People on the Paleo diet often rave about how good they feel and all the benefits they’ve experienced by changing the way they eat. But, as anyone who has tried eating Paleo knows, it’s no easy feat. You have to think of snacks and easy meals in an entirely different way. There’s no grabbing cheese and crackers or a sandwich before rushing off to something else. Even ducking into a restaurant often leaves us with little to no options. Luckily, we’ve got your back. Here are five quick and easy Paleo meals you can whip up in 5 minutes or less.
5 Paleo Lunches in Five Minutes or Less
If you have all the right things on hand, you can have a salad whipped up in no time. Keeping staples to have salads for lunch can really help those days when it seems there is 'nothing to eat'. Keep a bucket of mixed lettuce in your fridge and throw on some leftover meat from the night before. Chicken, ground beef, even lunch meat. Add whatever you happen to have on hand. Baby carrots, apples, olives, and boiled eggs are all good choices. Pour on some homemade or Paleo-approved dressing, and you've got yourself lunch.
Chicken Sausage "Pasta"
One wonderful thing about eating a Paleo diet now is that there are often many more options in grocery stores than there used to be. Grabbing some pre-packaged items can make for easy meals, and that's exactly what brings this easy lunch together. Try topping pre-packaged veggie noodles or cauli-rice with your favorite cooked chicken sausage. Sauté' in a skillet to eat as is or add a Paleo-approved (check the ingredients) pasta sauce. Boom! Five-minute lunch. Brooke at Nesting with Grace gives her take on this recipe here.
Paleo Chicken Salad
Chicken salad is a classic, easy lunch option. Many Paleo chicken salads call for homemade mayo, but to make this even faster you can use one of the several Paleo-friendly options available in grocery stores. These mayo’s use avocado oil or something similar and make recipes like this super easy. Spread chicken salad on Paleo-approved crackers or wraps for an easy lunch. There are many recipes out there, but Real Food with Jessica has this super simple chicken salad recipe. To make it even faster, leave out the grapes or apples.
Put an Egg on It
A runny egg can turn almost any leftovers into a treat. If you have leftover meat or vegetables (potatoes work especially well), warm it up and put it over a bed of lettuce. Add a runny egg and dig into a super delicious and easy Paleo lunch. No leftovers? No problem. Grab some ground beef and a chopped sweet potato. Cook it up in the same skillet, and when it's done, put it over some spinach. Add a runny egg over that, and voila!
Cauliflower Rice Bowl
Frozen cauliflower rice is in almost every grocery store, and it can really help you out when you're in a pinch. You don't need to have a recipe to throw together a decent lunch with cauliflower rice, but there are many good ones out there. Cook up your cauliflower rice and add leftover veggies if you have them, or more frozen ones. Add leftover or pre-cooked meat to the vegetables and season with salt, pepper, garlic powder, and basil, or any spices of your choice. If you liked the previous egg idea, you can add one here too. Paleo Running Mama has a recipethat has a Mexican take on the cauliflower bowl that would also be delicious.