One of the things I love about traveling is experiencing new food and learning new ways to use ingredients.
Recently, in Portugal, I started noticing that many of the dishes used lemon and lime with the peel on. So the entire citrus fruit was used to give a stronger flavor as well as texture. So, for this Paleo guacamole recipe, I used a slice of lime diced up with the peel on. It added an extra burst of lime flavor to the guacamole that made it stand out.
This recipe is also great for those on a ketogenic diet as instead of using regular tomatoes, I only use 2 small cherry tomatoes to keep the net carbohydrate count low.
Sauerkraut has always been one of my favorite dishes – it’s crunchy, refreshing, flavorful, and deeply satisfying.
You can eat it as a snack or as a side dish. It goes great with sausages and meats. And the fact that it’s fermented means that you’ll also get a healthy dose of probiotics with every bite.
But before I get carried away, here’s a brief explanation of what sauerkraut is for those unfamiliar with it.
Sauerkraut (which means sour cabbage) is a fermented sliced cabbage recipe that’s served as a side dish with many other dishes. Traditional sauerkraut from Eastern European or German cuisines are made from sliced cabbage and often carrots. The sour flavor comes from the fermentation process although you can make quick “fake” sauerkraut by adding vinegar instead of waiting for the cabbage to ferment. And you can of course add additional flavors and vegetables to create unique and delicious recipes.
Below we’ve put together a list of 11 different Paleo sauerkraut recipes so that you can play around see what you enjoy best. Click the green button below to download the entire list.
This recipe is such an easy dessert, and it’s perfect if you have some leftover apple from another dish. You can make a quick and delicious Paleo dessert with just a few minutes of prep.
If you haven’t come across tahini paste before, it’s roasted sesame seeds ground into a thick paste. It definitely smells like sesame seeds, and you can get different colored tahini paste based on what color sesame seeds were used to make it. The consistency is similar to that of nut butter and it definitely tastes slightly nutty in flavor as well. Tahini paste has been used for centuries and is still used in many cuisines including that of many Middle Eastern regions.
If you don’t have tahini paste, then you can use almond butter instead in this recipe.
For the chocolate coating, you can use any type of dark chocolate you have available. If you’re staying mostly Paleo, then try to use dark chocolate over 70% cacao. This will have lower amounts of sugar in the chocolate. You can also use chocolate chips like the Enjoy Life chocolate chips, which are free of many allergens including soy. If you prefer to avoid as much sugar as possible, then use 100% dark chocolate for this recipe.
Most trail mixes use nuts and seeds as the ingredients, so it’s tough to find ready-made AIP (Paleo autoimmune protocol) trail mix. But luckily, you can easily create your own AIP trail mix recipe with all your favorite ingredients.
I went for a tropical flavor with this AIP trail mix recipe – mango slices and coconut flakes and freeze-dried berries give a slight crunch, sweetness, and slight chewy texture to this trail mix.
Feel free to experiment with your own flavors if you have trouble getting these specific ingredients.
Fried bananas is a popular dessert at many Thai restaurants, but they often use regular wheat flour as well as additional sugars in the dish. So, if you want to enjoy Thai fried bananas without all the junk, then give this recipe a try. It’s gluten-free, Paleo, and AIP-friendly.
This is what Thai fried bananas looks like when ordered at a Thai restaurant:
I love guacamole, but sometimes it can be time-consuming to chop up all the vegetables to put into it – like the tomatoes, onions, and peppers. So, here’s a super easy guacamole recipe that you can use to make great tasting guacamole in less than 5 minutes.
This guacamole is great to use as a dip or to add on top of meat dishes as a sauce or side dish. Or for a really easy breakfast, serve this guacamole with some scrambled eggs. This is also an AIP guacamole recipe if you omit the optional chili powder from the dish. So you can serve this guacamole even to those on the Paleo autoimmune protocol.
I first came across this simple dessert in Austin at a food cart. It was such a delightfully simple and yet delicious treat that I’m surprised it’s taken me so many years to recreate it myself.
Making these frozen banana desserts is super easy – you basically only need some ripe bananas and some chocolate for dipping it into.
If you’re not aware of this, when bananas are frozen, they become very creamy in texture. So much so, that frozen bananas blended is often used as an easy dairy-free ice-cream substitute.
Tabouli (also called tabbouleh) is a light side dish (mezze) popular in Middle Eastern cuisines. It’s traditionally made using bulgur (a type of whole grain) or couscous along with tomatoes, parsley, mint, olive oil, lemon juice, and onion.
In this dish, I’ve replaced the grains (bulgur or couscous) with raw cauliflower florets that have been food processed into small pieces. This produces a texture that’s similar to couscous in texture and look. But I’ve kept most of the other traditional ingredients to produce a similar flavor.
This dish is Paleo as well as low carb (ketogenic). It’s a great side dish to serve to help you eat more raw vegetables.
To make an AIP (Paleo autoimmune protocol) version of this cauliflower tabouli salad that’s nightshade-free, just switch the diced tomatoes for diced beets. If you have trouble find beets, then radishes can be used instead.
I’m a huge fan of simple desserts, and it doesn’t get much simpler than some fresh fruits! If you have trouble finding fresh pineapple, then you can find canned pineapple slices in many stores (just drain them before using). You can also use frozen pineapple chunks instead of the slices for a different look.
These raspberry white chocolate fat bombs (AKA keto desserts) are absolutely delicious and easy to make.
If you don’t know what fat bombs are, they are often desserts (although they can also be savory) with very little carbohydrates/sugars but lots of healthy fats. They’re also usually bite-sized so they’re perfect as snacks. If you want to know more about fat bombs, this article explains all about what they are and how to create your own.
I still recall the first time I heard about cauliflower rice. A friend of mine who knew I had gone Paleo sent me Nom Nom Paleo’s cauliflower rice recipe. I was so intrigued, I just had to give it a try. And then I promptly fell in love with cauliflower rice!
This recipe here for cauliflower white rice is the most basic form of cauliflower rice. So if you master this, you can then get creative and make your own versions of flavorful cauliflower rice. Or you can just stick to this simple dish and use it to pair with stews, curries, and stir-fries.
I first had baked pear for dessert at Alison Golden‘s house several years ago, and I was recently reminded of it again when I had a similar dessert at a restaurant in Porto, Portugal.
Baked pears are actually really easy to make but they are a fancy Paleo dessert that will wow people. Most baked pear recipes use autumn or winter spices like cinnamon and nutmeg, but I found the addition of ginger really helped to make it an anytime dessert and keep it AIP-friendly. There’s a very light spiciness that enhances the sweetness from the pears and the honey coating.
Many baked pear recipes are also made using pear halves, but it’s way easier if you don’t have to cut up the pear and hollow out the core. (I like keeping recipes easy!)
A few notes about this baked pear recipe:
This baked pear recipe doesn’t require much preparation, but it does need a full hour in the oven for the pears to get properly soft. I’ve seen some recipes (like Jamie Oliver’s) require less time in the oven, but I find the pears taste so much better when they’re tender and soft (unless of course you’re using super ripe and soft pears to begin with). So, if you’re making this for dinner, make sure you start it well in advance. You can of course, also serve this dish chilled instead of straight out of the oven. That’s how the restaurant served the baked pear dish I ordered.
You can double or triple this recipe very easily – just double or triple the ingredients.
This recipe is both Paleo and AIP-friendly (Paleo autoimmune protocol), but it’s also a fancy dessert that’s often served at upscale restaurants, so it’s perfect if you want to impress your family or guests!
It’s no secret that I love fast and easy cooking methods, and the pressure cooker (or Instant Pot) is definitely a great appliance to have around when you want to make dinner in a hurry.
And since this recipe is meat-free, it actually takes even less time to cook than other stews. If you don’t have a pressure cooker, then don’t worry, you can also make this beet cabbage apple stew recipe in a large pot on the stove (it just takes a bit longer and a bit more effort in making sure the liquid doesn’t run out in the pot).
You can make this recipe as an entree or as a side dish for your meal. The beets and apples add a slightly sweetness to the dish that really compliments the cabbage. I suggest using chicken broth as the base for this stew, but if you don’t have any or if you can’t find any that’s Paleo or AIP-friendly, then water also works fine.
If you’re on an AIP diet or a ketogenic diet, then having good bread is tough! So if you’re looking for a low carbohydrate egg-free, nut-free, and dairy-free bread recipe that’s AIP and Ketogenic, then this AIP bread rolls recipe is what you’re looking for!
Because this recipe uses a gelatin egg instead of a regular egg to hold the coconut flour together, you will find that it has a different texture to regular bread. The coconut flour also makes the bread a bit denser and drier, so enjoy it with some extra coconut oil or with some ghee (if you’re ok with ghee in your diet).