The easier a weeknight meal can be, the better. Honestly, that’s half the reason drive-thrus and takeout are so tempting. But healthy meals really don’t have to take forever to make—these 10-minute Paleo dinners are proof. Even if you only have a few minutes to spare, you can throw together a healthy soup, a faux-pasta dish, or cauliflower fried rice, and still stay on track with your caveman diet habits. Make enough for two and you’ve got lunch ready for tomorrow. See, this meal-prep thing isn’t so bad either.
1. Spicy Jalapeño Broccoli Falafel
Falafel is usually a no-no on Paleo since legumes are out, but this recipe has a workaround. Instead of chickpeas and flour, they’re made with broccoli rice, cassava flour, jalapeño pepper, and spices. Serve them over greens with sliced carrots and cherry tomatoes, or whatever salad veggies you have on hand.
2. Spicy Beef Chili
This slow-cooker recipe only takes 10 minutes to put together, and then your work is done. It’s also got a secret ingredient: cold brew! Coffee and bone broth work surprisingly well together, and with cinnamon and cayenne mixed in, you get even more of a sweet and smoky flavor.
3. Cashew Tuna Salad Cucumber Bites
Think of this as the Paleo version of cheese and crackers. When you’re really not feeling up to cooking and are A-OK with a fuss-free dinner, mix up some tuna salad and slice up a cucumber to use as chips. Just make sure to stock up on Paleo-approved mayo first.
4. Sheet Pan Shrimp Scampi
This scampi is pasta-free, sadly, but its flavors will remind you of the original Italian meal… it’s all about the olive oil, red pepper flakes, parsley, and lemon juice. Layer the shrimp and broccoli over zoodles if you want something to twirl.
5. Avocado Deviled Egg Salad
Egg salad is one of those love-it-or-hate-it meals, but if you’re a fan, you need to try this tricked-out Whole30 version. It’s made with bacon, avocado, and chives, and topped with a heavy shake of paprika. Try it in lettuce wraps, served with veggies, or on its own.
6. Fried Cauliflower Rice
This fried rice will be ready way before the delivery guy could get a greasy container to you, and it’s Whole30-approved. It’s got all the usual healthy fried rice suspects: cauli rice, veggies, and eggs, plus coconut aminos and sesame oil in place of soy sauce. BTW, if you haven’t bought those two yet, they’re Paleo/Whole30 must-haves.
7. Creamy Sun-Dried Tomato Chicken
When you need something warm, creamy, and savory (in a hurry, obvs), try this one-pan chicken dish. Arrowroot powder helps thicken the chicken broth and is mixed with coconut cream to make it taste super indulgent without using a pint of heavy cream. Plus, sun-dried tomatoes are always a win.