If you eat paleo, you probably already know how important it is to have options ready to go when meal time hits. Though some paleo recipes can be labor intensive, these five easy paleo recipes are simple to prepare in advance, saving you time and energy when it comes to your meals. With options for breakfast, lunch, dinner and even a snack, there are no excuses to never have something prepared in advance!
These teriyaki meatballs are simple to prep and throw together. With a delicious teriyaki sauce that can be made in under 5 minutes, these meatballs can be cooked ahead of time and frozen until ready to enjoy. The sauce can also be made ahead and stored for future use!
- 2 pounds ground turkey
- 1 pound lean ground beef or pork
- 4 cloves garlic, minced
- 1 egg
- 1 tablespoon fresh parsley, chopped
- 1 tablespoon dried oregano
- 1 teaspoon sea salt
- pinch black pepper
Teriyaki Sauce Ingredients:
- 1 cup water
- ¼ cup soy sauce, reduced sodium
- ¼ cup coconut sugar
- ¼ teaspoon ginger
- ½ teaspoon garlic powder
- 2 tablespoons cornstarch + ¼ cup water
- sesame seeds
- green onion, chopped
- Preheat oven to 400 degrees. Line two baking sheets with parchment paper. Set aside.
- In a large bowl, combine all ingredients until mixed. Shape into balls, 2 tablespoons in size, and place on baking sheets.
- Bake meatballs for 20-25 minutes or until cooked through.
- While meatballs are baking, add 1 cup water, soy sauce, coconut sugar, ginger and garlic powder to a small saucepan. Cook over medium heat until simmering. Whisk together the cornstarch and water before stirring into the simmering sauce. Cook sauce until thickened.
- Once meatballs are done, toss in teriyaki sauce and sprinkle with sesame seeds and green onions. Serve immediately.
- To store the meatballs for later, keep the meatballs and sauce separate until ready to eat.
Have you gone paleo but find yourself craving the comfort of a warm bowl of oatmeal? Then this oatless oatmeal is for you! This dish is made from egg whites, banana and zucchini instead of oats, providing you with plenty of quality protein as well as that same comfort that oatmeal gives.
- ¾ cup egg whites
- ¾ cup almond milk
- 1 ½ tablespoons ground flaxseed
- ½ banana, mashed
- ½ zucchini, grated
- ½ teaspoon cinnamon
- Combine all ingredients in a small saucepan. Cook over low to medium heat, stirring constantly, until mixture thickens.
- Top with desired toppings and enjoy hot or store in the fridge until ready to eat.
Chocolate Cherry Muffins
Muffins are great for on the go breakfasts and snacks. These chocolate cherry muffins are made without any refined sugars or butter and combine two delicious flavors – chocolate and cherry!
- ½ cup coconut flour
- ½ cup tapioca flour
- ½ cup cocoa powder
- ½ cup coconut sugar
- ½ teaspoon baking soda
- 1 teaspoon baking powder
- 3 eggs, whisked
- 1 cup applesauce
- ½ cup coconut oil, softened
- 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
- ½ cup fresh cherries, chopped
- Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Line a muffin tin with liners.
- In a bowl, whisk together all the dry ingredients. Set aside.
- In another bowl, whisk together the eggs, applesauce, coconut oil and vanilla until smooth. Slowly add the dry ingredients into the wet, stirring until just incorporated. Fold in cherries.
- Fill each muffin tin ¾ way full. Sprinkle with more chopped cherries, if desired.
- Bake muffins for 12 minutes or until toothpick inserted comes out clean.
Muffins can be frozen once completely cooled. To defrost, simply microwave for 30 seconds.
Skillet Sausage and Slaw
This simple skillet sausage and slaw recipe is high in protein but low on carbs. Chock full of vegetables, this slaw can be enjoyed both hot or cold!
- 4 Italian sausage links of choice, beef or turkey
- 1 tablespoons olive oil
- 1 onion, sliced
- 1 red bell pepper, sliced
- 1 (10 ounce) bag broccoli slaw
- 2 leaves kale, stems removed and chopped
- 4 cloves garlic, minced
- salt and pepper to taste
- Add ½ tablespoon of olive oil to a large pan over medium heat. Add the sausages and cook a few minutes each side or until cooked through. Remove from pan and set aside.
- Add remaining oil to the pan along with bell pepper and onion. Cook for 5 minutes or until vegetables begin to soften. Add garlic and cook 30 more seconds.
- Pour in broccoli slaw and kale. Cook for roughly 5 minutes or until slaw and kale begin to wilt. Season with salt and pepper, then add sausages back to the pan.
- Serve hot or cold.
Paleo Chicken Salad
High in protein and flavor, this chicken salad is simple to prepare in advance and makes for an excellent lunch or dinner. Serve it over romaine as a salad or simply enjoy it on its own!
- 2 pounds boneless, skinless chicken, chopped and cooked
- 1 green apple, chopped
- 1/3 cup chopped red onion
- 2/3 cup paleo mayo
- ½ teaspoon sea salt
- ½ teaspoon pepper
- ¼ teaspoon garlic powder
- fresh parsley, chopped
- Mix together all ingredients until incorporated. Set in the fridge to allow flavors to marry.
- Serve alone or over romaine lettuce.
Eating paleo can be a time consuming process, however these easy paleo recipes take the effort out of meal time. With options for every meal of the day, there’s no excuse not to stay on track with your paleo eating. For another tasty option, try our chicken sweet potato poppers recipe here.