Ground beef is one food that you’ll want to make sure you have on hand. Always opt for grass-fed organic beef to insure the best quality. This means they won’t have been pumped full of antibiotics and hormones, and will have been fed grass instead of corn. Grass is the natural feed for cattle, so it only makes sense that that’s what we should be feeding them. As long as you have ground beef handy you’re halfway there to being ready to take on any of these recipes.
1. Paleo Taco Salad with Creamy Avocado Dressing
Rebecca has cooked up a wonderful taco salad for us, and has created a creamy avocado dressing to go over the entire thing. It uses plenty of ground beef, and has distinct flavors you find in Mexican cooking like black olives, chili powder, and paprika. The avocado dressing will give you the health benefits of avocado, including healthy fat and potassium, while giving it the creaminess so you don’t have to use any dairy. This can make a great lunch or dinner on the Paleo diet, and the recipe shown makes two servings so it’s good for a couple.
2. Salisbury Steak
Bite into this juicy Salisbury Steak recipe and you’ll love being on the Paleo diet. It’s made with plenty of ground beef, and almond flour is used instead of general purpose flour that you’ll find in the traditional recipes. The result is a moist and juicy steak that’s smothered in a creamy sauce. Use coconut milk instead of whipping cream, don’t worry they say it’s OK in the recipe, and you’ll be getting a dairy free Salisbury Steak that can roll with the best of them. Even though it’s served with some mushrooms you’ll want to eat a full portion of vegetables along with your steak.
3. Paleo Cajun Burgers with Caramelized Onions
These burgers are served with caramelized onions on top, and no bun so you don’t have to worry about any grain issues. She leads you to her recipe for making a Cajun seasoning mix from scratch, and we recommend making a big batch of it so you can use it for other times when you need to add a little Cajun spice to a meat. She has this resting on a bed of creamed spinach, and you’ll want to serve it with a vegetable no matter which way you go. We might recommend putting it on a bed of baby spinach for a simple way to serve it up.
4. Stuffed Acorn Squash
Put your acorn squash to good use with this beef-stuffed recipe. By following their directions you’ll end up with a squash that is fully cooked and has an awesome texture, while still being firm enough to hold together all of the ground beef inside. The nice part about this recipe is that it fulfills both your meat and vegetable requirement for a balanced Paleo meal, so you don’t have to cook any supplemental dishes with it. Many onlookers think Paleo is just a meat diet, but that’s far from the truth since vegetables play such a big role in it.
5. Thai Beef with Basil
Get a taste of Thailand with this amazing Thai beef and basil recipe. It’s using grass-fed ground beef, carrots, lime juice, chiles, and garlic to bring you a nice assortment of flavors all in one bowl. You may have noticed that it’s served over a bed of rice, but this is actually cauliflower rice, keeping it within the realm of a Paleo meal. When you use cauliflower rice you are getting your vegetables along with your meat so it’s a more balanced meal and will keep you satisfied longer.
6. Beef and Brussels Sprout Breakfast Bowl
You probably don’t think of beef and Brussels sprouts as being morning fare, but that’s what they are in this breakfast bowl. You’ll be getting the nutritional benefits of Brussels sprouts, combined with the protein and minerals in beef to get you moving in the morning. It’s a hot, quick meal you can put together quickly when you’re having one of those “I overslept!” mornings but still want to treat yourself right. They’ve even managed to sneak some sweet potatoes in there, so you’re getting fiber and antioxidants from those.
7. Finger Lickin’ Chipotle Meatballs
These meatballs have been dubbed finger lickin’, and for good reason, they have chipotle flavoring, and lots of it. There are plenty of ingredients just to make the meatballs, and plenty more to make the sauce that they go in. It’s fine because even though there are a lot of ingredients they’re all Paleo friendly so you can eat this without worrying that you’re doing anything wrong. The beauty is that it’s 20 minutes to prepare this and another 20 minutes to let it cook, so it’s a relatively quick meal you can make any day of the week.
8. Habanero Chili
This is the chili for those that like to live life on the hot side. They have added up to two habanero peppers to it, which will provide all of the heat needed. There is also plenty of ground beef, so you won’t be short on meaty yumminess. There’s onion, carrots, and celery so you’re pretty much covered as far as your vegetables go. They’ve even put bacon in this to give it a savory flavor. If you don’t like things really hot, just go with one habanero and add more the next time you make it if you didn’t think it was hot enough.
9. Pizza Pie Casserole
Nothing goes over better than this pizza pie casserole for a family that is begrudgingly going along with your Paleo plan. It’s made in layers and one of those layers is ground beef. The top of the casserole gets cheese if you want, but it’s optional so Paleo purists can make this dairy free by just opting out of the cheese. It will still taste really good, and taste like a pizza. There’s a veggie crust and plenty of pepperoni so you don’t have to worry if you’ll be getting that classic pizza taste, or if you’ll be missing out on your veggie serving.
10. Creamy Plantain and Squash Ground Beef Mash
This might not be much to look at, but it’s one of the more delicious Paleo ground beef recipes you’ll find. The plantains work really well with this, and plantains are a better bet than bananas and provide many of the same health benefits. There is also pureed squash in this as well, so you’re getting a serving of fruit and a serving of vegetables along with your ground beef. It’s all mashed up for easy eating, and will provide a complete and filling meal that will last you until bedtime. What more could you want?
11. California Sweet Potatoes with Ground Beef and Kale
This sweet potato is stuffed with ground beef and kale, and as far as Paleo goes that’s about the best thing you can come up with. The sweet potato will provide fiber and is a slow carb that takes the body some time to process. The ground beef provides plenty of protein and minerals, and the kale is full of more fiber, more protein, phytonutrients, vitamins, and minerals. This could be the healthiest meal on our list of recipes, and it’s also one of the tastiest, so you don’t have to sacrifice flavor for health. It’s also wickedly easy to make, which means you’ll probably make it more often.
12. Shepherd’s Pie
Traditional shepherd’s pie is off limits for Paleo followers because it uses white potatoes as the base, and those aren’t allowed on Paleo. To get around it they are using sweet potatoes, which has a similar consistency, but of course adds a different flavor to the dish. So while it might not taste exactly like the real thing, it also won’t do your body in harm by eating it. These are the types of trade offs you’ll need to make while on Paleo, and most people feel like it’s worth it because of the way their body responds.
13. Paleo Mexican Tacos
These tacos start with a foundation of ground beef, and then build from there. Tacos aren’t necessarily off limits for a Paleo eater, you just have to make sure that you’re not eating them on taco shells that are made from flour or corn, which most are either one or the other. Here they’ve gotten around that issue by using lettuce as the shell, so you can enjoy as much as you’d like to get that satisfied feeling since you’ll be getting your vegetable and meat servings in the same meal. Trust us, you won’t miss conventional taco shells when you try these.
14. Ground Beef Skillet – Greek Style
Here’s a Greek style ground beef skillet that has it all going on. They’ve started with a heaping portion of high quality ground beef, and added a bunch of Greek inspired foods like kalamata olives, green olives, and even feta cheese. You’ll want to use feta cheese that comes from goat’s milk to make this more Paleo friendly, although Paleo sticklers will forego the cheese altogether. There is some discussion on what types of cheese can be eaten on Paleo, but the consensus seems to be that cow’s milk cheeses are all bad because of the conventional practices of making dairy from cow’s milk.
15. Thai Meatball Curry
Most Thai curries will be in the form of a bowl of soup with a mixture of meats and vegetables swimming in a spicy and creamy broth. This Thai curry variation uses meatballs and a serving of sauce to do the trick. They have the recipe broken down into two lists of ingredients. One list is for the meatballs, and the other is for the curry. You then combine the two and delight in some delicious meatballs from ground beef, and an awesome curry that combines well with the meat. Serve this with a veggie and you’re all set.
16. Turkish Stuffed Eggplant
These stuffed eggplants are the way to go if you want to have a meal that you don’t have to serve a side with. They’re totally fit for a meal all by themselves, as you’ll be getting plenty of vegetables and a good portion of meat with each serving. We’re not quite sure what makes this dish Turkish, as there’s only a bit of salt and pepper and parsley used for flavoring, so maybe it’s dish that is often served in Turkey. Whatever the case, Paleo is great because you can borrow from all types of cuisine, as long as it keeps you in line.
17. Cavegirl Meatloaf
Leave it to a cavegirl to come up with an awesome meatloaf recipe that is fit for Paleo consumption. This meatloaf has no trace of breadcrumbs, as that wouldn’t be allowed on the Paleo diet. It uses a full pound of ground beef mixed with a full pound of ground pork, so already you’re adding a new depth to the flavor of meatloaf. For the sauce she’s using a mixture of tomato sauce mixed with mustard. You wouldn’t want to use commercial ketchup as that’s loaded with sugar, and on Paleo you’re trying to cut out unnatural sources of sweetness.
18. Mexican 6 Layer Dip
So the deal is if you’re willing to give up a layer from the traditional 7 layer dip, you can totally enjoy this without feeling guilty for breaking from your Paleo diet plan. Sounds like a pretty good deal, since you’re still getting guacamole, salsa, beef and bacon, vegetables and more in a delicious dip. They recommend eating this with smoky baked plantain chips so you don’t have to use tortilla chips or corn chips as your utensils. It’s not about giving up foods on Paleo, but instead figuring out ways to have what you want with foods you can enjoy.
19. Beef Jerky
Did you ever think you’d be able to make beef jerky with ground beef? It’s possible, as long as you follow the steps in this recipe. They’re using coconut aminos, which is a bit like soy sauce but is wheat free, so you’ll find it used a lot in recipes that would normally call for soy sauce. You set your oven at its lowest setting to dry out the beef and make it into jerky you can have on the go, or any time you need a snack and want to stay on the Paleo side of things. Conventional beef jerky is not Paleo thanks to all of the things they add to it during the process.
20. Luigi Stuffed Mushrooms
These stuffed mushrooms have been given the title Luigi, but not because they follow any set Italian recipe, but because they are named after a Nintendo video game. All of that aside, they are a fantastic dish to serve up any time, and even present well when you’re entertaining. They are rather large size, and meant to be a meal all to themselves, but you could make them with smaller mushroom caps if you wanted to use them as an appetizer. They’re made on portobello mushroom caps, some of the biggest ones out there, but could easily be made with ordinary white mushroom caps for more bite-sized treats.
21. Bacon Wrapped Meatballs
One lovely thing about Paleo is that you can wrap things up in bacon and it’s totally legit. These bacon wrapped meatballs start with ground beef rolled into balls, and then they get the royal treatment of being wrapped in bacon. Face it, if you were ground beef wouldn’t the best honor you could receive be to be wrapped up in bacon. It’s just a way to make them taste awesome, and since they’re topped with pesto they’re going to come out tasting amazing, with plenty of flavors all working together to make a whole lot of taste in your mouth.
22. Indian Ground Beef Coconut Curry
With so many versions of curry across the globe, it’s always good to hop around and try different ones to see which you like best. Most people are torn between Indian style and Thai style, and this Indian coconut curry is something you just have to sample. It’s made with ground beef, and some select spices that give it a classic taste while keeping it within the Paleo realm of ingredients. They have the potato listed as optional, and that’s a good thing because you’ll want to leave it out to keep it purely Paleo.
23. Pumpkin Sliders with Honey Drizzle
A slider is another name for a mini sized burger that just plain looks cute on your plate. These pumpkin sliders are basically burgers that have pumpkin incorporated right into them, and come in smaller sizes. They’ve concocted a nice honey drizzle for the top which is just honey that you pour on top. Instead of a bun they serve this up on a slice of raw tomato. That works to get the wheat out of it and also add some more nutrition to the entire meal. You may need more than one of these to feel full if it’s a meal, and they also make great appetizers.
24. Moroccan Zucchini Boats
These zucchini boats are a great meal to keep in your rotation because they don’t require you to cook anything else to go along with it. The boat doubles as your vegetable, and inside the boat is all sorts of meaty goodness that you can savor. It’s the sort of meal that will stick with you for a few hours, just long enough to make it to dinner if you eat it as a lunch, or to bedtime if you eat it as a dinner. You can bet your taste buds will love the Moroccan themed spices and seasonings.
25. Paleo Italian Meatball Hoagies
These probably won’t look like any hoagies you’ve ever eaten before, but they’re totally meant to grab the taste of a hoagie, but put it in a form that is Paleo approved. You’ll notice there isn’t a big hunk of white bread that a hoagie is known for, and instead this is served on buns made from zucchini. The recipe for the meatballs is provided, so you’ll be able to cook these up properly without worrying if you are cheating on your diet. Nothing is worse than doing really well all week on a diet plan and then cheating and eating a meal you know you’re not supposed to have.
26. Meatball Sandwich with Zucchini “Bread”
This meatball sandwich uses i zucchinas the bread, so you don’t have to worry about wheat and grain issues and can just focus on how good the meatballs taste. There’s even a coconut sauce that is on this to make it taste even better, and Jodi has done a good job of making sure that all of the ingredients are Paleo friendly. It’s good to have a backup sandwich recipe like this one in case you ever crave a sandwich which will likely happen at some point if you used to eat them a lot before going Paleo.
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