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Potato Bowl - Parsnips & Paleo

Updated on November 20, 2014
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Two years into the Paleo lifestyle, I have changed so much for the better. I became a much less picky eater (I still won't touch pickles though); my blood sugar became stable, my asthma disappeared, headaches stopped, and I had more energy and stamina than I really knew what to do with. I began to lose a lot of weight, and with all this extra energy, I started exercising more. I began to learn about gluten, GMO, and Monsanto, and how severe my allergies were to wheat, grain, and all the gluten and sugar that accompanied them.

The first year of Paleo, I lost 25lbs, about 3 inches, and was a size 10US. As of now, approaching my second Paleoversary (2 years on Paleo in January 2015), I weigh 145lbs for a total loss of 35lbs and wear a size 6-8US, for a total loss of 4 sizes.

We feel great, and we do our best to support local produce, including responsibly sourced meat and vegetables from farms and ranches that treat their animals with dignity and respect. It means so much to me to be a part of this movement and this lifestyle, and I could never go back now. I have committed.

This recipe is for those who follow a more 80/20 Paleo style, which is to say as a general rule, 80% complete Paleo, 20% not-quite-so. This means that you still avoid the bad stuff, but maybe eat some things that aren't a part of a regular diet. Generally speaking, potatoes, rice, and dairy is not considered "Paleo" but is often allowed in a Primal diet (which is a way of saying Paleo + dairy). If you have severe blood sugar problems, you should avoid potatoes most of the time. I cannot tolerate Russet potatoes, the last time I had one baked it sent me into a pretty deep sugar crash that lasted at least 30 minutes.

Yukon golds and red potatoes, I've learned, do not have such severe side effects. Yukon golds, in fact, hardly affect me at all, especially when I off-set it with plenty of protein from eggs and meat. We eat about 2 non-sweet potatoes every six weeks or so, which makes them a pretty rare dish at our house.

Cook Time

Prep time: 20 min
Cook time: 30 min
Ready in: 50 min
Yields: 2


  • 2 medium Yukon gold potatoes, hollowed
  • 1/4 cup meat filling, shredded
  • 1/8 cup cheese, shredded or grated
  • 1/8 cup sweet onion, minced
  • 2 eggs
  • salt, pepper, to taste
I noticed later that I had a captive audience in the photo. No, she didn't get any! Please never feed your pets onion, they can get very sick.
I noticed later that I had a captive audience in the photo. No, she didn't get any! Please never feed your pets onion, they can get very sick.
  1. Preheat the oven 350F. Cut a very thin layer (about 1/5) of the tops of your potatoes. Hollow out the inside of the potato to your desired thickness, set the potato meat to the side.
  2. If you desire a softer potato, go ahead and bake the hollowed potatoes for about 10 minutes while you prep the rest of the ingredients. Mince your onion and grate or shred your cheese. We had left over pork roast from a couple of nights ago so we used that for the meat filling, but you can use sausage, beef, bacon, or just about anything you want. Make sure whatever meat you use is shredded and thin.
  3. In a bowl, beat the eggs with your filling ingredients. Place the hollowed potatoes in a baking dish and fill to the top with your filling. Top with more cheese if you wish. Bake for about 30 minutes, until the egg has set.
  4. While your bowls are baking, chop or shred the remaining potato that you scooped out. Brown in butter or lard over medium heat, turning occasionally. Serve with the bowls or set aside for a leftover snack!

Final Cost

The total cost for this meal is about $7.39 for two people. The potatoes were a total cost of $2.31, and the pork was leftover from the night before. Total, we were able to get about five uses out of the pork (night 1, dinner for two; next day potato bowls and stuffed mushrooms, and finally breakfast for me). The entire roast was about $16, and as little pork as we used it was probably only about $2 worth of pork, but I've rounded up to $4. The remaining cost is factoring in two eggs, the cheese, and the onion.


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      hmclio 2 years ago from Deep South, USA

      Hi! Very happy that you are finding my information helpful! I've been Paleo about two years (just starting into my third) and I couldn't imagine eating any other way now. I am about 90% Paleo, and when I started I was probably about 70-75%.

      I have never had children, so I certainly cannot advise you in that respect, but on a personal level, I feel that whatever is healthiest for you will be healthy for your daughter (within reason) and shouldn't affect her terribly. My mother suggests that in the Paleo approach you might want to focus on fish, vegetables, fruits, leaner cuts of meat and less red meat while you're breastfeeding. Nothing in Paleo should harm your daughter, but you'll want the vitamins and minerals and less fat in your meat while she's feeding. She suggests that once you've finished breastfeeding, you can then increase the amount of red meat and fatty meats for your own consumption. Good luck! If you have any more questions you can message me or comment again!

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      hmclio 2 years ago from Deep South, USA

      Hi! I have done so much research, and what I've found is very simple: eat real food. Real food, to me, means meat, veggies, fruit, nuts and seeds. No wheat or bread or sugar, because its very nature is to be processed in order to eat it. Seafood is an excellent source of vitamins and minerals; fish oil is often touted as being a fantastic supplement even by "health" gurus, so just eat the real stuff! Game meat is wonderful and full of minerals that raised meat doesn't always have.

      Good luck to you and if you have any questions you can always feel free to message me or ask me on my recipes. I have never been healthier, my sugar problems have all but disappeared and I've never been so stress-free in my life. Paleo is absolutely wonderful, and seems to fit almost everyone. Of course there are some aspects that may not agree with everyone, but again, my advice is to keep it simple and keep it real :)

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      Arc 2 years ago

      Hi,I just discovered your blog and am fninidg it very helpful! My husband and I have been doing paleo for about 3 months, but never really knew it until recently. We discovered that the way we had been eating had a name, paleo! Anyhow, so far we are doing an okay job. My husband is like 85-90% paleo and I would say I'm about 75%. I have a 2 month old daughter and am hesitant to change my lifestyle completely bc I'm breast feeding. Breast feeding has been going really well thankfully and I just don't want anything to change that. Any suggestions? Or knowledge on this?

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      Morny 2 years ago

      Hello! So excited to find your site. We're trnyig right now and I am reading so much on conventional health sites that warn against seafood, leftovers, beef jerky, salad bars, homemade mayo, over easy eggs, smoked fish and meat, unpasteurized milk or dairy, and reindeer or other game. What have you found in your research? It seems like much of this advice is against the Paleo lifestyle. I am new to this philosophy and I'm trnyig to reconcile what I've always heard about nutrition during pregnancy and the fantastic results I've SEEN in women living Paleo. My goal is to come out of pregnancy fitter than I was when I went in by moderate exercise, yoga, and healthful living. I would LOVE any tips you have and of course I will be scouring the rest of the blog. THANK YOU!!Eva