The basics of Paleo eating is to eat like our caveman ancestors ate and exercise like they exercised. Paleo is based around eating high fats, moderate protein and low carbs. As a vegetarian, the protein comes from plant based sources. Most Paleo recipes are meat based, but you can be creative with vegetables and fruit, and make some delicious vegetarian dishes.
With Paleo, a couple of food groups popular with vegetarians that are now a no-no, include grains and legumes. You may think that without grains and legumes, your food options are really limited, but by being creative and looking for alternatives you will realize that there are some really great paleo vegetarian recipes out there. Cauliflower can be used to replace rice. It is surprising how similar cauliflower and rice are in texture and visually. Also zucchini noodles or spaghetti squash can be used to replace pasta noodles in many dishes.
The secret to many of these dishes is the spices that you can use to give each dish a unique flavourful flavor. The spices provide a unique taste when they are blended together in different blends. Turmeric, sesame, coriander and tahini are some spices and pastes you can use, each bring a unique flavor and taste to each recipe.
Please try each of the listed recipes and share your preferences
Perfect Whole30 Blender Cauliflower Falafel Tahini Bowl
These falafels are healthy, tasty, smell so good, and are easy to make. Instead of being made from Chick peas and fava beans, these falafels are made from blended cauliflower. The tahini dressing adds that extra flavour that make these recipes a favourite in anyone’s house.
Oven Baked Sweet Potatoes & Carrots
I have to admit that one of the meals I missed the most when deciding to go Paleo was french fries. Whether they were home made fried in vegetable oil, or from McDonalds, they were a favourite. These are a great replacement for french fries, and alot more healthy. Using Thyme, Rosemary and Parsley add some unique flavors that make this recipe very popular!
Carrots are a core to many of our dinners. Only because our youngest child is fussy with her vegetables. But to change the look and flavor to carrots, this recipe is a winner. It looks neat, and tastes great.
Cauliflower Spanish Rice
As I mentioned earlier, cauliflower when it is pureed, looks alot like rice. So any rice dishes that you love to eat, can be switched to use cauliflower rice instead of grain rice. It is more expensive, but so much healthier, and tasty. Your body will thank you for it. This recipe from Amy at Wholesome Delicous uses cumin and tomato paste to give it that spanish flair.
Healing Roasted Red Pepper Bisque with Shrimp
I loooove roasted red pepper bisque. Adding shrimp to an already delicious dish takes it over the top. You need to try this recipe from Lindsay at Cotter Crunch. The fact that this recipe is healthy makes it even better. There is nothing better than a hot bowl of soup on a cold day to make your insides warm. This recipe is also dairy free, using coconut milk to replace cream that you would usually find in a bisque.
Zucchini Cauliflower Fritters
A good hearty breakfast is made better with fritters. But if you are trying to lower your starchy carbs, than potatoes are a no-no. So what do you do? You make delicous zucchini cauliflower fritters, of course. This delicious side dish from Arman at The Big Man’s World blog will probably become one of your go to’s for Sunday morning brunch. On his blog, he offers two versions of the recipe. One with egg, and one without. Enjoy!
Crispy Brussel Sprouts with Black Garlic Aioli
Ok, I know that brussel sprouts aren’t everyone’s favourites, but I love them. I find that if you cut most of the core out of the middle, that it takes away from the bitter taste. The addition of the Black Garlic Aioli to dip the brussel sprouts in, makes it a winner.
Creamy Coconut Vegetarian Korma
If you are like me, you have probably never heard of korma. Honestly, I hadn’t either. Although the cautious side of me told me to just make a salad, the creative and daring side, said let’s step out of our comfort zone and eat the korma. Kristin from The Endless Meal sold me in her explanation. If you like curry, you are going to like this meal. Give it a try and tell us how it goes!
Sesame Sweet Potato Noodles
For those that love pasta, and the thought of giving it up forever is making them cry, we have Sesame Sweet Potato Noodles. This is a recipe for noodle lovers who don’t want the grains, or are looking for a gluten free substitute. You will need this Spiralizer to make the noodles, and with this handy tool, they will be easy and quick to make. The beautiful thing is that these noodles are full of nutritional goodness as well as flavor.
I’ve seen Crack Cauliflower before online, and although it looked delicious, it was full of non-paleo ingredients including break crumbs and sauces full of sugar. Irena from Eat Drink Paleo, switched up some of the ingredients to make the recipe healthier without getting rid of the ooey gooey goodness.
These 10 vegetarian paleo recipes are fantastic if you are a vegetarian, and even if you aren’t, but need some variety to your paleo menu. Please try them all, and reach out to me if there is a recipe that you would recommend to our readers.