Skillet Meals: Mix & Match to Suit Any Mood {AIP, Paleo}

When you have limited time and energy paired with an increased need for healthy foods, it can feel like you’re cooking all the time. AIP skillet meals are the solution and this post will teach you how to mix and match ingredients for a perfect one pot meal!
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Very few of us have hours upon hours to spend in the kitchen cooking gourmet meals 3 times a day.
When all (or most) of your food needs to be home cooked, it can be very overwhelming.
Batch cooking is one part of the solution. I’ve found a 2nd part of the solution is 1 pot dishes. These could be soups or stews or casseroles…or my AIP fast food…. a hash or skillet meal. 

Skillets or hashes are basically meat and veggies all cooked together in a skillet. There are quite a few recipes out there for skillet meals, and I’ll link to a few of them later in the post, but honestly I can’t say I’ve ever made the same skillet meal twice. 
So, how do I go about creating these meals? I look at what foods I have in the fridge and think about what pairs well together and then start throwing things in the pan until I get the flavor and combination I like. The basic recipe is to choose your meat of choice (ground meats are quickest and easiest for these, but others work as well), then start choosing the veggies and flavors. The chart below gives some ideas of what I might mix and match.
a chart showing flavor combinations for skillet meals

Protein (choose 1)

  • Ground Beef
  • Ground Lamb
  • Ground Pork
  • Ground Turkey/ Chicken
  • Leftover shredded meat
  • Shrimp

Aromatics or Flavor Boosters (choose 2)

  • Bacon
  • Onion
  • Garlic
  • Ginger
  • Mushrooms
  • Shallots

Starchy Vegetables (choose 1)

  • Sweet Potatoes
  • Carrots
  • Plantains
  • Butternut
  • Pumpkin
  • Yucca
  • Parsnips
  • Turnips

Other Veggies (choose 2-3)

  • Leafy greens
  • Okra
  • Broccoli
  • Cauliflower
  • Celeriac
  • Cabbage
  • Brussels
  • Zucchini
  • Yellow squash
  • Asparagus
  • Artichoke

Extras/ Sauces (choose 1 -2)

  • Fruit (apple, pear, fig, cranberries)
  • Fresh or dried herbs
  • Raisins
  • Pesto
  • Coconut aminos
  • AIP BBQ sauce
  • Carrot or pumpkin puree
*** This is not meant to be an exhaustive list, there are so many more protein & veggie and seasoning choices, but is just meant to be a springboard to get you thinking. 🙂

Going off the chart, here are some COMBINATIONS that I might make:

  1. ground beef, bacon, onion, garlic, sweet potatoes, spinach with thyme & rosemary
  2. ground turkey, shallots, butternut, kale, brussels, cranberries & sage
  3. ground pork, ginger, garlic, carrots, broccoli, cabbage and coconut aminos
  4. shrimp, garlic, plantains, asparagus & herbs de’provence
If you’re not quite ready to experiment on your own,
here are some skillet recipes you could use:
As you make your own skillet meals, please share your favorite combinations in the comments for our readers. Let’s help each other out.
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