The following easy Paleo recipes are designed to get you from no meal to meal in no time at all. They either have a short list of ingredients to assemble, a short list of steps to follow, or a short time from start to finish, and in many cases all three. You can be sure that you won’t be overwhelmed when trying to make these, but you’ll still feel like a culinary pro when you’re finished. The best part is that easy doesn’t mean bland or boring, you’ll find that you can cook some pretty impressive meals without losing your head, or your cool with these easy Paleo meals.
1. Simple Butter Scallops
If you like butter chicken you can get the same sort of taste, only using scallops in this simple butter scallops recipe. Don’t let the long ingredients list scare you off, those are mostly spices that you simply measure out and add in. It all takes place in one pan, so you just combine everything as instructed in the two-step tutorial and in 25 minutes from start to finish you end up with a dish that will be worthy enough to serve to guests, or just as a treat to yourself. And of course everything checks out as Paleo-approved.
2. Figs and Pancetta
If you’re like us you wouldn’t have thought to pair figs with pancetta, but that’s what they’re doing here for a sort of appetizer. In between the pancetta and figs are basil leaves, so you’ll be getting a ton of flavor from just a few simple ingredients. This recipe is as easy as toothpicking some figs and pancetta or prosciutto together and baking them up. But if you serve them up as appetizers your partygoers will think you’re the next celebrity chef. You don’t even have to tell them it’s diet food, they wouldn’t believe you anyway!
3. Roasted Banana Coconut Milk Ice Cream
Who says you can’t have ice cream on Paleo? This is one way to have your just desserts and remind yourself that dieting doesn’t have to be a chore or a sacrifice. This recipe shows you that you don’t need a cow to enjoy ice cream, and they’ve made this using coconut milk so it will be rich and creamy with a slight coconut flavor. This recipe may take a little longer than the others, but it’s super easy, and you end up with the flavor of roasted bananas mixed right into your ice cream. Top this off with some cocoa powder for a real treat.
4. Italian Sausage and Cabbage Soup
Soups are generally easy to make since all you’re really doing is chopping up some veggies and putting them in the pot to cook. This recipe takes just 10 minutes to prep it all and then 45 minutes to let it cook and get just right. There are plenty of ingredients, but nothing that is hard to get ready to go into the soup, so in no time flat you’ve gone from no soup cooking on the stove to a delicious soup that will be ready soon and can cook while you attend to other things. Since it’s loaded with meat this serves as a meal all by itself with the cabbage as your required veggie.
5. Paleo Fish and Chips
On Paleo you’ll quickly figure out that you can have just about anything, as long as you adjust it so it falls within Paleo guidelines. You can even have fish and chips, the classic British version of fast food. The fish gets coated in almond flour and the chips are made from sweet potatoes. All that’s left is making sure you fry it up in some Paleo-friendly oil and you’re good to go, right oh, Cheerio! They’re using palm shortening as their preferred frying oil, which is a Paleo oil that you can use for that classic deep fried taste, but without the nasty oils used by most restaurants.
6. Quick Beef Ragù with “Zoodles”
Set the timer for 20 minutes before you begin making this dish, as that’s how long it takes from start to finish. The “zoodles” are noodles made from zucchini, and the beef ragu is something that doesn’t come from a jar, but is actually made from grass-fed beef, an amazing red pesto, and some ghee. This is enough to tantalize your taste buds and you’ll be amazed that you could throw it together in no time at all. The best part is that even the red pesto recipe is provided, and it’s super easy to make so you can make a batch of it and keep it handy for times like these.
7. No-Mayo Avocado Slaw
This recipe might get the award for quickest on our list, as it’s done and ready to eat in just 10 minutes. It’s a way to make a delicious slaw without the need for mayonnaise, using avocados instead. The avocados provide the right texture, but they also provide something more than mayonnaise does in the form of healthy fat, fiber, and potassium. You’re still getting a bunch of cabbage as you would any proper slaw recipe, and they’ve even included broccoli slaw so you’ll be getting the benefits of broccoli as well.
8. Quick and Easy Crock Pot Chili
Using the Crock Pot, or should we say Grok Pot, to make chili is a fantastic idea because the pot does most of the heavy lifting. Your only duty is to toss everything into it and turn it on. The beauty of this recipe is that it’s taken away anything that isn’t necessary in a chili, and anything that isn’t allowed on Paleo, and put in just the essentials that you’re looking for when you’re seeking out a bowl of chili. You basically toss everything in with no rhyme or reason, step away for 8 aways and voila, help yourself to some perfect Paleo chili.
9. Paleo Coconut Truffles
Truffles may seem a little la-di-da for Paleo, but just because you’re eating like a caveman doesn’t mean you can’t have a little 21st century class. The best part about these is that they go from ingredients to in your mouth in just 25 minutes, and that includes just 5 minutes of assembling them. That’s one dessert you can definitely get behind while you’re on the Paleo diet and in need of a dessert fix. Coconut butter, coconut flakes, and honey make up the bulk of this recipe, and if you want to include nuts you can add almonds to it, also Paleo friendly of course.
10. Paleo Shrimp Cocktail
It’s not surprising that you can make a pretty awesome looking shrimp cocktail on Paleo, after all, shrimp is definitely a Paleo food. But the cocktail sauce is what presents a problem in most cases. By now you probably know that you can’t trust most stuff you find in stores to be Paleo friendly, and cocktail sauce is one of those things. This means you’ll need to make your own, but relax, it’s super easy and they even provide you with the instructions. So dip away, fearless Paleo eater!
11. Paleo Bars
These bars make it easy to get through the day without feeling hungry at all between meals, one of the most serious threats to any diet program. You can feel good knowing that absolutely nothing in these bars is off the Paleo path, and is designed to provide you with clean burning energy with no crash later. The beauty is that they’ve added in some medjool dates and chocolate, so these will actually taste good too, and be extra satisfying because of all of the nuts they contain.
12. Paleo Cilantro Pesto
One thing you’ll want to get good at is making recipes that add serious flavor to your other Paleo dishes and sides. Pesto goes a long way when it comes to making things taste better, and it can turn a boring chicken or pasta dish into magic just with a few spoonfuls. This is one of the easiest and tastiest pesto recipes we could find, and it basically boils down to cilantro, olive oil, garlic, and some lemon or lime juice. The blender does most of the work for this recipe, so you don’t have to worry about dicing or mincing anything.
13. Paleo Spicy Orange Shrimp
It can be hard giving up your favorite delivery or restaurant foods when deciding to go Paleo, but if you love Orange Chicken from your favorite Chinese place, this Orange Shrimp can get you most of the way there. As an added bonus it’s been given a spicy upgrade thanks to some chili garlic sauce, with a separate recipe provided so you can make a bunch and keep it handy whenever you need to add a kick to a meal. The attraction to this recipe comes from just how quick and easy it is to whip up, great for satisfying a craving that comes on fast and strong.
14. Zucchini Pasta Pesto
Keep it simple with this pasta bowl made with zucchini as the pasta, and a Paleo friendly pesto that will have you licking your lips after you’ve finished. The pesto is made with walnuts, so you’ll not only get the classic taste of pesto, but also the added flavor of walnuts, which stand in for the traditional pine nuts, and bring with them some healthy fats and even some protein. Some cherry tomatoes and this is good to go as a side dish, or can have some meat added to it for a complete meal.
15. Chicken, Tomato and Green Bean Curry
Think Indian food has to be hard to cook? Think again! This recipe proves that you can make something that tastes amazing without having to be a professional chef or spend hours in the kitchen. The basic ingredients are plenty of organic chicken, some cut up vegetables, and various herbs and spices. What really makes this easy is the step-by-step photos they provide which visually walks you through the entire creation process so you don’t have to wonder if you’re doing it right.
16. Chewy Chocolate Cookies
You may be surprised to learn that you can eat cookies on a diet, and it doesn’t count as cheating and you don’t have to wait for a “free day” or any such nonsense. You simply need to make them according to the Paleo approved food list, which isn’t that hard to do. The star of the show for these cookies is not even the chocolate, but the macadamia nuts that are being used. These will provide you with plenty of healthy fat, and pair nicely with the medjool dates for chewy goodness. The chocolate they’re using is cacao, an unsweetened form that you can use on Paleo.
17. Homemade Paleo Ketchup
Keeping a ready supply of Paleo friendly ketchup is a wise move when you’re trying to establish new eating habits. The reason it’s so important is that you can replicate a lot of the foods you love right down to the detail of dipping them in ketchup, which helps the brain believe that nothing has changed and it’s business as usual. This ketchup is great for dipping sweet potato fries in, or chicken fingers, or on some sweet potato hash. You won’t believe how easy this is to make, and it’s a far superior alternative to anything you’ll find sold in mainstream grocery stores.
18. Paleo Pulled Pork
If you love the taste of pulled pork but always thought it would be too hard to make yourself, it’s time to give it a shot and bask in the rewards. All that’s required is to bring together the required ingredients, toss them in the Crock Pot and let it do its thing. Five hours later you come back, shred it up, and get to eating. Bake up some Paleo friendly bread and you can have a pulled pork sandwich with zero guilt involved. What other diet program can say that?
19. Microwave Paleo Bread
Sometimes you finish a dish and realize only too late that it needs something extra. In those times you will be glad that you have this super-fast, super-easy Paleo bread recipe that whips up a batch of bread to go with soups, chilis, or just to be eaten by itself. It’s hard to believe that in just a few minutes you can be eating a hot slice of bread that doesn’t violate the Paleo way of eating. Almond flour takes the place of regular flour, a common substitution to keep things Paleo friendly.
20. Paleo Granola Balls
Granola bars are notoriously yummy, but you just can’t go to the store and buy the ones off the shelf, as those are all loaded with junk in most cases. Making your own is the only way to go to insure quality and freshness, since Paleo doesn’t allow for preservatives. These granola balls are sure to do the trick and they don’t include any oats or other grains, yet pack all of the flavor you’re expecting when you bite into a granola bar. Nuts and seeds form the crunchy part, and raw honey gives it the sweetness that makes it taste so good.
21. Easy Paleo Appetizers
Paleo dining can be fancy, and doesn’t have to be hard when you try out any of these assorted Paleo appetizers. Choose between four different appetizers, each of which is very easy to make, and very hard to stop eating before you spoil your appetite. There are Coconut Shrimp, Prosciutto wrapped Dill, Deviled Egg, and Cucumber with Olive Tapenade. But why choose, make all of them and decide which is your favorite. This is a great page to save and come back to the next time you throw a party and want Paleo friendly hors d’oeuvres.
22. Asian Ground Beef Broccoli Slaw
You’ve just gotta love one-pot meals. Easy to make, easy to clean up, and they typically come out tasting great. This offering has ground beef mixing with broccoli slaw so you know you’re getting a nice Paleo ratio of one to one in regards to meat and veggies. The accompanying ingredients all help the flavor cause, and you’ll get an extra boost of nutrients thanks to the inclusion of spinach. This is a meal that cooks up quickly but will keep you satisfied for many hours after you eat it.
23. Baked Eggs in Portobello Mushroom Caps
These might look fancy and hard to make, but we assure you that it’s just an illusion. The mushroom caps do most of the work, you just have to fill them with some prosciutto and a raw egg. Then bake it up and you’re all set. You can impress your friends with these, as they look like they were made by a chef, and they don’t have to know just how easy it was for you to make them. The great part is that it’s a nice mix of meat and veggies because of the mushroom cap as the base.
24. No-Bake Cocoa Bars
No baking means you basically get to skip a step, and you’ll be eating these cocoa bars in no time flat. There’s no rule that says you need to bake a dessert to make it taste good, and the proof is in these bars. They are an amalgamation of dates, almonds, almond butter, coconut, and two types of chocolate. Mix it all together and chill it up so it’s not a runny mess and you’re better than good, you’re great. These come in handy when you have a craving that threatens to send you off track, and keeps you chugging along.
25. Paleo Chicken Fingers
Chicken fingers are a crowd pleaser, and if you’re trying to raise little caveboys and cavegirls, chances are they’re a wee bit picky. Win them over with these chicken fingers and they’ll be more open to your other Paleo creations. The two biggest things that scratch ordinary chicken fingers from the menu is the breading and the oil they’re fried in. As long as you fix those two snags these are all right. Here they’re using almond meal for the breading, a good choice for a nice crispy coating. They’re baking these to remove the need for so much oil, making it a clear winner, and still very tasty.
26. Yummy Baked Thingy
Sometimes you come up with a delicious creation, and you don’t really know how you got there, or what to call it. Such is the case here, and she’s lost for words but wanted to share with you what she discovered. It’s her Yummy Baked Thingy and that pretty much sums it up perfectly. It’s yummy because of all the beef and vegetables she’s using. It’s baked to avoid added fat, and it’s a thingy because it doesn’t really resemble much of anything, but who cares, as long as it’s yummy. It’s also a complete meal, so no need to worry about making a separate side dish at the same time.
27. Quick and Easy Chicken Tikka Masala
For many, Indian food is shrouded in a bit of mystery as far as how to cook it. If you’ve been intimidated and shied away from making Indian food, here is your chance to make chicken tikka masala the easy way. The hardest part of this recipe is going to be buying the spices and ingredients that go into it. Once you have those on hand it’s as easy as mixing the ingredients as instructed, and letting it simmer and cook for about 30 minutes. The know-how is all that’s missing, once you have the ingredients ready, your job is 90% done.
28. Paleo Taco Salad
Things like taco salad usually get the banhammer on other diet plans, but on Paleo it’s not about banishing dishes but rather adjusting them until all the pieces fit. Here they’ve basically deconstructed a taco salad, gotten rid of the fried bowl that usually houses it since it’s loaded with wheat and fried in an unhealthy oil. Instead they’ve given this a bed of romaine lettuce and loaded it with ground buffalo, a very Paleo meat. Lose the sour cream to keep it totally Paleo, or go with organic dairy to avoid a bunch of the problems with conventional dairy.
29. Radish Browns
Since you can’t have hash browned potatoes on Paleo, you’ll have to resort to using other means you’re a hash brown fanatic. Sweet potatoes are an obvious choice, but here’s a less obvious choice that uses radishes cooked in bacon grease, with green onion, red onion, bell peppers, and even a jalapeno pepper thrown in for good measure. That means it’s going to come out savory from the bacon grease, spicy from the jalapeno, and the radishes will give it a similar texture to potatoes. Score!
30. Asian Rainbow Salad
It’s good to get the mindset that you’re going to be eating a lot of vegetables while you’re doing Paleo. This is because many falsely believe that Paleo is only about the meat. In fact, it’s just as much about the vegetables, if not more so about the veggies. Think about it: hunter-gatherers would have had an easier time gathering vegetables, it’s safer and more reliable. This salad has a lot going on, but is still way, way easy and could be a salad you turn to again and again in your time of veggie need.
31. Lamb Chops with Fresh Mint Sauce
Lamb chops may not be as popular as pork chops, but they taste amazing and they are a Paleo approved food. This recipe shows just how easy it is to make an amazing batch of lamb chops using ingredients that you can easily find at the store. The best part is you’ll be making up a fresh mint sauce to go with it. This is a sauce that you’ll often find served with lamb chops, and once you taste them together you’ll see why. Making it fresh is pretty much the only way to go.
32. Chocolate Avocado Pudding
Okay, so it’s pretty clear that you can’t have Snack Packs while on Paleo but that doesn’t necessarily mean you can’t have any pudding at all. This chocolate pudding recipe is set up to use avocado, instantly adding a bunch of healthy factors into the equation, like polyunsaturated and monounsaturated fats, the healthy fats, as well as potassium and fiber. This has to be the healthiest chocolate pudding recipe on the planet for all of the good it provides, while leaving out dairy and refined sugars. Bravo Jessie!
33. Cauliflower Pomegranate and Pistachio Salad
Take three things that are healthy for you and mix them together and you’ll be onto something really good for your body. Cauliflower is a cruciferous vegetable that you’ll see used often in Paleo because of its versatility. Pomegranates get plenty of press for their antioxidants. And pistachios have a nice nationwide campaign going encouraging us to eat more of them. When you mix these three unlikely companions together, you get a super easy salad that will top you off on several nutrients. There are a few additional ingredients, but the process is pretty simple: Mix them all together. Eat.
34. Salmon Cakes
Salmon is a fish you should definitely eat regularly, no matter which diet you’re on, unless you’re vegetarian or vegan. It’s so healthy that almost every dietitian and health guru recommends upping your intake of it. The omega-3s in salmon are what really set it in its own category in regards to health. These salmon cakes will give you an easy and reliable way to eat salmon regularly so you can get plenty of protein as well as the ever-important omega-3s. Some Paleo gurus delve deep into science and talk about your ratio of omega-3s to omega-6s but long story short you just want to increase how many omega-3s you get from whole foods like salmon.
35. Buffalo Chicken Salad
Even though you can totally have buffalo chicken wings on Paleo, as long as they’re cooked right, it’s always nice to have a different food made in a buffalo chicken style. In this case they’ve transformed a salad into the flavor of a basket of buffalo wings, and we’re not complaining. The best part is it’s a bit easier to make than buffalo wings, and comes out tasting as good as the real thing, thanks to the fact that she’s using the same kind of hot sauce that goes on buffalo wings. Drop the Greek yogurt to keep it totally Paleo, and this salad is sure to hit the spot when you are craving wings but don’t have the time to make them.
36. Savory Broccoli Pancakes
Eat your broccoli! If you ever grew tired of your parents telling you that, you’re sure to be loathe to increase your broccoli consumption on Paleo. But it’s so important for you to eat your veggies on Paleo that you have to find some creative ways to make it so you actually want to eat them. These broccoli pancakes are one such way, and they’ll make you focus on them as your main dish, rather than the meat. They’re savory because she’s cooked them up in duck fat. If you haven’t cooked with duck fat yet drop what you’re doing, go get some, cook these up and then let us know what you thought in the comments below.
37. Chicken and Kale Vegetable Soup
Chicken will provide the protein, and kale will provide just about everything else in this chicken and vegetable soup. You’ve probably heard kale talked about as if it’s the savior of all vegetables, even though it’s been around forever. It does provide a ton of nutrients, and works very well on the Paleo diet, which is always trying to seek out ways to get plenty of vegetables onto your plate. The thing we like most about this soup is that it’s billed as being easy, and it only has the essential ingredients needed to make a tasty soup quickly and without a fuss.
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