I love coming home after a long day to a warm and decadent dessert – most of the time because I am tired and don’t want to spend a lot of time baking that results in me making brownies. I’ve tried my fair share of Paleo brownies and these Zucchini Brownies by Body Rock are delicious.
Sometimes you just can’t come up with a fancy idea for dinner… so you go with a great go-to grilled chicken recipe. This one by Paleo Leap is one of my favorites. The crunch of the skin, the slight kick to the flavor and rub mixed with the little bit of citrus you get from the lime. It’s simple and delicious.
I loved sushi – unfortunately most sushi has rice in it which is a Paleo no no. I thought I was done with sushi for good until I found this amazing Paleo Sushi with Salmon & Avocado from Eat Drink Paleo. Such a fun idea and so delicious!
Let’s face it, there are certain sauces and dips that are everyone’s favorites. When I first started my journey with Paleo eating I had a hard time saying goodbye to things like mayonnaise, my favorite barbecue sauce, and especially ranch. Now obviously we don’t need these sauces and once I learned how to cook using real foods I found myself not missing these sauces as much as I thought I would… but even still, it’s nice to have these Paleo recipes for your favorite go-to sauces and dips.
1. Paleo Spinach Artichoke Dip
There is nothing quite like a delicious spinach artichoke dip. This is a great hit as an appetizer or to take to parties! Find the recipe here.
2. Dairy Free Alfredo Sauce
I thought I had to say goodbye to alfredo sauce for good once I went Paleo – but this dairy free recipe is delicious and perfect to put on top of veggie noodles. Find the recipe here.
3. Paleo Pesto-Avocado Sauce
I feel like to be a good cook I have to have a good pesto sauce on hand and ready to cook up when needed. This paleo pesto-avocado sauce is delicious. Find the recipe here.
4. Spicy Guacamole Recipe
I. Love. Guacamole. I’m always surprised by how many store bought guacamole’s actually have fillers or processed ingredients. This recipe is my favorite go-to homemade guacamole recipe. Find the recipe here.
5. Mango Chutney
You heard me right – Mango Chutney. This is so simple and easy to make and so delicious. Find the recipe here.
6. Buffalo Ranch Dip
This is another great hit to take to parties and people will be surprised to find out that it’s all Paleo and actually not bad for you! Find the recipe here.
7. 5 Minute Paleo Mayo Recipe
It wouldn’t be a list of sauces and dips without a Paleo Mayo recipe – I love how quick and easy this one is to make! Find the recipe here.
8. Fermented Thai Basil “Pesto” Recipe
The thai influence with this basil “Pesto” sauce adds some great flavor and is great to use in Southeast Asian cooking. Find the recipe here.
9. Homemade Ranch Dressing Recipe
Ranch. I feel like I grew up on ranch dressing. I sorta shudder to think of what was actually in the ranch I was eating. This is a great guilt-free all Paleo Ranch recipe. Find the recipe here.
10. Go-To Meat Sauce
Sometimes you just need a good hearty meat sauce when you are feeling low on ideas on what to cook. This is a great sauce you can put on just about anything! Find the recipe here.
11. Roasted Tomatillo Salsa
Tomatillo salsa is one of my favorite types of salsa – grab some gluten and grain free tortilla chips and have yourself a delicious snack. Find the recipe here.
When you start to follow the Paleo lifestyle you may hear some common terms that you hadn’t heard before. One of these terms is the “80/20 rule”. You’ll hear conversations and statements such as “I don’t eat Paleo 100% of the time… more like 80 percent of the time”.
What does this mean exactly? Does someone somewhere have some formula we don’t know about? Something that can calculate exactly what you can and can’t eat and for how many days or hours? Or is 80/20 rule more linked to specific foods – where 80 percent of the foods you eat are Paleo and 20 percent of them are not?
How does one really know what 80/20 is?
While hearing about the 80/20 rule may be common… it’s clear that the meaning of the rule is not really known. While the exact definition of 80/20 isn’t really known there are some pretty strong opinions on the matter. You will hear from some people that going 80/20 is the only way to stick to the Paleo lifestyle, while others claim eating 80/20 while on the Paleo diet is a complete disaster.
How can people have such strong opinions about something that seems undefinable?
In the end I think it all comes down to you as an individual. What are your goals? What are you wanting this new food lifestyle to do to your life?
For some of us here at Primal Hub the 80/20 rule simply means to not stress the off days. Let’s face it, no one is perfect… and who really wants to be perfect? Perfect can be boring. 80/20 means trying your hardest to eat the right foods for your body and follow those Paleo guidelines whenever possible… but to also not stress so much about food that your relationship with food becomes unhealthy. When you are at a party with no Paleo options, or you want to go to your favorite restaurant with your friends you can do so.
If you want to decide if 80/20 is for you and what that exactly means, do your research, sit down and make your decision. Here are a few great articles to get you started.
Why We Are 20% Not So Paleo
Thinking the 80/20 rule sounds like the way you want to go? The Paleo Mama shares her’s and her family’s story on why they don’t go 100% Paleo and call themselves an 80/20 Paleo family. Read more here.
Why 80/20 Paleo is a Recipe for Disaster
For those that the 80/20 Paleo rule doesn’t seem to make sense take a look at what The Paleo Living Magazine has to say about it and why they feel it’s not the right thing to do. Read more here.
What’s Your Paleo Percentage?
Not sure where you stand with this crazy 80/20 rule? Don’t worry – Robb Wolf isn’t sure about it either. Take a look at what he has to say on what your Paleo percentage really is? Read more here.
Going Paleo is a great health and food style for most people – of course we are all different and what works great for one might not be the best for another. One common issue that people seem to struggle with while on the Paleo diet is getting enough carbohydrates – especially if that person is extremely active.
Wait, aren’t you NOT supposed to have carbs while eating Paleo? Wrong! Your body does in fact need carbs – it just needs the right kinds of carbs.
What Exactly is the Right Amount of Carbs?
Again, we are all different. What works for one might not work for another. Figure out what works for you, what can help achieve your goals and what makes you feel your best.
Here is a great article, by On Diet and Health, about getting enough carbs while eon the Paleo diet.
How Do I Incorporate Them into the Paleo Diet?
This is the part that many struggle with. Luckily there are quite a few healthy, real, and Paleo friendly foods you can add into your diet to get those carbs you need! From broccoli, cauliflower, asparagus, sweet potatoes, mushrooms, and more!
For a great breakdown and list of Paleo friendly carbohydrates take a look at the Paleo Zone Nutrition’s article here.
What are your favorite foods to eat to give you a boost in carbs?
We all know that Breakfast is a very important meal of the day… most say the most important! Unfortunately it can also be the most difficult meal of the day. Most of us are busy, strained for time, tired, etc in the morning so it can be easy to skip breakfast or go for something unhealthy. It doesn’t help that while on a Paleo diet imagination can become a problem with breakfast ideas. One can only eat eggs so many times, right?
That is why we love this list of different Paleo breakfast ideas… all of which do not have a single egg in the ingredient list.
One of my favorite things in the morning is potatoes… obviously that doesn’t work so well while eating Paleo. Well if you are like me and craving some potatoes for breakfast you’ll love this easy potato-free breakfast potato recipe! Find the recipe here.
I love sausage and this apple, leek, bacon breakfast sausage recipe is amazing! So full of flavor. Find the recipe here.
For those wanting something sweet for breakfast as well as something quick, make this delicious banana zucchini bread – it fits the bill perfectly. Find the recipe here.
When in doubt, make a delicious hash for breakfast. Even if you aren’t in doubt – make this sweet potato, apple and pancetta hash! Find the recipe here.
This Paleo Hash Browns are great breakfast and a great way to get some extra veggies in for the day. Not to mention delicious. Find the recipe here.
For the sweet tooth and when you are on a go a smoothie can be a great alternative to an unhealthy breakfast. This is one of my favorites! Find the recipe here.
My mom always said when I was younger that porridge was the perfect “stick to your bones” breakfast. This recipe not only makes you feel full for longer, but makes you want to go back for more even when you are full! Find the recipe here.
Another great and easy smoothie mix to start your day off with a great serving of fruits! Find the recipe here.
These pancakes are so easy to make… add in the mixed berry sauce and you have a wonderful breakfast. Find the recipe here.
I am a huge fan of granola – it’s crunchy, a little sweet, a little salty… and add in this pumpkin spice and you have me sold. Find the recipe here.
I never thought I’d love radishes until I met this recipe… now I can’t get enough of them! So good! Find the recipe here.
Crepes were always our go to breakfast when we had guests over and wanted to impress them… now they are even more impressed with these totally paleo strawberry crepes! Find the recipe here.
This recipe is so good and makes me feel like I’m back to my younger years sitting next to the fire eating a bowel of my moms rice pudding. Find the recipe here.
If you are craving some cereal – don’t fall off the wagon and go for the unhealthy stuff you find at the store. Make this cinnamon faux-st crunch cereal with a bit of almond milk. You’ll love it!. Find the recipe here.
These smoothies are so rich in flavor, smooth, and filled with awesome nutrient packed ingredients! Find the recipe here.
Let’s face it… no matter how hard we try there will come a time when you get the munchies. We all get snacky now and again… and these are some of the times when it can be hardest to stick to real food and healthy eating. That is why I try to be prepared with healthy and Paleo snacks – ones that we can keep around the house or cook up quick when those munchies hit. Here are 30 of some of our favorites:
I love hummus… it was one snack I was sad to say goodbye to when I went Paleo. This is a great substitute to your regular hummus! Yum! Find the recipe here.
Doesn’t this just look amazing! It’s as yummy as it seems and so easy to make too! Find the recipe here.
If the above zucchini chips don’t quite cut it for you then these curried backed zucchini chips will hit the spot! Crunchy with a hint of spice – you can’t go wrong. Find the recipe here.
You heard me right… chocolate pecan pie energy bars. These are a great snack to make ahead and have ready for when you are on the go. Even my kids love them! Find the recipe here.
You had me at ‘milkshake’ and sealed the deal at ‘fudge’ – you wont believe these are Paleo! Find the recipe here.
For those times you get the munchies this is a great snack mix to grab a handful of – it’s also great to pack for a hike. Find the recipe here.
My little one loves pineapple, but it can be very messy as a quick snack… these dried pineapple tidbits were the perfect solution. Find the recipe here.
Why pay crazy amounts of money for fruit leathers that aren’t 100% natural? These spiced sweet potato apple fruit leathers are so easy to make, cheap, and amazingly delicious. Find the recipe here.
Let’s face it… reese cups are wonderful… well these simple paleo reese cups are just as wonderful and not filled with crazy toxic ingredients or sugar! Find the recipe here.
Speaking of sugar… if you struggle with sugar cravings then these buttermints are the thing for you! Find the recipe here.
Once you take a look at these paleo raw strawberry twizzlers you will instantly want to make some – so fun and so simple! Find the recipe here.
We love sweet potato fries in our house – this recipe is perfect for the kids and for the adults. Find the recipe here.
These are a go to snack in our house when we want something easy but delicious. These are so simple to make but my kids always feel like they are getting a real treat. Find the recipe here.
Onion rings are a great treat or snack for big parties – you don’t have to have unhealthy onion rings to have delicious onion rings and this recipe is proof of that. Find the recipe here.
I am a lover of all things peppermint. This snack I love to keep in the freezer and pop in a couple anytime I get a chocolate or sugar craving. So good! Find the recipe here.
For the person that loves crackers… you don’t have to say no simple because you are gluten and grain free! You also don’t have to eat crackers taht taste like cardboard. These are delivious. Find the recipe here.
For those that like salty and sweet these 3 ingredient chocolate almond clusters are perfect. Find the recipe here.
Want fries but don’t have any sweet potatoes? How about an eggplant? Add in the spicy tomato sauce and you’ll be hooked. Find the recipe here.
Just looking at these makes my mouth water! Plus they have some great health benefits too! Find the recipe here.
Bet you thought your cookie dough days were gone, huh? Wrong! Check out these amazing Paleo cookie dough snack balls. Find the recipe here.
Not a bit peanut or nutbutter fan? Then try subbing out the nutbutter for raspberry and you’ll get these delicious raspberry chocolates. Find the recipe here.
Many people love chips and dip for a snack… while there are many dips you can make out there that are Paleo, it can be hard to find a good Paleo chip. These paleo chips are great for any type of dip! Find the recipe here.
A great and filling snack that will leave you wanting more but not able to eat anymore. So good and all Paleo! Find the recipe here.
A lot of Paleo granols start to taste the same and can get pretty boring… that is why I love this tropical Paleo granola so much! It’s so different from the typical and so delicious. Find the recipe here.
For when you need a good crunchy snack don’t resort to buying chips with toxic ingredients… instead try out these crispy sweet potato skins. Find the recipe here.
You might want to not make these Paleo caramelized cinnamon almonds… because then you’ll just keep making them again and again. Find the recipe here.
My husband loves salt and vinegar chips… these are a great snack for him and a great substitute for the unhealthy chips he usually goes for. Find the recipe here.
Smokey, spicy, crunchy, and delicious… you can’t go wrong with this candied cashew recipe. Find the recipe here.
Another great snack filled with protein to keep you going through your day and fill that need for an unhealthy snack. Find the recipe here.
These get made a lot at our home – you wont believe how easy they are to make and how much more yummy they are then any other fruit snack you might find at the store. Find the recipe here.
We all have our staple recipes we go to in a pinch… many people those recipes include ground beef. Ground beef is one of the most common proteins families have in the home. The problem with ground beef is it can be a bit hard to get creative with it. Well if you are sick of your staple recipes and want to branch out, while still eating Paleo – then you will love these 20 Paleo ground beef recipes.
Just the name of this recipe caught my attention… then when I saw the pictures I knew I had to try it. So good and so easy! Find the recipe here.
I love soup. Especially during the winter seasons. I never really thought to make a hamburger soup but I’m so glad that I tried this out. Perfect comfort food. Find the recipe here.
Whether you know it as Farmer’s pie or Shepards pie this dish is bound to be one of my favorite comfort meals. Just because you eat Paleo doesn’t mean you have to sacrifice it! This recipe is delicious. Find the recipe here.
We are big fans of chili – especially spicy chili. Finding a good chili recipe that was still Paleo has been a big quest for us and this recipe fits the bill perfectly. Find the recipe here.
This is a great recipe to go to if you are sick of all the traditional ground beef recipes. Unique, creative, and delicious. Find the recipe here.
I never would have thought to combine a lasagna with zucchini! When I tried this out I couldn’t believe how delicious it was… plus thinking of how healthy it was made it even more enjoyable. Find the recipe here.
Ground Beef doesn’t have to be reserved to just dinner time… Why not add it in for breakfast with this awesome butternut squash, kale, and ground beef breakfast bowl. Find the recipe here.
If you’ve been looking for a great taco salad recipe that is still paleo then look no further. This recipe hits everything that a taco salad should be! Find the recipe here.
This is now been added to our “easy go-to” recipe lists. Seriously. My husband requests this almost on a weekly basis. Find the recipe here.
I don’t know how you could go wrong with combining bacon and BBQ… add it into a salad and you are set for a great easy ground beef meal! Find the recipe here.
You can’t have a list of ground beef recipes without a great meatball recipe. While some meatballs can be try and not super flavorful, these chimichurri meatballs are moist and delicious! Find the recipe here.
We love Thai food in this household. I never would have thought to combine Thai food with ground beef but the combination really works. Find the recipe here.
Meatloaf is one of those meals that can have a bad reputation… of course if you tried out this Paleo meatloaf you would totally understand why it’s so amazing. Find the recipe here.
You heard that right. A ground beef stroganoff recipe that is all Paleo. This is another great go to recipe in our family. Super flavorful! Find the recipe here.
Being a Meatloaf lover I couldn’t pass up another great and delicious Paleo meatloaf recipe! Find the recipe here.
The first time we tried out this recipe my husband (who is a big mexican fan) was hooked instantly. Plus doesn’t they just look so pretty!? Find the recipe here.
Another great Mexican recipe… lettuce tacos. You can still have a great Taco Tuesday while still eating Paleo! Find the recipe here.
Not only is this a great ground beef recipe but it’s super easy and super quick to fix up. We love serving this up – especially when we have company over. So simple but so good. Find the recipe here.
These spicy Mexican stuffed poblanos are one of our favorite meals. Not only do I love how much veggies they contain but the amount of flavor from the meat and pepper combo is amazing. Find the recipe here.
Sick of the same old burgers? I know I am. Next time you are heating up the grill to cook up some burgers try out these delicious cajun burgers with caramelized onions. Yum! Find the recipe here.
There are a few things that can throw a wrench in our plans for a good and healthy meal – from lack of time, lack of motivation, or lack of ideas. One that always really frustrates me is lack of ingredients. Nothing is worse then going to make that beautiful meal and realizing you are missing ingredients. For those times (or just when you are looking for a simple and easy Paleo meal) you’ll love these simple Paleo dinners. All 20 of these are made with only 5 ingredients or less.
I used to love tuna salad but always felt guilty about the mayonnaise that it used. Let’s face it, store-bough mayo is not Paleo. That is why I immediately fell in love this is avocado tuna salad – much more tasty and loads healthier. Find the recipe here.
To me nothing can beat a good simple fish dish. Luckily fish is a protien that doesn’t need a lot to give it a pack of flavor. This 5 ingredient 10 minute creamy dill Salmon recipe is the perfect example of that. Find the recipe here.
The first time my husband and I tried out this recipe we were instantly hooked. It was so simple, so easy and completely addicting. Find the recipe here.
I love crockpot recipes – but crockpot recipes that are 5 ingredients or less? Even better! This is the perfect recipe for those busy days where you still want to have a delicious and hearty meal. Find the recipe here.
I’m not going to lie – I’m a fan of most stuff foods. Stuffed chicken, stuffed avocados… and especially this tuna stuffed pepper recipe. Your mouth will thank me later. Find the recipe here.
Another great slow cooker recipe – for pot roast. Who doesn’t like pot roast? Especially when it can be cooked easily and with only 5 ingredients this is a great staple in our household. Find the recipe here.
Another simple yet flavorful fish recipe – cod is not only easily accessible but usually a cheaper option when it comes to fish. This 5 ingredient pan-seared Cajun spiced cod will have you coming back for more. . Find the recipe here.
I’ve always been a fan of breakfast for dinner – or brinner as we like to call it. Some breakfasts can get a little too complicated though and are too much effort for a quick dinner. Not so with these egg casserole bites. Filling, delicious, and only 5 ingredients. Find the recipe here.
One more great brinner option is this 5 ingredient spianch omelet. I always feel like I conquered “healthy eating” after I’ve had this – it is packed with nutrients! . Find the recipe here.
For the brussels sprouts lover or for the brussels sprouts hater – this 5 ingredient slaw will please just about anyone. So yummy! Find the recipe here.
I love quick and simple chicken recipes – but most of those still contain countless ingredients. For those days where ingredients are running low, but you are still wanting a flavorful chicken recipe this Maple Roasted chicken with sweet potatoes is the recipe to go to! Find the recipe here.
Shrimp scampi is an all time favorite in our household and anytime it is requested I will almost always goes with this delicious 5 ingredient shrimp scampi recipe. Find the recipe here.
Not only are these quick and easy paleo wraps only 5 ingredients or less, they also are a great option for when you might have to take dinner or lunch on the go. Find the recipe here.
For those days you have chicken planned for dinner but no idea what to do with it… I bring to you this 5 ingredient chicken satay recipe! Find the Recipe here.
My kids are huge fans of fish and chips and it’s always been a bit of a guilty pleasure to me… until I found this recipe that is not only Paleo but 5 ingredients or less! Find the recipe here.
Most beef ragu recipes can be a little bit daunting to try out – complicated and filled with too many ingredients. Not this one! So easy. So delicious. Plus the perfect amount of ingredients! Find the recipe here.
Anytime we have guests over and we need a bigger meal to share this is one of my go-to’s. In fact it now is requested more often then not by my friends. This slow cooker Kalua Pig is so delicious. Find the recipe here.
Ribs. Who doesn’t like ribs? Luckily ribs are another meat that doesn’t have to be overly complicated to give you a mouthful of deliciousness. You’ll love these slow cooker baby back ribs. Find the recipe here.
Whoever thought that roasted chicken had to be complicated was completely wrong. This chicken is delicious, flavorful and so tender it basically melts in your mouth. Find the recipe here.
My family loves burgers but I have one child that isn’t a fan of beef – enter these delicious 5 ingredient lemon pepper chicken burgers. Find the recipe here.