Paleo Diet and recipes
On first impression you may be thinking that, like most diets, the Paleo diet is going to be too restricting/complicated and mealtimes could become an ‘issue’. Not in the least! Do not even consider for a moment that Paleo diet meals and recipes are going to be boring, complicated or lack in variety. Paleo diet recipes result in wholesome flavoursome meals.
Protein plays a vital role in Paleo diet and meals should consist of approximately 60% to 70% percent of your daily food intake. The balance of course being fruit, vegetables, nuts and seeds with additional oils used in preparation of the meals such as avocado oil, nut oils etc.
NO GRAIN OR DAIRY IS TO BE CONSUMED
Remember shop fresh, organic, natural and wild. To be totally Paleo, eat seasonal as well – this of course being carbon footprint friendly.
Lunch and dinner Paleo diet recipes and meals can be adjusted according to your own personal lifestyle and requirements. To start out take your usual recipes and merely substitute the ‘cannot have’ with a ‘can have’ – you will be amazed how quickly you adjust and how capable you are of making your own Paleo diet recipes.
Some ideas for your three main Paleo diet meals for the day:
- 2 Poached eggs on a bed of lightly panned spinach
- Bowl of mixed berries with nuts and cashew cream
- A 2 egg omelette with filling of your choice eg – no dairy though
- Chicken liver and bacon with grilled tomato.
- Fruit smoothy of choice eg banana and nut; berries and fresh coconut blended with ice cubes.
- Steamed/grilled fish with grilled tomato and mushroom.
- Absolutely nothing wrong with having the leftovers from dinner the night before.
Lunch and Dinners
These can be adjusted according to your daily routine.
- Mushroom burger with salad
- Roast chicken, vegetables and salad
- Meat and vegetable kebab with broccoli and walnut salad
- Bolognaise – made with zucchini spaghetti
- Prawn, avocado and fresh asparagus salad
- Wholesome chunky soup.
- Steak, vegetable bake and salad.
Salads and vegetables can be enhanced with various sauces and dressings eg any easy to make dressing of the combination of honey, lemon juice, seasoning and fresh, finely chopped herbs of choice. Paleo tartar sauce made from Paleo mayonnaise can be added to seafood, be it fish, shellfish or crustacean. A basic Paleo diet recipe for mayo is as follows:
3 – 5 Garlic cloves peeled (large)
Approximately 2 cups of organic olive oil
2 room temperature, lightly beaten free range egg yolks,
juice of 1 organic lemon
small quantity of lukewarm waster
Crush garlic cloves into a paste and add to the lightly beaten egg yolks. Lightly beat with wooden spoon until the mixture turns pale yellow.
While blending the garlic and egg yolk very slowly (drop by drop) add 3 tablespoons of the olive.
Blend gently until the mixture is thick and creamy then add ½ to 1 tablespoon of water and 1 teaspoon of the lemon juice.
Continue stirring while adding the olive oil in a very fine stream. If the mixture becomes too thick once again add 1 teaspoon of water and 1 teaspoon of lemon juice.
Continue like this until all the oil is used.
Always mix by stirring in one direction only.
Should the mixture split – put it over into a clean bowl and add a teaspoon of lukewarm water and mix continue like this until fixed.
Most important have fun inventing your very own Pale Diet recipes and meals.
NOT FORGETTING YOU GET DESSERT AS WELL!