You gave up bread, you skipped the cheese platter, and you’re making your own almond flour desserts. You’re officially Paleo. It’s not so hard, right? We think it’s safe to say that your biggest struggle is deciding which recipes to make. There are so many! That’s why we tapped Paleo blogger Michelle Tam of Nom Nom Paleo to be our featured foodie this week. Her grain- and dairy-free meals are the reason you can stop searching Pinterest for the best Paleo recipes, because everything you need is right here.
1. Cracklin’ Chicken
Move over, KFC, there’s a new crispy chicken in town that doesn’t require a deep fryer. With just four simple ingredients, Paleo-approved “fried” chicken is possible. While seasonings usually make or break a dish, in this case, it’s all about the cooking method. The key is a hot pan, chicken thighs (not breasts), and a little pounding.
2. Slow Cooker Kalua Pig
Put on your hula skirts, because you’re about to eat kalua pig. Since it might be tough for you to dig a hole in your backyard (or fly to Hawaii on a whim), the slow cooker makes it possible to put this Hawaiian dish on your plate tonight. Mimic the flavor by tucking garlic cloves inside the pork and generously coating the outside in coarse Hawaiian salt. The secret? Line the basin with bacon strips before adding in the meat and let the heat do the rest.
3. Roasted Brussels Sprouts and Bacon
This might sound “so last year,” but give this dish a chance. The cruciferous veg gets tossed with ghee and bits of bacon, before being popped into the oven for a crispy finish. We imagine it will become a staple at breakfast (with runny eggs), lunch (tossed with salad greens), or dinner (served with chicken and sweet potatoes). If your produce drawer is tired of Brussels getting all the attention, this recipe works just as well with cauliflower and broccoli.
4. Crispy Swoodles With Bacon
Swoodles are basically the zoodles of the fall and winter season. But instead of standing in for noodles in a pasta dish, the sweet potato noodles are cooked with onions, coodles (carrot noodles—we just made that up), and bacon for a crunchy base just waiting to be topped with a protein of your choice.
5. Sunnyside Salad
Stop overthinking your next meal. Eggs? Check. Salad greens? Got ’em. Now you’re good to go. Crispy, golden brown eggs are thrown over a bed of salad greens for this brunch-worthy dish that’s made in five minutes. Drizzle with balsamic vinegar, because once it mixes with the runny egg yolk, that’s the only dressing you’ll need.
6. Pressure Cooker Beef Stew
Good news: This is not your mother’s beef stew. With tender chunks of meat swimming in an onion and garlic broth, you’ll be shocked this only takes 35 minutes to make. BRB, we’re running out to buy an instant pot so our meat doesn’t need to pull an all-nighter in a slow cooker.
7. Paleo Sausage Egg McMuffun
Eggs, you’re even more versatile than we thought. First, you’re muffins—and now biscuits! For that McMuffin shape, get out the cookie cutter you stashed away when you decided to go Paleo, because the rounds of egg, sausage, and avocado are what make this breakfast sandwich a keeper.
8. Pork and Napa Cabbage Soup
We know what you’re thinking: cabbage soup = cleanse. Not this time. This one-pot meal is healthy like the soup cleanse you thought about doing (for one second), but its umami flavor tastes like a big bowl of comfort that will keep you warm all winter long.
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