Whether you’re crawling Pinterest or your IRL cookbook collection for mealtime inspiration, you typically have to choose your alliance: are you vegan or Paleo? There isn’t much out there devoted to bi-curious eaters wanting to have a fork in both worlds.
But don’t let the rising red meat sales fool you: Living the Paleo life doesn’t mean every meal has to be meat-centric. (In fact, the founder of the Paleo movement now identifies as a “pegan.”) So no, vegan and Paleo aren’t the food world equivalent of exes who refuse to even be in the same room together.
And we’ve found the recipes (for every mealtime) to prove it. Even better? They all take 10 minutes or less to make—because no matter what type of eater you are, we can all agree that time is a luxury.
Keep reading for 10 easy-to-make recipes that will have Paleos and vegans alike reaching for seconds.
No #saddesklunch here. If you couldn’t tell by the colors, this salad is a flavor—and nutrient—explosion. The kicker? Blackberries, which not only make for an unexpected taste combo, but are full of antioxidants.
If there was a Venn diagram of different diets, avocado would be the sliver of common ground between them all—and it’s the key ingredient in this dish. “It’s a little sweet from the mango, tangy from the lime, and goes well with just about any type of chips or raw veggies,” raves Joanna Smith of Fed and Fulfilled.
Oatmeal is delicious—but oats are not part of the Paleo diet. Luckily, there’s a grain-free alternative. “The flaxseed meal, chia seeds, and almond meal do a great job of working together to thicken this up,” explains Food by Mars blogger Alison Marras, adding that the shredded coconut gives it some more texture, and the hemp seeds expand for an even creamier porridge. All it takes is a few minutes on the stove, and you’re ready to go. Oats-who?
Did I mention that avocados are the great uniter? In this recipe, they make a special appearance in the pesto sauce—along with baby spinach, raw almonds, garlic, lime juice, sea salt, and chili flakes.
Food blogger Emma Boon of Better with Cake describes these grain-, dairy-, and sugar-free bliss bites—which you can whip up in your blender—as “decadent, rich, subtly sweet, deliciously chewy, seriously fudgey, chocolate bliss bites coated in a crisp and crunchy, lightly salted pistachio crumb.” Umm… sold.
Spiralized veggies are a much faster alternative to pasta, but there’s no need to limit yourself to just zucchini noodles. This recipe calls for golden beets, champagne mango, sweet yellow bell pepper, sunflower seed butter, and lemon. Sure it sounds all fancy and will wow your friends, but it’s actually a cinch to make.
7. Paleo Hummus
There’s no need to live a life devoid of hummus if you go Paleo—you just need to have a handy food substitute in your back pocket. This dip uses cauliflower and zucchini as its base (is there anything cauliflower can’t do?), and gets its flavor from raw tahini, lemon, garlic, and turmeric.
This food trend isn’t going out of style anytime soon. Here, the ingredients are so simple it’s foolproof: matcha, banana, pineapple, and almond milk. Top it off with chia, hemp seeds, or coconut shavings—whichever one you pick will work perfectly, promise.
Since you’ll be massaging the kale with avocado, this would be a good time to use that slightly overripe one sitting on your counter. Edamame and hemp seeds add a dose of Paleo- and vegan-friendly protein. Now where is that kale massager when you need it?
No one wants to wait for dessert—and with this recipe, you don’t have to. Plus, you won’t even have to turn on your oven. Not only are these cookies packed with good-for-you ingredients like raw cacao, roasted macadamia nuts, cashews, and shredded coconut, but they’re also grain-free, dairy-free, and refined sugar free. Your sweet tooth will thank you.
Got an extra five minutes to spare? These 15-minute dinner recipes are equally as delicious. Or if you’re looking to get a tad bit fancier, how about inviting your Paleo and non-Paleo friends over for a crowd-pleasing dinner party?
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