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We’ve all heard of the Paleo Diet (it’s quickly on its way to gaining Atkins status), but what is it exactly? What it boils down to is no grains, no gluten, no dairy, no processed sugars, and definitely no processed foods. Basically, revert back to eating like our caveman brothers and sisters did back in the day to lead a healthier lifestyle today.

Does that sound like a bunch of boring and bland meals? Well you’d be wrong. Eating a Paleo meal can be just as tasty and filling as eating a non-Paleo one. Here are five that fit the bill (and the taste buds):

Grain-Free Granola – Trust me, this will be the best cereal you will ever have (Paleo or non-Paleo), hands down. We go through this stuff like it’s candy. Comprised of heart-healthy nuts, coconut flakes, and dried fruit, this is a cereal that you’ll want to eat at more than just breakfast time. And the fact that it’s easy to make and stores for a while is an added bonus.

Sweet Potato Hash with Fried Egg – A delicious and hearty breakfast alternative. Sweet potatoes are chock-full of vitamins, and eggs add the protein punch to get your day started. If you really want to kick it up a notch, toss in some strips of bacon.

Slow Cooker Thai Yellow Curry with Beef Brisket – This is the perfect meal to prep the night before and toss in the slow cooker in the morning. Imagine walking into your home after a long day at work to the exotic and enticing scents of curry and coconut, and knowing your dinner is already ready. Winner!

Braised Short Ribs with Figs – Melt-in-your-mouth short ribs combined with delectably sweet figs makes for one killer combo in this Paleo-friendly recipe. And it’s Crock Pot-friendly – perfect for the lazy chef in us all.

Lamb Sliders with Ginger Cilantro Aioli – Just reading the name of this recipe makes my mouth start to water. The heartiness of the lamb accompanied by the flavorful aioli sandwiched between two sweet potato “buns” is both exotic and intriguing. –Esther Carlstone

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