Hi, Danielle, from the Mostly Clean Eats blog.
Super excited to be here writing this guest post. My blog is all about clean recipes and simple, clean living. Food made from food, that’s my motto. Simple recipes that anybody can make, from minimally processed ingredients. I don’t eat Paleo all of the time, but I do a lot of the time, so I want to share 10 Delicious Paleo Recipes from my blog with all of you.
First off, you might be thinking, What is Paleo? For all the detailed information about being Paleo and how to get started, you can check out my blog post What is Paleo? But I’m going to give you a quick little summary here. Paleo is all about eating whole, unprocessed foods. It’s sometimes called the caveman diet because it’s about getting back to nature and focusing on the simple foods that our ancestors ate.
So what’s allowed and what isn’t? When thinking about lifestyles, I always like to discuss what is approved first because it’s better to focus on what you can have vs. only the restrictions. It is important to note that there is no counting of calories or macros in Paleo. While you can do this if you want, you can eat unlimited quantities of all of the following—proteins including fish, eggs, unprocessed meats such as beef, chicken, turkey, lamb, etc. You can even have bacon as long as it’s nitrate and nitrite free. Vegetables and fruits also allowed as much as you want. Any fruit or veggie, even potatoes, starchy or non-startchy, is permitted. Nuts and seeds, such as chia seeds, flax seeds, sunflowers, and almonds, for a few examples. Healthy fats are also an integral part of the diet.
Now that you know what you can eat, what should you avoid? No refined sugars or alcohols. Dairy and cheese should also be avoided. You don’t want to eat any gluten, grains, or legumes. Although you can’t have refined sugars, non-refined sugars such as maple syrup, honey, and coconut sugar are allowed in moderation. That seems like a long list of things to avoid, but there are still lots of delicious recipes that you can enjoy!
What are some pantry staples that I always have when eating paleo?
- Almond and coconut flour – These are great grain-free alternatives
- Coconut and almond milk – Both of these can make great dairy-free alternatives, especially when baking treats.
- Dates– These fruits are packed with fibre and a fantastic natural sweetener, again I always keep on hand when I want to bake paleo treats.
- Coconut Aminos – This is essentially gluten-free and soy-free soy sauce. You can use it as a 1:1 ratio in any recipe that calls for soy sauce.
- Ghee– Ghee is clarified butter that has no lactose and is allowed on the paleo diet.
- Oils – When you cut down on your carbohydrate intake, you want to make sure you have plenty of healthy fats like olive oil and coconut oil.
- Nut Butters– These are great for baking, or to top sweet potato toast or in dairy-free yoghurt. Sometimes I even eat a spoonful as a snack.
- Herbs & Spices – All the herbs and spices you want! Fresh herbs, dried herbs. All of it. They’ll keep your food flavorful and keep you from becoming bored.
If you are looking to get started, or maybe you want to add some less processed meals with lots of fresh to your diet, here are my 10 Delicious Paleo Recipes for you to try!
Flourless Zucchini Brownies – You read all those restrictions and never thought I’d start with Brownies, right? These brownies are so good you’d never guess they are Paleo. Serve em up, to your non-paleo friends, and don’t tell them after. I guarantee they’ll have no idea.
Paleo Vegan Homemade Twix Bars – Yup, that’s right. I came out swinging with all the fun recipes! These are sure to cure your sweet tooth, and have none of the nasty ingredients hiding in traditional candy bars
Everything Bagel Crackers – These crackers are just three ingredients. They are low carb friendly and super delicious.
Easiest Overnight Chia Pudding – This is a perfect make-ahead breakfast. Make it overnight, and it’s ready to go in the morning. There are tons of toppings to keep it interesting.
Buffalo Chicken Stuffed Sweet Potatoes– Yup, these are as good as they sound. So easy to make, they are perfect for busy weeknights and make great leftovers for lunch. They will be your new favourite dinner.
Chili Lime Chicken Tenders – These are the perfect chicken tenders! They have just the right amount of citrus from the lime and spice from the chili. They crisp up perfectly in the air fryer, or you can bake them in the oven. The sriracha lime aioli is an absolute must.
Veggie Loaded Taco Meat – Taco meat loaded with SO MANY VEGGIES. You can eat this with grain free tortillas. Some of my favourites are cassava flour, cashew flour, or almond flour. Or you can stuff them in a sweet potato!
Instant Pot Beef and Broccoli – The Chinese takeout you love, made at home in under 30 minutes! This is a high fibre filling meal. It’s so good you won’t even miss the MSG and other additives.
Nicoise Salad– Tuna, olives, potatoes and green beans. Nobody wants a boring salad, and this is far from it! Packed with all kinds of goodness, you’ll be sure to want to add this to your weekly dinner routine.
Glazed Meatballs -These meatballs are so easy and so tasty. The glaze is a perfect combination of sweet and sour that make you want to go back bite after bite. Pair these with a side of veggies or a simple salad for an easy meal.