Paleo Meal Plan for the Week + Ribs & Paleo Broccoli Salad

Monday, August 10, 2015

Since the government goes on vacation in August I get August Fridays off, and somehow Monday still comes too fast. So fast. Maybe I'm more meant for a Tuesday - Thursday kind of lifestyle? Wouldn't that be nice. Anyway we had a wedding in town this weekend and it was nice to have all of Sunday to recover meal prep, clean, watch the Wet Hot American Summer TV SHOW (!!!!) and get life together a bit. This is my meal plan for the week:

And here it is all prepped up:

So I'm a goals person. Every summer I set some basic goals and this summer goal #1 was Master Grilling Ribs. I love ribs and am picky about them to the point that I only order them at restaurants if they are recommended by someone I know and trust because I am not about waste money on some chewy meat that does not fall right off that bone. *steps off soapbox*. Welp I can check #1 off the list and here's how it worked (2 disclaimers: I had nothing to do with the completion of this. It was all Harrison. 2, the ribs are not paleo. I cannot give up Sweet Baby Ray's. I just can't, it's not an option. Same goes for the bbq seasonings I use):

Prep Time: 5 mins
Cook Time: 3 hours
Servings: 3-4
  • 1 rack pork baby back ribs (I got mine at Trader Joe's for $12)
  • 3 Tablespoons dry rub (we used this, paleo option here)
  • 1 cup barbecue sauce (As noted above I use Sweet Baby Ray's. Paleo option here)
Preheat oven to 300 degrees. Trim the membrane off the ribs. Cut up the ribs into individual pieces and cover with the rub. Place the ribs into a large baking pan (we use this for easy clean up) meat side down, cover with foil, and cook in the oven for 2.5 hours.

Remove them from the oven and drain the cooking juices into a bowl. Place the ribs all directly on the grill for 10 minutes, constantly turning them and basting them with the barbecue sauce AND the cooking juices.

After 10 minutes, put the ribs into another baking dish and put them in the oven on broil for 4-5 minutes on each side. 

Enjoy the ribs which Harrison describes as "fall off the bone-y and kind of wet but also crispy at the same time".  I served these with a broccoli salad that I adapted from my friend Amanda's recipe:

Paleo Broccoli Salad
Prep Time: 5 mins
Cook Time: 0
Servings: 4

  • 1 head of broccoli florets or package of broccoli florets ($3)
  • 2/3 cup Whole30 mayo (recipe here - don't let this ingredient scare you off! This takes less than 5 minutes to make!)
  • 1 handful craisins
  • 1 handful shelled sunflower seeds (optional swaps: any type of chopped nuts)
Toss all the ingredients together. That's it! So easy.

What is your favorite barbecue meal? 


  1. Looks yummy!! Love ribs, love broccoli so this wins!

  2. Mmm ribs! I want Fridays in August off, no fair!!!

  3. Oh bless those ribs are making my mouth water! I'm right there with ya girl - I believe in BBQ ribs and will not eat anything that doesn't fall off the bone. Plain and simple. LOL!

  4. i am so jealous you get august fridays off! i have never had ribs, but these look good!

  5. that broccoli salad is one of my faves--esp in the summer!


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