4 One Pan Paleo Dinners You Can Make In 30 Minutes

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Many people find the paleo diet to be interesting and enjoy the philosophy behind it. If you're not familiar with it, the basic philosophy says to eat what our ancestors would have eaten because animals in the wild, as well as our ancestors, were incredibly fit and healthy because they did not have access to out-of-season foods and processed sugars, which is the cause of modern day obesity and other metabolic diseases. It is summed up best with: our ancestors did not have oranges in the middle of Winter, why should you?

Of course, when it comes to a healthy diet, it can be frustrating to make dinner every night with the mountain of dishes that pile up after you washed them just that morning. Today we're highlighting some of our favorite paleo dinners that only take one pan or pot to create.

Delicious Slow Cooker Pulled Pork

This pulled pork is amazing, and you can toss it in the slow cooker before you leave for work. Be sure to set aside time the night before to rub the pork with the seasonings, however.

You'll need...

  • 4 lbs boneless pork shoulder (preferably a roast)
  • 2 tbsp paprika
  • 2 tbsp cumin
  • 2 tbsp chili powder
  • 1 tbsp turmeric
  • 1 tbsp black pepper
  • 1 tbsp white pepper
  • 2 tsp cayenne pepper (or more to taste)
  • 2 tsp dried mustard
  • 2 tsp sea salt (coarsely ground)

Combine all of the spices, mixing well. Remove any packaging or string from your pork and rub the pork down with your spice mixture. Make sure to get the spices into the folds of the meat as well.
Wrap the pork tightly with plastic wrap and let it sit overnight. The next morning before you leave for work, unwrap the meat and place it in your slow cooker. Cook on low for 8 hours and serve with sauce of your choice.

Paleo Chicken Curry

Sometimes you just want a good curry.

It's not often that restaurants serve curries that accommodate a paleo diet, so making one yourself is the option you're left with.

Luckily, we know a fantastic one-pot recipe that has a bed of zucchini noodles added into the mix.

You'll need...

  • 2 tsp turmeric
  • 1 tsp coriander
  • 1 tsp cumin
  • 1 tsp unrefined salt
  • 3 cloves of garlic, minced
  • 1 tsp dried ginger powder
  • 2 tbsp coconut oil
  • 1 ½ lbs chicken, chopped to 1-2 inches
  • 1 cup bone broth
  • 1 ¼ cup full-fat coconut milk
  • 3 medium-sized carrots, chopped
  • 1 red pepper, diced
  • 5 medium zucchinis, spiralized
  • juice from ½ lemon
  • garnish cilantro

Combine your turmeric, coriander, cumin, salt, garlic, and ginger in a small bowl and set it aside. Melt the coconut oil in a large pot over medium-high heat. Saute your chicken pieces for 5-7 minutes until the outside is no longer pink.
Add your spices and stir, cooking for another minute.

Add in your bone broth and coconut milk, stirring the mixture together. Finally, add in your carrots and red pepper and bring the mixture to a boil, turning down the heat and simmering for 5 minutes.

Once your pot has simmered, add the zucchini noodles and cook for another 5 minutes until your chicken is fully cooked. Squeeze in the lemon juice, garnish and enjoy!

Cauliflower Pork Rice

Fried rice satisfies a certain craving, and what's even better is knowing it won't interrupt your paleo diet or add much to your sink's dishes.

You'll need...

  • 1 tbsp bacon fat
  • 3 cloves garlic, minced
  • 1 cup sweet onion, coarsely chopped
  • 1 lb ground pork
  • 3 tbsp coconut aminos
  • 1 tsp fish sauce
  • ¼ tsp black pepper, coarsely ground
  • 2 large eggs
  • 4 cups cauliflower rice (or pulsed cauliflower in a food processor)
  • ½ cups green onions, coarsely chopped

Heat a wok over medium-high heat and add your bacon fat, garlic, and onions. Saute the onions for 3 minutes and then add the ground pork, cooking for another 7 to 8 minutes. Occasionally, you'll want to break apart big pieces with the back of a wooden spoon.

Stir in your carrots and season with coconut aminos, fish sauce, and black pepper. Set your dish aside in a bowl and crack your eggs into the empty wok, scrambling for 1 minute. Return the pork and vegetable mixture to your wok, stirring the eggs in. Add your cauliflower rice and green onions, cooking for 5 minutes. Avoid cooking so long that the cauliflower becomes mushy. Serve and enjoy!

Hearty Cashew Beef Stir-Fry

When you're craving a crunchy dinner, this is the perfect dish for your night.

You'll need...

  • 1 cup cashews, raw, whole
  • 2 tsp coconut oil
  • 1 ½ ground beef
  • 2 tbsp ginger, grated
  • 1 tbsp garlic, minced 
  • ¼ cup coconut aminos
  • 1 green bell pepper, sliced
  • 1 red bell pepper, sliced
  • 1 small onion, sliced
  • 1 can (8 oz) water chestnuts, sliced
  • Coarsely ground sea salt to taste
  • Coarsely ground black pepper to taste

Heat your wok to medium heat and add the raw cashews, toasting until lightly browned. Stir consistently to avoid burning and remove from the wok. Add your coconut oil to the wok with the ground beef, stir-frying for 5 minutes until browned. Add your ginger, garlic and coconut aminos and stir fry for a minute. Add your bell peppers, onions and water chestnuts and continue to cook until the vegetables begin to soften but are still crisp (about 5 minutes.) Season with salt and pepper, mix in toasted cashews, serve and enjoy!