Experimenting with a new way of eating, like the paleo diet, can be hard. When you’re not sure what you can and can’t eat, it’s easy to get stuck in a rut. But it doesn’t have to be that way. There are plenty of flavorful and unique high-protein, low-carb recipes that stick to paleo parameters, meaning you should get excited about all the things you can eat on a paleo diet, instead of those you can’t. Whether you’re using your slow cooker, Instant Pot, or the plain old oven and stove, these are just some of our favorite paleo recipes right now.
1. Sheet pan salmon and carrots with carrot top pesto
Succulent salmon is even better paired with sweet roasted carrots and a zingy pesto made from the carrot tops. Waste not, want not!
2. Bacon-wrapped ranch meatloaf
This savory meatloaf is wrapped in bacon for maximum meaty impact. The secret ingredients? Almond flour acts as a binder, while grated zucchini keeps things juicy.
3. Paleo sausage asparagus scramble
Crumbled sausage makes everything taste like a dream, including cauliflower rice that’s flavored with ginger and lemon. Balanced with green asparagus and a fried egg, this is one breakfast you’ll find yourself craving.
4. Low-carb paleo sticky spare ribs
Most store-bought barbecue sauces are loaded with refined white sugar and corn syrup. Make your own, sweetened with maple syrup, and you can feast on sticky ribs just like your paleolithic ancestors.
5. Mexican cauliflower rice
Cauliflower rice can be bland and boring if not cooked correctly. Starting it with a base of onion, jalapeno, and carrot, then adding just the right amount of tomato sauce and spices infuses the cauliflower with flavor without weighing it down.
6. Pressure cooker paleo sweet and sour chicken thighs
Getting Chinese take out is pretty much a no-no when you’re eating paleo. But the cravings never go away! That’s why we’re obsessed with this recipe for gluten-free, grain-free, sugar-free sweet and sour chicken thighs, cooked to tender perfection in your Instant Pot.
7. Paleo pho with spiralized noodles
With bone broth this good, you won’t even care that the usual rice noodles have been replaced with spiralized vegetables.
8. Pomegranate-glazed turkey meatballs
A little tangy, a little sweet, these turkey meatballs are made with coconut sugar and pomegranate juice to stay paleo compliant.
9. Instant Pot Moroccan spicy vegetable soup
Paleo dining doesn’t have to mean eating nothing but meat. A hearty soup made with lots of vegetables and warming Moroccan spices hits the spot.
10. Paleo morning glory coffee cake
Gluten-free coffee cake? It does exist. This one is loaded with grated carrots, apple, and raisins, then topped with a stick coconut butter and orange juice glaze.
11. Paleo cassava flour pancakes
Cassava flour and eggs keep these pancakes nice and light, even without the usual baking powder.
12. Dairy-free paleo ranch
Now that spring vegetables are in season, we need a go-to ranch dip to have on hand when we get back from the farmer’s market ready to snack. This one is vegan, too.
13. Paleo skillet honey sesame chicken
A six-ingredient, one-skillet meal that the whole family will love? Yeah, we’re adding this one to the menu.
14. Low-carb lettuce wrap sandwiches
Ditch the bread for lettuce and double up on fillings for a protein-rich, low-carb lunch.