generally satisfying enough but if I feel like dessert I'll whip some cream and mix a few berries in.
In the week before/after a big event (marathon/Ironman or race I want to PB at) I'll add some sweet potato to the meal.
If I need comfort food I'll cook some mashed potato and add loads of butter and cream to it. Or add some black pudding to my breakfast.
I eat out a reasonable amount, steak is always a good choice. And Indian restaurants go from being a nightmare to being great. Chicken Tikka or Tikka mixed grill with a side portion of cauliflower or spinach bhaji (hold the rice and naan bread).
I tend to cook with either ghee, coconut oil or veg oil. Unlike Duda, I don't mind the occasional bit of cream in my coffee (it's a nice treat) but only have one or two a day. Tea is drunk black - it doesn't take long to get used to it.
I keep a supply of cashews in case of emergency
And beef jerky but from a proper deli rather than the sweetened packet stuff you get in the supermarket
Crispy pre cooked streaky I cook first thing and keep in the fridge
One thing that was also really important for me was not to substitute bad habits. So for example, although lots of the paleo websites have lots of recipes for sweet treats I refuse to go down the line of making them. Comfort eating is a big problem for me so I avoid making anything (no matter how low carb/paleo they were) that fits the 'snack' market. For me it is about changing behaviour and habits. It helps to break the carb addiction.