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The Paleo diet emphasizes adding lean meats, leafy greens, nuts and other ancient foods to your daily life. It’s a challenging diet that can help people focus more on their body composition while eating wholesome foods. You can even take your diet up a notch by hunting your own food and sticking true to the roots of Paleo — for the most part, at least. With as many Paleo diet recipes exist, you’ll find something unique to eat every night.
Defining the Paleo diet might be more difficult than you think. It’s often called the “caveman diet” because it encompasses food that could be hunted or gathered in the Paleolithic Era. This was before before farming became widespread and processed food entered the mix.
There is some debate about the “right” way to take on a Paleo diet, such as whether certain foods should be banned from it, but the diet at its core is an exciting and challenging one to follow. Try out these recipes whenever you’re at a loss for what to make, perfect for beginners to the Paleo diet.
1. Keto Egg Fried Rice
This recipe benefits from fitting into two popular diets: Paleo and Keto. It’s an excellent dish for weeknight cooking, as it has a low difficulty and doesn’t take long to put together. You’ll love the delicious combination of fresh herbs and vegetables with the shrimp. Eggs will add a dash of protein that will keep you feeling full and avoiding any processed snacks in your household. It’s worth a try, and it might just become a staple in your Paleo diet recipes.
2. Paleo Meatballs With Zoodles
The fun in this recipe comes from creating your own meatballs. It can be ready to eat in under an hour, making it a great recipe to put together on a weeknight or in a family with small children. This recipe also doesn’t integrate its ingredients as much as the other recipes, meaning you can substitute any core ingredient you don’t like with another one. For example, if you aren’t fond of tomatoes, you could add mushrooms to the dish instead — though you should also expect your macronutrients to change.
3. Roast Chicken With Caramelized Lemons
This dish is easy to throw together, making it one of the tastiest simple Paleo diet recipes you’ll ever try. The ingredients don’t feature many herbs and spices, so after you try the recipe once, you can always customize the ingredients to add a bit of a kick or more flavor as you see fit. The caramelized lemon alone will bring out the taste of all the other ingredients without overpowering them. This recipe is also great for leftovers, as it stays flavorful even when frozen or refrigerated.
4. Tuscan Chicken Skillet
This delicious chicken-based dish is phenomenal for anyone who loves tomatoes. With only 30 minutes to cook and half that in preparation time, this meal is easy for any level of chef, whether you’re a beginner at cooking Paleo diet recipes or have been working with the limited diet for years. The chicken breast tenderloins are a staple of the dish, but the skillet truly allows the veggies to shine. With mushrooms and garlic added to the tomatoes, you’ll find the dish to be a flavor explosion that will leave you wanting more.
5. Loaded Cauliflower Bake
Cauliflower is often known as a replacement for potatoes in many diets. While it may not taste the exact same, it’s an excellent option for someone who wants to stick to the Paleo diet without eating any potatoes. With all-Paleo ingredients, you can be sure you’re sticking exactly to the Paleo diet without using any ingredient that’s up for debate. Casseroles are popular because they’re easy to make and can be put together using only leftovers on occasion. You may have to wait a while for it to cook, but this delicious dish will be worth every minute you wait for it.
Try Paleo Diet Recipes That Will Challenge Your Skills
Many people don’t fancy themselves a chef but still want to be able to follow a specific diet. The reward of the Paleo diet is that you know your body will be fueled by the same foods that your ancestors were. Paleo diet recipes are often challenging, but many are beginner-friendly and can be done in under an hour.
Even if they aren’t difficult, you could still be left with a dish that looks professional — and it would delight any guest who comes over to your home for dinner. Let these easy recipes give you a taste of all the deliciousness the Paleo diet has to offer. You may even return to them once you’ve tried more difficult recipes — they’re just that good.
Jack Shaw is a senior writer at Modded. Jack is an avid enthusiast for keeping up with personal health and enjoying nature. He has over five years of experience writing in the men's lifestyle niche, and has written extensively on topics of fitness, exploring the outdoors and men's interests. His writings have been featured in SportsEd TV, Love Inc., and Offroad Xtreme among many more publications.