The paleo diet, also known as the caveman diet, is one based off ancient eating practices. The diet avoids foods that our early, early ancestors wouldn’t have been able to cook, like beans and grains, or foods that might have been unavailable, like milk or sugar. These easy dinners follow those guidelines, and feature hearty cuts of meat along with a focus on fresh vegetables and fruit. Everything from salads to soups to skillet dinners are made paleo diet friendly in this collection of weeknight dinners.
Here are more than 200 recipes you can have at your side as you venture into Paleo and determine what it is you’re supposed to be eating. You can expect leaner muscles while eating these meals, as well as more energy and more mental clarity, all without having to suffer through hunger pangs and cravings like you get with a diet. That’s because they remind you that Paleo isn’t really a diet at all, and with the sort of meals they have you making here you won’t feel like you’re missing out on anything. Quite the opposite, you’ll actually feel like you’re indulging.
At last, here is a comprehensive cookbook to the hottest eating plan around! The Paleo diet—known in some circles as the “Caveman ...Diet”—is an eating plan based on evolutionary biology and backed up by medical research. The Paleo diet is based on what our ancestors ate: meats and fish, nuts and seeds, and naturally grown fruits and vegetables.In her bestselling 500 Paleo Recipes, low-carb queen and author Dana Carpender shows how to stay the Paleo diet course deliciously with 500 easy-to-prepare recipes for everything Paleo from appetizers, to main dishes, to desserts.This group of recipes for breakfast comes from that book and includes:The Best Way to Hard Boil EggsCreamed Mushroom OmeletWake-Up EggsCajun EggsPortobellos with Guacamole and EggsPoached Eggs on Mushroom, Onions, and Chicken LiversPaleo Hot CerealFlax and Coconut Muffin-in-a-MugBlueberry PancakesBanana Fritters read more
Hey Tessa! Good question. So after calculating from my credit card, I spend about $275 on average on food without really budgeting. I stick to eggs and chicken as my main form of protein and look for when grassfed beef is on sale. Even at $7 a pound I can get about 3 meals out of that, so it’s not too bad. I will probably be doing a post on this in the next few months when I get back to school and am keeping track of exactly how much I spend on what.
On nights I want to guarantee both cooking and cleanup are a total breeze, I lean on recipes that come together with a single pot, pan, or skillet. One-pan is basically kitchen code for "easy" — something you can totally appreciate when you're following a Paleo diet. Since the diet makes eating out and ordering in kind of tricky (although not impossible), it requires a lot of cooking. So why not keep delicious grain- and dairy-free dinners as simple as possible, with one of these 15 recipes that come together in a single pot, pan, or skillet?
Is this book 100% squeaky-clean strict Paleo? No. Ultra-strict Paleo templates call for avoidance of salt, extreme reduction in carbohydrate intake, and never eating dairy of any kind. When performance-minded people blindly follow strict Paleo, the rate of failure and abandonment is high. Why? They haven’t properly tailored Paleo principles to their training demands. As such, you’ll see salt, carb-dense veggies and even some full-fat dairy like ghee in some recipes. And, you’ll even see the occasional option for things like whey protein, white potatoes and white rice. These may not be right for every person, but it’s my stance that if these foods are not problematic for you and may help your performance and recovery, they shouldn’t be 100% off the menu forever.
Hey Amanda, I’d love to try this as well. I’m not sure if they will freeze well, but I don’t see why not. I think freezing the chicken salad would be smarter, and taking that out on a Sunday and just packing those up for the week and storing in the fridge may be better. The wraps probably don’t freeze well. But for most of my once a month cooking, it always requires a bit of assembling the week of! Does that make sense?
Hi Monica! I love your site! I’m 22 years old and also from Mandeville, LA! I’m looking into healthier eating ideas so I can help my parents and myself lose some unwanted pounds! They are very hard to motivate to eat healthier and I think the best way to help them would be to cook for them. (I’m in nursing school at LSU and living at home so I think this is the best time to help them with a much needed change)! I’m not a big fan of mayo but I was wondering if this Paleo version was healthier/tastier than regular store bought mayo? Or if you had any other ideas for things I could replace mayo with for this recipe? I’m going to have to go to Vive soon! I’ve seen it a million times and have never stopped in! Thanks so much!!
Start your day the Paleo wayA good breakfast has long been touted as the secret to a great day. But if you're following a Paleo di...et, traditional favorites like English muffins, yogurt, oatmeal, toast with jam, and treats like pancakes, waffles, and blueberry muffins are off the menu. Now, Jane Barthelemy, the author of Paleo Desserts, has whipped up more than 150 healthy, luscious, low-carb replacements free of gluten, grain, dairy, and refined sugar. Created to give you greater energy without hunger pangs, feelings of deprivation, or a crash later in the day, these recipes are nutrient-dense and see of the sugar and chemicals that trigger cravings and weight gain. You'll find everything from homemade staple ingredients, such as non-dairy milks and nut butters, to grain-free breads, cereals, and muffins, as well as smoothies, egg- and meat-based hearty breakfasts, and grab-n-go goodies-and they're all made with real foods: fresh vegetables, tart fruits, unprocessed meats, nuts, eggs, and refined oils.With recipes for Paleo versions of your favorite breakfasts, including:English MuffinsBanana BreadHigh-Protein Chia-Crunch GranolaChocolate Brownie Superfood WafflesBlueberry Lemon MuffinsBacon Cauliflower Hash with EggsCauliflower Tater TotsCowboy Baked EggsMushroom Cheese SouffleSpinach and Feta QuicheWild Salmon Cakes with Sour Creamand many moreWith egg-free, tree nut-free, and meat-free options, as well as recipes that work with diabetic- and candida-friendly diets, Good Morning Paleo will give you healthy, nutritious fuel to keep you going strong throughout your day. read more

Thanks for the great recipes!! I’m new to your site, but love everything about it! That being said, I was recently diagnosed with Endometriosis. Rather than take pills or have surgery, my midwife has agreed to let me try the Endo Diet, which is very similar to the Paleo Diet, except I can’t have red meats or eggs. Is there a healthy substitute I can use in place of the egg for the mayonnaise?
Mussels are rarely what comes to mind when it comes to a quick, simple and cheap meal, but I think it’s a mistake. When fresh and in season, mussels are usually pretty cheap and they are so quick to prepare that you won’t believe dinner can be ready in such a short time. It’s also a great occasion to eat seafood, something we tend to forget as an important part of a Paleo diet. Nutrition and taste wise, mussels are amazing. They are packed full of iron, selenium, vitamin B12, manganese and a host of other essential nutrients. The steam from the white wine and garlic sauce is what cooks the mussels here. The butter in the sauce adds richness and flavor. This kind of preparation is called moules marinières in France, where the dish comes from. Another classic sauce for mussels is a tomato marinara sauce. About a pound of mussels is about what’s needed per person. This recipe is for 4 people.
Each recipe in this roundup either takes 30 minutes or less to prep and cook (some will ask you chop ingredients prior to beginning) or uses a slow cooker with prep time of 10 minutes or less.   No more panicking about finding something for dinner – there’s something to suit every taste here!  Many are also Whole30 friendly (and are labeled if they are.)  Hope you enjoy!

I there, I’m cooking for my friend who has secondary cancer and has strict guidelines on what she can eat. She told me that it’s pretty much Paleo how she been advice to eat. Anyway my question is… On title of this list is a picture of raspberries in the jar with something? I want that recipe pretty please? I think she will be able to eat that as it doesn’t have almond meal or anything like that. Thanks in advance.
This salsa chicken is advertised as being very simple, which will help you whip it up and get it in the crockpot quickly so you can get on with your day. Imagine getting this ready in the morning in just a few minutes, and coming home at the end of the day to a fully cooked meal ready to be eaten. That’s the concept here and she pulls it off nicely with organic salsa, chicken breast, a bit of chili powder, and an onion. We recommend you don’t serve this with a side salad to help make it a complete meal, as it’s a bit light on the vegetables.

Get your shawarma fix satisfied without ruining your dieting efforts with this Paleo approved chicken shawarma. It isn’t cooked the way traditional shawarma is, but it is still grilled, which gives it a nice flavor, and it is using a blend of spices that will give you the taste that you’re seeking out when you’re in shawarma mode. That’s because it’s marinated, so the flavors have a chance to soak into the chicken. He’s even provided a recipe for Paleo friendly hummus, so you can dip the pieces of chicken into that, or simply eat them solo.


These burgers are inspired by Thanksgiving dinner. They’re made from turkey instead of beef or chicken, and are served with a cranberry aioli to invoke memories of cranberry sauce that’s served with the Thanksgiving turkey. But the most interesting thing about this recipe is the sweet potato buns made from fresh sweet potatoes instead of going without a bun. You don’t have to wait around until the holidays to enjoy the flavors you love.
So glad you commented! I get so excited when I see other local people making healthy lifestyle changes. Making a change as a family is a great way to motivate each other. My dad was a major reason I went Paleo, and we keep each other on track in all aspects of health! About your question, this mayo is definitely tastier and healthier than store bought mayo. I absolutely despise regular mayo, and I love this recipe. If you aren’t a big fan of chicken salad, this might not be the first recipe to start; although the flavor is pretty mild. You can find more in the recipe index though. And yes about Vive! It’s honestly my favorite food place in Mandeville area. The lunch is delicious and they have a restaurant upstairs called Opal Basil. The food is divine!! Feel free to ask any more questions. Good luck in nursing school!
The Paleo Kids Cookbook: Transition Your Family to Delicious Grain- and Gluten-free Food for a Lifetime of Healthy Eating by Jennifer Robins contains 100 paleo recipes specifically designed for kids’ tastes and nutritional needs. You’ll find recipes such as chicken nuggets, pizza pockets, animal crackers, sweet potato bacon tots, soft pretzels, and more. Plus, there are helpful strategies for getting kids involved in the cooking process and teaching them about paleo eating.
Going Paleo doesn't have to mean giving up your favorite comfort foods. In Paleo Eats, Kelly Bejelly focuses on Paleo cooking from... the heart with recipes that make beloved traditional dishes Paleo-friendly. If you miss chocolate chip cookies hot from the oven, fried chicken on family picnics, the sweet-and-sour meatballs from your favorite Chinese restaurant, or your grandmother's peach cobbler, this book is for you.Paleo Eats is jam-packed with over 100 tempting sweet and savory recipes, from condiments to desserts, all inspired by classic comfort foods. Delicious dishes like Coconut Cinnamon Cereal, Southern Fried Chicken, Lamb Gyro Burgers, Caramel Apple Cinnamon Rolls, and Devil's Food Cake prove that eating Paleo is as fun and delicious as it is healthy. You'll find something for everyone, even picky eaters, with recipes that are easy to make and even easier to love.Paleo Eats is all about REAL COMFORT FOOD MADE PALEO, for MEALS that are AS TASTY as they are HEALTHY. INSIDE you'll FIND:Over 100 grain-free, gluten-free, and dairy-free recipes that re-create your favorite comfort foods, including Chicken Pot Pie, Skillet Cornbread, Green Bean Casserole, Chocolate Chip Cookies, Apple Pie, and many, many moreTips for transitioning to a Paleo lifestyle, including advice for keeping your food budget low and which tools are essential for kitchen successA detailed Paleo baking tutorial with an overview of Paleo flours and guidelines on how to use them for the best resultsTroubleshooting tips and how to fix a recipe gone wrongIcons marking dishes that are perfect for holidays and special occasions, from Valentine's Day to game day to birthdays, and dishes that comply with the Autoimmune Protocol. read more

There's no one "right way" to do paleo. If you're just starting out, it may take some time to figure out what feels best. Maybe you just eat paleo after 2 p.m. on weekdays; maybe you are so hardcore, you get uneasy just looking at a slice of bread. Most of us fall somewhere in between. We're advocates of a more generally "paleo-based" system, following paleo principles most of the time, but making reasonable exceptions for important events or your mom's famous chocolate chip cookies.

The Paleo Transformation Recipe Book is a collection of 65+ easy Paleo Slow Cooker Recipes and cooking tips for your quest for bet...ter health.The ingredients and instructions for each of these recipes are very simple, so you can prepare tasty Paleo meals without having great cooking skills!The diet that you need to lose weight, have enough energy, stay physically fit and healthy is already provided by nature. This is the Paleolithic diet man has been eating before the advent of agriculture.Heart disease, obesity, cancer, autoimmune diseases and other chronic conditions were almost non-existent 10,000 years ago during the Paleolithic era.People who eat the Paleo diet live naturally lives; they are healthy, fit and strong. This simple non-toxic diet contains basically meat, vegetables, fruits, seeds and nuts.This is what our bodies are designed to eat –not grains, processed vegetable oils and sugar-filled food that destroy our health.When you buy this book, you have chosen to make the changes that will transform your life and help you to achieve a better state of health and wellbeing.Things are not always very easy when you make decisions that directly affect your lifestyle. I have been there and I know how tough it can be. This is why this book has been created to make it easier for you to make the change from the standard diet that everybody eats to the natural Paleo diet that will transform your health. *  You will no longer be alone on your on your quest to better health. *  You will spend less time worrying about what to eat. *  You will have more time to enjoy a more vibrant and healthy life when you use a slow cooker. *  Eating will be more exciting because you now have a lot of variety.For your convenience, the Paleo Transformation Recipe Book also contains: *  A Paleo diet food list *  Recipes for Paleo broths, sauces and other condimentsThis compilation of recipes is about eating real food and staying healthy. The recipes are basically Paleolithic but you may find one or two ingredients that are not strictly Paleo. These are included to ensure that your meals taste great and their minute quantities will not affect your Paleo lifestyle.Use these 65 recipes as a foundation, then add or omit certain ingredients in order to make your own creations. read more
Our ancestors didn’t have 1,000 recipes from which to choose, so it should be far easier for you to eat Paleo than it was for them. This suite of recipe books is pretty extensive, with hundreds of recipes in different categories like fish, red meats, pork, appetizers, and even organ meats. It’s a way to get a solid grounding on what you should be making for yourself, while at the same time giving you quite the database of recipes to select from. They say these recipes will help you burn fat, perform better cognitively, and even slow down the aging process. These meals can be prepared quickly and easily, so you won’t spend all day in the kitchen.
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