20 Paleo Dinner Recipes
If you're following a paleo diet, or even if you're just wanting to try something new, these paleo dishes are a great way to dive right in to a healthy lifestyle. Paleo recipes feature zero grains, dairy (besides clarified butter), legumes, or processed foods. Paleo foods are considered wholesome, healthy, and usually feature a nice portion of meat nestled in with some veggies. Dig right in with these exceptional paleo-approved dishes.
Flank Steak with Herb Dressing and Charred Broccolini
Adding the steak's juices into the dressing it's served with boosts savory satisfaction.
Easy Herbed Pork Tenderloin
We suggest buying poultry blend herbs, which will provide a mix of rosemary and thyme in 1 package (instead of buying 2 separate packages). Be sure to reserve half of the pork for the next day's lunch.
This recipe goes with: Winter Salad with Easy Herbed Pork Tenderloin
Sea Bass with Citrus Salsa
This recipe gives you dinner party elegance in a 20-minute dish. We rely on sea bass, a tender, mild-flavored fish with a lovely buttery quality. There are several sustainable options to choose from (Atlantic black sea bass, for one), so ask questions at the fish counter to ensure you're making a responsible choice. You can also use cod, sablefish (also called black cod), striped bass, or barramundi with great results.
Grilled Steaks with Celery and Anchovy Salad
This is dinner for people who have big appetites (or are on the Paleo diet). If you want less meat, just grill 2 steaks and cut them in half. Also, cutting the celery by hand gives you neater, crisper pieces than if you use a handheld slicer or a food processor.
Seared Cod with Bacon, Braised Fennel, and Kale
Sear the cod fillets in the bacon drippings first to get a good crust; then add back to the pan, and cover so they can steam and impart their juices to the vegetable mixture. You can also use grouper or snapper.
Pork and Charred Brussels Sprouts with Chile Lime Sauce
Chef Gregory Gourdet prepares modern Asian cuisine at Portland's Departure Restaurant + Lounge. But at home, the Bikram yoga disciple and marathoner adheres strictly to the Paleo diet, which is rooted in whole foods and nutritionally dense ingredients. Here's how the chef-athlete gives a healthy, classic meat-and-vegetable combo an unexpected Southeast Asian flavor twist.
Kale, Apple, and Almond Chicken Salad
A simple lemon vinaigrette doubles as a marinade. Make sure to pat the chicken dry before searing, or the excess liquid will keep the meat from browning. This salad is packs a serious crunch and is loaded with superfoods and antioxidants to keep you satisfied and energized.
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Bacon, Egg, and Kale Breakfast Salad
Based loosely on the flavors of a BLT, this salad is hearty and light at the same time. Don't worry if it feels like you don't have a lot of dressing; the luscious golden yolk makes a creamy sauce in the bowl.
Prosciutto-Wrapped Chicken with Tomato-Basil Salad
This summery riff on saltimbocca is simplicity itself, with big flavor hits provided by prosciutto and heirloom tomatoes. Fragrant shallots, grated to a pulp, serve as a marinade for the chicken, yielding delicious results. Summer tomatoes have a beefiness and richness unlike those harvested any other time of year. They stand up well to robust chicken thighs and salty prosciutto. You can also try this recipe using a standard white fish such as cod or halibut and adjust the cooking time depending on the choice of protein.
Pork Medallions with Scallions and Magic Green Sauce
Scallions are used three ways: in a sauce, as a vegetable, and as a garnish. The sauce can be made a day ahead and magically transforms the simplest food into something spectacular. Try it on chicken or steak, too, or as a spread in a sandwich.
Chicken Bites with Tomato Mint Salsa
If gluten-free guests are on your invite list, make this mellow dunking salsa with a flour-free brand of chipotle chiles in adobo sauce, such as La Costeña.
Salmon with Red Pepper Pesto
If you don't like the bite of raw garlic, drop the clove in boiling water for 1 minute to blanch, then proceed with the pesto.
Olive Oil-Poached Black Cod with Lemons, Capers, and Thyme
Poaching in oil keeps the fillet moist, not oily. Serve fish with hot cooked pasta, rice, or couscous for a complete meal. To reuse oil, cool completely, strain, and store in refrigerator for a week.
Sautéed Black Grouper with Peach Relish
Black grouper, a mild white-fleshed fish, comes from the Gulf of Mexico and is a sustainable seafood choice, but not all kinds of grouper are. If you can't find black grouper, you can substitute sustainably caught halibut, cod, or salmon.
Pan-roasted Halibut with Kale Pesto and Cherry Tomatoes
Kale pesto and tender tomatoes are the perfect compliment to a flaky, pan-roasted halibut fillet. This easy-to-follow fish recipe looks impressive and can be on your table in less than 30 minutes.
Spice-Rubbed Flank Steak with Fresh Salsa
This flank steak is brushed with tons of spices. There's cumin, paprika, chipotle chile powder, and even some cinnamon!
Grilled Chicken with Mint and Pine Nut Gremolata
Cover your basic grilled chicken with a zesty herb topping for an anything-but-average meal. It also works well over steak or fish.
Balsamic Grilled Flank Steak
This beautiful flank steak comes together in a snap and uses only 5 ingredients. Top with cherry tomatoes and basil leaves just before serving.