5 Fruity Paleo Desserts That Taste Anything But…

Fried Honey Bananas

If dinner has no dessert, is it really a meal? If you answered with, “Aw hell, no!” we’re with you. But when you’re following a Paleo diet, it can feel like there’s a real lack of dessert options. Don’t stress, sweet fiends, we’ve got you covered. Yes, certain foods aren’t part of the Paleo plate, but that doesn’t mean you’re entering a time without treats.

1, Grain-Free Dark Chocolate Cherry Scones

Chocolate and cherries are a classic combination that work beautifully in this scone recipe. If you’ve been afraid of baking scones in the past, this recipe will put you at eas—it’s as simple as slice-and-bake cookies. Details: HERE

Grain-Free Dark Chocolate Cherry Scones

2, Cocoa Nut Apples

Say hello to your new favorite midnight snack! A sliced apple gets covered in a tasty choco-coco mix that’s perfect for eating solo or sharing (if you’re feeling generous). Details: HERE

Cocoa Nut Apples

3, Baked Almond Butter Banana

The dessert principle here is K.I.S.S.: Keep It Simple and Sugar-Free. Simply stuff a banana with heart-healthy almond butter, sprinkle with cinnamon, and let it roast for 15 minutes in the oven for a quick single-serving banana-split. Details: HERE

baked almond banana

4, Mixed Fruit Cobbler

No fresh fruit? Not a problem with this go-to recipe. Cobble together your favorite frozen fruits with a little of this (almond flour) and a little of that (shredded coconut) for a dessert that’s easy to throw together when your sweet tooth strikes. Don’t have a stash of frozen berries? You can also use overripe fruit. Details: HERE

mixed fruit cobbler

5, Fried Honey Bananas

If you’ve had fried plantains, this’ll be familiar treat turf. Potassium-packed bananas are lightly sautéed in olive oil and then drizzled with honey. Super sweet and a snap to make, these are a great option when late-night munchies hit. Details: HERE

Fried Honey Bananas pile

Beyond Cereal: 5 Painless Paleo Breakfasts For Busy Moms

Paleo-Breakfast

Let’s Make a Paleo Breakfast

Now let’s shift gears a bit for some quick and easy ways to introduce your family to the paleo lifestyle. We’ll start bright and early with some paleo breakfast ideas.

When it comes to providing meals for others, including family and kids, that’s when planning ahead can be a big help. Here are five quick and easy paleo breakfast options to help you jump right in.

1. Banana-Nut Paleo Pancakes

Using three ingredients, have these pancakes ready to feed four people in just 15 minutes.

Paleo-Banana-Nut-Pancakes

2. Breakfast Salad with Eggs Over Easy

It’s a good source of protein and vegetables to start your day. If you have your veggies already cleaned, chopped and stored in the refrigerator it can take less than 5 minutes to put this breakfast together.

Breakfast-Salad-with-Eggs-Over-Easy

3. Breakfast Smoothie

For a super quick liquid option throw some spinach or kale in a blender along with some fresh or frozen fruit, additional vegetables, ice and blend for a quick and easy breakfast smoothie. Combine with 1-2 hard-boiled eggs (make these 1-2 days ahead and store them in the refrigerator) and this makes a great breakfast-on-the-go.

Breakfast-Smoothie

4. No Grain Granola Cereal

If you’re missing the crunch that typical cereals provide, take some bars out of the freezer and break them apart in a bowl. Add some almond, coconut or whole milk and you’ve got yourself a paleo breakfast cereal.

Paleo-Breakfast-Cereal

5. Leftovers

What’s the quickest and easiest paleo breakfast option? Well it’s sitting right there in your refrigerator. One of the most hearty, satiating breakfasts that is most overlooked is leftovers. For some reason we tend to get stuck in the routine of cereal, waffles and eggs being the only options for breakfast, but fortunately a simple trip to your refrigerator can yield a gold mine of chicken, pork or beef. Throw some fresh vegetables on your plate or into a skillet for a few minutes and you have yourself a complete Paleo breakfast in no time.

Pulled-Pork-Breakfast-from-Los-Paleo

For details visit: http://paleoporn.net/5-paleo-breakfast-recipes/

Foods You Can Eat on the Paleo Diet

paleo diet foods list

Having a clear understanding of the foods you can eat while eating Paleo will help you design your daily meal plan. Always remember to keep things simple when preparing a meal. The more complicated it is, the less Paleo it’s likely to be. By keeping it simple you keep it clean and free of additives and chemicals that many meals in our society are full of. With that in mind, here is a list of foods you can enjoy. Use it as a guide, realizing that no list of Paleo foods is entirely complete.

Meat and Fish

Paleolithic cavemen were meat eaters, that we do know. To replicate the time period as much as you can you should opt for organic meats whenever possible, or wild game.

meat and fish

Veggies

To be sure, if the day’s hunt didn’t go as planned, Paleolithic man would need to fall back on the gathering skills of the rest of the tribe which would largely be wild-growing veggies.

veggies

Fruits

Most of your carbs on the Paleo Diet will come from fruits. While the fruits found tens of thousands of years ago were likely far different in nature than what you find on today’s store shelves, here are some Paleo-approved fruits you can eat in moderation.

fruits

Fats, Nuts, and Seeds

One great aspect of the Paleo Diet is that healthy fats get their fair share of attention. Make sure that you’re incorporating these oils and nuts into your daily cooking and eating so that your body can benefit from their nutritional value.

fats, nuts and seeds

Source and all the details here: http://paleogrubs.com/paleo-diet-food-list

Periodic Table of Paleo Food Staples

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Ready to stock your kitchen with paleo-friendly foods? This list can help you get started.

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Switching our pantry and fridge from processed foods to paleo-friendly foods was a daunting task. I searched online for a “grocery list” of staples but came up short. What I did was find recipes I wanted to try and gathered my own list. While it was useful, I would have greatly appreciated a list of items that would be frequently purchased so I could have it on hand. I have compiled a pretty accurate list of what I buy and keep on hand on a regular basis. I wouldn’t suggest you run out and buy every item on this list right away, but it may help you as you’re searching for recipes to get started. And soon, you’ll get the hang of what your family consumes most and what you’ll need to stock on a regular basis.

Read more at: http://www.ourpaleolife.com/periodic-table-of-paleo-food-staples/

The Paleo Diet Flowchart

animals plants water

Let’s quickly go over a few commonly asked questions, shall we?

– How do you know if you should eat it? Eat real food, food with either no ingredient list (produce & meat) or a list that only includes real foods and spices (like canned coconut milk with no crazy ingredients).  A good general rule is, if you can’t pronounce something in it, don’t eat it.

– What the heck is a legume? If you aren’t sure what a legume is, it is 1. a leguminous plant (so helpful, right?) and 2. a seed, pod, or other edible part of a leguminous plant used as food.  Legumes that you are probably most familiar with include: peanuts, peas, soybeans/edemame, and any type of bean (black, pinto, red, navy, baked, lima, northern, red, etc).  These are NOT paleo, yo.

– Why not vegetable oils, like canola, vegetable, sunflower and safflower oils? Well, they are heavily processed, and easily damaged with light and heat.  When they become damaged via oxidation/heat/light they become RANCID.  Rancid oils are in no way good for you and can cause some big issues if consumed.  The problem here is that even if you don’t cook with them they still begin to oxidize from the heat of the lights on grocery store shelves… so they may be completely rancid before you even purchase them.  Gross, right?

– How about natural sweeteners like Xylitol or Stevia? Um… no.  If you can’t find it in it’s true form in nature to use as a sweetener then you should avoid it.  Good natural sweeteners include: honey (especially raw, local), pure maple syrup, dried dates, bananas, applesauce, etc.

– Why can’t I have corn? Corn is a vegetable!!! Actually, corn is a grain.  Grains are not meant to be digested in our guts and cause a lot of issues for a lot of folks.  If you do your own experiment and find out you can tolerate it well then go ahead and eat your corn.  Be warned though, nearly all corn in the country is a GMO (genetically modified organism) and has been engineered for your consumption.  It ISN’T REAL FOOD.  FYI :)

– Can I get all my necessary fat from nuts and seeds? Please don’t.  Nuts and seeds have an improper ratio of Omega 3s and Omega 6s which is a big problem in the US, especially due to all the trans fats and processed foods available.  Your best bet is to get all your fat from avocados, coconut in all it’s forms, olives and olive oil, and from healthy, fatty animal products.

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(Source: www.thefreckledfoodie.com/what-is-paleo)

Turkey-Pumpkin Chili with Apple-Bacon Compote

Turkey-Pumpkin Chili with Apple-Bacon Compote

CROCKPOT TURKEY PUMPKIN CHILI

So there are two kinds of people out there. Those that are getting fed up with the explosion of Pumpkin recipes on Instagram and Pinterest, and those that are absolutely loving that it’s Pumpkin season and going Pumpkin cray. I’m the latter. And I will not apologize for posting multiple pumpkin recipes.

I think pumpkin is under-appreciated as a savory ingredient. Pumpkin cookies, cakes, breads and pies are all wonderful, but pumpkin makes a great addition to lots of savory dishes as well! I love a good pumpkin soup. Roasted pumpkin is awesome in a salad with goat cheese, craisins and pine nuts. And pumpkin chili is bomb. So here’s my recipe for Pumpkin Chili with Apple Bacon Compote! If you don’t have a crockpot you can make this over the stove in a large pot and just let it simmer for a few hours. Hope you guys enjoy!

Turkey-Pumpkin Chili with Apple-Bacon Compote

CROCKPOT TURKEY PUMPKIN CHILI WITH APPLE BACON COMPOTE
INGREDIENTS
  • 1 lb ground turkey
  • 1 medium onion, diced
  • 4 cups raw pumpkin, cubed
  • 1 16 oz can chopped tomatoes
  • ⅓ cup strongly brewed coffee
  • ½ cup passata (tomato sauce, or tomato puree)
  • ½ cup canned pumpkin
  • 2 tsp cocoa powder
  • 1½ Tbsp chili powder
  • 1 Tbsp cumin
  • 2 tsp oregano
  • 1 tsp cinnamon
  • 1 tsp nutmeg
  • salt and pepper to taste
  • 1 large apple, skinned and diced
  • 4 slices nitrate free bacon
  • 2 Tbsp lemon juice
INSTRUCTIONS
  1. Brown the meat in a large skillet in a tablespoon of coconut oil.
  2. Put all of the ingredients into your crockpot, plus the browned meat. Stir to combine and cook on low for 6-8 hours or on high for 4-6.
  3. For the compote, cook your bacon until crispy, then remove and put on a plate lined with a paper towel. Cook the diced apple in the bacon grease over low-medium heat, with a few tablespoons of water. Keep adding water to deglaze the pan, and sauté until the apple is soft and caramelized. Add the lemon juice and cook for an additional 2 minutes. Remove from heat.
  4. Once the chili is thickened to your liking, serve it topped with the apple bacon compote! It’s also great topped with avocado.

(Source: http://www.primalbitesblog.com/2013/10/23/crockpot-turkey-pumpkin-chili)

Another 11 Delicious Paleo Recipes To Make In A Slow Cooker

another 11 slow cooker recipes

Just because you eat like a caveman doesn’t mean you shouldn’t take advantage of modern conveniences.

Squeaky Clean Bouef Bourgignon

Squeaky Clean Bouef Bourgignon

No wine or wheat flour was used in the making of this paleo beef stew. Recipe here.

Turkey Soup with Kale and Sweet Potatoes

Turkey Soup with Kale and Sweet Potatoes

An easy way to use up leftover turkey. Feel free to substitute chicken. Recipe here.

Pumpkin-Coconut Curry

Pumpkin-Coconut Curry

Recipe here.

Slow-Cooked “Heart on Fire” with Creamed Kale

Slow-Cooked “Heart on Fire” with Creamed Kale

Don’t be afraid of organ meat. You can use beef hearts or pork hearts for this recipe. Recipe here.

Paleo Crockpot Jambalaya Soup

Paleo Crockpot Jambalaya Soup

Tastes much better than it looks, I promise. Recipe here.

Queso Chicken Chili

Queso Chicken Chili

Despite the admittedly misleading name, there’s no dairy in this spice-packed paleo chili. Recipe here.

Beef and Broccoli

Beef and Broccoli

A winning combo. Recipe here.

Slow Cooker Breakfast Frittata

Slow Cooker Breakfast Frittata

Now you have no excuse to skip veggies in the morning. Recipe here.

Slow Cooker Vegetables

Slow Cooker Vegetables

Roasted vegetables are the best, but sometimes you don’t want to wait an hour for dinner. Here’s the slow cooker equivalent. Recipe here.

Mediterranean Beef Stew With Rosemary and Balsamic Vinegar

Mediterranean Beef Stew With Rosemary and Balsamic Vinegar

Black olives really make this one pop. Recipe here.

Cauliflower and Dill Mash

Cauliflower and Dill Mash

Don’t think of this as a mashed potato substitute. Think of it as an easy vegetable side that’s delicious in its own right. Recipe here.

(Source: www.buzzfeed.com/christinebyrne/paleo-slow-cooker)