Sunday, February 19, 2012

Paleo Noms

How are you doing a week into our sugar free challenge? Be honest with yourself. I had a few slip ups myself. I'm human after all. I was hungry and had poured Grace some gluten free cereal and got to munching on it myself, thinking "wow, this is really good" until I realize it was frosted flakes, lol.
It's okay if you slip up, just get right back on the horse. Try a little harder every day.

Before we get to some tasty food porn (and more ideas to stuff your belly and crush your soul-stealing sugar cravings), I want to give a special shout out to my friends Mike & Kathy. They invited us over Saturday evening. When we got there, I was delighted to see a copy of Everyday Paleo on the kitchen counter. Not even delighted, but proud! Kathy pulled together an awesome paleo dinner of chicken breast, salad with pear and some dressing, and I helped put together a cauliflower parsnip mash. We rounded out the meal with some dates stuffed with cream cheese and salted pistachios. Mike was not brave enough to try my stuffed dates (even though everyone knows sweet & salty goes awesome together. Haha, Mike, your loss :oP)
My only regret is I didn't get pictures, so I'm making up for it here.

Remember in my last post, I encouraged you to get some veggies and eggs? If you've never had frittata, now is the time. It's so easy to make. I would have taken pictures, but it's so delicious that it disappears before I think to take them. Very basic, too. Chop up a bunch of veggies you feel compliment eachother (my go to ones are baby spinach, mushroom, green onion, and often bell pepper). Also chop up some bacon (I used pork jowl, which is one of the most awesome bacons ever), and scramble 1 dozen eggs. Get the bacon going in an oven-safe pan so it renders out some of its fat/grease, then cook your veggies in it. Spread it into an even layer over the pan, and pour in your eggs. After a few mins on the stove top, place the pan in the oven under the broiler for about 8 mins. Take it out and slice it up. I love to eat mine with salsa. I always tells Grace that it's breakfast pizza, and she has no trouble tucking a slice away when she's hungry.

Oh and I just discovered "Paleo Cookie Dough".
Honestly it tastes nothing like cookie dough, but it sure does satisfy me on a deep level. The next time you're fighting your sugar demon (and I promise you that you will be), throw this together. It only takes a few minutes. I used 2T Barney Butter (heretofore-after known as the most awesome almond butter ever), 2T Crio Bru, coconut oil, 1T coconut oil, and some walnuts. Melt the barney butter & coconut oil together, stir in crio & walnuts, then toss in freezer until it firms up a bit. Eat it. Revel in extreme awesomeness.

Okay NOW for food porn!

Friday evening we were able to enjoy Country Captain Chicken from the book Paleo Comfort Foods. I don't know why, but I thought this recipe was weird. Delicious, but weird.

I'd never heard of Country Captain Chicken prior to making this. It's like chicken fried steak meats stew. Like I said- delicious, but weird.

Tonight we had some heavenly bacon wrapped filet mignon with a side of mash. The mash recipe is from Make It Paleo, and is made with turnips and parsnips. If you're worried about being overpowered by Super Mario Brothers strength turnips, don't be. It's a very mellow, pleasant dish. It's sort of sweet meets garlic.

Here's what Grace thought of our dinner:

That said... my 3yo willingly eats steak. There's no reason you can't get your whole family in on the Primal/Paleo lifestyle!

In fact, here is a list of lame reasons you may possibly try to give me to avoid taking the plunge:
7 Exceptionally Lame Excuses Why You Haven't Gone Paleo Yet


Zen Garden Retreat said...

Do you mix the crio bru in as the ground powder? Or do you need to mix it with hot water and dissolve it first?

P Gersch said...

You run it through a french press or coffee brewer. Treat it as you would coffee grounds.