Making Paleo Fast Food

Well, I don’t know about all of you, but one of the things that was hardest for me to go give up when I started down the Paleo path was fast food. I was shocked to realize how often my husband and I stopped at either McDonalds, Wendy’s, or some other drive through simply because we hadn’t given ourselves adequate time to shop for food, cook, and to do dishes and clean up after ourselves.

Nowadays, we look to the number of steps it takes and number of dishes involved in any recipe in determining its worth to us. Certain tools in our kitchen are valuable players, like our slow cooker, wok, and food processor.

What ends up feeling like “fast food” to us now that we’re on the Paleo Diet is stuff that is ready when we’re hungry! Things like fruit, salads, Crock Pot meals or leftovers. Spaghetti Squash became a favorite for just that reason! Did you know you can cook half a spaghetti squash (1 serving) in the microwave in under 7 minutes?

As I considered what food cooks quickly or what food we move to heat quickly, the other day, a thought occurred to me. There are no truly healthy fast food restaurants out there. And there’s no good reason for that.

I’ve been thinking a lot about opening a Paleo fast food restaurant. I think it would be very cool to make a splash in the fast food industry, but I’ve watched enough Gordon Ramsay shows to know it’s not easy, so a business plan is underway of being written.

When 9 out of 10 restaurants close in the first year, you have to be willing to chart out all of your numbers first before you go out there and try to find people to work with you. Otherwise, you’re just a pretty face with a dream and a bunch of recipes who’s looking for a bad time.

Besides, writing it out will give me something to do.

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