Beginning Paleo: 16 Food Replacement Ideas

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Interested in the Paleo way of eating, but not sure where to start? Replacing certain foods on your plate with paleo-approved ingredients is easier than you think. You can focus on one meal at a time when making changes to your eating habits. If you’re not entirely sure that you want to go 100% paleo, this is a good way to experiment with a new way of eating. One step at a time!

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Beginning Paleo Breakfast Ideas

  • Instead of white potatoes, use sweet potatoes. Eggs and bacon and chopped sweet potatoes make for a delicious breakfast. Add hot sauce for a kick.
  • If you love to start your day with a smoothie, use almond milk in place of cow’s milk. Add a half of a frozen banana to your blender to thicken the smoothie instead of yogurt.
  • Muffins are extremely convenient, but so are egg muffins. Mix up 12 whipped eggs with vegetables and meat (I like to add spinach, onions, and sweet potatoes along with a bit of chorizo). Pour the mix into muffin cups. That’ll give you 12 egg muffins that you can stash in the fridge and heat up in the microwave when you’re ready to eat.
  • Make Paleo pancakes with almond flour or coconut flour, bananas, eggs, and a couple of other ingredients. Here’s a good one.
  • In a pinch, eat your dinner leftovers! Don’t limit yourself to traditional breakfast food.
  • Love cream with your coffee? Try canned coconut milk instead. Give it a few days and you’ll never go back to cream.
  • Replace your toast or bagel with a side of fruit or a paleo muffin.

Beginning Paleo Lunch Ideas

  • Love sandwiches and tacos? Try rolling up your meat and veggies and condiments in a lettuce wrap. It is much more delicious than it sounds.
  • Put bacon, lettuce, tomato, and mustard in deli meat and roll it up!
  • There are also many recipes for tortillas made with coconut flour (try this one in this recipe) that you can use to fill with all kinds of things. For my toddler, I mix up avocado and tuna along with a splash of lime and put it in the tortilla.
  • Make a PB&J the Paleo way by spreading almond butter and honey on a coconut flour tortilla.
  • A big salad is obviously very Paleo friendly, but try adding roasted nuts (almonds, pecans, or walnuts) along with at least one serving of meat. Don’t be afraid to mix in lots of avocado — it’s full of very good fat!

Beginning Paleo Dinner Ideas

  • Swap out that rice/potato side with another vegetable. Many of our dinners consist of a meat entree, a vegetable, and another vegetable.
  • Cooking a stir-fry or a curry dish? Replace jasmine rice with delicious cauliflower rice. Here’s how, but I like to use coconut oil instead and add 1/2 cup of coconut milk and some minced garlic for extra flavor.
  • Grill a couple of burgers for everyone and forgo the buns. Add a side of healthy french fries to make a hearty dinner that’s also guilt-free.
  • Love a sweet finish to your dinner meals? Cut up a fresh mango for everyone or assemble a bowl of mixed berries and roasted nuts topped with whipped coconut cream.

Looking for more Paleo recipes? Check out 6 Delicious (and Easy!) Paleo Desserts and Four Quick 30-Minute Paleo Dinners in 5 Steps.

 

“I’m Elisa and I live in Austin, Texas with my husband and our two little girls. I used to teach reading and writing, but now I stay at home with my two kiddos and read and write in my spare time. I also love to undertake DIY projects, find new recipes on Pinterest, and dream about someday finally completing our home. Above all, I love to learn about new things and sharing my new-found knowledge with others.” Please check out my blog What the Vita!

5 Tasty Super Bowl Paleo Recipes

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Just because you’re trying to eat healthier on a daily basis doesn’t mean that you need to chomp down on salad during the Super Bowl while everyone else enjoys their buffalo chicken wings and cheesy nachos. Here are some fun Super Bowl paleo recipes to try for the big game — they’re hearty, healthy, and delicious!

 

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1. Chile Lime Chicken Wings

I love any recipe that combines lime, cilantro, and coconut aminos, so I can’t wait to try this chicken wing recipe when we host our Super Bowl party. The recipe allows you to choose between using the grill or your oven, so you can serve this regardless if you live in the north or the south.

 

2. Crockpot Pulled Pork Chili

If you don’t want to be stuck in the kitchen while everyone else cheers on their favorite team, put your crockpot to good use with this amazing pulled pork chili recipe. It’s so easy to make and you’ll end up with a chili that smells and tastes heavenly. However, it’s very spicy, so take it easy with the cayenne pepper and red pepper flakes if you’re a weakling like me or if you have kids. Actually, I just omitted them entirely and it still tasted great, so you could do that too.

 

3. Loaded Paleo Nachos

I thought there was no way to recreate a plate full of nachos with cheese, meat, and guacamole, but I was one-hundred-percent wrong. This nacho recipe uses sliced sweet potatoes that are baked in the oven as a replacement for tortilla chips. Genius.

 

4. Paleo Pigs in a Blanket

Tiny sausage links wrapped up in a crescent bread blanket? My husband’s favorite. So you can be sure I’ll be trying this paleo version of the popular Super Bowl dish.

 

5. Paleo Trail Mix

A bowl of mixed nuts goes very well with beer and hard cider, which is a popular paleo alternative to beer. This recipe is mine and I love it so very much. It’s both sweet and salty and very, very addictive.

1 cup whole almonds
1 cup pecan halves
2 tablespoons honey
1/2 cup unsweetened shredded coconut flakes
1/2 teaspoon cinnamon
1 tablespoon coconut oil, melted

Preheat the oven to 350 degrees. Put all ingredients in a mixing bowl and combine. Spread nut mix on a rimmed cookie sheet and roast for around 15 minutes. Make sure to stir the nuts occasionally and take them out as soon as the nuts begin to brown; they’ll continue to cook for a little while even after they’re out of the oven.

Have fun rooting for your team and eating these yummy Super Bowl paleo recipes! I’ll be doing the same, except I’ll probably be chatting instead of cheering. Just don’t tell my husband.

For more paleo-friendly recipes, try these easy desserts and these quick dinners.

 

“I’m Elisa and I live in Austin, Texas with my husband and our two little girls. I used to teach reading and writing, but now I stay at home with my two kiddos and read and write in my spare time. I also love to undertake DIY projects, find new recipes on Pinterest, and dream about someday finally completing our home. Above all, I love to learn about new things and sharing my new-found knowledge with others.”  Please check out my blog What the Vita!

6 Delicious (and Easy!) Paleo Desserts

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Eating clean doesn’t mean that you need to give up having a sweet ending to your dinner. Here are some delicious paleo desserts that are also extremely easy to make! (featured image via CrossFit Pulse)

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Cherry and Almond Butter Milkshake

All you need is a blender and you’ll have a creamy and sweet milkshake that’s more like a dessert than a smoothie. Add a cute straw and sip away!

Ingredients:

  • 2 cups almond milk
  • 1 whole banana, frozen
  • 8 cherries, frozen
  • 4 tablespoons almond butter
  • 1 tablespoon honey (adjust the amount to your taste)
  • 10 ice cubes (adjust the amount to your taste)

You can add a teaspoon or two of cocoa powder if you want a more chocolaty flavor. This paleo dessert recipe makes two big milkshakes.

Banana Ice Cream

This paleo dessert recipe requires only ONE ingredient. You’ll need a food processor and you can add whatever toppings you want, but all you really need to make this dessert is frozen bananas. Find out how at The Paleo Mama!

Chocolate Mug Cake

You can’t beat a paleo dessert that takes only three minutes to make. This will come in handy when you just need a chocolate fix RIGHT NOW and you don’t want to gorge on candy. Mix up almond meal, cocoa powder, honey, vanilla extract, cinnamon, and an egg in a mug and microwave it. And then it’s cake time! Get the full recipe at Delighted Momma.

Grilled Peaches

I just recently tried grilled peaches for the first time. After the first bite, I wondered why the heck I didn’t try it years ago. I even used peaches that weren’t all that ripe and it came out so good. This recipe from Everyday Paleo adds whipped coconut cream on top. Yum.

Paleo Fruit Pops

My toddler is crazy about dessert and fruit. I just bought some ice pop molds and am excited to try this paleo dessert soon. It requires only almond milk and chopped fresh berries, but I’m sure frozen berries will work just as well. Try the recipe at CrossFit Pulse.

Coconut Cookie Dough Balls

Did you know that you can make your own coconut butter? It’s so easy and you’ll need some of it for this paleo dessert that requires only two ingredients. Guess what’s the other one? Find out how to make these delish balls and how to make coconut butter at Chocolate Covered Katie.

 

Now I’m hungry for something sweet. I’m off to grab a handful of frozen cherries, which you can buy in bulk at Costco. That’s another easy paleo dessert for you to try!

 

Looking for more healthy recipes? Check out this Banana Zucchini Cookies recipe and the Top Ten Zucchini Recipes.

 

“I’m Elisa and I live in Austin, Texas with my husband and our two little girls. I used to teach reading and writing, but now I stay at home with my two kiddos and read and write in my spare time. I also love to undertake DIY projects, find new recipes on Pinterest, and dream about someday finally completing our home. Above all, I love to learn about new things and sharing my new-found knowledge with others.”  Please check out my blog What the Vita!

Four Quick 30-Minute Paleo Dinners in 5 Steps

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Sometimes it’s hard to just manage to get everything you need to get done in one day, let alone cook a healthy dinner from scratch. By the end of a crazy day, sometimes I just want to order a pizza. But with these quick paleo dinner recipes in my arsenal, it’s getting easier to stay away from the phone and whip up a fast and nutritious dinner for my family.

Try these quick paleo dinner recipes for your next busy day! These recipes make four servings.

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Tilapia with Avocado Salsa

Tilapia is so easy. It’s economical, cooks in minutes, and is a chameleon of sorts. You can instantly change its taste with the addition of different spices.

  1. Sprinkle cumin, chili powder, garlic powder, salt and pepper over your filets of tilapia.
  2. Heat up coconut oil in a pan and then cook the tilapia for a few minutes on each side, until the fish flakes easily with a fork.
  3. While the tilapia is cooking, cut up an avocado into a bowl and add chopped cherry tomatoes, minced onions, juice of a 1/2 lime, and salt and pepper.
  4. Mix carefully and then top the avocado salsa on your tilapia.
  5. Add a side of vegetables, such as sauteed zucchini slices or a salad, and you’ve got yourself a delicious and quick paleo dinner that can be ready in 15 minutes or less.

 

Salmon with Coconut Aminos

Coconut aminos is my favorite. It is very similar to soy sauce and works very well with salmon.

  1. Season your salmon filets with garlic powder, salt, and pepper and put them in the oven and set it to broil. I like to use my toaster oven for this for faster cooking.
  2. Meanwhile, combine two tablespoons of coconut aminos, 1 tablespoon of olive oil, 1/4 teaspoon powdered ginger, and hot sauce to taste in a small bowl.
  3. When your salmon is cooked, put them on your plates and pour your coconut aminos mixture over them.
  4. Top the salmon with chopped green onions and cilantro.
  5. Pair this dish with a side of steamed broccoli. The broccoli soaks up the coconut aminos mixture beautifully.

 

Burgers with Lettuce “Buns”

Who doesn’t love a burger at the end of a long day? Eating paleo doesn’t necessarily mean you have to give up this guilty pleasure.

  1. In a medium bowl, mix up one pound of lean ground beef, an egg, 1/3 cup minced onion, 1/2 cup chopped spinach, and salt and pepper to taste.
  2. Shape the ground beef into four patties.
  3. Cook them on a hot grill and wrap them in a lettuce leaf.
  4. Add any condiments you like. I like to add grilled onions, a slice of tomato, hot sauce, and mustard.
  5. For a vegetable side that pairs well with a burger, try one of these healthy french fries.

 

Chicken Tacos with Mango and Avocado

Cook your chicken in advance and leave them in the refrigerator until it’s time to make this quick paleo dinner.

  1. Shred the chicken and put them in a hot pan with coconut oil.
  2. Add garlic powder, onion powder, chili powder, and paprika powder to the chicken and mix to coat.
  3. Let the chicken heat up as you chop up a full mango and one avocado (or two, if you love it like I do) and put them in separate serving bowls.
  4. Serve the chicken in lettuce that act like taco shells and sprinkle the mango and avocado on top.
  5. If you like, add hot sauce or salsa. So easy, so good.

 

I hope these quick paleo dinners will come in handy for you on hectic days!

Are you also pressed for time in the mornings? Try these delicious and easy superfood smoothies!

 

“I’m Elisa and I live in Austin, Texas with my husband and our two little girls. I used to teach reading and writing, but now I stay at home with my two kiddos and read and write in my spare time. I also love to undertake DIY projects, find new recipes on Pinterest, and dream about someday finally completing our home. Above all, I love to learn about new things and sharing my new-found knowledge with others.”  Please check out my blog What the Vita!