10 Favorite Paleo Diet Recipes

Our 10 Favorite Paleo Diet Recipes

Everyone has their favorite paleo diet recipes – including us. Here’s some of our favorite paleo diet recipes and some other great resources to check out.

Taco Pie

While taco pie isn’t necessarily an authentic Mexican dish, it’s still delicious and contains many of the qualities of Mexican food. Check out this savory dinner idea from Paleo Diet Lifestyle. Click here to check it out on their website. Serves four.

Taco Pie
Serves 4
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Ingredients
  1. Almond butter – 1 1/2 cups
  2. Butter or clarified butter – 1/4 cup
  3. Salt – 1 teaspoon
  4. Ground beef – 1 pound
  5. Paleo cooking oil – 1 tablespoon
  6. Onion – 1/2 chopped
  7. Barbecue sauce – 1/2 cup
  8. Lettuce – 1 cup chopped
  9. Red belle pepper – 1 sliced
  10. Avocado – 1 chopped
  11. Salt and pepper to taste
Crust preparation
  1. Combine the almond flour, butter and salt in a large bowl. Blend until the texture of the mixture is doughy
  2. Put the dough into a 9 inch pie dish and press it out evenly so the entire thing is covered
Filling preparation
  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees
  2. Heat cooking oil over medium-high heat and add onions, sautee until they are done
  3. Add ground beef to the skillet and cook until done
  4. Add barbeque sauce into the beef and onions, season mix with salt and pepper
  5. Pour the beef mixture into the pie crust and place it in the oven for 30-35 minutes
  6. Remove from the oven and top with the copped lettuce, avocado and peppers
Ultimate Paleo Guide http://ultimatepaleoguide.com/

Chorizo Mini-Mealloaves

Meatloaf is a classic dinner recipe. This one comes with a unique chorizo twist from Food Renegade and is sure to please. Click here to see it on their site. Makes around 18 loaves.

Chorizo Mini-Mealloaves
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Ingredients
  1. Chorizo – 1 pound, casing removed
  2. Ground beef – 1 pound
  3. Adobo sauce – 1 tablespoons
  4. Eggs – 2
  5. Almond flour – 3/4 cup
  6. Onion – 1 diced
  7. Garlic – 5 cloves, diced finely
  8. Tallow
  9. Cherry tomatoes – 1 pint
  10. Chipotle pepper – 1 in adobo sauce
  11. Olive oil – 2 tablespoons
  12. Cilantro – a handful chopped
  13. Salt
  14. Lime
  15. Avocado
Instructions
  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees
  2. Saute the onion and garlic in the tallow until done
  3. Place 1/2 of the sauteed onions/garlic in a large mixing bowl, place the other half in the smallest bowl of your food processor
  4. Add the chorizo, ground beef, eggs, almond flour and adobo sauce to the large mixing bowl, use your hands to mix the ingredients together
  5. Place the meatloaf mix into 2 muffin tins, they should be about 3/4 full of the mixture
  6. Place tins in the oven and bake for around 25 minutes, or until you begin to see rendered fat in the tins and the meat is slightly browned
  7. While the loaves are baking — Add tomatoes to the saute pan and cook until they begin to pop and blacken
  8. Place cooked tomatoes into the food processor along with salt, olive oil and the chipotle pepper, pulse until the mixture is of a saucy consistency you like
  9. Stir the cilantro into the sauce
  10. Top meatloaves with sauce, avocado, salt to taste and some of the squeeze lime
Adapted from Food Renegade
Adapted from Food Renegade
Ultimate Paleo Guide http://ultimatepaleoguide.com/

Slow Cooker Elk Marbella

Elk is a rich meat, and when combined with this recipe that utilizes delicious figs and olives it is even more fantastic than ever. See the original recipe on Best Paleo Recipes.

Slow Cooker Elk Marbella
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Ingredients
  1. Elk/Deer/Beef roast – 2 pounds cubed
  2. Sweet onion – 1 large roughly chopped
  3. Prunes – 1/2 cup chopped
  4. Figs – 1/2 cup chopped
  5. Garlic stuffed green olives – 1 cup
  6. Capers – 1 tablespoon
  7. Red wine – 1/2 cup
  8. Chicken or beef stock – 1 cup
  9. Oregano – 1 tablespoon
  10. Maple flakes – 1 tablespoon
  11. Coconut oil
  12. Salt and pepper
Instructions
  1. Heat coconut in skillet on high, add meat cubes after seasoning them and flash fry
  2. Add half of chopped onions to slow cooker, then add the meat, the rest of the onions, red wine, maple flakes and stock
  3. Add the rest of the ingredients to the slow cooker about half way through the cooking process
  4. Let it finish cooking
Adapted from Best Paleo Recipes
Ultimate Paleo Guide http://ultimatepaleoguide.com/

Almond Flour Pancakes

Pancakes are an item that many breakfast lovers struggle to stay away from when they first begin following the Paleo lifestyle. Good thing they don’t really have to! These almond flour pancakes are Paleo friendly and delicious. We found this at PaleoPlan.com. Serves two.

Almond Flour Pancakes
Serves 2
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Ingredients
  1. Almond flour – 1 cup
  2. Unsweetened applesauce – 1/2 cup
  3. Coconut flour – 1 tablespoon
  4. Eggs – 2
  5. Water – 1/4 cup
  6. Nutmeg – 1/4 teaspoon
  7. Sea salt – 1/4 teaspoon
  8. Coconut oil
  9. Berries
Instructions
  1. Get large mixing bowl and combine the almond flour, coconut flour, applesauce, water, eggs, sea salt and nutmeg until the batter is mixed
  2. Heat 1 teaspoon of coconut oil in frying pan over medium-low heat
  3. Add 1/4 cup of batter to frying pan for each pancake
  4. Cook until bubbles start to show at the top and flip, then let it cook for another couple of minutes
  5. Repeat process for each pancake, then add berries and enjoy!
Adapted from Paleo Plan
Adapted from Paleo Plan
Ultimate Paleo Guide http://ultimatepaleoguide.com/

Paleo Slow Cooker Pulled Pork

Combining a tasty dry rub made up of some classic spices, lean pork and a variety of other flavors put together in the perfect sauce is the way to an enjoyable Paleo friendly pulled pork recipe. From FastPaleo.com.

Paleo Slow Cooker Pulled Pork
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Ingredients
  1. Garlic powder, onion powder, ground cumin, ground coriander, dried oregano, salt – 2 tablespoons each
  2. Pepper – 1 tablespoon
  3. Pork roast – 5-7 pounds
  4. Salsa – 8 ounces
  5. Yellow or white onion – 1 large, cut into eighths
  6. Celery stalks – 4 chopped
  7. Bay leaves – 2
  8. Extra virgin olive oil – 1 tablespoon
  9. Garlic – 3 cloves, minced
  10. Yellow onion – 1/2 minced
  11. Chili powder – 2 tablespoons
  12. 1 teaspoon salt
  13. Tomato paste – 6 ounces
  14. Dijon mustard – 2 tablespoons
  15. Apple cider vinegar – 2 tablespoons
  16. Honey – 1/4 cup
  17. Molasses – 2 tablespoons
  18. Chicken stock – 1 cup
Instructions
  1. Mix the ingredients for the rub into a bowl and rub onto the pork roast, let sit in refrigerator for at least an hour, overnight is better
  2. Take slow cooker and add celery, salsa, bay leaves and chopped onion
  3. Place pork on top of that
  4. Cook on low for about 6 hours, temperature inside pork should reach 170 degrees
  5. Remove the pork and allow to sit on a platter for 10-15 minutes
  6. Heat sauce pan with oil over medium-high heat and add garlic and onion, cook until translucent
  7. Reduce the heat of the pan and stir in chili powder and salt, cook 1 minute
  8. Add tomato paste, dijon mustard, honey, molasses and apple cider vinegar, stir and cook for 1 minute
  9. Add chicken stock and let it simmer for 10-15 minutes until sauce thickens, add salt and pepper
  10. Pull the pork to shred it, using one fork to hold the meat and another to pull works well
  11. Combine sauce and meat in a bowl and enjoy!
Adapted from Fast Paleo
Adapted from Fast Paleo
Ultimate Paleo Guide http://ultimatepaleoguide.com/

Paleo Fried Chicken Fingers

Everyone loves chicken fingers, but many of the ingredients involved in the frying process are not always Paleo friendly. Paleo Mama has made some great substitutions here that fix this problem.

Paleo Fried Chicken Fingers
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Ingredients
  1. Chicken breasts – 2 large
  2. Almond flour – 1/2 cup
  3. Eggs – 2
  4. Paprika – 1 teaspoon
  5. Garlic powder – 1 teaspoon
  6. Salt – 1 teaspoon
  7. Pepper – 1/2 teaspoon
  8. Dried thyme – 1/2 teaspoon
  9. Olive oil – 3 tablespoons
Instructions
  1. Cut the chicken into long strips
  2. Place spices in a sealable plastic bag and add chicken strips, seal bag and shake to coat the chicken
  3. Pour almond flour out onto a plate
  4. Add eggs to a bowl and beat
  5. Dredge chicken in the almond flour, then in the egg, then once more in the almond flour
  6. Allow the coated chicken to sit on a plate for about 10 minutes
  7. Heat a skillet on medium-high and add olive oil
  8. When oil is hot, add chicken strips to the skillet and cook for 3-5 minutes each side, turn each strip only one time
  9. Remove from skillet, allow a few minutes to cool and enjoy!
Ultimate Paleo Guide http://ultimatepaleoguide.com/

Oysters Rockefeller

Oysters Rockefeller is not usually a dish that immediately comes to mind when one thinks of Paleo, but this recipe makes it a relatively easy dinner option. This recipe is modernized a bit, and works perfectly for those who are eating Paleo. From LeitesCulinaria.com.

Oysters Rockefeller
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Ingredients
  1. Spinach – 10 ounces
  2. Olive oil – 2 tablespoons
  3. Chopped garlic – 1 teaspoon
  4. Salt
  5. Red pepper flakes – just a pinch
  6. Oysters – 2 dozen medium to large sized
  7. Bacon – 4 slices
  8. Butter – 3 tablespoons
  9. Chopped shallots – 3 tablespoons
Instructions
  1. Clean the spinach and remove some of the larger stems
  2. Heat olive oil in skillet over medium heat, then add spinach to the skillet
  3. Cover the lid of the skillet and allow the spinach to cook
  4. When the spinach reduces a bit and is soft, add chopped garlic, salt and red pepper flakes and stir for 1 1/2 to 3 minutes time
  5. Remove spinach and spices from skillet and place in a bowl
  6. Open the oysters and drain their juices into a bowl for later use
  7. Preheat oven to 190 degrees
  8. Take 4 oven-safe plates and place 6 small mounds of the spinach with a spoon onto each one, with each mound being about 6 inches apart
  9. Push down with a spoon on the top of each spinach mound to make a small indentation, like a nest
  10. Put an oyster in each of these “nests” and add to the oven
  11. Take a ridged microwave tray and place the bacon on it, microwave for 5 minutes, and then break the bacon into 1/4 inch pieces
  12. Melt the butter in a skillet on medium heat and cook until it becomes light brown, then add the shallots and stir while cooking for about 30 seconds
  13. Remove the plates from the oven and add shallot butter to the top of each pieces, then sprinkle with pieces of bacon
Adapted from LeitesCulinaria
Adapted from LeitesCulinaria
Ultimate Paleo Guide http://ultimatepaleoguide.com/

Moroccan Pork Skewers With Grilled Eggplant And Leeks

Keep this interesting recipe featuring lean meats, distinct spices and grilled veggies on file for the next time you feel like doing a bit of grilling. One of our favorites from The Cranking Kitchen.

Moroccan Pork Skewers With Grilled Eggplant And Leeks
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Ingredients
  1. Boneless pork – lean, 1 pound, cut into 3/4 inch pieces
  2. Extra virgin olive oil – 3 tablespoons
  3. Lemon – 1, juiced and peel zested
  4. Garlic cloves – 2 pressed or crushed
  5. Flat leaf parsley – 2 tablespoons chopped
  6. Ras el hanout spice mix – 1 tablespoon
  7. Salt and pepper
Preparation for the pork skewers
  1. Mix the ingredients for the marinade in a bowl and marinate the pork in the mixture for at least 8 hour, stir the pork in the bowl during this time a few times
  2. Preheat grill to high
  3. Add pork to skewers and cook for about 10 minutes while turning every few minutes and basting meat with left over marinade
Ingredients for the eggplant and leeks
  1. Eggplant – 1 large, sliced into 1/2 inch pieces lengthwise
  2. Baby leeks – 3 rinsed well and halved or quartered lengthwise
  3. Extra virgin olive oil – 4 tablespoons
  4. White wine vinegar – 2 tablespoons
  5. Garlic – 2 cloves pressed or minced
  6. Chives – 2 tablespoons chopped finely
  7. Parsley – 4 tablespoons
  8. Thyme – 1 tablespoon
  9. Dijon mustard – 1 teaspoon
  10. Lemon juice
Preparation for the eggplant and leeks
  1. Mix the herbs, vinegar, oil, garlic and mustard in a dish
  2. Use a brush to place on leeks and eggplant
  3. Add to grill and cook until there are char marks on them and the eggplant is fully cooked and soft
  4. Remove from the grill and add lemon juice, then top with parsley
Adapted from The Cranking Kitchen
Ultimate Paleo Guide http://ultimatepaleoguide.com/

Paleo Chili

Chili is pretty much an open book when it comes to ingredients. There are tons of Paleo options to add to it, and the folks over at Crossfit El Paso came up with a great version here.

Paleo Chili
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Ingredients
  1. Tabasco Chili Starter – 2 cans of Hot Flavor
  2. Diced tomatoes – 1 large can
  3. Tomato paste – 1 small can
  4. Beef broth – 1 small can
  5. Ground beef – lean, 1 pound
  6. Sausage links – 8 Brown & Serve recommended, but others will work
  7. Bacon – 6 slices thick cut
  8. Olive oil
  9. Optional ingredients: onion, green bell pepper, jalapenos, paprika, chili powder, red pepper flakes, salt, pepper, garlic powder, cumin
Instructions
  1. Add 2 cans of chili starter, diced tomatoes and beef broth to a pot or slow cooker on medium heat
  2. Add olive oil to pan on the stove and cook onions (if you choose to use them) until translucent, add jalapenos and bell peppers as well and cook for 1 minute
  3. Add the vegetables to the chili mixture in the pot
  4. Cook the ground beef until brown in a pan, drain and add to the chili mixture
  5. Cook the bacon and sausage separately in pans, pat grease off with paper towel when done and break into pieces, then add to chili mixture
  6. Add any more spices to the mixture that you have chosen to use
  7. Allow to cook for 2 or 3 hours, checking periodically, make sure to add the tomato paste to the mixture for the last hour of cooking
Adapted from Crossfit El Paso
Adapted from Crossfit El Paso
Ultimate Paleo Guide http://ultimatepaleoguide.com/

Paleo Pumpkin Cranberry Muffins

A lot of people miss baked goods when they make the switch to Paleo. The good news about this is that there are plenty of baked goods recipes that are still friendly to their new way of living. Here’s one for some delicious muffins from Balanced Bites. Makes 12 muffins.

Paleo Pumpkin Cranberry Muffins
Yields 12
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Ingredients
  1. Eggs – 6 beaten
  2. Pumpkin puree – 1/4 cup
  3. Coconut oil – 1/2 cup
  4. Vanilla – 1 teaspoon
  5. Honey or maple syrup – 1/4 cup
  6. Coconut flour – 1/2 cup
  7. Sea salt – 1/2 teaspoon
  8. Baking soda – 1/4 teaspoon
  9. Pumpkin pie spice – 1 tablespoon
  10. Fresh cranberries – 1/2 cup
Instructions
  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees
  2. Get a large mixing bowl and add eggs, coconut oil, pumpkin, vanilla and maple syrup, mix well
  3. Sift coconut flour, baking soda, sea salt and pumpkin pie spice into the mixture until well blended
  4. Add in cranberries and blend
  5. Put muffin liners in each muffin hole in a tin
  6. Place 1/4 cup of the mixture into each muffin spot
  7. Bake for 35-40 minutes
Adapted from Balanced Bites
Adapted from Balanced Bites
Ultimate Paleo Guide http://ultimatepaleoguide.com/
Aren’t those great? Check out even more paleo diet recipes here and look below for some more of our favorite resources for tasty Paleo recipes:

  1. http://www.elanaspantry.com/paleo-diet-recipes 
  2. http://www.paleoplan.com/recipes/
  3. http://paleodietlifestyle.com/paleo-diet-recipes/
  4. http://www.paleofood.com/
  5. http://www.health-bent.com/
  6. http://www.paleoeffect.com/
  7. http://www.livingpaleo.com/category/paleo-recipes/
  8. http://www.itspaleo.com/
  9. http://eatnourishing.com/paleo-diet-recipes/
  10. http://paleopot.com/
  11. http://www.paleodigest.com/
  12. http://everydaypaleo.com/
  13. http://www.reddit.com/r/paleo
  14. http://www.paleodietfoodlist.net/category/recipes/
  15. http://www.paleotable.com/
  16. http://www.primalpaleorecipes.com/
  17. http://hollywouldifshecould.net/2011/11/a-month-of-paleo-crockpot-recipes/
  18. http://www.fitnessandfreebies.com/paleo/
  19. http://www.practicalpaleoliving.com/recipes/
  20. http://paleomg.com/
  21. http://pinterest.com/heidiz/paleo-gluten-free-recipes/
  22. http://nomnompaleo.com/recipeindex
  23. http://www.marksdailyapple.com/category/recipes/#axzz2BOS3If5F
  24. http://fastpaleo.com/category/all-recipes/
  25. http://civilizedcavemancooking.com/
  26. http://themeanestmomma.com/food/paleo-recipes/
  27. http://www.amazingpaleo.com/
  28. http://paleobetty.com/
  29. http://paleoparents.com/start-here/recipes-were-looking-forward-to-trying/
  30. http://marlasarris.com/pigskin-paleo/

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