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 popcorn shrimp turned amazingly well (in fact, Jeremy thought it was probably better than what he remembered!).
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)!
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).
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’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
I’m sure most of you already know and love Juli from PaleOMG - she’s freaking hilarious and has the most outrageously delicious recipes. And she was kind enough to let me share this chicken and apple sausage recipe with her readers.
This really makes a fantastic breakfast that you can make in advance and freeze!
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.
Does the thought of buying and cooking lobster terrify you?
It’s such an expensive food, and if you mess it up, then that’s tons of money down the drain!
I used to think that way too – I even hated ordering it in restaurants because it was so ridiculously expensive and I was always afraid it wouldn’t be cooked just perfect!
So, what made me change my mind?
Not that expensive. I realized that buying and cooking your own lobster wasn’t all that expensive! Costco sells a pack of 4 lobster tails frozen for $24. You can actually buy it for a tiny bit cheaper from certain Costcos in their fresh seafood department. I’m clearly not saying this is a cheap meat, but 1 lobster tail per meal per person ($6) is generally enough with a little bit of other meats and vegetables.
Seriously nutritious! It really shocked me when I looked up the nutritional data of lobsters. I knew I liked eating lobster, but I didn’t realize just how spot on my taste buds were! In 100g of lobster meat (which is probably just more than one of those lobster tails from Costco), there is 52% of your Daily Value of Vitamin B12 (that’s the crucial vitamin found only in meat and which is essential in maintaining proper brain function).And that’s not all, that same lobster tail also has 91% of your Daily Value of copper as well as a ton of other vitamins and minerals (check it out for yourself here).PLUS, and this is probably the best part of lobster’s nutrition profile…its omega-3 to omega-6 fat ratio is insanely good (86mg to 5mg per 100g)! Get Recipe!
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!