Sometimes you just want to eat what you want to eat, when you want to eat it. And sometimes, a recipe is so good, it should be eaten at all times of day. These Paleo recipes may technically fall under the breakfast umbrella, but they’re so delicious, they certainly shouldn’t be limited to morning meals. Here’s to freeing recipes from labels and enjoying them when you want to.
If you’re one of those people who likes to sneak bacon into every meal (we know we are), then you’re going to love this toast recipe. Transform sweet potato into toast (yep, that’s a thing) by slicing it and dropping it into a toaster, then top it with kale cooked in bacon grease and spiced with garlic powder and sea salt. Less than five ingredients, super easy (and fast!) to make, and incredibly tasty—this is a dinner we can get behind.
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Is bacon dust the pixie dust of the culinary world? It must be because we’ve never tasted anything so freaking good. Bacon dust may sound fancy, but making it is as simple as putting cooked slices (they're Paleo and Whole30 friendly!) into a food processor. And don’t worry about baking the eggs in the avocados. This recipe keeps things easy: You simply place hard-boiled egg halves in the little nest that’s created when you remove the avocado pit. Pro tip: Make extra bacon dust—you’ll want to put it on everything.
Eggs are a great way to add protein to a dish—especially if you’re looking for a meat-free meal. While Paleo eaters are no strangers to meat-heavy dishes, it is nice to take a break now and again. Shakshuka is like a hearty tomato soup with runny eggs dropped into it. Spiced with taco seasoning and enriched with avocado oil, this savory dish is great on its own or with a side of cauliflower rice. You also can’t go wrong with adding chicken sausage.
Quiche is one of those versatile dishes that can be enjoyed at any meal. Though most notorious as a go-to for wowing breakfast and brunch guests, it’s the perfect dinner to make for one (or two) and enjoy as leftovers. We love the sweet potato crust, which serves as a delicious, Paleo-friendly stand-in for the butter- and flour-filled classic. Sticking to the basics (as in spinach) is A-OK, but this recipe is also great with artichoke hearts, sautéed onions, or mushrooms. To keep the dish Paleo, skip the cheese topping and opt for fresh herbs like basil.
Sausage is just another term for meatball, right? Because technically speaking, they are both balls of meat. Regardless, sausage is an awesome protein to serve alongside eggs or on top of a heaping pile of zoodles. This recipe even sneaks in greens with some spinach, which gives the balls of meat (see… meatballs) a richer, heartier flavor. Make extra, because these bad boys freeze well and are a great quick snack or protein boost at dinner—no matter the dish.
Egg bakes are one of the most underrated and underutilized dinners of all time. Most call for simply throwing a bunch of delicious ingredients into a pan and baking—a.k.a. a dream come true for people who don’t have time to cook. And what better way to load up on veggies than eating them in a giant cloud of eggs? Mix and match your veggies and proteins however you please and play with add-ins like horseradish and red pepper flakes to create your own version of dinner heaven.
Eggs aren’t the only option for breakfast-inspired Paleo dinners. Take this sweet potato bowl that’s filled with apple, Brussels sprouts, bacon, onion, and garlic. Egg free and crazy tasty, it’s one of those meals, that, yes, makes sense for any time of day. (Are you sensing a theme here?) Add grilled chicken for extra protein and throw in some broccoli if you’re craving more greens. We’re big fans of dousing all meals in hot sauce, but this one is particularly fitting for a generous pour of sauce (just make sure it’s sugar free—sorry, Sriracha!).
You say hash browns; we say Paleo burger bun that's a delicious base for a poached or fried egg—like a Paleo Benedict but for dinner, of course. Since cauliflower is such a neutral flavor, you can go wild with toppings. We personally love eating these with a turkey burger patty, grilled onions, lox, and soft-boiled eggs, or roasted tomato and basil for something light and easy.
Salads can get boring—especially when you're using limited ingredients. Though Paleo eaters have a wide variety of proteins and veggies to choose from, your salad game can feel stale at times. For something different and super easy, try this five-minute salad. Made with hard-boiled eggs, lox, cucumber, and fresh dill, it’s the perfect dinner to fill you up without weighing you down, which many meat-heavy dishes can do. Top with a fresh squeeze of lemon and Everything Bagel spice, or opt for a Paleo-friendly ranch.
Paleo pancakes are commonly made with banana and served first thing in the a.m., but we’ve got news for you: Savory is the new sweet. As delightful as it is to wake up to fluffy flapjacks, it’s equally as nice to wind down with them in the evening. A fun twist on eggs and bacon, these zucchini pancakes taste great on their own or topped with sliced avocado. Another favorite add-in: shredded sweet potato.
Breakfast pizza, lunch pizza, dinner pizza… let’s just call it what it is: pizza. Because when it comes to the 'za, it really doesn’t matter what time it is. And just because it has an egg on it doesn’t necessarily make it breakfast. Top the oh-so-sweet (potato) homemade crust with store-bought marinara, a handful of spinach, sliced tomato, and any other fixings you please (we love red onion and olives), pop it in the oven, and enjoy. Who needs cheese?