Just like with Paleo breads, you’ll be surprised to discover how pasta can be adapted so easily to work for the Paleo diet!
Spaghetti squash is a fantastic grain-free noodle that’s super easy to cook. I love sloshing some Paleo sloppy joes on top of spaghetti squash.
What is Spaghetti Squash
According to Wikipedia, “spaghetti squash (Cucurbita pepo var. fastigata) (also called vegetable spaghetti, noodle squash, vegetable marrow, spaghetti marrow, and squaghetti) is an oblong seed-bearing variety of winter squash.”
There are seeds in the middle (which you can roast to eat as a nice Paleo snack) and the “meat” of the squash is hard when raw (like all other squash), but falls apart into spaghetti-like strands.
A reader emailed me a few months ago asking for a Paleo tuna casserole recipe, and I realized that I had zero idea what that was, having not grown up in the US!
What is Tuna Casserole
For those of you that also never had tuna casserole before, Wikipedia describes it as “a casserole mainly composed of egg noodles (or some other starch such as rice) and canned tuna fish, with canned peas and corn sometimes added,” and topped with something crunchy like potato chips.
This Paleo sloppy joes recipe is so easy and delicious! I like to make a huge batch of this (double the recipe below) and keep it in large containers in the fridge to eat during the week.
It’s very versatile – you can eat this easy Paleo sloppy joes by itself, top it on microwave Paleo bread (it takes 5 minutes to make), or my favorite is to top it on this root vegetable mash (a trick I picked up from eating at a ton of times at my favorite NYC Paleo restaurant, Hu Kitchen).
My dad, who’s diabetic, tops Paleo sloppy joes on a bowl of easy bacon brussels sprouts – he loves it!
I really love oxtail (it’s so tender and flavorful), and I’ve been lucky that it’s so plentiful in the UK! I see it at the butcher’s all the time, whereas I had to special order it in New York from my local butchers there.
I’ve been playing around with different ways to enjoy oxtail. Jeremy loved the tomato and garlic oxtail recipe I made initially – the recipe is here – and he didn’t want me to keep experimenting since he couldn’t imagine it better. Of course, when he tried this recipe with the mustard gravy, he completely agreed that it was even better!
I’ve always thought that apple and mustard go amazingly well with pork, so I thought why not combine everything together and use the slow cooker to make it easy and effortless!
Vivian Cheng is the amazing blogger behind The Real Food Guide (she’s also a Registered Holistic Nutritionist and has studied biochemistry and design). Vivian is a firm believer that “you need to be your own advocate for your health and wellness and figure out where you are in your own journey,” and you’ll find great articles about nutrition and delicious recipes on her website to help you with your journey. Vivian is also the co-author of the delicious AIP ice-cream cookbook, We Can All Scream For Ice Cream. In this guest post, she’s shared with us this delicious Paleo Chinese BBQ recipe (along with AIP options).
I love putting my crockpot to work while I sleep (it’s not even my crockpot as my friend Fiona lent it to me for the summer in Edinburgh) – I think there’s a sense of satisfaction that magical things are working to create my meal while I do nothing.
Maybe it’s just me, but effortless meals like this Paleo Slowcooker BBQ Brisket always seem to taste more delicious because of the lack of sweat and tears involved in preparing the meal!
The first time I made oxtail stew, it turned out not that great. It was a similar recipe to the one below, but I put all the ingredients into the slow cooker. And it came out all watery and not very flavorful. I had given up on oxtail stews until my friend in London made me some delicious oxtail stew in the slow cooker!
So what did she do differently? Just that she cooked the oxtail in the slow cooker first and then made the stew after so there was no watery, flavorless stew. Instead, it was rich, powerful, and really delicious!
I’m a huge fan of cooking in bulk, and I’ve written about my 3 step system to ensuring you always have Paleo food available (that post is here).
So, in this post, I wanted to give you a quick and delicious example of how to cook 3 meals super fast using slow cooker pork + 3 other easy meals to add some variation (so, lunch and dinner for 3-4 days or dinner for a whole week)!
They posted one of their delicious recipes (Cinnamon Chocolate Swirl Banana Bread) from The Paleo Kitchen here a few months ago, and I know a lot of people emailed me because they loved the recipe. So, I went and tested one of their recipes for dinner last night. It was one of the really easy ones (because I’m currently limited to the stuff they sell in a Tesco Express – a tiny supermarket in Edinburgh).
I’m a big fan of Shabu Shabu – it’s basically boiling thin slices of meat in a pot of broth and then eating it with a sauce (often made from soy sauce, garlic, peppers). There are variations on shabu shabu as well – in Chinese cuisine, this is often called hot pot. And in French cuisine, fondue is a version of this.
A ton of restaurants serve this type of cuisine, and they’re pretty paleo! I often go to shabu shabu and ask for no broth (because I can’t be sure what they put into the broth most times) with thin slices of beef, lamb, and vegetables. If you’re worried about soy sauce, then take your own gluten free tamari sauce to the restaurant (that’s what I do!).
So, this recipe is all about making a super quick shabu shabu beef dinner at home. Because the meat is thinly sliced, it cooks really fast!