Do you have childhood memories of terrible tuna noodle casseroles? I certainly do. I remember my mother dishing me out a horrible combination of gloopy noodles, thick cheese sauce, and fish. I hated the stuff and, and a result, swore off casseroles for years.
But, as I recently discovered, I have been missing out! Casseroles can be a fantastic, family-friendly, and party-perfect dish! And, best of all, they’re so easy to make Paleo friendly!
Forget the gloopy noodles of yesterday’s tuna casseroles. This list of over 35 guaranteed Paleo-friendly recipes has a casserole idea for every occasion, from a breakfast French Toast casserole (sign me up!) to twists on that British classic, the Shepherd’s Pie.
And, continuing on the international theme, why not a delicious Greek-inspired Paleo beef and spinach pie? Those dreaded days of boring, bland casseroles are long gone with these innovative Paleo-friendly recipes.
If you’d like to make the most of your Paleo diet and get as many health benefits as possible, it’s time to include some delicious Paleo kale recipes!
Kale is packed with a massive amount of nutrients that are great for your body in so many different ways. Not to mention it is a delicious veggie that is a perfect addition to any meal of the day.
Did you know kale contains a high amount of a nutrient called lutein? Consuming lutein-rich foods can have a positive effect on your eye health.
If you’re on a dairy-free Paleo diet, you’ll be happy to hear the calcium and vitamin K in kale are great for your bone health and can help prevent osteoporosis.
There are various types of kale that you can use in these Paleo-friendly recipes: Curly leaf kale – Probably the most common kale; great for crunchy Paleo kale chips! Tuscan kale – This one is a bit thinner than the curly leaf kale, so it cooks faster (good to know if you’re short on time!) Red kale – Also known as Russian kale; makes a gorgeous presentation with its red-hued leaves and stem. Baby kale – A young kale that has a more subtle flavor, perfect for Paleo kale salads.
One of the reasons I like to cook Paleo kale recipes is that they’re easy on your wallet. Kale is available almost throughout the whole year, wherever you live, and it won’t wreck your budget. You’ll find some of my favorite Paleo recipes on this list! Kale is super easy to cook, whether you’re looking for a Paleo breakfast, lunch or dinner.
Some of my favorite Paleo kale breakfast recipes are the muffins and frittatas. How about lunch then; would you rather have sashimi or steak? We’ve got you covered! Continue reading
Do you miss the flavor of those crunchy, crispy potato chips you used to buy before you started eating Paleo?
I used to get terrible cravings for chips, and the urge to go and eat a whole bag of them was getting out of hand. That’s when I started looking into Paleo alternatives.
There are plenty of Paleo approved chips that you can make at home – and it’s a lot easier than you think!
Our list of 34 delicious Paleo chip recipes includes everything from kale chips to plantain chips, and once you realize how simple these are to make, you’ll want to try one every day of the week.
Any of these chips will make a great Paleo snack; enjoy them with Paleo-friendly dips, add to a bowl of your favorite soup, serve as a healthy movie night snack, or grab a bag of these with you when you leave for work.
Trying one (or ten) of these chip recipes is a great way to make sure your snack is 100% Paleo and healthy. You won’t have to worry about what’s in them – and you can spice them up any way you’d like, to create new, mouthwatering flavors.
If the recipe requires slicing the ingredients, I recommend trying to make the slices as thin as possible. The thinner they are, the crispier the end result – and I’m pretty sure we all prefer super crunchy chips!
I like to make small portions of these, at a time, instead of larger batches. First of all, because they are too hard to resist – and second, because in my opinion they taste even better when they are freshly made. With recipes as easy as these, you won’t mind whipping up a new batch every day. Continue reading
A simple, classic, grilled steak may be the ultimate Paleo-friendly food. But who wants to eat the same thing night after night? Even the best-cooked steak in the world can get old after a few days.
But who says there’s just one recipe for steak? From quick and easy marinades to day-long slow cooker sensations, there are hundreds of ways to enjoy steak on a Paleo diet!
That’s why I’ve put together this list of over 30 Paleo-friendly steak recipes. From grill-ready five spice steak marinades to lunchtime steak salads to slow cooker briskets, you’re sure to find inspiration for your next steak meal on this list!
Do you love cabbage rolls but don’t have the time to roll each one before cooking? Well, I have the perfect solution for you.
This recipe for unstuffed cabbage rolls gives you all of the taste without all of the hassle of traditional cabbage rolls. Plus, you can make the entire recipe in one-pot, which makes cleanup a breeze. How great is that?
Recipe Modifications and Substitutions
Of course, the recipe tastes delicious exactly as it’s written. However, here are a few modifications and substitutions you can make depending on the ingredients that are available to you.
You can use any ground meat that you prefer instead of ground beef. Ground bison and ground pork have a similar taste to ground beef. However, ground chicken or ground turkey would be just as delicious.
To save time, you can use pre-shredded coleslaw mix instead of shredding or slicing a cabbage by hand. The slicing blade attachment on a food processor is also a great time saver when shredding cabbage.
You can add one or two shredded carrots for a bit of extra vegetables, and no one will even know they are in there.
You can use plain paprika instead of smoked paprika, but smoked paprika adds just a bit of an extra depth of flavor.
You can use about 4 cups of chopped fresh tomatoes instead of canned tomatoes.
If you prefer the sauce to be a bit thicker, add 7 oz (or 200 g) of tomato sauce. You can always add more tomato sauce (or water) if it is too thick.
Apple cider vinegar can be used instead of red wine vinegar.
And if you miss the rice like in traditional cabbage rolls, you can always add cauliflower “rice” to the dish. You can either serve the dish over cauliflower “rice” or add it to the pot when you add the cabbage.
Other Ground Beef Recipes
Of course, you can’t have a ground beef recipe list without burgers and this recipe for Paleo Burgers on Sesame Buns is the perfect recipe to enjoy. And if you want a cheeseburger but without the dairy, be sure to top the burgers with a slice of my Keto Cauliflower Cheese.
Paleo Bolognese Zoodles Recipe is a great freezer-friendly option that you can batch cook and freeze. Just skip the zucchini “noodles” (aka zoodles) and freeze just the sauce.
Heat a drizzle of olive oil in a large skillet or nonstick pan over medium heat. Add the ground beef and saute until just browned, using a wooden spoon, break into small pieces.
Add the sliced onion and garlic to the pan and cook for 3 to 5 minutes until the onion is softened.
Add the tomato paste, cinnamon, and paprika to the pan and cook for 3 minutes until the mixture starts to caramelize.
Add the sliced cabbage, tomato sauce, chopped tomatoes, and red wine vinegar to the pan and increase the heat to a boil.
Reduce the heat to a simmer, cover, and cook for 30 minutes until the sauce has thickened and the cabbage is tender. (If desired, increase the heat to high and bring to a boil to further reduce the sauce until desired thickness is reached.) Season with salt and pepper, to taste.
Garnish the dish with optional chopped fresh parsley and serve.
All nutritional data are estimated and based on per serving amounts.
This Paleo Fruit Punch Smoothie is a deliciously fruity smoothie that is perfect for breakfast, a snack, or anytime you need a quick pick-me-up that doesn’t include caffeine.
Plus, it has an extra boost of nutrition from a scoop of CoBionic Foundation powder that adds prebiotic fiber to the smoothie. So, this will not only help you feel fuller for longer, but it will also help make your gut happy.
CoBionic Foundation has a slightly sweet berry flavor and tastes amazing in your favorite fruit smoothies.
But if you don’t have time to make a smoothie, CoBionic Foundation also tastes great mixed with just filtered water.
How To Make Homemade Coconut Milk
I had been making homemade almond milk for quite awhile before I made homemade coconut milk. And let me tell you, it’s incredibly easy.
And homemade coconut milk is even faster to make than homemade almond milk! Unlike homemade almond milk, you do not have to soak the shredded coconut first.
That’s right, just blend the shredded coconut in water and strain it. But let me explain the process in just a bit more detail.
Place 2 cups (160 g) of unsweetened shredded coconut and 3 cups (720 ml) of filtered water into a high-speed blender or food processor. If desired, add a pitted date or 1 Tablespoon (15 ml) of maple syrup for a bit of sweetness.
Blend on high speed for about 2 minutes and scrape down the sides of the blender or food processor, as needed. If the mixture is too thick, add an additional 1 cup (240 ml) of water.
Taste and add another pitted date or a bit more maple syrup, if desired, and blend until fully combined.
Line a fine-mesh strainer with cheesecloth or a nut milk bag and pour the coconut mixture into it.
With clean hands, squeeze out as much of the coconut milk from the coconut pulp as possible.
Refrigerate the coconut milk in a sealed container for up to 5 days. Just give the coconut milk a little shake and it’s ready to use!
If you want flavored coconut milk, you can absolutely make that as well.
During step 3, just add 2 Tablespoons (10 g) of cacao or cocoa powder for chocolate coconut milk and or 1/4 cup (50 g) sliced fresh strawberries for strawberry coconut milk. You can also add about 1/2 teaspoon (2.5 ml) of vanilla extract for vanilla coconut milk.
You can use plain homemade coconut milk in many of our smoothie recipes – even the ones that call for almond milk.
This recipe for Paleo Sunshine Smoothie tastes like summer in a glass. I enjoy this smoothie especially in the winter months when persimmons are in season, but it’s also incredibly delicious in the summer using any of your favorite apples.
And if you enjoy really thick smoothies, just add a couple of ice cubes to your blender and you’ll have a smoothie so thick that you’ll have to practically use a spoon to enjoy!
Homemade Almond Milk
I had been using store-bought almond milk for years due to my sensitivities to dairy. And I always thought that it was a pretty good replacement for milk in smoothies and in cereal.
But then I finally made my own, and I realized I had been settling for second rate almond milk for so many years.
Homemade almond milk is so much richer and creamier than store-bought. And you can control what you put into it with no funky ingredients like store-bought almond milk.
You just need two ingredients, and you are on your way to making the best almond milk you’ve ever had. And here’s how to make it:
Place 1 cup (140 g) of raw almonds in a bowl and add enough filtered water so that it’s about 1-inch (2.5 cm) above the almonds.
Cover with plastic wrap or a towel and refrigerate overnight or up to 2 days. The longer the almonds soak, the creamier the almond milk will be.
Drain the almonds and rinse with cold water.
Place the soaked almonds in a high-speed blender or food processor (with the blade attachment) and about 2 cups (480 ml) of filtered water. Use less water for thicker almond milk and use more water for thinner almond milk.
Blend on high speed in a blender for about 2 minutes and about 4 minutes in a food processor. Scrape down the sides of the blender or food processor as needed.
Place a cheesecloth or nut milk bag in a fine mesh strainer and pour the blended almond mixture into it.
With clean hands, squeeze the cheesecloth or nut milk bag over a bowl to release as much almond milk as possible. You should get about 2 cups (480 ml) of almond milk.
If desired, add sweetener, such as maple syrup or coconut sugar, or a bit of vanilla extract to flavor your almond milk.
You should store your homemade almond milk in an airtight container in the refrigerator for 3 to 5 days. Just give it a little shake, and it’s ready to use!
Other Smoothie Recipes That Use Almond Milk
You can use homemade almond milk in any recipe that uses non-dairy milk from a carton. Here are a few recipes that you can try the next time you make a batch of homemade almond milk.
This creamy Paleo Golden Milk Tea recipe is full of earthy turmeric and spicy black peppercorns with just a touch of sweetness that will satisfy your tea craving as well as keep you healthy.
What Is Golden Milk?
Many people think golden milk is a fad that was popular a few years ago. However, that is far from the truth.
In fact, golden milk is actually a traditional Indian drink that has been consumed for thousands of years.
In its simplest form, golden milk is basically hot milk that is infused with turmeric. However, I’ve added a few other ingredients to my Paleo Golden Milk Tea recipe to take the flavor from good to delicious.
Benefits of Golden Milk
The healthy benefits attributed to golden milk are largely thanks to its main ingredient of turmeric, which is also what gives golden milk its deep yellow color.
Turmeric can help to soothe digestion. Due to its anti-inflammatory properties, turmeric may help ease an irritated or inflamed digestive system.
Turmeric has been shown to ease joint pain as well as lessen the symptoms of arthritis. Furthermore, studies have shown that turmeric extract is more effective than ibuprofen for pain relief and has fewer side effects than ibuprofen as well.
1 teaspoon (4 g) of erythritol or sweetener of choice, to taste (optional)
Add the filtered water, turmeric, ginger, and peppercorns to a saucepan over medium-low heat and whisk to combine. Gently simmer for about 10 minutes, whisking occasionally, until the mixture is hot but not boiling.
Remove from the heat and whisk in the almond milk. Add tea bag to the mixture, cover, and steep for about 5 minutes.
Pour the mixture through a sieve or fine mesh strainer to remove the ginger slices, peppercorns and tea bag. Add the optional erythritol or sweetener of choice, to taste.
Pour the tea into a large mug and enjoy warm.
All nutritional data are estimated and based on per serving amounts.
Every day is barbecue day when there are so many amazing Paleo kebabs recipes available! You won’t settle for soup once you’ve seen these skewers – and your family is going to thank you for it.
Prepare yourself for a lip-smackin’ delicious trip around the world, because these recipes are going to take you to many exotic places.
I’m having a hard time choosing a favorite among all these flavors. We have Paleo kebab recipes from South America, Greece, India and Nigeria – just to name a few!
Kebabs are a great addition to your Paleo diet. They are quick to make, and don’t require too much prep work in the kitchen.
What you should watch out for are store-bought BBQ sauces and seasoning mixes. They often include ingredients that are not Paleo-friendly – you may not have even realized what’s in them until you take a look at the list of ingredients.
Choose Your Favorite Protein Source
Try the Kefta kebabs made of ground beef, for an option that won’t wreck your budget
Pork kebabs with chipotle-lime marinade will spice up your BBQ
Chicken satay goes Paleo on this list!
You won’t believe how amazing salmon turns out when combined with fruits!
Although you can combine both, meat and vegetables in these skewers for a tasty dinner, sometimes you want a bit of extra to make it a wholesome meal. Here are a few great, Paleo side dishes to go with your favorite kebabs recipe:
Cabbage is one of the trendiest veggies these days, and looking at these recipes you will soon understand why!
Besides being Paleo-friendly, cabbage is also easy on your wallet, simple to cook, and more versatile than you probably even realized.
Traditional Or Spiced Up?
One of the most common ways to cook cabbage is to chop it up and throw it in the frying pan. It’s also one of the tastiest; if you don’t believe me then why don’t you try one of the fried cabbage recipes below.
Add bacon for a traditional approach, or try something a bit more exotic, like curried cabbage! If you’d rather have lemony or smoky flavors, no problem. This list of Paleo cabbage recipes covers those, as well.
Cabbage Is Perfect For Stews
I love uncooked cabbage; it’s fresh and crispy, which is why coleslaw makes such a perfect Paleo side dish.
However, if you’d prefer a cabbage stew, we’ve got something for everyone. Have you tried cabbage stew with apples, pork or beet?
What surprised me was how well cabbage pairs up with seafood. If you like fish, for example salmon or tilapia, you’re in for a tasty treat.
Or do what people have been doing for centuries; make sauerkraut!
This Is Why You Should Eat Fermented Foods
Initially people used fermentation to preserve foods, and enhance the flavor. Later on scientist have found that the microorganisms – the bacteria in the fermented foods have many health benefits.
they can help lower your blood pressure
they have anti-microbial effects and can improve your gut health
they are anti-inflammatory and anti-diabetic
If sauerkraut isn’t your thing, you’ll be happy to find out you can make incredible cabbage rolls that are completely Paleo. And in case you’re feeling lazy, we’ve included some crazy-easy, deconstructed cabbage rolls recipes!
Spend your time enjoying your delicious meals, not sweating by the stove!
If you don’t have a crockpot yet, you’ve been missing out big time. It’s one of the best things you can invest in, especially if you’re on a diet – or on a budget.
You can get a slow cooker for less than $50 and it’s a great way to turn cheaper cuts of meats super tender and delicious. It will also free up a lot of your time since you won’t have to stand by your pots and pans in the kitchen.
Lately, I’ve fallen in love with slow cooked chicken recipes, so I decided to put together some of my favorites for you to try. And it turned out quite a collection!
No matter what your favorite cut of chicken is, there’s a recipe for you on this list. Wings, thighs, chicken breasts – something for every budget.
If you’re in need of a comforting meal, go with chicken and dumplings. Or go wild and try the Moroccan chicken or some white chicken chili.
For those times when you’re feeling a bit under the weather, you might want to make some chicken bone broth or enjoy a steaming hot bowl of chicken enchilada soup. Perfect for the colder months of the year – but so delicious, you’ll want to make it year round.
Crockpot cooking is as easy as it gets – have a look at this video to see what it takes!
Bacon… we all love this versatile ingredient that makes every dish taste delicious, and is easy to prepare, as well. But not all varieties of this salty meat are the same. If you want to make sure you’re getting the best variety for these recipes, just follow these 3 tips the next time you go grocery shopping!
3 Tips For Buying The Best Kind of Bacon
Choose bacon that uses natural forms of nitrates/nitrites
What are nitrates and nitrites? They are basically preservatives and they can be artificial (cured) or natural – in the form of sea salt or celery juice, most commonly (uncured). Whether artificial or natural, it’s the same thing. If you want to avoid everything artificial on your diet, then go for types that uses natural forms like celery juice.
Choose bacon that’s free from added antibiotics and hormones and from pigs raised in a humane manner
Unfortunately, most of the bacon that you buy in your local supermarket comes from hogs that were raised in conditions that would make you shudder. They were likely fed an abundance of grains, soy and who knows what else – and were injected frequently with antibiotics and hormones. Unlike cows, pigs don’t eat just grass, but neither should they be raised on the food that they’re fed in most factory farms. Whenever possible, buy your meats from your local farmer or somewhere you know is properly raising and feeding the hogs.
Choose bacon that’s sugar-free
You may be surprised to hear most brands found in grocery stores contains added sugar or honey or maple syrup. Have a close look at the list of ingredients before you buy your favorite brand!
When you’re cooking for a crowd or just wish to keep your grocery bill at an acceptable level, chicken is always a good choice. Especially chicken thighs!
They tend to be inexpensive and easily available (wherever you are) and to be honest with you, I think they’re tastier than chicken breasts. I know some people take the skin off and only eat the meat, but for me, the crispy skin is the yummiest part.
Choose The Best Cooking Method For Your Needs
Bake in the oven
Casseroles are a sure hit with the kids! Try the chicken mushroom casserole, or if you’re not a fan of mushrooms, go for cherry tomatoes. You’ll love the sheet pan recipes, as well.
Let the crockpot handle it
Fancy some salsa chicken? Maybe Asian chicken thighs? Or cauliflower chicken chili? I love using my slow cooker to make these recipes.
Quick and easy
Try the almond butter chicken saute; you only need 15 minutes for cooking, but remember to marinate the chicken for 1 hour, for best flavor. You’ll also find a 3-ingredient chicken thigh recipe on this list – it doesn’t get any easier than that!
If you’d like to have a closer look at how easy it is to make crispy and flavorful Paleo chicken thighs, there’s a great video for you here: Click Here to Watch the Video
From crunchy bruschetta to creamy pasta, who doesn’t love Italian food? But how can you enjoy those flavors of Rome, Sicily, or Naples on a Paleo diet? Not to worry! We’ve put together a delicious list of 29 Paleo-friendly Italian recipes that will have you saying mamma mia!
Whether it’s smoky bruschetta with grilled eggplant or a dainty fennel vanilla panna cotta, you’ll be under the Tuscan sun in no time with these fantastic recipes. In the mood for pasta? No problem! This list also features more than five pasta recipes, including everything from a traditional Bolognese sauce to a delicate creamy pasta with salmon.