Summer is near for many of us in the Northern hemisphere! So, I wanted to share with you this really really easy Paleo sorbet recipe for cooling off. You don’t need an ice cream maker for this recipe – just a blender will do. And it takes just 5 minutes to make.
This mayo is delicious! It’s thick and creamy with a hint of coconut (due to the coconut oil used). Previously, I had made mayonnaise with olive oil, which gives a more yellow colored mayo (recipe here). This coconut mayo has a slight cream color, and it’s perfect for making ranch dressing with (ranch dressing recipe here).
Why Make Your Own Paleo Mayo?
Store-bought mayo (at least every single one that I’ve ever checked, and I’ve checked quite a lot of them) contain non-Paleo oils (e.g., canola oil). (There is someone who is currently developing a Paleo mayo for sale soon at Payo.us, and I’m looking forward to trying it out when it becomes available.) So, instead of foregoing many delicious foods (like tuna salads, ranch dressing), I make my own Paleo mayo using Paleo oils (olive oil and coconut oil). It’s delicious and fresh!
I love this recipe for ranch dressing because it uses so many fresh herbs – they really help to lift the taste and give it an even more cooling and fresh flavor. If you don’t have fresh herbs available, then you can use dried herbs instead (appropriate amounts are provided in the recipe).
I made this paleo ranch dressing recipe to go with some delicious Paleo Buffalo Chicken Wings (recipe here). Get Recipe
It was Jeremy’s birthday a week ago, and we celebrated by making this amazing Paleo Chocolate Cake Recipe (with chocolate frosting and coconut chocolate ganache!). The cake got the thumbs up from both my mum and Jeremy’s mum. Personally, I think the frosting was superb and made the cake simply amazing.
I love cooking with a ton of spices – it makes the food flavorful, more varied, and just amazingly delicious! So, with the ton of spices I had in my cupboard already, it only made sense that I would start making my own blends.
I made this Paleo Cajun Seasoning to go with the Popcorn Shrimp (recipe here).
Jeremy always talks about his childhood spent eating and drinking non-Paleo classics like chocolate milk, bologna sandwiches, cherry coke, and popcorn shrimp (things I thankfully missed out on growing up in England). But, I thought I’d bring back some of his childhood foods by recreating Paleo versions of them. The Paleo popcorn shrimp recipe turned out amazingly well (in fact, Jeremy thought it was probably better than what he remembered!).
Ketchup (or Catsup) is so common a condiment that we often forget it’s not Paleo! In fact, if you look at a bottle of Heinz Tomato Ketchup, you’ll find that it’s loaded with high fructose corn syrup, corn syrup, and “natural flavorings” (I always find this rather suspicious as it could mean a lot of different things).
The solution? Make your own Paleo ketchup! When I first decided to make Paleo ketchup, I thought it was going to be a ton of work, but it turned out to be remarkably simple. This Paleo ketchup recipe is my favorite one – there’s a great mix of spices to make it really flavorful.
Amazing TIP: In case you miss it in the recipe, I also added in little bit of gelatin (it makes it a tiny bit thicker but doesn’t really change the consistency even when refrigerated, but provides some added health benefits!).
Joshua from Slim Palate (he’s 18) just wrote an amazing Paleo Cookbook! It’s beautiful and filled with amazing recipes. I met up with Joshua in Houston a few days ago, and he gave me an Advance Signed Copy of his book to giveaway here!!
And if you want to make sure you get your hands on a copy, then you can preorder his book (it comes out on March 11) here.
Second day in Napa, staying at the really cool Andaz Hotel in downtown Napa.
Breakfast:1 boiled egg, which I had picked up from Whole Foods the night before and stored in our mini fridge. I also had a decaf with some ghee in it (I bought the ghee at Whole Foods as well). [click to continue…]
I’ve found that cabbage and pork go really well together, and this dish combines those flavors along with the slightly tangy flavors of cardamom and apple. It’s a fantastic one pot meal (in fact, I often make double the recipe at the same time with 2 large saucepans)!
We’ve been making these vegetables for a while now, and it’s always a hit with the family and guests. The combination of fresh herbs with the sweetness of the sweet potatoes and butternut squash along with the leeks is fantastic!
I love making chicken broth in the slow cooker (see my easy slow cooker chicken broth recipe here), and after having some amazing Thai Chicken and Rice with Chicken Soup in Portland, I had to go make a Paleo version to enjoy at home! It’s a simple process – place everything into the slow cooker and leave overnight.
Today was packed: DMV in the morning, rock climbing at Planet Granite, Goodeggs pickup, and Whole Foods shopping in the afternoon and evening. There was also quite a lot of recipe posting and cooking in between all of that!
This is my favorite Gordon Ramsay restaurant so far! I’ve been twice now in the past 6 months, and I’ve loved it both times. In particular, the American Wagyu/Kobe Rib Cap was stunning. By far the best steak I’ve had in the US!
I spent most of today processing over 1500 photos that I took in India! I felt like I was going blind after the process. My other great achievement of the day was teaching my mum and uncle how to use Instagram and Tumblr AND getting Jeremy to eat 10 pieces of grassfed beef liver! Phew!
Our time in India was fantastic (3 Indian cooking classes, a camel ride in the Thar desert, meeting random travelers, seeing the beautiful Lakes of Udaipur, marveling at the amazing colors in Jodhpur, and so much more). It’s definitely gotten me excited about cooking more Indian dishes too.
One of the most common things we had in India was Masala Chai (Tea). We drank it with fresh goat’s milk in the middle of the Thar desert with some villagers, we had it at a random deserted road-side stall, and we made it in every single cooking class we attended.
Everyone in India seems to have their own special family blend for Masala Chai, and there are lots of blends for sale in the US (e.g., this one on Amazon). I bought a small amount from Shashi in Udaipur, India, but I wanted to make my own as well (for fun and for when I run out).
The Spices in Masala Chai
Here are the spices I used for my mix (there are lots of different possibilities, but these are some of the basic ones). Feel free to Pin the photo below! (There are links to purchase the individual spices in the recipe box below.)
Didn’t do too much cooking today – we spent most of Valentine’s day in the beautiful Point Lobos State Reserve near Monterey (see photo slide show below). We saw rabbits, 3 whales (my first time!), several types of beautiful birds, some deer right next to our car, and some sea lions in the water.
Breakfast: I had 2 bowls of bone broth mixed with chicken broth (both had been simmering in different slow cookers) (recipes here and here) followed by a cup of black coffee. Jeremy had a bowl of chili (leftovers) (recipe here).
We started the day off a bit late again. Trying to get back to a good sleeping schedule tonight! The slow cooker had been going, so more chicken broth (recipe here) seemed to be a good start. We also finished off more of the leftover chili (recipe here) and made some beef sautéed with zucchini, tomatoes, peppers, and salt (it was a modified version of this recipe here).
People often wonder what Jeremy and I eat on a daily basis, so here it is! We’re going to keep track of what we eat and drink daily here as a sort of photo food diary (I already forgot to photography the sides at dinner, but hopefully I’ll get better about remembering)!!
We slept in today (too tired from so much traveling over the past few weeks). Jeremy slept around 13 hours, and I slept 11 hours! So, it was pretty much lunchtime when we got up.
The slowcooker had been going all night, so we woke up to grass fed beef chili (recipe here), and homemade chicken broth (recipe here).
No trip to Portland would be complete without a stop (or two, or three…) at Cultured Caveman!
This is an all-Paleo food cart opened by Heather and Joe (we only got to meet Heather, but she was amazing to talk to – in fact, she was so amazing that we stood in the sleet for 30 minutes chatting with her!!).
One of the best things about Cultured Caveman is that you don’t have to worry about any of the ingredients – you can eat everything off the menu (and we did just that!). Their ingredients are top notch – grass fed beef and paleo oils (like tallow, olive oil, coconut oil) – and the food is delicious (my favorite was the Ethiopian Cabbage). And they even have tasty bone broth!!
This article is a little bit more important than usual.
So it’s also a little bit longer than usual. But you should read it all. Especially if you have an autoimmune disease, and probably even if you don’t.
I get a lot of emails from readers asking about the Autoimmune Protocol (often abbreviated “AIP”) within Paleo. Questions like: “What is it?” “Is it right for me?” “How do I do it?” and “Will it help me with ______ problem?”
Unfortunately, there just wasn’t a great article or series of articles that clearly answered all of these questions. And that was a shame.
So…I decided to write this article. It’s a very thorough but easy-to-read guide to AIP, including a comprehensive, printable list of foods that are allowed or not allowed on AIP that you can have emailed to you by clicking below or at the end of the article. There’s also a handy AIP FOOD TABLE below that you can Pin, so keep reading!
The first time someone told me they had an autoimmune disease, I thought they meant they had AIDS (yes, I was quite clueless, despite the fact that I actually have an autoimmune disease). For the difference between Autoimmune Disease (AID) and Acquired Immune Deficiency (AIDS), check out this article.
Let me begin by explaining the basics of an autoimmune disease, because the chances are that you might have one!
Autoimmune diseases occur when your body’s own immune system starts attacking your own body’s proteins. This happens because your body thinks that those proteins are a foreign substance (e.g., a bacteria) that need to be destroyed. Unfortunately, this can end up causing widespread destruction of your own organs and cells instead.
There are a ton of different autoimmune diseases (some may not have even been identified, and many of them are obscure like the one I have). Most autoimmune diseases differ based on which proteins/cells are being attacked by your immune system.
Here are some autoimmune diseases you might have come across:
This is a remarkably easy recipe, and it’s absolutely delicious! The recipe is my guest post on Ditch The Wheat and also features my 3 Little-Known Secrets for Cooking Authentic Chinese Meals (that are Paleo/Gluten-Free)!!
This was so good – Jeremy couldn’t get enough of it! The gentle hint of cinnamon and cardamom goes really well with the butternut squash, and the sweetness of the butternut squash and the bell peppers is fantastic with the ground beef.
I know this dish looks really fancy, but it’s actually very easy to make! It’s perfect as a well-rounded meal or as an appetizer. (I would serve 1 stuffed pepper per person for an appetizer, or 2 stuffed peppers per person for an entree.)
This dish was so good I had to make it twice in the same day! It’s so easy and uses very common ingredients. The mustard works really well with the celery and ground beef to create a really flavorful and nutritious meal.
This is especially fantastic for whenever you’re short on time – it takes just 20 minutes from start to finish (prep time is really short because there’s so little to chop).
I was at one of Nom Nom Paleo’s book signings recently, and an audience member asked what was the best way of preventing egg muffins from sticking to the muffin pan. Diane Rodgers and Melissa Joulwan were also there, and some interesting answers came up.
I had my own thoughts about what would work to prevent sticking, but I went ahead and did some experiments (i.e., I made some egg muffins under various conditions)! And since egg muffins are a fantastic pre-prepared Paleo breakfast/snack, I thought I’d share my findings here so no one has to scrub their muffin pan again.
Below are my 3 best methods for preventing egg muffins from sticking to the muffin pan:
I’ve always loved buffets in Las Vegas, and I’ve been to most of the major ones over the past 7 years (many of them multiple times).
I remember loving the crab legs initially, and I would scout out the seafood buffets (like the Rio buffet back in the days when it was famous for its seafood).
Then, when the Wynn’s high-end buffet opened, it was like getting a super-charge of relatively high-class food all in one sitting. And for about a year, I would make a trip to the Wynn buffet every trip!
However, for the past few years, my taste for buffets has died down a bit (I tried the Bacchanal buffet at Caesar’s palace last September, and it was good but not amazing). That is, until I tried Wicked Spoon at the Cosmopolitan Hotel this past trip.
I loved it so much we went twice on consecutive nights! There was just a great selection of Paleo options – from bone marrow to prime rib to house-cured bacon to freshly grilled salmon to kale salads and sauteed Brussels sprouts. And most importantly, everything was amazingly delicious.
I love this recipe – it’s really easy to make (and to scale up to make a double or triple batch), and it makes the perfect fast and easy breakfast or snack! I recently made 24 of these to take on a road trip to Las Vegas.
I was really excited when Michelle from Nom Nom Paleo sent me her new cookbook. Who wouldn’t be excited to find a large red box on their doorstep
And my excitement continued when I opened the book, since – in addition to pages upon pages of recipes and yummy photos – there were also super-cool illustrations of Michelle and her family (including her kids, Big O and Little O, and her husband, Henry).
My Favorite Chapter
This book is filled with over 100 delicious recipes, but my favorite chapter is definitely the very first one, which is entitled “Building Blocks,” since most of the recipes in this chapter can be used to enhance other recipes or dishes. There are recipes for Dukkah (an Egyptian spice blend), Magic Mushroom Powder, her famous Paleo Sriracha sauce, Macadamia Nut “Ricotta”, Bacon Aioli, and a ton more!
I love cooking my Brussels sprouts with bacon (recipe here), but I had cooked that same dish for several weeks already, and it was losing some of its appeal. So, I came up with a new fast and easy way of cooking Brussels sprouts.
If you’ve ever planned any large party or event, then you’ll know just how tough it can be.
There are so many moving parts to organize, so many different people to please, and always some last minute glitches! So just imagine when you also have to add in Paleo/Gluten-Free/Dietary Restrictions into the mix!
From the start, Jeremy and I were worried about the food at our wedding, and we found a caterer months before we did anything else (I wrote about our wedding menu just before the wedding in this post)!
Our caterer (Joshua Charles) was fantastic, but all sorts of other food and drink issues come up nearer the time (should we serve a cake, what about desserts, what oils should the food be cooked in, was there enough variety for everyone, what party favors would our guests like, what alcohols should we serve, should we serve soda???). And this was outside of the technical issues we encountered with our RSVP website (we wanted to go high tech) or our uncertainty as to whether the taxi service would be able to drop people at the location or our last minute decision to install a dance floor into the courtyard (and yes, the police did stop by for a friendly chat with me about the noise!).
It would have been easy just to give up on my diet for one day, but this was the biggest opportunity I had for demonstrating to my closest family and friends just how fantastic Paleo food is and can make them feel! And it turned out to be not difficult at all because we paid attention to the five areas below.
I’ve had a lot of requests for a full loaf paleo bread recipe, so here it is! It takes longer than my microwave bread recipe, but it’s worth the wait (most of the extra time is just waiting for it to cook in the oven), and you can make enough to share.
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I’ve always been a big fan of Gordon Ramsay, and one of his signature dishes is Beef Wellington (a classic British dish – more about it below). I was therefore a bit sad that I couldn’t order it at his Las Vegas restaurant (it comes with a wheat-based puff pastry that is indispensable to the dish).
That of course doesn’t mean I can’t enjoy grain-free Paleo Beef Wellington at home!
What is a Beef Wellington?
Beef Wellington is a classic British dish comprising of a beef tenderloin smothered with pâté and duxelles, wrapped with puff pastry, and then baked.
The exact origins of the dish seem to be unknown (it’s appeared in cookbooks since around the 1940s and became popular during the 1960s), and while there are suggestions that it’s named after the Duke of Wellington or the Wellington Boot, there’s no concrete evidence supporting any of these claims.
There are lots of variations of the recipe, and I’ve created 2 Paleo variations: one with a Paleo (gluten-free) pastry and one without a pastry.
I was really skeptical about this soup when I first had it at a Thai restaurant in Los Angeles 10 years ago. It was 3am in the morning, the restaurant was packed, and the menu was completely foreign to me.
Just the first taste told me that I had definitely picked a winner. It was amazing – so flavorful, so creamy, and omg so spicy!
I finished the entire bowl despite the fact that it was way too spicy for me. It was just that good!
That soup I ordered was Tom Kha Gai, which translates to “Chicken Galangal Soup.” Get Recipe
I’m a fan of fruit in my chili (see my Raspberry Liver Chili Recipe), and so I decided to experiment a bit more with that theme for this recipe.
Have you tried Bison?
I can still recall the first time I tried bison. It was at Ted’s Montana Grill in New York City. This is one of Ted Turner’s companies, and its main focus is bison. I had no clue what bison was at the time, but I LOVED IT. Get Recipe
Presenting food prettily has never been my forte. I think it stems from a belief that good food doesn’t need good presentation.
Of course, this belief is totally bogus! Some of the best restaurants in the world pay just as much attention to presentation as they do to the taste of the food. In fact my trip to Meadowood really showed me that amazing food deserves and is enhanced by amazing presentation.
Ways to Make Your Food Look Prettier
I’ve experimented with several methods of enhancing the prettiness of my food (I think it should be called food vanity):
buy pretty plates,
buy pretty place settings,
buy pretty cutlery,
decorate the plate with different garnishes.
I’m pretty bad at all of these methods, so I wanted to try a fifth method – making use of the natural beauty of the fruits and vegetables in the dish (to make the dish more colorful and to use them to hold the foods).
And so, for this amazingly delicious recipe, I used the acorn squash as both the food and the decoration. I really love the autumn colors in this dish (the dark green of the acorn squash skin, the dark yellow of the acorn squash flesh, the green of the collard greens, and the dark red of the beef bacon). In case you’re not familiar with beef bacon, there’s more on that next. Get Recipe
Recently, I returned from Vegas to find piles of clothes strewn everywhere around my house.
For some people, this might mean that there had been a burglary. Not for me. This was simply how I’d left things.
Even my closet had piles of clothes on various shelves. (And by “piles,” I don’t mean neat and folded stacks.) So as I began unpacking my suitcase, I was initially tempted to simply dump more clothes on top of the piles already in my closet.
That’s when it dawned on me. I was waiting for “someday” to throw away all the clothes I never wear (several still had the tags on!).
Are You a Someday Person?
I didn’t think I was.
While at dinner one night in Las Vegas, several of us girls discussed our husbands (always a fruitful topic!). The conversation drifted to the topic of laundry, and one girl told us her way of ensuring that her husband never wears clothes that she hates: “I tell him that if he ever wears it and it comes through the laundry, he will never see it again.” Read More
How Great Food Can Inspire and Will Keep on Giving
I was already a bit apprehensive when we started the long drive to Napa. Making a reservation at Meadowood had been one of those spur-of-the-moment you-only-live-once sort of decisions when you hand over your credit card, close your eyes, and hope everything turns out ok.
I was hoping to be wow’d but deep down, I was already prepared for disappointment. I’d eaten at some of the top restaurants in the country already (including four 3-michelin star ones and some crazy-cheap but amazing hole-in-the-walls). So how could Meadowood deliver me an awesome experience to make it worth the hefty price-tag?
When we arrived grumpy at having sat for 2 hours in traffic, they completely brushed aside the fact that we were almost half an hour late and instead seated us immediately. The dinner had been in celebration of my birthday (which we had told them), and the director of the restaurant greeted us with this personalized card.
I was touched, but really, the true inspirations came with the food (you can see the full menu below).
It’s hard to describe how ingenious combinations of fresh and local ingredients can change my life, but it did.
I was so moved, I stopped by Whole Foods on my drive home and bought some fresh carrots to marinade in champagne. LOL
Then I proceeded to sign up for the Science & Cooking: From Haute Cuisine to Soft Matter Science course offered by Harvard on EDX. I know, I’m a geek, but the experience left me with a huge thirst for more. More flavors, More experiments, More creations, More knowledge about my food.
Most restaurant meals typically leave me with only a passion for napping. Meadowood left me with a passion for life! See Menu
Liver has never been top of my favorite foods list!
And it most definitely isn’t top of Jeremy’s list. But, it is one of the most nutrient-dense foods around, and we try to eat it when possible.
To help us eat it more frequently, I’ve been experimenting on making liver taste more delicious (i.e., less like liver!). I hope one day to appreciate the taste of liver by itself, but for now, masking the liver taste is crucial for us.
“I’d NEVER get the flu shot – it’s got mercury in it.”
That was my coworker’s reaction after I told her that I had just gotten my flu shot (which I had told her as a passing “I should say something to make conversation” statement.)
This definitely was not the response I was expecting, and it suddenly invoked strong feelings within me:
Fear. Had I just willingly allowed someone to inject mercury into my veins?
Anger. Why is she trying to scare me with her sensationalist claims again?
Quite a lot of confusion. So what is this flu shot all about anyway – does it even work?
Let’s just say that those feeling did not lead to the most productive of conversations. However, what it did leave me was a feeling that I had to get to the bottom of this.
Are flu shots dangerous or am I just defending my sense of pride for having gone and gotten a flu shot without examining all the facts? What does the flu shot protect against – did I just waste all that time for something that won’t even protect me from the flu? And should I get the flu shot in the future? Discover the truth!
I’ve been enjoying this delicious salad for months now! I kept wanting to share this recipe with you, but every time I start writing it, it just seems so silly – it’s so simple it barely deserves to be written down!
You might have seen coconut oil sold many places or mentioned on websites and wondered what the heck you should be using it for.
Well, I used to think coconut oil was just for cooking until my friend pointed out that her grandmother had used it as a hair product forever. Of course, from then on, I started encountering different uses for coconut oil everywhere – I even read about it being used as a sun-burn cream in one of F. Scott Fitzgerald’s books (you know, the guy that wrote The Great Gatsby and The Curious Case of Benjamin Button).
So, to help you start using coconut oil, here are 67 of my favorite uses – and to prove I’m not making all this up, I’ve provided links to some excellent skin care recipes, food recipes, as well as scientific studies and testimonials.
To cook with instead of vegetable or seed oils. Coconut oil naturally has a high smoking point, is highly stable due to its high saturated fat content, and imparts very little “coconut” flavor to your foods. I use it to cook pretty much everything – check my recipes if you don’t believe me!
In your coffee/tea instead of creamer. Yes – that’s right, use coconut oil, not coconut milk! In case you’re confused about this, here’s my video showing you exactly how to make it.
To wash your face with instead of soap. It sounds strange, but oil washes impurities out better than soap and it doesn’t dry your skin! It takes a week to get used to it – the skin on your face is so used to being dried out by soap and facial cleansers that it’s producing extra oil to counteract it. So, it’ll take a little bit of time for your skin to stop producing all that extra oil. Be patient – it’s worth it!
To brush your teeth with. Coconut oil has many antimicrobial properties which can make it good at killing off bacterial in your mouth. To make your own toothpaste, simply add 2 Tablespoons of coconut oil (melt it in the microwave very briefly so that it’s softened) to 2-3 Tablespoons of baking soda. Mix to form a paste and spread on your toothbrush. (The baking soda whitens your teeth.)
Here’s my video of a coconut and olive oil blend toothpaste recipe.
For oil pulling. This is similar to the previous use in that it helps with oral hygiene. Oil pulling has long been a popular practice in India and with Ayurvedic practitioners. It involves swishing oil around your mouth for 20 minutes before spitting it out. The idea behind the practice is to remove bacteria from your teeth and mouth, which can then alleviate various other illnesses (including arthritis and fatigue). This practice has enjoyed renewed attention in recent years due to Bruce Fife’s popular book, Pulling Therapy.
As a body moisturizer. Our skin absorbs whatever creams we put on it (think of all the topical pain relief medications that work because it gets absorbed through our skin). So, instead of pumping random chemicals from your moisturizers into your skin, many people (including myself) choose to use coconut oil instead. I like to use it at the end of my shower so that it’s more easily absorbed and before my skin has had a chance to dry out.
As a sun-screen. This is not a high SPF sunscreen, but a 2013 study found that coconut oil absorbs 20% in the UVB region (this equates to something under SPF 10 – there’s disagreement as to the exact number). So definitely use other forms of natural sun-protection when you’re out.
As a hair conditioner. I started using coconut oil as a hair conditioner a while ago, coupling it with diluted apple cider vinegar as the “shampoo.” Don’t use too much and just rub it on the ends of your hair so you don’t end up with oily hair!
As a supplement.It’s suggested that taking coconut oil as a supplement can help with weight loss and increase your “good” cholesterol. I think it’s just good in general – it’s not a magic pill!
As a massage oil. Coconut oil doesn’t get absorbed into your skin quickly, which ensures your skin stays slippery for longer thereby making it perfect for you to enjoin a long massage!
To reduce scars. I’ve never tried this myself – but some people seem to have had great success with it.
If you’re like me, then there are a lot of periods of your life when things get crazy hectic, and I mean really crazy hectic!
During those periods (e.g., finals at school, when all your kids are suddenly at home during the summer, or when work is overbearing), what you eat becomes less of a concern as Everything Else takes over!
I definitely recall that when my workload at the law firm increased, my diet would take a dramatic turn for the worse (let’s not even talk about my sleep and exercise!). Suddenly, the vending machine would unceasingly call my name and every dish on every take-out menu would make my mouth water.
I thought those stressful times were over when I quit the law firm life a month ago, but then the wedding planning kicked in. I’m sure anyone who has ever planned their own wedding will sympathize with me when I say that the week leading up to the wedding was definitely a bit stressful (and that’s a huge understatement)!
And to have to cook during that week for the entire family?? Hell, NO!
Thankfully, I had a system in place already which made eating healthy and Paleo for that week a breeze, and I’m going to share with you that amazing 3-step system in this post.
And don’t worry, I’m not just giving you some general fluff advice like “remember to plan your meals in advance” – these are concrete step-by-step details! Discover the System!
I hate how some people think that Paleo is not delicious to eat.
Have you ever had people ask you: “What do you eat if you don’t eat bread?”
I get asked this a lot, and my reaction is usually a fake laugh while inside my head, I’m thinking “ARE YOU CRAZY??”
But they’re not crazy, because we’re so bombarded by the food industry with crappy food that we forget what truly good food really is. One of my first reactions to Paleo many moons ago was: “What can you eat if there’s no cereal for breakfast, sandwich for lunch, and pasta for dinner?”
I was faced again with this issue when planning my wedding (which is this Saturday). I have 60 non-Paleo family and friends attending, and they’re probably all wondering “ARE THEY GOING TO SERVE ME JUST BACON AND SWEET POTATOES?” (That’s a pretty delicious image, but not really wedding style.)
So, I had to go in search of a caterer who would cook a scrumptiously delicious and visibly beautiful wedding meal. Many of you probably think that was seriously difficult. After all, it’s hard to even find a single Paleo restaurant to eat at!
But it was surprisingly not hard at all, and Joshua Charles is the man who is making my wedding so special. I can’t thank him and Marian enough for making our Paleo Wedding dream become reality. (His team is even going to cook EVERYTHING in olive oil, coconut oil, or butter/ghee!)
In case you don’t believe me, here is the menu and some photos from the tasting (courtesy of my good friends, Caroline and Wayne, who did the tasting in California for us while we were still in NYC). See Wedding Menu
CAVEMEN DID NOT USE A MICROWAVE!
Yeah, I’m fully aware of the fact that microwaves were not around in prehistoric times. In fact, they were invented by Percy Spencer shortly afer WW2, and the first one was sold in 1947.
So, why is it ok (and in fact, really good) for us to use a microwave when our ancestors managed to live perfect fine without it?
Well, below are my 7 top reasons (I’ve tried to keep too much physics out of it, although the physics of how a microwave oven works is what will really open your eyes to just how OK using a microwave is). Read the 7 Reasons
I’ve always hated doing anything that I didn’t feel was essential. In school, I wanted to do only the coursework that would most easily allow me to pass the exam. And now, when I cook, I just want the fastest and easiest way to get the tastiest food!
If you’re feeling generous, you might say I’m “results-oriented” or “efficient,” but really it’s pure laziness!
So here is what my laziness has to do with today’s article. If you’ve done much cooking, you’ve probably heard that you should sear meat before putting it into a stew. My reaction:
What? Why? It’s just going to get cooked in the stew – why do I need to waste my time searing it first?!?
Which all brings us to this question: Do you really need to sear the meat first? [click to continue…]
“Only in New York City would you walk past a man on a unicycle without turning your head.”
New York has been my “home” for the past five and a half years. If you’ve never visited, then let me tell you that there are all sorts of things you will see in this city that just doesn’t happen elsewhere. From semi-naked guitarists in Times Square to Gossip Girls filming on Columbia campus to rats running through subway.
Those were things I used to find exciting slash seriously gross about NYC, but I’ve now realized that I don’t even turn my head to look. I’ve finally become a New Yorker!
I was actually on my way to pick up groceries to make these coconut tuna fish cakes when I walked by a unicyclist meandering down a residential street. Even though I was looking straight ahead at him, it never registered in my head that this was something odd. After all, what’s odd about a unicyclist when two men will fight in daylight over a parking spot (note all the pedestrians walking by in the background not seeing a thing).
I guess this was a long way to say that it’s time I left New York. There are many reasons why I’ve decided to leave in a few months, and this was just one of them. But regardless of where I am, the recipes shall continue!
For some of us, it’s hard to imagine life without cake ever again. And for a while, this really deterred me from going 100% Paleo (what would I do without red velvet cake!). However, I shouldn’t have worried because there are a ton of amazing Paleo cake recipes out there to make instead (they’re healthier and just as delicious!).
In fact, there are so many amazing Paleo cake recipes (as you can tell by this long post), and many of them are remarkably easy and fast to make. There are even some delicious microwave mug cakes!
To help you find the right Paleo (or Primal) cake for you, I’ve categorized the Paleo cake recipes into various lists. First, there’s my all-time top 3 Paleo Cake Recipes. Then, there’s my top 7 Paleo Chocolate Cake Recipes, my top 9 Primal Cake Recipes (many are primal because the frosting ingredients include dairy), my top 3 Fast Cake Recipes (all are gluten free and grain free), my top 3 Paleo Bundt Cake Recipes, my top 4 Paleo Holiday Cake Recipes, and my Other Favorite Paleo and Primal Cake Recipes.
I hope this helps you to find the right cake recipe for your occasion (whether it be dinner tonight, a quick snack, or a birthday celebration). Click for Recipes
We spent most of the day eating in Houston! Lunch was at Hubbell & Hudson Bistro and dinner was at the Paleo-inspired Corner Table restaurant, where we met up with Josh from Slim Palate (enter the giveaway for a signed copy of his book here) and chatted to Alyssa Dole (the Pastry Chef at Corner Table).
Hi! I'm Louise - I am "beyond gluten-free," grain-free, paleo/primal, a lawyer, an ex-physicist, a cook, a blogger, a Brit living in the US, an ex-violin player, an occasional crossfitter, a mystery book junkie, and of course, I am the Ancestral Chef :) Read my About Me Page for more!