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4 Perfect Paleo Dinner Recipes (And 1 Paleo Dessert!)
Paleo Dinner Recipes – Easy Way to Eat Healthy
The Paleo diet is perfect for a wide variety of palates, making it an essential lifestyle plan for any family, any person looking to lose weight, decrease risks of disease, and boost brain health. As such, I’ve outlined many different chicken-based, beef-based, fish-based, and vegetarian-based paleo dinner recipes below to help you get on track for your Paleo diet in this brand new, 2015 year. (After all, if you’re like me, you’re still trying to pound off those last few ounces of Holiday weight. Why, holidays, do you have to be so gosh-darn delicious?)
4 Ways to Make All Paleo Dinner Recipes Work with Your Weight Loss Plan
Many people state that you can lose weight without trying if you simply start eating only from the paleo diet. While this isn’t true all the time—especially if you often overeat—it can be much easier, especially with the following 4 paleo dinner recipes (for any palate).
However, read the following tips to help all of your recipes heap you with healthful, weight loss benefits every day of your life.
1. Make sure that you eat enough food.
This seems a bit counterintuitive. But you do need to eat enough GOOD, healthful paleo diet foods in order to lose weight. If you don’t eat enough, if you deprive your body of the nutrients it requires, then you’re adding stress to your body that will force you to keep that weight on your thighs, on your hips. Your body thinks you’re starving, and this is no good. (Plus, it’s really uncomfortable for you!)
Note that the Paleo diet provides very satiating calories (rather than empty calories, found with most bread-based carbohydrates). Therefore, you don’t have to count your calories or “watch what you eat” as long as you’re listening to what’s happening in your stomach, in your mind. Pay attention to your hunger levels, and stop when you’re full—when your body’s telling you it has enough nutrients to go on.
2. Make sure you get your family on-board with the Paleo diet.
You can’t do this on your own! At least, it’s very difficult. If you’re trying to change your entire life, then you can’t be tempted by all the oreos in the cabinet, all the pop your partner’s drinking, and all the mashed potatoes at the dining room table. You’ll most-likely eat some, because you’re only human.
However, if you convince your partner, your friend, whomever to walk with you on this journey, you’ll be much more likely to lose weight and stick to the plan.
Recently, a 2015 government-based study stated that while the Paleo diet was a good diet to lose weight from, many people find it too difficult to stick to. Not so, if you have a good support network!
Plus, if you link up with the Paleo community on the internet—found here on this website, as well—you can boost your odds. Seriously: so much of the world wants to get healthy. If those people aren’t in your particular family unit, then you have options. Never give up on yourself just because other people don’t want to try.
3. Be sure to keep your Paleo dinner recipes simple.
So: in the following dinner recipes, you’ll find simple, easy, from-the-earth ingredients. And trust me: you don’t want anything else! Paleo’s weight loss abilities are reliant on its simple food. Your body better understands simple foods. Your body notes when you’re hungry and when you’re full if you’ve been eating simple foods; your body comprehends how to digest these foods and give you nutrition, energy from the inside.
Therefore, as you proceed on your Paleo path and create your own paleo dinner recipes, it’s essential to keep the following things in mind:
- Pick an appropriate protein: eggs, meat, or fish.
- Eat non-starchy vegetables, like broccoli, Brussels sprouts, tomatoes, onions, etc.
- Eat whole carbohydrates from the earth, like fruits and root vegetables, like squash or sweet potatoes.
- Don’t go out to eat too often; don’t go gourmet. Don’t get too complex when trying to lose weight.
- Add spices whenever you please! Look to basil, oregano, rosemary, turmeric, and simple sea salt to enhance your paleo dinner recipes!
4. Keep your life calm.
This might be a difficult one to prescribe. However, when you’re stressed (as so many of us are), it can be very difficult to lose weight. This is because of the stress, fight-or-flight hormone called cortisol. Cortisol creates inflammation in all areas, from your brain, to your intestines, to your toes. And when your body’s pulsing with inflammation, it can be very difficult to lose any weight.
Furthermore, stress can actually force you to reach for foods you wouldn’t normally. For example, if your child still has some extra chocolate rolling around in the bottom of his stocking, you might reach for it just to “handle” your life a bit better. (Although, of course, this chocolate doesn’t do much to reduce your stress. It might just make you feel guilty, thus propelling you to feel more stressed. The cycle continued!)
Note that in order to reduce your stress levels, it’s essential to begin meditating. Meditation helps you to diagnose your thoughts, to better understand why you hold the emotions you have, and how you can work through these emotions in order to eliminate stress–or the cause of the stress.
Alongside this, it’s important that you eat each of your paleo dinner at the table with the television off. When you can focus on your food, you can focus on your hunger levels. Therefore, you can stop eating when you’re full and help yourself down the weight loss path.
Now, look to the following paleo dinner recipes for any palate. One is chicken, one is beef, one is fish, and one is vegetarian (although rich with healthy fats and proteins from eggs).
4 Paleo Dinner Recipes – Perfect for Any Palate
Spiced Pesto and Walnut-Stuffed Chicken
This is one of my all-time favorite dinner recipes: a stuffed chicken breast. I would count pesto in the list of my favorite foods. It provides such flavor to everything. Furthermore, when you bake the chicken with this stuffing, the flavors assimilate so well. It’s incredible!
Recipe Makes 2 Servings.
2 chicken breasts
6 ounces sliced and diced basil leaves
½ cup diced walnuts
3 tbsp. olive oil
3 minced garlic cloves
1 ½ tsp. rosemary
½ tsp. sea salt
½ tsp. black pepper
Preheat the oven to 375 degrees Fahrenheit.
Begin by bringing together the basil, the walnuts, the oil, and the garlic in a food processor. Blend the ingredients well to create a pesto paste.
Next, butterfly the chicken breasts. Do this by slicing on the side of the chicken to open the chicken sort of like a book. Cover each chicken with plastic wrap and pound at them in order to create a very slim thickness.
Next, administer 1 tbsp. of basil and walnut pesto onto the inside of each chicken. Roll each chicken up, sealing the pesto inside.
Salt and pepper to the chicken, and sprinkle the rosemary over each chicken breast.
At this time, bake the chicken breasts for thirty-seven minutes, and enjoy warm.
Stick-to-Your-Bones Paleo Beef Stew
Who else has been extra chilly during these grey January days? Just now, there’s ice all over my porch, and I can’t readily leave my house without at least five layers. Talk about Midwestern winters, right? Anyway, it’s the perfect evening for one of these paleo dinner recipes: the hearty paleo beef stew.
I have to be assertive in saying that I used to really, really miss potatoes on the paloe diet. But this stew—in which you would normally put potatoes!—doesn’t miss them at all. In fact, I think I’m completely weaned off. Pass the carrots, please.
Recipe Makes 5 Servings.
1 ¼ pound chopped beef
2 diced onions
3 tbsp. coconut oil
5 cups beef stock
1 ½ cup diced celery stalk
1 tsp. chopped rosemary
1 tsp. chopped thyme
30 ounces diced tomatoes
4 diced carrots
½ tsp. sea salt
½ tsp. black pepper
Begin by heating together the coconut oil, the carrots, the celery, and the onions in a big soup pot over medium-high heat. Cook this mixture for seven minutes, stirring all the time.
Next, add the chopped beef to the saucepan. Stir for three minutes before pouring in the beef stock, the thyme, the rosemary, and the beef stock. Season this mixture with salt and pepper.
At this time, cover the saucepan and cook the stew for sixty minutes. The stew should begin to simmer. Every fifteen minutes, stir the mixture well.
Next, remove the lid from the saucepan. Allow the stew to cook for an additional fifty minutes.
Dijon Mustard Almond-Crusted Halibut
If you don’t eat fish, you should re-think your lifestyle. Fish are essential. They provide you with so many omega-3 fatty acids, which are heart-healthy and brain healthy. Furthermore, fish is very low in calories and stocked with protein. As such, it is a perfect part of your weight loss plan.
Recipe Makes 2 Servings.
¾ pound halibut
1 tbsp. olive oil
3 tbsp. Dijon mustard
3 tbsp. chopped almonds
Begin by preheating the oven to 350 degrees Fahrenheit.
Next, grease up your favorite baking pan utilizing the olive oil.
Position each of the halibut fish in the pan.
Add the Dijon mustard overtop the fish. Then, sprinkle the chopped almonds overtop the Dijon mustard.
Bake the fish for fifteen minutes.
Eggs in Avocados: The Most Perfect of All Vegetarian Paleo Dinner Recipes
Do I have any paleo vegetarians in the audience? If so, you’re in luck! You don’t absolutely have to eat meat, day-in, day-out in order to stick to a paleo diet regime. In fact, many people do it quite successfully. This perfect eggs in avocadoes recipe provides healthy fats and proteins alongside very minimal carbohydrates, As such, the recipe is a really important weight loss tool. Remember everything you know about how low carbohydrates help you lose weight through ketosis? Yeah? Initiate ketosis here.
Recipe Makes 2 Servings.
2 avocadoes, completely ripe
½ tsp. sea salt
1 ¼ tbsp. diced chives
½ tsp. black pepper
Begin by preheating the oven to 425 degrees Fahrenheit.
Next, slice each of the avocadoes into two pieces. Remove each of the pits, and then remove approximately tbsp. of avocado meat from the middle of each avocado. This will allow the egg to rest peacefully.
Next, position each halves of the avocadoes in a baking dish. Make sure they fit snugly together so they don’t move around.
Crack an egg into each of half of an avocado. Salt and pepper the eggs at this time.
Place the baking dish inside the oven and allow the egg and avocado to bake for twenty minutes. Make sure the egg whites have set.
Remove the avocados from the oven, and garnish them with the chives.
Extra: Paleo Dessert Recipe: No-Bake Strawberry Cheesecake
Recipe Makes 4 Mason Jars of No-Bake Strawberry Cheesecake.
1 cup no-gluten graham cracker-style crumbs (they are Paleo! I promise!)
1/3 cup diced zucchini
1 cup soaked cashews
2 tbsp. coconut milk
1/3 cup melted coconut oil
2 tbsp. coconut palm sugar
4 tbsp. honey
1/2 tbsp. vanilla
juice from 2 lemons
1/2 tsp. sea salt
1 cup strawberries
Begin by dividing all of the no-gluten graham-style crumbs at the bottom of each of the mason jars.
Next, blend together the soaked cashews, the zucchini, the coconut milk, the coconut oil, the palm sugar, half of the honey, the vanilla, juice from one of the lemons, and salt. Blend well to create a cream.
Next, pour this created batter into the mason jars. Make sure to leave a bit of room at the top. Place these mason jars in the freezer.
At this time, add the juice of the other lemon, the rest of the honey, and the strawberries to a sauce pot and heat them over medium. Mash the fruit to create a sort of jam. Allow the mixture to boil before reducing the heat. Stir every few minutes and cook the mixture for twelve minutes.
Remove the jars from the freezer and add the strawberries.
P.S. The above paleo dessert recipes and paleo dinner recipes are my absolute favorites. I hope you enjoy them as much as I do!
Good luck on your weight loss journey!