Paleo and vegan diets don’t seem to go naturally hand in hand. The paleo diet encourages meat and fish with no grains, while the vegan diet cuts out animal products and adds plenty of grains and legumes.
But that doesn’t mean you can’t enjoy delicious food that’s both vegan and paleo! Fruits and vegetables from the heart of these recipes, with nuts and seeds adding protein and bulk. Let’s eat!
Start your morning right with this vegan and paleo take on granola (see also ‘15 Awesome Paleo Granola Bar Recipes You Have To Try‘). Naturally sweetened with maple syrup, these delicious granola clusters are created using almonds, cashews, and a blend of seeds.
A heavy sprinkle of cinnamon adds some warmth to the bowl, while unsweetened shredded coconut brings texture and a touch of the exotic.
A quick and easy recipe to make, this granola can be stored for up to three weeks in an air-tight container. But we think you’ll eat it all before then! It’s particularly delicious topped with your favorite fruits.
If you want to enjoy a vegan and paleo diet, then cauliflower rice should become your new best friend. Rice and other grains are banned in the paleo diet, but a staple for vegans.
By switching your favorite grains for cauliflower rice, you can make more of your favorite vegan recipes paleo!
This vegan Spanish cauliflower rice has an irresistible smoky flavor, and finishes with a hit of heat that leaves you wanting more. It can be used as a grain-free base for tacos and burritos, or enjoyed on its own. Try stirring through shredded jackfruit!
A colorful side treat or a delicious main dish, rainbow veggie salad with lemon vinaigrette is an excellent paleo and vegan meal for a warm day. With a base made from kale, red cabbage, and brussels sprouts, this is a sturdy salad that can hold dressing without going soggy (see also ‘15 Awesome Paleo Salad Dressing Recipes For Paleo Lovers‘).
Fantastic if you enjoy lunch at the office, or you want a veggie addition to a picnic or potluck!
Caponata is a popular Italian dish that’s surprisingly easy to make. It uses just ten ingredients, but packs a big hit of flavor thanks to salty capers, tangy white vinegar, and aromatic basil.
Fried eggplant (see also ‘15 Awesome Paleo Eggplant Recipes For Paleo Lovers‘) gives caponata an irresistibly creamy texture, and over a long simmer the flavors infuse throughout the dish. It’s also a great way to use up any leftover eggplants that might be looking a little wilted.
Cooked in olive oil and smothered in tomato sauce, they taste as good as new.
Soup is the perfect dish for anyone looking to combine paleo and vegan diets, and this potato leek soup with roasted red peppers is an excellent place to start. Creamy and luscious, it’s just what you need on a cold day.
The original recipe uses chicken broth, but you can switch this for vegetable broth without affecting the flavor. The full fat coconut milk adds body without dairy, while simmering the potatoes with thyme gives them an aromatic finish.
Paleo and vegan diets can often seem restrictive, but this spinach and artichoke pizza recipes proves you don’t have to compromise on comfort food. It’s just what you need for a movie night, or a cozy evening in.
Paleo dough can be difficult to get right, so be careful when measuring out your flour. But once you’ve nailed it, you can experiment with your favorite vegan and paleo toppings. Although, it’s hard to beat spinach artichoke!
This green goddess nourish bowl is absolutely brimming with goodness — but not with grains! Bowl aficionados can rejoice, because this recipe is suitable for vegan and paleo diets. Plus, it’s deliciously decadent, thanks to the addition of fresh figs and a lush green goddess sauce.
The original recipe uses almonds for texture, but you can mix things up with your favorite seeds or nuts (or both). Top with a drizzle of balsamic vinegar and a sprinkle of fresh berries.
Excellent as a snack, lunch, or dinner, you’ll be wanting to enjoy these vegan lettuce wraps throughout the day. They’re made with a mouthwatering blend of smoked paprika, ground cumin, onion powder, and garlic powder.
Fill with jackfruit or mushrooms to make these wraps completely paleo, and finish with a fresh and vegan take on pesto!
Lettuce wraps are a must for the vegan and paleo diet! It’s a new way to serve favorite flavors, and you won’t have to struggle to find a taco shell that suits both dietary needs.
Trying to find a meal that’s vegan, paleo, and easy to make on a busy weeknight? Then get ready to fall in love with this easy vegan stir fry! The hardest part is trying not to eat it straight from the pan.
Stir fry can be tricky on the paleo diet, as many of them use soy sauce as a flavor enhancer. This recipe uses paleo-friendly coconut aminos, plus lemon juice and Chinese 5 spice powder, for a mouthwatering sauce that’s gluten-free. Serve as is, or on a bed of cauliflower rice.
10. Potato Latkes
Potato latkes are the sort of dish that everyone has their own recipe for, and while they’re nearly all delicious, most of them contain eggs and wheat flour. So, no good for vegan or paleo diets!
This recipe does things a little differently. It’s very much non-traditional, but when the flavors are this good, you won’t mind. The key is to use a really good onion powder. It imparts the flavor of real onions, without the water. Enjoy with applesauce.
A lasagna that can be enjoyed on both the paleo and vegan diet? It doesn’t exactly seem real. You might imagine that lasagna, packed full of meat, pasta, and cheese sauce, is the first thing to go.
This zucchini replaces all those no-go ingredients with delicious substitutes. That meat sauce becomes an incredible artichoke-tomato sauce. Those wheat-based noodles are switched for sliced zucchinis.
And instead of cheese, enjoy a creamy cashew substitute! Now if someone could invent vegan and paleo garlic bread…
Traditional ratatouille showcases the amazing flavors of vegetables, but it is a time consuming dish to make. The prep alone takes a good part of the day! This spiralized recipe is quicker and easier, but it doesn’t sacrifice any of the flavors.
If you don’t have a spiralizer, then what are you waiting for? Get one!It’s an excellent kitchen gadget that can transform your vegan and paleo eating. Or, you can julienne your veg by hand!
If you want a meal that can please a crowd and fit a range of dietary requirements, then look no further than this vegan mac and cheese with butternut squash. It uses spiralized butternut squash in place of your traditional macaroni noodles, adding a delicious twist to a classic dish.
If you aren’t a fan of butternut squash, try substituting sweet potato noodles instead!
For those of us with a sweet tooth, finding a dessert that’s vegan, paleo, and actually tastes good can be a chore (see also ‘15 Awesome Paleo Dessert Recipes To Try Today‘). Thankfully, this apple crisp ticks all the boxes. It’s suitable for a large range of diets, and it tastes absolutely incredible.
When the holidays are coming up and you need a crowd pleasing dessert that won’t take hours in the kitchen, give this recipe a try.
Chocolate isn’t completely off the table for vegan or paleo diets, you just have to be careful with your choices! A good rule of thumb is the darker, the better, as dark chocolates are less likely to contain processed sugars and dairy.
Luckily, as vegan and paleo diets become more popular, suitable chocolates become more widely available. And when you find one that suits your tastes, you can transform it into these delicious chocolate chip cookies (see also ‘15 Awesome Paleo Cookie Recipes You’ll Love‘)!
Can You Eat Vegan And Paleo?
It is possible to eat both vegan and paleo, but be prepared to put some work in. Paleo is a diet that emphasizes a variety of protein sources, from fish to eggs to meats, and cuts out grains.
So, a lot of your favorite vegan foods (such as peanuts and lentils) are incompatible with a paleo diet, and vice versa. But that doesn’t mean a vegan and paleo diet isn’t possible!
What Foods Are Vegan And Paleo?
Fruits and vegetables are staples of both the paleo and vegan diets, and you can also enjoy a variety of nuts and seeds. Grains, on the other hand, are off limits.
You also have to stay away from the vegan favorite; peanuts and peanut butter. Peanuts are considered a legume, not a nut, and aren’t allowed on paleo.
Vegan and paleo diets seem, on the surface, to be completely opposing. But for fans of fruits and vegetables, there’s plenty of crossover to try. Just be careful to watch your protein sources!