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Quick paleo lunches that are NOT salads

I have been on and off the paleo diet for about two years now and while I love experimenting with recipes and new ingredients, there is one thing that is still difficult: Finding the best paleo to eat “on the go”.

If you have a 9 to 5 office job and you’re trying to live by the paleo “rules”, you probably take a lot of salads to work. Which is great if you love salads, and I honestly do! I take mine in a freezable salad lunch box like this one and I don’t mind eating a salad every day. Avocado on my salad makes all the difference. However, my boyfriend is not a huge salad fan (unless it’s drowned in ranch dressing or loaded with sweet corn). Because he’s determined to try eating paleo with me (you can find his post on eating paleo here), I have been looking for quick paleo lunches and snack options that are NOT salads.

    1. Tortillas/Fajitas: This is a great recipe for thin paleo tortillas that you can stuff with chicken, shrimp, or beef, and any veggies of choice. Rolled up they make a great light lunch or can even be a substitute for a sandwich. I used tapioca flour instead of arrowroot. Tapioca flour is widely available and cheap.
      http://stupideasypaleo.com/2013/08/23/simple-paleo-tortillas/
    2. Meatballs: I recently started making burgers from ground turkey. They taste great hot or cold. Take them for lunch with some of your favorite snack veggies like baby carrots, celery, and bell pepper. Here’s an example for a recipe:
      http://paleogrubs.com/turkey-burger-recipe
    3. Homemade ketchup: Turkey burgers go great with ketchup. To make a paleo approved version, I use tomato paste, any kind of vinegar, salt, pepper, coconut sugar, and a little bit of water until it is creamy enough. I also add curry powder to mine, but that’s optional. As not everybody uses sweeteners such as coconut sugar, here is a recipe that uses date paste. It is a lot more complicated than my recipe though, and I have been too lazy to try it out.
      http://thehealthyfoodie.com/paleo-ketchup-whole30-compliant/
    4. Zucchini noodles with tomato: This is probably one of the easiest paleo lunches. If you have a julienne slicer or spiralizer like this one, just take one big zucchini and turn it into zoodles. Tastes great with an easy tomato sauce (canned tomatoes, tomato paste, ground beef, onions, italian seasoning. I could not find a simple recipe for this sauce). The zucchini doesn’t even have to be cooked, just microwave it for a couple of minutes together with the sauce in your office kitchen.
    5. Zucchini noodles with sausage: Here is another super easy recipe with zucchini noodles. 4 ingredients – it can’t get easier than this.
      http://www.poorpaleo.com/paleo-zucchini-noodle-and-sausage-spaghetti/
    6. Your own “starbucks protein box”: Starbucks is awesome, and I love the protein box (apart from the fact that the bread, peanut butter, and cheese are obviously not paleo approved). But to be honest, it’s expensive for what you’re getting. Make your own, make it cheaper – and make it paleo. A boiled egg, some grapes or fruit of choice, vegetable sticks, deli meat, and almond butter. Here are some recipes:
      http://www.joyfulabode.com/homemade-starbucks-bistro-boxes-but-better/
    7. Paleo rolls: Starbucks protein box without bread – not an option? These little rolls take some time and effort to make, but if you miss bread the most, these really taste like the real thing. If you don’t eat them fresh from the oven, make sure to microwave for a few seconds before eating, because they do get a little dry.
      http://paleospirit.com/2013/paleo-dinner-rolls/
    8. Snacks: Missing sweet baked goods? Bake some banana bread the night before and take a slice to work for a snack. I usually add pecans to mine. Walnuts work, too.
      http://www.theroastedroot.net/coconut-flour-banana-bread-paleo/
    9. Snacks – almonds: Most of the packaged roasted almonds you find in the grocery isle are roasted in non-paleo oils such as sunflower or even cottonseed oil. If you have the time, buy raw almonds and roast yourself. Here is a recipe for rosemary roasted almonds. http://nomnompaleo.com/post/7758908372/roasted-rosemary-almonds
    10. Snacks – dates: If you feel like you need something sweet for your lunch break, pack 5 or 6 dates in a snack bag.

Do you have any paleo lunch favorites that are not salads? Have you found a recipe for a paleo snack that is super fast and easy to eat on the go? Feel free to leave a comment and I’ll add it to the list!

 

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