Hungry but short on time? Here are 30 easy paleo dinners that can be made in 30 minutes or less!
Anyone meal planning this weekend? I have 30 quick, flavorful, and easy paleo dinners for you to consider. Seafood, chicken, turkey, beef, and even breakfast for dinner–there’s a little bit of everything here!
This summer is a busy one for me. In addition to finishing up the last few classes for my master’s program, I’m working long days at a hospital for my final clinical externship. The last thing I want to do when I get home is spend a lot of time getting dinner ready (or worse, end up ruining my Whole30 by succumbing to the temptations of takeout). I scoured the web for tasty paleo recipes that can be made, start to finish, in 30 minutes or less, and asked some of my blogger friends to share their favorite recipes as well. Almost all of these recipes are Whole30 compliant as written, but for the ones that aren’t, I’ve noted an easy substitution for you.
Do you have a go-to quick dinner? I’d love to hear about it. Let me know in the comments!
Are you fast in the kitchen? I’m super slow. No matter how much I wish I could be an ingredient ninja, I just can’t seem to get things located and prepped very quickly. I took a knife skills class a few months ago, which helped a little, but I think the issue stems more from disorganization than a lack of dexterity.
I’m working on making more 30-minute paleo dinners to share here on A Calculated Whisk. To make sure I’m representing things accurately, I time myself as I cook, which really highlights my lack of culinary efficiency. For this recipe, I started timing, assembled most of the ingredients for the marinade, and then realized I couldn’t find a sharp knife to cut the lime in half. I paused the timer while I located a chef’s knife and washed it, because I thought you, my wonderful readers, were likely to already have a clean knife on hand. Several other misplaced items and dirty dishes slowed me down and I didn’t stop the timer every time, but I still managed to make this meal in JUST over 30 minutes (if you’re making rice, you may need an extra 3-5 minutes to get that measured and set up).
So, even if you’re less than speedy in the kitchen, like me, you can have this dinner on your plate in just about half an hour.
Today’s recipe comes from Sue at Couscous and Consciousness. I was assigned her blog for this month’s Secret Recipe Club reveal, and had so much fun browsing through her delicious recipes. (I was also excited to read that Sue is a yoga teacher. I love yoga and have been trying to do at least a few sun salutations every morning. I wish I could take a class with Sue, but she lives in New Zealand, so it would be quite a commute.)
Sue’s food is colorful, creative, and usually on the lighter side, so there were a lot of tempting options to choose from. She also has many internationally inspired dishes, which makes browsing her site really fun. For this month’s reveal, top contenders included bengali aloo with lemon turmeric aioli, roasted apricot gelato, and plum and cardamon cake. Even though I’m not much of a salad person at all, I also found myself wanting to try this salmon with green tea soba noodle, broad bean, and radish salad and this watermelon and feta salad with preserved lemon dressing.
Were you a picky eater as a kid? I was pretty much the worst. The only vegetable I would eat was broccoli, and it had to have cheese on top. Everything else I deigned to consume was white or golden brown in color: chicken fingers, macaroni and cheese, grilled cheese, french fries, and pizza without tomato sauce (read: dough with cheese). I wanted slices of American cheese melted on top of almost all my food. It was actually called “Becky cheese” over at my dad’s, where no one else ate it.
I remained picky through high school, when I invented a white pizza with broccoli and two kinds of cheese at my favorite local pizzeria. My friends and I called it “Becky pizza”, and it was fabulous (I still think something like it should be added to the menu).
I’m proud to say that things have really changed. Today I’ll try almost anything, and there are very few foods I don’t enjoy. However, until a couple of months ago, salmon was still on my “no” list. I found it too fishy, and something about its orange-pink hue didn’t sit well with me.
Recently I worked on a project where I had to make several salmon recipes. To my surprise, I ended up loving them! The key for me is to really crisp up the skin (and brown the other side as well) and serve the salmon with a flavorful sauce.
Next Friday is the one-year anniversary of my very first blog post (note the cringe-worthy photos). Even though I didn’t know much about blogging back then, I totally stand by that first recipe–the lemon curd is so delicious. It’s amazing that this site, which is such a big part of my life now, didn’t even exist just one year ago.
To celebrate, I made us a salad. If you don’t think a salad is the proper way to celebrate a blogiversary, you’re right–I don’t think of salads as celebratory, either. I totally have plans for an over-the-top grain-free cake for next week, but thought I would balance things out by making this nutritious salad first.
My favorite part of this salad (other than the gorgeous hue of the Cara Cara oranges) is the creamy dreamy dressing. I’m pretty boring with dressings, and usually just make a simple balsamic vinaigrette, perhaps with a touch of honey or Dijon mustard if I’m feeling fancy. However, I do have a soft spot for rich, creamy dressings. I wondered if I could make a great creamy dressing without any dairy, so that people with allergies (or people doing a Whole30 or strict paleo) could eat it.