10 Bullet-Proof Paleo Recipes You Really Should Be Making


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My family put up with a lot from me; I am not a great cook. Plus, I have a taste for burnt food that my family don’t particularly share. They have been stoic, in the main. :-)

I left home at eighteen barely knowing how to boil an egg and seventeen years later I got married with just a single signature dish to my name – a lasagne I haven’t made in ages now. :-( My husband did all the cooking.

When the kids came along, I dabbled a bit but was pretty quick to rely on favorites from my own childhood – fish sticks, bread sticks and little sausages that came in tins. (You have no idea how mortified I am to write that.)

But then my son waved his white flag. He needed something different. So I got out the cookbooks and made a start. I’m still no gourmet but after six years, I’m doing better. And I’ve collected some paleo recipes that are staples in our house and that I thought I’d share for those of us a little challenged in the kitchen or for those who would like a few more ideas.

Hold on to your hollyhocks, here we go!

Paleo Recipe#1. Crockpot Pulled Porkpaleo, paleo recipes, paleo diet, pulled pork, civilized caveman cooking

When I first bought my crockpot, I asked the readers of one of my other blogs for their favorite paleo dish. I wanted to try it as my inaugural crock pot dinner. This one from Civilized Caveman Cooking got the most votes. Once I’d got past my disbelief that it only needed a quarter cup of water (still amazes me) I was converted for life and haven’t looked back. This also became the meal I made for my first paleo dinner party (for a couple of seriously non-paleos!) And it couldn’t be easier.

paleo, paleo recipes, paleo diet, paleo brownies, civilized caveman cookingPaleo Recipe #2: Blueberry Espresso Brownies

This is another of Civilized Caveman’s concoctions. I found this recipe when in an interview, George, the man behind Civilized Caveman, said it was the recipe most requested by family and friends. Recently, I took a double-batch to a potluck, blinked, and they’d gone.

Paleo Recipe #3: Giant Stuffed Mushroomspaleo, paleo recipes, paleo diet, sausage, mushrooms, everyday paleo

I have to be really careful with this recipe. I just eat and eat and eat it. It is requested on a weekly basis by my family. The boys are not so keen on portobello mushrooms so rather than pile the sausage mixture on top of the mushrooms, I pop them in the food processor along with all the other ingredients during the chopping sequence. It works just fine and it’s a great recipe to hide all types of veggies, not just mushrooms. Often I’ll use cheaper mushrooms instead of the more expensive portobello ones. You can also find this recipe in Sarah Fragoso’s Everyday Paleo book.

paleo, paleo recipes, paleo diet, the primal blueprint, pot roast, beef, grassfed beefPaleo Recipe #4: Primal Pot Roast

I’ve always had a bit of a hard time making beef in the crock pot. Mine always tends to come out dry and bland. This beef dish was a winner though. Although the recipe doesn’t call for crock pot cooking, that’s the way I make it and it always turns out great! This recipe comes from The Primal Blueprint Cookbook.

paleo, paleo recipes, paleo diet, paleo cheesecake, paleo dessertPaleo Recipe #5: Dairy-Free, Gluten-Free, Raw Vegan Cashew Cheesecake Pie

It is my family’s assigned responsibility to take pie to our extended family’s Thanksgiving Dinner (yeah, I know, I know) and last year I was determined to have something I could eat. I made this, shared it around (rather generously, I thought :-)) and it got more compliments than the others put together! I used warmed strawberries for the topping.

paleo, paleo recipes, salmon, everyday paleoPaleo Recipe #6: Spice-It-Up Salmon

I love salmon because it is so quick and easy, not to mention good for you. This recipe includes a delicious paste made from ginger, olive oil, spices and garlic. Make sure you get the quantities just right for the best tasting sauce. This recipe is from Everyday Paleo.

Paleo Recipe #7: Mint Dark Chocolate Chocolate Ice Creampaleo, paleo recipes, paleo diet, paleo ice cream, mint chocolate ice cream

When I held my first paleo dinner party, I put a call out for a good, easy paleo ice cream. I’d never made ice cream before, paleo or otherwise, nor do I have an ice cream maker so I didn’t have high expectations. The recipe I finally chose was this one from Cavegirl Cuisine and it was great. I’ve made it several times since.

paleo, paleo recipes, chicken, chicken pot pie, mrs paleoPaleo Recipe #8: Chicken Pot Pie

I grew up eating pies, mostly steak and kidney pies, and love them. Then I moved to America and discovered the delicious chicken pot pie and fell in love all over again.  When I started paleo, I’d reconciled myself to the fact I wasn’t going be able to eat them again. That is until I found Orleatha’s site. I tried her pot pies and they were awesome, the crust (my favorite part) especially. I am not clever with crusts and couldn’t get it big enough to cover a large pie dish without breaking so I make them as individual pies in ramekin dishes.

Paleo Recipe #9: Garlic Coconut Shrimppaleo recipes, shrimp, garlic, coconut, autoimmune, aip

Do yourself a favor – make this recipe. I do the quick and easy alternative and it’s so ridiculously easy it’s, well, ridiculous. Throw the ingredients into a pan and stir for a few minutes. I add lemon juice. It’s from Autoimmune, Paleo and YOU…

Serves 4
20 frozen jumbo shrimp
Fresh garlic (to taste)
2 cups unsweetened shredded coconut
Coconut oil

In a bowl melt the coconut oil, add fresh grated garlic and toss shrimp until completely covered. Put coconut flakes on plate or pan and bread both sides of the shrimp. Place on baking sheet and bake at 350 deg for about 20 minutes or until shrimp is pink and cooked through.

Quick and easy alternative: In a frying pan add coconut oil, garlic and shrimp, toss until pink. Add in shredded coconut, toss well, cook until coconut is lightly golden brown, serve and enjoy.

paleo recipes, beef, grassfed beef, the primal blueprintPaleo Recipe #10: Beef Burgundy

Aaah, I left my favorite for last. I love this dish. I could eat it all the time. You’ll find it in The Primal Blueprint Cookbook but here is a link to the recipe on Marks Daily Apple.

Do you have a favorite primal/paleo recipe? Please tell us in the comments and maybe leave a link to it so we can all enjoy!

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Alison Golden writes on the topic of paleo over at Paleo/NonPaleo. She aims to share ideas, inspire and motivate readers by teaching them how to live paleo in a non-paleo world. She is also the author of the bestselling book, The Modern, No-Nonsense Guide to Paleo, a unique tool that gives the reader hundreds of strategies to navigate the learning process to successful paleo living.

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Helen August 7, 2012 at 8:24 am

Thanks for sharing! I’m already looking for a crock pot version of the beef bugundy… :)
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Alison Golden August 7, 2012 at 10:34 am

Hi Helen:
I tried it in the crock pot, not bad but not quite as good as the oven. Probably needed less cooking time than I gave it. And don’t forget to brown the beef first!
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Erin August 7, 2012 at 12:38 pm

Great post! I love the selection of recipes that you used. I’m excited to try them.
Some have the sacred leftovers potencial too.
When my husband and i first met he was definitely the cook. I only knew how to do vegetarian cooking for one. Division of labor and four kids have made me a pretty functional cook. One thing I learned from my hubby was to have some fun experimenting. Fortunately he is the recipe rescuer when things go wrong and I start grabbing cans of tuna and ordering someone make me a drink!

As always, I really enjoy your posts!


Alison Golden August 7, 2012 at 8:56 pm

Oh there’s lots of sacred leftover potential here, Erin. Great phrase. I have got to the point now where I look forward to trying a new recipe, I consider that a big step forward. Tomorrow I’m going to try brisket. Hmmmm. Thanks for stopping by!
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Jared August 13, 2012 at 1:53 am

The pulled pork looks so good, its going to be the main event when I have my friends round for food next time. I’ll be back here on the lookout for more to try out.


Alison Golden August 13, 2012 at 5:21 pm

You do that, Jared. If I can make good food, anyone can. :-)
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Taryn August 13, 2012 at 3:59 pm

WOW!!! Just tried and coconut garlic shrimp and it was delicious!!! I can’t wait to try the rest of the recipes you have posted. Thank you!


Alison Golden August 13, 2012 at 5:21 pm

Glad you enjoyed it, Taryn! Thanks for letting me know. :-)
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Susie September 28, 2012 at 12:07 pm

Another one for the list that is kid (cook) friendly is Pizza Chicken – I made this last night.. 4 chicken breasts in an oven glass dish, one can of Hunt’s Tomato Sauce with Italian herbs (I use fresh) an 8oz bag of mozzarella cheese and top with pepperoni or other pizza toppings if you are so inclined and bake for 30-45 minutes in 350 degrees.

While this was in the oven I also did a pot roast in the crock pot and mashed cauliflower for the side to bring to lunch today. Ate it reading your post. Very good timing!


Alison Golden September 29, 2012 at 11:15 am

Gosh, don’t you just love it when you get ahead of yourself. A two-fer – one of my favorite things.
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Melanie November 17, 2012 at 11:35 am

A favorite of ours is the smoky bacon-wrapped chicken from balanced bites.
So good! http://balancedbites.com/2012/01/easy-recipe-bacon-wrapped-smoky-chicken-thighs.html


Renee December 11, 2012 at 7:13 am

My second article of yours and I’m hooked. Two for two! I need to stop reading NOW and save this for later when I’m at the airport. Bookmarking your site. You’re in CA like me (Bay Area) and your name is Alison, like my daughter, and spelled the right way :) so happy to have found your site.


Alison Golden December 17, 2012 at 8:13 pm

I’m also in the Bay Area, Renee. Good to have you on board. :-)
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Autoimmunepaleoandyou January 8, 2013 at 1:44 pm

Alison, thank you so much for recommending my coconut chicken recipe… Your words are super kind!! So glad you enjoy…wishing you a wonderful day….so


Jen May 19, 2013 at 4:48 pm

Hello! This list looks great! I can’t wait to make some of them! I have a question about the ice cream though. You said you do not have an ice cream maker, but when I clicked the link to Cavegirl she said to make it in a ice cream maker?? A little confused, but would LOVE to know how to make it without one!! TIA! :-)


Alison Golden May 19, 2013 at 6:44 pm

Jen, I just made it in a bowl and stirred it every hour or so, so that it didn’t get all icy. Worked fine.
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Heather Barber October 8, 2013 at 9:23 am

One of our favourites is Caramel apple pork chops http://cavemanstrong.com/2011/05/paleo-caramel-apple-pork-chops/
You make the sauce while the chops cook, so really quick (we don’t tend to use the nuts)
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Alfonso Sarette November 19, 2013 at 8:22 pm

Just got me some new cookware and a crockpot so I will be trying out these tempting recipes soon!

Thanks for your great posts…

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Alison Golden November 21, 2013 at 4:39 pm

Good to hear it, Alfonso. And thanks for your kind words.
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