Happy July! Summer is officially here, and Independence Day is almost upon us. That means picnics, BBQs, and plenty of parties. While it isn’t all that difficult to organize a Paleo grill out, planning a picnic — especially the kind most of us grew up with — takes a little more effort.
But we thought the effort might be worth it! Not only do we sometimes feel nostalgic for the foods from our childhood (and holiday foods have a particular hold on our heart), sometimes it’s nice to prepare dishes that are immediately recognizable to large crowds of people, without having to go into any sort of explanation about our diet and why we eat the way we do. We’re certainly happy to share our wisdom and experiences with anyone who might have questions, but we’ve also been cornered and interrogated by presumably well-meaning individuals who had their own agenda about health and eating. So, you know, if we can bring fun food to a party that requires little in the way of exposition, we sometimes like to roll that way, especially if we’re with a new group of people.
As an added bonus, we find these recipes are also fun when you feel like indulging in “junk” food, but you don’t want the junk!
Deviled Eggs With Bacon & Chives (Cook Eat Paleo)
A classic deviled egg recipe, but without the mayo! This recipe also serves as an excellent base for any deviled egg flavor experiments you might want to undertake over the summer.
Potato Salad With Green Beans, Whole Grain Mustard & Capers (A Clean Bake)
There is a surprisingly small amount of mayo in this recipe, so don’t be fooled by the photo! If mayo isn’t your thing (and we’re talking about the homemade kind, ‘natch), this recipe is ace at how easily food blogger Nora substitutes ingredients. In this case, she advises to use plain Greek yogurt instead (if dairy’s in your diet). The potatoes also might cause concern for those on a strict Paleo plan. In that case, Nora recommends white sweet potatoes for complex carbs with a less yam-y flavor.
The Best Creamy Coleslaw (The Paleo Mom)
This is a recipe for the classic cole slaw we grew up with, minus all the bad stuff. The Paleo Mom is one of our favorite sources of research-based, scientifically-grounded information about the Paleo diet – and her recipes are the bomb.com – so definitely plan on staying on her site for awhile.
Southern Style Fluffy Paleo Biscuits (Healy Eats Real)
These beautiful biscuits are brought to us by the amazing versatility of coconut and almond flours. The secret behind their light and airy quality is egg whites — just make sure you beat them until really stiff. Those elements combine to form the lightest, sweetest, closest-to-the-real-thing Southern-style biscuits we’ve found since going Paleo.
Paleo Fried Chicken (Oh Snap Let’s Eat)
Gluten-free and dairy-free, food blogger Tina Tsai coats chicken thighs in almond flour for that classic fried chicken crunch. This recipe calls for pan frying the chicken, so you’ll just want to make sure the oil is nice and hot to avoid too much of it soaking into the breading and wrecking havoc on your GI system (if you’re on a low-oil regimen).
No Marinade Carne Asada (Life Made Full)
Six ingredients and ten minutes – total – to prep and cook? Not only does that make it perfect for parties, tailgates, even camping trips, you can bet this carne asada is going into rotation as a mid-week meal, long after summer has drawn to a close.
Gluten-Free Lemon Blackberry Cupcakes (A Healthy Life For Me)
So incredibly moist, no one will believe they’re gluten-free. The lemony-blackberry flavors are the perfect summer flavor.
100 Calorie, Grain-Free Nut Butter Chocolate Chip Cookies (Nutritionist In The Kitch)
These incredible cookies call for one bowl, five ingredients, and are out of the oven in ten short minutes. They’re a great source of essentially fatty acids, vitamins, minerals, and protein, but we predict you’ll be too busy making happy, nomnomnom sounds to realize these little low-calorie snacks are actually good for you.