About 2 years ago, my husband went Paleo in an attempt to shake off the baby weight HE’D gained while I was pregnant with our last child. He sticks to it pretty religiously, but he’ll usually call camping weekends a “cheat weekend” and not worry so much about what he eats. Usually.
For the times he wants to adhere to his diet, I’ve had to come up with a stable of Paleo camping recipes to make. Below are 12 of my favorites (the kids will eat most of these too!). The recipes below are either already Paleo OR I tell you how we make them Paleo in the description below the recipe photo and link. 🙂
Rainbow FritattasFrankly, I think the kids love this one just because of how it looks, LOL. Be aware – this recipe calls for sweet potatoes, which is often debated in the Paleo realm. My husband considers them Paleo, so I have no issue using them while cooking. If you do, try replacing the shredded potatoes with shredded zuchinni (is there nothing it can’t replace?!). You can find the full recipe over at Honestly Delicious here.
Onion BombsI modified this recipe to make it Paleo friendly. I was a little skeptical about this one at first, but it worked out really well. Additionally, it’s crazy easy to make. You can prep them before you go or at the site and toss them into the firepit (double-wrapped in tin foil) to cook. To stay Paleo friendly, we used all lean green beef (no ground sausage(), used homemade Worcestershire and BBQ sauce [in place of the ketchup] (Paleo condiment recipes here), and “bread crumbs” made from almond flour (recipe here), and ditched the cheese all together. SO. GOOD. You can find the original onion bombs recipe and cooking instructions here.
Bacon Wrapped Apple Pork Meatball KabobsThis looks really “fru-fru” as my kids call it, but it can be (and was) cooked on a grill, despite that deceiving end result. We use lean ground beef instead of pork and ditch the apple. You can find the full recipe here.
Snapper PuttanescaThis recipe works with other fish as well. We typically use it to cook catfish as they’re plentiful here in Texas. This one is super simple (and also a great foil recipe), though I scrap the olives from these when I make them for the kids. You can find the full recipe here.
Caveboy CasseroleMy kids love this one and think “it looks like pizza.” I ditch the olives when we have the kids with us. On adult trips, I’ll swap the olives for jalapenos (cause, Texas y’all). The recipe includes a sub-recipe for taco seasoning, but fair warning that I didn’t try that particular seasoning with this recipe because I use a taco seasoning recipe my girl Rachel makes that we love. Full Caveboy Caessrole recipe and cooking instructions can be found here.
Grilled Lemon Tilapia & Summer VegetablesOnce again, another versatile fish recipe. I usually make this one with rainbow trout, but I’ve also made it with the red snapper my husband has brought home from long-distance fishing trips. You can pretty much use whatever vegetables you have around as well since the lemon, butter and dill are the “real” flavor stars in this dish (I think bright ones were used here to make it look prettier in the photos, LOL). You’ll obviously need to kill the butter or use clarified butter if you’re strict Paleo. You can find the full recipe here.
Grilled Onion BlossomThe original recipe for this (which is here) is healthy, but not Paleo. You’ll need to kill the cheese and whatever sauce you use will need to be Paleo friendly (you’ll find a recipe for a great Paleo steak sauce here. This is a great quick snack for large groups. You can toss these on a half hour before everyone comes back from activities. You’ll find the cooking instructions and recipe here.
Grilled Coconut-Lime White FishI love, love, love this recipe with rainbow trout. The corn in this recipe has to be nixed (yellow squash makes a great substitute), but otherwise this recipe is Paleo. You can find the full recipe and cooking instructions here (this is a long, long post – scroll to the bottom for the actual recipe).
Paleo MarshmallowsYes, Virginia, there is a Paleo marshmallow. Everytime we go camping, the kids beg for smores and then the hubby ends up caving on his diet. I was pretty proud of myself when I found the solution for it – Paleo smores! You can find the full recipe for Paleo marshmallows here and you can pair it with the Paleo graham crackers recipe found here. But, please don’t tell my kids that either of these are “that Paleo stuff.”
Lemon Herb Steak PacketsIf you’re super strict Paleo, then you’ll need to ditch the butter on this one (or use clarified butter), but otherwise it’s Paleo friendly. I also love that you can constantly switch up what vegetables you use. I’ve yet to find one that didn’t taste good with this! The full recipe and cooking instructions are here.
Foil Chicken with PeasThis recipe is so simple and SO good. The only modification that you need to make this recipe Paleo friendly is to switch out the commercial hoisin sauce (which is chinese plum sauce) for this Paleo friendly version here. With that change, this recipe is both delicious and Paleo. You can find the full recipe and instructions for this recipe here.
Backyard Sweet PotatoesOnce again, whether or not sweet potatoes are welcome on the Paleo diet plan is debated, but my hubby considers them Paleo, so this made the list. Potatoes, bacon and cinnamon combine to make this recipe and honestly, it’s something we usually make as a dessert’ish meal. You can find the recipe and instructions at paleOMG here.
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