Paleo + Vegan = Pegan

Peas and Pancetta in a white bowl
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The new "pegan" diet combines vegan and Paleo eating. Meat? Just a little. Processed ingredients? A few. Mainly veggies and other fresh, whole foods, though. One tip: "Eat meat as a side dish," recommends pegan diet proponent Dr. Mark Hyman. Salads with a dash of meat are a good way to start.

The ideal—meat's just a small part of this mostly veggie dish.

Stews often have more veggies than meat.

Spicy Beef Curry Stew for the Slow Cooker
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"Inspired by the wonderful spices and flavors used in Moroccan cuisine, this wonderful stew is a hearty one-dish meal," says Make-Ahead Mamas.

When you cook meat, make small portions—like a 4 oz. steak and a couple of shrimp.

Surf and Turf for Two
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High-protein eggs are a pegan star at dinnertime.

Tomato and Egg Stir Fry
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"The warm bacon dressing makes this Brussels sprouts and spinach salad very tasty," says Barrett. "You'll be surprised how eager your family will become to eat their veggies!"

Top a simple Caprese salad with a little leftover grilled steak. "This is a fresh, healthy, easy-to-make salad with a twist," says cookinmama.

Caprese Salad with Grilled Flank Steak
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Enjoy spiced-rubbed grilled chicken breast over a bed of lettuce, black beans, and salsa.

"These are traditional Mexican tacos from Oaxaca and one of the best things I know how to make," says Lola. "The steak may be broiled or grilled if you prefer."

"Garlic, crushed red pepper, and chili paste add heat; hoisin sauce and ginger sweeten the deal," says amanda1432. "Great served over jasmine rice!"

"This is a quick, easy, and authentic Thai curry dish that's sweet and very spicy," says NELLYDESIGN. "I became addicted to the dish at a local restaurant and then worked to duplicate it at home. I think I've got the taste and presentation pegged."

"This is a mild curried beef recipe with root vegetables," says OLENAJOY. "It's very filling and goes nicely with brown basmati rice.

Curried Beef with Winter Vegetables
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Looking for more ideas? Traditional foods are a good place to start—meat was scarce in the old country.