Category Archives: Paleo Recipes

Recipe: Golden Harissa Dip (with Squash)

pumpkin-harissa-dipBuilding on what we made yesterday…this addictive dip is delicious and uses the tasty harissa.  If you want more of a kick, add more harissa.

Serves: 4-6
Preparation time: 20 minutes
Cooking time: 15 minutes

You will need

1 large butter nut squash or pumpkin (around 750g-800g)
1 tbsp olive oil
1 tsp caraway seeds
1 tsp Moroccan spice mix
1 large garlic clove, crushed
1 tsp harissa, or to taste
Bunch coriander, washed
3 tbsp lemon juice
Salt, to taste


1. Peel and de-seed the pumpkin/squash. Chop the flesh into large chunks, place in a pan and cover with water. Bring to a gentle simmer, cover tightly, and allow to cook in its own juices, until tender. Drain and set aside.

2. Heat the oil in a pan and fry the caraway seeds and spice mix, stirring occasionally, until fragrant and aromatic (around four minutes). Stir in the garlic and fry for one minute, then add the pumpkin or squash, mashing with a fork, before adding all the remaining ingredients. Stir well to combine then remove from the heat. Let the dip cool before serving.

Quick Paleo Supper

paleo-cauliflower-cheeseRacing in from work tonight and thinking what to cook for tea!  Pork joint already in the oven cooking but quick side dishes in order.  Opt for cauliflower cheese (paleo style) and spring greens with butter.  Lovely simple meal.  Here’s how to fix the cauliflower cheese:


1 x cauliflower

1/2 cup of greek style natural yoghurt


grated nutmeg


fried bacon bits


spring onions or chives


Steam the cauliflower til soft.  Mash in with the yoghurt, butter and nutmeg.  Place in dish. Cover with the fired bacon bits. Sprinkle on the cheese and place under grill til  crisp and bubbling.  Sprinkle with chives on top and serve.

Note on Dairy:

Strict Paleo does NOT include dairy. However if you tolerate dairy products keeping them in your diet will give you more variety in texture and taste.  Real Greek Yoghurt (Fage Total for example is 2/3 fat (mostly saturated))  is also an excellent protein source and a great source of FAT.  Remember Paleo is not prescriptive but is an adaptable plan for sustainable healthy eating.

Keep your food choices rotated.  Don’t only eat from  a few select items you judge to be “good” for you (you’d be surprised how many of us fall into that trap)…mix it up with intermittent fasting and that long term sustainable change  will be yours for good.

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