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  • One Skillet Paleo Dinner Recipe (Paleo, Gluten-Free)

    My One-skillet Paleo dinner recipe is so ideal because they make everyone’s least favorite part about cooking—the cleaning up—that much easier.

    Make this ultra-simple and filling One Skillet Paleo Dinner recipe to stretch your time and your dollar. Whole30 friendly and so healthy! | StupidEasyPaleo.com


    This is a basic template for a meal that could have several variations: Change up the type of ground meat and the spices and end up with something that tastes totally different. Save even more time by ricing your cauliflower (pulsing it into small bits in a food processor is by far the easiest way) ahead of time on your big weekly food prep day!

    One Skillet Paleo Dinner Recipe

    Course: Main Course
    Cuisine: Beef, Gluten-Free, Paleo, Whole30
    Prep Time: 10 minutes
    Cook Time: 15 minutes
    Total Time: 25 minutes
    Servings: 3
    Calories: 703 kcal
    Author: Steph Gaudreau

    Make this ultra-simple and filling One Skillet Paleo Dinner recipe to stretch your time and your dollar. Whole30 friendly and so healthy!



    • 1 lb ground beef
    • 1 head cauliflower riced
    • 16 oz tomato sauce
    • 1 tbsp capers sliced olives for garnish


    1. Brown the meat in a large skillet over medium-high heat for about 6 to 8 minutes. You may want to drain the fat if the meat’s not grass fed.
    2. Add the riced cauliflower and pasta sauce.
    3. Simmer for 5 minutes or until the cauliflower is tender.
    4. Garnish with capers or olives.

    Recipe Notes

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    Nutrition Facts
    One Skillet Paleo Dinner Recipe
    Amount Per Serving
    Calories 703 Calories from Fat 414
    % Daily Value*
    Total Fat 46g 71%
    Saturated Fat 17g 85%
    Cholesterol 161mg 54%
    Sodium 1545mg 64%
    Potassium 2222mg 63%
    Total Carbohydrates 26g 9%
    Dietary Fiber 9g 36%
    Sugars 15g
    Protein 47g 94%
    Vitamin A 19.6%
    Vitamin C 187.2%
    Calcium 13.4%
    Iron 44%
    * Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.

    What’s your favorite one skillet Paleo dinner?

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    26 thoughts on “One Skillet Paleo Dinner Recipe (Paleo, Gluten-Free)

    1. Made it, liked it, it’s simmering on my stove for the umphteenth time as we speak (or as I type). It *is* stupid easy. And the capers and olives are a great flavour boost.

      Do you or any of the readers have other ideas for variations?

      My ground beef is always the same (beef or konik horse, but they taste the same to me) because I can get these after a lifetime of roaming free in nature reserves. Variation here means paying more for store-bought organic-but-grainfed.
      If I can find organic readymade sauce it costs an arm and a leg, so I make my own from canned organic tomatoes that I spice myself (salt pepper garlic, dried italian herbs, paprika (optional: stock powder)) don’t really know what else I could throw in the mix. Fresh herbs (basil, chives, … ? ) are an option in summer, but not in winter when I can’t grow them.
      I always add union to my ground beef and sometimes some leek and that’s about the only variation I could come up with…

      1. Fresh basil would be really great. How about something like ground beef but changing the spices to something more Mexican in flavor (chili powder, cumin, paprika, oregano, etc)?

      2. after browning the meat i ad 1 Tbs Fishsauce and 1 Tbs lime juice and some chili flakes….. simply delicious and it gives an amazing taste to the meat! I hope you give a try. regards ingrid

    2. Made this for dinner last night – DELICIOUS!

      The one comment my wife made was to maybe put half of the cauliflower aside and not rice it, but just break it up by hand to give the dish a little more texture.


    3. I love easy, healthy, delicious recipes. This is a keeper. I own a home based business which focuses on living a continually beautiful, blooming life while gluten-free, live with an elderly family member to help and oversee her care, and have my own family to nurture. Recipes like this help me and my clients to take good care of ourselves by keeping it simple and healthy.

    4. I was looking for something easy, fast and yummy and here it is! I will make up some of the 3 ingredient banana pudding and we are set!

    5. I can’t believe how good this is. I used a chicken jalapeño sausage and only tried it with the spaghetti sauce because I had an open jar and leftover diced cauliflower. So glad I found this and you thought of it!

    6. A jar of pasta sauce? For a chili recipe? That seems silly. I know you are keeping it simple but this sounds more like a variation on pasta sauce at that point than chili. The seasoning for pasta sauce and chili are quite different and you didn’t add any seasonings to this. It sounds good, I just don’t agree with calling it chili.

      1. Hi Amy…I think you may have misread. I actually never called it chili. Where do you see me refer to it as chili? I’m confused.

    7. Thanks so much for this! I was trying to decide what to do w/ an abundance of tomatoes, and was thinking of making a spaghetti sauce, but was trying to think of creative ways to use it without the pasta.

    8. Question – do you have any suggestions for a substitute for the capers or olives? I am not a fan of either – but other than that this recipe sounds great!

      1. Hi Stephanie…I really just added them for a bit of briny zing. If you don’t like them, you can just add salt to taste.

    9. Hi, I just wanted to give you a huge THANK YOU for this meal idea. We can’t really afford to eat paleo most of the time but this recipe gave me the idea to make my own variation. I cook 1 pound hamburger and 1 pound ground turkey with 1 tablespoon salt free homemade taco seasoning, drain. instead of the cauliflower rice (I know I should use but hate making) I use 2 cups instant white rice cooked with 2 cups water and 1 tablespoon taco seasoning. I add 16 ounces salsa and 15 ounces tomato sauce and 1 more tablespoon taco seasoning to the drained meat. Heat to a simmer then add the cooked rice and cook about a minute more. Very yummy taco bowel.
      This week I’m going to replace the salsa with chili beans, diced tomatoes, and chili seasoning to make chili. Also I’m going to play around and try to make it like chicken tikka masala.
      From a family that has only been able to afford mostly living on chicken and pasta we THANK YOU for showing me how I can stretch hamburger in a variety of affordable yummy ways 🙂

    10. I’ve fallen in love with cauliflower as a substitute for all the rice and potatoes I used to eat. I have very little counter space so rather than dragging out the food processor, for rice sub. I use a box grater and for potato sub. I cut it in chunks, microwave it and use a potato masher on it.

      I’m going to try this recipe this weekend. I always love one pot meals.. I think I’ll try putting it under the broiler as suggested. I bet it would be great with Zoodles! (Zucchini noodles)

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