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Paleo Meal Plan #1

These paleo meal plans are for six dinner recipes and a dessert thrown in for fun! All of these recipes are paleo friendly, seasonal, and most can be easily adapted to be Whole30 or Keto/Low-Carb. 

I’ve got more meal plans for you! and I’m happy to be partnering with the coolest blogger I know — Julia from The Roasted Root. Julia lives in the Reno/Tahoe area (where we used to live!) and is a vegetable wizard. I’m excited to send some of her recipes your way!

As a family, we aren’t 100% paleo, but I find that when I start with paleo recipes and adapt it to the way we like it’s much easier than trying to adapt a traditional recipe to be paleo-ish. I know you guys are wanting healthy, tasty recipes to feed your families, so know that these will be packed with lots of vegetables and fun flavors!

This week’s meal plan is cozy and comforting, but won’t weigh you down. It’ll keep you going as you plan and prep and shop for the holidays. And there’s a handy printable shopping list at the end!


INSTANT POT HUNGARIAN GOULASH — Not like the ground beef & elbow mac stuff. We’re talking tender pieces of stew meat in a rich, flavorful sauce. Recipe includes slow cooker instructions, too!

Instant Pot Hungarian Goulash -- Paleo Meal Plan


Special Diet Note: Recipe is paleo and Whole30 and can be made low-carb if you serve it with cauliflower rice or puree.

Prep AheadThis comes together pretty quickly in your Instant Pot or slow cooker, so there’s no prepping necessary! One thing, though — like chili and curry, it’s actually better the second day if you wanted to make the whole thing a day or two in advance and reheat it when you plan to eat.



HEARTY GROUND TURKEY SOUP WITH VEGETABLES – This is a cozy, cold weather soup that’s chock full of vegetables!

Hearty Ground Turkey Vegetable Soup -- Paleo Meal Plan


Special Diet NoteRecipe is paleo and whole30. It can be made low-carb/keto and nightshade-free by omitting the potatoes and substituting for a different vegetable, such as broccoli, turnips or parsnips.

Substitutions: Use ground beef or chicken instead of ground turkey.



THAI GREEN CURRY ZOODLES WITH SHRIMP & BROCCOLI – A knock off of a favorite at Noodles & Co! It’s light, but filling and has a sweet pop of pineapple.

Thai Green Curry & Zoodles with Shrimp & Broccoli -- Paleo Meal Plan

Special Diet Note: Recipe is paleo. It can be lower carb if you reduce or omit the pineapple.

Prep Ahead: Zoodles can be made a day or two in advance.

Substitutions: Swap out the green curry paste for red if you like.



CHICKEN PESTO SPAGHETTI SQUASH — An easy, flavorful dish made with homemade pesto sauce!

Chicken Pesto Spaghetti Squash - Paleo Meal Plan

Special Diet Note: Recipe is primal (paleo if using raw milk cheese) and keto/low -carb. It can be made whole30 by omitting the parmesan cheese.

Prep Ahead: The spaghetti squash can be roasted up to 4 days in advance, and the pesto sauce can be made up to 4 days in advance.

Substitutions: Use store-bought pesto sauce, or pesto sauce recipe of choice instead of following the pesto recipe if desired.


VEGETARIAN PALEO CHILI — A hearty chili that’s vegetarian AND paleo AND Whole30 friendly? Yep. It’s also totally delicious.

Vegetarian Paleo Chili -- Paleo Meal Plan

Special Diet Note: Recipe is paleo, vegetarian, & Whole30 friendly.

Prep Ahead: Most of the vegetables in the chili can be chopped a few days in advance.


ROASTED SWEET POTATO KALE SALAD — A stick to your ribs kind of salad with hearty kale and tender roasted sweet potatoes.

Roasted Sweet Potato Kale Salad - Paleo Meal Plan

Special Diet Note: Recipe is primal (paleo if using raw milk feta). It can be made whole30 by omitting the cheese. Make it low-carb/keto by roasting cauliflower instead of sweet potato

Prep Ahead: The sweet potato can be roasted up to 4 days ahead of time, and the dressing can be made up to 5 days in advance

Substitutions: Omit the feta for paleo/whole30. Use your favorite homemade or store-bought salad dressing instead of the dressing in the recipe.


PALEO CRANBERRY ORANGE BARS — A home for that leftover Thanksgiving cranberry sauce!

Paleo Cranberry Orange Bars -- Paleo Meal Plan

Special Diet Note: Recipe is paleo (if cranberry sauce is paleo).

Substitutions: Use a different kind of nut butter if you like. If you don’t have leftover cranberry sauce, use chia jam or cook down some frozen berries until they’re a jam-like consistency and add some natural sweetner.

Grocery List

Click HERE to download a handy printable grocery list!


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