Eating like a caveman

16 Dec

For my birthday I got a great new cookbook from Sarah’s parents, thanks if you’re reading this! Practical Paleo by Diane Sanfilippo is an easy guide to following a paleo diet. Not only do you get some great recipes but you also get tons of information about how to eat paleo. Including stocking a paleo pantry, shopping for groceries, paleo at restaurants, 30 day meal plans and much more.

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If you haven’t heard about the paleo diet before it is eating like our ancestors did about 10,00 years ago, before our diet changed to be grained-based because of the development of agriculture. If you’re eating on a paleo diet you’ll be consuming mainly fish, grass-fed pasture raised meats, eggs, vegetables, fruit, fungi, roots, and nuts. You won’t be eating things like potatoes, refined salt, refined sugar and refined oil. The theory for eating paleo is that genetically we haven’t evolved as fast as our diets have changed. If we eat more like our ancestors, we might be able to avoid some of today’s modern diseases. Whether you believe this or not, there are a lot of advantages to eating based on a paleo diet. Eating more vegetables and fruits is something that almost all of us could do more of. Reducing our intake of refined sugar and oils is probably a good idea too. I am not on a strict paleo diet but we’re using it as a base to healthier eating.

I’ve tried a couple of recipes from Practical Paleo already. A very nice friend lent it to me when I first started talking about trying a paleo diet. So far every recipe we’ve tried has been great. Two of my favourites so far are the stuffed peppers and the carrot gingerbread muffins. Tonight I made fiery jalapeno buffalo burgers with sweet potato pancakes as buns. Buffalo burgers are great because they have less cholesterol, less fat, and fewer calories than burgers made from beef or chicken. Sweet potatoes are a lot healthier than plain white buns. The sweet potato pancakes were super tasty and probably my favourite part of this recipe. While the bison burgers were really tasty, they weren’t fiery at all. Personally I would add a lot more spice and jalapeno or even chipotle peppers next time. After trying this recipe you’ll be convince that you should add Practical Paleo to your cookbook collection.

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Sweet Potato Pancakes (pg. 298)

Ingredients

  • 3 eggs
  • 2 teaspoons coconut flour
  • ½ teaspoon cinnamon
  • ¼ teaspoon ground ginger
  • ¼ teaspoon sea salt
  • 2 cups shredded sweet potato
  • Coconut oil for pan frying

Directions

  1. In a bowl, beat the eggs with the coconut flour, cinnamon, ground ginger and sea salt.
  2. Mix in shredded sweet potatoes until will combined.
  3. Add coconut oil to a large skillet over medium-low heat.
  4. Spoon mixture into the skillet in cakes that are 4-6 inches in diameter.
  5. Cook for about 2-3 minutes per side until they hold together, flipping once.

Fiery Jalapeno Buffalo Burgers (pg. 298)

Ingredients

  • 1 jalapeno peper
  • 1 teaspoon smoked paprika
  • 1 teaspoon onion powder
  • 1 lb ground bison
  • sea salt and black pepper to taste

Directions

  1. Blacken skin of jalapeno pepper. Peel the skin off the pepper under cool running water. Chop, only including the white ribs and seeds if you like an extra spicy burger.
  2. In a bowl, combine the meat, roasted pepper, and spices until will integrated. Form into four 4-ounce patties, adding a thumbprint dimple in the center to allow for even cooking.
  3. Grill the burgers approximately 4-5 minutes per side or until they are done to your liking.

Let me know if you try this recipe. Did you like it? Did you do anything different?

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