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43 Craving-busting Keto Junk Food Alternatives

Louise Hendon | July 7
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It can be tough when cravings strike! Whether they’re triggered by a rough day at work, a stressful situation at home or you simply find yourself missing French fries and your other favorite junk foods.

Fighting against your cravings usually leads to them growing stronger…and that’s definitely a recipe for disaster! The best tactic is to find a healthy way to indulge them. And that’s the reason we’ve put together this list of Keto junk food alternatives.

If you’re looking for a salty, crunchy snack you can eat instead of potato chips, we’ve got you covered. If you have a seriously sweet tooth which is crying out for cookies and candy, we have low-carb alternatives for that too.

And we haven’t forgotten takeout staples like pizza, fries, burgers, tacos and chicken wings, either! No matter which junk food you’re looking for, you’ll find a healthy alternative in our list. So you can get the flavors you crave, without any guilt.

Here are just a few of the Keto Junk Food Alternatives we’ve included:

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Keto Junk Food Alternatives – Salty

Keto Tortilla Chips

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Keto Tortilla Chips Recipe

Ingredients: chia or flax meal, almond flour, Italian seasoning, salt, water.

When you are following a specific eating plan it can be difficult to get crunchy snacks that are not full of carbs, so homemade tortilla chips can be a great snack to try. These ones are easy to make and can be cooked in the microwave or oven, then you can enjoy them with your choice of dip or with salsa or salad. Now finding crunch is not a problem!

Spicy Paleo Beef Jerky

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Spicy Paleo Beef Jerky Recipe

Ingredients: beef roasting joint, vinegar, cayenne powder, onion powder, garlic powder, gluten-free tamari sauce or coconut aminos, salt, black pepper.

Store-bought beef jerky can be packed with all manner of unhealthy ingredients, so why not try making it yourself so you know it has no ‘nasties’ in it by following this paleo jerky recipe? It keeps well in an airtight container for up to six months, although we doubt it will last that long! When you are preparing the meat, try to remove all the fat before cooking as it goes off really quickly.

Paleo Pork Rinds

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Paleo Pork Rinds Recipe

Ingredients: pork skin, salt, spices of choice (suggestion – paleo cajun seasoning).

Pork rinds make the best and tastiest snacks and if you make your own you can control what ingredients you use, making them so much healthier than store-bought ones. You have the choice of what flavorings you use – mild curry flavor is good! And remember that crushed pork rinds can be used as a crispy coating for chicken breast or chops.

Dehydrated Kale Chips

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Dehydrated Kale Chips Recipe

Ingredients: kale leaves, salt, olive oil.

Kale chips can be a great alternative to potato chips when you are eating healthily and they are quite easy to make. However, they can burn really easily so don’t be tempted to leave them to cook while you do something else! You can make them plain like the ones in this low carb recipe, or simply spice them up with different seasonings for a tasty treat.

AIP Beef Jerky

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AIP Beef Jerky Recipe

Ingredients: beef roasting joint, apple cider vinegar, onion powder, garlic powder, gluten-free tamari sauce or coconut aminos, salt, turmeric.

If you are lucky enough to have a dehydrator, this great beef jerky could become your snack of choice when you are traveling as it is easy to pack and very portable. It has the Asian flavors of garlic and ginger, rounded off by the coconut aminos which makes the flavor richer. The jerky can be dried to the level you like and with only one gram of carbohydrate per serving this is a really low carb recipe.

Almond Butter Cabbage Chips

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Almond Butter Cabbage Chips

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Ingredients: almond butter, hemp seeds, fish sauce, garlic, coconut aminos, avocado oil, cabbage leaves.

These amazing cabbage chips are flavored with garlic and have a lovely Asian flavor from the fish sauce and aminos, and these would be great as party food served with a low carb dip. You can also cook these in the oven if you don’t have a dehydrator, and the same recipe can be used to make kale chips as well. These can be stored for up to three days if you have any left!

Baked Cucumber Chips With Salt & Vinegar Flavor

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Baked Cucumber Chips With Salt & Vinegar Flavor

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Ingredients: cucumbers, olive oil or avocado oil, apple cider vinegar, sea salt.

With the rise in popularity of vegetable chips, these delicious low carb cucumber chips are very handy for snacking as they are cheap to make. They can also be useful on a weight loss program as they are low in calories too. It is best to cut the cucumber on a mandolin, but if you don’t have on a potato peeler can be used instead.

Easy Parmesan Crisps – Keto Low Carb Cheese Chips (Contains Dairy)

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Easy Parmesan Crisps

Photo Credit: Lisa from Low Carb Yum

Ingredients: Parmesan cheese.

If you have guests coming round and want a tasty, crunchy snack to serve with dips, these keto low carb parmesan chips would be perfect as they only take a few minutes to cook and the recipe couldn’t be any easier! These taste great with guacamole or salsa and can be crumbled over salads and soups to add an extra bit of texture.

Dippable Crispy Cheddar Cheese Chips (Contains Dairy)

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Dippable Crispy Cheddar Cheese Chips

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Ingredients: cheddar cheese or Mexican blend, sea salt, onion powder, garlic powder, cumin, paprika, chili powder.

This is one of the simplest low carb cheese chip recipes around and the end results are firm enough to scoop up dips and salsa. They are made only with cheese and spices and don’t involve any grains or gluten, but the flavor is so good that these could become your favorite for snacking or at parties. These can be stored in a bag for a few days if you have any left over.

Keto Junk Food Alternatives – Sweet

Keto Cinnamon Donut Holes

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Keto Cinnamon Donut Holes Recipe

Ingredients: almond flour, erythritol or stevia, egg, ghee, baking powder, cinnamon, ginger powder.

If you have a slight problem with portion control (like me!) then bite-size donut holes can be a good way to regulate this. These ones have a lovely warming cinnamon and ginger hit and are not too sweet, making them ideal to eat with a good cup of coffee. If you wanted, you could also glaze these little keto beauties and serve them next time friends come round.

Keto Almond Flour Cookies with Lemon Zest

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Keto Almond Flour Cookies with Lemon Zest

Ingredients: almond meal, egg, ghee, stevia, vanilla extract, lemon zest, lemon extract, baking soda.

If like me you miss a cookie with your coffee mid-afternoon, you might find this recipe interesting. These lovely keto cookies are crunchy and crumbly with a wonderful citrus kick from the lemon zest. I have tested this recipe with orange zest and it works well too so you can experiment with flavors. When you take these out of the oven, don’t be surprised if they are soft – they will crisp up as they cool down.

Keto Ginger Coconut Cookies

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Keto Ginger Coconut Cookies

Ingredients: almond meal, coconut flour, coconut flakes, egg, ghee, stevia, vanilla extract, ginger powder, baking soda.

Ginger cookies are a family favorite in our house and we always have some at Christmas time when friends and family come over. These keto cookies have a shortbread look to them and taste wonderfully crumbly and delicious and the ginger gives them a flavor boost. So if you fancy a ginger cookie, why not get the youngest members of the family to give you a hand, then you can all enjoy the results!

Keto Peppermint Cup Fat Bombs

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Keto Peppermint Cup Fat Bombs Recipe

Ingredients: coconut butter, coconut oil, peppermint extract, stevia or erythritol, 100% dark chocolate.

Fat bombs can be a great way of snacking healthily on the ketogenic diet as they are low in sugar but high in healthy fats, keeping you going till dinner. These pretty little cups are flavored with peppermint, which is also a great help for indigestion. They would make a lovely gift for a friend or neighbor or a healthy kid’s snack for after school.

Keto Chocolate Fudge

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Keto Chocolate Fudge Recipe

Ingredients: 100% dark chocolate, coconut butter, vanilla extract, stevia or erythritol.

These fudge pieces look so delicious and indulgent that it is hard to believe they are dairy free! This is a totally versatile recipe that can be adapted by adding your own ingredients. For example, if you like nuts you can add some chopped pecans for a bit of crunch, or add in some spice such as ginger to pep up the end result. These would make a lovely gift for a friend, or you could just enjoy them yourself!

Spiced Chocolate Covered Pecans

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Spiced Chocolate Covered Pecans Recipe

Ingredients: pecan halves, 100% dark chocolate, spices (cinnamon, nutmeg, and vanilla salt).

Chocolate-covered nuts presented in a lovely box can be a super present for a friend or neighbor or can be served as impressive keto nibbles at a drinks party. These ones can be spiced with your favorites – try ginger, cinnamon or vanilla. The most important tip here is to watch the nuts carefully as they cook as they can burn quite easily.

Keto Curry Candied Bacon

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Keto Curry Candied Bacon Recipe

Ingredients: bacon, erythritol, curry powder.

Traditionally, candied bacon involved using brown sugar, so I was delighted to find this keto recipe that tastes just as good but is sugar-free. If you like your bacon with a bit of spice, you can use a strong curry powder or a mild one for the curry flavor without the heat. This makes a great snack for parties or just to keep you going till dinner, just try to limit yourself to two bacon slices!

Keto Coconut Tea Gummies

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Keto Coconut Tea Gummies Recipe

Ingredients: black tea, coconut milk, stevia, gelatin powder.

Gummies are a keto-friendly snack that can be enjoyed by the whole family and can be a useful source of gelatine which can help with joint health and strengthen hair and nails – not only that, they taste so good! These ones are simple to make and you can use whatever tea you prefer. There are several silicon molds on the market now, but it is easier to use an ice cube tray.

Keto Cucumber Lime Gummy Snacks

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Keto Cucumber Lime Gummy Snacks Recipe

Ingredients: cucumber, fresh mint leaves or mint tea leaves, lime juice, gelatin powder.

When I first saw the ingredients in these little keto gummy snacks, I just thought how refreshing these would be for a hot, summer day. With the cool cucumber, fresh mint and zingy lime, these would be so tasty and could be a good way to encourage even the smallest members of the family to increase their gelatine intake. If you don’t have silicone molds you can use an ice cube tray.

Easy Paleo Strawberry Ice Cream

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Easy Paleo Strawberry Ice Cream Recipe

Ingredients: fresh strawberries, coconut cream from the top of a refrigerated can of coconut milk, coconut flakes.

Have you been thinking that homemade ice cream is too difficult? Well if I can do it so can you, and I don’t even have an ice cream maker! Recipes like these for dairy-free ice cream can be a great way to introduce healthier eating to your kids as they will not be able to tell the difference, especially if the strawberries are really ripe, as they add in all the sweetness you need without added sugar.

Paleo Strawberries and Cream Collagen Bars

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Paleo Strawberries and Cream Collagen Bars

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Ingredients: dried coconut, raw cashews, dried strawberries, coconut cream, coconut oil, collagen peptides, pure vanilla extract, coconut flour, sea salt.

Everyone likes strawberries and cream, so to have them in a Paleo-friendly snack bar is amazing! The whole family will love these tasty treats. Full of healthy fats and proteins from the nuts, they also have a natural sweetness from the strawberries. The collagen peptides can also help keep your hair and nails strong and can be useful for skin conditions too, so are great for teens and tots alike.

Keto Chocolate Ice Cream And The Ketogenic Cookbook Giveaway

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Keto Chocolate Ice Cream And The Ketogenic Cookbook Giveaway

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Ingredients: coconut oil, unsweetened almond milk, MCT oil, eggs, egg yolks, vanilla bean or vanilla extract, powdered erythritol or swerve, stevia glycerite, unsweetened cocoa powder, sea salt.

The keto ice cream in this recipe is rich and full of flavor, making it a great dessert option for the whole family. It is a good idea when adding the sweetener to taste the mix often so you don’t over-sweeten because even children can often enjoy this type of dish made a bit less sweet than normal. It is unusual to have salt in a sweet recipe, but it actually sets off the flavor of the chocolate really well.

Keto Junk Food Alternatives – Fast Food

Spicy Seasoned Keto Zucchini Fries

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Spicy Seasoned Keto Zucchini Fries Recipe

Ingredients: zucchinis, coconut flour, onion powder, salt, garlic powder, paprika, chili powder, black pepper.

Perfect with tomato salsa or a good guacamole, these tasty zucchini fries can be a great party food option for your next film or game night. They are reasonably low in carbs and are packed with flavor from the chili powder and paprika. If you are not keen on heat, opt for mild chili powder or just miss it out. These chips are best served right away.

Keto Paprika Lime Green Bean Fries

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Keto Paprika Lime Green Bean Fries Recipe

Ingredients: green beans, egg, almond flour or any nut flour, paprika, lime zest, salt, pepper.

These tasty keto fries have a lovely zingy flavor from the lime, complemented by the sweet and smoky taste of the paprika. Although these fries are not meant to be crispy, the nut flour makes a lovely coating making them more satisfying, and they make a wonderful side for burgers or quiches. If you find the coating won’t stick, place the dry ingredients on a dinner plate and roll the beans in it with your hand pressing them down gently.

3-Ingredient Crispy Keto Chicken Thighs

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3-Ingredient Crispy Keto Chicken Thighs Recipe

Ingredients: chicken thighs (with the skin on), olive oil or avocado oil, salt.

Spring is here so all thoughts can turn to eat chicken thighs, barbecued meat and all things summery! As you know, most coatings for chicken involve some form of breadcrumbs, which are not Keto or AIP-friendly, so using this low carb recipe could be the answer! It simply uses the skin on the thighs as a crispy coating that you can enjoy with a fresh, green salad for a delicious lunch.

Keto Asian Chicken Wings

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Keto Asian Chicken Wings Recipe

Ingredients: chicken wings with skin on, sesame oil, tamari sauce, ginger powder, white wine vinegar, garlic, sea salt.

With only one gram per serving, these lovely Asian chicken wings are really low in carbs and make a great snack to make for game nights. They have the great Asian flavors of garlic and ginger and the coconut aminos adds richness to the taste. Not only is this a snack packed with protein, but the wings end up with a really crispy skin which is delicious!

Keto Eggplant Burgers

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Keto Eggplant Burgers Recipe [Chinese Qiezi He]

Ingredients: ground pork, eggplants, green onions, ginger, gluten-free tamari sauce or coconut aminos, salt, pepper, garlic, sesame oil, vinegar (apple cider, white wine).

The only challenge when making this dish is slicing the eggplant, so once you’ve mastered that, you can make these really easily. Basically, you are using the eggplant as the ‘bun’ for a burger, making these really low in carbohydrates but packed with flavor from the Chinese seasonings. I like to spice things up a bit and add some chili powder to the meat mixture too!

Bifteck Hache (French Hamburgers)

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Bifteck Hache (French Hamburgers) Recipe

Ingredients: ghee or coconut oil, onion, ground beef, egg, fresh thyme leaves, salt, pepper, beef stock, parsley.

Not too sure about burgers without buns? Well, why not give these a try and you will realize how good they are. These paleo-friendly burgers have a fabulous sauce to serve with them and are packed with flavor, making them as good as the regular ones. For a slightly mellower taste, you can use a red onion instead of a white one and it is generally better to use the ghee as it adds richness to the flavor.

Keto Cauliflower Pizza

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Keto Cauliflower Pizza

Ingredients: cauliflower, almond flour, garlic powder, onion powder, dried oregano, olive oil, egg, tomato, pepperoni, arugula.

Isn’t cauliflower amazing? You can use it like rice, a vegetable on its own, or use it to make a delicious pizza base that avoids all the gluten and carbs that you find in regular pizza bases. This one even cuts like a proper pizza, so even if you are on a diet, you don’t have to miss out. Why not try different toppings too like mushrooms and caramelized red onion!

Mini Zucchini Avocado Burgers

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Mini Zucchini Avocado Burgers Recipe

Ingredients: zucchini, ground beef, avocado, olive or avocado oil, salt.

The overall appearance of these little bites is so impressive that they would make a great dish to serve if you have guests over for a few drinks. Using zucchini instead of buns makes these paleo snacks lighter and less filling, making them a good idea for children too. Simply serve with some mustard and a green side salad for a lovely summer lunch.

Paleo Garlic Chicken Nuggets

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Paleo Chicken Nuggets Recipe

Ingredients: chicken breasts, coconut flour, egg, garlic powder, salt, ghee or coconut oil.

Even the thought of chicken nuggets can make your mouth water, especially when the coating has garlic in it! These are an ideal way to get the kids involved in healthier eating options. This recipe says to fry the nuggets in ghee, but if you do not add any fats at all they can be baked instead. Serve with homemade paleo tomato ketchup and let the whole family enjoy!

Mini Paleo Burgers

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Mini Paleo Burgers Recipe

Ingredients: ground beef, mustard, lettuce leaves, salt, avocado oil or coconut oil or ghee, almond flour, baking powder, eggs.

Sometimes when you are following a specific diet you miss things like burgers, but there is no need to go without! Making your own burgers is easy and quick and you can be sure there are no additives in them. These mini burgers are great for a lunch or for a kid’s party as they make perfect paleo finger food and are a great way to encourage children to eat healthily.

Paleo Crispy Garlic Curry Chicken Drumsticks

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Paleo Crispy Garlic Curry Chicken Drumsticks Recipe

Ingredients: chicken drumsticks, salt, curry powder, garlic powder.

Curry and chicken together are such a classic combination. This is a perfect dish to share with others at a get-together or to have for a paleo-friendly meal at home. Children also love drumsticks and you can rest easy knowing that these are so healthy. To make sure the drumsticks are crispy, we advise you dry the raw chicken with a piece of kitchen roll before applying the coating.

Paleo Buffalo Chicken Wings

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Paleo Buffalo Wings Recipe

Ingredients: chicken wings, coconut flour, cayenne pepper, black pepper, crushed red pepper flakes, paprika, garlic powder, salt, ghee, hot sauce.

These paleo wings are a definite plus for picnics, dinner parties or for an easy kids lunch, and are healthier because they are baked instead of fried. With the heat of the pepper, these wings are delicious! After preparing them, put them back in the refrigerator for 30 minutes and that should help the coating to stick better.

Keto Junk Food Alternatives – Other

Keto Buffalo Cauliflower Bites

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Keto Buffalo Cauliflower Bites Recipe

Ingredients: cauliflower, avocado oil, garlic powder, salt, ghee, hot sauce.

As we can see in loads of keto recipes, cauliflower can take on the flavors of other strong-tasting ingredients like garlic, making these not just about the flavor of the cauliflower. These lovely bites are spicy and make the perfect party food served with any keto dip of your choice. This recipe would also work with broccoli florets if the family just don’t ‘do’ cauliflower!

Slow Cooker Paleo Jerk Chicken

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Slow Cooker Paleo Jerk Chicken

Ingredients: drumsticks and wings, salt, paprika, cayenne pepper, onion powder, thyme, white pepper, garlic powder, black pepper.

Jerk chicken is very common in Jamaican cuisine, but using a slow cooker makes it just as easy for you to try! The dry rub helps to seal in the flavors and keep the meat moist and juicy, even though you are cooking it for a longer time. Again, the flavor is enhanced if you use cuts like thighs or drumsticks which have been closest to the bones, and these can be sourced quite cheaply too.

Paleo/GF Popcorn Shrimp

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Paleo/GF Popcorn Shrimp Recipe

Ingredients: shrimp, eggs, paleo cajun seasoning, coconut flour, coconut oil.

If you are looking for a tasty but healthy snack to serve on game nights or for a simple lunch, why not try this amazing popcorn shrimp! It combines the texture of the crispy coating with the seasoned tender shrimp in little bite-size pieces that can be enjoyed by even your friends and family who aren’t paleo. They might even prefer it this way!

Paleo Chicken and Bacon Sausages

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Chicken and Bacon Sausages Recipe

Ingredients: chicken breasts or ground chicken, bacon, egg, Italian seasoning, garlic powder, onion powder, salt, pepper.

Chicken goes so well with bacon and these little Paleo patties look so good that you will want to make them again and again. Using the seasonings listed here makes the flavor of these sausages absolutely delicious and they will surely become a family favorite. One idea would be to make them into strips and serve with a dip of your choice as party food.

Paleo Cauliflower Crust Pizza with Mushrooms

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Paleo Cauliflower Crust Pizza Recipe

Ingredients: cauliflower, almond flour, garlic powder, onion powder, dried oregano, olive oil, egg, salt, ground black pepper, white button mushrooms, arugula.

This recipe gives you a light and delicious paleo pizza base that you can use as a blank canvas for your imagination! You can add a sauce or pesto, some different meats or vegetables – pizzas are a great way to use up any leftovers you find in the fridge. You could also get the kids involved in making their own and decorating it with their favorite toppings.

Vegged Up Paleo Beef Burgers

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Vegged Up Paleo Beef Burgers

Ingredients: ground beef, leeks, parsley, eggs, salt, pepper.

This is a great paleo recipe which can be so versatile, allowing you to add in your own favorite veggies, or whatever you have in the fridge! Instead of leeks, you could add onion or peppers for a more Mediterranean-inspired taste. You can also include fresh herbs like basil, cilantro or parsley, or spice them up with some chili flakes. The choice is yours!

Paleo Mexican Tacos

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Paleo Mexican Tacos

Ingredients: ground beef, onion, Roma tomatoes, bell pepper, jalapeno, garlic, cumin powder, paprika, dried oregano, chili powder, salt, pepper, cilantro, coconut oil, lettuce leaves.

Mexican food is usually quite spicy and makes a great warming meal for a chilly day, but if you prefer your food mild just miss out the chili powder. The mixture of spices will give the dish enough flavor without it. This paleo dish can be served in lettuce wraps, or for a more filling meal try serving it over cauliflower rice. If you don’t eat beef, any other ground meat can be used instead.

Paleo Guacamole Burger

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Paleo Guacamole Burger Recipe

Ingredients: burger/patty (made from pure ground beef, chicken, turkey, pork, etc), egg, guacamole.

It is a good idea to batch-cook homemade burgers and stores them in the freezer because you never know when you will have a ‘what can I eat’ day! Served with the creamy guacamole, these paleo burgers make a wonderful lunch dish, packed with protein to renew your system. These can also be served with a salsa of your choice or just some greens.

Easy Pressure Cooker Shredded Chicken Taco Meat

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Easy Pressure Cooker Shredded Chicken Taco Meat Recipe

Ingredients: chicken breasts, bell peppers, onion, paprika, garlic powder, cumin powder, chili powder, ghee or coconut oil, salt, black pepper.

The chicken in this recipe has a real Asian flavor, thanks to the spices, and can be made as hot as you like by adjusting the amount of chili powder. You can also add different colored peppers to enhance the look of the dish. Shredded chicken is perfect to serve with salads or as a filling for wraps and the pressure cooker cuts your cooking time right down. You can fill it and forget it until the timer is done!

Paleo Chicken Fingers or Tenders

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Paleo Chicken Fingers or Tenders

Ingredients: chicken breasts, coconut flour, curry powder, cumin powder, turmeric powder, garlic powder, salt.

Rather than the ‘reconstituted’ meat used in some chicken fingers, these delicious paleo ones are made with strips of actual chicken breast and are easy to make, so follow this recipe and next time the kids demand chicken nuggets you will know exactly what’s in them! These are flavored with curry spices but you can use whatever spice blend you like – garlic and ginger is a good combination for these.

Louise Hendon

Louise holds a Bachelors and Masters in Natural Sciences from Cambridge University (UK). She attended Columbia University for her JD and practiced law at Debevoise & Plimpton before co-founding Louise's Foods, Paleo Living Magazine, Nourishing Brands, & CoBionic. Louise has considerable research experience but enjoys creating products and articles that help move people just a little bit closer toward a healthy life they love. You can find her on Facebook or LinkedIn.