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Published on August 24, 2018

25 Easy Fast Healthy Dinner Recipes to Try (And Go Paleo) This Week

25 Easy Fast Healthy Dinner Recipes to Try (And Go Paleo) This Week

In remembrance of our ancestors who ate what was in season without modification, the Paleo diet focuses on a variety of nutritiously rich, raw foods. This actively cuts out foods that tend to cause harm to the body, like preservatives, artificial hormones, pesticides, and processed sugars, grains, and meats. Some followers fully cut out dairy as well.

The Paleo diet is a great guideline to eat by because it encourages sticking to real foods without dangerous deficits or starving tactics. It can provide a wide range of essential vitamins, minerals, healthy fats, carbs, and protein. Having that variation of nutrients leads to more energy, less fat storage, and potentially lowers the risk of disease.

Planning time to cook fresh meals can save a lot of frustration and help you stay on track with your choices. If you’re thinking about going paleo, here are 25 dinner recipes to smooth the transition!

1. (Beef) Stuffed Peppers

    This is a fun dish that families love to share. You can use a seasoning mix or create your own with unique spices, and fillings like vegetables, pulled pork or chicken.

    This recipe also uses coconut oil, a great source for healthy fats. The total prep and cook time is about 45 minutes to create 4 servings with 33 grams of protein.

    ~ Get the recipe here!

    2. Garlic & Herb Lamb Chops

      If you have an herb garden at home, this dish is the perfect use for your rosemary, mint, and parsley. The preparation calls for some extra time, about 30-45 minutes, to marinate the meat, though the actual cook time is fairly quick.

      You can utilize the time to prep some fresh veggies like the recipe recommends, perhaps some grilled or baked sweet potatoes. It creates 4 servings with 23 grams of protein.

      ~ Get the recipe here!

      3. Steak Zucchini Boats

        If your kids don’t like veggies, this may be a fun way to sneak them in. With a total prep and cook time of 40 minutes, the dish is also relatively fast to make. Each servings contains 24 grams of protein and 14 grams of carbs.

        ~ Get the recipe here!

        4. Butternut Squash Lasagna

          This clever twist on traditional lasagna uses squash instead of pasta to keep your mind clear and your waistline happy!

          While the recipe sounds delicious as it is, you can always supplement additional veggies or create a totally meat-free version.

          You’ll need about an hour to complete the entire recipes, making up to 4 servings with 51 grams of protein and a rich portion of (healthy) carbs and fats.

          ~ Get the recipe here!

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          5. Sweet Chili and Ginger Ribs

            Turn up your weekend barbecue with this finger-licking-good favorite! The ginger heats up the meat a tad, but not enough to be “spicy.”

            You will need some extra time for these to get the smokey flavor- 4 hours to be exact. One serving contains 68 grams of protein and pairs well with grilled asparagus, sweet potatoes, or bell peppers.

            ~ Get the recipe here!

            6. Pork Loin with Pesto Sauce

              Personally, pesto is one of my favorite things to make at home. Fresh Basil has many health benefits including anti-inflammatory and antibacterial properties. This recipe can also be used for chicken, steak, or eggplant if you prefer a veggie option.

              ~ Get the recipe here!

              7. Apple-Cinnamon Pork Loin

                This warm and inviting dish is perfect for any season.

                You could pair the pork with apples as in the recipe below, or substitute them for fresh summer peaches. All that’s left is some lightly sautéed green beans or carrots! Each pork serving contains about 46 grams of protein and only 15 grams of fat.

                ~ Get the recipe here!

                8. Slow-Cooker Meatballs

                  If you’re short on time, these homemade meatballs can be prepared in 15 minutes and ready by the time you come home work. If possible, try to use grass-fed beef to gain the healthiest benefits and rich protein.

                  The recipe makes 24 meatballs so there is plenty for a few servings, leftovers, or to bring for a snack at work.

                  ~ Get the recipe here!

                  9. BLT Burgers

                    Another go-to if you’re short on time, this recipe takes about 30 minutes to complete 4 servings. You could use lettuce leaves for buns to stick to a lower carb version.

                    A meat-free version can be created with substitutions like mushroom burgers or black bean and mixed veggie burgers, and swapping in vegan bacon.

                    ~ Get the recipe here!

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                    10. Chicken & Pork Stuffed Squash

                      As we get ready to welcome fall, this recipe may be one of your favorites to make ahead.

                      Squash is a great source for vitamins, helps calm the digestive system, and it keeps you satisfied for longer. You could also use smaller squash to create an appetizer platter and make a great impression at any get-together.

                      ~ Get the recipe here!

                      11. Chicken Korma with Cauliflower Rice

                        Chicken Korma hails from Asian-inspired roots and uses beautiful, immune-boosting spices in a way that takes the edge of their somewhat bitter flavors.

                        Cauliflower rice is more nutrient-dense than traditional white rice, although brown or wild rice can be paired just as well with this recipe.

                        The total prep and cook time will take about an hour, and creates 4 servings with 47 grams of protein.

                        ~ Get the recipe here!

                        12. Country-Style Chicken & Mushrooms

                          My grandmother used to make this dish almost every week, though she used heavy creams in her traditional southern style. This recipe uses coconut milk, fresh herbs and mushrooms (not from a can!). Fresh Mushrooms contain strong probiotic properties and can help balance natural bacteria in your digestive tract.

                          ~ Get the recipe here!

                          13. Chicken Nuggets with Avocado-Cilantro Dipping Sauce

                            Perfect for kids and adults alike, homemade chicken tenders are a winner in any household. With an alternative breading and dipping sauce, this dish is guilt-free and waistline friendly.

                            These are super easy to pack for work snacks or in the kid’s lunches. They require under 40 minutes to cook 4 servings, each with 48 grams of protein and 21 grams of fat.

                            ~ Get the recipe here!

                            14. Chicken & Cranberry Stuffed Sweet Potatoes

                              With only 10 grams of fat and 31 grams of protein, this recipe is great for those working hard on a calorie deficit for weight loss or for those who need to monitor their fat intake carefully.

                              Sweet potatoes are high in vitamins and provide digestive comfort. Fresh Cranberries are packed with vitamin C and help to cleanse the kidneys and urinary tract.

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                              ~ Get the recipe here!

                              15. Balsamic Chicken Drumsticks

                                Another sweet and savory dish that’s perfect for party appetizers or prepping for small meals. Balsamic Vinegar contains natural detoxing properties and adds a tangy edge when baked or grilled into meat. It pairs well with crisp greens or fresh tomatoes.

                                ~ Get the recipe here!

                                16. Keto Salmon Chopped Vegetable Salad

                                  Look no further for a light meal packed with vitamins, minerals, essential fatty acids, and hydrating ingredients. You only need about 20 minutes to prepare this recipe and it’s an excellent option for preparing meals ahead.

                                  You can keep leftover salmon separate and mix and match different veggies with dressings as you like.

                                  ~ Get the recipe here!

                                  17. Fried Fish Tacos

                                    Fish tacos are fun and perfect for anytime of the year. If you don’t particularly like cabbage, you can try fresh cucumber, basil, papaya, and mango to create a fresh fruit salsa. Simply chop them together and add a bit of olive oil.

                                    ~ Get the recipe here!

                                    18. Tuna Burgers

                                      These burgers only require about 30 minutes for 4 servings, with 34 grams of protein in each.

                                      The recipe also calls for fresh tuna, which is far better for you than that from a can. Fresh and sustainably caught tuna provides healthy fats and protein. You can use lettuce leaves or grilled mushrooms instead of white bread buns to keep it on the leaner side.

                                      ~ Get the recipe here!

                                      19. Spicy Tuna & Cucumber Bites

                                        If you enjoy making your own sushi or you haven’t quite gotten it down, these will give you a similar experience without the frustration.

                                        Fresh Cucumber hydrates the body and helps cleanse your body on every level. You can complete this recipe in under 20 minutes and make as much as you’d like to snack on through the week. Each serving has 18 grams of protein with only 5 grams of fat.

                                        ~ Get the recipe here!

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                                        20. Garlic Shrimp With Zucchini Noodles

                                          Paired with fresh shrimp and rich garlic, each serving contains 54 grams of protein and only 5 grams of fat. For those of you who want to impress a special someone, there’s an option to use white wine for a little more romantic flavor.

                                          ~ Get the recipe here!

                                          21. Jalapeno Poppers

                                            These are deliciously dairy-free and made with almond cheese. You can also use bell peppers if you are not really a fan of spicy peppers. Poppers make perfect to-go snacks, sides, and appetizers.

                                            ~ Get the recipe here!

                                            22. Beet & Tomato Soup

                                              Beets and tomatoes both contain amazing health benefits like cleansing of the blood and detoxing the digestive tract. If you are fasting or pursuing a cleanse, this is a great option that provides a full and satisfied bang for your buck.

                                              ~ Get the recipe here!

                                              23. Brussel Sprouts With Balsamic & Cranberries

                                                Honey-Balsamic is a great way to dress up the brussel sprout for a dramatic flavor that’s fresh, rich, and delicious. When roasted or baked, the brussel sprout is not nearly as bitter as it is when eaten raw. This side pairs well with just about any meat or can be made ahead and taken to-go or lunch.

                                                ~ Get the recipe here!

                                                24. Garlic-Butter & Spinach-Stuffed Mushrooms

                                                  This simple recipe is great for sides and healthy snacking on-the-go. You can create a variety by also stuffing the mushrooms with pesto, salsas, or mixed veggies. Each of these featured servings contains 9 grams of protein.

                                                  ~ Get the recipe here!

                                                  25. Apple Vegetable Stir-Fry

                                                    The apples add a bright crunch to the traditional stir-fry veggies and the homemade organa-ginger sauce can be made in bulk for extra meals, dipping sauces, or salad dressings.

                                                    ~ Get the recipe here!

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                                                    7 Ways To Make Exercise Fun For Everyone

                                                    7 Ways To Make Exercise Fun For Everyone

                                                    From Atkins to Paleo to eating gluten-free despite not being one of the rare few people afflicted with celiac disease, fad diets are everywhere. It drives me crazy because I believe these diets do more harm than good. Your body is made up of a variety of vitamins, nutrients, and minerals, and losing weight healthily isn’t possible when you fill your body with unnecessary synthetic plastics, sugars, and powders. There’s no easy button in life.

                                                    What you need to do is exercise, which isn’t very appealing to many people. Workouts take work, so there’s already a stigma involved in going to the gym. Starting a healthy workout regimen becomes easier when you make it fun. If you want to live long and prosper, get off the couch and try these methods to turn your workout into a playout.

                                                    1. Take the scenic route.

                                                    Walking is an easy way to transition to a healthy lifestyle, and it’s free. Not only do you burn calories (check out this calculator for how many calories you burn based on your weight), but you see the world in a different way. Hiking in nature is great if you have access to it, but don’t let living in an urban area deter you from walking.

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                                                    Whenever I’m creatively stuck I get my head straight by walking a couple of miles. It’s also how I discover new paths, meet new people, and stumble upon hole-in-the-wall spots I never would have found otherwise. You could drive past the same place every day and never appreciate the beauty, nor even notice it’s there.

                                                    2. Distract yourself.

                                                    No matter what exercise routine you choose, use the time to meditate. You may wonder how marathon runners are able to put so many miles on their bodies. It’s because the pain from running that you avoid is something they’ve learned to harness to enter a transcendental state. If you’re aware of the benefits of meditation and exercise but don’t have time to do both, you can combine them, killing two birds with one healthy stone.

                                                    3. Listen to music or podcasts.

                                                    There are few experiences in life more pleasurable than turning up the music and drowning out the world around you. With so many podcasts and music apps available on your smartphone, you can easily find entertainment options perfectly suited to your personal tastes. Never worry what people may think of you when working out;instead, crank up the volume and get lost in your own world. You’ll be in shape before you know it.

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                                                    4. Bring a friend.

                                                    Some people can’t go anywhere alone. While I highly recommend dining out and seeing a movie in a theater alone, having company while exercising is very helpful. It allows you to pace yourself with someone else, and gives you a coach to motivate and push harder than you may have on your own.

                                                    Many exercises are safer when done with a friend, and some sports can only be played with another person. Involving others in your goals can mean the difference between success and failure. Just remember to continue exercising if the other person flakes, or they’ll be in control of your health.

                                                    5. Accessorize.

                                                    There are accessories that can make exercise easier, and sometimes buying a new toy can add some much-needed fun to your routine. With apps like RunKeeper and Nike+, your smartphone is capable of tracking your vitals and progress. Wrist weights can add a new dimension to your workout, and, if you exercise at night, a headlamp can help you see what’s in front of you so you don’t trip.

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                                                    For urban runners and power-walkers, one of the biggest obstacles is other people. It’s difficult to get in your meditative zone and enjoy your music when you constantly have to dodge people. To resolve this vexing issue, Runbell, a startup in Tokyo, has developed the runner’s version of the bicycle bell. With this lightweight brass bell warning people you’re approaching from behind, you’re free to maintain your transcendental state while continuing your workout. Head to their Kickstarter campaign to pledge your support.

                                                    6. Compete.

                                                    A little healthy competition can motivate you to push yourself further in your workout regimen. There are apps like Zombies, Run! which turns your run into a video game, and MyFitnessPal which allows you to connect with others in the exercise community. Whether you’re directly competing with a friend, an online community, or against your previous self, setting goals is the key to reaching them. Running with no destination can feel like an impossible task, and it’s easy to get distracted.

                                                    7. Relax.

                                                    The best part about exercising is how much you enjoy the downtime. If you think laying on your couch all day is enjoyable, it has nothing on that hour you spend as a couch potato after a rigorous workout. Jay-Z said it best, “in order to experience joy, you need pain.” The harder you push yourself while exercising, the better you’ll feel when you’re relaxing.

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                                                    With that said, don’t relax too much, or it loses the effect. It’s okay to indulge every so often. Treat yourself to some junk food you’re craving, imbibe a drink here and there, and spend a day vegging out on your couch. Staying healthy doesn’t have to be torture. Just turn down when you can and dedicate some time to better the health of your body. You only get one.

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