Eat Like a Cavewoman with Our Best Paleo (ish) Recipes

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We love pasta, bread and rice as much as you do. And we don’t really do diets. But sometimes you just need less gluten and more veggies in your life. From peanut-sauced zucchini ”noodles” to cauliflower “rice” and pizza, these paleo-inspired, veg-and-protein-packed meals will satisfy even the most zealous carbaholics.

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No. 1: Meatloaf Meatballs with Balsamic 'Ketchup' and Roasted Squash


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These meatloaf meatballs from celeb trainer Bob Harper definitely don’t feel like “diet food,” especially because they’re made with high-quality grass-fed beef, pork and turkey with cauliflower “rice” replacing the breadcrumbs. Bob also makes a less-sugary take on ketchup for serving.

Watch Rach and Bob make them in the video above!

No. 2: Jeanette's No-Cook Peanut Zoodles

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If you’re craving noodles with big flavor, but don’t want a bowl of starchy carbs, try this delicious peanutty zoodle recipe. Just use a spiralizer to make your zucchini “noodles.”

No. 3: Cauliflower Fried Rice

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What a way to really indulge – fried “rice” with a fried egg on top! But this dish is all about lean protein and veggies so it’s all good!

No. 4: Sriracha Chicken with Peanuts in Lettuce Wraps

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For maximum flavor and minimal guilt, Rach makes a spicy Asian-inspired sauce for this dish, blending hoisin sauce, tamari, Sriracha, peanut butter and rice vinegar.

No. 5: Jeanette’s 5-Minute “Rice” and Beans

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This protein-packed recipe takes almost no time, and swapping cauliflower “rice” for actual rice cuts way down on those carbs.

No. 6: Marc Murphy's Zucchini, Pecorino and Mint Salad

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This creative salad features zucchini cut into spaghetti-like strands tossed with a dressing of olive oil, lemon and mint and topped with shaved pecorino.

No. 7: Cauliflower Pizza Dough

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A figure-friendly and super-healthy pizza dough that you can make with only two ingredients? Yes, please!

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