We recently went through a month or so where Mr. Garland was eating a strictly Paleo diet. He decided to try it out to see if it helped with some health issues he was dealing with (it did!) and to help him jump-start the process of cutting out the majority of the sugar from his diet. During this month, I joked that I was “part-time Paleo” – I continued my normal routines for breakfast and lunch, but at dinner time, I ate Paleo with Mr. Garland. He has backed off a bit from the strictness of the Paleo diet, but ever since that month we have really changed the types of foods that we’re eating at dinner and overall I would say our diet is much healthier than it was before.
I’m an incredibly picky eater, so I was very nervous about participating in this little experiment with Mr. Garland. We also have a two-year-old, which means anything we made needed to be picky-eater-friendly. We did a lot of reading and a lot of searching around the internet for meals that would make the whole family happy, and we ended up with a great variety of ideas for easy weeknight meals that we all enjoyed…and surprisingly, the diet was much more delicious than I expected and it also wasn’t as expensive as I expected it to be. It got very pricey when we tried to play around with baking (we tried to make cookies one night) or when we tried to make healthier versions of the unhealthy foods we liked, but if we stuck to a simple diet of meat and produce, it wasn’t that much more expensive than our normal grocery shopping trips – especially since we completely cut out the need to buy any processed or boxed food!
I thought I’d share the recipes that we found that we’re still making on the regular, even though we aren’t “officially” a Paleo household anymore. I’m sharing 7 recipes that we have tried and absolutely loved, and 3 more than we haven’t tried yet but can’t wait to!
Paleo Swedish Meatballs via Plated With Style
Garlic Roasted Cod via Paleo Leap (Mr. Garland requests this weekly now!)
One-Pan Tuscan Pork Chops via Sweet C’s Designs
Lemon Rosemary Chicken via Bravo for Paleo (this one is my favorite!)
Slow Cooker Paleo Turkey Meatballs via Wholesomelicious
Roasted Beets & Carrots with Rosemary Garlic Butter via PaleOMG (I could eat this every night)
Paleo Lemon Butter Chicken via Jay’s Baking Me Crazy
Slow Cooker Broccoli Beef via La Creme de la Crumb
Sweet Potato Hash via Delicious Meets Healthy
Cilantro-Lime Chicken with Avocado Salsa via Joyful Healthy Eats
Have you ever tried Paleo or the Whole 30 diet? I’d love to hear recommendations for other healthy recipes!