Paleo-Friendly One-Pot Meals

Paleo-Friendly One Pot Meals | The Paleo Diet

As winter nears and the days grow cold, a hearty, warming dinner begins to sound more and more inviting. Aren’t Paleo and hearty polar opposites? Substitutes for white potatoes and beans surely cannot compete with Paleo.

The key is to focus on the flavors and textures of the abundant seasonal produce and pair it with whichever wild proteins we can procure most easily. Then, we add our favorite herbs or spices, throw them into the slow cooker or Dutch Oven, and let time do its work.

By incorporating proteins, veggies and fats into one dish or pot, we save time and cleanup and end up with a meal for the whole family that is not only in keeping with True Paleo, but is also tasty and satiating, without filling you up so much you feel like you need to roll into bed.
How do wild game chili or pulled pastured pork sound? Slow cook one, and Dutch oven the other. Mix and match modalities, proteins, and veggies. Thankfully this fork in the road doesn’t have a “wrong way!”


A lovely wild game chili meal, best made the day before serving to allow flavors a chance to develop.

Paleo-Friendly One Pot Meals | The Paleo Diet


  • 1 tbsp coconut oil
  • 1 lb free range venison boneless loin, cubed
  • 1 lb free range ground bison
  • 1 medium yellow onion, chopped
  • 4 garlic cloves, smashed
  • 1 jalapeno pepper, minced (omit seeds and pith for less heat)*
  • 2 cups homemade chicken or beef broth
  • 1 cup red wine*
  • 1 large, ripe tomato, crushed*
  • 1 tbsp ground cumin
  • 1 tbsp paprika*
  • 1 small bunch fresh cilantro and/or scallions, chopped finely, including stems
  • Lime wedges, for garnish
  • 4 cups wild mixed green lettuces of your choosing


1. Heat oil in Dutch oven over medium.

2. Add cubed loin and sear on each side until browned, then remove from pot.

3. Add ground bison and cook, stirring, until browned, and then remove from pot.

4. Add onion to pan and sauté until soft, about 5 minutes.

5. Add garlic and jalapeno and cook one more minute.

6. Add broth and wine and bring to boil, using wooden spoon to scrape any browned bits stuck to bottom.

7. Add tomato, and return both meats to pan.

8. Cover and reduce heat to low and simmer one hour, stirring occasionally.

9. Add cumin and paprika and simmer one hour longer.

10. Serve hot with cilantro or scallions and lime wedges on top, with greens placed in a mound on top of each bowl.


A fattier cut from a naturally raised animal is perfectly paleo, not to mention delicious, from time-to-time. Make this at least a day ahead to experience the full decadence.

Paleo-Friendly One Pot Meals | The Paleo Diet


  • 2 tbsp coconut oil
  • 3 lbs pastured pork shoulder
  • 1 large sweet onion, chopped
  • ½ small pineapple, cored, peeled and cut into chunks
  • 2 large, ripe red tomatoes, halved*
  • 1 cup dry white wine*
  • 1 – 2 cups homemade chicken broth
  • 4 cups organic baby kale


1. Heat oil in Dutch Oven over med-high heat.

2. Place pork in oven and brown for two minutes on each side.

3. Remove pork from oven and place on plate, covered.

4. Add onion to oven and sauté five minutes.

5. Add pineapple, tomatoes and pork.

6. Pour in wine and broth (use more if you prefer more liquid, less if more of a stew).

7. Cover, bring to simmer, and let cook for two hours.

8. Remove from heat, let cool completely and refrigerate overnight.

9. The next day, place the oven over a medium flame and cook one more hour; pork will easily pull apart with two forks.

10. Shred all pork with two forks and serve on a bed of raw baby kale to enjoy the jus.

*For those following the Paleo Autoimmune protocol, the foods with an asterisk indicate which should be omitted.  Replace the tomatoes with other veggies and the wine with bone broth.

About Nell Stephenson, B.S.

Nell Stephenson, B.S.Nell Stephenson is a competitive Ironman athlete, personal trainer, and a health and nutrition consultant. She has an exercise science degree from the University of Southern California, a health/fitness instructor certification from the American College of Sports Medicine, and over a decade in the health, fitness and nutrition industry. To support her training for the Ironman Triathlon, Nell has tried many different nutritional plans and has found that the Paleo Diet is superior to all other ways of eating. She’s found that she’s leaner, faster, and fitter than ever before and uses her own experience to teach clients how to achieve optimal nutrition and health. Visit her website at Download meal plans tailored to you here.

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“10” Comments

    • Actually, after calling around, the place I can find venison is selling it for about $40-$50 per pound! Is there a cheaper alternative that you could suggest? Maybe all bison steak?

  1. I am allergic to coconut and not the type of allergy that is a nuisance. How does someone with a serious allergy to coconut follow the Paleo Diet?

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