Easy Paleo recipes? No weigh…
Let’s face it. You’re on a diet, so the food options are either going to suck or take a ton of time.
Or are they?
The truth is the Paleo Diet is incredibly misunderstood.
Sure, it’s a switch from the traditional American diet where pizza sauce is a vegetable…and so are French fries. But the Paleo Diet is also your meal ticket for entering ketosis faster. The best part, though, is that eating delicious food on the Paleo Diet isn’t just possible. It’s downright simple with these easy Paleo recipes.
Simple foods to eat while on the Paleo Diet
Let’s start with the dos. When it comes to the Paleo Diet, you want to focus on these food groups:
- Fish and seafood
Who’s surprised? No one. These foods are common on many diet meal plans. But there are some other Paleo-approved menu items that might surprise you.
- Oils and fats – the healthy kind like avocado, coconut, and olive
Yup. You can scavenge for fruits like our Paleolithic ancestors and eat ’em too.
Though anything from this second list is better in moderation.
Not sure what that means? Our top 10 easy Paleo recipes below will help you get an idea of how these food groups mix and mingle on the Paleo Diet.
Foods to NOT eat while on the Paleo Diet
Alright, alright. We promised delicious meals. We’re getting there. But before we give a delicious dinner option for tonight, let’s talk about what you won’t find on the Paleo Diet. That’s right. Here’s the list of foods to avoid.
Keep in mind that the paleo diet does have rules and limitations about the food items that can be eaten while on it. Say goodbye to the grains of the world and welcome more meat and veggies into your life. And while fruits are welcomed as well, the diet does say to keep those limited if possible and to focus more heavily on the meat and vegetable items.
- Legumes (bad news for anyone who loves peanuts or beans)
- High-fructose corn syrup
- Trans fat
- Artificial sweetener
Here’s a shocker. Most things that companies want to dress up as a prime choice for diets actually aren’t.
Skim milk has tons of added sugar. Calorie-free is basically synonymous for artificial sweetener.
Anything that seems like it would have been a good idea when low-calorie, low-fat fad diets had everyone clamoring for spandex and Snackwells is a DON’T.
Long ingredient lists equal overprocessed. That’s not what we’re looking for with the Paleo Diet.
10 Insanely Easy Paleo Recipes You’ll LOVE
The key to sticking to the Paleo Diet is to consume foods that are as minimally processed as possible. If that leaves you with visions of a hard boiled egg next to a slab of bland meat garnished with some broccoli, get ready for some good news.
Great news actually.
These easy Paleo recipes deliver. Not only can anyone recreate them, but they’re also straight up delicious.
Easy Paleo Apps & Sides
Whether you’re doing some entertaining or looking to simply treat yourself (in a good way!), these Paleo apps and side dishes are simple and satisfying.
Baked Buffalo Wings.
Keep ‘em out of the grease and bake those tasty wings. Your taste buds won’t feel like they are missing out on a thing!
Leave the mayo out and opt in for an avocado filler instead. Super delicious and talk about an easy Paleo recipe!
Roasted Brussel Sprouts
Nothing better than some good ol’ roasted Brussel sprouts to take a meal from good to great. Whether you like them savory or spicy, there’s an option for you. PS – There’s bacon.
A soup that’s diet-friendly and filling? It seems like a work of fiction, but these recipes prove otherwise. The best part is that these work as both a first course or a meal.
Paleo Meals Made Easy
So you know what you’re eating before dinner. You’ve selected the sides. Let’s get down to the main courses, shall we?
This Paleo recipe that just keeps giving! You prepare it once and can easily reheat it for leftovers to make a second super-fast dinner or even eat it for lunch the next day sprinkled over a bed of greens. The chicken packs a protein punch and different variations of the receipe are spiced up with, well, spices.
Chicken & Broccoli
No. This isn’t just about a bland baked piece of meat accompanied by an equally-flavorless side. Chicken and broccoli are two nutritional powerhouses, and they team up really well for a dinner that will keep you full and energized. The best part is that the ingredients are so versatile. Even if your flexibility isn’t on point, theirs is.
Crockpot Shredded Chicken
If you’re into meal planning (or you do the opposite and find yourself winging it throughout the week), this recipe idea is going to be your culinary savior. You can prepare a very simple shredded chicken in advance and use it throughout the week in a bunch of different recipes.
Instant Pot Roast
Put a Paleo meal on your plate in no time with minimal effort and clean up? Yes, please. We gave the slow cooker some love with the chicken options above. Fear not if an Instant Pot is more your style.
Who doesn’t love the flavor of a tender and juicy smoked salmon? Here’s the thing. Salmon can be simple. It can also pull out all the stops. No matter how you like yours, there are Paleo-friendly options.
Shrimp and Veggie Saute
This is another powerhouse pairing. The best part about the shrimp is that is soaks up so many different spices. A few different dashes can turn each saute into a totally different dish.
That’ll about do it–hopefully, you’ve found one or two special treats to add to your paleo meal plan (that won’t take too much time and energy to throw together on a random Tuesday evening.