Need Paleo Recipes to Make the Paleo Diet Easier?
The Paleo Diet is something I recently found. The basic premise is this: you eat fruits, vegetables, nuts, seeds and meat. That's it. It gets a little more in depth than that when it comes to which veggies are a yes or a no, but that's it in a nutshell. (pun intended).
I enjoy the Paleo diet but my problem was finding Paleo recipes that I could cook not only for me, but for my family as well.
I've managed to come up with a few favorite Paleo recipes and I thought I'd share them with you!
Paleo Recipes for Breakfast
This can be the easiest and the hardest meal of the day. I was so used to just grabbing a bowl of cereal, but when you cut out dairy and grains ~ cereal becomes a NO GO. So .... here are some paleo breakfast ideas.
Apples and Peanut butter (although there is some controversy about peanut butter)
Eggs with veggies and bacon (this is great but it takes time to get used to no cheese or toast with your eggs)
Leftovers from last night. No one ever said you can't have chicken for breakfast. :)
Leftovers from lunch. I'm going to share with you my favorite paleo recipe in the next section. I often have leftovers of this lunch dish for breakfast.
Paleo Recipes for Lunch
This meal was tough for me too. I was used to throwing together a sandwich which is now a no no. But don't worry there are plenty of fantastic Paleo recipes for lunch.
Here's my favorite. (and the one I have leftover for breakfast quite often)
Sweet Potato Bacon and Egg Salad
1 sweet potato
2 slices of bacon
2 boiled eggs
2 tbsp mayo
2 tbsp lemon juice
2 tsp of dill
Chop the potato and put it in water to boil. Cook your bacon til it's nice and crispy. Boil your eggs while you do the potatoes if you don't already have some boiled.
When the eggs, potato and bacon are cooked crumble the bacon and chop the egg. Mix them all together in a bowl. (I only used about half the sweet potato. I'll save the rest for later)
Make the sauce ~ combine the mayo, lemon and dill and pour over your salad. Stir to mix.
This is a fantastic dish eaten warm or leave it in the fridge and have it cold. YUM.
If you want more Paleo recipes I highly recommend a Paleo Cookbook.
**Update** We had a bumper crop of butternut squash this year. I peeled, cubed and cooked it just as the recipe calls for ~ it was delicious. I also have subbed lime juice for lemon and it works very well too.
Could you do Paleo?
Eating the Paleo diet can be tough, but there's plenty of yummy things you can eat. Do you think you could eat Paleo?
What would you miss most when eating the Paleo Diet?
Paleo Recipes for Dinner
This meal can be the easiest one because we're pretty used to eating meat and veggies for dinner. However, I have a hard time getting my husband to believe he doesn't have to have bread or pasta with every meal. :) Here's one of my favorite dinner paleo recipes.
Crockpot Stuffed Roast with Winter Squash
What you'll need:
**2-3 pound roast. You want one that is a couple inches thick. In some parts of the country this may be called a london broil ~ it's not here I couldn't find one to save my life. You're cooking it in the crock pot so a cheaper cut of meat will be fine ~ just need a nice thick roast.
For the stuffing:
** box of frozen spinach
** 1 chopped onion
** 1/2 c. sun dried tomatoes
** handful of chopped up green olives
** big spoonful of chopped garlic
** olive oil
For the veggies:
** 1 winter squash cleaned/seeded and diced
What you're going to do:
1. Slice your roast width wise not cutting it all the way through, but basically butterflying it.
2. combine all the stuffing ingredients in a bowl (except the olive oil)
3. place the stuffing on the roast and then drizzle with olive oil.
4. Fold the other half of the roast over the stuffing and secure with toothpicks.
5. Set your roast in the bottom of the crockpot.
6. Pour any extra stuffing over the top of the raoast.
7. Top the roast with the cubed squash.
8. Drizzle a little more olive oil over the squash
9. Turn crock pot on low and cook all day.
*This recipe was adapted from one I found at Everyday Paleo ~ one of my favorite Paleo blogs.
My Favorite Places for Paleo Recipes
- Mark's Daily Apple
Great blog by the guy who wrote The Primal blueprint. Lots of paleo information and recipes.
- The Primal Blueprint
This is one of the more popular books about the Paleo diet. There are some recipes in this book, but it is mostly about the whys and hows of the Paleo diet.
- The Paleo Diet
Another book generally about the Paleo diet but it does have some good Paleo recipes as well.
Feel free to share your favorite paleo recipe with us! I am always looking for great recipes to make that my family will enjoy as well!