5 Ingredient (ish) Paleo Recipes

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Paleo foods are what the cavemen ate during the Stone Age: fruits, nuts, seeds, vegetables, roots, and organic meat.  I like to refer to them as the Flintstones’ Recipe Files!

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In 1975, gastroenterologist Walter Voegtlin published a book advising a diet consisting of foods only available to our Paleolithic ancestors. This means processed foods and oils, sugar, salt, grains, dairy products, and legumes are eliminated, along with coffee and alcohol.

In 1985 this diet was further developed by Stanley Boyd Eaton and Melvin Konner and eventually led to the publication of The Paleo Diet by Loren Cordain in 2002.


While spending a day with my son, Brian, he asked me to “google” paleo recipes with only 5 ingredients. As parents of one-year-old Oliver, Brian and Jen continually seek ways to simplify healthy cooking so that more time can be spent with Ollie and his growing needs. (Jen is my enlightened “daughter” and alter ego. She embraces wholesomeness, wellness, and wonder and is always seeking ways to welcome these into her life.)

So, I decided to try some of these recipes myself and guess what? Jeff and I like them! Paleo is a good compromise for us as Jeff is a meat guy and I lean toward vegan and vegetarian casserole dishes. Also, 5 ingredient meals that are easy to prepare are great for the RV lifestyle.

Below are links to our favorite recipes courtesy of Cassy Polanski’s blog, 5-Ingredient Paleo … simple meals with minimal ingredients that you can throw together quickly.

These recipes are great for “eat one now and freeze another for later.” (This is where I can prepare a meatless or vegan version for me!) I usually halve the slow cooker recipes, however, since my crockpot only holds 3 quarts.

I also like to add extra seasonings and a side of something green, depending on the dish. Since I am not strictly, paleo, vegan, or vegetarian, I don’t mind adding some cheese, bread, rice, quinoa, or couscous to any meal. 


imagePork Apple Hash

  • ground pork or sausage
  • apples
  • onions
  • sweet potato
  • My 2 cents… Drain the meat after browning or replace with your favorite meatless sausage or vegetarian/vegan substitution. 

imageTaco Casserole

  • ground beef
  • potatoes
  • carrots
  • onions
  • canned diced tomatoes
  • adjust seasonings to your taste
  • Jeff’s 2 cents… Sauté the carrots and onions with the ground meat until the soften.
  • Makes a flavorful filling for tacos or a taco salad. “Un-paleo-ize” this and top with guacamole, salsa, Greek yogurt, black olives, and shredded cheddar.

imageBroccoli, Brussels Sprouts, Chicken Stew

  • Crockpot
  • chicken thighs or breasts
  • onion
  • broccoli
  • Brussels sprouts
  • Add a little veggie or chicken broth.

imageCrockpot Hawaiian Pizza Soup

  • chicken and apple cooked sausage links
  • canned diced tomatoes
  • tomato sauce*
  • diced pineapple
  • kale or spinach
  • *for a thinner soup use less tomato sauce and/or substitute with chicken or vegetable broth
  • I’m still tweaking this recipe, but it is a winner for a quick and tasty meal.

imageBeef Shepard’s Pie with Cauliflower Topping

  • ground meat
  • carrots
  • onion
  • cauliflower
  • Yummy! Add a salad or your fav green veggie.

image“Cheesy” Chicken Broccoli Casserole

  • chicken
  • butternut squash
  • onion
  • broccoli
  • coconut milk
  • The squash and coconut milk make it cheesy- tasting but sweet. You can also substitute the coconut milk with veggie broth. I also like to add some nutritional yeast.

image(Shredded) Pork Hash Egg Bake

  • pork
  • eggs
  • onion
  • apple
  • potatoes
  • You could substitute ground sausage for the shredded pork.
  • We added a side of steamed broccoli and then ate the leftovers with pancakes.

imageCrockpot  Butternut Squash Lasagna Stew

  • ground meat
  • butternut squash
  • canned diced tomatoes
  • carrots
  • bell pepper
  • onion
  • I added a little salt, pepper, and basil to the veggies. 
  • I added a little salt, pepper, and thyme to the ground meat. I also drained off the excess fat.
  • When preparing half of this recipe, I only used 1 can of diced tomatoes.

imageCrockpot Sausage and Kale Acorn Squash Stew

  • ground sausage
  • acorn squash
  • bell pepper
  • onion
  • kale
  • chicken or veggie broth
  • I actually never prepared this recipe with all of the ingredients listed above and it was still delicious. 
  • I had kale, onion, vegetarian “gimme lean” sausage, celery, carrots, and frozen yellow squash in the refrigerator. As I just mentioned above, it still came out yummy!

imageCrockpot Chicken and Kale Stew

  • chicken
  • sweet potato
  • onion
  • tomato paste
  • kale
  • My 2 cents… Instead of tomato paste, I used a can of diced tomatoes and added some veggie broth. Jeff seasoned the dish with salt, pepper, and thyme.

imageCabbage Not Rolled Casserole

  • ground meat
  • cabbage
  • tomato sauce
  • seasonings
  • My 2 cents… Next time I would cut the cabbage in thicker slices or steam it for less time.

This next recipe is called Dinner in a Snap.

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I found it online while searching for 5-ingredient paleo meals. One day we accidentally had all the ingredients on hand so I prepared it.

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  • 1 sweet potato
  • 2 pieces of bacon
  • 10 pieces of asparagus, trimmed and chopped
  • 3/4 pounds Italian sausage (or any ground meat)
  • 1/2 avocado, thinly sliced
  • salt, to taste
  1. Preheat oven to 425 degrees.
  2. Poke holes in sweet potato with a fork, then wrap in foil. Bake for 45 – 60 minutes, until soft. When finished baking, keep sweet potatoes wrapped in foil to keep warm.
  3. Cook bacon in a large pan. Place on a paper towel to soak up excess grease.
  4. Use rendered bacon fat to sauté asparagus for about 5 minutes. (I like to set aside the asparagus, drain, and wipe out the pan with a paper towel.)
  5. Add sausage or ground meat of your choice to the pan. Use a wooden spoon to break up the meat. Sauté until cooked through.
  6. Cut baked sweet potato in half. Place in 2 bowls. Top with bacon, meat, asparagus, and avocado. (We like to place all the ingredients around the sweet potato and build our own concoction.)

For more OMG paleo recipes check out:

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Another great website explaining the paleo diet and including recipes is Paleo Leap.

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