Wednesday, September 04, 2013
I have had a lot of great feedback on my previous blog. So, felt compelled to expand my thoughts into a regular blog.
Diets are just diets unless you make them fit into your lifestyle. Paleo is a lifestyle choice worth adapting to fit my and my family's needs.
This past weekend, Labor Day, was hectic to say the least, but I find myself looking forward to the challenge of making the right choices "paleo-wise." Hmmmmm wise. I like that.
So, on a weekend filled with BBQs and family get-togethers, I found myself in a starring role when it came to food and meals ... my way.
BBQs are easy ... just throw a steak & some veggies on the grill, and we are on our way to the land of Yum!
I got a few jeers and eyebrows raised when I walked in with a healthy spinach salad and an inconspicuous bundle under my arm.
You see, the family knows that I am not much of a red-meat eater. So they are always speculating just what I will bring to a family gathering. Well, eyebrows were raised, and I think I heard a few stomachs growling when I tossed those lobster tails on the grill, and then generously basted them with a little clarified garlic butter! Oh, yeah, heads were turning! Yup ... people sat a little closer to me in hopes that they might get a taste of those luscious tails! And, of course there were quite a few folks eyeing my grilled peaches, too! Yup ... went there, too. What's a BBQ without dessert!
Breakfast the next morning around the campfiret ... scrambled eggs with sautéed onions and portabello mushrooms surrounded by a ring of sweet tater home fries. Oh, yeah, buddy! I did go there.
Then we returned home to the land of "what's for supper" and "I really, really want pizza tonight." What to do ... what to do ... what to do.
Well, make a pizza ... paleo style ... of course. Yes, folks it can be done and it is scrumptious, too!
1 1/2 cups almond flour (packed)
3 1/2 T starch (tapioca or arrowroot)
1 tsp baking powder
1/8 tsp salt
1/3 cup flax meal
1/2 cup warm water
1/2 T oil
1. Preheat oven 375.
2. In a bowl or mixer add almond flour, starch, and baking powder.
3. In a separate bowl combine flax, warm water, & oil. Wisk together until it thickens.
4. Add Flax mixture to the dry ingredients and knead until well-mixed.
5. Place between two pieces of parchment paper and roll out until 1/16 inch thick.
6. Bake for 20-25 minutes.
Reset oven to 400 degrees.
Top crust with toppings of choice and heat until toppings are done. (about 15 minutes)
Vegan Parmesan (note it will not melt)
1/2 cup pine nuts
1/2 cup almonds or cashews
1/4 cup nutritional yeast
1 tsp. salt
Oh ... yeah ... I went there! And, lost a pound in the process!