5 Satisfying Paleo Recipes (2024)

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New year, new you...right? Well, that was the plan, but maybe that new diet you're trying has left you feeling like all things tasty are off limits. That might be the case if you've jumped on the Paleo bandwagon (i.e. you've committed to shunning grains, dairy, soy, and refined sugars in hopes of detoxing after the holidays). But it doesn't have to be all dull in flavor town. With Paleo dieters growing in numbers—and demanding deliciousness—there's been a relative boom in the Paleo cookbook space. Here, we've brought you some of the most drool-worthy recipes from the just-published The Ultimate Paleo Cleanse: 4 Weeks of Fabulous Paleo Recipes—proving that cleaning up your act never means compromising taste.

Excerpted with permission from The Ultimate Paleo Cleanse: 4 Weeks of Fabulous Paleo Recipes by Amelia Simons. Copyright 2014, Skyhorse Publishing, Inc.

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Stuffed Baby Bellas


16 baby bella mushrooms
¼ c bell pepper, chopped
2 garlic cloves, minced
1 onion, chopped
Zest from one lemon
10-oz box frozen spinach, defrosted and drained
¼ c chopped nuts (almonds, pecans, walnuts)
1 c aged shredded cheese (optional)
Salt and pepper to taste
¼ c olive oil and vinegar dressing
2 to 3 Tbsp olive oil

1. PREHEAToven to 375°F.
2. REMOVE the stems from the mushrooms and chop them up.
3. HEAT 1 tablespoon of olive oil in a large saucepan over medium heat. Add the bell pepper, garlic, onion, and cook for 5 minutes. Reduce the heat and add the lemon zest, spinach, nuts, ½ cup cheese, salt, pepper, and dressing. Cook until mixture is thoroughly heated.
4. BRUSH inside the caps of each mushroom lightly with olive oil and place them into a lightly greased baking dish with sides. Place a heaping spoonful of filling into each mushroom cap and sprinkle with the remaining cheese.
5. BAKEfor 20 minutes until mushrooms are tender.

NUTRITION (per serving) 170 cal, 6 g pro, 6 g carb, 1 g fiber, 2 g sugars, 14 g fat, 4.5 g sat fat, 220 mg sodium

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Asian Lettuce Wraps

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1 Tbsp macadamia nut oil
3 garlic cloves, minced
½ red onion, chopped
1½ tsp ginger, minced
1 lb ground beef
1 Tbsp coconut aminos
Chopped zucchini, tomatoes, shredded carrots, sliced mushrooms (optional)
Lettuce leaves or raw cabbage leaves for the wraps
Cilantro to garnish

1. HEAToil in a large frying pan over medium heat.
2. ADD the onion and cook until translucent. Add the garlic and ginger and cook for another minute or two. Add the ground beef and cook until browned. Once browned, add the aminos and stir to blend. Place any chopped vegetables you would like to add into the pan and cook for a few minutes.
3. REMOVE from heat and place desired amount onto a lettuce or cabbage leaf. Garnish with nuts, cilantro, etc. and wrap.

NUTRITION (per serving) 210 cal, 25 g pro, 5 g carb, 1 g fiber, 1 g sugars, 9 g fat, 3 g sat fat, 170 mg sodium

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Homemade Buffalo Chicken

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2½ to 3 lb chicken wings or drumettes
½ c ghee or butter
1 tsp sweet paprika
1 Tbsp apple cider vinegar
2 garlic cloves, finely chopped
4 Tbsp hot sauce or more if you desire a spicier sauce

1. PREHEAT oven to 450°F or heat up your grill to medium-high heat.
2. HEAT the ghee in a small saucepan over low heat on the stove top. Stir in the paprika, vinegar, garlic, and hot sauce and blend. Remove from heat.
3. POUR about a quarter of this sauce into a small bowl, and pour the remaining sauce into a large bowl and set aside.
4. IF USING AN OVEN: Place the chicken pieces on a rimmed baking sheet lined with foil or try placing the chicken on a wire rack set down on the rimmed baking sheet (this allows the fat to drip down through the rack and away from the chicken, producing crispier chicken). Take the sauce in the small bowl and brush it over the chicken. Bake for 30 minutes, turning halfway through. Turn the oven over to broil and broil the wings on each side until they are crispy and dark in color.
5. IF USING A GRILL: Cook the chicken pieces over medium-high heat for 12 to 15 minutes.
6. DUMP the cooked chicken pieces into the large bowl with the remaining sauce and stir to coat.

NUTRITION (per serving) 280 cal, 31 g pro, 1 g carb, 0 g fiber, 0 g sugars, 17 g fat, 9 g sat fat, 300 mg sodium

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Slow and Easy Jambalaya

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5 c chicken stock
4 bell peppers, chopped
1 lg onion, chopped
2 garlic cloves, diced
28-oz can of diced tomatoes (do NOT drain)
2 bay leaves
½ lb diced chicken
3 Tbsp Cajun seasoning
¼ c Frank's Red Hot sauce or hot sauce of your choice
1 lb lg shrimp, raw and deveined
1 lb spicy Andouille nitrite/nitrate-free sausage (optional)
1 head of cauliflower
2 c okra

1. PUTchicken stock, bell peppers, onion, garlic, diced tomatoes with juice, bay leaves, chicken, Cajun seasoning, hot sauce, and bay leaves into a slow cooker set on low (6 hour setting).
2. TOSS in the sausage half an hour before the slow cooker is finished.
3. PLACE the cauliflower into a food processor and pulse until it resembles rice.
4. ADD this "rice," raw shrimp, and okra to the slow cooker.
5. MIX ingredients together and continue cooking until shrimp is done and vegetables are tender.

NUTRITION (per serving, with sausage) 280 cal, 31 g pro, 18 g carb, 5 g fiber, 9 g sugars, 9 g fat, 2.5 g sat fat, 1500 mg sodium

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Cranberry Almond Bread

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4 eggs
2 med zucchini, grated
½ c almond butter
1 c dried, unsweetened cranberries
1 c almond meal
2 Tbsp raw honey
1½ tsp cinnamon
1½ tsp nutmeg
1 tsp pumpkin pie spice
1 tsp baking soda
¼ tsp sea salt
¼ tsp ground cloves
¾ c chopped walnuts

1. PREHEAToven to 350°F. Prepare a 9 × 5 loaf pan with olive oil spray or apply olive oil with a paper towel.
2. SEPARATE egg yolks from the egg whites and put each in a separate bowl. Beat the egg yolks well.
3. COMBINE all the remaining ingredients with the egg yolks, except for the walnuts. Mix well.
4. WHIP the egg whites with an electric beater in a separate bowl until they form stiff peaks. Fold in the egg whites with the egg/zucchini mixture. Gently mix in the chopped walnuts and pour the batter into your greased loaf pan.
5. BAKE for 60 minutes until the top is a golden brown color. Test for doneness by inserting a toothpick or cake tester in the center of the bread. It is done when only crumbs appear on the toothpick or tester.
6. LET bread cool for 15 to 20 minutes before removing it from the pan. Slice to desired thickness and enjoy.

NUTRITION (per serving) 220 cal, 9 g pro, 12 g carb, 4 g fiber, 6 g sugars, 17 g fat, 2 g sat fat, 190 mg sodium

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What not to eat on paleo? ›

The diet excludes cereal grains, legumes, dairy, processed oils, refined sugar, alcohol, caffeine, artificial sweeteners, and trans fats. Some paleo-friendly foods include lean meats, fish, fruits, vegetables, nuts, and seeds.

Can you eat cheese on paleo? ›

The typical paleo diet focuses on naturally raised meat and fish, as well as vegetables and fruits. It promotes avoiding dairy products and grains. This diet can put you at risk for deficiencies in calcium and vitamin D, which are critical to bone health.

Can you eat eggs on paleo diet? ›

A paleo diet is an eating plan based on foods humans might have eaten during the Paleolithic Era. The Paleolithic Era dates from around 2.5 million to 10,000 years ago. A modern paleo diet includes fruits, vegetables, lean meats, fish, eggs, nuts and seeds.

How to speed up weight loss on paleo? ›

Try to eat lean protein and healthy fats at every meal. Good examples of healthy proteins are grass fed beef, chicken, and fish (cod, tuna, or salmon). Healthy fats include avocado, coconut, and olive oils. Lean meats and healthy fats are both filling and nutrient-rich, which makes them perfect for weight loss.

Are bananas OK on paleo? ›

The Food You Can Eat on a Paleo Diet

Fruit: There are also plenty of delicious fruits you can eat on a paleo diet, including berries, apples, bananas, peaches, oranges, and melons. Meat and Fish: Any meat and fish consumed should be unprocessed.

Is paleo bad for gut? ›

The Paleo Diet and the Gut Microbiome

However, using this restrictive diet for longer than one year has been connected to micronutrient deficiencies and alterations in the gut microbiome. It has also been connected to the increased growth of pathogenic bacteria in the gut.

Is paleo hard on liver? ›

“Some data have shown that a paleo diet has a significant and persistent effect on lowering liver fat compared to a low-fat diet, simply because a low-fat diet isn't palatable to a lot of people,” he said.

Can you drink coffee on paleo? ›

While we have said in the past that coffee is not Paleo, we have changed our position based on new research and now we believe that coffee is fine for most people.

Is Bacon paleo friendly? ›

Over the past few years, the bacon craze has surged in the Paleo community. While bacon is very tasty; unfortunately, bacon is not Paleo. Bacon is high in added salt, nitrates, and other unhealthy chemicals that are injected into the meat to help preserve it.

Can you eat popcorn on paleo? ›

Popcorn is technically not considered paleo since it's a whole grain. However, most paleo experts agree that it's not a horrible snack to have in moderation, especially when it's prepared fresh and cooked in a healthy fat like coconut oil.

Is peanut butter considered paleo? ›

Peanuts are technically legumes, which are not paleo compliant, and that means peanut butter is off limits for paleo eaters. All other nuts and seeds are fair game, so if nuts and seeds are the only ingredients, snack away!

Can I eat oatmeal on the paleo diet? ›

Why are Oats not Paleo-friendly? Although oats are a non-fattening healthy food for a more mainstream diet, oats do contain anti-nutrients that the Paleo diet aims to avoid such as phytic acid, lectins, and avenin. Not only do oats contain a few anti-nutrients, but they are also often contaminated with gluten.

Can I have potatoes on paleo? ›

Generally, unprocessed potatoes of all types can be part of a paleo diet. Similarly to grains, which are off-limits on paleo, potatoes are starchy and rich in carbohydrates. However, potatoes are actually a type of starchy vegetable that grows underground, known as a tuber ( 2 , 3 ).

What meats to eat on paleo? ›

Many types of foods will build the base of your new paleo eating plan. Firstly, meat! Beef, chicken, turkey, and pork can all be on your shopping list. If possible, opt for grass-fed and organic cuts.

Is pasta on the paleo diet? ›

Featuring lean meat and fish as well as fruits, vegetables, nuts and seeds, the paleo diet excludes the foods that have become popular since farming began to develop around 10,000 years ago, so processed products such as bread, pasta, refined sugar and dairy are all off-limits.

What are the inflammatory foods on the paleo diet? ›

Foods that cause inflammation include refined carbohydrates, wheat and other cereal grains, soda and other sugar-sweetened beverages, margarine, shortening and lard, and processed meats. [1,2,6] These types of food can alter our gut health, as well as cause insulin to spike which is what contributes the inflammation.

How many times a day should you eat on paleo? ›

There really is no need to eat more than 3 meals per day, but if you get hungry then here are some paleo snacks that are simple and easily portable: Baby carrots. Hard boiled eggs. A piece of fruit.

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