51 Paleo recipes to try today
The Expertrain team are huge fans of Nom Nom Paleo, and having just bought the cookbook, we thought we'd share with you some of our favourite paleo recipes from site and the book itself. We've broken things down into categories to make it easier to find the type of recipe you're looking for and you can click through to the Nom Nom Paleo website to find every recipe in full, as well as more information about paleo eating. In case you're new to the paleo way of life, try reading this post, which will fill you in on the health benefits of a paleo lifestyle. Let's get cracking with those recipes!
We love this recipe which includes collard greens - you could use kale or even cabbage, if you like.
No, not the McDonalds kind, but home made muffins with some Greek yoghurt and mature cheddar cheese. Delicious!
Is it a frittata, is it a muffin? It's both! These super-cute creations are ideal to make in advance and take with your for breakfast on-the-go, whether that's at work or at the gym.
For mornings where you're pushed for time, this easy paleo frittata with eggs, meat and veggies makes the most of whatever you have in the fridge, cutting food waste.
Now, if you live in the UK, you might not be able to get hold of any broccoli slaw, so make your own by finely shredding broccoli to create a 'slaw' like texture. Kids love to get involved in creating these mini frittata muffins, so teach your kids about healthy eating by letting them help.
#6. Coconut Pancakes
These gluten-free pancakes use coconut flour for a light texture. They're savoury, so you can top them with whatever you like - we like fried or scrambled egg and some avocado slices for a boost of monounsaturated fats.
Speaking of good fats, you'll find plenty in this easy-to-make open-faced omelette, with antioxidant-rich tomatoes and avocados!
Get stuck in to some of these healthy paleo snacks and finger food that are perfect for making if you're having friends round!
Forget carb-heavy sandwiches, the paleo diet will introduce you to your new favourite sarnie - the bacon and guacamole sarnie! Bread is replaced with two slices of crispy bacon, which encase the creamy avocado for a delicious treat. Just don't make this everyday.
We tried this recipe last week and were pretty impressed with the results, so if you're looking for a new way to cook vitamin A-loaded sweet potatoes, this could be it!
#10. Rosemary Almonds
Almonds are packed with vitamin E, which can help to promote healthy skin - they're also said to have anti-cancer properties. Flavoured with herbs, these roasted almonds are easy to make and a healthier alternative to snacking on junk food like crisps.
#11. Roast Chestnuts
Roast chestnuts aren't just for Christmas, although that's when you're most likely to find fresh chestnuts in the supermarket. Health food stores should sell them year round, or you can buy tinned ones, if you can't find them.
What's not to love about crispy pork? You probably won't want to eat a whole bowl of these, but they're a great source of protein and a nice alternative to beef jerky.
Chicken wings are always a winner when you're socialising with friends and these have a zesty lime and chilli marinade that's packed with vitamin C.
Bored of kale chips? Try whipping up these crispy mushroom chips at home. Mushrooms are cholesterol and gluten-free and they're an excellent source of B-vitamins. These are really moreish!
#15. Baked Sweet Potato
Still our favourite way to enjoy the humble sweet potato, baking it in the oven gives it a delicious caramelised flavour - you can enjoy it on its own or serve it as a side dish with your main meal.
#16. Kale Chips
Kale chips! It's too easy to become addicted to these, and because kale is loaded with vitamin C and iron, they're a pretty healthy alternative to those Doritos...
#17. Brussel Sprout Chips
Next in line for the veggie chips award are Brussel Sprouts. You may not think these would be tasty, but using the outer leaves and baking them to create chips is actually delicious, plus Brussels are a source of vitamin C and vitamin K.
#18. Sweet Potato Fries
If you can resist a bowl of sweet potato fries, you have more willpower than we do here at Expertrain HQ. We think these are far tastier than a bowl of regular potato chips, and because they're made with coconut oil, they're healthy too! We like to use chilli powder or smoked paprika to add some extra smoky flavour.
The paleo diet focuses on healthy, lean protein such as grass-fed meat and fish, so why not give some of these recipes a go?
These minced pork meatballs are packed with flavour from the fresh herbs, lemon and ginger - you can enjoy them on their own or with salad or zoodles!
#20. Asian Meatballs
For meatballs with an Asian twist, this recipe is perfect. Served with zoodles or cauliflower 'rice' these are made with minced beef. You should be able to find paleo-friendly fish sauce in Asian grocery stores - if not, try Amazon.
#21. Spicy Tuna Cakes
Picking up fish cakes at the supermarket means you don't really know what you're getting - they could have all kinds of nasty additives. It's so easy to make your own when you're on the paleo diet and these spicy tuna cakes are loaded with omega-3 fatty acids and great for breakfast, lunch or dinner!
Being huge fans of both salmon and pistachios, it's only right that this recipe went down a treat with the Expertrain team. It couldn't be simpler, just create the crust with crushed pistachios, and top salmon fillets with mustard, chives and the pistachios, then bake in the oven. Delish!
Soups and Salads
For when you need something speedy to eat or just fancy a lighter meal, soups and salads always do the trick. Some of Nom Nom Paleo's recipes are amazing - we thought we'd share our favourites with you guys.
If you haven't tried chilled soup yet, this creamy avocado soup is a great place to start, loaded with good fats. The recipe suggests serving it with crab but if you're going veggie, you could leave this out.
Carrots are packed with vitamin A, good news for healthy vision, whilst cardamom adds a subtle spice that's perfect with root veggies. This tasty soup would be great to take to work for after your lunchtime workout!
#25. Asian Chicken Salad
The peanut and lime Thai-inspired dressing for this salad turns simple ingredients into something that can become rather addictive! You only need a few ingredients to whip this up and it's a great way to use up leftover chicken.
#26. Red Cabbage Slaw
Making your own 'slaw may be nothing new, but the tangy ginger and carrot dressing on this slaw certainly packs a punch. We love that this is so vibrant and colourful - it's packed with vitamins and nutrients.
#27. Crab Salad
You'll need to make some paleo mayonnaise to whip up this salad - after that's done it just takes minutes to assemble. You could also use tinned tuna in place of crab, if you like.
With a peanut sauce that doesn't actually contain peanuts (almond butter is the secret) and delicious crispy duck, this is a main course salad that's posh enough to serve when friends come over for dinner. Great for the weekend!
#29. Cream of Tomato Soup
This easy recipe uses tinned tomatoes - of course you could use fresh to reap the antioxidant benefits, but it's super-easy to make this if you have tomatoes already in the cupboard.
#30. Madras Chicken Salad
A paleo take on Coronation Chicken, this curried paleo mayo chicken salad is creamy and delicious, perfect for lunch on-the-go.
Another one of our favourite chilled soups, this is loaded with antioxidants from the tomatoes to keep you healthy.
You'll need good-quality tomatoes for this simple salad which is perfect on its own or as an accompaniment to meatballs.
Veggie side dishes
Inventive veggie side dishes not only make it more likely that your kids will eat their veggies, they're also delicious and help you to get your five a day - or more!
We love cauliflower 'rice' and this Asian take turns it into a stir-fry fried rice that's really delicious; no need to order Chinese takeaway! Make sure you get hold of some paleo fish sauce for authentic Asian flavour.
Pureeing cauliflower and carrots is a great, creamy alternative to carb-heavy mashed potatoes. Adding cream is great for a treat, but if you're enjoying this more regularly, leave it out.
Parnsips are an under-rated vegetable, and they're the perfect partner for vitamin A-packed carrots in this root vegetable mash, which we love to serve with the below green beans and some lemon ginger meatballs. Yum!
Making inventive vegetable side dishes takes some imagination, which is why we love this delicious yet simple green bean dish. This is great for those green beans that have grown a bit tough in the fridge - don't throw them out, make this!
#37. Grilled Zucchini
Zucchini, or courgettes, as they're more commonly called here in the UK, take on a delicious chargrilled flavour when they're grilled. You could do this under the grill, using a griddle pan or even on a George Foreman Grill, if you have one.
#38. Roast Peppers
Sometimes, simple ingredients are the best, so use extra-virgin olive oil (packed with heart-healthy fats) and aged balsamic vinegar for this roasted pepper dish.
Roasting tomatoes with some olive oil and your favourite seasoning makes them so sweet and delicious - you could even blitz them up afterwards to make tomato sauce or soup, if you like.
This 'mash' is easy to make and can be reheated quickly in the microwave, so it's great to keep a batch handy as an accompaniment for protein at meal times.
Who doesn't love guacamole? If you're an avocado addict, this is the only guac recipe you'll need. Avocados, shallots, lime juice, salt and pepper - done! Use it on anything and everything or just eat it as it is, yum!
#42. Vanilla Almond Milk
Almond milk that you pick up on your weekly shop often contains additives and artificial ingredients. That's why it's such a good idea to make your own at home, and this vanilla almond milk is great - once you've soaked your almonds it takes just minutes to make.
#43. Paleo Gravy
This paleo herb gravy uses onions and garlic as a thickener rather than grains, making it a healthy, paleo-friendly addition to your meal.
#44. Paleo Mayo
We like to use avocado oil as a base for this paleo mayo - far superior to shop bought mayo and a great base for a range of chicken and tuna salads to enjoy for lunch!
#45. Mango Salsa
This can be used to top oven-baked salmon for a delicious meal. The vitamin C from the mangos and good fats and protein from the avocados makes it so nutritious!
#46. Tomato Basil Sauce
This spicy sauce is great as burger relish or tossed with zoodles (that's zucchini noodles, to you and me) and once you've made it, you'll be addicted!
#47. Umami Gravy
Keep this gravy in the fridge for several days and you can simmer your protein of choice for a delicious umami hit.
No list of recipes would be complete without a few treats to satisfy your sweet tooth, so we've picked a few of the team's ultimate favourites from the Nom Nom Paleo site.
These are dairy-free and made with dark chocolate, so they're sinfully rich and decadent without being too sweet. Dark chocolate is packed with antioxidants, and the kick of chilli really amps up the flavour of these little Mexican pots!
A little of what you fancy does you good, so whether it's cheat day or you're just in the mood for something sweet, one or two of these rich chocolate truffles will do the trick. Made with coconut oil, coconut milk and dark chocolate, they're dairy-free and would make a great, last-minute gift.
A bowl of creamy panna cotta topped with sharp yet sweet balsamic strawberry compote may just be one of the best paleo desserts yet. We love that you can use the home-made vanilla almond milk you made earlier in this recipe!
Pumpkin puree can be tricky to find in the UK, but you can buy it online or in specialist stores, and these delicious custard cups are well worth it! They keep for up to 4 days in the fridge, so they're perfect if you're having friends over.