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If you've decided to try the caveman diet, there are a few things you've probably already done-the grocery shopping, the pantry cleanout, and lots of Googling what you can and can't eat. Now it's time to get some easy Paleo recipes bookmarked so you're not left wondering what the heck to cook on a Wednesday night. These recipes are made for Paleo beginners because they don't have crazy-long ingredient lists and they won't take hours to prep, so you can feel like a champ from week one. But really, these are great for Paleo eaters at any stage because who has time to cook complicated recipes? Clean eating, here we come.
1. Paleo Taco SkilletShare on Pinterest
Already missing Taco Tuesday? Consider this the next best thing. It uses Primal Palate's Paleo Taco Seasoning to make ground beef taste a little more like your favorite taco spot's flavors. Serve the one-pan skillet mix over greens or in lettuce cups. There's something about handheld foods that we just love, ya feel us?
2. One-Pot Zucchini PastaShare on Pinterest
One-pot meals make dinner so much easier. Like, 20-minutes-total easy. With cherry tomatoes, red onion, zoodles, and basil, this pasta dinner has almost all the colors of the rainbow, and won't give you that carb-overload coma feeling.
3. Apple Cinnamon Chia Breakfast BowlShare on Pinterest
Giving up oatmeal can be a hard transition when starting the Paleo diet. Thankfully, this breakfast bowl mimics the taste and texture without any grains. Drop diced apples, dates, cinnamon, and nutmeg into a food processor, then stir in chia seeds and let sit in a sealed container overnight. In the morning, add nuts, raisins, or seeds on top.
4. Roasted Portobello Egg ToastShare on Pinterest
Hard-boiled eggs and avocado can get old real quick, so try this savory toast swap when you're craving something different. It uses thick portobello mushrooms in place of bread and juicy tomatoes under fried eggs, plus garlic and thyme to give it some extra flave.
5. Crock-Pot Turkey ChiliShare on Pinterest
Make a big pot of this turkey chili and you'll have a meal ready to go all week. After a long day at work, there's nothing better than pulling a bowl out of the fridge and having dinner almost ready. Serve it as a soup, over zoodles or swoodles (sweet potato noodles), or on top of chicken sausage, hot dog style.
6. Sausage and Slaw SkilletShare on Pinterest
Premade slaw and chicken sausage is basically the easiest Paleo lunch or dinner ever. Just heat it all up in a skillet, cooking the sausage first if you start with uncooked links. FYI, Trader Joe's has a mix with kale, Brussels, cabbage, and broccoli slaw that can double as a salad mix if you have extra.
7. Brussels Sprouts With Bacon And ApplesShare on Pinterest
This easy veggie dish can be a side, snack, or full meal if you add eggs on top, another protein on the side, or some sweet potatoes to the mix. It's a little sweet and a little salty, thanks to bacon, Pink Lady apples, olive oil, and sea salt.
8. Avocado Tuna SaladShare on Pinterest
We love the idea of using thinly sliced apples as a cracker substitute for tuna salad.You still get the crunch but don't need to go hunting for Paleo-approved crackers. Plus, avocado helps the tuna taste creamy without any mayo, and lemon juice and olive oil keep it from being too dry. Make this for lunch or a quick dinner on a night when you're really not feeling like cooking.
9. Paleo Asparagus Egg CupsShare on Pinterest
Egg cups are a Paleo staple, but sometimes you need to switch things up, even if that's as simple as switching out spinach for asparagus stalks. Since the only other ingredients are eggs, bacon, and salt and pepper, these can be prepped and ready in no time.