Planning meals when you're following a limited diet plan is never easy. It's especially difficult when the diet you chose rules out comforting staples like grains and dairy. Originally made popular by best-selling cookbooks in 2002, the paleo diet has continued to gain momentum as a trendy weight loss regimen. Cancelling out all processed foods and unrefined sugars, the diet supports meals made with a mix of vegetables and hearty meats like beef and bacon.
The paleo diet is based on the hypothesis that history made an impact in our digestion. Followers believe that the quick development of farming practices altered humans' diets without allowing enough time for our digestive systems to adapt. Paleo dieters insist that eliminating food groups rich in sodium and saturated fats is proven to improve health.
Sounds simple enough, right? Well, if you're considering giving this lifestyle a try, you might find that a long lineup of ingredients has to leave your shopping list. It can be difficult to prepare a filling dish without relying on staples like rice and cheese (although some research shows early humans did in fact consume some dairy).
If you're avoiding dairy or gluten, paleo-friendly recipes may seem like a good place to start. Luckily, catering to your food allergies doesn't have to mean giving up an energizing breakfast or a well-deserved dessert. You might be happy to find that some of your favorites fall within paleo guidelines, such as dark chocolate, cinnamon, almonds, and sweet potatoes.
Whether you're following paleo's parameters with drill sergeant restraint or simply introducing a few gut-healthy dishes to your menu, these recipes can help. We reached out to our network of food bloggers and asked them to share their favorite paleo-compliant recipes with us. Here are 18 paleo recipes to try this week.
The House of Dee
Colorful, spicy, and full of protein, these enchiladas by My Suburban Kitchen are as creative as they are delicious. Make the most out of breakfast with this inspired idea for egg crepes.
For the Paleo Breakfast Enchiladas recipe, click here.
My Suburban Kitchen
Chicken Sausage Potato Frittata
As scrumptious fresh from the oven as it is reheated, this frittata recipe by Looky Tasty is perfect for a family breakfast or a weekday meal prep.
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Blueberry Avocado Paleo Pancakes
Full of fiber, potassium and vitamin C, blueberries are the sweet secret to this hearty pancake recipe by Cinfully Simple. The avocado adds a creamy goodness to this short stack.
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Grain-Free Apple Waffles
Apples or apple sauce make the perfect substitute for sugar in this fluffy waffle recipe by The House of Dee. Sprinkle with cinnamon for some additional spice!
For the Grain-Free Apple Waffles recipe, click here.
The House of Dee
Paleo Breakfast Biscuit Sandwich
You won't miss grains with this perfectly balanced biscuit sandwich by Chery on My Sundae. Prepare a batch of biscuits ahead of time for a quick breakfast on the go.
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Chery on My Sundae
Sesame Chicken Strips
With a crispy outside and tender inside, these are the best chicken strips by Lexi's Clean Kitchen. Serve them with spicy ketchup for a dish full of flavor.
For the Sesame Chicken Strips recipe, click here.
Lexi's Clean Kitchen
Crock-Pot Rump Roast
The Civilized Caveman Cooking specializes in mouthwatering paleo-friendly dishes. Requiring only 10 minutes of prep time, this slow cooker rump roast is the perfect low-maintenance recipe.
For the Crock-Pot Rump Roast recipe, click here.
Civilized Caveman Cooking
3-Ingredient Apple Juice Chicken
This sweet and savory chicken dish by Oatmeal With A Fork makes a fun dinner for the whole family. This recipe is also only 9 points for a Weight Watchers diet.
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Oatmeal With A Fork
Paleo Turkey Sweet Potato Chili
You'll only need one pot for this chili recipe by Fitful Focus. This hearty meal is satisfying and simple to make.
For the Paleo Turkey Sweet Potato Chili recipe, click here.
Cinnamon Apple Chips
These crispy apple chips by Blogghetti make a delicious snack for anyone. Just slice, sprinkle with cinnamon, and pop them in the oven!
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Cauliflower Pumpkin Smoothie
You may be thinking cauliflower in a smoothie sounds like an odd ingredient. But it actually adopts any flavor it's added to, and it gives this smoothie by Gigi Eats Celebrities a nice thick consistency.
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Gigi Eats Celebrities
Healthy Deviled Eggs With Avocado
Is there a better combo than avocado and eggs? Adding avocado to this recipe by Chef de Home gives the filling in these deviled eggs a light and creamy texture.
For the Healthy Deviled Eggs With Avocado recipe, click here.
Chef de Home
Grain-Free Lemon Chia Seed Muffins
This recipe by Mary Makes Good uses paleo baking flour - yes, it exists! And it gives these muffins a delicate, crumbly texture.
For the Grain-Free Lemon Chia Seed Muffins recipe, click here.
Mary Makes Good
Banana Date Bread
A super-simple recipe full of wholesome ingredients, this banana bread by MJ and Hungryman will be your new favorite go-to.
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MJ and Hungryman
Healthy Chocolate Banana Ice Cream
In this ice cream recipe by Seasonal Cravings, frozen bananas, cocoa powder and a bit of maple syrup come together to make an indulgent dessert that you won't regret in the morning.
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Banana Almond Chia Pudding
This five-ingredient snack by Grits and Chopsticks is easy to make, and with no added sugar it's even easier to enjoy.
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Grits and Chopsticks
These plant-based brownies by Delightful Mom Food are rich, chocolatey, and oh so delicious. This is a great guilt-free sweet and cake-like dessert.
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Delightful Mom Food
Paleo No-Bake Samoa Cookies
These no-bake Samoa cookies by Confessions of a Confectionista are a sweet and simple solution to a grain-free diet. Whether you're practicing a paleo lifestyle or just looking for a chocolate-caramel delight, this cookie is the answer to your sweet tooth. Looking for more paleo friendly desserts? We've got you covered.
For the Paleo No-Bake Samoa Cookies recipe, click here.
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