I have so meant to get back to blogging once we moved (now almost three weeks ago). At least start up the wine reviews again. But there is so much to do here and I still haven’t really figured out how to take good photos in this space (due to lack of time, and also because we keep either covering all the flat surfaces here with stuff or refinishing them so I can’t put anything on them) – I just haven’t gotten it together.
So I thought I’d throw out a few resources that we’ve been using to make extraordinarily good food as we’ve moved over to a “paleo” diet. For the uninitiated, “paleo” is kind of an umbrella term for a variety of dietary restrictions (although I’m sure there are purists who would be hopping mad to read that). For us, it means no grains (not just “gluten free” but no rice, quinoa, corn as well as wheat), no dairy, no legumes (lentils, beans, chick peas, etc.), no soy and no refined sugar. Or at least we limit our intake of this stuff as much as possible.
We do still drink wine, which for a lot of paleo folks is a big no no. But everyone chooses to eat this way for different reasons. We did it because we have a variety of different minor health issues (that I will not detail here) that have disappeared since we changed our diet. Many people eat this way because they have major health issues – like horrible stomach lining problems that gluten sends off to pain city or auto-immune disorders that eating any of this stuff makes a million times worse. For us, we just feel better when we cut out most of this stuff, so it’s what we do.
There are so many websites and resources out there for people interested in eating this way which has been a lifesaver for making such a seemingly dramatic shift. When I first thought of “giving up” bread and cheese, I wasn’t sure I could do it. Turns out that there are so many amazing things you can eat without the stuff we’ve given up*. And myriad recipes for exquisitely beautiful – and surprisingly simple – things to eat.
A few of our favorite super helpful resources –
Nom Nom Paleo – this blog is award-winning and it should be. It provides recipes that have never failed us (rare no matter what you eat!). Directions are easy to follow and the photography is gorgeous. Michelle, the blogstress, provides just the right mix of her personal story and anecdotes about her life making the blog an enjoyable read and at the same time, practical and helpful. Best combo ever!
Paleo Pot – a fun blog with a million paleo recipes for the slow cooker. We are addicted to the chicken wings, cooked for 4 hours in Frank’s Red Hot sauce. These are “real” wings (they taste like the kind we’ve always enjoyed at Hooter’s for date night) and they fall apart on the fork. We’ve also made pork shoulder recipes from this blog which were outstanding.
Everyday Paleo – this was one of the first blogs we found when we made the switch. Every recipe we’ve tried has been a winner and there is a lot of good information here about paleo and about Cross Fit, which a lot of people who eat paleo are big advocates of.
The Clothes Make The Girl – a blog with a lot of personality and a fun read. Another great combo of stories and recipes that make it compelling and helpful.
Well Fed– written by Mel from The Clothes Make The Girl. This book gets mixed reviews on Amazon, but we love it. Everything we’ve made so far has been delicious and the recipes are easy to follow and easy to adapt if you don’t happen to have something on hand or you don’t eat it.**
Paleo Comfort Foods – L just gave me this for my birthday (because he is the best like that!) and we’re both digging on it. L has made the chicken breast with mushrooms and the coq au vin and we’re looking forward to many many more delicious meals from this book (shrimp and grits, fried chicken, turkey meatloaf…it goes on and on). Easy to follow recipes and again, easy to swap out ingredients if needed.
Odd Bits: How to Cook the Rest of the Animal– this is not a paleo book, per se, but it is all about cooking the weird stuff from animals. Feet, marrow, shanks, tongue…I actually bought this book for L for Christmas (because I’m the best like that!) before we decided to go all meat and vegetables, but it’s turned out to be a good book for us. He recently made the lamb shanks from this cookbook and they were To. Die. For. I can’t believe we had any left over. Really looking forward to making some more adventurous stuff from this book.
It’s a short list, but it’s how we’ve gotten started. If you’re interested in getting started eating this way, it might be helpful. Sure hope it is!