What’s Inside: Ground meat is an easy and budget-friendly way to incorporate more protein into your diet, especially when complying with Paleo and AIP diets. This post includes a roundup of Easy Paleo and AIP-friendly Healthy Ground Meat Recipes using various types of animal protein, including chicken, beef, and pork!
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My Favorite Healthy Ground Meat Recipes
In case you didn’t know, I really like you. So much, in fact, that I’ve rounded up 16+ of my favorite Easy AIP Paleo Ground Meat Recipes here for you all in one convenient post. (You’re welcome, my dears!)
I love cooking with ground meat because it’s easy and allows you to get creative with how you prepare it. It’s also an easy way to add protein to most meals and makes meal prep a breeze! My tip is to opt for sustainably raised meats whenever you can, such as free-range and pasture-raised poultry and grass-fed, grass-finished meats. Apart from being ethically raised and butchered, they’re more nutritious and packed with healthy fats.
I hope you use this as a guide for finger-lickin’-good animal protein-based recipes the whole family will love, as well as meat dishes that are healthy and nutritious for your unique dietary needs. These are the recommended ground meats to use by flavor, texture, and fat profile. Whether you’re craving taco bowls with ground chicken, dim sum cabbage rolls with ground turkey, Instant Pot Paleo Chili with ground beef, or a Creamy Sausage Potato Soup, the gang’s all here!
For most recipes that call for ground meat, the protein is interchangeable with your preferred meat or even mixed half and half with other meat. Take, for example, Italian meatballs. They’re often a mix of ground beef and ground pork. This offers a nice marriage of flavors and textures. You can swap the ground meat around in any of these recipes depending on your preference or what you have in your freezer!
Follow each recipe to learn how to make easy and delicious AIP and Paleo ground meat recipes at home. Enjoy!
Ground chicken is a leaner, poultry-based meat that can be swapped with ground red meat like beef or bison. It’s also relatively inexpensive. Happy chickens make for happy ground meat, so you want to look for labels that say the meat is free-range, pasture-raised, and organic when possible. (Just like you would for eggs!)
Ground turkey is another awesome poultry option for lean ground meat. It’s great because it’ll easily take on any flavor you cook with it, so my tip is to have fun with dried and fresh herbs and seasonings. Since it’s lean, it’s not very fatty, so a little more cooking oil may need to be used when you sub it for a dish with fattier meat like pork or beef.
Ground Beef and Bison
Ground beef and bison are some of my favorite ground meats to cook with – high in protein, in flavor, and it’s grass-fed and grass-finished, it’s way more nutrient-dense. Whenever I cook with beef or bison, I like to prepare it in a way that really shines through in both flavor and texture. These recipes accomplish that!
By now, you probably know my husband is Greek, so we enjoy eating lamb on the regular. These are some of my favorite Greek lamb recipes that do a great job of showcasing this delicious ingredient. If you’re new to lamb, you’ll notice a new taste for sure, and you’ll probably love it!
Ground pork is classic in certain dishes! It’s also perfect for combining your ground meats, to add some more flavor or fat like with classic Italian meatballs (they’re usually 1/2 ground pork and 1/2 beef). Even better, depending on what you season it with, you can enjoy it for breakfast, lunch, or dinner! Breakfast sausage, anyone?
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16+ Healthy Ground Meat Recipes: Egg Roll Skillet (Paleo, Whole30, AIP)
- 2 tbsp extra virgin olive oil
- 4 cups cauliflower rice (fresh or frozen)
- Sea salt and pepper to taste (Omit pepper for AIP)
- 1 lb ground pork (or a mix of ground pork and ground beef)
- 1 tsp ground ginger
- 1 tsp garlic powder
- 12 oz. coleslaw mix with shredded cabbage and carrots (1 package)
- 1/2 cup scallions roughly chopped
- 1/4 tsp fish sauce (optional, I recommend Red Boat brand)
- 4-5 tbsp coconut aminos
- 1 tbsp toasted sesame seed oil (omit for AIP)
- Heat a large sauté pan and add a tablespoon of olive oil over medium heat. Saute cauliflower rice for 3-5 minutes until tender and season to taste with sea salt and pepper.
- Transfer cooked cauliflower rice to serving plates or bowls.
- Add another tablespoon of olive oil to the same pan, and add ground meat, ground ginger, and garlic powder, breaking up the meat with seasonings with a wooden spoon as it cooks.
- Cook well until you don't see any more raw meat (approx. 10 mins).
- Add the coleslaw mix (you can do it in batches as it cooks down if you need to), stir around and cover for just a few minutes so the veggies get soft and wilt. Then add in the chopped scallions and season more to taste with any of the seasonings. Add fish sauce and stir.
- Turn the heat off and drizzle coconut aminos and toasted sesame oil over the meat and veggies, mix it well. Serve the meat and veggies over cauliflower rice and optionally garnish with more scallions.