I'm glad you like it! 'Ice cream' is one of the things for which I feel there are even *better* tasting than the original... because (I think) ice cream is essentially a 'paleo' food (if you tolerate dairy and can get raw whole cream or coconut milk)... all you need to do is control the sweetener... so it's easy to adapt.
Ramona- I am making your recipe for coconut ice cream now. I used unsweetened coconut milk, fresh egg yokes and a vanilla bean. From the looks of the custard, and taste I don't think it will need any thing else! I am thinking maybe a drizzle of honey and some toasted organic coconut on top, but I think it would be GREAT as is! What a great base for other treats too. I will try blueberry or chocolate some time in the future. I can't wait! Thanks!
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"I know many people here might say to not look to food for comfort but I'm not so sure" I think this is definitely true to a point. Eating should be pleasurable and even comforting.
I hope I wasn't coming across as judgemental. I was alluding more to the fact that wheat dependency has an emotional aspect to it, and that the longer you stay away from it, the less of a grip it has on you.
Also, though the OP doesn't say so, if binge or overeating is part of the dynamic, this also has a hormonal impact which then feeds the vicious cycle and makes it a lot harder to break the wheat/gluten dependency.
It really does depend on how one defines 'comfort' and what is at the root of the attachment for and comfort in particular foods.
This is a tough one... 'comfort' is so individual... is it the taste, the texture, salt, crunch, creamy, the overall experience?
For instance, my decadent treat has always been ice cream. I've found the Paleo version (blended frozen fruit) really satisfying and remarkably like ice cream, and I've collected a bunch of recipes (in my photo gallery... click on the ice cream picture and look in the comments section). I also really love things like frozen grapes, or banana chunks with nut butter very satisfying and 'comforting'.
Instead of chips and dip, I blend together Paleo mayo, and tuna or avocado, with whatever seasoning we're in the mood for (and I make it salty) and we dip celery... the crunch and salt hit the spot.
We find soup really comforting on cold/sick days... I've learned to create a really thick and creamy texture out of pretty much any vegetable... cook with a little water and then puree with a stick blender. YUM! I made 'cream' of mushroom soup the other day (something my daughter would never eat, and was my husband's favourite) and my DD declared it wonderful and my DH thought it was better than 'real' cream of mushroom... it was the same for tomato soup.
I have a really great pancake recipe on my blog... again everyone thinks they are better than our original recipe:
Overall, though, I've found that it really does come down to retraining the tastebuds (and habits... reaching for 'comfort' is a habit). You might also want to put some energy into finding what else you might find comforting and deeply satisfying that doesn't involve food... and clean out your pantry so you have no gluten foods to fall back on. Stress management is an important element of a Paleo/Primal lifestyle, too.
For the most part, any foods we've tried that are supposed to approximate old favourites just don't hit the spot... but the longer we eat clean and Paleo/Primal, the more satisfying our new choices are. For some people there is a 'white knuckle' phase where you just have to tough it out for a few months... and then magically you miss wheat (and sugar) less and less. Most SAD food now tastes way too sweet for us... even bought ice cream... pop is just gross... so is cheap chocolate. The longer you eat a nutritionally satisfying diet the further removed from cravings and emotional eating (which are hormonally driven) you get.
I will say that I've bought several of Mark's books (and I make recipes off his site all the time) and I've not been disappointed in any of them. The recipes always turn out, and the flavours are great. If you're talking aobut the 'Primal Cravings' book, while I think the recipes are awesome, and I'm anxious to try them out I don't think they really replicate 'favourite fast foods' as he claimed. There are two bread recipes, though, that I'm anxious to try... it looks very good. And I can't wait to try the hazlenut coffee pancakes and the waffles.
...the Cinnamon-Swirl Rolls were SO good, but not quick, and not realy like cinnamon buns as the recipe claims.
I'm not crazy about 'Paleo Comfort Foods' or 'Everyday Paleo' but the thing that reading these cookbooks does is spark my own imagination, and helps me see my old tastes in new ways and they help me revamp.
Boy, that's a tough issue. I know many people here might say to not look to food for comfort but I'm not so sure. It is natural to enjoy (guiltfree) things like food. Which paleo-friendly foods to you really love? Maybe one or two of those could be your new comfort foods. For me it is things like coconut cream (the creamy part from canned coconut milk), brazil and macadamia nuts, very dark chocolate (85% or higher) and natural beef jerky, also plain full-fat yogurt. Comfort foods may be acquired tastes, too. If you always eat them in certain situations you will like them more over time, that's just how our brain seems to be wired. Birgit
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Does anyone use any recipe book with comfort foods ? Mark Sisson has highlighted one last month. I'm still undecided about buying it. (I'm an emotional eater, and although grains hurt, I keep falling off track and reaching for wheat when in emotional distress ) I'd need some easy, quick, recipies that would "comfort" me.
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