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50+ Paleo Recipes for Every Meal


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We're all trying to eat a little healthier these days, right? Fortunately, eating healthier foods doesn't mean eating tasteless foods. Food that is good for you can also be just plain good. If you're following a paleo diet, which means you're avoiding dairy, grains, and processed sugar, you might be looking for some paleo recipes to broaden your weekly meal plan.

We've pulled together over 50 paleo recipes for you, from breakfasts that will actually make you want to wake up, to paleo dinner recipes that will make the whole family happy.

Paleo Breakfasts

1. Paleo Breakfast Stacks

A hearty breakfast helps you start the day off right. This paleo recipe is definitely the breakfast of champions.

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2. Loaded Paleo Breakfast Hash

If you're tired of eggs, try this amazing savory breakfast hash with sweet potatoes. It's filling and delicious and has enough veggies and protein to power you through the morning.

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3. Coconut Flour Pancakes

Look, sometimes you've just got to have pancakes. These paleo-friendly pancakes are a perfect weekend treat! Grab your coconut flour here.

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4. Baked Blueberry Coconut French Toast

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This baked French toast is perfect for a breakfast crowd. It's so easy to make and it's delicious, too.

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5. Italian Spaghetti Squash Breakfast Casserole

Spaghetti squash often subs for pasta, but in this breakfast dish, it shines as the foundation for an Italian-inspired sauce with eggs. It's best for the weekends when you have some extra time or have breakfast for dinner one night.

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6. Paleo Peach Parfait

Technically, this is in the breakfast category but honestly, it works just as well as a dessert. Peaches, blueberries and basil are a lovely summery dairy-free combo that works anytime you need a treat.

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7. Cinnamon Faux-st Crunch Cereal

If you miss eating cereal for breakfast, you must try this low carb cereal recipe. It's the best of the crunchy sweet cereal you ate as a kid, but totally counts as a paleo recipe.

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8. Acorn Squash Egg in a Hole

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This paleo recipe is a delightful take on egg in a hole using acorn squash instead of toast.

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9. Coconut Walnut Sunflower Seed Paleo Granola

Homemade granola is so easy to make and this recipe gives you giant clusters of crunchy granola.

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Smoothies

10. Raspberry Grapefruit Smoothie

The flavor of this smoothie is as bright as its color.

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11. Matcha Vanilla Smoothie 

This smoothie is filled with antioxidants, meaning you get a health boost before you even get out the door in the morning.

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Paleo Lunches

12. Roasted Brussels Sprouts and Bacon

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You can do this Brussels sprouts and bacon recipe as a side dish, but don't be surprised if you want an entire bowl for a full meal.

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13. Paleo Cranberry Chicken Salad Sandwiches

Upgrade your sandwiches with this excellent, healthy chicken salad recipe.

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14. Cauliflower Pizza Bites

These delightful pizza bites are so easy to pack for lunch. Or road trips. Or picnics. Really they work anywhere you need an easy to carry, easy to eat lunch.

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15. Tuna Poke Avocado Boats

This lunch is another one that's easy to pack and will make you the envy of the breakroom.

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16. Turmeric Carrot Soup

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This easy soup is bright in flavor and taste, perfect for cold winter days where you need a pick me up.

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17. Egg Roll in a Bowl

This fun recipe deconstructs an egg roll, including the sweet and sour dipping sauce, so that you get all the flavor without the deep frying.

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18. Baked Chicken Nuggets

For kids, or kids at heart, these baked chicken nuggets are an excellent and easy lunch.

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19. Taco-stuffed Acorn Squash

One of my favorite things about acorn squash is that you get a great-tasting meal in its own dish. These taco-stuffed acorn squash are great for a weekend lunch, with leftovers for Monday.

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20. Korean Beef Bowls

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Make a few days worth of lunches at the same time with this great recipe.

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Snacks and Appetizers

21. Vegan Hawaiian Cheese Ball

It's not a party unless there's a cheese ball. If you've been feeling left out, you need to try this amazing non-dairy cheese ball which has everything great about this party treat with none of the dairy.

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22. Salt and Vinegar Cauliflower Popcorn

Sometimes it's tough to satisfy cravings for salty, crispy snacks on a healthy diet, which is where this paleo recipe comes in. Who knew vegetables could be so good?

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23. Paleo Ginger Spiced Mixed Nuts

Got a holiday party and need a healthy snack? Here you go. As a bonus, these spiced mixed nuts are pretty enough to be a table decoration, too.

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24. One Pan Paleo Jerky Nachos

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You might think nachos are impossible on a paleo diet, but this great paleo-friendly recipe lets you have crispy, cheesy nachos perfect for any game day.

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25. No-bake paleo protein chocolate bars

These no bake protein bars are a perfect post-workout snack, but you may find yourself eating them other times, too!

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26. Easy Paleo Snack Bars

Chewy, filling, healthy: These snack bars are everything you need for a quick and easy snack.

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Paleo-friendly Dinners

27. Ginger Glaze Salmon with Rainbow Veggies

Fish is brain food and eating this complete meal is a smart idea.

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28. Best Ever Spaghetti and Meat Balls

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Yes, you can have spaghetti and meat balls on a paleo diet. There are plenty of paleo-friendly gluten free noodles or you can get an extra serving of veggies by making zucchini noodles. Either way, this meal is a winner.

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29. Instant Pot Ham

This easy ham recipe is perfect for holiday dinners, or anytime you need a sweet and savory weeknight meal.

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30. Spinach Lemon Cauliflower Rice Risotto

This cauliflower rice risotto is a great side dish. Try it with shrimp or fried tofu for a well-rounded paleo meal.

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31. Chili Lime Shrimp

Dinner in 20 minutes that you can turn into a salad or a taco or a bowl. What more could you ask for?

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32. BBQ Shredded Beef

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It doesn't get easier than this bbq shredded beef that the whole family will love.

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33. Instant Pot Butter Chicken

This paleo and keto friendly recipe uses chicken breasts or chicken thighs for a delightful dinner with tons of extra sauce (which is, of course, the best part).

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34. Paleo Chinese Eggplant in Garlic Sauce

We eat with our eyes first, and this colorful stir-fry is a feast for all your senses.

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35. Turkey Sausage Meatballs in Sage Cream Sauce

These turkey meatballs are like all the best flavors of Thanksgiving rolled up into a perfect dish you can, and should, have any time of year.

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36. Easy Herbed Pork Tenderloin

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This flavorful pork dish packs a lot of nutrition into an easy-to-make weeknight dinner. Serve with roasted butternut squash for a complete meal.

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37. Taco Skillet

Your weeknight dinners are a breeze with this one-pan taco skillet that will please everyone.

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38. Roast Chicken with Carrot Top Kale Pesto

This chicken recipe is perfect for fall or winter evenings when you want the oven on. Roast chicken and vegetables make for a cozy, healthy meal.

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39. Faux Chili Mac Skillet

Going paleo doesn't mean giving up all the good stuff. This paleo recipe take on chili mac uses ground beef and veggies in place of the pasta, and it's definitely comfort food.

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40. Pumpkin Chicken Chili

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Paleo chicken chili for the win. If you like pumpkin everything in the fall, you definitely want to make this insanely good chili for those cool nights.

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41. Crock Pot Sweet and Sour Hawaiian Beef

This paleo recipe is easy to double so that you can freeze half of it, and trust me, you'll want to. You get bright sweet and sour flavor along with a healthy meal.

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42. Crock-Pot Carnitas

Pork carnitas, pineapple salsa and ready when you get home from work? Yes, please.

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43. Stuffed Cabbage Rolls

This slow cooker-friendly paleo recipe is traditional comfort food at its best.

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44. Coconut Lamb Curry

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This lamb curry is packed with flavor and B vitamins. You can make it in your slow cooker or on the stovetop, and the coconut milk adds a creamy texture and taste that will have you going back for seconds.

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45. Slow Cooker Chicken Shawarma

Break out the slow cooker for a paleo version of a Middle Eastern favorite.

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46. Baked Swordfish

Meaty and full of flavor, this baked swordfish dish is an easy weeknight dinner that tastes like you went out of your way to make a gourmet meal.

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Paleo Desserts

47. Balsamic Roasted Strawberry Ice Cream

You might think that desserts like ice cream are excluded from paleo diet recipes, but not so. This strawberry ice cream uses coconut milk for a fantastic frozen treat, and pairing strawberries with balsamic vinegar is a must.

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48. Healthy Brownies

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This four-ingredient brownie uses almond butter and banana for texture and sweetness and protein powder for a nutritious kick.

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49. Paleo Chocolate Chunk Banana Bread

Warm this not-too-sweet banana bread up before you eat it, if you can wait that long!

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50. Easy Paleo 7 Layer Bars

This paleo recipe lightens up these classic treats, but keeps all the best parts. Also, homemade salted caramel sauce.

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51. Vegan Fig Newtons

These cookies are so easy to make and they taste way better than the packaged ones.

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52. Paleo Zucchini Banana Bread

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Add zucchini to banana bread, and you get a paleo recipe that's healthy and delicious.

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53. Paleo Ginger Molasses Cookies

Soft and chewy, these molasses cookies are a real treat.

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