Monday, July 27, 2015

Monday Made It: Paleo Recipes

Well, I haven't linked up with Monday Made It in a long time...  But I thought I would link up with 4th Grade Frolics today even though I haven't really done anything crafty.  I thought I would link up with some Pinterest recipes I have tried.

If you aren't on Instagram, you should be.  It's my favorite social media - so much fun to be inspired by those you follow: books to read, recipes, workouts, teaching ideas, and just life.  Last year I decided I really wanted to try the Paleo diet after seeing everyone's Whole30 Instagram posts.  I did a 30 day strict Paleo diet in January (It was more just Paleo than Whole 30).  I would like to do another 30 days of strict Paleo after school starts, so for now I am making an effort to try some new recipes that would meet Paleo guidelines.  I find it is easier to be successful with a strict diet when I have an arsenal of recipe and food ideas I am already comfortable with.  If every meal is a new recipe, it can be overwhelming.

Summer Squash Taco Boats 

I bought some summer squash at the farmer's market, so I thought I would try this recipe for taco-filled summer squash. The recipe calls for ground turkey, but I used ground beef.

I used SmileSandwich's recipe with the taco seasoning part from Skinny Taste's recipe. If you leave off the shredded cheese, it is easily Paleo.  It was very good.  The hardest part was hollowing out the squash with a small spoon. Here was my picture right before I put it in the oven:
Sweet and Sour Meatballs

I really wanted to find a good recipe for sweet and sour meatballs without soy.  I have made Plaid and Paleo's recipe a couple times, and it is very good. It is one of my new favorite recipes.  I did use the Coconut Aminos and Apple Cider Vinegar alternative they mention in the recipe.

I will be honest though; I made a cheat version.  Instead of making the meatballs from scratch I used frozen turkey meatballs and cooked it in the crockpot with all the seasoning from the recipe and with onion, broccoli, and bell pepper.  We had it with rice, but if I was making it more paleo I would make a cauliflower rice.  Crockpot recipes just make things so much easier.  You also can find gluten free frozen meatballs, so I might do that when I do Paleo. I usually cooked it in the crockpot on high for 2-3 hours or low for 4-5 hours.

HERE is my Pinterest board for Paleo recipes.  Have you tried any good recipes this summer?


  1. I have done Paleo and Whole 30 and need to get back to it! I've been on vacation the last week and not been eating well:) I never thought of using summer squash for the taco shell - genius! I'm definitely going to try this and now I'm heading over to look at your Paleo Pinterest board. Thanks for sharing such great idea!!
    Are We There Yet?

    1. Yeah, I am always pinning Paleo recipes. I don't eat strict paleo very often, but I try to do grain-free and dairy free at least some meals.

  2. Love these! They will be added to my recipe book. Thanks for linking them up:))))
    4th Grade Frolics

  3. How were those taco boats? They sure look good! I'm always looking for low-carb recipes for myself that my family will also enjoy (and by family I mean my boyfriend and two of his younger siblings who live with us). Lettuce wraps don't do it for me, but that looks pretty good. I also do cheat meatballs in the crockpot, though I prefer the Italian style ones with peppers, onion, and garlic. You could add potato, but I know neither of us would! :)

    1. Actually, potatoes are okay on a lot of Paleo diet guidelines. Italian meatballs sound good, but I really liked the sweet and sour meatballs. It was a nice change from doing like a chicken stir fry. The taco boats were very good!

  4. I want all of that, April! YUM! My hubby makes us zucchini (sp?) boats sometimes and they are so good. What time should I be over for dinner?
    Rockin' and Lovin' Learnin'

    1. I was excited to find a way to get mu husband to eat squash. I need to try it with zucchini next. :)

  5. I am now following your Paleo board. I like the idea of setting a 30 day challenge. I bet some of the changes rubbed off even after the 30 days!

    My Bright Blue House


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