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Thank you for giving so many amazing sounding recipes, we had no idea where to start and this is really exciting! Look for cereals with fiber and protein and not too much sugar, like oatmeal calories, 6 grams protein and 4 grams fiber , Kashi Go Lean calories, 10 grams fiber, 13 grams protein , or Shredded Wheat calories, 5. It has a mild pleasant flavor and seems to work best when added to a mixed dish like chili, enchiladas, or casseroles. While breakfast received three stars, lunch got a perfect score of five stars, while dinner came in at 4. You can also add pomegranates to the soup as a garnish which provides extra nutrition and gives it a nice color contrast. That means you can pop it in a few hours before the big game, and serve them up when everyone has arrived. But what happens later is you crash and have even less energy than when you started.

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Best Paleo Salad Dressing: Addictive and Healthy Paleo Nachos. Best Paleo Ice Cream: Easy Banana Ice Cream 3 Ways. Pepperoni Cauliflower Pizza Bites. Slow Cooker Swedish Meatballs. Hunter Stew This stew is made from a bunch of beef, some blueberries, carrots, and an onion. It may sound like a bit of an odd mix, but trust us, it works.

Blueberries consistently make the news because of their antioxidant value, and carrots have long been known to be healthy due to the beta Carotene they contain. Onions also add to the nutritional value of this meal, and it will definitely keep you satisfied for several hours. They had to use what was around them, whatever that would have been.

Luckily we have things like immersion blenders to make quick work of the preparation process. Beans are a no-no on Paleo, and this soup recipe deftly avoids them, but still delivers on the flavor you are wanting. This actually is very well-balanced for a Paleo dish, and if you eat enough of it, it can be a meal all by itself. If you just want a cup it can serve as a nice appetizer for a Mexican main dish.

The great part is that they used leftover mashed sweet potatoes for this soup, which takes out a lot of the prep work and lets you get to the cooking and the eating faster.

You brown the meat in bacon fat, giving it wild amounts of flavor. This salad makes a great lunch, and will surely give you energy to help you through the rest of the day, without a sluggish after lunch feeling. Consider using baby spinach or baby kale leaves instead of ordinary lettuce for the base. Pumpkin is an often overlooked vegetable that only gets popular in the fall, but is full of vitamins, minerals, and fiber that makes it a healthy part of any meal all year long.

Roasting it softens it up properly so it is pleasing to the tooth, and the dressing that accompanies it on this recipe is pretty special. Be sure to use sea salt and not refined salt. Balsamic Green Bean Salad This is a wonderful green bean salad that will be bursting with flavor. Olive oil is additional healthy fat, and the Paleo diet is one of the few diets out there that places such a primary importance on getting healthy fats into your body.

Herbed Calamari Salad Calamari is definitely something our ancestors would have eaten if they lived near a shore. This recipe walks you through the steps needed to take calamari and turn it into a delicious salad that works as a starter to a meal, or as a light meal all by itself.

Cauliflower is a very versatile food and is used in Paleo recipes to replace everything from rice, to pizza crusts. Here it works perfectly when mixed with other ingredients and spices that are usually found in tabbouleh. It has cilantro, lemon juice, lime juice, and tomatoes. The tomatoes will give it plenty of flavor as well as lycopene, vitamins, and minerals making this a healthy item to serve up alongside any meat dish. Coconut Flour Pancakes These coconut flour pancakes cook up just like traditional pancakes, except they are missing one ingredient found in almost every single pancake recipe: Get used to using coconut flour, as it will become your new best friend on Paleo.

All of the ingredients that are not Paleo in a traditional quiche have been removed and replaced with Paleo perfect items. Paleo Porridge Porridge is a nice way to start the day because it is warm, a little bit sweet, and it stays with you through the entire morning. All of the necessary modifications have been made in this version so you can enjoy it without worrying if you are staying within the guidelines. Eggs, flour, coconut milk, and seasonings have combined to make one yummy porridge.

This can serve as a standalone breakfast without any meat eaten at the same time. Paleo does focus on a meat and vegetable balance, but breakfast can be a lighter meal. Paleo Pumpkin Granola If you like to start your day with granola, most other versions you see on store shelves will not be approved on the Paleo diet. This gives you the ability to customize the granola according to your own taste as well as make sure you are only using high quality ingredients.

These spiced scones do a good job of replacing the pumpkin spiced scones you find at your local Starbucks when the season is right. Mile High Power Breakfast Burger This is a great way to start your day and feel like you really ate a full meal.

Eating Paleo means eating until you feel content, not starving yourself or depriving yourself of a full-sized meal. The avocados have potassium, the eggs have protein and minerals, and the kale has plenty of fiber and other good things for your body.

Paleo Breakfast Casserole This breakfast casserole is something the whole family can enjoy, even if they are not following Paleo.

In this case they are using parsnips as a replacement to give it the bulk and texture it needs. They make a cup out of the ham so that the egg can rest inside of it. This means you are not getting any additional ingredients to muck things up, and they have kept it very simple. In fact there are only two other ingredients, and one of those is optional.

You just add a bit of green onion, and if you feel like it you can put a bit of cheese on. They are using nitrate free ham, so you can tell that there is plenty of attention being given to using quality ingredients. The key is starting with a Paleo-approved bread and using thick cut bacon. Simple Baked Salmon with Lemon and Thyme Salmon tastes great and it is one of the top recommended foods you can eat while following the Paleo diet.

In this recipe she has made things very simple, which only serves to bring out the natural flavor of the salmon. She has it topped with slices of lemon, and also capers are used for subtle flavoring. The great thing about meatloaf is everyone usually likes it enough to make it a regular menu item. When choosing the pork for your pork chops, you want to make sure that you go with an organic brand, rather than conventional.

Mustard Grilled Pork Chops with Basil-Apricot Relish These pork chops are made on the grill, so they are going to seal in all of the delicious grilled flavor. They topped it off with basil apricot relish so there will be a sweetness to balance out the mustard, and sweet fruits like apple sauce are often paired with pork chops because they simply go really well together.

Fennel and Brussels Sprouts Sirloin Rolls These are sirloin rolls have brussel sprouts and fennel as sidekicks, but the sirloin is going to get top billing as the star of the show.

This recipe makes plenty of adjustments so that a Paleo eater can enjoy comforting food. The other ingredients all fall well within your Paleo guidelines, so you can eat until satisfied.

Beef and Blueberry Stuffed Sweet Potato This sweet potato is stuffed with beef and blueberries, a combination that you may not have ever seen before. The beef gives you protein, while sweet potatoes are a carbohydrate that is digested slowly by the body. There is just as much sweet potatoes as there is beef, with just a bit of blueberries added for good measure.

This spaghetti and meatballs recipe makes some key changes so that you can enjoy this classic dish without worrying about eating wheat or grains. The spaghetti is made from squash so it is not real spaghetti at all, and may taste a little different, but should give you the overall feel of spaghetti and meatballs. If you can get used to these small changes it will make a big difference on your waistline. Paleo Crock Pot Cashew Chicken With this crock pot recipe you can create a cashew chicken dish that will rival anything that you can buy from your local Chinese restaurant.

The great thing is that because it is using the slow cooker it is going to be a really easy as far as preparation goes. It uses a combination of grass fed beef, as well as chorizo sausage which gives it plenty of spice, which is good if you like your chili spicy. Not to worry, there are other spices and seasonings used to kick up the heat, so you can adjust it according to your own taste. For example there are Ro-Tel tomatoes, which carry their own spiciness, so you may want to opt out of those and just use regular tomatoes instead.

It also contains plenty of spices like allspice, cloves, and saffron. For example there is an entire head of cauliflower added to this, and it helps to balance out all of the sausage and chicken. They make it even easier by using premixed Cajun seasoning, but they also point out that you can use your own if you happen to have some already made. Barbacoa Tacos on Jicama Shells These tiny tacos are served up on jicama shells.

The rest of the ingredients are placed in the slow cooker until the meat is just right. That means you can pop it in a few hours before the big game, and serve them up when everyone has arrived. But they still have plenty of flavor thanks to all of the cilantro, garlic, lines, and oregano. The jicama shells really help to avoid the use of a flour tortilla.

Simple Salsa Chicken This salsa chicken is advertised as being very simple, which will help you whip it up and get it in the crockpot quickly so you can get on with your day.

Imagine getting this ready in the morning in just a few minutes, and coming home at the end of the day to a fully cooked meal ready to be eaten. Paleo Pulled Pork Sliders If you thought pulled pork sliders were off the menu, you were wrong. You just have to find creative workarounds when you are making Paleo recipes. Creativity is one of the main and factors when you are eating Paleo because nothing is really off limits, you just have to figure out how you can have it.

The beauty of it is that everything comes out perfectly cooked so the meat is very tender and juicy and the carrots, celery, onions, and cauliflower all come out soft and ready to eat. A major bonus to this is just how easy it is to get everything prepared and put into the slow cooker. These apple chips will have a sweetness to them, satisfying both your crunchy cravings as well as your sweet tooth.

Healthy Fruit Leather This is a Fruit Roll-Up knock off that will give you a serving of actual fruit rather than a bunch of artificial ingredients and commercial sweeteners. The cool thing is she uses three different types of fruit in these, with apples, strawberries, and grapefruit making an appearance. Making it look like a strip of leather is easier than you think, and she walks you through the steps so you can make it look appetizing.

Of course real oranges account for the orange taste, which is a recurring theme with Paleo, it uses natural and basic ingredients to accomplish its flavor goals. And since it is loaded with fiber, and has respectable amounts of potassium, with Vitamin A and Vitamin C levels that are off the charts, this is one of the healthiest snacks around. Prosciutto-Wrapped Berries These berries are wrapped in prosciutto and stuffed with a blend of cheese and greens. They make for a fun snack, and are also great for entertaining.

The sweetness comes from coconut sugar and honey, two approved sources of sweet on Paleo. We recommend going with organic raw honey to avoid the processed kind you find on store shelves.

The other ingredients are all-natural, just be sure to use organic pumpkin seeds for the best results. Chocolate Mug Cake When you only want dessert for one a cake is too much, which is why Kiri came up with a way to make a chocolate cake in a mug, using only Paleo ingredients. You just toss all of the ingredients in to a mug, mix, microwave, and enjoy. The almonds add healthy fat and are an essential part of this Almond Joy sundae.

Spiced Autumn Apples Baked in Brandy Apples are one of the healthiest fruits you can have, and are something our ancestors would have eaten anytime they came upon an apple tree. This means that the flavor gets infused right into the apple, which softens up during the baking process. You start by making a batch of chocolate cookies for the base, then create a cheesecake-like middle without using any dairy, and then top it off with coconut cream and cacao nibs for the finale. Raw Brownie Bites Brownies usually require mixing up the batter, baking it, then letting them cool just long enough so you can take a bite.

The nice part about these are that you can store them in the fridge and they keep really well, so they can be a nice sweet after dinner treat for a few days, even up to a week. These bars are in the style of chocolate chip, quite possibly the most popular cookie choice in America. Faux Paleo Napoleon Perhaps you know this by the French name mille-feuille, but it also goes by Napoleon. Following a traditional mille-feuille recipe will get you into trouble on Paleo because of all the puff pastry and pastry cream that is used.

The puff pastry has been replaced with almond flour, so no concerns about wheat or grains, and the filling is made with no dairy, using only ingredients commonly found in Paleo cooking and baking recipes. Walnuts are added to the top for a crunchy addition that also adds healthy fat. There are actually three layers to this, one that is mostly brownie, one that is mostly chocolate chip, and a middle layer that is a sort of hybrid of the two. Have this with some Paleo ice cream to really send yourself to the limits of deliciousness.

Meatball Zucchini Skillet Skillet meals are always nice to make because they generally keep things contained to one pan. The key is its simplicity, which allows you to enjoy the naturally flavor of the beef, while still getting your vegetables.

Tomatoes are used as well, which help the body in many ways, most importantly with their lycopene content. They pack a bit of a kick because of the chipotles used, but not so much that it overpowers the other ingredients. There are plenty of Paleo ingredients used, both in the meatballs, and in the sauce. An onion is added for good measure, and there are plenty of sage leaves used for flavor. You can use one of these Paleo friendly pizza recipes, or you can make something like this pizza pie casserole.

It has all the flavors that you want from a pizza, but without the crust that usually gets a Paleo eater into trouble. The bottom layer is made up entirely of ground beef, and then they put a vegetable crust over the top of the meat layer, making it a balanced Paleo meal by giving you your vegetables.

Beef with Tomatoes and Wine This beef recipe is simple, but comes out delicious because of the way it is prepared. You get plenty of beef in the form of chuck roast, and it is recommended to use grass-fed beef in this recipe as well as any other beef recipe you follow while eating Paleo. Between the resveratrol in the red wine, and the lycopene in the tomatoes, you are getting a very healthy meal here.

Easy Paleo Chicken Pepper Stir-fry This dish shows you how to cook up a simple, yet delicious Paleo stir fry that has only a few main ingredients, but is not short on flavor. It has bell peppers, chicken, some soy sauce, chili powder, and is fried up in coconut oil, so while it may seem like a basic recipe, it actually is full of flavor.

This makes a great meal to cook up whenever you need a quick dinner, or lunch and want to keep things light. It is easily adaptable as well, you can use any vegetables you happen to have on hand in order to complete it or build on it. The first 10 ingredients are wholesome enough: It's a tasty burger with a great texture. I suggest pan-frying your burger with a little olive oil cooking spray.

After it's cooked, add condiments like sundried tomato bruschetta sauce, or your favorite mustard or salsa. The first five ingredients are cooked brown rice, vegetables mushrooms, onions , water, rolled oats, and bulgur wheat hydrated. It has the same great flavor and texture that helped define veggie burgers many years ago.

Boca Garden Vegetable Meatless Burger. The first five ingredients are water, organic textured soy flour, organic zucchini, organic red bell peppers, and organic textured wheat. The mild flavor works well with stronger flavored toppings and condiments, like stone-ground mustard or spicy BBQ sauce.

Boca Italian Meatless Sausage contains eggs. The first five ingredients are water, soy protein isolate, expeller pressed canola oil, textured soy protein concentrate, and egg whites.

The flavor is pretty good; I had no problem finishing the whole sausage. These would work well in dishes calling for whole or sliced Italian sausage, like marinara sauce for pasta. These nuggets are made with water, soy protein concentrate, soy protein isolate, textured wheat protein and yeast extract.

I suggest using the oven or toaster oven to warm them up instead of the microwave. The first five ingredients are organic tomatoes, eggplant, mozzarella cheese, water, and breadcrumbs. Here are some vegetarian favorites you can find at your local Whole Foods specialty market. The main ingredients in the won ton filling are organic tofu, organic cabbage, baby bok choy, green peas, and carrots.

Seasonings include organic curry powder and organic soy sauce. These brown nicely if you fry them in a nonstick pan coated with canola or olive oil cooking spray. They have a soft textured filling with a mild curry flavor.

This ismade with organic vegetables and rice, curried vegetables with rice, and dal. Pretty tasty, and not too spicy. The small amount of food was surprisingly satisfying. The first five ingredients are textured vegetable protein soy protein concentrate, caramel color , water, wheat gluten, soy protein, and canola oil. The meatballs have an appealing, tender texture and a pleasant, mild flavor. They work well with high-flavor sauces or ingredients. Vegan Pad Thai with Tofu.

These are traditional Thai-style rice noodles in a peanut-based sauce with tofu, scallions, and carrots. I like to sprinkle in some soy nuts or chopped peanuts for added flavor and crunch.

This is made with Organic Vegetables and organic wheat flour. I like to sprinkle some freshly grated Parmesan cheese over the top for added flavor. One bag makes about 3 servings of 5 gyoza each.

If you like a little dark brown crust on the bottom of your pot stickers, preheat 1 tablespoon canola oil in a nonstick skillet, then place the frozen gyoza flat-side down in the pan and saute on medium-high heat for about 4 minutes. The pot stickers are done when the water has evaporated. Five gyoza have calories, 5 g protein, 40 g carbohydrate, 10 g fat, 1. These veggie corn dogs are made with soy protein concentrate, wheat gluten, egg whites, dextrose, canola oil, and other ingredients.

Surprisingly good -- my teenage daughters even like them. I have them in the freezer so they can make themselves a quick snack every now and then. The first five ingredients are potatoes, canola oil, carrots, green beans, and water.

This burger has a pleasant Indian flavor with hot spices. It has a slightly oily texture. I suggest serving it with high-fiber bread or bun to increase the fiber count for the meal. These four vegetarian recipes are a snap to make because they make use of the products listed above.

Sauteed green bell pepper strips or caramelized onions In a nonstick frying pan over medium-high heat, saute 1 cup thinly sliced green pepper or thinly sliced onion in 1 teaspoon canola or olive oil or canola cooking spray until tender.

This is the lacto-ovo vegetarian rendition of the popular recipe from Bisquick. If you like, use soy-based cheese instead of the reduced- fat cheddar. Journal as 1 frozen dinner light OR 1 veggie patty with sauce OR 1 cup hearty stews, chili, bean soup. Vegetarian products generally fit into these categories: Meat substitutes, which are made to replace or look like popular meat or dairy products. Products like soy cheese and vegetarian versions of hot dogs, breakfast sausages, chicken nuggets, ground beef, and burgers are included in this grouping.

Unapologetically vegan foods, which are not meant to look or taste like meat. This group includes frozen entrees that feature tofu or beans instead of chicken or beef, for example. Foods for lacto-ovo lovers lacto-ovo vegetarians are those who consume milk and egg products as well as plant foods. There are many dishes that are naturally meatless or can be made in a meatless version.

Dishes like vegetable lasagna, cheese pizza, and vegetarian burgers that include cheese would fit into this grouping. Best Supermarket Vegetarian Foods Here are some favorites that are available in most major supermarket chains. The first three ingredients listed on the label are textured vegetable protein, water, and corn oil How Does It Taste?

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