5 Quick and Easy Paleo Recipes

Published: 14th March 2012
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If you are following a Paleo Diet, you already know how good it is for your health, especially heart health. These diets are based on eating low carb, with little or no grains. You concentrate on lean, preferably grass fed meats, poultry, eggs, and vegetables. Cut out the sweets and higher carb foods, especially wheat and corn. You want to avoid raising your blood sugar levels over 100. This can be easily tested with a finger prick metering device used one to two hours following a meal. Here are some easy to make recipes that will help you stay with your Paleo Diet. Some use coconut oil which is high in good essential fats.

• Easy Chicken and Vegetables

For each person select ¼ to ½ pound chicken breast or thigh meat. In a large frying pan or electric skillet add ¼ cup coconut or canola oil. Place 1 or two tbsp of chopped garlic and 1 to 2 tbsp chopped onion in the oil and heat on medium high. When you note that the oil is sufficiently hot place the chicken on top of the cooking spices. Cook until one side looks done then turn the pieces over to complete the cooking. Add vegetables of choice to the chicken. Choose kale, broccoli, celery or others you may have on hand, while avoiding starches like potatoes and carrots. You can use almost any green vegetable that you enjoy. When the chicken is done, the vegetable should be nicely steamed. Serve immediately.

• Paleo Stir fry

Stir frying is a simple way to cook that is healthful and can be easily varied to your taste. The trick is using little oil and keeping the heat on high. One simple dish uses cubed pieces of meat. Put one tbsp of coconut or other oil in your wok or pan. Heat with spices added to the oil. Garlic, onion, pepper, any spice you prefer can be used here. Once hot add the meat cubes and continue to stir on high heat until almost done. Pour a small amount of soy sauce down the sides of the wok or pan and continue to stir. Serve with steamed vegetables. You can substitute chicken, tofu or fish for the meat, or choose to cook only vegetable this way.

• Super healthy salad

Salads are especially good for you and most of them will fit the Paleo lifestyle. Use romaine lettuce which is high in vitamins and minerals instead of iceberg which is limited in nutritional content. Use green kale leaves stripped off the stems and torn into small pieces. Kale is very high in protein for you. Add some shredded coconut, almonds, roasted sunflower seeds, and any raw vegetables you enjoy. Make an easy healthful dressing with some canola oil and apple cider vinegar shaken together. A small amount of crushed garlic and a sprinkle of lemon juice will complete your healthy dressing. Eat as much salad as you are able to at each meal. Make the salad portion larger than the other portions.

• Turkey Meat Balls with Quinoa

Select ½ to 1 lb ground turkey and place it in a large bowl. Add 1 tbsp salt, 2 tbsp pepper, 1 tbsp garlic powder. Mix the spices into the meat and add one whole egg. Add additional spices to taste. Shape the meat into small or medium balls, and cook in oil on medium heat until done. Serve with a side of steamed vegetables.

• Cooked Quinoa.

Quinoa (keen-wah) makes a lower carb and very healthy side dish that is better for you than pasta. It is easily cooked. Wash the quinoa well under the faucet in a small strainer. Place twice the amount of water as quinoa in a pan and bring to a boil. Add the quinoa and turn to low heat. When the water is absorbed the quinoa is done. A cup of quinoa has 5 grams of protein, but also 30 grams of carbohydrates, so this should be eaten in small quantities only.

The Paleo lifestyle can contain many varied and delicious meals that you can eat while contributing to your heart health. Find more healthy recipes at paleofood.com

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