The Dawn of Paleo

Mostly Recipes with a Few Insights about Paleo Life

Paleo Wild Alaskan King Salmon, Grilled

This is a simple, quick, and really easy recipe for grilling salmon. Both of my kids loved it!!


  • 4 Salmon steaks
  • 1/4 cup grass-fed butter, softened
  • 1 tsp basil, dired
  • 1 tsp lemon juice
  • 1/2 tsp parsley flakes
  • black pepper

Combine last 4 ingredients, spread half on top of 4 salmon steaks. Grill, then flip steaks and spread on other half of butter mixture. Enjoy!

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Tomato Salad

I made this as a side dish and I could have just used a fork and eaten it right out of the bowl. The kids didn’t love it, Riley(5) only ate the olives and tomatoes, and Alex (6) only ate the tomatoes. But this will be something I will make again for sure!! I think it would also be good with some fresh spinach or cucumbers added, too!


* 1pint of cherry tomatoes, halved
* 1/2 cup sliced green olives
* 1/2 cup black olives, drained and sliced
* 1/2 onion, diced
* 3 ounces pine nuts
* 1/4 cup olive oil
* 3 tablespoons red wine vinegar
* drizzle of honey
* 1 teaspoon dried oregano
* salt and pepper to taste


In a bowl, combine cherry tomatoes, green olives, back olives, and onion. In a dry skillet, toast pine nuts over medium heat until golden brown, turning frequently. Stir into tomato mixture. In a small bowl, mix together olive oil, red wine vinegar, honey, and oregano. Season to taste with salt and pepper. Pour over salad, and gently stir to coat. Chill for 1 hour.

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Easy Paleo Crockpot Whole Chicken

This was one of the best crockpot chickens that I have ever had!!  All you need in your crockpot is a whole chicken, veggies, and liquid. Depending on the amount of water in the meat/veggies, depends on the amount of liquid you’ll put in. Less liquid makes for less soupy crockpot. There are many substitutions you can make in this recipe.

1 whole chicken (or chicken breasts would work well with this recipe)
1 16oz jar of Paleo-friendly tomato sauce (no sugar!) (I used trader joes puttanesca sauce)
1 zucchini, chopped
1/2  onion, chopped
1 pint mushroooms
3 garlic cloves, crushed
salt and pepper to taste
1/2 cup water

Rinse and remove organs from chicken. Place in crockpot. Put veggies on top and around chicken. Pour sauce and water over chicken and veggies. Jiggle pot to make sure air is removed from the bottom. Set crockpot to the desired time to eat. I cooked mine for 10 hours on low(200).  Enjoy!


Paleo Spaghetti Squash Side Dish

spaghetti squash side dish

This is a really yummy side dish!  My kids even like this one and it goes great with any meat!


  • 1 spaghetti squash
  • 1 zucchini squash, diced
  • 1 red onion, diced
  • sliced olives
  • 1 Tbsp capers
  • 1 cup chicken broth
  • 2 cloves garlic, minced
  • 1 Tbsp coconut oil
  • 1 Tbsp dried basil
  • Sea salt and black pepper to taste

Cut the spaghetti squash in half, remove the seeds and cook the spaghetti squash at 350 for 1 hour.  Saute the onions in a large skillet in the coconut oil until they start to carmelize.  Add the garlic and zucchini and saute for another 4-5 minutes.  Using a fork, scrape out the insides of the spaghetti squash and add to the skillet. Add the remaining ingredients as well and cook together another 4-5 minutes. Enjoy!

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Almost Paleo Carrot Cake

My daughter’s 5th birthday is coming up and I let her pick a cake from one of my favorite cookbooks.  She picked the carrot cake.  So I made a practice cake.  I didn’t have two 9-inch cake pans, so I used smaller (7 inch) pyrex dishes.  So I had to adjust my cook time/temp. since the cakes are thicker.


  • 1 lb carrots, peeled and shredded
  • 1 cup maple syrup
  • 3/4 cup coconut flour, sifted
  • 1 Tbsp cinnamon
  • 1 tsp salt
  • 1 tsp baking soda
  • 10 eggs (yes,10!)
  • 12 dates, pitted
  • 1 Tbsp vanilla extract
  • 1 cup melted coconut oil
  • cream cheese frosting (16oz cream cheese,1/2c maple syrup,1 Tbsp vanilla, 2 Tbsp grated ginger)
  • chopped walnuts

Put shredded carrots in zip bag with maple syrup and let soak in fridge for 1 hour.  Mix dry ingredients in small bowl.  Put dates in small bowl with 3 Tbsp water and microwave for 30 sec.  Mash up with fork.  Add 1 Tbsp water and microwave 30 more sec. Mash again with fork.  Add 1 Tbsp maple syrup and stir until creamy.  Put date mush, eggs, vanilla, oil in mixer and blend.  Add dry ingredients and blend.  Drain carrots in colander then stir into cake mix.  Divide into 2 greased cake pans (or lined with parchment paper).  Cook at 325 for 30 minutes or until toothpick comes out clean.  Let cool then frost.  For frosting, blend all ingredients in mixer and spread on cooled cake.  Garnish with walnuts! Enjoy!!

The cake was a huge success!!  We all had seconds. My son even asked for thirds!  You would never know that this cake was grain-free!  I will definitely make this one again!  YUM!


Paleo Kid Conversion

So, recently Mike and I have decided that the kids need to eat a little closer to paleo then they have been.  They are both good eaters and usually eat whatever I make for dinner.  Lunch is where we are struggling.  Riley (almost 5), goes to a private pre-school that will heat up her food for her, so it’s not as hard for her because she just gets whatever was for dinner the night before.  Alex (6 yrs), on the other hand, goes to a public school and likes eating breakfast and lunch at school.  Ugh, this kills me!  So, what we are trying to do is have him eat some breakfast at home (usually an egg), then he can still get something at school if he is still hungry.  Lunch is more challenging.  Nothing gets heated, so it’s a little more difficult to pack.  He likes egg-salad, tuna-salad, and ham rolls.  So for right now those are the staples.  I’m drying some fruit today as well to put in their lunches.



OK, I am starting to think I am getting better at understanding this blog thing (not at actually blogging,but understanding how to)… well, I still don’t consider myself a “blogger” but I am starting to not mind telling people that I have a blog.  Maybe one day, I’ll even feel confident enough to make this a public blog?

Anyway, we just got back from an amazing weekend trip to Seaside with 23 of our closest friends and neighbors and we had a blast!  I have discovered that (along with cooking, of course) I really enjoy talking and discussing the paleo/low carb lifestyle and all the research that I have read–   to people that are interested and really want to learn more!  But, I’m not so good at writing it all down.  So, from that, I’m thinking that my influence in other peoples lives is going to have to be face to face.  My new theme:  Changing the world, one friend at a time.  Ha!

The other thing I’ve learned, is that it’s not worth talking/debating with those that are not interested.  Which is totally fine with me, but I have to realize that no matter how passionately i feel about improving others lives, it’s really about people wanting to learn and change and it’s got to come from them initially.  Diet is a very personal thing and I get that.

On another note, Mike and I ran the 5K with no training!… and we did pretty good (sub 29mins)!  This was the first time EVER that Mike was the one encouraging me to keep going (and trust me, I needed it!).  Historically, I was the “runner” and he just finished, well, not any more…. he beat me my 8 seconds!!  And I couldn’t be prouder!  I honestly believe, just by changing our diet, we were able to accomplish this… and still be able to walk the next day!

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This is a really easy fish to cook!  and quite tasty,too!

Just sear fish in a hot skillet in some olive oil for about 4 minutes per side.  Then finish in a 350 degree oven until flaky (mine took around 15 minutes).  It doesn’t get much easier than that!!