It can be difficult for anyone to get out of their desks for lunch, but lunch can be even more challenging for paleo eaters. No grain means no sandwiches, a staple food at lunchtime.
Don't worry – we have your back. We've put together 19 Paleo lunch recipes that are simple enough to do magic on a weekend and pack for lunch on weekdays.
These hearty, tasty meals take full advantage of the poultry, meat, eggs, vegetables, fruits and nuts that are allowed in the Paleo diet. If you eat well at lunch, stay alert and concentrate for the rest of the day.
P.S. You don't have to be on the Paleo plan to enjoy these recipes. Go ahead and add them to your brown bag rotation.
. Chipotle Chicken Salad Wraps
If you think salad wraps are flaccid and too light to support you, get ready to blow up your mind and taste buds. Between the jalapeño chilies and the homemade chipotle sauce, your salad doesn't know what hit it.
2. Cuban Picadillo Salad Wraps
These flavored salad tacos are filled with ground beef flavored with cinnamon, cumin, and spicy, salty and sour capers and green olives. Top these babies with the homemade Pico de Gallo and it's a lunchtime party.
3. California Turkey Bacon Wraps with Basil Mayo
Fulfill your California dreams with these West Coast-inspired wraps. This blogger shows you how to put together crispy iceberg lettuce and spread it around turkey, bacon, avocado and tomato slices with a fresh vegan basil mayo. Make sure you use a paleo-friendly mayo.
Simply insert a bamboo toothpick and serve.
4. Steak and Sriracha Salad Wraps
Everyone loves fajitas. Sizzling steak? What is not to love The paleo-style spice is spiced up with coconut amino acids. Do this for Sunday lunch. Leftovers make a workday lunch glow.
5. Cajun garlic prawn noodle shells
Pressure cooked prawns are a great choice for a paleo lunch. Here crustaceans seasoned with Cajun are cooked with garlic and olive oil and then thrown with sautéed onions and red peppers. Zoodles stand for pasta.
6. Spring Roll in a Bowl
Satisfy your cravings for take-away Chinese food with this roll without cover. Cabbage packed with fiber combines carrots and spring onions and gets a taste boost from coconut amino acids (a paleo-friendly sub for soy sauce).
Add eggs or meat to make it more hearty.
7. Bowl of Doom
Named after a dish in a blogger's favorite restaurant, this should be called the "Bowl of Amazing". Make a hash out of sweet potato and ground beef and top it with an egg that is cooked the way you like it.
Serve with salsa and avocado and prepare to face your doom and joy.
8. Cuban sandwich bowls
Who needs bread with crispy cabbage, sweet and spicy mojo pork, salty deli ham, creamy avocado and fried plantains?
Boil the pork in your slow cooker and fry the plantain chips on the weekend. Then pack individual servings to get them to work. You will be grateful on those busy days when you cannot get out at lunch. No need to use leftover donuts from the break room!
9. BLT bowl
They are all good parts of a BLT and more. Crispy bacon, juicy tomatoes and fresh lettuce welcome avocado and cucumber. Yes, that's feta cheese in the photo – strict paleo eaters can just leave it out.
10. Healthy Mason Jar Taco Salad
Your staff will be jealous of how you eat this Mexican-inspired chicken salad. You get protein from chicken and vitamins from colorful vegetables such as carrots, red peppers, cucumber and tomatoes. Add some pumpkin seeds for extra crispness and saturation.
11. Antipasti salad
If the Italian submarine is your first choice in the delicatessen, this antipasti salad is just the thing for you. Remember that sausages should be eaten in moderation. Here they play a flavor-enhancing role in many types of vegetables.
If you bring this salad to work, pack the dressing separately and throw it just before you eat.
12. Salmon Salad Power Bowls
There are so many great things happening in these delicious bowls: salmon (which can reduce the risk of cardiovascular disease), high-fiber raspberries and heart-healthy avocado oil.
Lunch at your desk can be life affirming.
13. Thai chopped chicken salad
This mason jar salad is bursting with fresh flavors. With mango, roasted peppers and a spicy chilli vinaigrette, this paleo lunch will whisk you away from the thoughts of work. You need a mental break – admit it.
Thanks to the layering in the glass, the lettuce does not get wet while you wait for lunch.
14. Paleo burger with caramelized balsamic onions and avocado
Burgers are really about meat and ingredients, not about the bun. Hearty and sweet caramelized onions rest here on a juicy beef patty.
Served on thick tomato slices (why didn't we think of it?) And topped with sliced avocado, these creations will also seduce non-paleo eaters.
15. Rosemary Lamb Burger with Pesto
Lamb and rosemary are classic partners, and these are some of the tastiest and juiciest burgers you'll ever eat, paleo or not. They are topped with hemp pesto to enhance the garlicky, citrusy Mediterranean flavors.
16. Grilled paleo pizza
Tapioca flour and coconut flour form the delicious crust of this paleo pizza. It's super customizable – just throw on the toppings you love or that are in your fridge. If you're eating originally, add a little cheese. Skip it if you're Paleo only.
17th Paleo Meatloaf Muffins
Peeling lunch before a meeting? Pop one of those meatloaf muffins. You travel well and the turkey-pork combination is a welcome change from beef.
We love the sweet onions, zucchini, and mushrooms here, but you can easily trade in spinach or broccoli. And what is it about muffin tins? They make everything taste better.
18th Smoky Grilled Pineapple Burger
Smoky burger, meet sweet, sweet pineapples. You will love the taste contrast of beef with bell pepper spikes (choose grass fed for more omega-3 fatty acids) and juicy grilled pineapple. Hawaiian shirts are optional.
19th Paleo Cajun Burger
These look like your simple burger … and then sink your teeth. Hello, Cajun spices! Think cayenne pepper, cumin, garlic, peppers and thyme. Serve them on lettuce leaves or bake the paleo rolls if you have time.
Lunch doesn't have to be a challenge for a paleo eater – it can be an opportunity. These 19 recipes include all Paleo ingredients with delicious results.