One of the difficulties following the Paleo diet is figuring out what to eat.
Because the diet is so specific, sometimes it’s hard to find a delicious meal that meets all the Paleo requirements.
No beans, no dairy, no bread, no high-starch vegetables, and no grains.
And no gluten.
Basically, all foods and ingredients used in cooking should be in their original natural state or at least close to it.
Let alone spending hours in the kitchen making pizza from scratch 'cause your crust has to be made of "cauliflower"' is just not an option most of the time.
If you are like me, on most days, you just want mouth watering, Paleo dishes with minimum cooking/baking time and minimum ingredients.
Whether it's breakfast, lunch, dinner or dessert, it just seems to be the dictating rule when finding and picking a recipe.
Thankfully, these 9 most praised food bloggers paved the way and came up with yummy, absolutely jaw-dropping recipes that make eating like a caveman a breeze.
And the best part is, these recipes are super easy and fail-proof that even your 11-year-old can whip it together in 30 mins or less.
9 Tasty Paleo Recipes
1. Coconut Flour Pancakes
No wheat flour, no pancakes? Think not.
If you like coconuts, you are in for a real treat.
Rebecca Maclary from Paleo Hacks let us in on how to make light and fluffy pancakes the Paleo way using coconut flour, oil and milk.
The recipe is super easy and the steps are pretty much the same as regular pancakes except you use coconut flour in place of wheat flour.
Grab her recipe and instructions here on her blog.
2. Smoked Salmon Egg Stuffed Avocados
This recipe is great for those random days where you open your near empty fridge and see nothing but few odd ingredients and leftovers.
Don't get discouraged.
Rachel Ball from Grok Grub can take those few random ingredients and whip it into a five-start breakfast that is nothing but delicious, savory and filling. And yes, it meets even the pickiest eaters and strict dieters's dietary requirements.
With just 3 main ingredients: eggs, avocados and smoked salmon, Rachel can make a feast.
In fact, this is what will be on our breakfast table during our holiday season. It's that beautiful.
Her smoked salmon egg stuffed avocados are totally high in protein and healthy fat and low in carbs and free of grains. Yes, it's definitely Paleo friendly.
Head over to Fresh Planet Flavor to see the complete recipe.
3. Paleo Breakfast Bread
Just because you are Paleo doesn't mean you need to stuff yourself with bacon and eggs every morning.
You can bake a cake and eat it too.
This breakfast bread in particular is so delicious and the honey flavor is just mouth watering. I love it.
But what I really like about this is it contains healthy fats (from nut butter) and the only sweetener used is honey.
With a dash of cinnamon, it can easily be a holiday cake for the fall and winter.
If you are looking for a no-grain, no-flour cake recipe, this is it.
Vered's ingredient list includes: butter (for pan), almond butter, eggs, honey, cinnamon, vanilla extract, salt and baking soda.
That's right. She only uses simple, basic ingredients you always have in your pantry and fridge.
Head over to Healthy Recipes to grab the complete recipe.
4. Petite Vanilla Bean Scones
I couldn't resist this for three reasons. One, I love anything with vanilla flavor. Two. this is grain free, gluten-free, dairy-free and Paleo friendly.
With my husband being sensitive to gluten, I tend to gravitate towards gluten-free baking. (Sure, I can tolerate gluten, but it would be too evil of me to bite into gluten loaded pastries right next to my husband who can't have them, so that makes me as gluten-free as my hubby nowadays.)
Three, this recipe is from my favorite blogger, Joshua Weissman of Slim Palate.
His passion for cooking is real and the story behind his health consciousness resonates with me. Just as he lost 100 pounds through healthy eating and exercising, "I lost 20 pounds" by changing lifestyle and making healthy food choices.
This recipe is a pretty easy one and uses only the very basic ingredients: "almond" flour, baking powder, honey, vanilla extract and lemon juice.
If frosting is your thing (not mine, so I never tried their frosting recipe), it seems pretty easy to make it as well.
5. 3-Ingredient Mashed Cauliflower
This recipe is a certainly our staple recipe at home and no doubt comes handy during the holiday season and summer potlucks.
With no mayo in this mushed cauliflower recipe, it has less concern for spoilage should you take it to a BBQ party or beach potluck.
The recipe is originally from Whole Foods, but in all honesty, you don't even need a recipe to make this.
Whether you are paleo or not, there are whole a lot of reasons to make mushed salad with cauliflower instead of potatoes.
Cauliflower is super nutritious, loaded with vitamin C and vitamin K, and its glycemic index is low.
Some studies reported by cancer.org, cauliflower along with other cruciferous vegetables are linked to lower risk of breast cancer.
According to Whole Foods, this cauliflower mushed salad is "fewer in calories" (only 110 calories per serving) and lower in sodium (330mg of sodium per serving). If you are limiting your sodium intake (i.g. DASH diet), this recipe is also a great choice.
Minor change I'd make to the recipe: Steam the cauliflower and add salt when mush instead of boiling the cauliflower in salt hot water. It helps preserving nutrients and prevents over-use of sodium.
Head over to Whole Foods to grab this incredibly easy and foolproof cauliflower recipe.
6. Sweet and Spicy Paleo Chicken Fingers
Who doesn't like sticky, sweet and spicy chicken fingers?
While I get cravings for them all the time, conventional chicken fingers I eat outside are too often greasy and unhealthy to eat.
Instead of running into KFC for their chicken fingers, my go-to recipe is this one from Kristen Stevens from The Endless Meal.
It's paleo friendly, grain free and gluten free. They are also baked, which makes the chicken fingers a lot healthier than their fried versions and far less mess to clean afterwards.
Just a word of cautions from one chicken finger lover to another. Its gooey, sticky honey glaze that's tad spicy is way too addicting.
Here is the full recipe and instructions.
7. Balsamic Glazed Steak Rolls
Do you need a dinner entry you can whip up in 30 mins or less but don't want to sacrifice food quality?
Then, this is the perfect dish for you.
It's full of vegetables (bell peppers, onions, zucchini and mushrooms) and loaded with lean proteins.
With fresh rosemary, it's also flavorful and aromatic.
It's one dish anyone from kids to grandpa can appreciate and are happy to chow down.
For a date night, I'd make it a joint-venture and do all the rolling with your date while sipping a glass of red wine, which pairs so well with the steak rolls.
If you are looking to skip the prep, just grab a box of washed and stripped and ready to use vegetables and a pre-sliced sirloin. It will cut your prep time in half.
If you are making this in the summertime, I'd say grill them instead of using cast iron skillet as instructed.
Head over to Table Spoon for the complete recipe and step-by-step guide.
8. Chicken Avocado Burger
In our household, a lot of things are taboo.
Fatty meat, gluten, grains, dairy, and the list goes on...
It's one of those households where people come visit and ask what we do eat since the list of what we don't eat seems really long to most people...
The truth is, we do eat a lot and we love to eat.
We eat burgers, cake, chocolate, ice cream, pancakes and even scones, but just not in the conventional way.
Take burger for an example.
We love this burger recipe from Laughing Spatula.
It's chicken avocado burger. We love it because it's gluten-free, paleo friendly, Whole30 friendly and lean meat.
It really shows how eating healthy is not a sacrifice. We can eat tasty, juicy burgers without expanding our waistlines and harming our health.
Eating healthy doesn't also have to be time consuming. This is super easy and excellent for week night.
There are only two steps to this.
- Step 1: Throw all the ingredients (ground chicken, avocado chunks, almond mill, chopped garlic and salt & pepper) into a large bow and toss gently.
- Step 2: Make it into meat balls or burgers (your pick) and grill them on the skillet.
It's that easy, but the reward is tremendous. Without a doubt, if you try it, you'll love it.
If you want to keep it paleo friendly all the way, eat it without buns. If you are not as strict, have rye buns.
Oh, make sure you make two batches. You'll be glad you did.
Visit Kathi's blog, Laughing Spatula for the complete list of ingredients.
9. 3-Ingredient Flourless Brownie
One of the best creations in life is brownies. I can day dream about brownies' gooeyness and chocolatey flavors all day long and forget to do work.
Yes, it's my addiction.
It would be a sin if I don't share my best-kept secret brownie recipe with you. And honestly, after trying this recipe, I know it'd be your go-to recipe too.
First of all, it's just 3 ingredients: banana, cocoa powder and butt butter (I use almond).
Second, it's mess free. Easy measuring and easy baking. One bowl and one pan are all you need.
The recipe is also pretty flexible. Instead of almond butter, you can use any nut butter as long as it's smooth.
You can also adjust the amount of cacao powder to make it richer.
Just make sure to use ripped bananas, so they can add sweet flavors to the brownies without adding any other sweeteners.
It's sugar-free, vegan, gluten-free (as long your nut butter is GF), paleo, and grain free. It's also dairy free!
Head over to The Big Man's World for the complete recipe.
There you have it!
These are truly awesome recipes I find myself using over and over again. They prove gluten free eating don't have to be tasteless.
Do you have a favorite Paleo recipe? Leave us a message below to let us know. We're happy to add it to the list.