Cucumber & Mixed Greens Salad with Rosemary Vinaigrette

Cucumber & Mixed Greens Salad with Rosemary Vinaigrette

Another salad recipe is always handy for keeping your diet varied and interesting. This one packs in the veggies and is great to take to work or to have as a side to a big hunk of protein. 

Cucumber & Mixed Greens Salad with Rosemary Vinaigrette
Serves 6
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  1. 1/4 head chopped/torn iceberg lettuce
  2. 3 cups chopped/torn fresh spinach
  3. 1/4 c fresh chopped parsley
  4. 1/4 c fresh chopped cilantro
  5. 1/2 large cucumber, thinly sliced
  6. 1/2 red onion, thinly sliced
  1. 2 cloves garlic
  2. Juice of 2 limes (about 1/4 c)
  3. 1/4 c EVOO
  4. 2 tbsp dijon mustard (clean)
  5. 1 tbsp white vinegar
  6. 2 tbsp honey
  7. 1/2 tsp sea salt
  8. 1/2 tsp fresh cracked pepper
  9. 1 tbsp dried rosemary
  1. Add all the ingredients for the vinaigrette into a blender and process until smooth and creamy. Set aside in a lidded jar. I recommend serving each salad with a side of dressing instead of tossing the entire salad with dressing. Both the dressing and salad will keep longer if stored separately.
  2. Chop greens and thinly slice cucumbers and red onion. Toss in a large serving bowl.
  3. Serve each salad with a drizzle of vinaigrette and an optional garnish of goat feta cheese- please note that this is optional and not allowed for paleo purists.
  4. Enjoy!
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PaleoFM #020: Why Do Different Websites Say Different Things About Paleo?

PaleoFM #020

On today’s episode, we talk about why different websites say different things about paleo.

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Chocolate Chili Stuffed Sweet Potato

Chocolate Chili Sutffed Sweet Potato

This recipe is a meal like no other! Sweet potatoes are delicious enough but when you add chocolate chili, your taste buds go crazy. This is a must-try. It’s also fairly simple to make and very easy to scale up or down according to the number of mouths you’re feeding. Enjoy!

Chocolate Chili Stuffed Sweet Potato
Serves 4
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  1. 1 batch of Chocolate Chili*
  2. 4 sweet potatoes
  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees and pierce sweet potatoes with a fork.
  2. Pour a tsp or so of olive oil into your hands and grease up each of the sweet potatoes.
  3. Sprinkle potatoes with sea salt and bake for one hour or until they start to drip “sweetness”.
  4. Remove sweet potatoes from oven and allow to cool slightly.
  5. Cut open sweet potatoes and top with a generous amount of Chocolate Chili.
  6. Garnish with fresh cut spring onions or chives.
  7. Enjoy!
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The Paleo Guide To Fast Food

I want to start this post with a disclaimer:

On the whole, fast food is not paleo.

That said, sometimes there are no other options. You’re dragged to your local takeaway by a friend or  you find yourself stuck between places on your way to work. The best way to stay paleo is to plan ahead and to be prepared but there are times when life happens and you just have to deal with it. When that happens, follow our advice to make sure you pick the best options.

Note that these meals should not be everyday meals. We’ve got tons of recipes to help you get started on your journey. Cooking for yourself is almost always healthier than buying food but if you do find yourself in a pickle, here are some great options.


Chipotle is my go-to spot for fast-ish food that’s pretty darn paleo-friendly. Chipotle also does a good job of sourcing its food and you can see all the ingredients they use here. There are a couple of different options but here are some of my favorites.

The Meat Bowl and Guacamole

You can straight up ask for a meat bowl but you might get a few weird looks Instead, look your waiter in the eye and confidently say, “I’d like two sides of steak with guacamole, please.”

You’ll get a bunch of meat with guacamole. Depending on how much food you want, you can order extra sides at $2.25 a pop. You’ll end up with a ton of food for less than you ‘d pay for a burrito. Pretty good deal if you ask me.

Note: Occasionally you’ll get a new employee who might put the sides in a sides container. If they do this, ask them if they can put it in a bowl. If they do that, they’ll often realize it’s not actually that much meat and give you more for free.

If you do it right, it should look something like this:


Salad – Hold The Beans (and add extra meat)

The salad is a solid option. Lettuce, meat, salsa. Just be sure to hold the beans (legumes aren’t paleo). If you can handle cheese (and lean towards a more primal diet), feel free to add it in. Hold the vinaigrette - it’s made with bran oil.

Burrito Bowl minus Rice and Beans

This is a decent option as well but it might just be a pricier way to get the meat and guac bowl or the salad we talked about above. If they give you trouble about ordering the sides, you can use this as a last resort to make sure you don’t go hungry.

Bonus Chipotle hack: If you want to get more meat in your order, try the 1/2 + 1/2 = 3/5 trick. Basically, instead of ordering double meat, order half of one type of meat and half of another (half steak/half barbacoa). They’ll typically give you closer to 3/4 of each type of meat and you’ll end up with 1.5 x meat for the same price.

In-B-Out Burger

The thought of McDonald’s or Burger King makes me want to gag but In-N-Out is a surprisingly decent paleo fast food option. 

While the meat isn’t grass-fed, it is free of preservatives and filler and is definitely a higher grade than the meat at other fast food places.

Paleo Options at In-N-Out

“A Double or Triple Protein Style, no sauce” gets you a double or triple patty in a lettuce wrap (although you can order any burger “protein style” and get it without the bun). 

You can also add extra grilled onions, tomatoes, and chillies, depending on how you like your veggies. The nice surprise with In-N-Out is that it is cheeeeeaap. If you’re starving and near one, remember that it’s a solid option if you’re not feeling Chipotle.

You can also have the Flying Dutchman if your diet skews closer to primal and/or you can’t get enough cheese.

Whole Foods

Okay, so Whole Foods isn’t a fast food option. It’s not even a restaurant really – it’s a grocery store. That said, their salad buffet is pretty bomb. Load your salad up with spinach and other veggies and top it off with some healthy portions of meat.

You pay by the pound so, depending on what you’re getting and how much you eat, the cost will vary, but you should be able to do it all for under $8.

They also have pretty good green smoothies, so they’re worth taking a look at as well.

Other Good “Paleo” Fast Food Options

Panera’s “Hidden” Paleo Menu

We’ve highlighted Panera’s paleo options before. Honestly, their portion sizes are a bit on the small side (so maybe order a double), but they’re a good option if you’re dragged along to a Panera lunch or are trying to get some work done and need something besides just coffee.

Quick And Dirty Breakfast Options

If you’re in a pinch and out of options, you can always go to IHOP, Denny’s, or Bob Evans and get bacon, eggs, and fruit. It’s not pretty but it’s doable, cheap, and will get the job done.

There are a few other restaurants where you can find paleo-friendly meals (or make non-paleo meals paleo-friendly with a few modifications):

  • CBW
  • Austin “Zen” Asian
  • Mongolian BBQ
  • KooKooRoo
  • Raising Cane’s Chicken

How To Find Paleo Restaurants Near You

Over the last few months, the UPG Team has been putting together Paleo Local – an awesome directory of paleo-friendly restaurants in major cities around the world. If you’ve got suggestions to add to the list, please let us know and we’ll do our best to create the best paleo restaurant directory resource on the net.

This guide works really well if you’re in the US where the majority of our readers are based. However, if you’re outside the US and have got a great paleo or primal restaurant to share, let us know in the comments and we’ll be sure to include it. Thanks!

So that’s the paleo guide to fast food. Did we miss anything? What are your favorite options for when you get “stuck”? Let us know in the comments!

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Chicken Nuggets with Honey Mustard Dipping Sauce

Chicken Nuggets

This recipe is ideal both for families whose kids aren’t keen on their healthy paleo lifestyle and for hosts who want to show that paleo can be fun. These chicken nuggets are a classier version of normal chicken nuggets and, dipped in the sauce, are suitable for dinner parties and finger food. 

Chicken Nuggets with Honey Mustard Dipping Sauce
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  1. 2 lbs boneless skinless chicken breasts
  2. 1/2 c vinegar
  3. 1 egg, whisked
  4. 1/4 c arrowroot powder
  5. 1/2 tbsp paprika
  6. Salt and pepper to taste
  7. 1 tsp garlic powder
  8. Cayenne to taste
  9. 1/2 c coconut oil (or other preferred cooking fat)
  1. 1/4 c yellow mustard
  2. 1/4 c honey
  1. Chop chicken into one inch chunks and place into a one gallon Ziplock bag along with the vinegar.
  2. Marinate chicken in vinegar for one hour.
  3. Take chicken out of the fridge and add the whisked egg to the bag. Massage the chicken and egg mixture in the bag so that all pieces of chicken are covered.
  4. Remove excess juice/egg from the bag.
  5. In a small dish, mix together dry ingredients and combine well with a fork.
  6. Once spices are fully combined, add them to the nuggets in the bag. Seal bag and massage chicken and spices well so that they are fully combined.
  7. Allow chicken and spices to rest on the counter for about five minutes while you are making the honey mustard dipping sauce.
  8. Combine equal parts of honey and mustard in a small bowl and whisk together using a fork.
  9. Heat the coconut oil to high or medium high on the stove in a large pan. Even if you are using your largest pan you might still have to cook the chicken in two batches. It is helpful to have a paper towel lined plate (or two) nearby for the nuggets as they come out of the oil.
  10. Cook nuggets for about fifteen minutes allowing seven minutes or so on each side. The oil will be hot and the nuggets will cook fast, so do not leave the pan unattended!
  11. Serve as finger food using toothpicks along with honey mustard dipping sauce.
  12. Enjoy!
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Ultimate Paleo Guide Will Be at PaleoFX 2014

PaleoFX is the biggest gathering of paleo supporters in the world, taking place in Austin from Friday 11th to Sunday 13th April this year. Naturally, the Ultimate Paleo Guide will be making an appearance.

PaleoFX is a conference for anyone who follows the paleo diet, from complete newbies to seasoned experts. It features presentations, mastermind panels, cooking demonstrations, workshops, and networking opportunities hosted by expert scientists, coaches, authors, and bloggers, including Robb Wolf, Chris Kresser, and Mark Sisson.


We’re looking forward to meeting those of you who will be attending, so if you’ll be there, keep an eye out for the Ultimate Paleo Guide founder, Joel Runyon.

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If you can’t make it, make sure you check out the On-Demand tickets to sit in on the events from the comfort of your own home.

Are you going to PaleoFX this year?

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