Tuesday, 29 April 2014

Paleo diet snacks recipes

10:22 Posted by Dhaval Bhandari
If you are in need of a few recipes for quick and tasty snacks and appetizers, these paleo diet snacks recipes may be just what you are looking for. From tangy mini meatballs to zucchini bread and applesauce, these snacks and appetizers are more than just delicious – they are healthy too! Whether you are cooking for a dinner party or for your family at home, these recipes will satisfy cravings and fill hungry bellies without you having to slave over the stove for several hours. By using your cooker, you need only spend a few minutes preparing these dishes then you can walk away for a few hours while they cook. When you return, you will find that your slow cooker has done most of the work for you and your tasty snacks and appetizers are ready to serve!

Paleo diet snacks recipes: Mini Meatballs

paleo diet snacks recipes


Though simple to prepare, these mini meatballs are full of flavor and sure to be a hit at your next dinner party. The combination of tomato sauce and honey creates a light, sweet flavor that cooks into the meatballs, leaving them tender and juicy. If you are feeling adventurous, feel free to experiment a little bit to create your own sauce for mini meatballs. Try adding some cayenne to spice things up or omit the honey in place of some marinara sauce for a more traditional side dish of meatballs and tomato sauce.

Number of Servings: 5
Prep Time:  15 minutes

Ingredients:

  • 1lb grass-fed ground beef
  • 1 onion, diced
  • 1 tsp. salt
  • ¼ tsp. pepper
  • 1 clove garlic, minced
  • 2 tbsp. coconut oil
  • 1 (15 oz.) can organic tomato sauce
  • 2 tbsp. organic honey


Instructions:

  1. Combine the beef, onion, salt, pepper and garlic in a bowl and mix well. Shape the beef into mini meatballs and set aside.
  2. Heat the coconut oil in a skillet over medium high heat. Add the meatballs and cook them for 5 minutes or until brown on all sides. 
  3. Place the meatballs in the bowl.
  4. Whisk together the tomato sauce and honey then pour over the meatballs.
  5. Cover and cook on LOW heat for 3 to 4 hours or until meatballs are cooked through.

Nutritional Information:
292 calories, 135 calories from fat, 23 g protein, 16 g carbohydrates, 15 g fat, 9 g sugar.

Paleo diet snacks recipes: Creamy Artichoke Dip

Creamy Artichoke Dip


Number of Servings:  4
Prep Time:  10 Minutes

Ingredients:

  • 1 ripe avocado
  • 1 (6 oz.) jar artichoke hearts
  • 2 small zucchini, peeled and diced
  • ½ large lemon
  • 2 cloves garlic, peeled
  • 1 tbsp. olive oil
  • Salt and pepper to taste


Instructions:

  1. Combine the avocado, artichoke hearts, zucchini and garlic in a food processor. Pulse to blend until well combined.
  2. Pour the mixture into the vessel and squeeze the lemon over it.
  3. Drizzle the olive oil around the outer edges of the cooker and season to taste with salt and pepper.
  4. Cover and cook on LOW heat for 3 hours.
  5. Serve hot with fresh vegetables for dipping.


Nutritional Information:
141 calories, 99 calories from fat, 3 g protein, 10 g carbohydrates, 11 g fat, 3 g sugar.

Zucchini Bread

Zucchini Bread


Number of Servings:  10
Prep Time:  20 Minutes

Ingredients:


  • 2 cups zucchini, shredded
  • 1 ½ cups almond flour
  • 2 eggs
  • ¾ cup honey
  • ¼ cup coconut oil
  • ½ tsp. salt
  • ½ tsp. baking soda
  • 1/8 tsp. baking powder
  • 1 ½ tsp. ground cinnamon
  • 1 ½ tsp. vanilla extract
  • ½ cup chopped walnuts


Instructions:

  1. Sift together the salt, baking soda, baking powder, ground cinnamon and almond flour into a medium bowl. Set aside.
  2. Combine the eggs, honey, coconut oil and vanilla extract until well blended. Stir in the dry ingredients until a moist batter forms.
  3. Fold in the shredded zucchini and chopped walnut.
  4. Coat the inside of a slow cooker insert pan with cooking spray and pour in the batter.
  5. Cover and cook on HIGH heat for 2 to 3 hours. Cool slightly before serving.


Nutritional Information:
283 calories, 171 calories from fat, 7 g protein, 27 g carbohydrates,19  g fat, 22 g sugar.

Applesauce

Applesauce


Number of Servings:  10
Prep Time:  10 Minutes

Ingredients:

  • 8 large apples, peeled and chopped
  • ½ jar container apple juice concentrate
  • Ground cinnamon


Instructions:

  1. Place the apple chunks in the cooker and add the apple juice concentrate.
  2. Cover and cook on LOW heat for 4 to 6 hours until the apples are tender, stirring every hour.
  3. Turn off cooker and puree in a blender or use an immersion blender.
  4. Stir in ground cinnamon to taste.

Nutritional Information:
123 calories, 0 calories from fat, 0 g protein, 31 g carbohydrates, 0 g fat, 27 g sugar

Red Pepper Dip

Red Pepper Dip


Number of Servings:  4
Prep Time:  5 Minutes

Ingredients:

  • 4 red peppers, cored
  • 1 small onion, sliced thin
  • 2 garlic cloves, minced
  • 2 tsp. olive oil
  • Salt and pepper to taste


Instructions:

  1. Core and dice the red peppers. 
  2. Place the red peppers, onions and garlic in a food processor. Drizzle with one teaspoon of olive oil then pulse to puree.
  3. Pour the puree into bowl and drizzle with remaining olive oil. Add, salt and pepper to taste.
  4. Cover and cook on LOW heat for 3 hours. 
  5. Cool slightly before serving with sliced veggies for dipping.

Nutritional Information:
64 calories, 27 calories from fat, 1 g protein, g carbohydrates, 3 g fat, 4 g sugar.

Cooking Tips:  To add some more flavor to this recipe, try turning it into a roasted red pepper dip. After coring your red peppers, cut them in half and lay them face down on a hot grill for a minute or two to char the edges. After charring the peppers, simply chop them up and continue with the rest of the recipe as written.

For more vegetarian paleo diet recipes, keep exploring more of this diet blog....