paleo potluck



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Having been at this paleo thing for the past two months, I like to think I’ve got it mostly figured out.

I keep a stash of emergency snacks and try to  have already cooked protein in the fridge at all times.

I’m careful to make sure I eat enough fat and am working hard to get over that long-ingrained fat phobia.

I’ve changed my workouts to be more in line with the paleo/primal/ancestral ideal.

I can plan a week’s worth of paleo meals in a few minutes, thanks to all of the blogs and cookbooks I’ve come to love.

I can even put together a proper paleo meal at just about any restaurant I choose to go to.

There is one thing, however that sends fear soaring through me.



Our small church has potlucks every 1st and 3rd Sunday of the month after service and as the pastor’s wife, it would be strange for me not to eat. And while our church is known for it’s incredible skill in the kitchen, it tends to be very casserole and carb heavy. It was a bit of an issue when I had to eat gluten-free, but now that Tom and I both are refraining from all grains and sugar it’s gotten a little more difficult.

My solution for these past few potlucks has been to bring a paleo dish – and both times they’ve been some of the first empty dishes, something I’m rather proud of – but I’m looking for new ideas. We usually have at least one solid salad, so I’m trying to focus more on protein that isn’t covered in cream-of-something soup and that won’t have me outside at the grill Sunday mornings before church.  

Those aren’t the easiest parameters to work with.

A few of my own ideas:

  • Potluck Mushrooms – but with butter instead of margerine (gah! people still eat that stuff?) and a little parsley. Super easy, super good and almost no clean up. Sadly, no protein which is why I cam up with…
  • Roasted Italian Sausage, Peppers, Mushrooms and Onions – chopped up a bunch of the veggies, tossed with olive oil and garlic, and roasted at 400 degrees for 10 minutes while I steamed the sausages. Gave the sausages a quick chop and finished them with the veggies for another 10 to 15 minutes. This dish disappeared!
  • Paleo Chipotle Beef Chili – I haven’t done this yet for potluck, but the recipe is fairly easy and quick once the veggies are roasted. Next time I make a batch, I’ll probably double it for the next potluck.

A few ideas I’m hanging on to:

  • Slow Cooker Chicken Cacciatore from Nom Nom Paleo – love that it’s cooked and stored in the fridge, something I could easily do the day before and reheat before serving. I would probably make a few adaptations to the recipe to make it a little more economical for sharing, but this one looks like a winner to me.
  • Primal Chicken Pot Pie with Cauliflower Crust – I’m totally intrigued by this. I’d probably test it out on the family first, but our church membership includes a lot of pretty adventurous eaters – one gentleman is known for bringing frog legs – and I don’t think the cauliflower crust would throw them too much.
  • Meatloaf – seriously, why not? This recipe from Jan’s Sushi Bar looks phenomenal, and so does this Bacon Wrapped one. It would be easy enough to double and I could probably get them prepped the day before and bake while I’m getting ready.
  • Sweet Crockpot Pulled Pork – interesting. 8 – 10 hours means I could get it going before I go to bed, or maybe the day before and reheat.

How about you? Any favorite paleo potluck ideas? I’d love to  hear them.


7 thoughts on “paleo potluck

  1. Sorry, no advice, but this jumped out at me “I’m careful to make sure I eat enough fat and am working hard to get over that long-ingrained fat phobia”

    You know…I just get so incredibly mad about this. My hypoglycemia got so bad and it was fixed immediately when I started eating fat (and more protein, but I think it was the fat). For years and years I had to live my life around food until I introduced fat into my diet.

    Okay, apparently I needed to say that and just get over it already LOL!

    Anyway, I found this website the other day and it looks interesting…I can barely cook for my family I can’t imagine cooking for a potluck:

    The author recently started eating paleo/primal:

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  3. I just found your website and it looks wonderful! (I think I found it via Whole9??)
    We are relatively new to the Paleo lifestyle (hubby & 2 boys – 7&5)… I’m curious about your workout, if you don’t mind sharing. “I’ve changed my workouts to be more in line with the paleo/primal/ancestral ideal” I tried Crossfit but unfortunately the schedule doesn’t work for me right now =( Next year when both kids are in school I will try it again… but I’m looking for more options in the time being…

    Eager to explore more of your site! We are trying your Chipotle Chili tomorrow night!
    Thanks, Nicole

    • Hi Nicole – so glad you found me! To be entirely honest my workout right now tends to be lying in bed from 6-6:30 thinking that I really should get up and workout. I’m having a little trouble adapting to cooler weather in an old house, I think.
      What I have done is to concentrate on shorter, harder workouts. Heavier weights when I make it to the gym and intervals on the elliptical or when I run (1 min fast, 1 min slow). It gave me a huge jump. My favorite workout right now is a DVD that came with my Reebok kettle bell. It’s 18 minutes long, maybe a little cross fit-like and gives me an awesome full body workout in a short a,Lunt of time. I’d love to make cross fit work for me and my brother in law is even a trainer, but we’re about an hour from the nearest box so it’s just not going to happen.
      Enjoy the chili!

  4. thanks for writing this post (over a year ago, i guess). i have so many potluck evites to respond to, but i was dreading the lineup of pasta after pasta and all the breads, pies, cakes, and cookies. i found this post via googling “paleo potluck dishes,” and i now feel more optimistic.

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