If you are in a food rut, these fun paleo recipes are for you. I don’t follow a strict paleo diet but I love a filling paleo dinner so I’m excited to share this guest post with you.
The Paleo diet was created to incorporate foods that are thought to have been available and consumed by humans during the Paleolithic era. Typical foods that you can consume when you follow this diet include meat, fish, eggs, fresh fruit and vegetables, nuts, seeds, herbs, spices and oils. It is considered by many to be a very healthy diet to follow as it is rich in whole foods, fiber and healthy fats. The health benefits include better cardiovascular health, a stronger immune system and persistent weight loss. Whether you follow this diet religiously or you just want to know more about what foods you can eat if you choose to try it out, here are eight mouthwatering fun paleo recipes that you should give a try.
Cauliflower Topped Cottage Pie
It looks and tastes like a normal cottage pie, but it is a Paleo friendly. The creamy mash that tops the dish is actually made from cauliflower instead of potato. This cuts out the carbs and replaces it with a tasty, fiber- and calcium-filled alternatively. When making this dish, make sure you opt for the organic minced beef and drain any excess fat.
Creamy Tomato and Basil Chicken
Surprisingly, there is no cream or dairy in this tasty chicken dish. The velvety texture is created by combining coconut milk with sunflower seeds. This incorporates plenty of healthy fats into the dish alongside the lean chicken. Blend the two ingredients together until they are smooth, then pour it onto your cooked chicken, and add some fresh tomatoes and basil.
Chicken Thighs and Butternut Squash Fries
Using skinless chicken thighs can be higher in fat, but it makes this recipe tastier, juicier and cheaper than using a chicken breast. Meanwhile, the butternut squash fries make the perfect fibrous side dish. A portion of these tasty, crisp fries is the ideal low-carb snack when following the Paleo diet. You can use other vegetables to make the fries, such as carrot or parsnip to mix it up.
Ground Turkey and Spinach Stuffed Mushrooms
Stuffed mushrooms are great appetizers, but they can also make a satisfying, light main course. First, you need to hollow out a large portobello mushroom. Then, stuff the caps with a mixture of onions, spinach, tomato and lean, precooked, ground turkey, and chop up the center into the filling. Season to taste, and bake to perfection.
This is a unique but tasty dish that can satisfy your cravings for junk food in a healthier way by ditching the dough. Put your favorite pizza toppings into a pot and allow it to simmer. Examples of toppings to combine include fresh vegetables, marinara and other lean meat to increase the protein content without adding too much sodium to the dish.
During the fall, there are plenty of pumpkins about, and unfortunately, many go to waste. Luckily, there is a way to avoid this, and it is a particularly delicious solution. Get some ground turkey and two cups of fresh purified pumpkin as the main ingredients for your beanless pumpkin chili. You can do this on a large scale and serve it alongside a vegetable-based rice (such as cauliflower rice).
Sweet and Sour Pork Chops
When you are sticking to a Paleo diet, red meat can be a bit of a gray area. However, there are many ways you can incorporate it into your diet, and pork chops are a delicious, lean way to do so. All you need to do is glaze the pork with honey and balsamic vinegar, then caramelize it alongside fresh garlic until crispy. Serve alongside fresh, leafy, green vegetables.
Turkey and Sweet Potato Casserole
You don’t need to ditch carbs completely when sticking to the Paleo diet. Sweet potatoes are a great way to add some vitamin-rich starch to your high protein dish, which will leave you full and satisfied. Add eggplant and tomato for extra flavor and fiber.
If you’d like to look at more dishes, you can find more paleo recipes here. There are so many mouthwatering dishes out there, and luckily for you, they stay within the guidelines of a Paleo diet. Whether you want to follow this diet on a permanent basis or just experiment with healthy dishes, there are so many options out there to get stuck into.
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