The Dawn of Paleo

Mostly Recipes with a Few Insights about Paleo Life

Easy Zucchini and Shallot Side Dish

This is a great side that’s really, really easy and quick!!  Oh, and did I mention yummy?


  • 2 large zucchini, sliced
  • 1 med shallot, diced
  • 2 Tbsp ghee (or fat of choice)
  • salt and pepper

Melt ghee in pan on medium heat.  Add shallot and zucchini with some salt and pepper.  Saute zucchini and shallot until tender. Enjoy!!

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Slow Cooker Pork Tenderloin Carnitas


  • 2 pork tenderloins (mine were ~2lbs ea)
  • 2 large onions diced
  • 2 cups diced tomatoes
  • 2 cups diced peppers (I used green, red, and orange)
  • 2 heaping tsp dried oregano
  • 2 heaping tsp cumin
  • 1 heaping tsp garlic powder
  • 1 heaping Tbsp chili powder

Mix all spices together in small bowl.  Put pork tenderloins (mine were still frozen) in slow cooker and cover with spice mixture.  Put onions and peppers on top of meat, then top with tomatoes.   Cook on low for at least 8 hours.  Shred meat with fork.  This is great on top of a bed of lettuce or along side some squash or slaw!  Also, it freezes well, so divide up leftovers into small containers… it’s great for a quick meal! 🙂  The whole family loved this meat… so tender and delicious!


Fluffy Coconut Pancakes

Here is where I got this recipe…. these were really good!!!  We topped them with fresh berries and maple syrup.  The kids loved these too!!


Easy, Crock-Pot Paleo Whole Chicken

This one is ridiculously simple!!   Just put whole chicken in crock-pot (frozen or fresh) with some onion (quartered), ~5-6 whole cloves garlic, 2-3 sprigs of rosemary, and any other veggies you’d like to add (I added a red bell pepper).  Sprinkle with some salt and pepper and some cumin.  Cook on low for 8-10 hours.  Fall-off the bone yummyness!

*Another tip:  After I make a chicken in the crock-pot, I always make broth from the bones!  It’s easy and really yummy and much cheaper than buying it off the shelf!  All you do is put the bones, gristle, fat, onions (basically anything that you don’t eat!) back into the crock pot.  Add ~2 Tablespoons of apple cider vinegar, and fill it up with water.  Cook on low over night, or as long as the entire next day.  Strain all the “parts” out of the liquid and wah-lah… home made broth/stock!   I separate mine into various size (1 to 4 cup) containers and freeze it… then just thaw it out when I need some broth!  Works great!!


Portabella Mini Pizza

OK, I know this isn’t totally paleo… because we used some cheese… but you could make it without cheese and it would be almost as good! 😉  this is a fun one for the kids to help with.  I let them make their own pizzas, easy and fun!!

After cleaning the portabella tops, put them in the oven at 425 for ~5 minutes to dry them out a little.  Spread sauce on each one them put on toppings.  Cook for about 20 min.  Enjoy!  Be aware that you have to use a fork and knife to eat these… they are a little messy!  But yummy!!

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Coconut Mint Dark Chocolate Ice Cream

I found this recipe last night and we made it, ate it all, and I’m making some more today!  It is amazing… and just in time for summer!


  • 1 can coconut milk
  • 1/4 cup honey
  • 2 egg yolks
  • 2 oz 72% chocolate (I used Godiva, 72% with almonds)
  • 1 tsp peppermint extract

Put coconut milk and honey in small sauce pan over low heat and whisk until blended.  Add peppermint extract, whisk.  Whisk 2 egg yolks in separate bowl.  Temper the yolks by adding some of the warm milk/honey mix to the eggs, whisking continuously (so you don’t cook the eggs), add some more warm milk/honey mix to egg yolks, then pour yolks into pan and whisk all together.  Refrigerate until cold.  Put into your electric ice cream maker and follow the directions for your maker.  Mine takes about 20 minutes, so after around 10 minutes I added the crumbled chocolate.  We think it’s best when eaten immediately because it tends to get really hard in the freezer.  Enjoy!


Paleo Grits (Couscous)

This was my attempt at making grits… although I made the mistake of telling my kids that we were having grits and they were very disappointed…. I think from now on we’ll call this paleo couscous.  It was really good, just not really like grits.

But I can’t find the recipe I used! Sorry!  I’m sure it’ll appear and I’ll post it as soon as I can find it! (How embarrassing!)  I remember it’s made of ground cauliflower, bacon, and broth… I just can’t remember the details.  Blog fail! 😦

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Paleo Bread

This is the first time I’ve made this bread, and I feel certain that it is going to become a staple in our house!


  • 1.5 cups almond flour
  • 2 Tbsp coconut flour
  • 1/4 cup flaxseed meal
  • 1/4 tsp sea salt
  • 1.5 tsp baking soda
  • 5 eggs
  • 1/4 cup coconut oil
  • 1 Tbsp honey
  • 1 Tbsp apple cider vinegar

Place dry ingredients in food processor and pulse together.  Pulse in the rest of the ingredients.  Pour into a greased loaf pan. Bake at 350 for 30 minutes.  Enjoy!!




Paleo Pad Thai with Alaskan Salmon

Pad Thai was something that my husband and I used to eat a ton… and we loved it!!  But we haven’t had it in probably 2-3 years.  I found this recipe and had to try it immediately!  And I can’t wait to make it again… this is by far one of my new favorites!  Thank you for sharing Megan!


  • 1/4 cup coconut oil
  • 2-3 zucchinis (sliced thin lengthwise)
  • 1 onion, finely diced
  • 4 cloves minced garlic
  • 1 Tbsp apple cider vinegar
  • 2 Tbsp fresh grated ginger
  • 3 Tbsp almond butter
  • 1 Tbsp chili garlic sauce
  • 1 Tbsp fish sauce
  • 1 lime juiced
  • salt & pepper

Saute the onion, garlic and ginger in coconut oil until soft.  Add the fish sauce, chili sauce, vinegar, lime juice, almond butter and a little salt. Stir well.  Add the zucchini “noodles” and stir.  Cook for ~10 minutes (until noodles soften some).  Serve with any meat.  I made mine with salmon (which was awesome), but I think shrimp and chicken would be great as well!