Paleo Side Dishes

Baked Parnsip Paleo Fries with parsley garnish
I really enjoyed the parsnip fries that Alison Golden made for us (see the post about the dinner here), and so I tried it for myself!

It was a cinch and really delicious.

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paleo lemon asparagus saute with bacon
This is another really fast and delicious side dish recipe!

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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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Rosemary Roasted Vegetables Recipe

paleo rosemary roasted vegetables
We’ve been making these vegetables for a while now, and it’s always a hit with the family and guests. The combination of fresh herbs with the sweetness of the sweet potatoes and butternut squash along with the leeks is fantastic!

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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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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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Quick Stewed Napa Cabbage

paleo stewed napa cabbage
Like many Asian fruits and vegetables, napa cabbage is known by a lot of different names!

This can make it quite confusing to buy in the store. Some common names include: nappa cabbage, bai cai, celery cabbage, Chinese cabbage, Chinese leaf, Wong Bok, Won Bok, and wombok!

Take a good look at the photo below of napa cabbage before heading to the store to buy it (it’s quite common in many grocery stores, even non-Asian ones).

paleo napa cabbage chinese

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Simple Paleo Crumbled Fish Sauté

paleo fish saute
One of the things I love about fish (apart from its deliciousness) is just how fast it cooks!

And, as an extra bonus, fish defrosts quickly if you buy it frozen.

All of this adds up to a super fast meal!
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Simple Paleo Seaweed (Kombu) Salad

paleo seaweed salad
Do you end up eating the same foods over and over because you’re too scared to cook new foods?

I was just like that before. I would look at something odd in the supermarket, say “I’ve never seen this before,” and then move on.

Unfortunately, that leads to a rather boring diet.

I got over this (for the most part) by just being brave, taking the plunge, and forcing myself to buy the weird looking vegetable/fruit/meat, and then googling how to cook it when I got home.

So, today, I want to introduce you to this simple seaweed recipe so that if you ever see seaweed sold (usually in Asian supermarkets), you’ll push past your fear and try it!
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Paleo Mushrooms with Red Wine and Rosemary
Jeremy and I have been doing quite a bit of wine tasting in preparation for the upcoming wedding (we’re having a wine and food pairing plus a separate dark chocolate tasting in lieu of desserts after dinner).

With 15 bottles of wine to taste and only a handful of friends close by, we sadly ended up with several mild hangovers and more than a few unfinished bottles of wine!

So this mushroom dish soaked up a little bit of our unfinished good wine (although you can use any cheap red wine for this). It’s a delicious, quick, and easy side dish to go with a beef dish (like a steak or a roast).
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Paleo Green Beans and Potatoes

Paleo Green Beans and Potatoes

Are These Paleo?

I’m sure many of you are wondering whether this is even a Paleo recipe! But rest assured – it is!

For why Green Beans are Paleo, read this article.

For why Potatoes are Paleo, read this post.
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Paleo Indian Cauliflower Mash

paleo indian cauliflower mash

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Paleo Kabocha StewKabocha is a squat looking green pumpkin with an inside that’s similar to butternut squash. This is a super simple stew (recipe curtesy of my mother) made using one of my new T-Fal stainless steel pots (I love how the pots have measuring marks)! Go to the bottom of the recipe if you’re interested in winning some new pots and pans :)
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Cayote Squash Curry Saute

paleo cayote squash recipe

What’s in Your Shopping Cart?

I was in the grocery store a couple days ago, and a woman was pushing a pram (a stroller, for those of you who don’t speak British). Her son (I assume) – about 5 or 6 years old was sitting in it and yelling over and over and over again, “Can I watch TV when we get home? Can I watch TV when we get home? Can I watch TV when we get home?”

He apparently knew what he was doing, because the poor woman finally snapped out a very loud and emphatic “YES.”

During this entire time, the checkout assistant was silently scanning item after item of processed food (cereal boxes, frozen meals, sodas, etc.) from the woman’s cart. Beep. Beep. Beep. Barcode after barcode after barcode.

Yes. I was literally about to go insane.

And yet I feel kinda sorry for the woman and the kid, because I really do wonder how much better behaved and less hyper that kid might be with a bit of proper food and nutrition. I’m not trying to judge, but I do wonder.

My adventure didn’t quite end there, though. As soon as the woman left, the assistant turned to my groceries, and I could tell that something changed in his eyes (I think, in retrospect, that it was fear).

I think he was terrified that my food had no barcodes. Just a bunch of thin, clear, plastic bags.

“What’s this?” The assistant turned and asked me as he fumbled for his code book.

It was basil.

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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 Potato Egg Salad

paleo potato egg salad
I really wasn’t sure what to call this dish – it’s kind of a salad, but I like it served warm.

And if you’re wondering what potatoes are doing on a Paleo blog, then read this: Why Aren’t Potatoes Paleo?

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paleo chinese cauliflower fried riceI wanted to make a more traditional Chinese fried rice recipe, and so I decided to add in cubed carrots and peas. If you want a spicier and more fancy recipe for cauliflower rice, then try this one.

If you’re wondering whether peas are Paleo, then check out this article (same reason as green beans). If you’re wondering about soy sauce, then check out this article.

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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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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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