Food & Recipes
Based on the eating practices of primitive humans—who didn’t have access to the grains, processed foods, refined sugars, and dairy products we’re used to having on-hand today—the paleo diet continues to be one of the most popular food tribes around. Here are 10 Back-to-the-Basics Paleo Recipes: 1. Paleo Cracker-Crusted Chicken with Shaved Brussels Sprouts  A far cry from the overly sweet honey-mustard chicken recipes in your past, this updated take on a classic features a paleo cracker crust that’s made with almond flour crackers (we suggest Simple Mills Fine Ground Sea Salt Almond Flour Crackers). 2. Grilled Mixed Vegetables with Chili and Lime (V)  These veggies have a lightly charred exterior and a succulent juicy interior. The light coating of mildly spicy chili adds a nice little kick. 3. Raw Kale Salad with Pumpkin Seeds (V)  This salad brings out the best in kale, a phytonutrient-rich food that provides more immune-enhancing vitamin C than other leafy greens. Dark green dinosaur (Tuscan) kale is less bitter than its curly-leaf cousin, but either type will work. Crunchy pumpkin seeds serve as more than a garnish—they contain zinc, a mineral that regulates the production of infection-fighting white blood cells. 4. Raw Swiss Chard Wraps (V)  These wraps may look complicated, but they're truly quick and easy. The only step that takes forethought (besides the shopping) is soaking the almonds overnight. The rest is a breeze, and it’s a fun snack, even for kids! 5. Almond-Hazelnut Dip (V)  This fabulous paleo-friendly dip is a healthy alternative to sour-cream-laden options. It’s great on raw vegetables, such as celery and carrot sticks, or on paleo-friendly crackers, such as Flackers gluten-free flax seed crackers.  6. Chicken Curry Salad with Apples and Walnuts  To choose a paleo-friendly mayo for this recipe, look for products with an olive or avocado oil base (avoid soybean or sunflower). We suggest Primal Kitchen mayo, which is Certified Paleo. 7. Cauliflower and Parsnip Stuffing (V)  Packing a bevy of unexpected flavors, this grain-free stuffing alternative is a health oasis on the party table. 8. Fresh Taco Wraps (V)  These vegan-friendly paleo tacos are filled with a delicious rich “cheeze” made of cashews and cilantro, and topped with a crumbled nut “meat” of heart-healthy walnuts and spices. The cheeze keeps for three or four days in the fridge and the meat for up to a week. 9. Vegetable "Spaghetti" (V)  This colorful assortment of vegetables is low in carbohydrates and completely grain-free. With this much fresh flavor, you won't even miss the pasta. Skip the chicken and this fresh dish turns into a vegan delight. Don’t feel like breaking out the spiralizer? Pick up a pack of Veggie Noodle Co’s spiralized noodles. 10. Paleo-Vegan Chocolate Chip Cookies (V)  Searching for the perfect chocolate chip cookie recipe that your dairy-free, gluten-free, refined sugar-free friends can eat? These cookies will do the trick. And who doesn’t like a good cookie now and then? Special thanks to Delicious Living for helping us put together this article.