Paleo Appetizer & Starter Recipes

paleo chicken nuggets recipe
As soon as Jeremy tasted these Paleo chicken nuggets, he looked up at me with a mouthful and said, “Wow, everyone is going to love this!”

It’s really easy, delicious, and perfect for kids (young or old!).

I made a baked version of this before (recipe here), but I really think my new Paleo chicken nuggets recipe below (shallow fried in ghee) is even better!
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paleo gluten free popcorn shrimp recipe
Jeremy always talks about his childhood spent eating and drinking non-Paleo classics like chocolate milk, bologna sandwiches, cherry coke, and popcorn shrimp (things I thankfully missed out on growing up in England). But, I thought I’d bring back some of his childhood foods by recreating Paleo versions of them. The Paleo popcorn shrimp recipe turned out amazingly well (in fact, Jeremy thought it was probably better than what he remembered!).

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Simple Paleo Egg Salad

simple paleo egg salad
This is a really simple egg salad you can make for a quick snack. I really enjoyed it as the filling for these bacon cups (recipe here)!

paleo bacon cups

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Make Your Own Bacon Cups

paleo bacon cups
I had been wanting to make some bacon cups ever since one of my readers sent me a link to a company that sold some form of device for making bacon cups!

It’s a handy cup for filling up with simple salads, and it’s not only “cute” but also delicious!

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Homemade Thai Chicken Soup

homemade paleo thai chicken soup
I love making chicken broth in the slow cooker (see my easy slow cooker chicken broth recipe here), and after having some amazing Thai Chicken and Rice with Chicken Soup in Portland, I had to go make a Paleo version to enjoy at home! It’s a simple process – place everything into the slow cooker and leave overnight.

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paleo spaghetti squash soup recipe
Spaghetti squash is popular in Paleo as a grain-free alternative to pasta. The squash naturally forms strands that look like spaghetti.

However, I wanted to do something different with my spaghetti squash, and so I decided to make a nice warming soup with apples and fall spices.

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paleo stuffed peppers recipe with butternut squash and ground beef

This was so good – Jeremy couldn’t get enough of it! The gentle hint of cinnamon and cardamom goes really well with the butternut squash, and the sweetness of the butternut squash and the bell peppers is fantastic with the ground beef.

I know this dish looks really fancy, but it’s actually very easy to make! It’s perfect as a well-rounded meal or as an appetizer. (I would serve 1 stuffed pepper per person for an appetizer, or 2 stuffed peppers per person for an entree.)

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paleo carrot bacon egg muffins recipe

I love this recipe – it’s really easy to make (and to scale up to make a double or triple batch), and it makes the perfect fast and easy breakfast or snack! I recently made 24 of these to take on a road trip to Las Vegas.

Also, if you’re interested in how to prevent your egg muffins from sticking to the tray, then click here for 3 tried and tested methods.

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simple paleo coconut seafood soup recipe

I’m a big fan of soups, especially during the winter months. And the best thing about soups is that they’re really really easy to make and can be an entire meal!

This easy seafood soup is so nutritious and filling – it’s packed with vegetables, coconut milk, and your choice of seafood.

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paleo apple pecan brussels sprouts recipe

I love cooking my Brussels sprouts with bacon (recipe here), but I had cooked that same dish for several weeks already, and it was losing some of its appeal. So, I came up with a new fast and easy way of cooking Brussels sprouts.

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paleo bread recipe (gluten-free, dairy-free, sugar-free)

You asked for a Paleo Bread Recipe

I’ve had a lot of requests for a full loaf paleo bread recipe, so here it is! It takes longer than my microwave bread recipe, but it’s worth the wait (most of the extra time is just waiting for it to cook in the oven), and you can make enough to share.

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Spring soup with poached egg - paleo, gluten-free, dairy free
This is something I make all the time (for breakfast, lunch, and dinner), so I thought I would share it with everyone even though it’s not spring.

It’s so simple (3 ingredients) and has a really great clean feel – I love it.

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Easy Bacon Brussels Sprouts

Easy Bacon Brussels Sprouts Recipe
I love this recipe because it’s just 2 ingredients and 2 pots. Literally nothing else! And it tastes absolutely amazing.

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Super Fast Paleo Avocado Salad

Super Fast Paleo Avocado Salad
I’ve been enjoying this delicious salad for months now! I kept wanting to share this recipe with you, but every time I start writing it, it just seems so silly – it’s so simple it barely deserves to be written down!

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Paleo Salad Recipe

Paleo Salad
It’s easy to forget just how easy salads are! Throw everything into a bowl, add olive oil and vinegar (balsamic, apple cider, lemon juice, lime juice), and toss.

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Paleo Fruit Salad

paleo fruit salad

It’s Summer!

There are a lot of fruits in season, and I wanted to make the most of it before winter rolls around again!

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Paleo Quail Egg Salad

paleo quail egg salad
I decided to make a simple quail egg salad with soft boiled quail eggs, butter lettuce, grape tomato (because they’re the same size and shape as quail eggs), grated carrots, and bacon bits. You can essentially add quail eggs to any salad you want.

If you’re wondering what quail eggs are and why you should (or not) eat them, check out these 3 Little Known Facts About the Health and Taste of Quail Eggs.

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Paleo Thick Scalloped Sweet Potatoes

“My dream is to become a farmer. Just a Bohemian guy pulling up his own sweet potatoes for dinner.” ~ Lenny Kravitz

I’ve never dreamed of becoming a farmer, but I have often wanted to live in the countryside. There’s something alluring about being surrounded by nature and having space all around you.

So far, the closest I’ve come to living in the countryside was when I stayed near a forest with a lake during a stint at the Max Planck Institute in Stuttgart, Germany. I only ever walked through the forest twice during my entire stay!

I guess I’m just a city girl (who has never ever dug up her own sweet potatoes for dinner, although I hope to do so one day!).
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Coconut Tuna Fish Cakes

Paleo Coconut Tuna Fish Cakes

“Only in New York City would you walk past a man on a unicycle without turning your head.”

New York has been my “home” for the past five and a half years. If you’ve never visited, then let me tell you that there are all sorts of things you will see in this city that just doesn’t happen elsewhere. From semi-naked guitarists in Times Square to Gossip Girls filming on Columbia campus to rats running through subway.

Those were things I used to find exciting slash seriously gross about NYC, but I’ve now realized that I don’t even turn my head to look. I’ve finally become a New Yorker!

I was actually on my way to pick up groceries to make these coconut tuna fish cakes when I walked by a unicyclist meandering down a residential street. Even though I was looking straight ahead at him, it never registered in my head that this was something odd. After all, what’s odd about a unicyclist when two men will fight in daylight over a parking spot (note all the pedestrians walking by in the background not seeing a thing).

I guess this was a long way to say that it’s time I left New York. There are many reasons why I’ve decided to leave in a few months, and this was just one of them. But regardless of where I am, the recipes shall continue!

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Fried Sweet Plantains

Paleo Fried Sweet Plantains
Nom!! It’s hard to not like sweet plantains. If you’re not familiar with plantains, they’re like a heartier version of bananas – they’re usually a bit bigger and the skin is a bit tougher to peel and they are slightly less sweet. They’re also delicious as you can bring out their sweetness by cooking them and caramelizing the sugar in them. They also don’t fall apart unlike bananas when cooked.

I made these simple pan fried sweet plantain strips to go with some slow cooker pork. They went perfect together.

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Hi! I'm Louise - I am "beyond gluten-free," grain-free, paleo/primal, a lawyer, an ex-physicist, a cook, a blogger, a Brit living in the US, an ex-violin player, an occasional crossfitter, a mystery book junkie, and of course, I am the Ancestral Chef :) Read my About Me Page for more!

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