Wednesday, August 21, 2013

12 easy Paleo-ish crock pot meals




12 meals
3 hours
$130 

So the bestie and I have been discussing doing this for, eh, a year now and we finally did it. 3 hours, $130, and entertaining two beautiful girls later, it was a success. Our 12 meals are almost completely Paleo but a few are Paleo-ish. I say Paleo-ish because 4 of the recipes call for either corn or beans or both. If you are Paleo to the max skip those four or I say substitute with peppers or carrots...be creative....I think life is all about balance and will definitely be eating some corn/beans and cheese here and there....when these recipes say serve with rice we will be serving it over lettuce or quinoa (no, not Paleo but oh so good for you).  And when they say serve with cheese on top...skip this part you incredible Paleo followers!! Jaimee has been doing Paleo for a while, she has talked about it over on her blog and the hubs and I have been recent converts mostly for health reasons...Dennis-cholesterol/blood pressure issues and me-gluten issues...I am a Paleo-ish girl...I will probably do cheese (maybe, just maybe, cut back) and will definitely eat some corn/beans on occasion...oh and allow myself a coffee here and there...oh and maybe a chocolate chip cookie once in a blue moon...

Here are a few recommendations we have after successfully completing this task....
Prep and cut veggies the night before
Write on and label ziploc bags the night before
Wear an apron;) (You can thank my sweet BFF for this thought when we were almost finished)
Have the hubs watch the sweet babies next time or at least be around to help...

I highly recommend this, it was very inexpensive (about $10/meal-and we bought most things organic-not everything to save some $), quick, easy, and super fast clean up. I highly recommend doing this with a friend, makes it way more fun.... 

Below are the 12 recipes....including ingredients, prep work for the bags and what to write on the bags for later cooking....oh and the grocery list Jaimee compiled on the bottom....

Oh and clearly you don't have to do all 12....pick and choose what you like!!
Great Paleo staples:
Almond Butter (we make our own using our food processor and a little honey)

If  you are new to Paleo or want more information I love this Paleo food list.

Happy cooking....

Taco Chili

Ingredients:
1 lb. cooked ground beef
1 medium onion chopped
1 can corn drained
1 can black beans drained
1 can navy beans drained
1 8 oz can tomato sauce
2 14 oz. cans diced tomatoes
1 small can diced green chiles
1 package taco seasoning

Directions: Place all ingredients in freezer bag and freeze until ready. 

Write on bag: 1 can diced green onions, shredded cheese
   1. Thaw slightly, place in crock pot and cook on low for 4-6 hours. 
   2. Serve with shredded cheese, chopped green onions and fritos.



Thai Chicken Wings with Peanut Sauce

Ingredients:
2 lbs. chicken drumsticks or wings
1/2 cup bottled salsa
1/4 cup Peanut Butter (almond butter for Paleo)
3 T lime juice
3 T soy sauce
3 T water
2 T freshed chopped ginger
1/4 cup sugar
2 cloves garlic chopped

Directions: Place all ingredients in bag and freeze until ready to cook. 

Write on bag:
   1. Thaw slightly and place in slow cooker. 
   2. Cook on low for 6-8 hours.


Crockpot Italian Sausage with Peppers & Onions

Ingredients:
1lb. Italian Sausage Links
1 large green pepper
1 medium onion
2 cups diced tomatoes
2t. onion powder
2t. garlic powder

Directions:
Mix all ingredients in freezer bag and freeze. 

Write on bag:
   1. When ready to cook, place all ingredients in a crock pot and cook on low for 6 hours or   
       high for 4 hours.
   2. Can serve on warm hot dog buns or serve with salad, like we will:)



White Chicken Chili

Ingredients:
2 T. olive oil
1 T corn starch
1 medium onion chopped
1 can chopped green chilis, drained
2 cans white beans (drained)
2 t. cumin
2 t. chili powder
1 lb chicken tenders
1 t. salt
1 t. pepper

Directions:
Place all ingredients except chicken stock in large freezer bag, toss to coat and freeze. 

Write on bag: 2 cups chicken stock
   1. When ready, place ingredients in slow cooker, add chicken stock and cook on low for 4
       5 hours. 
   2. Remove chicken, shred & return to crock pot. 
   3. Serve with warm cornbread (or not:))



Honey Sesame Chicken

Ingredients:
1 lb chicken tenders
3 T olive oil
1 cup honey
2 T sesame seeds
1/2 cup soy sauce
1 tablespoon sesame oil
1 t. salt
1 t. pepper

Directions:
Place all ingredients in freezer bag, toss to coat and freeze. 

Write on bag:
   1. When ready, place in crockpot and cook on low for 4-5 hours. 
   2. Remove chicken & shred, and then return to sauce.
   3. Can serve over hot cooked rice or serve as lettuce wraps..

Teriyaki Chicken

Ingredients:
1 lg bag of carrots
1 red onion cut in chunks
2 lg cans of pineapple (undrained)
4 garlic cloves
4 chicken breasts
1 cup teriyaki sauce

Instructions:
Mix all items together. Split between 2 bags, lay flat and freeze

Write on bag: 1/4 cup teriyaki sauce
   1. When ready to serve add ¼ cup teriyaki sauce to crock pot.
   2. Cook on low 8 hours-can serve over rice or lettuce


Crock Pot Beef Stew

Ingredients:
1 large onion, diced
1 ½ lb lean stew meat, cut in 1 inch chunks
2 cups water
2 tsp beef bouillon or 2 cups beef stock
1 ½  cups V-8 juice
⅓  cup barbeque sauce
3 clove of garlic
1 lb carrots cut up
Salt & Pepper to taste
Optional- bunch of celery

Directions:
Add onion, meat, water, beef bouillon, V-8 juice, BBQ sauce, and garlic clove into your freezer bag.

Write on the bag: 4 medium potatoes (cut in 1 inch cubes-omit for Paleo)
   1. Dump contents of the freezer bag into your crock pot.
   2. Add 4 medium potatoes, cubed.
   3. Cook on high 6-7 hours or low for 8-9 hours.

Southwest Chicken

Ingredients:
1 can of corn, drained
1 can of black beans, drained
1 16oz jar of salsa
3-4 chicken breasts (about 2 pounds)

Directions:
Add the corn, black beans, salsa, and chicken to the ziploc bag.

Write on the bag: 1 (8oz) brick of cream cheese

   1. Dump ingredients into the crock pot. Cook on high for 6-7 hours and low for 7-8 hours.
   2. About 30 minutes before the meal is going to be served remove and shred the chicken.
   3. Cut up the cream cheese into chunks and add to the crock pot with the chicken.
   4. Serve over rice/lettuce. You can also top with shredded cheese-non-PaleoJ!

Crock Pot Cheeseburger Soup
Ingredients:
1 pound ground beef, browned
½ cup chopped onion
½ cup chopped pepper
1 can diced tomatoes (14.5 ounce)
1 teaspoon salt
1 teaspoon oregano
½ teaspoon pepper
3 cups beef broth
4 cups diced potatoes (skip for Paleo)
8 ounces cheddar cheese, shredded

Directions:
Combine the beef, onion, pepper, spices, tomatoes, broth and potatoes in bag.

Write on bag: ¼ cup flour (almond flour=Paleo), 1 cup milk (almond milk for Paleo)
   1. Cover and cook on low for 8 hours.
   2. About 30 minutes before it is time to eat, combine the flour and milk. Whisk until no   
       lumps remain. Stir into soup. Add cheese and stir again. Cover and cook until soup is 
       thickened…about 30 minutes.


Low Fat Mexican Fiesta Chicken

 Ingredients:
4-5 Chicken Breasts
1 Package Taco seasoning
2 tablespoons Extra Virgin Olive Oil
2 tablespoons Apple Cider Vinegar
1/4 cup Water
1 Can Diced Tomatoes no salt added
1 Cup Frozen Corn
1 Can Black Beans rinsed and drained



Directions:
 Place chicken in freezer bag, mix the taco seasoning in a bowl with oil, vinegar and water, pour over chicken. Add in tomatoes, corn, and beans.

Write on bag: 1 Cup Minute Rice or Barley
   1. Cook on LOW for about 4-5 hours or until chicken can easily be cut in half or shredded,
   2. Remove chicken and add rice or barley into slow cooker and stir, then add chicken and
      stir again, cook for an additional 20-45 minutes longer on LOW. The rice will need to 
      cook about 45 minutes and the Barley only 20-30 minutes
   3. Add additional water if needed with the rice or barley. Serve with shredded cheddar
      cheese on top. 


Spinach and Salsa Chicken
Ingredients:
3-4 boneless skinless chicken breast
2 cups of salsa (or Pico de Gallo)
Frozen bag of spinach (I usually use 1/2 the bag, but you could use more or less)
1 to 2 tablespoons of Mrs. Dash Garlic and Herb seasoning

Directions: Place all items in freezer bag, you can add or wait for the spinach

Write on bag:
   1. Cover and cook on LOW for 6-8 hours or on HIGH for 3-4.
   2. Shred the chicken and mix together with the spinach.
   3. Serve on whole-wheat tortillas, over rice, or even over a salad for a healthy Paleo meal!


Crock Pot SW Flank Steak
 Ingredients:
1-1/2 lbs. flank steak
1 onion, chopped
3 cloves garlic, minced
16 oz. jar chunky salsa
1/2 tsp. dried oregano leaves
2 tsp. chili powder
1/2 tsp. salt
1/4 tsp. pepper
15 oz. can black beans, drained and rinsed
1 red bell pepper, sliced
1 yellow bell pepper, sliced
3 cups hot cooked rice

Directions: Trim excess fat from steak. Place onions and garlic in bottom of freezer bag and top with steak. Mix salsa, oregano, chili powder, salt, and pepper in small bowl and pour over meat. Top with drained black beans.

Write on bag:
   1. Cook on low for 7-9 hours until meat is tender
   2. Remove meat from slow cooker and slice into thin strips against the grain.
   3. Turn heat to high and return beef to slow cooker until ready to serve


Grocery List

Meats:
Chicken breasts- 16-18
Ground Beef- 2lbs
Italian sausage links- 1 lb
Stew Meat- 1 1/2 lbs
Chicken drumsticks or wings- 2 lbs
Chicken tenders- 2 lbs
Flank steak- 1 1/2- 2 lbs.

Produce:
5 Onions
Fresh Ginger
7 Garlic cloves
2 green peppers
1 red pepper
1 yellow pepper
2 bags of carrots
1 red onion

Canned:
3 cans of corn
4 cans of black beans
1 can of navy beans
3 8 oz. cans of diced tomatoes
2 14.5 oz diced tomatoes
2 lg. cans of pineapple
2 cans of white beans
2 sm cans of green chiles

Other:
2 Pkg taco seasoning (2 tbsp homemade taco seasoning)
5 jars of salsa (2 can be pico if you prefer)
Peanut butter (almond butter for Paleo)
Soy sauce
Sweetner (Stevia for Paleo)
Sesame oil
Sesame seeds
Lime juice
Honey
Teriyaki sauce
Beef stock 5 1/4 c. total (or 2 cups you can use buillion unstead)
Minute rice
Frozen spinach
Country Bobs All Purpose Sauce (any BBQ sauce of your choice)
V-8 juice (1 1/2 c)
Sesame seeds
Lime juice 
Honey

Spices you need:
Oregano
Garlic powder
Onion powder
Cumin
Chili powder
Salt
Pepper
EVOO
Apple cider vinegar
Mrs. Dash

Gallon Zip lock freezer bags

By popular demand I have posted some new Crock Pot Meals: 

221 comments:

  1. Remind your readers that the grocery list doesn't include spices/pantry staples (i.e.- olive oil, vinegar...) : )I can't wait to do it again in a few weeks!

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    1. Yay yes I remembered those and added them to the bottom of the list:) Yes can't wait to do it again...will start searching for new recipes!

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  2. Such a great idea!! I'm going to try these! Y'all are fun besties :)

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    1. Yay you should definitely try they are delish and healthy!

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  3. How many servings does each of these recipes yield? This is a great website. Have been trying to start the Paleo thing for a while, but time is an issue. I love my slow cooker, so I'm so glad I stumbled upon your blog (which is so cute by the way).

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    1. Thank you so much, glad you are enjoying it. I would say most recipes make about 6-8 servings! Plenty for leftovers if you are serving few and enough for bigger groups too. Let me know if I can help you in any other way! Happy cooking!

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  4. On these recipes.....are the contents raw??? like the chicken?

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    1. All of the contents are raw except for the 2 recipes that called for ground beef...the ground beef must be browned/cooked before placing in the bag. Hope this helps let me know if you need anything else.

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  5. I clicked on this link from Pinterest, Paleo Crockpot. This is inaccurate. Your recipes contain beans, peanuts and cheese, (to begin with) that are not Paleo.

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    1. Sorry if it seemed inaccurate...in my first paragraph I gave a disclaimer and some recommendations for the true Paleo...substituting Almond butter instead of peanut butter and none of the recipes contain cheese you can just choose to serve with cheese if you like...I'm a Paleo-ish girl and enjoy cheese my husband is strict Paleo and does not sway....Sorry for any confusion...let me know if I can help in anyway...the few recipes that called for beans/corn I recommend using carrots or your choice of veggies...

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    2. Your disclaimer is perfectly clear and well explained. There is a lot of room for flexibility and creativity in your recipes. There are also a lot of extreme Paleo recipes on the internet for those who aren't interested in yours--it's not your job to cater to everyone, but its your job to make your blog and share things that are meaningful to you :) Keep it up and thanks for sharing.

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    3. Yes, this is definitely very much paleo-ISH. I think the fact that there's no bread or "can of cream of ___" in these recipes are the only reason they might qualify as even slightly paleo. Too bad. Soy sauce and beans are not at all paleo. I got really excited to see a list of paleo crock pot meals because crock pot cooking would be very helpful to me as I try to eat healthier, homecook more, and save money. But then I started reading your post only to find out that these recipes are pretty much the same as any other crockpot list except slightly less processed. Yes I can leave out beans and corn and soy or substitute with [whatever] but then I'm making a completely different recipe. Especially in something like chili where half the ingredients aren't paleo anyway.

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    4. Then don't make the recipe and move on. That's the great thing about her blog. It's hers. She has a disclaimer if you're a paleo Nazi but for those of us with small kids that won't go straight paleo the substations are great. Be on your way negative ones.

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  6. what is the bobs country sauce for? don't see it in any of the recipes

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    1. It's actually BBQ sauce you need Crock pot beef stew. I have a Paleo BBQ sauce recipe listed or you can use whatever kind you ilke.

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  7. I know you made a disclaimer about not being completely paleo. I just want to remind readers who are considering going paleo that on top of the other things that were mentioned, the soy sauce and teriyaki sauce are also not compliant. Thanks for the recipes :)

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    1. Great thanks so much...we are still newbies at this I have added a good soy sauce and teriyaki sauce recipe to the list...do you have any good recommendations as substitutes?

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    2. I use liquid aminos, which I still made from soy, but alot of paleo people use coconut aminos ad a sub for soy sauce. If you choose to use soy sauce I would just make sure you get a gluten free brand if you're having gluten sensitivities. Thanks for this post! It's always nice to come across some fresh crockpot recipes I can tweak :)

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    3. Great thanks so much for your suggestions!! Hope you enjoy and thank you for understanding you can tweak things to your liking:)

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    4. Tamari is also a substitute. While not completely Paleo as it's also made from soy beans, it is the gluten-free "cousin" of your traditional soy sauce

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    5. We use coconut aminos instead of soy sauce. We try to be as paleo as possible, but it's super hard with kids. We still eat corn (torillas) and rice and dairy occasionally. When always eat gluten free even when we can't be strict paleo. It's a process. You tweak when you can and let things go when you can't.

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  8. I don't think any of these recipes are paleo compliant. You can't be paleo-ish if you consume dairy and processed foods that contain sugar like salsa, v8, teriyaki sauce, soy, bbq. No rice, no beans, no dairy The list goes on on and. This is really a LOW starch recipes list of crock pot recipes but not paleo by any means !

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    1. As you should know being Paleo you have to tweak recipes to fit your needs. In a society that is 80% processed foods with additives and dyes I think we just have to do our best to make changes to fit our needs. Yes some of those things as you stated aren't Paleo but you can make homemade that is. As a working mom of a 10 month old these were great healthy "Paleo-ish" meals that work great for our family. If they do not work for you then just pass them up!

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    2. Wow people. Back off.

      Your recipes are great and the disclaimer answered all questions.

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    3. Thank you Beckysblog! Hope you enjoy!

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    4. I too am Paleo-ish (100% Gluten Free) after being completely Paleo for 21 days. People need to read before making statements about the recipes. If you don't like what is shared, just move on. I am going to try these recipes and was excited to find your site, which helps me keep a healthy dinner on the table after everyone gets home from a long day. I will be watching for your next set of recipes, and if needed will modify to suit my needs.

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    5. I must say I have nothing but respect and adoration for Stephanie McDonald! Reading her response to otherwise nasty comments really reveals the patient and understanding nature she has, which is something to inspire to be. I my self am a mother of a 19month old son and I can understand every second of the day is important especially when I am attending classes full time! I can not wait to try ALL of your recipes and make a few adjustments of my own. Thank you so very much for sharing!

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    6. We are 95% paleo (every once in a while, we'll have a treat), we are 100% gluten free, so for these I will just not make the ones that I can't make 100% paleo and change the ones I can to fit. Everyone needs to back off and stop criticizing these people who have worked really hard on some very yummy looking recipes. It's nice to have something ready to go, I work full time and have 4 kids, so I appreciate the effort, so on days I can't make dinner, I have something ready to go. I have a good friend who is considering paleo since she's seen the health benefits in me my husband and kids, but knows she needs to go gluten free at minimun, this is one of the places I sent her since she needs crockpot meals and I think it will be a good entry into paleo for her. I've warned her about making sure she uses coconut aminos instead of soy sauce and watch for other things that may contain gluten. We are all on our own journey and we need to ease up off people as they discover what works for them. Some people can't eat nightshades and fodmaps are we going to pick apart every meal until every person with any sensitivity to anything is happy? Geez! It's your job to make sure that a recipe fits your dietary needs, not the recipe writer's job. ease up.

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  9. Us paleo and Im sure you husband agrees, are whole foods, clean eating folks and anything jarred and canned in the market isn't paleo. :( I'm disappointed

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    1. Totally agree and understand...you can find some organic canned items...while not perfect they work for those of us that don't always have the time to make homemade! Sorry you are disappointed....

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    2. I am very happy with your recipes. I think for those of us who don't have the time/energy/need to be extreme Paleo, this is a good middle point. It makes it realistic for me to eat better for my family and on a budget, too. I do not have time/energy/interest to make my own salsa, so I am happy enough with organic salsa from the store. I use organic BBQ, teriyaki, etc to add flavor to dishes without adding too much sugar. So thank you, from someone who really appreciates these recipes and will use them regularly, and who totally gets the Paleo-ish thing! :)

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    3. Thank you so much Tikkitavi. It was our goal to make healthy, affordable recipes for our families. Though I love the concept of Paleo being 100% Paleo is very hard as a working, busy momma. Good luck. Let me know if you need anything.

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    4. You state super clearly from the get-go that these are paleo-ish and recommend several substitutions. I always wonder if people who are so quick to pounce online would do so face-to-face.

      I happen to LOVE this post - I'm a busy working gluten-sensitive paleo-ish girl and my crock pot is my bff. Thank you for taking the time to do this and so generously preparing a walkthrough so we can do it too! xoxo Jen

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    5. These are more clean eating. So I think what most of us are asking is to just call it clean eating instead of paleo/paleolithic/primal for those of us who have the time/energy/need to be paleo.

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  10. Just made plans and set a date with a friend to get all of these in the freezer! Thanks for such simple, yet yummy sounding choices. Found you via pinterest and can't wait to read more!

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    1. Great thank you so much! You will feel so accomplished once you make them and it is SO nice and convenient to have meals you can throw in so easily. I know as a working momma they have been lifesavers!

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  11. For those of us who have been Paleo a while, I think that instead of always ripping into the newbies about what isn't up to Paleo standards, we should be more supportive about them making healthier changes. Great ideas. I will be making mine with Paleo ingredients ie my own homemade taco seasonings, Paleo condiments, ect. My point is that I love that your families are doing this, enjoying it and sharing. Keep it up and keep learning. Thanks for these!

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    1. I totally agree with you! I feel like so many paleo people need to step off their high horse and approach their responses with more support, like you said. We should be encouraging their changes and not condemning their choice to have some cheese. I eat grassfed cheese occasionally and still consider myself paleo.

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    2. Thank you so much for your positive comment...all the negativity was starting to wear on me. Hope you enjoy. Thank you for understanding that you can change and tweak things to meet your family's needs. As a working momma these are great, healthy, convenient meals for us.

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    3. COMPLETELY agree!!! Geez! I'm so very excited to try this with some girl friends!!
      Thanks again!

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    4. COMPLETELY agree!!! Geez! I'm so very excited to try this with some girl friends!!
      Thanks again!

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    5. So many paleo people are so critical and pretentious - it was a huge turnoff for me back when I was still considering Paleo. I think if something is labeled Paleo and then only Paleo-ish, you'll get people jumping down your throat. I TOTALLY get the concept of Paleo-ish, I ate that way a long time and slowly transitioned to full-on Paleo, but it's maybe better to say "hey, these are lower-carb/starch" kinds of recipes. To keep the Paleo Purists from being snarky :)

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    6. I agree! Geez Louise people are ridiculous! Thank you for putting time and energy into posting these recipes and the shopping list!

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    7. Thank you guys so much! I hope you enjoy these recipes as much as we do!

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  12. We eat Paleo-ish and I'm excited to try your recipes! For the terikyaki chicken, do you add an ADDITIONAL 1/2 cup of sauce?

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    1. Great thanks so much. I hope you enjoy them as much as we have. I add 1/4 cup teriyaki sauce to the crock pot when I am ready to cook it and it is almost done. About an hour before serving.

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  13. one more question - on the Crock Pot SW Flank Steak, do you add the rice to the bag? or is it what the recipe is served over? thanks!

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    1. I do not add rice to the bag...it is just an option to mix in once serving....let me know if I can help in any other ways or you have more questions.

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  14. I found your post via Pinterest and am so excited to try these meals, thanks for sharing!

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    1. Great thanks so much. I hope you enjoy them. Let me know if I can help in any way.

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  15. Looking forward to your answers to some of these latest questions. Pay no mind to those people getting on to you for not being fully traditional paleo. I'm mean, good grief. You're doing great. I'm definitely ISH, because I'm a firn believer of balance in everything in life. Even really good stuff can be out of balance. Everything in moderation. Enjoy a little cheese. You've earned it. ;-)

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    1. Thanks so much for your encouragement. All the negativity was starting to wear on me. I am with you I think life is so about balance and making great choices as much as we can....Let me know if you need anything or have questions. Hope you enjoy these as much as we do.

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  16. This is so great! Most of these are cooked from frozen? Should the Southwest chicken be cooked for both on high for 6-7 hours and low for 7-8 hours, or is that supposed to be an or?

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    1. Yes they can ALL be cooked from frozen but you can make them the morning of. I just run them under a little warm water the morning I want to cook them to get them out of the bags if frozen. I usually cook all mine on low for about 8 hours, I would say for the Southwest chicken if you want to cook on high it would only take about 6 hours....on high usually around 7-8. Hope that helps. Let me know if you have any other questions..

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  17. Found you via Pinterest. I am contemplating going "Paleo-ish" myself and these recipes will be very helpful in easing the transition. Thank you for posting. I look forward to reading more of your blog.

    PS.. Love the name of the blog. Praise God for His grace and salvation.

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    1. Oh yes these are great transitional recipes:) Good luck...I believe its all about balance. Choosing healthy options as much as we can.

      And thank you...I am so thankful for His grace and mercy.

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  18. Love it!! I just made all the dishes and now my freezer is stocked!! Thank you so much! Our paleoish family will love EM I can tell!!!!

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    1. Oh yay great! Don't you just feel so accomplished:) It is SO nice to be able to just pull out a quick meal!! Enjoy!

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  19. I'm going to have to try these! My daughters have ballet on Tuesdays and we won't get home until 6:30 (bedtime is 8!) so we'll have to use the Crock Pot those days! Nice to find some different recipes!!

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    1. Oh good luck....I promise these make life so much easier...best thing is to come home from a busy day with the smell of dinner already cooking:)

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  20. So glad I came across these - paleo-ish is just what I've been after. :) Thanks for sharing!

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  21. I so appreciate that you added a shopping list!! Will be doing these up in the next day or so - just in time for cool weather. Thanks for getting this all together!!

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    1. You are welcome. Enjoy!! Let me know if you need anything!

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    2. I appreciated the shopping list very much. That helped me out tremendously! Love your recipes and can't wait to get started.

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  22. I am paleo-ish too. Thanks for doing all the work to create family-friendly meals for busy moms. Thanks!!

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    1. You are so welcome!! Enjoy...let me know if I can help in any other way!

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  23. Thank you! Thank you! Thank you! We are also a Paleo-ish family. This list of recipes is awesome! Pay no mind to the nay-sayers. All of these recipes are easily made full paleo. I appreciate you putting yourself out there as "paleo-ish."

    I now have a stocked freezer for our first 2 weeks of our homeschool year and I only spent $90!!!!!!!

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    1. Oh yay....I am so excited for you!! I hope you feel like superwoman and as accomplished as we did after we finished....love being able to throw food in the crock pot and coming home to the smell of dinner already cooking:)

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  24. Sarah - I do think this is a great list of recipes but they aren't Paleo. I've read the comments and I don't think Paleo eaters are necessarily hoity-toity to respond in the negative, they're just feeling a little disappointed. I know I clicked on the link excited that someone had finally done the work of coming up with some new Paleo freezer meals for my family to enjoy only to realize that only one of the meals is actually Paleo. Obviously they are easily modified, but that's not the point. I can modify just about any recipe out there. It's kindof like saying, "14 Gluten-free meals" when there's gluten in every meal. It's not that the meals aren't great, it's just that the title isn't accurate. I think it would help to change the title to something other than "Paleo" Paleo is a defined term so those commenting negatively are just pointing out that you're using the incorrect label. That's all. These recipes do look delicious and I know many families out there will enjoy them! Have a great day!

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  25. I made a comment days and days ago, and it didn't stick. And I'm mad! But I was much ruder the other day, so maybe the good Lord was teaching me some patience. But I want to state, that these meals look incredible and I appreciate you sharing them. As far as you being "disappointing" or some sort of Paleo Hack, it sounds like those people could use a damn cookie. These are healthy, well thought out meals that deserve praise since you took the time to create them for people who APPRECIATE you. Your disclaimer at the beginning of your post should have exempted you from the negative comments.....and now, I'm thinking you have a new business venture, called Paleo-ISH. For those of us who have healthy needs but aren't yet ready to spearhead our meals every night. Kudos to you, and THANKS again!

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    1. Aw love...thank you so much for having my back!! I like the idea a whole new Paleo-ish venture!! Maybe it would allow me to stay home;) Thanks again for your support:)

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    2. I agree! I was so mad reading the negative comments, I'm so sorry people can be so ugly! I even started reading them out loud to my boyfriend because I couldn't believe how condescending people can be. I'm devoting my Saturday evening to making all of these, I can't wait! Thanks for the well thought out meals and mostly for the grocery list! I try and eat as close to Paleo as possible so I'll be using the recommendations you so graciously suggested as well as my personal judgement when shopping. Thanks for being so sweet to take the time and do this! I hope you and your family the best :)

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    3. My goodness, I agree too!!! I too stumbled on this through Pinterest and we don't eat Paleo but I am looking for Paleo-ish meals too and this all sound amazing!! I think it's very sad for people to actually take time out of their day, and yours, to be negative about a blog post. Who cares if the recipes aren't what you want? Don't read it! Don't cook them! Change them as necessary!!! I don't like brussel sprouts, but I dont go around on peoples blogs and comment about how they should have never put brussel sprouts in the recipe! It's just funny to me how people like to spend their precious time and energy being negative. I for one, and I think a few others can agree, that these recipes sound awesome and you have done a great thing for a lot of people by trying these out, telling us what we need and sharing. THANK YOU!

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    4. Thank you girls SO very much....I was honestly very surprised by some of the negative comments...I mean, its not like they paid for the recipes and I sold them something false....it was free and not forced by any means:) Some of them clearly did not actually read any of the disclaimer or post. You girls are too sweet. These recipes have proven to be delicious and so easy for us....We are hoping to do another set in the near future....And I totally agree Tina I would never tell someone their recipe is awful because it included something I didn't enjoy rather I would tweak it. Good luck girls...let me know if I can help ya'll in anyway!!

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  26. I'm so excited about this! Found your post via pinterest and though we do not eat Paleo ... we are certainly focused on green/whole/real ingredients & try and focus on low carb/starch diets :) which this is perfect for! I went and bought the first half of our ingredients today but shopping with two toddler boys (& another on the way!) @ naptime was a recipe for a melt down :) which is exactly what happened! Now, that the boys are taking their naps I can make a couple of these meals and do the other half of their shopping later today or tomorrow! Thank you so much for these quick easy and (hopefully!) delicious recipes! :)

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  27. Just a quick question...should we defrost the freezer bag the night before in the fridge? Or just put it in crockpot frozen?

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  28. I made 11 of these today! So excited to try them. My husband thought I was giddy as I was placing one in my freezer and I probably was. As a mom of three kids (1, 4 and 7) with some sort if lesson Monday-Thursday, I was super excited to find these recipes. This was my first attempt at bulk freezer cooking. I am hoping that even with our busy schedule that this will help us eat dinner as a family every day without any help from McD's!

    As a comment to the recipes. I noticed that sesame seeds, lime juice and honey were not listed in the shopping list. I also bought Italian salad dressing mix and didn't end up using it. I can't figure out how I skipped it.

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    1. Oh yay I know we felt SO accomplished when we finished making these. I am excited everytime I come home to the smell of dinner already cooking. Even better is getting to spend the time in the evenings with my daughter and not in the kitchen:)

      Thanks so much for noticing we didn't add things we already had in our pantry but I just definitely added them to the list...thanks so much! Also, goodness I feel like we used the Italian seasoning but I can't find it...so maybe we skipped it too;)

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  29. Just wondering... I live in the UK and when one says tomato sauce one means ketchup over here. I am american but Ive been here for so long that I dont remember what an american means when they say tomato sauce! Do you mean tomato paste, or tomato juice or what? Could you substitute chopped tomatoes or tomato paste? Thanks...

    Also wanted to add... I am paleo-ish. Im not really following a strict paleo diet but I follow a very low carb diet because I have a bowel disease and eating this way helps. I do drink coffee, bc I love it. I will eat chocolate, bc I love it. I like paleo recipes because they are usually low carb and dont rely on potatoes and starchy foods to bulk them out.

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    1. Hey Genifer! Tomato sauce is pureed tomatoes over here - not as thick as tomato paste and definitely not ketchup. :) Maybe it's just called "pasta sauce" in the UK? Tomato sauce usually is seasoned but not always. This link might help: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Tomato_sauce

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    2. Thank you for responding soundofpaper. Yes tomato sauce is basically like pureed tomatoes. You can definitely substitute tomato paste it is just thicker. You can also just use chopped or pureed tomatoes. Thanks for your encouragement!! Good luck...these recipes have been great for me and have been so nice to have! Let me know if I can help in any other way!

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    3. a can of tomato paste and a can of water in equal amount is roughly the same as tomato sauce. It is what I sub now since I like the richer taste and the smaller cans in my pantry.

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  32. I didn't get a chance to read through all the comments so sorry if this is a repeat but I wanted to add that this is a great high fiber/low carb menu as well! I have been trying to find recipes that don't break the bank and still stick to my family's dietary needs. Most include so much seafood (which is very expensive in our area) and weird ingredients that they just aren't doable. Thanks so much for posting!

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  33. I know someone already commented, but if you want to make everything Gluten free make sure you are using GF soy sauce. San J makes a great GF Tamari (which actually tastes a lot better than your average soy sauce). I think La Choy also makes a GF soy sauce (but you'd need to double check that). Not sure if there is anything out there that works as a GF Teriyaki sauce. Your recipes look really good.

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    1. Great thanks so much, yes I found a Gluten Free Soy Sauce by Kikkoman. San-J also has a gluten free teriyaki sauce I recently found:) Hope you enjoy the recipes! Thanks again for your suggestions and recommendations.

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  34. These recipes look awesome!!! Three of my friends and I got together and made them all last night. It took the 4 of us 4 hours and $400 worth of groceries to make all of these meals!!! We prepped the food, then each of us would take a recipe and make that in 4 bags. So we each only ended up making 3 of the actual recipes, but each of us went home with 12 different meals to put in our freezers last night and had fun doing it!!! Thanks for compiling these and the shopping list. We look forward to doing it again and have shared you link with friends on facebook!!!! (Instead of writing the directions on the bag, I took your recipe list, decreased the font, and removed everything except the name of the dish and the cooking directions. We printed these out and cut them into strips.We used clear packing tape to completely cover the 'label' and taped them right to our ziplock bags prior to filling them. I think it was easier than writing everything out. I hope that helps!!!!) Thanks again!

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    1. Oh yay I am SO glad you guys were able to do this. Isn't it so incredible...I feel so accomplished everytime I throw one in the crock pot. Great suggestion on printing them out and taping them on. Just an FYI, the freezer bags actually tear off very easily once frozen so most I don't even have to thaw at al to get them outl. I am already working on a new post and some new ones as my stock is getting low:) Hope you enjoy them!!

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  35. What is the quantity of each meal? Were there left-overs? When I make crockpot meals, I like to have enough for two nights (for our tiny family of three, me, my hubs, and our 18 month old). Would you suggest doubling the recipe for there to be left-overs, or recipe and a half? What are your thoughts! Can't wait to try it!!

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    1. All of these meals easily feed at least 4 people with some leftovers. I think you could honestly just throw in a little extra meat....i.e. 1-2 extra chicken breasts to make it go farther. My husband and I always have enough for lunch and/or dinner the next day with all of them. Good luck...let me know if I can help you out in any other way.

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  36. Hello! I found this link from pinterest, its great! Thanks! I am going to start following, check out my blog if you get a chance and if you like it follow back! :)

    I post a lot of healthy meal recipes!

    mywaytofitandfab.blogspot.com

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    1. Great I love getting new, healthy recipes...just started following!!

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  37. I count 5 meals that have beans in them & 4 (at least) that have non-Paleo ingredients, such as soy sauce, teriyaki, V-8, sugar, cornstarch, cream cheese, bottled BBQ sauce, packaged taco mix, barley, corn, etc. Obviously, many of these ingredients can be substituted for Paleo compliant ones, but some will not give the same results. The cornstarch is used as a thickener, so arrowroot would be a good sub for it. Coconut aminos are a good sub for the soy sauce. There are wheat free (& gluten free) teriyaki sauces available. Any of the nut butters or seed butters can be exchanged for the peanut butter. Plain tomato juice (or fresh veggie juice blends made at home) can be subbed for the V8. Honey is Paleo and corn can just be omitted completely if it is only used as an added veggie. Cauliflower is an excellent sub for white rice (as long as you don't eat it plain). The problem with just subbing almond flour & almond milk for wheat flour & dairy milk in the stew is that those ingredients are used to thicken the stew & the almond flour doesn't contain gluten (like wheat flour does) so it won't thicken. Also, the almond milk will actually separate in a less than pleasing way when overly heated (unlike dairy milk, which helps to bind the gluten). In this case, arrowroot powder or tapioca powder (if you can tolerate it) & coconut milk would probably be better subs than the almond flour & almond milk. Just some suggestions for those that want to try & make the non-Paleo/Paleo-ish recipes a bit more Paleo.

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  38. OMG!! What is wrong with you people? How many times does she have to explain "Paleo-Ish"? She did her best, obviously put in a lot of time and work to make this available to others. Take what you can/want and leave the rest!! Not to mention that people who are new to this (Paleo eating) need to take baby steps. Going strictly Paleo "cold turkey" can be a little overwhelming and intimidating especially to people like myself who have other people to consider when cooking. If you want to offer options or substitutes for the ingredients that are not Paleo, fine I am sure they are welcome, but to continue to point out the obvious (obvious because she put it out there upfront) and voice your "disappointment" is just rude....get over yourselves already. Thank you Stephanie and BFF, some of us appreciate your effort.

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    1. Haha amen! Thank you girl! I agree baby steps....and I don't think we will ever have the time to be full blown Paleo but we do the best that we possibly can!! Good luck, thanks for your sweet encouragement and comment:)

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  39. ohforcryingoutloud!! sheesh people lol Bottom line These are great recipes, easy, affordable, and will make my life easier, Which after cooking for 35+ years is mostly what I am after!! THANK YOU Stephanie! for the recipes, the grocery list, BUT mostly for your time in putting this all together, It is appreciated. I clicked on this because my daughter had pinned it on Pinterest and I wanted to check it out, so maybe we could do it together. I don't care if its Paleo, ISH, low whatever, I'm grateful it fits my dietary needs and I didn't have to put on my thinking cap and do it myself. Really, great recipes(in the crock pot YES!!) and a grocery list too YEAH :-) Can't get any better. I want to do other things with my time, Like playing with my Grandchildren and that man I'm married to still thinks he needs to eat. So, again Thanks Stephanie and Jaimee, keep up the good work and many blessings to you and yours ~ Marietta

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  40. Everyone needs to lighten up and work on their reading comprehension. She called these meals Paleo-ISH up front. These are great ideas:)

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  41. I used garbanzo bean flour in the cheeseburger soup and it worked really well. But I have no idea if that is paleo, lol. Now I'm going to try all 12!!!

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  42. Oh my word this is awesome! I am sharing this on my fitness page at www.fb.com/findingfitandi if that's okay. Seriously cannot wait to do this!

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  43. grace... love the opening scriptures. seems like in every area of life we could all use and give a little more grace. the great thing about grace is the consistency and safety it provides to us. grace doesnt tear down, doesnt condemn, doesnt point out flaws; it accepts things as they are and finds the beauty and value in it. just as so many people are turned off by the judgement they find in the church, people are turned off by a healthy way of eating by the fanatic "purists". no one is perfect and everyone's journey is a different path. some of us are doing well to just get through each day. there is absolutely no place for that type of behavior in a place where people are looking for help, support, community, ideas and friendship. if it isnt for you, and doesnt fit your lifestyle, then like a pair of shoes that are visually appealing but dont quite fit, then just keep on walking, don't chew out the manufacturer or sales clerk! All size 7s arent the same, even if they say 7. Grace... its one of the greatest gifts we could ever give or receive.

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    1. Wow thank you I couldn't have said it better! This was so beautifully put and I completely agree...thank you for sharing!

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  44. Do these meals go into the crockpot frozen or do you need to thaw first?

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  45. Thank you so much!!! I'm a busy mom of two little boys and we have started our journey on eating better organic/unprocessed/ non-gmo. I've never understood the whole paleo thing and I don't think we will choose to do this for our family unless it's medically necessary. I'm very grateful that you took the time to put this on your blog. I love the idea of prepping one day and having meals for the rest of the week. That's just awesome. By the end of the day I do not feel like cooking so this will help me so much! It's even easy enough that the husband cant mess it up ;) God made us all unique and different for a reason we shouldn't use that to put others down. I'm sure the people who are 100% paleo now didn't start out that way but they seem to forget that. It's like when a mom is trying to calm down her child at a store and the little old lady gives the look like "please control your kid" because she has child badness amnesia because her kid was a sweet angel. Lol All we can do is our best and sometimes we just have to settle for ok. And if paleo-ish works for your family, then rock it girl!!!!! Your doing a fantastic job!
    P.S I wouldn't mind seeing another post like this with 12 different meals, I wont have to meal plan ever again!
    THANK YOU SO MUCH!!!!!!!

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    1. Good luck...these recipes are so very adaptable and accomodating to anyones needs....with all the cancer that has fallen on our family we are very aware of what we put in our bodies and try to make the best choices we can!! Thank you, thank you for your sweet comments!! YOu are so sweet, let me know if you need anything!

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    2. I just wanted to say that we have tired most of the meals and we love them!!! The one year old can eat meals with us no problem because they are so soft!! Our 4 year old is coming around to eating veggies. I made the spinach and salsa chicken and he ate it without complaining that's a huge thing for us!! Like I said before thank you so much for you hard work putting this together so mom's like me can benefit from it!

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  46. Thanks for posting these recipes! I actually just won first place at a chili cookoff last night with your taco chili recipe! Easy and delicious! Thanks!! :-)

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  47. Thank you so much for this!!! It may not be 100% paleo but like someone said earlier some people are just trying to make it through the day and feed their family and to me this is tons better than any dollar menu and drive thru..... also the comment about Grace...wow oh wow...how true did that ring in my ears. Thank you I came across this on FB and will put it to good use.

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  48. Do you think if I were to add a bit more meat that they would need to be altered? Our family is bigger and we like leftovers for lunches.

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  49. Thanks for doing this and sharing!

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  50. I just put these on my grocery list today and will be putting them together as soon as I get back from the store. I am also going to buy printable labels instead of writing on the bags. My hubby is allergic to many things so Paleoish is really the most sensible option for us. This list makes me hopeful that with me working nights that my hubby will be more likely to eat healthy and stick to this diet. Thank you for posting these and I look forward to making these!

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  51. Thank you so much for sharing recipes that are not only low-maintenance, but also nutritious! I am so excited to try all of these out. I have the same kind of gluten issues, AND I'm trying to cut out carbs, which makes these recipes exactly what I was searching for. I'm truly baffled by all the negative comments from the Paleo side, because these recipes are completely adaptable. Are these people upset over the extra minute it took out of their day to click on the link to your site and skim through the recipes? Really? Seriously? No one deserves that kind of negativity, especially someone who has graciously shared her time and recipes for the rest of us to enjoy. Anyway, love, love, LOVE that they are all in one post, with easy steps and budget-friendly ingredients. Win-win in my book! :)

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    1. Thank you so much! Good luck, it has made a world of difference for me to limit my carbohydrate intake....good luck....let m know if you need any help. I thought the strange negativity was weird...I am so thankful for sweet people like you! Thanks, good luck!

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  52. Thanks so much for putting this together. 2 quick questions: Was it $130 each or for both, and what is the yield on the recipes?

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  53. I did a bunch of these last week, and my husband liked them so much he asked for all the same stuff this week. LOL I'm going to add in the Cheeseburger Soup. Is there any way to thicken it without the almond flour? We have a nut allergy. I was thinking along the lines of potato starch?

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  54. Stephanie,
    I do appreciate the effort for the "Paleo-ish" recipes. I think the thing people are completely misinterpreting is that this is just a guide, and for ideas, not a "set-in-stone" list (Paleo Joke). I will not be making a lot of the recipes on this list, as many of these recipes do not suit my wife's and mine lifestyle; we use more diversified things that include more Italian and french-based recipes with different types of squashes and zucchinis as the base to our recipes (Paleo Spaghetti [spaghetti squash], Ratatouille, etc...)

    The important thing to this, and again, I appreciate you sharing, is that this is just the idea that you can do a bunch of prep on one day, and assemble on the next. I love that idea. You can bend your list toward using more of the same ingredients as to cut down on the budget of having to get a new item for each dish. I love this idea. With that, thank you.

    Thank you for posting this, despite the bad reviews and difference of opinions that everyone in the world share. If a taste or recipe isn't for a person, it's simple, there really is no need for that person to make it.
    However, I had a hard time getting over Paleo, and the relic of religion, as the title implements. It's hard for me to take it serious that someone may believe in the supernatural, follow a book written by men with the mentality bestowed over two-three millennial ago, and still follow the rules of Paleo that far predate religion or any factual-religious evidence. But, I am a skeptical and math-based person by nature, so, I question everything and the fabric behind it, which is what led me here, research.

    I can respect this recipe guide, and the personal faith of the person that wrote this, because, you, Stephanie, did this out of the goodness of your heart, put a lot of work into this, and am trying to just share it with the world to hopefully spread this idea on. I t may not be as Paleo as the guide suggests, and you may have a difference of opinion in the postmortem. But, that's what makes this world, and the internet so wonderful; we can come together with a common interest despite all of the other differences.

    So, thank you for putting this out there for people to see, judge, and critique for their own behalf. There are many benefits to this, and you are a kind person for sharing this. I will be trying some of the recipes, but, will also be making many of my own up on the way.

    If you're interested in making DIY or Homemade Soups, Dishwasher Detergents, and/or Laundry Detergents, http://www.diynatural.com/homemade-laundry-detergent-soap/ is a great place also, and it goes hand-in-hand for the budget-friendly crowd.

    I hope this review/response is not offensive in any way, and that it helps relieve some of your stress, as many here seem to have some sort of opposing opinion toward what is or isn't Paleo. Again, they miss the fact that it's just a great guide for low-cost and healthy solutions, with a base of Paleo-inspired recipes.

    Thanks,

    Tim

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  55. I just made the spinach and salsa chicken. Very good and SUPER easy. I didn't freeze it before. I just threw 2 fresh chicken breasts and a jar of salsa in my dutch oven and cooked on the stove over low heat for a few hours. To serve, I sliced some fresh avocado on top and it was really good. I think next time I might try adding some of my homemade taco seasoning instead of the Mrs Dash just to try a little different variety.
    As far as the paleo police - don't let them bother you. I've been eating paleo for 4 years and I'm pretty strict. When I saw this on pinterest the label very clearly stated paleo-ISH and I knew when I clicked on it I would probably see some legumes or dairy or others. No biggie, I can modify it for my liking and eliminate those things if I need to. Over the years I've been eating paleo, I've learned that Paleo can be different for different people and everyone has to start somewhere. I think it's great that you are eliminating processed foods and pre-packaged items and trying to provide fresh made meals for your family even while working and caring for a little one! Props to you! Keep doing what you're doing and experiment with what works for you. Some people can tolerate dairy, some can't. Some do great with high carb starchy veggies, some don't. Diets are very individual so do what works for your family and ignore the haters. For some reason, people lose all manners when they get behind a keyboard and aren't speaking face to face, but that's really their problem to deal with. Don't let it get to you! :)

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      Thank you for your sweet comments! I totally agree. I agree that people forget that there are people with feelings behind these things;) Thanks again

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  56. Thanks for these recipes :) Read through a lot of people's comments and just wanted you to know that I've done strict paleo before and now am trying your more "paleo-ish" version, as time and money are a big reason why I kept falling through with the strict paleo. You have dealt with the criticism graciously, and you clearly state these are not 100% paleo recipes, but people need to tweak them to their liking (as with any recipes out there...) I clicked on your link and saw you went to Baylor as well, so from a fellow bear, Sic 'em! And thanks again for helping out by posting the recipes!

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  57. Can you halve the recipies if it's only for two people?

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  58. I made a few of these and popped them in the freezer. Last week I cooked the Honey Sesame Chicken and my kids LOVED it! Thanks so much for sharing these!!! Dinner time is crazy with homework, soccer, and everything else so I really appreciate it when I can pull out my crockpot and have "her" do the cooking. It's like having my own wife. Now if only "she" would clean my house and do the laundry.
    BTW I shared this on my blog. www.dolendiaries.com

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  59. Thank you SO much! I have done 30 meals freezer meals twice now and it's always so stressful. Your meals are so easy (and yummy). I have a 3 yr old and a 2 month old and it's been so NOT stressful, it's fantastic! I've doubled each recipe, so it's giving me a total of 24 meals. So far I've completed 14 of them over the course of 2 days, a total of 4 hours. For all the meals I paid less than $200. Thank you for sharing!!

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  60. Thank you so much for these wonderful, healthy and easy recipes! I found this in Pintrest looking for paleo meals. I am not paleo but an gluten free. I have found good variety in paleo recipes as they are so compatible with gluten free. Though I am not paleo, I see many negative paleo comments. I have to add that when I look for gluten free choices I examine even non-gluten free recipes and adapt for my diet. I hope others can be open minded to do the same for paleo-ish recipes. I am ever so glad for the terrific meal ideas and the work you put in to create them. I can't wait to try!

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  61. I just made all of these and stuck them in the freezer! Can't wait to try them out! I found you on Pinterest and am glad I did. I want to slowly transition to paleo and instead of diving right it this is a good place to start. Thanks!

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  62. So great to have this compilation of crockpot recipes to reference. I'm expecting baby #2 any day, and the hubs is scheduled to deploy shortly thereafter. These will be a lifesaver for me! Thanks for putting yourself out here as a paleo-ish kind of girl, as that as me as well. We don't all have to be hard liners to be healthier. Don't let the negative comments get you down. I assure you, this post has been a help and good resource to many more than it has "disappointed". and you handled any negative comments with such grace, kudos to you for that. I think your recommendations were great, as I for one don't tolerate beans well, I will def sub those out for carrots. FYI, cauliflower florets and celery also make good paleo fillers too. Cubed sweet potatoes are a good sub too. And for those of us that don't have the time, store bought things can still be perfectly paleo, even if they are in a can, so long as the ingredients are compliant. The main point is moving to a healthier place, not having to replicate exactly how our ancestors did everything. Oh, and I love coconut aminos as a sub for soy sauce. I actually prefer it to soy sauce. Thanks again for the post!

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  63. These recipes look fantastic! I can't believe all of the negative comments. Sheesh! That white bean chili will be in my belly tonight!

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  64. Phew I got exhausted reading some of those nasty comments... I can't imagine what would make anyone think it's okay to act like that.

    My husband and I are kicking off a low-carb diet and I am super pumped to jump start with these. I bought stuff for about half of these today. Can't wait to actually eat them. Thanks!

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  65. Seriously, regarding the stupid negative comments, wtf is wrong with people?

    Anyway, I was wondering what everyone's favorite was out of these.

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  66. Thank you so much for posting these!! I've been looking for a list of dinners exactly like this that my two small children will eat. We went grocery shopping tonight & I'm about to start my prep. Thanks again, can't wait to try these!

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  68. Wow, there are certainly a ton of comments on this one! I've always been a big fan of slow cooked meals, but was having trouble using my crockpot with the paleo diet. I think these recipes are great, and absolutely adaptable for a 100% paleo diet. (Also, paleo-ish is just so darn cute! I'd never heard that before!)

    People can get pretty bent out of shape about what is paleo and what isn't, but for me, I just use it as a benchmark or north star when making decisions about what to eat. Am I going to add something 'paleo-ish' to a meal if I really, really want to? Absolutely! But you probably won't find me eating a piece of Wonder bread. It's all about making better decisions about what we put into our bodies.

    I think a classic vegan joke works pretty well for some of our paleo friends here: "How will I know if someone is Paleo?" "Don't worry, they'll tell you." :-)

    Thanks for Sharing!

    xoxo
    Alison
    http://thompsonschoosehappy.blogspot.com/

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  69. I would not lay the freezer bags flat in the freezer. I found out real quick that a frozen square does not fit into an oval crockpot LOL!

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    1. Ha yes flat does not go well into the crock pot. You can thaw those overnight usually and throw them in, in the AM!

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  70. BTW - I made the chicken taco chili (on your regular crock pot blog) and it was outstanding!!!

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  71. Thank-you!! I will be making some of these, and I am sorry so many people had rude things to say! I say they should just keep their negative opinions to themselves! You say it right in the tittle Paleo-ISH!! I think they look healthy without any "cream of crap" added. My daughter is Paleo -ish and coming home on leave and I will have some of these ready to cook. My husband and I just want to eat healthy with limited wheat, sugar and dairy, but we eat corn,beans, etc. I don't buy into the Paleo, if it supposed to be what a cave man would eat, I don't think they even had salt! and for that reason paleo followers should be eating bugs as I am sure they did as they did not have cows or chickens back then!! But thanks for the great simple recipes, I will sure try a few at least!!

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  72. Interesting that we are discussing diseases of affluent societies in the “somewhat inferior” ancient people. Eurocentrism anyone?
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  73. I found this post this morning and is was so easy to follow and so simply laid out that I printed it and went shopping and prepped all 12 today. I'm having surgery on my dominant arm on Wednesday and now I don't need to worry about feeding my family. Thank you for all your hard work putting this together. It made planning ahead so easy. The only thing I ended up needing and not having was potatoes. They are not on the shopping list. :)

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    1. Hope your surgery went well and you enjoy the recipes!!

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  74. I want to make sure I do it right, but for the teriyaki chicken each bag has two chicken breasts?

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    1. Yes sorry and you can actually possibly fit it all into 1 bag!

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  76. I just made 9 of these recipes and they looked amazing. Cant wait to try the honey sesame chix, I think that one will be my fav. Thanks for the awesome recipes

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  77. The grocery list doesn't include spices/pantry staples (i.e.- olive oil, vinegar...) : )I can't wait to do it again in a few weeks

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  78. Stayed up until midnight last night making all of these! I have a couple of comments already that I'd love to add. Firstly, ALL of the ingredients (minus maybe a few spices and olive oil) plus quite a bit of produce and a few other items cost me just $150 at the store...I NEVER get out of there under $200, so I was extremely happy. Secondly, NONE of these recipes have condensed soup or extraordinary amounts of processed ingredients in them; actually, aside from the taco seasoning, which could easily be substituted out, these are extremely wholesome recipes, which is so rare to come by it seems when dealing with y slow cooker. Lastly, it took me a whole lot longer than 2 hours to make these...I may just be a slow poke, but I was working on them from about 8 p.m. to 12. That having been said, I am SO RELIEVED to know that I've got dinner for the next ~2 weeks AND lunches covered for my husband and I. We are trying the honey sesame seed chicken tonight and I can't wait to see how it turned out! Thanks so much for sharing these recipes! :-)

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  79. Hello! I have a question: is the cooktime for the Southwest Chicken really 6-8 hours AND 8-9 hours? Why such a long cook time?
    Thank you for these great recipes!
    -Heather

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    1. So sorry for the late reply. I hope you figured it out it should have said low 8-9 hours or high 6-8 hours.

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  80. Has anyone tried freezing these inside of those crockpot bags? Maybe you could just pop them into the crock straight from the freezer...

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  81. Thank you so much for these recipes! Found you via Pinterest in an attempt to find healthy freezer meals and these are perfect! Baby #5 is arriving in just a few weeks and your hard work is going to be so helpful for this mama! Thanks again.

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    1. Oh yay congratulations!! I'm so glad you found these recipes. I hope you enjoy them as much as we did. And they are the best thing to have on hand with a new baby!

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  82. can't wait to try these! I'm gluten free and have had a hard time flinging freeze ahead meals that don't contain pasta and such. thanks for sharing!

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  83. finding is what I meant to say lol

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  84. Hi Stephanie,
    I wanted to say a BIG thank you for these recipes. I prepared 5 freezer meals in advance for this week and can't wait to try them. Incidentally, I see you went to Baylor and I did too! What year did you graduate? Thanks ~ Katie

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    1. Aw yay hope you enjoyed them! I graduated from their nursing school in 2005. eek that makes me sound old;)

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  85. Love this idea. Even though I work at home, I use the slow cooker all the time. That way I get dinner going when I break for lunch and it's done when I'm finished with work.

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    1. Yes they are the best for any mom:) Hope you enjoyed them!

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  86. On the SW Flank Steak recipe, what do you do with the red and green sliced peppers?

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    1. Sorry you can add them to the bag at the end….surprised no one has noticed this:) Enjoy!

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  87. I have a question about the cooking instructions on the Spinach and Salsa chicken. Are all ingredients being thrown into the slow cooker together? I got a little bit confused because the second set of instructions says to shred the chicken and mix with the spinach. I didn't know if that meant the spinach is cooked separately and then added with the chicken after it is cooked and shredded. Thank you!

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  88. I'm late to the party! Just found this on Pinterest and made 6 of the meals today. (Wasn't sure I could fit 12 in my freezer right now! ha!) Took no time at all & I feel so accomplished! Thanks to you & your friend for your hard work & for sharing!

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