Full disclosure: I had no idea what the paleo diet was until I started writing this post. I assumed it was another vegan-ish diet, with no meat allowed and crazy limitations, but it’s actually a diet I could get behind. Not only does it sound extremely healthy, but the 100 paleo recipes I rounded up look beyond delicious. My fall calendar is now filled with paleo recipes I can’t wait to cook up!
What is the Paleo Diet?
If you’re new to the paleo diet like me, it’s also known as the “caveman diet.” It’s a diet based on the foods supposedly eaten by our hunter-gatherer ancestors including fruits, vegetables, meats, seafood and nuts.
The idea behind it is that the food that modern (wo)man is eating today is leading to health issues and chronic diseases not faced by our ancestors, and if we eliminate these foods, we’re more likely to live healthier, longer lives. We need to go back to eating real, whole unprocessed foods that benefit rather than harm our bodies. In a nutshell: scrap the wheat, sugar, laboratory concocted foods, and chemically processed vegetable and seed oils.
What’s Off-Limits On The Paleo Diet?
A big part of eating paleo means a grain-free diet. That includes all grains, regardless of whether or not they are gluten-free. (Gluten-free diets and the paleo diet are different in that gluten-free diets still allow some grains like rice and quinoa – basically grains that don’t contain gluten.)
There are a lot of different opinions out there on what it means to be paleo, and you can decide how strict you want to be. But a strict paleo diet is totally grain-free. Strict paleo also means no dairy and no beans like black beans, garbanzo beans or kidney beans. I was definitely a little freaked out by the prospect of cutting out all of the delicious cheese, yogurt and hummus dip I love to snack on. But one glance at my long list of paleo diet recipes makes those fears disappear because these ideas look amazing!
It’s also totally possible to follow a “mostly” paleo diet and just focus on cutting out all refined and processed grains, sugars and oils, and eating primarily vegetables, fruits, meat, eggs, seafood and some nuts.
If you want to know more about the paleo diet, I recommend the following books to get started: Paleo for Beginners: Essentials to Get Started, The Big 15 Paleo Cookbook, and The Paleo Diet: Lose Weight and Get Healthy by Eating the Foods You Were Designed to Eat.
There is a lot of science out there around the claims made by people who are very pro-paleo, so you can decide for yourself if you think your health might benefit from making the switch. Some proponents believe a strict paleo diet will help improve autoimmune conditions, and almost everyone touts the weight-loss benefits. (Be warned, however, because there are a plethora of paleo-friendly dessert recipes out there on the internet!)
100 Best Paleo Diet Recipes!
Regardless of whether you go full-on paleo or just dip your toe in the water a couple of nights a week, you are going to love the meals I have scoped out for this list. I hope you enjoy these beyond delicious paleo diet recipes as much as I am going to!
These are the 100 best paleo recipes I could find!
PALEO BREAKFAST RECIPES
- No Fail Paleo Pancakes; Gluten Free (Stay Fit Mom)
- Dairy Free Frittata with Heirloom Tomatoes (Bravo for Paleo)
- Sweet Potato Hash with Sausage and Eggs (Delicious Meets Healthy)
- Paleo Chocolate Chunk Banana Bread (Bakerita)
- Veggie Breakfast Casserole (Paleo Leap)
- Paleo Chocolate Waffles (PaleOMG)
- Easy Paleo Ham & Egg Cups (Paleo Newbie)
- Lemon Poppy Paleo Muffins (Cook Eat Paleo)
- Paleo Breakfast Cookies (Gluten Free on a Shoestring)
- 3-Ingredient Paleo Sweet Potato Waffles (YURIELKAIM)
- Paleo Banana Bread French Toast (Paleo Gluten Free)
- Paleo Breakfast Muffins (Gal on a Mission)
- Paleo Sweet Potato Hash Browns (Bravo for Paleo)
- Paleo Chocolate Zucchini Bread (Thriving On Paleo)
- Whole30 Breakfast Hash (Little Coconutty)
- Nut-Free Lemon Blueberry Scones (Balanced Bites)
- Paleo Pumpkin Coconut Smoothie (Cook Eat Paleo)
- Paleo Coconut Pecan Breakfast Bars (Momma Young at Home)
- Simple Hemp Seed Porridge (The Clean Dish)
- Buckwheat Granola (Win Win Food)
PALEO LUNCH RECIPES
- Cuban Picadillo Lettuce Wraps (The Nourishing Gourmet)
- Paleo Egg Roll in a Bowl (Ancestral Nutrition)
- Paleo Buffalo Chicken Pizza Poppers (Wicked Spatula)
- Paleo Artichoke Pesto and Sausage Pizza (Real Simple Good)
- Bunless Chicken BLTs (EMeals)
- Paleo Balance Bowl (Little Bits Of)
- Whole30 Paleo Cabbage Rolls (This West Cost Mommy)
- Mexican Paleo Super Bowl (Honey and Figs Kitchen)
- Paleo Sweet Potato and Rocket Salad (Cultivate Beauty)
- Paleo Egg Salad (Bravo for Paleo)
- Crazy Good Peanut Noodles (Kelley and Cricket)
- Super Gyro Meatball Bowls (Paleo Parents)
- Cilantro Lime Fajita Salad with Honey Lime Vinaigrette (My Natural Family)
- Paleo Pizza Soup (Jay’s Baking Me Crazy)
- Paleo Avocado Tuna Salad (Cook Eat Paleo)
- Healthy Broccoli Salad with Cashew Curry Dressing (Food Faith Fitness)
- Taco Salad with Creamy Cilantro Dressing (Worth Cooking)
- Cajun Garlic Shrimp Noodle Bowls (Lexi’s Clean Kitchen)
- Whole30 Chicken Tenders (Little Bits Of)
- Avocado and Dijon Turkey Burgers (My Healthyish Life)
PALEO SNACK/SIDE DISH RECIPES
- Paleo Swedish Meatballs (Plated with Style)
- Easy Thai Carrot Soup (Vegan Family Recipes)
- Paleo Nut Energy Bars (Tastes of Lizzy T’s)
- Asian Cucumber Sesame Salad (A Saucy Kitchen)
- Healthy Coleslaw (My Natural Family)
- Rosemary and Sesame Paleo Crackers (The Healthy Foodie)
- Chicken and Zucchini Poppers (One Lovely Life)
- Creamy Cauliflower Soup (Lows to Luxe)
- Guacamole Deviled Eggs (Elana’s Pantry)
- Baked Carrot Fries (Healy Eats Real)
- Sausage, “Potato”, and Spinach Soup (Sweet Potatoes and Social Change)
- Paleo Samosa (My Heart Beets)
- Paleo Coconut Salmon Bites (Wicked Spatula)
- Bacon-Wrapped Dates (Our Savory Life)
- Chipotle Stuffed Mushrooms (Jay’s Baking Me Crazy)
- Ultimate Paleo Trail Mix (Nurture My Gut)
- Dark Chocolate Dipped Paleo Snack Bites (Take Two Tapas)
- Cauliflower Pizza Bites (Wicked Spatula)
- Sugar Free Caramelised Nuts (The Big Man’s World)
- Pumpkin Pie Energy Bites (Paleo Grubs)
PALEO DINNER RECIPES
- Paleo Honey Sriracha Chicken (Ancestral Nutrition)
- Lemon Garlic Herb Crusted Salmon Recipe (My Natural Family)
- One-Skillet Paleo Mediterranean Chicken (Paleo Newbie)
- Spaghetti Squash Chow Mein (Little Bits Of)
- Salmon Burgers with Avocado Garlic Sauce (Real Food Dieticians)
- Creamy Mushroom and Pork Casserole (Grazed & Enthused)
- Honey Sesame Chicken (Jay’s Baking Me Crazy)
- Gluten Free Pizza Crust Recipe (Bravo for Paleo)
- Adobo Chicken Burgers (Food and Sunshine)
- Crock Pot Cauliflower Chicken Chili (Cook Eat Paleo)
- Turkey Pot Pie Soup (Ancestral Nutrition)
- Barbeque Chicken Stuffed Sweet Potatoes (Living Loving Paleo)
- Easy Moroccan Beef Stew (And Here We Are)
- Bacon Herb “Pasta” Salad (The Curious Coconut)
- Paleo Beef Kebabs (Rubies and Radishes)
- Easy Butter Chicken (Lows to Luxe)
- Paleo Cajun Burgers (Against All Grain)
- Shepherd’s Pie (Joy-Filled Nourishment)
- Korean Style Spicy Chicken (Eat Drink Paleo)
- Slow Cooker Beef Stroganoff (Wholesomelicious)
PALEO DESSERT RECIPES
- Paleo Pumpkin Coffee Cake (Jay’s Baking Me Crazy)
- Paleo Crepes with Strawberries (Noshtastic)
- Crunchy Coconut Paleo Macaroons (Paleo Hacks)
- Homemade Twix Bars (Bakerita)
- Paleo Cinnamon Sugar Pumpkin Donut Holes (Texanerin)
- Paleo Chocolate Chip Cookies (Our Grain-Free Life)
- Chewy Coconut Bars with Mango and Pepitas (Foraged Dish)
- Paleo Cinnamon Rolls (PALEOHACKS)
- Paleo Edible Chocolate Chip Cookie Dough (Wicked Spatula)
- Coconut Strawberry Lemon Bars (Gastro Senses)
- Key Lime Cheese Cake Bites (Paleo Hacks)
- Paleo Cake Pops (Civilized Caveman Cooking)
- Snickerdoodle Paleo Cupcakes (My Natural Family)
- Crazy Good Paleo Blondies (Frisky Lemon)
- Paleo Apple Crisp (Paleo Newbie)
- Chocolate Pistachio Mousse (My Whole Food Life)
- Paleo Double Chocolate Baked Donuts (Grass Fed Girl)
- Paleo Cookie Dough Fudge (Bravo for Paleo)
- Paleo Blueberry Lemon Fig Muffins (Merit and Fork)
- Paleo Blueberry Muffins (Living Loving Paleo)
There you have it, 100 paleo diet recipes to fill your meal calendar and your stomach. Whether you’re a paleo newbie or aficionado who is looking for some new options, these paleo recipes are the best of the best!
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