Like anyone else, we like searching for the best Paleo diet recipes we can find. While there are some limitations and restricted foods on the diet, I think it really is less of a diet than a lifestyle. As you’ll see below, there are tons of great meals and recipes you can make when on the Paleo diet, so much so that you won’t feel like you’re on a diet at all.
Best Paleo Diet Recipes
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For those lazy weekends when you just want to stay in, enjoy a nice long breakfast and take time out for yourself, this sweet potato apple hash is more filling than some of the other breakfast recipes above.
As a mom, I like making hash because you can use up a lot of the leftovers and put them into one dish. For this one, you’ll need some healthy sweet potatoes and apples. The recipe also adds some protein into the dish with the sausages.
The hash makes a wonderful pairing with other breakfast offerings and you can sit down, read the morning paper and pamper yourself while you enjoy your breakfast.
You’ve always loved having pancakes in the morning but can’t do so anymore on the Paleo diet. Well, think again. Here’s a great way to enjoy pancakes without the grains, sugar and dairy that’s included in the regular commercial pancake mix.
All you need are some eggs, bananas and nut butter, plus some cinnamon for that extra taste. The great thing about these Paleo pancakes is that they’re quick and easy to make. Just put all the ingredients into your blender and you’ve got the batter ready to go.
Muffins are another Paleo no-no because of the grains and sweets used in common store-bought muffins. These on the other hand are Paleo approved. They are packed with flavor and loaded with veggies. Who would’ve thought.
These bacon frittata muffins include a good number of ingredients including artichoke hearts, bok choy and zucchinis. You also some ricotta cheese in there for that extra flavor.
These Banana Pancakes are both gluten free and dairy free. If you’re in a hurry or don’t have too much left in the fridge to cook up a good breakfast, try these. The only 2 ingredients you need are bananas and eggs. That’s it.
They’re very easy to make and you can add other breakfast favorites to it like bacon and maple syrup to complete your breakfast.
If you want to be able to make your own Paleo bread at home, this Cinnamon Raisin Bread does without the usual commercial flour making it suitable for anyone on the Paleo diet. In its place, the recipe uses almond flour.
You can add some walnuts to the raisins if you want more crunch and texture with every bite though those are optional and this artisan bread offers great flavor by itself. When you’re ready to eat, you can serve with nut butter, jam or other toppings.
For something that you can pull out anytime and eat for a snack or breakfast, these banana walnut muffins are loaded with nutrients. The banana offers enough energy for the day and gives you a nice does of potassium while the walnuts offer antioxidants and healthy fats to go along with their deliciousness.
The muffins use stevia as their sweetener instead of the usual refined white sugar we get from bakeries. It also uses coconut flour in place of regular white flour making it a nice paleo breakfast recipe that you can take on the go.
Like many other breakfast recipes, because they use grain granolas are off limits while on the Paleo diet. But by cleverly replacing the restricted ingredients, here’s a Paleo approved granola that makes use of almonds and honey.
This is a tasty and crunchy meal that you can enjoy for breakfast or as a snack. For added flavoring, vanilla and cinnamon are also included.
Another great thing about the recipe is that you can use your favorite nut. The ingredient list calls for pistachios along with the almond pulp, but you can switch that our or add other nuts to complement the pistachios if you want more crunch. To top things off you can add dried fruits like apricots and cranberries too.
If you like the flavor of cinnamon, these crumb cakes are worth the try. They are packed with deliciousness and filled with flavor. They make use of some really strong flavors that work well together including maple syrup, vanilla, lemon juice and the cinnamon, with none of them overpowering the other.
Make sure to have a muffin tray ready for baking since they’ll be spending around 15 minutes in the oven to bake. Like cookies, they come out very hot and soft from the oven but will firm up as they cool down.
For those who like Asian cuisine, this modification of the traditional chicken satay works without the peanut butter sauce that’s not allowed in the Paleo food list. So just prepare some skewers and bring out the grill to enjoy some home made Paleo certified chicken satay. You can also switch out the chicken for your favorite protein or vegetables if you want to use something other than chicken.
This is a great dish to enjoy outside or when having a picnic. It also contains a good amount of vegetables that give the dish it’s vibrant colors. In case you’re wondering, broccoflower is a green that’s a mix between broccoli and cauliflower. I guess you already gathered that from the name.
It takes some characteristics from each of the other vegetables, giving it some texture as wall as taste. When it comes to looks, broccoflower looks like a green cauliflower.
Mixed together with some color peppers and sausage you get a nice hearty meal that looks as good as it tastes.
For a quick and easy to make lunch that’s loaded with healthy fats, you can try this Avocado Tuna Salad. From start to finish, the entire prep time for this recipe should take around 5 minutes, less if you’ve got the ingredients ready.
Avocados are high in monounsaturated fats which are one of the good fats that are beneficial to our health. Add to that a healthy serving on tuna scooped into the avocado. Tuna, on the other hand is high in Omega-3 fatty acids, which are another type of healthy fat. Together they help ward of heart disease and improve our good cholesterol.
One misconception I had about the Paleo diet before I learned more about it was I thought that it was primarily a “meat” or protein based diet. In reality it’s really heavy on the vegetables as well. In fact, our caveman ancestors weren’t purely carnivores, they were just about split between being herbivores and meat eaters, with plants winning out by bit actually.
This is another light lunch that includes a lot of veggies and some protein. It is low carb, gluten free and doesn’t contain any dairy or sugar in it. Great if you want to lose the extra pounds and want to still have enough energy for the rest of the day.
Warm and full of flavor, this is a one pot dish that keeps us satisfied. You can add cheese or tortilla strips for added flavor but that isn’t needed according to Linda Wagner, who created this dish.
This is a little taste of Mexican food right at home. It’s perfect if you want something that’s light on the calories, low fat yet satisfying for the stomach. The soup uses skinless chicken breasts along with tomatoes, onions and peppers for flavoring. In the end, top it off with some avocado slices too.
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For a warm, hearty bowl of stew, try out this aromatic beef stew. Perfect for those cold nights when we want something to warm us. The stewing process also allows the beef to become very tender and soak up all the flavors from the herbs, stock and mushrooms.
This is a one pot comfort food offering that’s filling, delicious and can be shared with those you cherish.
Figs and short ribs, one of the best combinations around. This is one way impress people by the way your food smells as it gives off a really tempting aroma while braising. The dish also tastes as good as it smells and pairs well with side veggies and some sweet potatoes.
Make them for lunch or for dinner, though I prefer making them for dinner since I do have more time during that time. This is a great dish that works well on a bed of mashed sweet potatoes or couscous.
Being on the Paleo diet means cutting out pizza. I know some people who do a “sometimes Paleo, sometimes not” diet where they sneak in some foods they can’t do without like pizza. If you want to enjoy pizza but still adhere to the Paleo guidelines, here’s a good alternative.
It all has to do with the pizza crust. Using tapioca flour and coconut flour instead of the usual white flour allows this pizza to have a nice crust without violating the rules of Paleo.
For this particular pizza recipe, the author includes some cheese to top the pizza. If you’re following Paleo strictly, you can do without the cheese or replace it with another ingredient.
Who doesn’t love BBQ? You can now make your own tender barbecue chicken at home. It does take a bit of time since you’ll be using the slow cooker, but it’s well worth the wait. The chicken breast becomes very tender and tastes great along with the BBQ sauce.
Of course you can use your favorite BBQ sauce or your own recipe, though there’s a sauce recipe included, do try that.
While the dish does take some time to cook, preparation and actual work involved is quite minimal making it easy to do.
Serving sirloin rolls with fennel and brussels srpouts filling is one creative way you can use your sirloin steaks instead of just putting over the fire on the grill. The recipe calls for using a food processor to turn the fennel and brussels sprouts into the filling.
This is definitely one way to get your greens and something you can try on the kids so that they get more greens in their diets.
This lemon chicken recipe is gluten-free and uses skinless chicken breasts to make it also low in its fat content. It is great for family dinners even if you have picky eaters in the family. I have a few so I know this one works.
Want to grill something? How about some nice thick slabs of chops. Using a rub that includes paprika, cumin, coriander and sea salt, there’s a lot of flavor on this grilled pork chop.
As for sides, the slaw cuts through the taste of the meat giving the dish a more balanced flavor profile. It does have a kick to it too thanks to the chipotle powder. This is a great recipe for those times when you want to fire up the grill and enjoy.
For those special occasions where you want something different from the roast beef or chicken dinners, how about some lamb. A bit more gamy than the more conventional meats, lamb is a staple in Mediterranean diets.
This is an herb rubbed lamb that’s roasted in the oven making it something that doesn’t take up a great deal of effort since the oven does most of the work.
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This is a great snack for ball games or when you have friends over. They’re easy to serve and everyone loves nachos. Instead of the usual nacho chips however, we do get a healthier alternative with delicious baked sweet potato chips.
Along with the chips are the beef and cheese sauce. Wait did you say cheese sauce? But I thought Paleo didn’t allow cheese? Well, it doesn’t, and this technically isn’t a cheese sauce. It’s actually a very creative mixture that can be a substitute for regular cheese sauce.
Simple and healthy, cauliflower popcorns are great if you want to just sit down watch a movie and keep eating. This isn’t popcorn per se but allows you to enjoy something similar, and healthier as a snack.
Making the ‘popcorns’ are actually quite easy and most of the work is really done by the over. They key is getting the florets right at that time when they turn golden brown. That gives them enough carmelization and crunch without being burnt or overcooked.
Everyone loves chocolate chip cookies, but like most baked goods there are a lot of non-Paleo ingredients like flour and sugar that are included in commercially made cookies as well as those found in cookbooks.
To make them Paleo acceptable, this cookie recipe swaps out the white flour for grapeseed flour and almond flour. It also uses natural sweeteners, you can choose between using agave or honey depending on what you have on hand or which one you prefer.
The rest is up to you. Add as much chocolate chunks as you wish to give it that decadent extra texture and crunch.
One great way to avoid eating potato chips is to substitute them with something healthier like zucchini. By slicing zucchini into thin slices and then baking them till they get golden brown you get the same crispy crunch to potato chips, except without the fat and all the artificial flavoring.
These make for great snacks because you can add flavoring to your chips like making them BBQ chips. You can also use some of the Paleo certified recipes to make dips to go along with your zucchini chips.
The next time the warm weather comes around and you’re craving for something cold and refreshing, skip the tub of ice cream and try this healthy cool treat instead. Made from cacao powder, avocado, honey and stevia, these fudgesicles offer the sweet flavor without the sugar or the fat that is commonly known with regular ice cream or popsicles.
They’re easy to make too. Just blend all the ingredients together, fill them into the popsicle tray and leave to freeze. That’s all. I was surprised too.
For snacks that you can bag and bring with you to work or school, these almond crisps help keep you from getting tempted by other non-Paleo snacks. They are crunchy, light, and definitely something to take the place of regular crackers.
These aren’t as filling as some of the other Paleo snacks we’ve listed and are perfect if you’re watching your calories but still want to be able to not go hungry in between meals.
Up next on our Paleo-friendly snacks are Pineapple Coconut Bars. I must admit I never thought of putting pineapple and coconut together, but I must say I’m pleasantly surprised by the flavor. This recipe is vegan and free of gluten which is an extra for anyone who’s on special diets.
These bars are cold bars so instead of baking them in the oven they’re left to form in the fridge or freezer. This snack also includes dates and cashews as part of the ingredient list.
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Chocolate chip cookies are among the favorite types of cookies around. Everyone loves them, but how can they be made to be Paleo. Here’s one way. The recipe takes out the restricted ingredients and replaces them with those allowed within the diet, including almond flour and maple syrup. These are great for snack or to give away to friends and office mates.
These are not only lovely to look at but taste great too. Better yet, they’re gluten free aside from being Paleo. That’s because there is no dairy used to make the cheesecake and the sweetness comes from maple syrup, coconut palm sugar and vanilla extract. These are great when served chilled or thawed from the freezer.
If you thought cakes were out of the equation once you’ve gone Paleo, think again. This chocolate cake makes use of alternative ingredients to make it fit for Paleo followers. The blueberries are an added bonus. Also, don’t forget about the frosting.
The recipe can be scaled up or down to make a large cake for occasions like birthdays or to make smaller pans that are fit for fewer individuals.
If you’ve been craving for a healthy heaping of chocolate cake, you can bake this one at home. Best of all after you’ve baked it, you don’t have to tell anyone and have your cake and eat it too.
This recipe is vegan and gluten free too. The author also provides a short list of recipe modification options at the end so you can make one without nuts too.
One of the great things about the Paleo diet being popular is that cooks, chefs and bakers are coming up with more and more creative ways to make non-Paleo foods like baked goodies into Paleo approved foods.
One example are blondies. By using almond flour, flaxseed meal and coconut palm sugar we get to enjoy something that wasn’t thought of to be available for anyone on the Paleo diet.
Desserts are one of the most affected foods when on the Paleo diet because so many desserts today rely on dairy. If you’re craving for a cold treat, they this Almond Joy Sunday recipe for dessert or just to cool off on a warm summer afternoon.
You won’t need to have an ice cream maker for this one and it only takes a few minutes to make. You do however need to practice a lot of patience because it will have to sit in the freezer overnight to cool.
Another Paleo Ice Cream recipe option is strawberries and cream. This one doesn’t take as long to prepare since it only needs a few hours in the freezer. So if you’re impatient and want that refreshingly cold dessert sooner than later, go for this one instead.
It also includes some fresh strawberries along with some crumbles, from almonds which give the ice cream extra texture and tart.
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Save this one for steak night or when you want to pull out the grill. The lime juice marinate used on the flank steak not only flavors the flank steak but also helps tenderize the meat making it more tender after you’ve cooked it on the grill.
This is one of those man meals where any guy can throw the ingredients on the blender, add the flank steak and blended marinate into a bag and later pop on the grill.
We all know pizza is off the menu when on the Paleo diet, this creative recipe makes use of meat, namely ground beef to serve as the pizza crust while using pesto as the topping along with some chicken and diced tomatoes.
This is one way to go around the no pizza rule, thought there are other ways to do it specially if you want to have that Paleo pizza crust crunch. For more of those scroll down to the pizza section below.
This makes for a delicious appetizer that will please any bacon loving individual. The meatballs are wrapped in a strip of bacon and topped with pesto. The presentation also makes for a winning dish as it is as pleasing to look at as taste.
There’s nothing like stew to fill you up and make for a warm, hearty meal. What’s great with stews is that they get better with time, so don’t throw away any leftovers but put them in the freezer and let the flavors build.
This is a slow cooker chili recipe that takes in the flavors of the ingredients. The longer the dish cooks the more the flavors mix together so you end up with a more tasty dish. As you’d expect there are no beans in the chili since legumes are not part of the Paleo food list.
Give your burgers a Cajun twist using the Paleo Cajun seasoning in the recipe. Definitely a different taste from the regular burgers we’re use to. Served with carmelized onions you get ground beef recipe that you can make on the grill indoors or outdoors.
For a tasty meal that takes less than 30 minutes from start to finish including prep time, this is hard to beat. This is a simple dish for weeknights when you don’t want to do too much fancy cooking but still want to be able to enjoy a good meal.
Traditionally served with vegetables you can choose from the different greens like broccoli, carrots or even bok choy.
Continuing on with the international theme, here’s something Mexican this time around. Tacos are among everyone’s favorites because they taste good and are easy to eat. They do take some prep since there’s a lot of chopping to get the ingredients into the smaller pieces needed for the meal. But after that it’s easy sailing since the cooking part is simple to do.
For Asian flavors, this quick meal incorporates some of Japanese and Chinese cooking together. This is also one dish that’s easy to make ahead and will be something that the kids are willing to eat without having to force them to. You can cook this like a stir fry then add the sauce afterward.
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For those who prefer not to eat the skin of chicken but still want the crunchy goodness, this chicken fingers recipe uses grounded almonds and some black sesame seeds to coat the meat and give it that extra layer of flavor.
Don’t forget to make the dipping sauce honey mustard based dipping sauce that compliments the chicken strips.
If you’re a fan of delicious crispy chicken, this Cracklin Chicken recipe will let everyone near you know how much you’re enjoying each bite thanks to the crunching sound of the crispy skin. This chicken recipe is one of the tastiest ones.
This recipe works better with chicken thighs as opposed to the healthier, meatier chicken breast, because the breasts do tend to dry out a bit easier compared to thighs. As you may have noticed this may not be the healthiest among Paleo dishes because we’re leaving the skin on and crisping them up.
But they’re great to enjoy once in a while so as not to deprive yourself too much from the ‘good things’.
Comfort food with a bit of a twist. This Paleo approved chili is kind of a play on words since there isn’t any beef in it nor are there any beans. In their place you get chicken in a warm soothing broth that’s perfect during the colder months or during the damp rainy days.
There’s a bit more prepping to be done with this dish because of all the slicing, but after that there isn’t much left to do, with most of the time just watching the flavors develop while it simmers over the stove.
What’s not to love, there’s chicken, there’s bacon, there’s honey and there’s mustard. The honey mustard sauce cuts through the bacon and gives it that extra kick.
One thing about this recipe is not to make the chicken slices too big. While that may make each bite meatier, it also makes it more difficult to cook the strips through without overdoing it on the bacon. Definitely something every bacon lover should try.
This is an excellent snack for game days or when you’re entertaining. It’s one of those crowd pleasers since they’re easy to eat and delicious. Make sure you pull out extra napkins because everyone’s going to need them.
The recipe also includes Paleo ranch dressing that makes for a perfect pairing with the buffalo wings. One last thing about these is make sure to make enough for everyone.
This is another honey mustard based chicken dish but slightly different from the one above. This one calls for the chicken to be baked to golden brown goodness, with skin left on, for flavor. The recipe also calls for using chicken thighs which are more tasty, but of course you can switch them out for breasts or wings depending on what you prefer. Just make sure to alter the cooking time to suit them too.
Pull out your cast iron pan for a quick and easy delicious chicken curry stir fry. Cooking this dish takes only a few minutes making it a good pick for those busy days when you need to be able to pull out a fast meal for the family.
The dish uses diced chicken breasts along with peppers and broccoli, while the aromatics come from the curry powder, paprika and turmeric.
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Not up for the adventurous stuffed pineapple burger yet? How about one stuffed with avocado and spicy mayo. This is another grill worthy burger that brings with it an extra kick. The burger is topped with carmelized onions and mushrooms.
This is another creative burger that lets you make something different from the usual all-meat patty. Just be ready with some napkins to wipe your mouth with after each bite.
Craving a good burger, this one pounder is a complete meal that comes with parsnip fries and avocado mousse. You can make them over the stove or on the grill and make your own perfect burger at home without having to visit your favorite burger joint.
When cooking the burgers, don’t forget to let the meat rest for a good amount of time so that the juices get to settle back into the meat. That way they don’t all flow out on the first bite.
Tired of the regular whole meat burger? Try this one out for size. It’s a chorizo burger that has pineapples mixed into it. Sounds strange but tastes delicious.
The pineapples give the beef and chorizo mix some added juiciness as well as a bit of extra sweetness. This burger is served with an avocado topping and sweet potato slices on the sides for a complete balanced meal.
Should you prefer making chicken burgers in place of beef burgers at time, this spicy recipe fits the Paleo standards. Originally made with cheddar cheese and sour cream, the burger’s ingredients have been modified a bit to make it Paleo worthy.
The recipe comes with a serving of guacamole that should help put out some of the heat of the jalapenos used to make the chicken burgers.
Technically this is a chicken bacon sandwich except that everything’s placed in between two portabella mushroom caps. The portabella serves to take the place of the buns making this a very creative Paleo chicken sandwich.
Sweet potato chips are a great accompaniment to the sandwich and makes for a much healthier replacement to regular french fries.
So what does 50/50/50 stand for? It means 50% ground beef, 50% bison liver and 50% bacon. Yup, the math doesn’t add up, but that’s how the recipe’s creator meant it to be since it’s a play on the 50/50 mixture.
If you’ve never tried organ meats like liver and want to try it, this is one of the best ways to do so. You can switch out the bison liver for your favorite type. And also adjust the mixture of the liver, ground beef and bacon to suit your liking.
Fish & Seafood
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For a bit of a Asian taste, this baked sole recipe with ginger chili sauce makes for a simple and refreshing meal that’s fresh and light. The sole is a flat fish with meat that’s tender. One thing about it is that it is slimmer than many fish so there isn’t that much meat off of the bones.
All that’s used to flavor the fish is lime keeping the fish as fresh as possible. To round up the dish is an Asian slaw that made with ginger and chillies.
This is a healthy Spanish shrimp dish that features the freshness of the shrimps. They make use of olive oil and make for great small servings called tapas. They’re very light and quick and simple to make. Of course you can scale up the size of the dish if you want to make this for the entire family to enjoy.
Another seafood that we don’t get enough of, scallops are very delicious when cooked right. This is another very quick and easy meal that does not take much time to make. It is an excellent recipe to have in your arsenal for when you don’t have too much time to prepare lunch or dinner.
All you need to do is pat dry the scallops before putting them into the pan. In less than 5 minutes the scallops are ready to serve. Like squid, scallops are meant to be cooked quickly otherwise they can get chewy, so don’t leave them over the fire too long.
Dill and salmon make for a great pairing. The salmon gives us the much needed serving of Omega-3 healthy fats that we often don’t get enough of. Brown mustard along with a homemade mayo are used to make this fit the Paleo recipe guidelines.
If you like heat with your seafood, this Jalapeno salmon recipe is something that’s worth trying. Salmon is one of the healthiest fish around because it is a good source of protein and contains the healthy Omega-3 fatty acids, making it one of the heart healthy fishes to include in our diets.
This baked tilapia recipe is light and low on calories. It makes use of fresh basil pesto and makes for a great weight loss recipe if you’re into shedding off some of the extra pounds. Tilapia is one of the most popularly eaten fish and is easy to prepare because the meat holds up well during cooking.
This is a great salmon recipe that everyone can’t get enough of. While wasabi is often associated with sushi and nothing much else, it’s actually used in a lot of other recipes and fits really well with salmon.
The wasabi gives the salmon that extra kick and you can adjust according to how much heat you want. It also masks some of the fishiness of the salmon which is a good thing for those who don’t like that.
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Grain free and gluten free, you’re sure that this banana bread is made from actual bananas and not artificial flavoring. The bread also adds some cacao nibs which are a nice touch. They may sound difficult to make but actually take less than an hour to complete including the time needed for prepping all the ingredients and baking the bread. So go ahead, make yourself some.
If you’re a fan of herb based breads this one includes rosemary along with a number of spices giving it a very different flavor from what regular bread normally tastes like. This works really well with olive oil, though it can be used to make sandwiches as well.
If you’re searching for the basic loaf that lets you use bread for sandwiches without the extra ingredients this is one great recipe to start with. Use it for pulled pork sandwiches with the pulled pork recipe at the bottom of the list, with jams or with other lunch meals.
For another great plain Paleo bread option, this version 2.0 can be used for toast, turkey sandwiches or simply dipped in olive oil. This uses some different ingredients from the basic loaf above so choosing between the two really depends on which ingredients are more available to you and which one suits your taste buds better.
Use this bread recipe when you want something to pair with meals. It pairs well with dishes that use tomatoes, be it sauces or fresh, making it great with many Italian recipes. This is also one way to get the kids to eat more veggies since they’re delicious, the kids would probably never even ask you if there are veggies in the bread.
This Paleo raisin bread recipe was designed to be baked using half a cup of raisins. But after a few times you’ve made it you’ll realize that the base of the bread allows you to use lots of other ingredients along with or in place of the raisins. You can use nuts like pecans or other fruits like cranberries which work really well with this loaf of bread.
With most Paleo bread recipes, the main ingredient used is almond butter. This one on the other doesn’t use any nut based ingredients making a good choice should you have any allergies to nuts or nut related items. The bread is very similar to the other plain bread recipes above which makes it good for sandwiches.
Paleo Cookies Recipes
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This cookie combines a bit of both salty and sweet to give the cookie a different flavor profile. Unfortunately, for those hoping that there’s truffles in them, I’m sorry to say there isn’t any. The name comes from the way the cookies taste coming close to those of truffles.
Many baked goods use almond flour as their base, but what about macadamia. Using a different nut makes it taste differently for a change and a good one at that. The sweetness is provided by the honey making it suitable for Paleo diet followers since it has no grains or any unnatural sweeteners.
Bacon isn’t one of those ingredients that’s commonly associated with cookies. But it’s bacon right? And anything’s better with bacon, and that includes chocolate chip cookies. The small bacon bits give it a flavor contrast from the chocolate chips and the cookie itself.
Prefer something else than everyone’s favorite chocolate flavored cookies, these sweet pumpkin cookies make for a welcome change. These are a great option when pumpkins are in season since you get them at their peak.
These Chocolate chip cookies make use of chunks of high quality dark chocolate for more flavor and bigger bites. You get to choose big the chunks are since you get to pick which chocolate and how big to cut them up into.
Want to have cookies with as little work as possible and as short a time as possible, try making these. I guess that’s why they’re called Lazy Espresso cookies. They are easy to make and you get to switch in or switch out some of the ingredients depending on what you’re feeling that day.
While they may look similar to some other Paleo chocolate chip cookies, they come with extra roasted almond butter that changes how it tastes. This makes for wonder snack at home or brought with you on a ziploc bag so you can open and take a few bites whenever you feel like it.
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During the times when you want to cook up a quick meal, this zuchinni and mushroom mix takes no-time to make. What’s better is that it’s a very healthy dish that’s light on the calories. In total it only contains 114 calories and is rich in vitamin C.
Make this as a side dish, a light lunch or snack it doesn’t take much preparation and cook time before you’re on the table enjoying it.
Going meatless but want to be able to enjoy the grill? Here’s a simple, fresh and light vegetable kebab recipe that falls within the Paleo food list.
For this recipe your shopping list will including a number of veggies like zucchini, cherry tomatoes and bell peppers. It also uses avocados to make the dipping sauce. This fun dish can be grilled indoors but definitely is better done outdoors since you can enjoy nature while cooking on the grill.
For a light and healthy summer vegetarian Paleo recipe, you can cut up a spaghetti squash and roast it in the oven and pair with kale to serve in a bowl. This bright yellow and green colors match those of summer while giving you something refreshing and healthy to enjoy.
Rice is often used in Asian cuisine as the main source of carbohydrates in their meals. On Paleo, however, rice is not allowed. One of the most popular ways to re-create rice is through the use of cauliflower. This saffron ‘rice’ recipe uses just that.
While cauliflower is technically not a carb, it can be formed into small bits that resemble grains of rice. One of the best things about cauliflower is that it is a very nutritious vegetable that is very good for our health.
This cauliflower rice recipe makes use of saffron infused water to flavor the ‘rice’ as well as give it that yellow color. It is great to use as pair with many of the main dishes above including some of the chicken, beef and seafood dishes.
For those looking to detox from all the unhealthy foods this detox salad is a good place to start. It is loaded with fresh veggies and a simple to make dressing that will help the body cleanse and get back to a healthier state. This makes for a good lunch recipe or a snack depending on when you feel like it.
Since there is no pasta when on the Paleo diet, a number of creative chefs have come up with some great alternatives to pasta. This Kale Pesto Pasta is one of them. To substitute for the pasta, zucchini is used in this quick 10 minute meal. The zucchini pasta is then mixed into a kale pesto to create a wonderful looking dish.
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Serve as a light lunch, side dish or snack, you get chicken and red cabbage chopped up and mixed together to make a protein and veggie dish that’s just as pleasing to the eyes. This Asian inspired salad recipe does use a number of ingredients so making sure you have them all beforehand is a good idea.
This sweet potato salad includes some bacon, cinnamon and a bit to heat. It’s makes for a refreshing yet more filling salad dish that won’t leave you hungry after a couple hours. The bacon also leaves your taste buds satiated making the salad nothing short on taste.
Like pasta, noodles are a no-no while on Paleo. If you’re looking for something to take their place, here’s a really different one, kelp noodles. Honestly I didn’t know there was such a food till I bumped into this salad recipe.
Kelp noodles are made from kelp, which is a brown seaweed. They are edible, low in calories and contain a number of nutrients. They are sold by packages in many Asian food stores and do work as a substitute for noodles and pasta when doing Paleo.
Traditional Caesar salad doesn’t fit into the Paleo lifestyle because it has some ingredients that violate the diet’s rules. For a grain free, dairy free and gluten free version of one of our favorite salads, this is a good choice. It substitutes all the non-Paleo approved ingredients with those that are Paleo friendly giving us a Caesar salad alternative to turn to.
Easy to make, check. Tasty and delicious, check. Healthy, check. What’s not to love about this Basil Avocado Chicken salad. It’s got avocados, it takes around 15 minutes to make and tastes good. One of the benefits of this recipe is you can use the leftover chicken from last night. That way no more cooking and you get to eat the leftovers.
This is one of the soups that’s often off limits because heavy cream or milk is used to build the base of the soup. In this recipe, those dairy products are substituted with Paleo approved ingredients, namely coconut milk. There’s also butter included to give the soup extra body and richness. Since it’s main ingredients are tomato and basil, this also falls within the vegan diet for those who are staying away from meat.
For a dose of comfort food, this chicken soup is free of dairy, and gluten-free as well. It is also low carb making it a healthy light lunch or snack option. Kale and carrots accompany the chicken in the broth. While the original recipe calls for organic broth you can make your own chicken broth if you have leftover bones from a previous chicken meal.
For a creamier version of the chicken soup, this one includes some coconut milk the thicken up the soup. You can opt to make this when you want to have something that’s more filling. Either way, the two chicken soups are home made options that offer comfort food experience.
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Here’s another Paleo pizza crust recipe that’s based on cauliflower which is a popular base to use as the crust. Unlike many cauliflower pizza crusts out there though there is no cheese included in the ingredients. Often cheese is used to help hold the cauliflower bits together, but may not work for those who are following the Paleo guidelines strictly.
This pizza recipe leaves the mozzarella for the toppings so you can choose not to add them or use a substitute instead to make it Paleo friendly.
Pizza is one of the foods that going on Paleo makes you miss. Fortunately there are some ways to recreate the pizza crust we all love that serves as the base of one of the most loved foods in the world.
In this pizza crust recipe, cauliflowers are used in place of flour to make the pizza pie crust giving it the Paleo seal of approval. The recipe includes both the tomato sauce as well as the crust so you can make your own homemade Paleo pizza to enjoy.
Along with pizza, cheese is one of the most difficult ingredients to replace when on the Paleo diet. This pizza recipe offers a good alternative to cheese toppings on pizza so you can enjoy the gooey goodness while still following the rules of Paleo.
The recipe does use a lot of ingredients so paying attention to the details is important since missing one changes the texture and taste of the “cheese” and the pie crust.
Another way to create your own pizza crust that doesn’t violate the Paleo rules is through the use of almond flour. This recipe lets you bake up your own pizza pie crust that’s ready for some tomato sauce and toppings of your own liking. That way you can create your own pizza anytime you want.
Crock Pot Recipes
Using a slow cooker is one of the best ways to get chicken to get tender yet stay juicy. The good news is that the crockpot does most of the work so most of what we do is waiting.
This recipe calls for an entire chicken to roast making it a good dish to prepare when the entire family is there for dinner.
For international flavor, this pad thai noodles recipe uses the crock pot for the chicken. It also uses zucchini and carrots in place of the noodles to make the dish Paleo friendly. The chicken is flavored with coconut milk, fish sauce, ginger and garlic to give it that Asian flavor.
If you’re looking for a hearty soup, try this butternut squash slow cooked recipe. You can also include this under the soup section above if you’re grouping the foods together for your meal plans. It makes use of squash, carrots, apples and some herbs along with almond milk, though you can also use coconut milk in place of the almond milk.
Based on the cashew chicken on restaurant menus, you can make your own crock pot version at home. It uses some red wine vinegar, palm sugar and organic ketchup for flavoring along with some usual Asian ingredients like ginger.
While pulled pork sandwiches may be out of the picture while on Paleo, it doesn’t mean you can’t enjoy a good pulled pork recipe. This one sits in a crock pot and slow cooks for 6 to 8 hours making the meat tender and soft to the touch. Serve with your favorite side dish or you can get creative and use an ingredient like sweet potatoes or one of the bread recipes above to make a sandwich.
Time to Try Out the Paleo Recipes
So there they are over 100 delicious Paleo recipes that will get you in the best shape of your life. They taste good, many of which are easy to make and will help you lose the extra fat that’s been hanging on to your for the past few years.