Paleo-spiration and Slowcooker Cinnamon Apple Pork Roast

Holy moly, you guys.image

I’m stoked that so many of you have reached out about joining the 30-Day Paleo Challenge!

For those of you who started yesterday, how did Day 1 go?!

I won’t be showing my meals each day (pretty sure I’d bore everyone’s faces off), but I thought it might help ya’ll get the ball rolling. Some of yesterday’s eats:

Breakfast: Two scrambled eggs with sundried tomato chicken sausage (DELICIOUS!)image

Snack: An apple and almonds while prepping dinnerimage

Snack: A Pure bar

image(Note: bars are not considered ideal to eat as part of a Paleo lifestyle, but I happen to love these so I don’t care. 😉 )

Dinner: Crock pot cinnamon apple pork roast with broccoli, plus unpictured green salad and a sweet potato [see recipe below!]


Dessert: Almond butter smeared on a banana (my go-to), with hot tea


Also – I’m not sure why I keep typing “ya’ll.” I’m in no way even remotely southern.

Um, right, moving on.

My biggest problem with Paleo, I think, is usually thinking up easy meals to make for lunch or snacking (besides bars). For some reason I’m always fine with breakfast and dinner, it’s just the in between times that get me. It probably doesn’t help that I sort of hate lunchtime. I mean, I love eating, obviously, but there never seems to be enough time to pull together a decent enough lunch to make it anything to write home about (especially when I’m at the office, and not, say, in my parents’ house with my leg propped up on 3 feet of pillows).

Yesterday’s lunch, which I clearly didn’t snap a photo of, was a mish-mash of things in the kitchen: some deli sliced roasted turkey, steamed cauliflower and broccoli mix, and a big sweet potato. And yes, that would make my sweet potato tally from yesterday at two. <–They tend to give me more energy and a subconscious feeling of comfort when I’m on Paleo, since there are no longer grains to rely on.

Maybe it’s a mental thing.

Anyways! With Paleo, it’s important to make sure you’re 1.) eating ENOUGH, and 2.) adding a healthy dose of protein AND fat (avocado, olive oil, olives) to each meal in order to get any sort of real staying power. Otherwise you’ll be grumpy and hungry, both of which don’t bode well for making any new friends in the new year. Ya know?

For some inspiration, I also started a Paleo eats board on Pinterest…. I don’t pin too frequently (Pinterest is a blackhole), but feel free to check it out for some ideas, as well as my Recipes page here on the blog! image

I’m off to do some real work…….. while still sitting on my butt resting my foot (because I’m that exciting right now). Below is the easy, peasy recipe I used for last night’s dinner (soooo very good!).  Leftovers tend to be extra awesome when doing Paleo, as an easy lunch to grab and go the next day.

I’m so glad we’re doing this together! 🙂


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Cinnamon Apple Pork Roast {Crock Pot}

*inspired by this recipe 


  • 1 small pork roast (approx. 1.5 lbs)
  • 4 apples, sliced and unpeeled (I used Pink Lady apples, but think Roma would be best)
  • 1 small white onion, sliced
  • 2 tbsp cinnamon
  • 1 tbsp spicy mustard (I used Gulden’s, a family fav!)
  • 1 tbsp thyme
  • 1 tbsp honey
  • salt and pepper to taste


1. Place meat first into crock pot, followed by onions, apples, and honey/mustard/spices. Add 1 cup of water and heat on low for six hours.

2. After crock pot is finished, add more salt (to taste) and use fork to shred. Serve hot.

(Note: I served the apples and onions mix on the side in an accompanying small bow.)

Serves 4-6

6 Comments on Paleo-spiration and Slowcooker Cinnamon Apple Pork Roast

  1. Audrey
    January 4, 2013 at 8:55 AM (5 years ago)

    Looks delish!
    I’m stuck for ideas for ‘sides’ with dinner. My staple is potatoes, along with meat and veggies (or rice) but sweet potatoes are ok?
    Just had your paelo ‘oatmeal’ for brekkie…that’s how I found your blog a few months ago!
    Is dairy also out? If so, where are you getting your calcium from? I always take milk in my tea and I love cheese!! oh and milk chocolate Mmmm haha

    • joelle
      January 4, 2013 at 10:31 AM (5 years ago)

      Hi Audrey! Glad you like the “oats.” So, I LOVE potatoes and grains with dinner, and this was tricky for me at first too. Sweet potatoes are totally okay and Paleo friendly (I often have at least one, sometimes two a day, honestly), but I’ve also found another squash is sometimes a good substitute for the fillingness you get from a baked potato usually. For example, butternut squash (roasted or even stuffed with ground beef/chicken), spaghetti squash, or a roasted acorn squash. Also, I try to make sure I have a ton of other green sides around, like a big salad, roasted or steamed veggies like cauliflower or broccoli,and even a “mashed potatoes” dish of mashed cauliflower (using almond or coconut milk) can work to keep me full so I don’t even notice that I’m missing my beloved starch. As for dairy, most Paleo proponents exclude it, but say items like whole milk and grassfed butter (both considered healthy fat) is okay to use; lowfat or nonfat dairy is not allowed completely. I’m lactose intolerant (even though I usually ignore it haha), so I don’t incorporate this into my diet as a rule, but you could definitely use grassfed butter in meals if necessary; they sell it at places like Whole Foods, although I have no idea if it’s more expensive than regular butter since I’ve never tried it.

      Calcium is also found in certain green, leafy greens, like spinach, as well as sardines, and sometimes fortified within non-dairy milks (like certain almond milk brands). Personally, I also always take a calcium supplement (all the time – not just while eating Paleo), because it’s important. 🙂 Let me know if you have any other questions!

  2. Audrey
    January 4, 2013 at 5:26 PM (5 years ago)

    Awesome..thanks so much for your detailed answer! 🙂 🙂

  3. Sara
    January 8, 2013 at 3:23 AM (5 years ago)

    Yum, that pork looks so tasty I can’t wait to try it! I always tend to dry out the pork so will have to give this a go with the apples and crock pot, here’s to hoping no one chokes it down.

    A quiet reader now commenting for the first time! Good luck with your Paleo Challenge, I’m going to research it more, as I’ve been going dairy-free for a few months to help my arthritis, and I’ve heard positive things on a Paleo diet.

  4. Giselle@myhealthyhappyhome
    January 14, 2013 at 11:08 PM (5 years ago)

    I have the exact same struggle and like you created a Pinterest board to try to give me some inspiration. I’ve also been making a little more dinner so that I can have left overs the next day. On Sunday’s I’ve been roasting vegetables and chicken to eat for lunches too.


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