I’ve been asked by The Sisterhood of the Shrinking Jeans to provide a little insight into the Paleolithic Diet. I need to preface this series by stating I am in no way an expert on eating Paleo. I am not a nutritionist nor a dietitian. I consider myself “paleo-ish” because I am not strict in following the principles of this lifestyle. This series is based on my experience with “going paleo-ish” for the past several months. Because there are so many websites and blogs that do a wonderful job explaining what it means to be Paleo, I would encourage you to do your research if you feel this diet may be right for you. In this series, we’ll look at what Paleo is, the whats and whys of the foods it allows and asks you to avoid, some of my pros and cons, as well as a few of my favorite recipes. I’ll try to include other blogs and sources I’ve found useful in my journey as well. Like Schoolhouse Rock said, “Knowledge is Power!
Part 4: my favorite recipes
In parts 1 and 2 of this series, we looked at a general overview of the paleo diet and what foods are allowed and what you are asked to avoid on this lifestyle. Part 3’s post listed some of the pros and cons I’ve observed while following a paleo-ish lifestyle for the past several months. In this final chapter, I’m going to provide links to some of my favorite recipes, as well as blogs that do a great job with paleo food ideas.
The first thing I would recommend you do is go out and buy yourself a spiralizer (or at the very least, a julienne slicer). One of my all-time favorite substitutions for pasta happens to be zucchini noodles – or Zoodles. These are so easy to make using the spiralizer. Serve them with your favorite marinara sauce (just watch for added vegetable oil or sugars in jarred sauce) and make these meatballs. Change of Pace is one of my newest favorite bloggers for great paleo and family-friendly ideas.
The Lemon Bowl (while not a paleo site) has some incredible recipes. This Sriracha Chicken Cauliflower “fried rice” has become a staple in my house. Cauliflower is very easy to rice using your blender (there is a link in the recipe on how) and you can cook it in a variety of ways.
My all-time favorite paleo food blogger is Danielle from Against All Grain. Her recipes are not just paleo. She also includes a number of allergy-free recipes. I loved what I was finding on line so much that I bought her cookbook and I haven’t had a single fail from anything I’ve made, except for a frosting because I stink at making meringue. Totally not Danielle’s fault. These Banana Nut Chocolate Chip Muffins are TO.DIE.FOR. I took a batch on my 200 mile relay last month and my carb-loving, not paleo-eating vanmates devoured them.
For more delicious recipes, make sure to search Pinterest and Ziplist. Those two sites are where probably 80% of my recipes come from. Google is also your friend here :) The following bloggers do a great job when it comes to paleo or paleo-ish recipes. Many of them also have Facebook pages, RSS feeds, Pinterest and Twitter, so you can get your recipes delivered right to your favorite time suck.
Feel free to experiment as well. Because I’m not super strict, I’ll still use soy sauce (you can find gluten free ones) instead of coconut aminos and corn starch instead of arrowroot powder when I’m making this incredible Crockpot Mongolian Beef, but I have switched away from vegetable oil and now use olive or coconut oil in most everything. You can usually replace milk with almond or coconut milk with pretty good results. I haven’t tried Stevia but have had some success using honey to sweeten some foods (like my salsa and spaghetti sauce).
I hope you all found this series informative and helpful. If you have any questions, I’ll try to answer them to the best of my ability. But, like I said in the intro, I’m not a nutritionist or dietitian. If you would like more information on creating meal plans or for specific dietary needs, I would recommend you seek out a professional.
Thank you and HAPPY COOKING!