Hi there and welcome to Flawed yet Functional! I’m Emily, and I am passionate about finding optimal health through food, habits, and hobbies. Do you know what would have helped me tremendously at the beginning of my diet changes? A few tried and true recipes. So today I’d like to share my top 5 Paleo dinner recipes. They’re well tested and kid-approved! Make them tonight!
First up is a spicy retake on the quintessential taco: the taco bowl! All grains are off-limits in the Paleo diet, so this delicious taco meat and easy guacamole are lying on a savory bed of sweet potatoes. It’s a favorite of kids and adults alike! Your non-Paleo friends will love it too, so serve it at your next get-together!
Cooking Tip: This recipe usually has a lot of meat leftover. For leftovers, toss it over cauliflower rice or any other roasted vegetables you’ve got in the fridge! Taco meat is the perfect topping for using up odds and ends!
Second, sweet potato beef stew is a delightful blend of flavors that might surprise you. It’s warm and hearty, reheats well in the microwave or slow cooker, and will fill you up without weighing you down. I can’t say enough good things about this recipe. Heidi at Rally Pure did a knock-out job on this one! Try it next time a cool night is headed your way!
Cooking Tip: There are two versions of this recipe! Here’s one for an instant pot and a one-pan stovetop version. No matter your cooking appliances, you can make this hearty, delicious soup! Also, the leftovers are out of this world. Consider this recipe for making batch lunches!
While it is easiest to make this Paleo casserole around Thanksgiving when leftover turkey abounds, don’t shy away from substituting different meat! Got leftover chicken (maybe from the recipe below??), what about pulled pork? Use them all! Paleo shepherd’s pie is delicious any time of the year!
Cooking Tip: Shepherd’s Pie is the most versatile casserole around! Not only can you substitute any meat, feel free to use any veggies you’ve got at home too! No leftover mashed potatoes? Top it with cauliflower mash! No celery and carrots? Toss in green beans and broccoli! Really, whatever vegetables you’ve got in the house, this dish will make them delicious.
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Would you like a meal that just keeps on giving? Make this whole roasted chicken tonight. It isn’t hard, don’t be scared, and you will love the tender, juicy chicken with any vegetables you have on hand. Tomorrow, use the leftover chicken to make Paleo Chicken Salad or Shepherd’s Pie. Then toss the carcass in the slow cooker with 12 cups of water and 2 tablespoons of apple cider vinegar and make bone broth. It’s the meal that just keeps giving!
Cooking Tip: Make sure the chicken is completely thawed before cooking. Any frozen bits will take much longer to cooking making other parts dry out. Pressed for time? Spatchcock the chicken for quicker cooking!
Paleo “Spaghetti” and Meatballs
Spaghetti and meatballs is comfort food to the core, and you can still enjoy the flavors of your childhood with a Paleo spin! The bolognese sauce is simmered to perfection over a couple of hours (so make sure you leave time for this or make it a day or two ahead!) then finished off with meatballs and poured over a bed of spaghetti squash. Don’t let the squash scare you! It’s easy to cook and mild in flavor, a perfect match for the savory sauce!
Cooking Tips: Spaghetti sauce is wonderful over any bed of “noodles.” I love zucchini noodles, sweet potato noodles, or even cauliflower rice, in a pinch. Don’t feel limited to spaghetti squash!
Is your mouth watering yet? Mine is! Try one of these top 5 Paleo dinner recipes tonight. You won’t be disappointed!
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