We’re not actually going Paleo permanently. I would never permanently give up cheese.
As many of you know, I got wicked sick after Finn was born. (I’ll be writing a blog post on it since it won the last blog post poll…I just need to find the courage first.) I was mostly healed in late November, but have been dealing with residual health issues since then. My GI specialist recommended that I give up dairy and gluten for a month, but I’m a Goss, so I said…let’s take it even further! And my husband is a Goss, so he said…I’ll do it, too!
So without further ado, here’s what we ate during week one. I’ve separated these recipes into “stuff you could eat even if you’re not doing Paleo” and “stuff you probably wouldn’t eat unless you’re doing Paleo”. Why? Because I’d like this blog to be helpful.
Stuff You Could Eat Even if You’re Not Doing Paleo
- Clean eating spicy roasted almonds – yeah, I’ll be making these a lot in the future.
- Teriyaki sauce – I’d make this again, but not with coconut aminos…just use the real deal, soy sauce.
- Sweet potato chili – I made this several times before we went Paleo, so of course I’d make it again. Also, moms: this is an easy and delicious meal.
- Coconut chocolate chip cookie dough bites – I mean, re-read that title. Of course I’d make these again. This was Grant’s favorite snack all week. Also, to my peanut allergy homies: this is an awesome nut free version of the very popular peanut butter balls.
- Honey chipotle meatballs – I did make these with maple syrup instead of honey so Finn could have some, but they were still delicious.
- Chile verde – I didn’t have any pork, so I made this with round steak. Best green chile I have made so far…and I’ve tested out several recipes. It was interesting to have green chile without a roux, but it worked, man. It worked. This was Grant’s favorite meal all week.
- Jalapeno cornbread muffins – it’s true, I would rather make my regular jalapeno cheddar cornbread muffins. But I’m including these as a good non-Paleo recipe because I was so impressed by how they tricked my brain into thinking I was eating gluten. (FYI: this recipe is technically not Paleo because of the butter and baking powder, but that depends on who you ask.)
- Vegetables in a creamy pesto sauce – I don’t always love veggies, but I do always love anything in pesto sauce.
- Spiced honey roasted almonds – not as good as the spicy roasted almonds, but perfect for those of you who crave salty and sweet together.
Stuff You Probably Wouldn’t Eat Unless You’re Doing Paleo
- Zucchini tots – now, I wouldn’t make these again for myself…but I would make them for Finn. He actually ate veggies! I might like them more if they had cheese in them.
- Pesto – yeah, no. I want parmesan in my pesto. But this was good enough for now.
- Cilantro lime cauliflower rice – cauliflower does not taste like rice. End of story.
- Roasted garlic cauliflower hummus – this was good if you like cauliflower, which Grant does, and I don’t. But at least it made celery edible.
So there it is. I guess we came out on top this week – I liked most of these recipes.
And for those of you who are interested in trying out the Paleo diet, here are Grant’s observations:
- Not enough fat. Which sounds weird, because we’re eating a lot of meat, avocado, and coconut. But we’re not eating any butter or full fat yogurt, which are great (according to me) sources of fat. I have to agree with him on this one – I think we’re not getting as much “good” fat as we normally do.
- Too easy to not eat enough fruits and veggies. A lot of people doing Atkins or Whole30 or Paleo just shove their mouths full of meat. But you have to make sure you’re getting enough fruits and veggies (or just veggies on Atkins, I guess) to assimilate all that protein you’re inhaling.
And here are my observations, which are much less serious:
- Cauliflower is the most obnoxious vegetable to cut up.
- There are waaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaay too many coconut products in the Paleo diet.
- No matter what the internet tells you, you cannot use arrowroot powder in place of tapioca powder.
- Going to a birthday party BBQ while on the Paleo diet SUCKS.
- Watching your 11 month old eat a PB&J sandwich or grilled cheese or bean & cheese quesadilla while you’re doing the Paleo diet makes you feel very shameful jealousy towards your own tiny progeny.
Grant and I both figured we’d feel like crap during the first week. Grant did not. I did. Lots of shakes, inside out stomach feelings, and physical weakness. The workouts I’ve been doing for six weeks were way harder. I also had probably 1-2 bouts of HANGRY every day.
Stay tuned for week #2, and please feel free to ask me any questions you have about the Paleo diet, why we’re doing it, why we like it, why we don’t like it, why Finn is not doing it, or where babies come from.