AIP Paleo Turnip Greens with Pork Recipe

aip paleo turnip greens with pork recipe by paleo cajun lady
AIP Paleo Turnip Greens with Pork Recipe|Paleo Cajun Lady

I grew up eating a lot of greens.  We had mustard greens, collard greens, turnip greens…oh, wait, I’m starting to sound like Forrest Gump, talking about shrimp.  My point is, we ate greens at many of our meals.  One of my favorites, AIP Paleo Turnip Greens with Pork recipe, is adapted from my childhood.  My grandmother, Ma, used to cook her turnip greens with little chunks of turnip.  The flavor mixture was earthy, with a bite of bitter.  She also used either ham hocks or a ham bone, which added a smooth, salty flavor.  Each bite was relished.

In creating my AIP Paleo Turnip Greens with Pork recipe, I added bacon, and used pork belly instead of ham. I think you’ll be pleased with the results.  Feel free to use your favorite pork.  Be sure if you’re using ham, it’s sugar free and free of spices unfriendly to the AIP.

AIP Paleo Turnip Greens with Pork Recipe

Prep Time: 30 minutes

Cook Time: 2 hours, 30 minutes

Total Time: 3 hours

Yield: 6 servings

AIP Paleo Turnip Greens with Pork Recipe


  • 6 slices sugar free bacon, cut into 1/2 inch slices
  • 1 medium onion, chopped
  • 1 pound pork- you can use ham (cut into 1”pieces), pork belly (cut into 1” pieces), ham hocks (whole), etc. I used pork belly for this recipe.
  • 1 turnip, cut into 1” pieces
  • 2 bunches turnip greens, rinsed well, center stalks removed (discard) and chopped
  • 1 litre poultry bone broth or water
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt (or to taste)


  1. In large heavy bottomed pot or dutch oven, brown bacon slices.
  2. Once bacon has browned, add onions.
  3. Cook until onions are wilted and clear.
  4. Add pork of choice to pot.
  5. Brown pork until light golden crust forms over pork pieces.
  6. Add turnips and stir into onions and pork.
  7. Add chopped turnip greens.
  8. Pour in broth or water and add salt.
  9. Cook for 1 hour to 1 1/2 hours over medium/low heat.
  10. Turn heat up to high and continue at low boil until most of liquid has been absorbed.
  11. Remove from heat.
  12. Serve.

I hope you like my AIP Paleo Turnip Greens with Pork recipe.  If you cook this, or any of my recipes, please tag me if you post a photo anywhere on social media. I love to see others’ pics.

Next week’s recipe is going to knock your socks off!  It combines two of my favorite dishes.  I actually cooked it for my dinner tonight; and, it was AWESOME!

I also have an information post coming to you next week.  I think you’ll find it interesting and helpful.  The post is written for those of you who are thinking of making the transition to the AIP, but are intimidated by it.  Also, if you’ve been doing the AIP for awhile, and are starting to get frustrated, you will benefit from the post.  I will have that one out for you either Monday or Tuesday.

Until then, good health to you all.

Tara Perillo

Welcome all. I am Tara Perillo, herbalist, homeopath, yoga and fitness instructor, and healthy foodie . After successfully reaching remission of my lupus symptoms, through changes in my diet, exercise, and lifestyle, I wrote the ebook, Sickness To Fitness Quick Start Guide. I am also honored to have my paleo and AIP recipes featured in Paleo Magazine, Paleo Living Magazine, Shape Magazine Online, 85 Amazing AIP Breakfasts, The Paleo AIP Instant Pot Cookbook, and blogs by The Paleo Mom, Kris Kresser, Whole New Mom and many others. My focus is to help others become stronger in every facet of their lives. Join me to become stronger in health, mind, body, and spirit, together!

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