The Paleo Diet is hot — what was met with skepticism in 2013 is now a full-fledged lifestyle for some. If you’re accommodating paleo friends, or forging ahead as a newcomer to the Paleo Diet, you might be wondering how to navigate the tricky list of Paleo Do’s and Don’ts for Shabbat dinner.
The Paleo diet is a lot like a kosher-for-Passover meat meal in a world without potatoes or cane sugar. In addition to not serving dairy, you’ll also avoid legumes and peanuts. Add to that a short list of sweet starches to avoid: potatoes, sweet potatoes, winter squash (oh, and definitely no matzah). Wondering what’s left? Take your pick of lean meats, vegetables, nuts, fruits, minimally-processed oils, and possibly a paleo-friendly dessert.
You’ll have to get a bit more creative with wine and challah (we won’t tell if you give in!). Challah can be reimagined with cassava flour (more on that below), which you can find online or in some specialty food shops.
Whether you follow the diet or not, sitting down to a paleo Shabbat dinner is a healthy, nutrient-dense way to start the new year. Read below for our favorite paleo recipes from The Nosher and beyond.
Paleo Challah from Cook it Up Paleo
Honey Horseradish Chicken (above)
Chicken Soup with Vegetables
Pumpkin Beef Chili
Mock Chopped Liver
Lettuce Wrapped Pulled Beef Tacos with Guacamole
Paleo Shephard’s Pie from Elana’s Pantry
Cauliflower Steak with Tahini and Pine Nuts
Fennel Celery Salad
Broccoli Stem Tahini Slaw (use salt instead of soy sauce)
Roasted Carrots with Tahini, Mint and Pistachio
Charred Eggplant Dip with Maple Drizzle (scroll down)
Arugula Hazelnut Pesto
Date Coconut Rolls
Gluten-Free Sugar-Free Hamantaschen
Gluten-Free Tahini Halvah Brownies (omit halvah and chocolate chips!)
Chocolate Chia Puddings from Elana’s Pantry
Pronounced: KHAH-luh, Origin: Hebrew, ceremonial bread eaten on Shabbat and Jewish holidays.
Pronounced: shuh-BAHT or shah-BAHT, Origin: Hebrew, the Sabbath, from sundown Friday to sundown Saturday.