From food store aisles to restaurant menus all the way to primal vending machines, the Paleo lifestyle has officially taken over. This diet is derived from the idea that our bodies function best when fed the same diet as our ancestors. This means saying “yes” to grass-fed meats, vegetables, eggs, fruits and seeds, and a big no to grains, dairy, legumes and processed foods. Although these restrictions seem hard to adhere to at first, it is very easy to maintain the diet in a delicious and healthy way. Besides, it will make your body feel much better.
When you decide to go Paleo, it becomes easy to get stuck in the same eating habit every day. This is a reliable way to burn out on the diet. You can keep your Paleo lifestyle fresh, fun and delicious by trying different recipes. So, before stepping out to work, into the wild or school, bookmark these Paleo recipes. This list was designed to have you covered from sunrise to sundown — breakfast, lunch, dinner and dessert.
A. Paleo Breakfast Recipes
Chestnut flour is the main ingredient in these healthier waffles. It is similar to other nut flours in both texture and flavor, but works better in this recipe due to its lower fat and higher starch content. This creates a fluffy waffle instead of a dense gummy one.
The sweet, nutty flavor complements the grated carrot and cinnamon to come up with that signature carrot-cake flavor.
While a microwave may be used here, an oven-baked sweet potato receives a mouthwatering caramelized sweetness, which the microwave cannot seem to replicate. We guarantee it is worth the extra wait.
First, bake the sweet potatoes in the oven to obtain its savory-sweet flavor, then use them as the base layer for a big pan of baked eggs and vegetables. It’s perfect for baking double or even triple and storing in the fridge for a quick meal on the run. You can also use this portable breakfast as a way to introduce healthy carbs after an intense workout.
Do you love English muffins? Well, try one of these breakfast sandwiches and you will find that you never need to eat an English muffin again. Here, the egg patties entirely substitute sandwich buns. Quick tip: Use a biscuit cutter to help shape the egg buns and sausage center so that everything is uniform in both size and shape.
If sausage isn’t your favorite, slices of bacon or a piece of crisped pancetta can work right.
I must admit since I went Paleo, I miss Chinese egg rolls terribly! Thanks to this recipe from Delicious Obsessions, I can still have something close to my egg rolls. It is wrapped in a Pale-friendly Yucca root, which is boiled, smashed and pressed. Inside is classic pork dish that just might give you a tongue-biting experience.
Forget about that daily toast. Acorn squash is a great Paleo substitute for that classic breakfast dish egg-in-a-hole sandwich. This recipe calls for acorn squash; however, other varieties like delicata would work just as well. Top it up with chopped bacon or even some sautéed greens if you want to keep it vegetarian.
Paleo Lunch Recipes
Sweet potato nachos are the best way to do it, but if you want to maintain a lower-carb variation, use mini peppers. Mini peppers make for an equally tasty base for the fixings, with a lower total carbohydrate count. Fill up the base with ground beef, tomatoes, onions, garlic, and spices, and have at it!
Finish up with a sprinkle of crunchy green onions and tomatoes, and some guacamole or salsa. A tray of these would be a great appetizer for your next party too! You could even serve a few mini peppers as the main protein at a meal, especially for kids.
Believe me; the sight of this meal will leave you salivating. Not only is appealing to the eyes, but it is equally delicious. Whether served on top of a salad, wrapped in a Paleo-approved bun or lettuce, these protein-filled tuna burgers make for a satisfying lunch or even dinner.
Ensure not to skip the avocado and Greek yogurt topping, since the creamy texture and refreshing flavors perfectly complement the spicy burger.
With about 350 calories, this is one of the most satisfying Paleo lunches. It has six different types of vegetables, and is packed with vitamins and antioxidants.
Besides, the seared tuna and hard-boiled egg on it serve up a hefty 38-gram dose of protein that will surely keep you full until dinner. You will experience no more yawning and grasping for snacks in the office — that is for sure!
If you are a meal planner, then this recipe is perfect for you! The chicken is cooked and cooled, and then the veggies are prepped. Pack individual portions with a container of the dressing. When your clock says its lunchtime, pour on the dressing, shake it up and enjoy a healthy and protein-rich lunch.
In any restaurant, Asian chicken salad is a menu staple. Unfortunately, it is not Paleo-friendly — especially since one salad can contain up to 1,000 calories, compared to the 533 calories in one serving of this Paleo salad!. Instead of using plain old lettuce, shredded Napa cabbage and carrots are used to make up the base of this recipe. The homemade dressing will offer all of those classic Asian flavors minus the fat, calories, and sugars that are typically found in store-bought varieties.
Paleo Dinner Recipe
Who would think of ever combining chocolate, coffee and beef? Definitely not me. Nevertheless, the end product is unbelievable. Deep and dark flavors from the coffee and chocolate bring out the rich, umami essence of the beef, producing a pot roast that may feed you all week — without you getting bored.
You can try the meat wrapped in lettuce cups, Paleo taco shells, a crunchy green salad, or on its own. I assure you that you won’t be able to stop eating or thinking about it until the port is empty.
Chicken Alfredo relies heavily on noodles. In this recipe, it is all about the kelp noodles, which will need to cook much longer than you think they do. The idea here is to cook out their crunch and make them closely mimic regular noodles. In case you can’t find kelp noodles, you can use shirataki noodles.
The creamy cashew-based Alfredo sauce in this recipe is unbelievably good.
Start up a batch of these tacos in the morning and come back home to a healthy, filling meal for dinner. The coconut and tapioca flour tortillas, unlike many of the gluten-free options, that serve as the base for these tacos usually bend perfectly without snapping. This is an essential taco-making quality. In case time is not on your side, the slow cooker short ribs can also be paired perfectly on top of cauliflower rice or even mixed greens.
Tired from work or hungry from intense exercise? Put dinner on your table in 15 minutes using this simple, high-protein recipe with a low-calorie count. Tilapia is a very affordable protein choice since an eight-ounce serving of the sturdy white fish contains a whopping 47 grams! Cooking it in a parchment pouch with lemon traps in flavor while allowing for easy cleanup.
Any meat lover will lick their fingers here. When topped with a nice fresh, herbaceous sauce like arugula chimichurri, a lean cut of well-cooked meat produces one of the most perfectly satisfying healthy dinners. You can serve it with a green salad or some grilled vegetables to maintain a well-balanced meal.
Paleo Dessert Recipes
Almond flour is always a winner in the muffin game. I am not a fun of cupcakes, but this one is surely an exceptional. These moist, tender muffins carry all the benefits of healthy, low-sugar blueberries, as well as fiber-rich almond flour.
Their muffin form makes them easy to eat on the go. This weekend I dare you to invite some your friends over in the afternoon, prepare the muffins and serve with some lightly salted grass-fed butter. They will not leave your house! If they do, your friends will ensure they pack all the remaining pieces.
I trust you have gone through all those mug cake recipes floating around the Internet lately. Forget about them. This Paleo-friendly chocolate mousse will soon become your favorite dessert option. Instead of using refined white sugar, this recipe uses honey or maple syrup to add a hint of sweetness, while coconut milk is added to achieve a creamy texture.
Set it in the fridge for an hour, then top with toasted nuts or fresh fruit for some extra texture and flavor.
These are protein-rich and made from easy-to-find canned albacore tuna and sweet potatoes! They bake nice and crispy inside nonstick muffin tins, which makes them easy to make in large batches. You can make a big batch on a Sunday evening and eat all week. This will ensure you have a wholesome, high quality, protein-rich snack on hand.
If you are a fan of ice cream, set those dairy products aside and try this combination of coconut milk, cocoa powder, dates and almond milk. They make the perfect super-creamy and Paleo-friendly ice cream ever. You can swirl in some toasted nuts or Paleo chocolate ganache for texture. Regular dairy products will quickly become history to you.
Maybe you prefer a candy bar for your dessert.
This is a great Paleo alternative to the traditional Almond Joy candy bars. Raw almond joy bars contain all of the elements of a classic chocolate bar: a chocolaty crust, toasted crunchy almond top, and sweet coconut filling. It tastes great and you will have no guilt — because you are not cheating on your diet while indulging.
I am so confident that your non-Paleo friends cannot tell the difference between this potato salad and a regular potato salad. However, if they do, they will be too distracted by the taste of that delicious bacon in this one to care. You can also try this recipe with sweet potato in place of the Irish potato. This recipe is so delicious, I highly recommend it.
This recipe is a perfect comeback for healthy fats into the smoothie game. Avocados are the richest fruit in monounsaturated fat, just like in olive oil. It also has an impressive amount of vitamin E, all the B vitamins, magnesium, vitamin C, and other nutrients.
In this recipe, avocado wins the nutrient game, but when it comes to taste, the mango is the star — since avocado is mild and hence, takes a back seat. On the other hand, the spinach disappears to almost an unidentifiable nutrient boost. This smoothie features a perfect tropical fruit flavor ideal for a summer treat too.
Although it has no any proteins, it is a very tasty treat or even dessert, and there’s nothing wrong with having a treat sometimes, especially when they are nutrient-rich!
Throwing a party over the weekend? Or maybe you just need something to jazz up your cookout? Frozen coconut limeade is a perfect Paleo-friendly refreshment. It has a tropical flavor and plenty of ice, with honey too.
Kids might love this drink too, but if it’s for adults, you can add in a dash of your favorite alcohol (either vodka, whisky or rum). Just add one ounce of your liquor of choice and mix it in well. Of course, alcohol is nowhere near Paleo, but a small serving occasionally definitely fits into an overall healthy lifestyle.
On a cold winter day, this soup is the best way to warm up from the inside out. Coconut milk offers it a creamy texture while keeping it dairy-free as well as Paleo-friendly. You can play around with the garnish to kick up the flavor a notch too. This recipe recommends using cilantro, fresh ground black pepper, paprika or sunflower seeds. However, crispy coconut chips or toasted cashews would be great additions.
Mushroom soup used to be my favorite, until I tried this amazing Thai coconut soup. The coconut milk in it gives it glorious richness, while keeping it light. It is full of flavor and high-quality protein — thanks in part to the chicken. This might just be the perfect thing for a cool summer, winter, fall, or spring evening. I mean, all year round!
G. Something Special
Do you know that pomegranate has been used as a symbol of love and fertility by ancient Greeks? If there is someone you love, this is the ideal drink to treat them with — and it is more than appropriate for a Pale-friendly Valentine’s Day treat.
While delicious, you cannot use this smoothie as an everyday option, since it tends to be higher in sugar and lack the necessary protein. Nevertheless, as a once-in-a while treat, there’s nothing wrong with it. You can serve it up even for breakfast, with some eggs or another healthy protein source.
Whip it up today and let someone know you love and appreciate them in the Paleo way.