There is nothing quite like a pasta bake to remind you of childhood. Growing up, we ate pasta bakes at least once a week and most were heavy, packed with wheat from the pasta, and smothered in so much cheese you could barely taste anything else. This Paleo Italian spaghetti meatball bake is nothing like the dense casseroles you may remember. The meatballs are homemade, the flavor comes from savory meats and satisfying spices, no heavy dairy in sight, and of course, there are the noodles. This casserole is the best of both worlds with the nostalgic flavors of childhood and none of the wheat or dairy.
I still remember when I first heard of a Paleo diet. It’s funny; I assumed it would lean heavily towards meaty dishes and that vegetarians probably wouldn’t enjoy it… Sure, many types of meats are great for Paleo, but I have to say some of my favorite Paleo recipes today are completely meat-free.
You may want to add veggie dishes to your meal plan for many reasons. If you have vegetarian family members or friends, it’s nice to be able to serve them a tasty meal you know they’ll love. Or perhaps you have a small garden in the backyard and you’d like to make the most of it.
To be honest, you don’t really need a reason to have a Paleo Meatless Monday (or any day of the week). I tend to cook more meat-free meals when veggies are in season.
How To Make The Most of Your Meat-free Day
Tip 1: Find out what vegetables are in season! First of all, they are going to be a lot cheaper. Second, when you’re buying veggies during their highest season, they tend to be more flavorful.
Tip 2: If you’re not used to cooking vegetarian recipes, plan your meals ahead and read through the whole recipe before getting started. This way you’ll know you can whip up your veggie meal just as fast as you would cook your usual, meaty dishes.
Tip 3: Prepare ahead. Many vegetables can be peeled, chopped or grated ahead. You’ll get dinner done in a breeze!
Are you having a hard time deciding which one of these recipes to try first? I can tell you some of my favorites are the Spanish omelet, the 5-minute apple raisin salad, and the eggplant curry!
Check out this video to see how easy it is to put together a veggie lasagna!
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!
You may have tried zucchini in stir-fries or salads before, and maybe even in lasagna. But who would have thought you could make delicious desserts from zucchini? At first, I thought it was a silly idea – but then I decided to give it a try.
I swear, the first time I made my friends try Paleo zucchini chocolate muffins they refused to believe there was any kind of vegetable in it. The muffins were so wonderfully moist and flavorful, I almost didn’t believe it myself!
Since then, zucchini has become one of my favorite vegetables to cook with. I love it in stir-fried dinners, as grilled slices, and sometimes just quickly grated with a nice Paleo-friendly salad dressing. And if you happen to have this wonder veggie growing in your own garden, you are in for a treat.
Why You Should Add More Zucchini In Your Diet
Why not? Zucchini has quite a mild flavor and a wonderful texture, and it can work as a great substitute for pasta or even meat. Zucchini is not just tasty – it also contains various nutrients that can have a positive impact on your diet.
Zucchini can help lower your blood sugar levels, by increasing your fiber intake.
For the same reason; fiber, zucchini can also improve your digestion and support your weight loss.
The anti-inflammatory nutrients, like Vitamin A and Vitamin C, can help your body fight inflammation.
Zucchini contains plenty of water, so it will help you feel full for longer.
On this vast list of Paleo zucchini recipes you’ll find some of my favorite salads, fritters, sautes, breads and – believe it or not, even chocolate cake! In my opinion, until you’ve tried zucchini fries you haven’t really lived. Continue reading
Take a seat because you’re going to want to look at every single one of these delicious paleo sauce recipes… Whether you’re looking for homemade ketchup that’s free of preservatives and all that added sugar, or something a bit more exotic, it’s going to be on this list.
A nice sauce will complement almost any Paleo entree you can think of but, unfortunately, finding Paleo-friendly store-bought options can be as hard as finding a needle in a haystack. Every time I look at the list of ingredients on those bottles it makes me happy I’ve chosen a healthy way of eating.
That being said – I’m only human, and sometimes I crave a big spoonful of mayo on top of my vegetable fritters or something extra that can turn a weeknight chicken dinner into a special meal. A good sauce does that, and that’s why I’m making one of these tonight!
Mouthwatering Paleo Sauces For Every Occasion
Whatever you are cooking, there’s a sauce for it!
For barbecue dishes, choose a ketchup, some creamy mayo, or a BBQ sauce.
Making a salad for lunch? Turn it into a restaurant-quality dish with one of these Paleo dressings.
Your Paleo pasta will love a good alfredo sauce – or pesto, or marinara!
Choose and easy-to-make gravy or hollandaise sauce for a weeknight meal.
Some of these vinaigrettes and dressings will keep in the refrigerator for several days, so they are perfect for making ahead. If you’re in a hurry you can whip up a quick stir-fry and throw in some Paleo-friendly stir-fry sauce.
Here’s a special tip for you; you can try marinating your chicken or beef in some of these sauces and vinaigrettes for an hour, for extra flavor! Continue reading
There was a gourmet cookie shop by my house when I grew up. They had the softest, chewiest, best cookies I have ever had in my life. The specialty sweets were a rare treat, probably due to the price for each cookie, but also because each day this small shop would only make a limited amount of each type of cookie. I would often settle for peanut butter or mint chocolate, but if you were lucky enough sometimes you would be there early enough to grab the most fabulous cookie of them all: the double chocolate.
So, that is why I am extra excited to have a Paleo double chocolate chip cookie recipe finally. Whenever I feel so inclined to put this recipe together, I am brought right back to those lucky childhood afternoons. And, let’s be honest, anything double chocolate is an automatic win.
Let’s go over a quick fact check, shall we? Gravy is absolutely delicious: fact. Gravy makes everything taste better: fact. The Paleo diet needs far more gravy in it: fact. You want some gravy with dinner tonight: fact.
Wouldn’t it be a shame to cook up a big roast beef dinner and have all sorts of Paleo-friendly side dishes, and not have any gravy to smother it all in? I think so. And, that is precisely why I thought it would be important to share this Paleo gravy recipe. It may take some time to cook, but the results are well worth it, but you knew that didn’t you?
It can be tempting to stray from your paleo diet once in a while. Things like crackers seem innocent, but it’s pretty tricky to stop at one or two. Make this crunchy paleo crackers recipe so you can enjoy crackers without the guilt.