12 Paleo Diet Meal Ideas

Potato Leek Soup with Bacon

Are you struggling for primal/paleo meal ideas? You may have breakfast and lunch dialed down but are unsure what to make for dinner. Or maybe you are sick and tired of bacon and eggs for breakfast and want something new.

In this post I will throw at you 12 different meal ideas. I personally enjoy one or two big ass salads every single day and never get sick of them.

Feel free to mix and match any of the following.

1. Big Ass Salad

My favorite. Everyday I grab my large red bowl, throw in the following:

  • Mixed greens, spinach, romaine or other green
  • Veggies and/or fruits
  • Meat/Fish/Fowl/Eggs

I’ll sometimes add avocado or shredded coconut and my dressing is always different. Some combination of vinegars, olive oil, macadamia oil, mustard, lemon or lime juice is the norm. I’ll even throw in some dark chocolate chips sometimes.

2. Smoothie

This is easy for me because I also make smoothies on an almost daily basis. I mean, I kind of have to since I am the creator of Toadally Primal Smoothies. I’ll sometimes enjoy a smoothie as a meal or part of a meal. It’s not hard to create a smoothie with 400-800 calories. Especially if you throw in raw eggs and/or coconut milk.

3. Meat & Veggies

This is simple. If you have steak, chicken breasts, thighs or drumsticks, pork chops, fish, crab legs, lobster tail, venison or more of the same, then throw that on the grill, in the broiler, on a frying pan, etc. Steam, roast, bake or grill veggies along with it. Throw some butter, coconut oil or other fat on the veggies and/or meat. Add spices or herbs as you please.

4. Egg Scramble

This is one of the simplest meals. Grab your smallest sauce pan and warm up your favorite fat. Once melted, crack 3-4 eggs in a bowl, whisk and then throw in the pan. Cover for a few minutes and then stir into a scramble. Cook it on medium low for best results. Add your favorite spices or try something new. Add various veggies a few minutes before the eggs are finished cooking depending on how cooked you want your veggies. I often times will throw in a half or full 6 oz can of tomato paste. Enjoy with a smoothie or piece of fruit if you wish.

5. Crustless Quiche

Throw eggs, veggies and pre-cooked meat in a 9×9 pan and bake for about 30 minutes or so at a 350+ degree oven. The temp and time is very general. An excellent recipe for a crustless quiche can be found in Mark Sisson’s latest cookbook, Primal Blueprint Quick & Easy Meals. This quiche will last 1-2 people many meals.

6. Stir Fry

This is very similar to a big ass salad. The only difference is you are going to cook your veggies! Warm up your favorite fat in a saucepan, add veggies and then some meat! Robb Wolf likes to make it easy and says to add meat and veggies at the same time and then simply cover on a medium-low heat for about 7 minutes or so. Throw in random spices for added flavor.

7. Plate of “Sides”

Who says you have to do something crazy for your meal? Or even enjoy some type of animal food? How does this sound for a meal… Larabar, coconut flakes and avocado. This is a perfect “I’m in a huge rush” meal. Not much protein but you don’t need x amount of grams of protein every single meal. Get over it. This meal would still give you more than 10 grams.

8. Leftovers

When you cook food, cook a lot of food. Eat the leftovers. A lot of times they are a lot better since the spices are able to mingle.

9. Large Steak, Fruit Salad or Something Not Primal

Have you ever enjoyed a nice sized steak, say 16 oz and nothing else as a meal? I have yet to do it but I want to badly. Who says that you have to eat animal and plant foods for every single meal. Enjoy a steak one meal and then enjoy a fruit salad the next meal. Are you worried about the fructose content? Then do this once in a blue moon. I guarantee it will not harm you if you do this once or twice per year.

Enjoy food that is not primal once in a while. I always prefer to eat primal foods, foods that I can tolerate well, because I generally feel awesome when I consume them. I am also very curious. The last time I had deep dish pizza in Chicago was over 2 years ago. I visit my brother there often and I am thinking of trying some deep dish next time. Will I feel like shit after? Only if I eat a few slices. I think I’ll be fine if I limit it to one piece… ok, not going to happen! Maybe two?

10. Soup

Grab your dutch oven. Throw some water or broth in. Throw in veggies and fresh herbs with some sea salt and black pepper or other spices. Fry up some hamburger meat or other meat of your choice and add in once the veggies are how you like them. Make a lot so you have leftovers. Make hot soup in the winter and chilled soup in the summer. Say what? Click here for chilled soup recipes.

11. Slow-Cooked Beef Roast

One of my favorite winter meals in West Michigan is a beef roast in the slow cooker. Since I work from home I don’t mind the aromas in the kitchen while the roast is cooking.

Make this easy. Brown all sides of the roast in your favorite fat for a couple minutes and then throw the roast in your slow cooker with some water or broth. Add spices and herbs. Feel free to add some root vegetables if you have a desire. Or make a big salad to enjoy with it. Or eat it on its own!

12. Intermittent Fast

Skip a meal once in a while. While I prefer 3 meals a day I only eat 2 many times. Skip a meal or simply don’t worry when there is not optimal food around. You do not have to eat every single day in order to feel awesome!

Phew. That’s a lot of meal ideas! I am sure you all have more ideas! Let me know in the comment section what your favorite primal meals are.

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  1. says

    I love having just a big steak as a meal. I will almost always fry up some mushrooms and onions with it though, so maybe that doesn’t count.

  2. says

    Great list, Todd! We slow-cook a roast every Sunday. I love it because then we have enough food for the next few days! I haven’t made a crustless quiche yet, but definitely plan to try it soon.

  3. says

    In the summer, Scott and I pretty much have salad and some type of grilled meat almost every night. Last night, Scott ate a big late lunch and wasn’t hungry for dinner. So I picked up a rotisserie chicken and ate both legs and a thigh with nothing else (mostly because I was too lazy to prepare anything). Sometimes eating a meat only meal feels about as primal as you can get!

  4. says

    Love the idea of adding shredded coconut to your salad!

    Since going Paleo, the crockput is my new best friend. So much you can do with it and so little preparation or care required. The unrolled cabbage rolls are one of my faves, especially with cabbage being so plentiful and rather inexpensive:) Try to use grass-fed beef (or other meat) where possible.

  5. says

    How to make a primal meal:

    Choose a protein. Pastured eggs, pastured meat and poultry, and sustainable seafood are probably top of the list.

    Add fat, preferably from animals.

    Add veggies until you feel full, or just because they are delicious.

    If your protein is fatty, you might not need to add more fat. If your protein and fat are large, you might not need much in the way of veggies.

    Oh, and we tend to do crustless quiches at least once a week since they’re simple and fast. I’ll add potatoes to make a Spanish tortilla-like thing, or else just leeks and maybe some spinach. And I serve it with a salad or a pile of kale. Egg scrambles are a go-to breakfast. “Meat and veggies” is the template I use for most of my meals. So yeah, great post!

  6. John says

    Hey, great read! Where in west michigan did you grow up? I, myself am from Comstock Park.

      • John says

        No, I left about 7 years ago for the military. I live in MD/DC now.
        Roughly where in GR are you?

        • says

          I WAS living with my parents who live just off the corner of E. Beltline and Cascade Rd. Are you familiar with this area? Right next to the Cascade Country Club on Glenn Dr. Forest Hills district.

          I am in the process of moving across the country. Staying with my brother in Chicago right now and am flying out to Olympia, WA on June 26! This is a huge move for me as I’ve been living with my parents all 24 years of my life minus 3 months with my sister and maybe 100 days with my brother here in Chicago.

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