Repeating Recipes and the Battle of Simplicity

One of the tricky parts to creating a meal plan for lots of people is that there are lots of different types of people, and they most likely have differing needs. One of our specific quirks we’re trying to balance is the issue on recipe variety.

On one hand, we understand that having a new recipe every day, while interesting, can be hard to manage. There’s a reason most people find a few good recipes and stick with them. Once you know the basics of how to cook them, you don’t have to look up every step of the way. In some cases, you don’t even need the recipe around any longer, you just grab the ingredients and make them. This is clearly a faster and more convenient way to cook.

However, it’s also a bit boring after a while, and I think it’s a big reason people have chosen to sign up for Paleo Plan to begin with — to add variety to their meals.

Paleo Plan is currently brand new, and we’re still in the midst of finding our rhythm on this. However, I felt it may be good to give a little bit of insight into how we are currently balancing this problem, and give you all a chance to provide feedback on your preference.

Our Current Approach:

  • We want to provide simpler meals during the weekdays, so you can come home from a busy day at the office and have a decent but reasonably simple meal to cook.
  • Weekends and Flex days are a chance to offer a more complex recipe, since it’s likely you have more time available. However, if your days off are mid-week, feel free to move things around as needed.
  • We try to introduce a few new recipes each week, but also try and incorporate several “staples” as well.
  • A staple is hopefully a recipe that is tasty, simple to prepare, and made with relatively inexpensive ingredients
  • We aim to never repeat a recipe, staple or not, more than 2-3 times a month.
  • As our recipe database grows, and as you use our system longer, the number of staples we call upon will grow as well. Hopefully, in a month or so, you’ll have a few dozen meals that you can make without looking at the recipe, and still be offering enough variety that you’re not growing tired of it.

Clearly, this whole thing is going to flex as we work out kinks and get feedback, but let us know in the comments how you feel about our general approach, and how you think we’re doing so far.


  1. So far, I think you’ve achieved your goals. I have been please with the variety.

    And the truth is, as I get accustomed to the types of things to prepare for this lifestyle, I make my own substitutions based on things I have in the house and my energy level on a given day. I consider the meal plans more like guidelines, than rules, as Captain Barbossa would say.

  2. I agree. I am getting the hang of things and then I am sure I will sub stuff too. I like how easy the recipes are to make as well.

  3. It has only been a few days since we started the plan. Being a novice cook I was concerned about “cooking” everyday for both lunch and dinner. I am thrilled with how easy these recipes have been. I love the leftover lunch thing. Simple and tasty.

  4. Frankly, these recipes are simple and so far tasty. One must keep in mind that when you eat clean, you have to cook from scratch. There’s no way around it. But your suggestion of cooking ahead is great — something I’ve done for years, and a strategy that saves time. And since the recipes do feed more than one, leftovers are often available.

  5. I love the recipes and they are easy. I have joined sites in the past that create menus for you to simplify cooking and shopping lists. What would be helpful to me is if you could click on a meal you wanted to switch out of and add a different one and the shopping lists adjusts accordingly. I know the Zone web site was able to do that, so you didn’t need to cross anything off, etc. Not sure if that was a possibility in the future.

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