At its most basic, Paleo meal construction is in itself very simple. Simply fry, bake, stew or poach a nice piece of good quality meat, fish or seafood and then steam, bake or boil a side of fresh or frozen vegetables, making sure to add a good amount of tallow, butter, Ghee, lard, coconut oil or olive oil in the process for taste, energy and health. The process is similar for making delicious stews or omelets: choose your source of protein and your favorite vegetables and cook them in a fresh stock in the case of a stew or with eggs in the case of an omelet. Of course, on top of all this, onions are almost always welcome, as are fresh and dried spices. As you get used to playing more and more with the different flavors available to you, you’ll create amazing dishes without even thinking about it.
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.
One-bowl meals are another lunch-friendly preparation that’s easily adaptable to paleo eating. This one calls itself a taco bowl, but the bowl is lettuce or other broadleaf greens instead of corn tortillas. In fact, all the vegetables in this recipe have healthy doses of vitamins C and A (a half-cup of raw spinach has 1,400 IUs of vitamin A). Vitamin C is sensitive to heat, so the C in this case comes from the fresh greens and the orange slices, rather than from the large serving of orange juice that cooks the meat.
This cookbook is a little franker than most, which isn’t that obvious from the cover. In particular, you’ll find the odd expletive in place and much of the writing is more conversational than other cookbooks. To me, this makes for a fun book, especially as it also has many stunning photos of the food that you’ll be making. But, some people simply don’t like the approach.
Oh, that’s weird. Maybe you are reacting to something your weren’t eating before starting this diet? I suggest trying to write down everything you eat and how you feel after every meal and about an hour after the meal and then try find a pattern for the bloating. It took me a while for example to figure out I react with horrible heartburn when I eat tomato sauce. Anything containing tomato sauce is super hard for me to digest.

More than a little into running and paleo recipes (yoga now too!) but I'm not here to rain on your grains (or anything else) so come along for the ride! I do a little too much of everything (except cleaning), and I enjoy laughing at myself. As long as I'm the one making the jokes, that is. Just kidding. So bring me your angst, your appetite and your frying pan and climb aboard!


Meatloaf is one food you don’t have to give up while following the Paleo diet. The great thing about meatloaf is everyone usually likes it enough to make it a regular menu item. In this version it has been miniaturized so that you don’t end up making one big loaf, but rather individual-sized portions so that everyone gets a nice outer crust, and it avoids the problem of soggy or crustless middle section pieces. You’ll notice that the breadcrumbs have been done away with as they aren’t allowed on the Paleo diet. You won’t notice they’re gone because there’s coconut flour instead.

You wouldn’t be able to eat traditional tabbouleh while following the Paleo diet because it’s made from bulgur, but you can have as much of this cauliflower tabbouleh as you want. Cauliflower is a very versatile food and is used in Paleo recipes to replace everything from rice, to pizza crusts. Here it works perfectly when mixed with other ingredients and spices that are usually found in tabbouleh. It has cilantro, lemon juice, lime juice, and tomatoes. The tomatoes will give it plenty of flavor as well as lycopene, vitamins, and minerals making this a healthy item to serve up alongside any meat dish.
Starting any new kind of diet plan can be difficult, especially if you’re going for a lifestyle type of change!  The Paleo for Beginners keeps it simple and user friendly, ensuring that all skill levels give this lifestyle a legitimate shot.  You have everything you need right here in this book to start improving your health and your life in general.  Regardless of whether you’re going to build more energy and muscle or you simply want to live cleaner and healthier—now you can!
This breakfast casserole is something the whole family can enjoy, even if they are not following Paleo. It’s made with plenty of thick strips of bacon, and it also has parsnips and plenty of eggs in it, with coconut oil being used to cook it up. You’ll find that many breakfast casseroles will incorporate hash browns into the recipe, but potatoes are not allowed on Paleo so you want to avoid these recipes and find alternative ways to get the same effect. In this case they are using parsnips as a replacement to give it the bulk and texture it needs.
The dressing steals the show on this salad, but you don’t want to overlook the roasted pumpkin. Pumpkin is an often overlooked vegetable that only gets popular in the fall, but is full of vitamins, minerals, and fiber that makes it a healthy part of any meal all year long. Roasting it softens it up properly so it is pleasing to the tooth, and the dressing that accompanies it on this recipe is pretty special. The peculiar thing is that it’s very simple, consisting of just five ingredients: olive oil, orange juice, herbs, and salt and pepper. Be sure to use sea salt and not refined salt.
2013 was a BIG year for Paleo! The movement has really grown, with lots of new blogs and tons of new cookbooks! I know that many of you have decided to give Paleo a try in the new year, so I have made a list of all my favorite cookbooks for you. Having a few Paleo cookbooks on hand is really helpful for staying on track and keeping your meals interesting.
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Cajun seasoning is always going to do a great job of adding spice and some heat to a meal, and in this recipe they provide you with the steps to make your own Cajun seasoning mix from scratch. Be sure to make a big batch of it so you can store it and have it on hand for more Cajun style cooking in the future. Once you have the Cajun burgers in place it’s time to top them off with some caramelized onions. This is served up without a bun, and on a bed of creamed spinach, and she provides a nice creamed spinach recipe that doesn’t use any dairy, but uses coconut milk instead.

If you are planning on doing a Whole30 in the New Year, then this book is a perfect resource. Almost all of the recipes are Whole30 approved. The first 30 pages of this book are filled with information that will teach you how to adapt a Paleo lifestyle and live it successfully. This book is packed with 200 recipes and quick meal ideas! Melissa has even included adaptations for those of you following an Autoimmune Protocol. This section is particularly helpful, as it is often hard to find Paleo recipes that are also void of nightshades and nuts. Read my full review here.

Delicious smoothies--100% free of gluten, dairy, and refined sugar!Think Paleo and smoothies don't mix? Think again! Now, you can ...enjoy the quick burst of energy and nutrition that comes from the easy-to-make pre-/post-workout drink--without any of the gluten, dairy, or refined sugar! This cookbook shows you how to blend 150 Paleo smoothies right in your own home, so that you never have to worry about what else is in your drink. Whether you're interested in cleansing your body or just need an extra boost of energy after an intense workout, each section offers a delicious blend of all-natural fruits and vegetables that will keep you full throughout the day. Featuring step-by-step instructions and nutritional data, the recipes make a wide variety of tasty Paleo smoothies, including:Pineapple sunshine smoothieAcai boost smoothieVanilla coconut cream smoothieKale power smoothiePumpkin protein smoothieSweet apple pie smoothieYou don't have to give up the vitamin-packed smoothies you love just because you're on the Paleo diet--with Paleo Smoothies, you can have healthy, flavorful smoothies at every meal! read more


Wondering what to eat on the Paleo diet? Explore PaleoPlan’s 450+ easy and delicious Paleo recipes—all absolutely free! Our recipes are a fast and healthy way to lose weight, feel better, and get in shape on the Paleo diet. From breakfast to dinner, we have a variety of meals for every occasion. With so many amazing recipe options to choose from, you’re sure to find a delicious, satisfying, and 100% Paleo diet meal that’s perfect for you, your family and friends.
Quiche is usually fair game on the Paleo diet because it’s primarily made with eggs, and eggs are definitely a Paleo approved food. This particular quiche recipe includes plenty of delicious ingredients, and she’s topped it off with a zucchini hash crust so it’s crunchy on the top, and full of eggs and yummy vegetables on the bottom. All of the ingredients that are not Paleo in a traditional quiche have been removed and replaced with Paleo perfect items. Flax meal is used as an optional ingredient, and we’d suggest it since it adds beneficial omega-3s to the mix.
The Paleo Kitchen is a New York Times Best Seller, USA Today Best Seller, and Globe Best Seller and is my second cookbook that I co-authored. We came together to create a cookbook with over 100 never before seen paleo recipes that represent the food we love and the food that makes us feel good. These recipes range from breakfast, to entrees, to drinks, to desserts.
The reason why we have made this as our number one pick in top paleo cookbook is the fact that that it is witty, self aware, and straight to the point. There is no round about approach when it comes to the diet chart; you are given with a very straight approach that mentions what to eat and the things to avoid. Once you get started, it leads you through advancement of the chart and other diets.
Simply put, the Paleo diet is the diet that humans were intended to eat. Low carb, high protein, and full of wholesome, natural fo...ods, the Paleo diet has gained rapid popularity for those who truly savor good cooking, but no longer want to be weighed down by processed or unhealthy food. THE PALEO COOKBOOK simplifies the transition into the Paleo lifestyle. This comprehensive cookbook has 300 mouthwatering recipes for every meal and occasion, all gluten free and full of whole, unprocessed ingredients.Start feeling better and getting fit with:300 Paleo recipes for every meal planComfort foods to please the entire family, like Paleo Lasagna or CavemanChicken NuggetsPaleo versions of your favorite international dishes such as Teriyaki Beef, Chicken Cacciatore, and Caveman FajitasDozens of vegetarian options for non meat-eatersAmazing desserts such as Chocolate Cake, and Paleo Chocolate Chip Cookies  read more
Turmeric is known for its powerful anti-inflammatory properties and has been used for a long time in cooking and medicine in India. This PBS post goes into much about the history and benefits of turmeric. Dr. Axe also has a great post about how turmeric can be medicinally better than some drugs on the market. Check it out here. I’m sure that by now you’ve heard that turmeric is good for you and your body and it is great to introduce it into your everyday cooking. It is easy to add it to roasted veggies, smoothies, and also teas. Check out our turmeric maple roasted beets and carrots for another recipe idea!

This recipe actually inspired my big project, Bravo For Vive, a line of Paleo foods for concessions. I thought these wraps would be awesome for tailgating and stadium food, and I wanted to be able to help those who want to eat healthy but have no option to in these situations! This season we will be at LSU, and we could be coming to a stadium near you soon! You can see my cute promo video about our concession line on Youtube. 
Primal Paleo Diet Cookbook: Over 100 Quick and Easy Paleo RecipesWhether you’re just starting out on the Paleo diet or have been e...ating Paleo for years, the Primal Paleo Cookbook: Quick and Easy Paleo Recipes is going to help you make delicious, healthy meals without spending a lot of time in the kitchen.This book was designed for people who want to be able to get their meals on the table fast, without the need for a lot of special ingredients or difficult cooking techniques. These recipes feature fresh, whole foods that are cooked the Paleo way—without refined sugars, processed foods, or unhealthy oils. They’re perfect for those days you come home tired from work and need to get dinner on the table without a lot of fuss, using ingredients you already have on hand. Or when you want to put everything into a slow cooker and then set it and forget it.In addition to more than 100 Paleo recipes, also included in the book is a brief overview of the Paleo diet—what it is, the health benefits of eating the Paleo way, how to stock your Paleo kitchen, and a 7-day Paleo meal plan.Read on for quick, easy, and most of all delicious Paleo recipes! read more
You can still enjoy all the taste of a juicy, veggie-topped burger without any of the excess calories due to a thick bun or heavy mayo-based sauce. This paleo salad features a hearty burger patty, fresh lettuce and tomatoes, and an herb-y vinaigrette to drizzle atop. We love the richness that a little ground lamb offers, but you can use all beef or even ground turkey instead.
What is the right way to eat, and what diet is best?  Most claim the paleo way is the healthiest of them all and this cookbook doesn’t hesitate in proving that.  From mouthwatering main dishes, full of the most daring of ingredients to sweet delicacies to satiate cravings—it’s all brought to you in a far more wholesome way by this lifestyle.  This specific cookbook even offers choices for those paleo followers who aren’t fond of meat.
This Paleo cookbook was written with nutrition and ease of cooking in mind, but never sacrifices any of the sumptuous flavor you e...xpect to find in Italian cuisine.The best things in life are simple. For instance: eat well to look and feel good! If you're eager to adopt a gluten free lifestyle or follow the Paleo diet, you'll find it very easy to do with the authentic and traditional Italian recipes in this book — each with a Paleo twist. Cookbook author and food blogger Cindy Barbieri (of the Cindy's Table blog) discovered that she didn't have to reject her love of authentic Italian food when she decided to adopt a Paleo approach to family dining. To her delight, she found that many of her favorite authentic Italian cuisine dishes were already Paleo. And those that aren't can be converted with a few simple and healthful substitutions-all without sacrificing the delicious flavors that she fell in love with as a child. Cindy's husband and kids enthusiastically embraced her gluten-free Italian soups, salads, appetizers, entrees, sides and desserts-and your family will too! In Paleo Italian Cooking, Cindy shows you how to prepare delicious family-style Paleo Italian meals, like: Flank Steak with Salsa Verde Chicken Scaloppine in Lemon-Caper Sauce Pistachio-Crusted Cod with Roasted Pepper Sauce Pan-Roasted Garlic-Sage Quail and over 85 other healthful dishes inspired by her grandmother's traditional Italian recipesLose weight and achieve better health without tedious calorie counting, purchasing expensive-but-bland diet foods or avoiding the foods you crave. Simply by avoiding grains, legumes and pasteurized dairy, you'll be able to look and feel better while indulging your passion for Italian cuisine! Indulge your passions for Italian cuisine and healthy eating at the same time with the 90+ "flavor first" recipes youAEll find in this Paleo Italian, gluten-free cookbook. read more
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5. Cassava Pizza Crust: Speaking of Italian comfort foods, you can still have pizza Fridays. This pizza crust is made of mashed cassava (also called yuca), which crisps up nicely (as our Caribbean friends who traditionally cook with yuca already know). Top it with your favorite veggies and nut cheese and you’re good to go. (via Predominantly Paleo)
This sundae is trying to replicate the joy experienced from eating an Almond Joy, without including all of the ingredients they contain that aren’t good for you. Imagine, a guilt-free ice cream treat, that’s what she’s going for here. The chocolate being used is dark chocolate, so already you’re doing better than if you were using milk chocolate. The coconut of course comes from real coconut, but it’s unsweetened coconut flakes so you’re not getting refined sugar, as the sweetness in this sweet treat comes from honey. The almonds add healthy fat and are an essential part of this Almond Joy sundae.

We mentioned two other cookbooks in the Against All Grain series earlier but this one here is the original book that started it all off. In this case, the cookbook offers 150 different recipes, all of which fall under the paleo diet. For many people, the cookbook would be a great place to start, especially as the recipes have been tried by so many different people since it was first released.


One thing to mention is that the book does focus almost entirely on kid-type foods. This includes some meals and many finger foods. For many families, these probably wouldn’t be dishes that would serve the adults as well. Now, that may not be an issue. But, for people who want to cook a single meal for everybody or who are looking for kid-friendly dinners, the book may not be quite right.
Spiced Ribs With Cabbage And Apples Skillet Sausages with Pan Seared Apples Slow-Cooked Hawaiian-Style Kalua Pork Grilled Cuban-Style Citrus Pork Curried Pork Chops With Honeydew And Cucumber Vietnamese Pork Spring Rolls Pressure Cooker Ribs With Creamy Coleslaw Bacon-Wrapped Pork Medallions Hawaiian-Style Burgers Pulled Pork Salad Pork Chops With Balsamic Glaze Simple Sausage Casserole Bacon-Wrapped Sausage With Apples Pulled Pork Stuffed Sweet Potatoes Spicy Spare Ribs Apple-Cinnamon Pork Loin Grilled Pork With Basil Rub Cuban Style Pork Chops Pork Chops With Lemon-Cilantro Vinaigrette Cranberry Apple Stuffed Pork Loin Chicken and Pork Stuffed Squash Pork Chops With Peaches Pork Chops in Sweet Sauce Porchetta Maple-Barbecue Ribs Pork Tenderloin With BBQ Peach Sauce Pork Chops With Garlic Sage Butter Nectarine & Onion Pork Chops
A “good” lunch food is often defined by its ease of handling. That’s why sandwiches (and pizza slices) make popular midday meals. This recipe is every bit as easy to manage as a sandwich, and far more delicious than some cold meat stuffed between two slices of bread. Portabella mushrooms provide iron, magnesium, and zinc. Two slices of tomato and a few sweet potato chips could provide more than half the recommended intake of vitamin A — people 14 years old and older need an average of 700 to 900 micrograms a day.

Primal Paleo Diet Cookbook: Over 100 Quick and Easy Paleo RecipesWhether you’re just starting out on the Paleo diet or have been e...ating Paleo for years, the Primal Paleo Cookbook: Quick and Easy Paleo Recipes is going to help you make delicious, healthy meals without spending a lot of time in the kitchen.This book was designed for people who want to be able to get their meals on the table fast, without the need for a lot of special ingredients or difficult cooking techniques. These recipes feature fresh, whole foods that are cooked the Paleo way—without refined sugars, processed foods, or unhealthy oils. They’re perfect for those days you come home tired from work and need to get dinner on the table without a lot of fuss, using ingredients you already have on hand. Or when you want to put everything into a slow cooker and then set it and forget it.In addition to more than 100 Paleo recipes, also included in the book is a brief overview of the Paleo diet—what it is, the health benefits of eating the Paleo way, how to stock your Paleo kitchen, and a 7-day Paleo meal plan.Read on for quick, easy, and most of all delicious Paleo recipes! read more


The one thing to note is that the complexity of the recipes is somewhat divisive. Some people feel that the recipes are simple and easy to follow, while others find them overly complicated. As is often the case, reality is somewhere in the middle. By paleo standards, the recipes aren’t too bad, especially given you need a good balance of macros to maximize performance. Nevertheless, if you are new to paleo, the recipes may seem a little confusing at first, although you would get used to them.
These mini pizzas are great to have as a snack, at a party, for watching the big game, as a lunch, or a dinner, depending on how many of them you eat at one time. They are made with a crust that is formed with almond flour, so they’re Paleo friendly, and they are topped simply with tomato paste and some blue cheese, so you get the rich and tangy taste of blue cheese in each bite. You’ll want to go with a goat’s milk variety of blue cheese, if you go this route at all. Some Paleo eaters can handle small amounts of cheese on occasion.

Cajun seasoning is always going to do a great job of adding spice and some heat to a meal, and in this recipe they provide you with the steps to make your own Cajun seasoning mix from scratch. Be sure to make a big batch of it so you can store it and have it on hand for more Cajun style cooking in the future. Once you have the Cajun burgers in place it’s time to top them off with some caramelized onions. This is served up without a bun, and on a bed of creamed spinach, and she provides a nice creamed spinach recipe that doesn’t use any dairy, but uses coconut milk instead.
This is Paleo’s answer to the tortilla soup you used to love ordering in restaurants, but can’t have anymore because it likely contains beans. Beans are a no-no on Paleo, and this soup recipe deftly avoids them, but still delivers on the flavor you are wanting. This actually is very well-balanced for a Paleo dish, and if you eat enough of it, it can be a meal all by itself. If you just want a cup it can serve as a nice appetizer for a Mexican main dish. We love that this is topped with avocado, one food you should definitely start eating more of if you don’t already.
These pork chops are some of the best we’ve seen, and it is through a combination of preparing the pork chop correctly, and topping it with a delicious fruit slaw. When choosing the pork for your pork chops, you want to make sure that you go with an organic brand, rather than conventional. This is true with all of the meat you purchase for Paleo meals because it won’t be loaded with antibiotics, and the animals will have been fed organic feed. For the fruit in this, you’re also going to want to stick with organic peaches, plums, and apricots to avoid chemicals and pesticides.
Eating Paleo is as hard or easy as having the right recipes to follow. Go into it alone and try to figure it out solo, and you’ll probably crash and burn. Go into it armed with an arsenal of delicious recipes already planned out for you, and in accordance with the Paleo guidelines of what to eat and what not to eat, and your chances of success improve dramatically. Here are the Top 10 Paleo Diet Cookbooks on the planet, so you can get the junk out of your life and start eating real, actual, food.
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