I feel fantastic! My belly seems a lot smaller, but I forgot to measure at the beginning so I can’t *prove* it to you. My pants fit way better, though. Some that were tight right after Christmas are now loose – W00t! I don’t get heartburn at night anymore and I have way more energy. Come to find out that on top of all my other allergies I might just have a gluten sensitivity, too. So this new diet – this new way of LIFE! – is perfect for me. I’ve learned so much. I can’t wait to share with you.
First, though, a recipe review. Here are a few of my favorites.
Paleo Recipe Review
Paleo Pizza: I loved the Paleo Pizza. My family did not. I think it had to do with the type of crust I made, though. I used this recipe from #ThisChickCooks and added cornflour (bad idea – adding cornmeal, not the recipe). Next time I am going to either use the unmodified recipe or try this one from #RealSustenance instead.
Greek Salad with leftover grilled chicken: Pretty standard in our house for lunch. The kids and I both love olives and red peppers and I can’t get enough balsamic vinegar with Bragg’s Liquid Aminos for dressing. Other than the ingredients you see on top I also add powdered garlic and Bragg’s herb seasoning.
Paleo Coconut Muffins: Very dense. Very filling. Yummy the first few times and then they get a little old (the coconut flour is almost gritty and a little too much fiber for my taste – maybe it’s the brand I’m using?). Plus, if I think about the fact that they are 50% eggs I kind of get grossed out. Otherwise pretty good. Now that we realize BulldozerBaby also has an egg allergy, though, these might not become a standard recipe in the rotation. [I used this recipe from #BalancedBites.]
Cilantro Pesto, Almond-Encrusted Tilapia: By far a family favorite! (Especially surprising because RockstarDad insists he hates Cilantro.) This recipe was from #PaleOMG and was as absolutely, fabulously awesome as described. Awesome!
Sweet Potato Chips: A little more work than expected, but pretty good. I ended up cutting my hands pretty bad using my new mandoline that my awesome MIL got me for Christmas, but after I got the hang of it I was thrilled that I could make chips this thin. I followed the directions in the recipe from #PaleOMG but ended up having to broil the chips after baking to get them just right. BulldozerBaby and I like them, but RockstarDad and RocketGirl didn’t. For me, they satisfy the need for crunch in a filling and healthier manner. Totally a recipe-keeper.
Pumpkin “Cream” Chicken Casserole: Also from PaleOMG. Up to this point we have LOVED every recipe from PaleOMG. But Family HATED this one. I loved it at first bite and then couldn’t finish. I’m not sure if it was just too rich or what. Maybe I did something wrong? I had to throw out nearly the whole pan Frightfully disappointing.
I also relied on my prepared PALEO GO-TO FOODS this week:
- - fabulous! (full review HERE)
- Amazing Grass Chocolate Meal Replacement powder - Review and recipe for protein smoothie HERE.
- homemade nut butters out of pumpkin seeds, cashews and walnuts,
- homemade Paleo bars from Mark’s Daily Apple (awesome),
- Earth Fare’s veggie chips – I think they are fried and then dehydrated squash, sweet potato, beets and green beans.
A COUPLE OF THE GREAT MEALS I’VE PLANNED FOR THE REST OF THE WEEK:
- Paleo Chicken “Noodle” Soup from Coconut Mama
- Paleo Bread from Elana’s Pantry
- Paleo Chicken Burgers from PaleOMG
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What are your favorite Paleo Recipes?
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