Paleo Chowing Part 2: Oven-Free Cooking

gluten-free paleoI’m not sure if I have complained enough this week about my oven, and my laptop both crapping out. Oh, also, I think my 15-year-old dog is on the way out too. But hey, why not stick with a paleo diet when it offers you no cheese whatsoever?

All right, I did have nachos once this week. Once. And I felt horrible after, and I’m realizing that I feel a zillion times better if I stick to (at the least) a dairy-free, refined-sugar free and duh, gluten-free diet. I have added the occasional legume and even less occasional potato (in fact, I was planning on eating a baked potato the night my oven died but refused to debase the ‘tater by popping it in the microwave, so still, no white potatoes that are not on the approved paleo list) to my diet. Also, I’m still trying to figure out coconut amnios. I mean, it’s good, but what a weird new thing to be eating on the regular.

I said before that I have a hard time understanding how rice and beans are a bad thing, and again, if my body is telling me anything it’s that I can also eat rice and/or beans and feel good. So. Here are my final paleo meals, even though I’m going to keep this diet close to my heart. I just can’t ditch the r ‘n’ bs. Can’t do it. Oh, and I’ve had corn products twice.  I don’t think it’s a bad idea to limit corn, but it’s not on the bloating, tired, making me hungry list.

gluten-free paleoSo yeah, that’s a sweet potato and pork dinner. Simple. Throw your pork loin in a crock pot with your choice of spices and sauce and bake up a sweet potato. YUM. Clearly I baked this before the oven gave me the finger.

gluten-free paleoThis? This is a desperate attempt at paleo lunch while dining out wherein I got a burger, topped it with avocado, and laid it out on a bed of greens. Sweet potato fries are my side (as you can see, my guilty pleasure is sweet potato, which is actually sad, when you think about it).

I still did the eggs for breakfast thing because the husband was out of town and I had no time (or oven!) to do anything else creative. And then I had this deliciousness which looks nothing like Crunchy Mama’s paleo sesame chicken, but tasted freaking divine.

gluten-free paleoYeah, make this. Here’s how:

Crunchy Mama’s Sesame Chicken (Paleo, Gluten Free, Dairy Free)

via Crunchy Mama

Prep time: 20 minutes Cook time: 15-20 minutes

2 lb chicken thighs, cut into bite-sized cubes
3 cloves of garlic, minced
2 TBSP untoasted sesame seeds
1/2 cup tapioca flour

fat of your choice for frying – coconut oil, avocado oil or olive oil


1 TBSP coconut aminos
1 TBSP tapioca flour
1 egg


3 TBSP coconut aminos*
2 TBSP balsamic vinegar
1 TBSP dry sherry
2 TBSP raw honey
2 tsp sesame oil
1 tsp tapioca flour
1 tsp sea salt

1. Allow chicken thighs to marinate for 30 minutes.

2. Heat your fat of choice (I skipped the ghee for olive oil and felt like a bad paleo, but you know) in a large skillet on medium. Roll chicken pieces in tapioca flour and place in skillet evenly. Allow chicken to brown and crisp on each side.

3. Mix sauce together with whisk.

4. Remove chicken from skillet and drain. Reserve 2 tablespoons of oil/fat in pan and sautee three minced garlic cloves over medium heat.

5. Add sauce to skillet and heat and mix thoroughly. Return chicken pieces to the skillet and cook for 2-4 minutes. Add sesame seeds and mix.

Makes: 6 servings

13 thoughts on “Paleo Chowing Part 2: Oven-Free Cooking

  1. All of these looks so delicious! Thank you for sharing your adventure with the paleo diet – I’m still toying whether or not I should try it, since I’m still not feeling 100% on the gluten free diet. Enjoy your beans and rice! 😉

    • I agree – especially with brown rice! Just refrain from eating too much of them, because they are really good if spiced well.

  2. So, April… I’ve really been thinking about going paleo… but I can’t eat eggs unless they’re cooked into something. Are there paleo breakfast options that don’t involve eggs? Hope you don’t mind me asking that here…

    • I found it difficult to find paleo options for breakfast that don’t involve eggs. Very difficult. You can only have sweet potato hash, or a grass-fed steak, or anything you might eat for dinner for breakfast. There is also a great recipe for paleo, gluten-free pancakes over at Nom Nom Paleo. I just can’t do all of that on a weekday. But I do plan on doing it on the weekend.
      Breakfast, by far, was the most difficult meal of the day on paleo. I did eat the hell out of those paleo scones, though.

      • That makes sense… I find breakfast the hardest meal of the day with or without paleo constraints. But I do love scones… mmm…. thanks for your response!

  3. so on paleo you can have starches like tapioca starch ? but not cheese. can’t i just swap those : )
    i have been doing lower sugar and carb lately and feel better and have lost a few lbs. i think GF stuff just has to much rice flour crap in it and for me it really really made me hungry, gain weight, etc. i’ve been able to switch to almond milk for coffee and some cooking but cannot imagine a life without cheese !

    • Unclear on that. It came from a website that called it paleo. From what I understand every paleo has a different way of looking at it – or rather every group of paleo types.

      I know, cheese just rules doesn’t it?

  4. Hey, as long as it tastes delicious, noone cares how it looks! Thanks for giving my recipe a try!

    And re tapioca – it depends on how academic you want to get about Paleo. Some people take it to the extreme and I suppose if you ran out to the woods right now and tried to live for a few months, you may not run into tapioca flour.

    However, tapioca is a “clean” starch that doesn’t contain anti-nutrients that our body can not handle. It also isn’t particularly nutrient-dense like coconut and almond flour but has properties for cooking that make it a great substitute for traditional thickeners, etc.

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