From savory chow mein to shrimp fried rice to sushi rolls and more, your favorite takeout dishes are easily made Paleo at home with a few substitutions.
Even the most diehard Paleo devotee gets struck by a craving for some quick and dirty Chinese takeout, or a greasy spoon-style burger, or a taco truck’s finest. And then there’s the occasional swooning for Thai, sushi, and (of course) the quintessential eat-at-home classic: pizza.
If you find yourself jonesing for one or all of the above, we’ve got you covered. With a few key substitutions, many takeout staples are easily made Paleo at home. From salsa-laden breakfast burritos to savory chow mein to “cheesy” nachos and pizza, we’ve got a Paleo-friendly option that doesn’t skimp on the flavor nor the comfort.
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Cauliflower Shrimp ‘Fried Rice’
This fried rice recaptures all of the flavors of the Chinese staple with none of the guilt, using gluten-free cauliflower in place of rice. From start to finish, it takes only 20 minutes–delivery isn’t even that fast!
Recipe: PaleoHacks | Cauliflower Shrimp ‘Fried Rice’
Breakfast Burrito with Turkey Chorizo Sausage
Who doesn’t love a breakfast burrito the morning after a big night out? Packed with fluffy scrambled eggs, enchilada sauce, turkey and chorizo, this beats any drive-thru burrito nutritionally while satisfying all your salsa-drenched desires.
Recipe: Against All Grain | Breakfast Burrito with Turkey Chorizo Sausage
Protein-Packed Mango Shrimp Hand Rolls
Skip the rice-bomb (and expensive) sushi takeout and make your own hand rolls at home. Fresh and light, you won’t miss the rice, we promise.
Recipe: PaleoHacks | Protein-Packed Mango Shrimp Hand Rolls
Sweet and Sour Chicken
Crispy, succulent chicken gets lacquered in a Paleo-friendly sweet and sour sauce.
Recipe: Mommypotamus | Sweet and Sour Chicken
Paleo Tacos, 3 Ways
Yes, there’s even a way to enjoy the taco truck’s best offerings and keep it Paleo. This taco recipe collection has you covered for breakfast, lunch or dinner and dessert.
Recipe: PaleoHacks | Paleo Tacos, 3 Ways
‘Chipotle’ Burrito Bowl
While Chipotle is arguably among the most Paleo-friendly fast casual joint available, you’ll have to skip a lot of the fixins to keep your meal compliant. Why not just make the burrito bowl at home and skip the hassle?
Recipe: PaleoHacks | Chipotle Burrito Bowl
Kung Pao Chicken
A Schezuan takeout classic gets a Paleo makeover– but don’t worry, it’s just as deliciously spicy as the original.
Recipe: Grok Grub | Kung Pao Chicken
‘Cheesy’ Pesto Pizza
It’s not delivery, or DiGiorno–but it is totally Paleo and delicious.
Recipe: PaleoHacks | ‘Cheesy’ Pesto Pizza
Another Chipotle-inspired recipe, these super easy, tender carnitas can be used in everything from Paleo tacos to Paleo nachos to Paleo burrito bowls.
Recipe: Culinary Hill | Pork Carnitas
Baked Popcorn Chicken
A quick snack you can make on a night in with family and friends. In just 20 minutes you’ll have juicy chicken poppers with a perfectly crispy texture.
Recipe: PaleoHacks | Baked Popcorn Chicken
Plantain Chip Nachos
You don’t have to sacrifice taqueria-style nachos from your diet entirely– use this recipe to make them Paleo-friendly.
Recipe: Against All Grain | Plantain Chip Nachos
Crispy Beef and Bacon Wonton Soup
The wontons in this Paleo-friendly soup have crispy skins filled with beef and bacon!
Recipe: PaleoHacks | Crispy Beef and Bacon Wonton Soup
Another delicious take on Paleo pizza gets loaded with meat and savory goodness like sun-dried tomatoes, artichoke hearts and mushrooms.
Recipe: Paleo Leap | Paleo Pizza
Beef Chicken and Broccoli Stir-Fry
Since these two main ingredients are already Paleo-friendly without any substitutions, this recipe just goes to show that Chinese food favorites are great for the primal.
One-Pan Beef Jerky Nachos
With Paleo jerky, avocado, sweet potato chips and more, these Paleo nachos make for the ultimate snack.
Recipe: PaleoHacks | One-Pan Beef Jerky Nachos
Enjoy the Mexican brunch fare classic at home– cheaper, healthier and damn easy to make.
Recipe: PaleoHacks | Huevos Rancheros
Cantonese Chow Mein
This chow mein gets inventive for the noodles, subbing in spiralized daikon and turnip for a crispy take on the Chinese staple.
Recipe: The Real Food Guide | Cantonese Chow Mein
Pork Chile Verde
This hearty, zesty pork stew can be eaten in tacos, burritos, by the shovelful–whatever you want.
Recipe: The Paleo Fix | Pork Chile Verde
Vegetable Coconut Curry
Jonesing for Indian takeout? Whip up this quick and easy vegetable curry and serve ladled over cauliflower rice.
Recipe: PaleoHacks | Vegetable Coconut Curry
Grilled Paleo Pizza
How do you make pizza even better? You grill it, of course.
Recipe: Wicked Spatula | Grilled Paleo Pizza
Avocado Bacon Burger
Skip the drive-thru or greasy spoon and whip up homemade burgers at home. This version gets all its richness from bacon and avocado–no bun necessary.
Recipe: PaleoHacks | Avocado Bacon Burger
Thai Coconut Soup
If you’ve got a Thai takeout habit, we’ve got the Paleo make-at-home remedy.
Recipe: PaleoHacks | Thai Coconut Soup
Honey Sriracha Chicken Wings
Nobody has to tell you that a delivery Pizza Hut/Wing Street combo isn’t good for your health, but now these Paleo chicken wings will keep the late-night delivery cravings at bay.
Recipe: PaleoHacks | Honey Sriracha Chicken Wings
Paleo Butter Chicken
A rich and hearty Indian classic gets a dairy-free, Paleo makeover.
Recipe: My Heart Beets | Paleo Butter Chicken
Crunchy Egg Rolls
Do you ever eat Chinese takeout without the egg roll? We don’t, and with this recipe, you don’t have to either.
Recipe: PaleoHacks | Crunchy Egg Rolls
Paleo Pad Thai
This Thai staple is made Paleo thanks to a quick sweet potato sauce. Be sure to top it with a fried egg for ooey-gooey richness.
Recipe: PaleoHacks | Paleo Pad Thai
If you’ve never tried this smoky mashed eggplant dish, you’re in for a treat. Thankfully, this version is totally Paleo.
Recipe: My Indian Taste | Baingan Bharta
Paleo Ramen Noodle Bowl
This Paleo take on Japanese ramen recaptures all of the meal’s savory goodness using kelp noodles and a variety of vegetables.
Recipe: PaleoHacks | Paleo Ramen Noodle Bowl
Spicy Orange Chicken
Try this spicy, Paleo-friendly take on everyone’s favorite orange sauce-lacquered chicken.
Recipe: PaleoHacks | Spicy Orange Chicken
The Paleo Kitchen Burger
If you’re gonna eat a burger, it may as well be a glorious avocado mousse, crispy shoestring parsnip-topped version over a measly drive-thru one.
Recipe: Civilized Caveman Cooking | The Paleo Kitchen Burger
Trade Mexican takeout night for a night at home whipping up these Paleo enchiladas. Filled with ground beef and doused in a well-spiced sauce, these taste like comfort in a dish.
Recipe: PaleoHacks | Paleo Enchiladas
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