Recipe Round-Up for Paleo Newbies
There are a ton of Paleo recipes out there, and while some of them are easy, a lot of these recipes can be pretty complicated, or contain ingredients that can be difficult to find. For someone just starting out with Paleo, I can totally understand how that might be intimidating. So, when someone comes to me asking about Paleo, or asking for some Paleo recipes to try, I try to be mindful of that. I try to recommend recipes that are easier to make, and that contain ingredients that are easy to find in most grocery stores. Here are a few that are my go-to recipes…
Buffalo Chicken Tenders with Dill Dip from Primal Palate. This was the first Paleo recipe that I ever tried, and it was a big hit in our house. I have followed the recipe as directed, and I have also cut up chicken breasts into bite sizes pieces and cooked them, in the sauce in a cast iron skillet on the stove top. Both were equally as delicious. I usually serve them with a side of sweet potato fries. Now, I have seen sweet potato fries in bags in the freezer section with the regular french fries, but I haven’t seen any pre-made that have exceptional ingredients. Usually, the oils are questionable, as are the ingredients they use to coat the fries to help them crisp. It’s not the worst food choice you could make in a pinch, but be careful to check ingredients if you go that route.
Spicy Pineapple Chili from Civilized Caveman Cooking Creations. This was my go-to when I was pregnant with our oldest. I kept telling myself that I was going to make a bunch, freeze the extras and then not need to worry about cooking once the baby was born. The problem, of course, was that I kept eating it. The combination of spicy and sweet was perfection. I have always made this following the crockpot directions, but have tried it with ground bison instead of the ground beef. It’s amazing either way. Also, this recipe involves a lot of chopping. In a pinch, buy some pre-cut peppers and onions in the freezer section of the grocery store. Usually, they are cut into strips instead of diced, like the recipe calls for, but it all tastes the same. Sanity is always more important than perfection. 😉
Slow Cooker Kahlua Pig from Nom Nom Paleo. Four ingredients and your crock pot and you’re done. It really could not be easier. The most difficult part of this recipe, in all honesty, is smelling it cook while you wait to eat it. Seriously, it smells (and tastes amazing). I have never found the fancy salt that they call for in our local stores, so I have always substituted the highest quality sea salt that it could find, and it’s still amazing. The options for serving this are pretty endless. Serve it with some fried eggs, throw it over some sweet potato fries, serve it with a side of steamed veggies..whatever floats your boat. Just try it. It’s amazing.
Philly Cheesesteak Stuffed Peppers from Peace, Love and Low Carb. Technically, these aren’t paleo. They use butter and cheese. You can swap the butter for ghee or even coconut oil and omit the cheese to make it fully paleo if you want to. We love these, though. My husband happens to be allergic to mushrooms though, so we leave those out. They are delicious though, and so easy to make.
Almost Five Ingredient Pizza Spaghetti Pie from PaleOMG. This stuff has been a gigantic hit with everyone I have ever offered it to. It’s amazing. It’s easy, and in our house, it gives us leftovers, which is always helpful. My two-year old loves it, and she hates pretty much everything these days. We always add some pepperoni slices that I dice up (applegate farms usually has clean ingredients), and in a pinch, you can cook the squash in the microwave to save yourself some time. (Check out the comments on her post for lots of great tips.).
So, there you have the five recipes that I always recommend to anyone who tells me that they are interested in trying paleo. Do you have any to add? I’d love to hear about your favorite easy paleo recipes down in the comments.