Going Paleo means returning to your roots. It means pursuing a diet that is closer to the way we would have eaten in the wild during our evolution, or in other words eating the the things that are bodies were designed to consume.
Paleo means avoiding the processed garbage that so much of a modern diet is based on, while at the same time getting far more vitamins, minerals, fiber and just about everything else that the body needs.
To understand why this is so important, you just need to recognize that your body evolved to thrive on the food that was available to it at the time. The food was there first, we were designed around that food! When you move away from that and eat nothing but pure sugar and empty calories, then of course your body is going to struggle.
The only problem is that life has moved on and these days it's increasingly uncommon to find the kinds of foods that we once thrived on. Restaurants and supermarkets want to sell what’s easy and what is popular – not necessarily what is best for us. So if you’re going to go paleo, you’re going to have to do it yourself.
Below are 4 easy paleo recipes to help you get started eating healthier today. You'll be surprised with just how easy, fun, and delicious these recipes will be to cook your next meal!
Okay, so this isn't really breaded chicken as that wouldn't be paleo. Instead of bread you can replace use coconut flour, which is a great alternative. What this does do is provide some extra crunch and really make the meal much tastier. This simple paleo meal is quick and incredibly tasty.
To make it, you will need:
To make the chicken, simply coat the pieces with egg whites and then use that to attach coconut flour. You can now either bake the chicken or fry it in order to make it crispy and golden. Toward the end, squeeze out one lemon onto the chicken.
Meanwhile, you are going to prepare a chutney to go on the side. Simply chop up the onion, cooking apple and red pepper and fry them in a little water. Now add a teaspoon of mango chutney and some chili powder to taste. Serve on the side.
Bigos is a Polish recipe that is designed to use ingredients that were available during war time. Like many Polish meals, this is a highly warming stew that is perfect for cold winter nights and will serve as a hearty meal for large groups.
You will need:
Fry up the pork with the bacon, sausage and onions (all finely chopped) with a little oil. Meanwhile, get a large pan and boil white cabbage (chopped) with a jar of sauerkraut. Boil with a little water and ½ a bottle of port. Then add the pork, bacon, sausage and onion and simmer on a low heat. Add some stock and seasoning to taste.
You’ll want to leave this simmering for a while (2 hours minimum) and in the last half hour and then add a chopped cooking apple.
For another great polish meal that is paleo friendly, consider looking into golumpki. This is another delicious paleo-friendly meal involving cabbage beef. This time you are simply wrapping the beef up in cabbage leaves with some sliced onion and a tomato sauce.
You may associate burgers with McDonald’s which is about as anti-paleo as it gets! But burgers don’t need to be unhealthy and in fact, they don’t even need to come in buns.
If you want to enjoy a healthy hamburger, then use ground beef with some eggs, garlic and seasoning to make the burgers themselves. Add relish as you normally would with any burger (lettuce, tomatoes… you choose!) and perhaps a little cheese (not strictly paleo but not too bad…). Now, instead of using buns as you normally would get rid of them and add cooked mushrooms instead. You can even try and find a large mushroom and use the two halves as the "buns" to seal your meat and veg inside!
If you want to finish off with something delicious and healthy, then fry up some sweet potato fries. This is an excellent easy paleo dinner that’s tasty, healthy and very trendy!
Frittatas represent the best aspects of paleo eating, they’re healthy, delicious and incredibly quick to make. You will need:
Preheat your oven to 350F and whisk the eggs and mustard in a bowl with some seasoning. Cook the bacon and the onion in the coconut oil. Add the spinach to the skillet and cook for another minute until the spinach wilts. Pour your egg mixture in and let it harden a little. Add sliced tomatoes on top and then then once it is set and still a little runny in the center, simply transfer to the oven and bake for 30 minutes. Add some basil leaves.
Of course omelettes are another fast paleo meal that anyone can make and the great thing about these is that you can add a vast range of different ingredients to suit your preference and health goals. Plus the best thing about cooking with this easy paleo meal is that you can eat the frittatas any time of day!
As you can see, eating paleo doesn’t have to be hard and in fact it can be delicious and very simple to whip up some great meals. The key is simply to look at the ‘problem foods’ that are a part of modern diets (pasta, potato, bread) and then find some suitable alternatives (cabbage, mushrooms, sweet potatoes). Once you’ve done that there are all kinds of amazing and nutritious meals you can make!