In honor of my celebrating one year Paleo (woohoo!) I wanted to share the best Paleo recipes all in one place. These dishes have helped me through the last year, and allowed me to embrace the lifestyle with open arms. They have since become not only my go-to’s, but ones Garett and I continue to make often, and are loved by non Paleo-ers as well. Who’s hungry?? Let’s dig in!
Photo by: Austin Schmid
Best Paleo Recipes: A Year of Favorites
- Most days, I eat a simple breakfast of poached eggs, a fistful of sweet potato or squash, a vegetable, and either berries or avocado. It may seem boring to some, but mastering the poached egg at home is a game-changer. Trust me when I say you will be hooked.
- On weekends, we love a good egg bake. We have the extra time to spend on a larger dish, and it feeds us for days. This Tomato Basil Frittata and Breakfast Casserole are in our rotation often.
- For busy days/weeks, we love a grab and go egg option like these frittata cups.
On the Sweeter Side
- Chia Seed Pudding is what I turn to when we have a sweet craving. The flavor options are endless, and this time of year, we gravitate towards this pumpkin one.
- Plantain Pancakes are another great make ahead option, as they store and reheat very well. I love how quick and easy this recipe is as well.
- A couple of times a month I like to make a double batch of muffins for breakfast and snacks. These Pumpkin Muffins and Banana Zucchini Muffins are both excellent.
- Many days my lunch consists of leftovers or made ahead items. I usually don’t have time to spare making a meal from scratch in the middle of the day, so this ensures I actually eat a meal.
- One of my favorites to make ahead is our Curry Chicken Salad. This lasts most of the week, is a refreshing meal midday, and is a nearly complete meal in and of itself.
- I also prep salad ingredients over the weekend, then throw together a quick meal as needed. I take whatever extra meat I have on hand, mix in the veggies, and toss with a suitable dressing.
- Leftover Roast Chicken Soup is another wonderful option, especially in the cooler months. Make a batch on Saturday or Sunday, and enjoy throughout the week.
- Beef Stroganoff from Against All Grain: Meals Made Simple. My entire family loves this one. It hits all the notes of the traditional dish, but is way healthier.
- Perfect Meatballs with Sage Sweet Potato Noodles from The Paleo Kitchen. I adore beef and pork together, and everyone loves a good meatball. These are basic but pack a lot of flavor, and work wonderfully with the sweet and savory noodles.
- Spaghetti Squash Bolognese from Practical Paleo. This dish is in our bulk cooking rotation, and the leftovers feed us for days. Tip: we tend to shortcut the recipe by mixing a pound of natural sugar-free pork sausage with a pound of grass-fed ground beef, and cooking them both together instead of separately cooking bacon.
- We usually get ranger chickens from our farmers each month, and love a roasted chicken on a weeknight. It is comforting, savory, satisfying, and leaves behind extra meat for lettuce wraps or salads the next day. As a bonus, I use the carcass for bone broth thereafter. The best recipe is this Weeknight Roast Chicken from Nom Nom Paleo. Super simple, straight forward, and the accompanying gravy is the bomb. Very rarely do we stray from this one.
- When we aren’t roasting a whole chicken, we are partial to chicken thighs. They are far more affordable, way tastier, and add richness to any dish. One of the simplest options for a weeknight, is the Honey Mustard Chicken Thighs from The Paleo Kitchen.
- Another favorite from Nom Nom is this Grilled Green Chicken. Again we use chicken thighs, and love it all the same.
- Perfect Pork Meatballs with Sage Sweet Potato Noodles from The Paleo Kitchen. I adore pork and beef mixed together, and everyone loves a good meatball. This is as basic as it gets, yet is packed with flavor and easy to throw together on a week night.
- This Apple Cinnamon Pork is another one we throw together during a busy week. Add everything to a slow cooker, and let your dinner come together during the day.
- We love pork shoulder roasts, especially this slow cooker recipe that literally takes 5 minutes to prepare. It packs tons of flavor and easily transitions to BBQ pulled pork or tacos.
- Fish baked in parchment pockets appears on our dinner menu at least once a month. As seen on our Instagram feed, the options are all interchangeable and you have dinner on the table in less than 30 minutes. Take any flaky white fish, salmon or trout, top with salt, pepper, chopped fresh herbs, a mild onion (leek, scallion or shallot), fresh garlic, and a little moisture (a drizzle of olive oil, melted ghee, white wine, or all 3).
- When we have access to fresh wild salmon, I usually fall back on this Creamy Dill Salmon. It is simple, quick, and full of flavor.
- Along the same lines of parchment pocket fish, we often make a version of our Baked White Fish and vary the flavors.
One Pot Meals
- Zucchini Noodle Lasagna is so delicious and comforting. This one takes a bit more prep work, but is worth every minute. Another one our family requests over the pasta-filled original.
- We made our Rustic Ratatouille numerous times this summer and fall. It lasts an entire week, fills our veggie quota, and is so simple and satisfying.
- I never thought I would be saying this, but I actually came to enjoy liver and onions. And this recipe with bacon and figs really pushes the dish over the edge. I aim to eat liver at least once per month, and this is the recipe I come to most often.
- Creamed Kale from Real Life Paleo. This dish is perfect, and so much better than the original. The creamy coconut milk and savory spice balance the bitter kale. Even my kale-hating family members request this one.
- Cauliflower puree, trilogy puree, or mashed sweet potatoes for when we are craving comfort food. We usually serve one of these with beef or pork roast.
- Roasted vegetables. Simple yes, but it never fails. One of our favorite parings is carrots and fennel. Our method is as simple as slicing carrots into chunks, halving and slicing a fennel bulb, tossing all in olive oil, salt, and pepper, and roasting at 400 degrees for about 30 minutes. The caramelized magic that happens never disappoints.
- The perfect Grain-free Sandwich Bread. This brought bread back in my life, and was such a revelation. It is a little tricky to make at first, and the texture isn’t exactly like regular bread, but it absolutely satisfies my craving. Plus, this meant I could enjoy avocado toast again. Trust me when I say this was a very happy day, and I know you will feel the same.
- Homemade trail mix. This doesn’t come with a formal recipe, but I will share our common concoction: roughly chopped organic dried Mango (Trader Joe’s brand), dark chocolate chips (Enjoy Life brand), macadamia nuts (or whatever we have on hand) and flaked coconut. We may also throw in dried berries if we can find a good sugar-free option.
- Baby carrots, celery and cucumber sticks with homemade Paleo Ranch dressing. When others are noshing on chips and dip, this is my savior.
- Avocado Brownies are an easy way to get in your healthy fats all while satisfying a chocolate fix.
- The Grain Free Carrot Cake Cupcakes from Meals Made Simple are amazing. I am definitely a fan of cupcakes, both eating and making, and especially missed eating them over the last year. These are the closest to traditional cupcakes that I found, and include some of my favorite flavors.
- Apple slices with sun butter, honey, and cinnamon. If I have a sweet craving for something other than chocolate, this is the next best thing. I slice a tart crisp apple (Pink Ladies are the BEST), sprinkle them with cinnamon, and mix a healthy dollop of sunflower butter with a teaspoon of honey for dipping.
This list could go on forever, there are dozens more I haven’t listed here. We would love to hear your go-to recipes as well. Send us a message or leave a comment below so we can try your favorites!
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