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40 Delicious Vegetarian Paleo Recipes

40 Paleo Vegetarian Recipes. Vegetarian Paleo appetizers, meals, desserts, breakfast ideas and more can be found in this recipe round-up for the Paleo Vegetarian Diet!

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The Paleo Vegetarian Diet

What Foods Can I Eat on a Vegetarian Paleo Diet?

  • Healthy fats such as coconut oil, avocados, avocado oil, olive oil, ghee, nuts, seeds, nut, seed butter, and coconut butter.
  • Spices. So long as a dried spice or spice mix does not contain sugar, MSG, wheat, or dairy products, it is most likely Paleo.
  • Fresh herbs such as dill, cilantro, parsley, and rosemary.
  • Vegetables such as bell peppers, onions, cauliflower, broccoli, asparagus, cabbage, beets, carrots, and sweet potatoes.
  • Leafy greens such as lettuce, spinach, kale, watercress, and bok choy.
  • Squash such as zucchini, spaghetti squash, butternut squash, crookneck squash, and acorn squash.
  • Fruit such as lemons, limes, apples, pears, watermelon, cantaloupe, oranges, grapefruit, mango, coconut, cherries, peaches, pomegranates, and berries.
  • Dried fruit such as raisins, plums, figs, and apricots.
  • Mushrooms. All mushrooms are paleo!
  • Nuts such as almonds, cashews, hazelnuts, and walnuts.
  • Seeds such as sunflowers seeds, hemp seeds, chia seeds, pumpkin seeds, and sesame seeds.
  • Eggs. All eggs (chicken, duck, quail) are paleo and suitable for a lacto-ovo vegetarian diet. Avoid if you are a lacto-vegetarian or on a vegan diet (a.k.a. pegan).
  • Fermented and pickled veggies such as pickles, sauerkraut, and olives.
  • Drinks such as herbal teas, coffee, matcha, most moon milk, refined sugar-free hot chocolate, and coconut water.
  • Natural sweeteners such as raw honey, maple syrup, coconut nectar, date syrup, dates, and coconut sugar.
  • Condiments such as mayonnaise, mustard, and ketchup are paleo so long as they are not the store-bought variety with added sugars and/or preservatives.
  • Bonus Paleo Ingredients include cacao powder, nutritional yeast, apple cider vinegar, maca powder, moringa powder, cacao nibs, and coconut aminos (to name a few).

What Foods Should I Avoid on a Paleo Vegetarian Diet?

  • Grains such as wheat, corn, oats, barley, rice, and quinoa.
  • Legumes such as beans, lentils, peanuts, peas, and soybeans.
  • Soybeans and soy products such as tofu and tempeh.
  • All refined sugars. This includes cane sugar, brown sugar, turbinado sugar, and agave syrup. Be certain to read labels and avoid any products commonly containing added sugars such as fruit juices, cereals, soda, energy bars, and even some gluten-free bread.
  • Dairy products. Cheese, milk, yogurt, and ice cream are not generally considered Paleo, though some people make exceptions and include a bit of butter or goat cheese. There are lots of wonderful alternatives to be found for dairy products. See: nut cheese and dairy-free + refined sugar-free ice cream.
  • Processed vegetable oils such as canola oil, soybean oil, and peanut oil.
  • Potatoes.
  • The majority of packaged food, unless otherwise stated as paleo, is likely to be highly processed and full of sugars and preservatives that are not considered paleo-friendly.
  • Checking which foods fit into a paleo diet before each meal can be time-consuming and tiring. A well-balanced paleo meal plan will help you get the most out of a paleo diet, providing you with nutritious recipes for each part of the day.
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40 Vegetarian and Vegan Paleo Recipes

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  1. Loving that you have all these vegetarian recipes. We do vegan and I always find it hard to come up with vegan, paleo meals since so much is off our list. BUT I could do vegetarian for the rest of the fam.

  2. I’m totally excited about working my way through this list! They all look delicious. I’m currently especially excited about that chocolate zucchini bread, though… 😉

    Thanks so much for including a couple of my recipes!