The Paleo, or Paleolithic, diet is often called the “caveman diet.” It’s based around foods that in the past could have been obtained by hunting and gathering. Think meat, fish, seafood, eggs, fruit, vegetables, seeds, nuts and olive oil. It avoids anything processed, all grains, legumes and refined sugars. (For more info, you can check out our article comparing Paleo and Keto diets or our article comparing Paleo and Whole30.)

Many people choose the Paleo diet because it’s a clearly defined way to focus on eating whole, unprocessed foods. For that reason, even people who aren’t living the Paleo lifestyle could benefit from incorporating a few Paleo recipes into their repertoire! Here are 5 easy Paleo dinners you can make for dinner this week.

 

 

1. Lemon Rosemary Chicken

Serves 3. Go for this one if you want something delicious and satisfying.

 

What you need:

  • 3 large chicken breasts
  • 1/4 cup olive oil
  • 1 large lemon, squeezed
  • 1 large lemon, sliced
  • 2 tbsp rosemary
  • 5 garlic cloves, crushed
  • Salt and pepper to taste

 

What you do:

  1. Preheat the oven to 400 F.
  2. Add oil to a large skillet and set to medium-high heat.
  3. Season chicken breasts with desired amount of salt and pepper, then place breast-side down in the pan. Cook for 4-5 minutes or until chicken is browned.
  4. Turn chicken over and pour lemon juice, rosemary, and garlic over the chicken. Top with sliced lemons.
  5. Bake at 400 degrees for 30-35 minutes, or until the chicken is done.

 

 

2. Spaghetti Zoodles

Serves 2. Low carb? No problem. If you’re eating Paleo, you’ll probably want to invest in a veggie spiralizer, because zucchini, butternut squash, and sweet potato all make awesome noodle replacements. If you don’t have a spiralizer, you can also julienne these noodles. Full recipe here.

 

 

3. Broiled Salmon

Serves 4. Salmon is a tasty fish with lots of good-for-you Omega-3’s, which can help maintain bone density and lowers your risk of heart disease. Plus, we love a good sheet pan dinner.

 

What you need:

  • 1 lemon, sliced
  • 1 1/2 lbs salmon fillet, skin left on
  • 1/3 cup ghee
  • 2 tbsp lemon juice
  • 1 tbsp maple syrup
  • 4 cloves garlic, minced
  • Salt and pepper to taste
  • 1/2 tsp paprika

 

What you do:

  1. Preheat oven to 375 F. Line sheet pan with foil.
  2. Place lemon slices on sheet pan. Lay your salmon fillet skin-side down on top of the slices.
  3. In a bowl, whisk your melted ghee, lemon juice, garlic and maple syrup. Spoon ¾ of the mixture over the salmon. Season your fish with salt, pepper and paprika.
  4. Place another piece of foil over the salmon and fold the edges together to keep the moisture inside.
  5. Bake for 15 minutes. Remove foil and drizzle the salmon with the rest of your ghee mixture. 
  6. Turn the oven to broil. Place salmon under the broiler and cook until golden, about 5-7 minutes.

  

 

4. Easy Paleo Beef Meatballs

Serves 4. Easy, simple, delicious, Paleo and fast, these beef meatballs are the perfect weeknight go-to. Pair them with zoodles or cauliflower mash. Full recipe here.

 

 

5. Paleo Fried Rice

Serves 4 as a side dish. Craving takeout? This recipe will hit the spot. You can make your own riced cauliflower using a grater or food processor, but most grocery stores also sell prepackaged riced cauliflower if you’re looking to save some time.

 

What you need:

  • 1 large head of cauliflower (or 12 ounces of riced cauliflower)
  • 3 teaspoons avocado oil
  • 4 green onions, chopped
  • 4 garlic cloves, minced
  • 1 tbsp minced ginger
  • 2 large carrots, diced
  • ¼ cup coconut aminos
  • 1 tsp sesame oil
  • 3 eggs, whisked

 

What you do:

  1. Grate your cauliflower or pulse chunks in the food processor to make cauliflower rice.
  2. Heat 2 tsp of the avocado oil in a frying pan on medium-high heat. Add green onions, garlic and ginger and cook for 2 minutes.
  3. Add cauliflower rice, carrots and coconut aminos. Cook, stirring regularly, for 5 minutes.
  4. Add sesame oil to pan. Cook until veggies are soft.
  5. Make room in your pan and add remaining avocado oil. Pour eggs in and scramble them, then stir into rice.

 

 

Need more Paleo recipes? Check out our Greens Paleo Smoothie.