If you’re new to the Paleo diet or are already a veteran, the Paleo lifestyle often demands preparing ingredients and planning meals ahead of time. However, healthy eating doesn’t have to be crazy complicated. How about healthy three ingredient recipes that are effortless to make? Sounds good? Then let’s get started!
So how can you make your diet – which is already on the right track – even healthier than it already is, without adding more chopping, slicing, blending and prepping to your busy schedule?
We’ve got you covered. To make healthy eating easier to stick to than ever, we compiled a list of 31 healthy Paleo recipes from bloggers around the Web that require only THREE ingredients to make. That’s right, only three ingredients. No more searching through your cupboard for a laundry list of items you may or may not even have on hand! Simplifying Paleo will shorten your grocery list, cut down costs and speed up the cooking process. Win-win on all levels!
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It should be noted that in these three-ingredient recipes, things like salt, pepper and water are excluded from being considered a true ingredient. In many cases, there are optional additional ingredients you can add to enhance flavor, but it’s entirely your choice. (You can live without that added maple syrup drizzle – or can you?)
To provide a truly well-rounded recipe list, we included breakfasts, lunches and dinners to get you through each day. This includes smoothies, salads, snacks, side dishes, slow-cooked meats and even decadent desserts. Salted almond ice cream, anyone?
Baked Brussels Sprouts Chips
It doesn’t get much healthier than this easy, delicious recipe. Simply bake Brussels sprouts with olive oil and a little salt for a crispy treat perfect for a side dish or snack.
Recipe: Baked Brussels Sprouts Chips
Skinny Strawberry Shortcake Smoothie
Butter extract lends that decadent flavor to this otherwise basic strawberry smoothie.
Recipe: Skinny Strawberry Shortcake Smoothie
Eggs in Prosciutto-Filled Portobello Mushroom Cups
Proscuitto, eggs and Portobello mushrooms are all you need for this tasty and flavorful three-ingredient Paleo-style breakfast.
Recipe: Eggs in Prosciutto-Filled Portobello Mushroom Cups
Coconut cream, cocoa and honey blend together in this mousse recipe. The hardest part is waiting for it to thicken in the refrigerator!
Recipe: Cocoa Mousse
Make your own sandwich wraps by blending cauliflower with eggs and curry powder, and bake it until it’s nice and pliable.
Recipe: Cauliflower Wraps
Healthy Pumpkin Fudge
Just mix pumpkin puree, coconut flour and coconut palm sugar for these easy, no-bake treats.
Recipe: Healthy Pumpkin Fudge
Bacon-wrapped anything is nice, but when it’s juicy ripe pears? The sweet-salty combo will have you slicing pears by the bagful.
Recipe: Bacon-Wrapped Pears
Honey Coconut Roasted Figs
This totally satisfying dessert is almost as sweet as a figgy pudding, but much healthier!
Recipe: Honey Coconut Roasted Figs
Crispy Indian Chicken Drumsticks
Garam masala goes a long way in these baked chicken delights.
Recipe: Crispy Indian Chicken Drumsticks
Watermelon Basil Smoothie
Celebrate summer early with this ultra-hydrating drink of watermelon, basil and chilled fresh coconut water.
Recipe: Watermelon Basil Smoothie
Avocado Kale Salad
Raw kale can be a little tough on its own, but when it’s massaged with lemon juice and avocado, a tender and tasty salad is born.
Recipe: Avocado Kale Salad
Mandarin Mint Sorbet
You’ll need an ice cream maker for this simple sorbet with mandarin, mint and lemon.
Recipe: Mandarin Mint Sorbet
With sweetness from bananas and healthy fats from the coconut milk, this easy custard is a quick and healthy variation of a delicious dessert classic.
Recipe: 3,2,1 Custard
Roasted Fennel, Red Onion, and Orange Salad
Orange, fennel and onion make for the perfect winter salad that combines beautiful colors and flavors.
Recipe: Roasted Fennel, Red Onion, and Orange Salad
Slow Cooker Whole Chicken
Choose your own flavors with this easy recipe. Just rub the chicken with garlic and oil, or any other optional spices, and set on low for seven hours.
Recipe: Slow Cooker Whole Chicken
Beet and Walnut Salad
This simple, hearty salad needs only a drizzle of balsamic dressing for a satisfying lunch or side dish.
Recipe: Beet and Walnut Salad
Bet you didn’t know you could make waffles with only three ingredients! Add the optional ingredients of vanilla and cinnamon for an even tastier batter in your waffle iron.
Recipe: Plantain Waffles
Make a simple snack fun when you turn bananas into “sushi” rolls, customized with nut butters, seeds and other toppings to your liking.
Recipe: Banana “Sushi”
Strawberry Clementine Smoothie
Bananas and strawberries are old hands at smoothie making, but adding clementines to your morning routine will add a pleasant citrusy zip.
Recipe: Strawberry Clementine Smoothie
Honey Apple Pork Loin
This easy Crock-Pot dish really benefits from a sprinkling of cinnamon before it’s slow cooked for seven hours.
Recipe: Honey Apple Pork Loin
You’ll need a candy thermometer to make sure the honey and coconut cream “caramel” reaches the correct temperature before you dip in those apples!
Recipe: Caramel Apples
Pan Seared Cajun Spiced Cod
You can make your own Cajun seasoning to rub on your wild-caught Pacific cod before pan frying it quickly in coconut oil.
Recipe: Pan Seared Cajun Spiced Cod
This super easy recipe uses a blender to mix bananas and eggs into the perfect flourless pancake batter.
Recipe: Flourless Pancakes
Coconut, spinach and almond milk combine for the perfect one-two-three punch for your health!
Recipe: Green Smoothie
This pesto is full of flavor thanks to the ingredients that pack a mighty punch and make for a lip-smacking spread on toasted zucchini bread or with Paleo noodles!
Recipe: Dairy-Free Pesto
With Medjool dates standing in for the traditional caramel, these easy nut candies are actually pretty good for you!
Recipe: Chocolate Turtles
If you’re feeling sick, this Paleo gelatin recipe might be the winner: tulsi tea is said to help balance hormones.
Recipe: Tulsi Gelee
Bacon Weave Fried Egg Sandwich
This Bacon Bread Sandwich uses six pieces of bacon as bread and has an egg in the middle. Without a doubt breakfast for champions!
Recipe: Bacon Weave Fried Egg Sandwich
Coconut Milk Yogurt
Were you a fan of yogurt before you went Paleo? Make your own by choosing a milk, a sweetener and a yogurt starter, and let it culture to tangy goodness.
Recipe: Coconut Milk Yogurt
Salted Almond Ice Cream
You don’t need an ice cream maker for this recipe, which can be whipped up and scooped straight out of your food processor or blender!
Recipe: Salted Almond Ice Cream
Peaches, orange juice and vanilla-flavored almond milk turn to magic together in the blender!
Recipe: Creamsicle Smoothie
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