Friday, November 16, 2012

My favorite paleo recipes

For the most part, I'm not really into "paleo" recipes. I just like good recipes. If I can easily adapt it, great. If it is paleo by default, even better. If it isn't paleo but looks delicious, I'll just enjoy the photographs (or save it for a special occasion).

I do, however, think there are lots and lots great paleo recipes out there. It is just a matter of finding them. Here are a few of my favorites -- three that are on regular rotation in my kitchen and one that makes a fabulous weekend treat.

1. Chocolate Chili from Well Fed. This puts every other chili recipe I've tried to shame. I pretty much make it once a week, and it is one of the few dinners I'll eat for breakfast as leftovers (try it over fried eggs). I usually skip the onions, and I don't chop the garlic. Instead, I just add six garlic cloves to the pot with all the liquids. I also use all beef broth (no water). An important tip: don't forget to take your meat out of the freezer in time to defrost. A few weeks ago, I defrosted it in the microwave due to a time crunch. The chili suffered. 
2. Health-Bent's Mexican Acorn Squash Soup with Smokey Chicken and Spicy Seeds. Soooo, I've been missing out my whole entire life. Until paleo came along, I never ate squash. Ever. I thought it was disgusting (I always liked pumpkin pie, though -- for some reason it never registered that pumpkin is squash, haha). I assumed all squash tasted like zucchini, which I don't like. Guilt by association. I'm glad I know better now, because this soup? It is the best soup ever. Ever. If you haven't made it yet, make it tonight. You won't regret it. The soup is so smooth, so creamy, so comforting. My one complaint about the recipe is the "peel the acorn squash" part. Don't bother with that. Just roast the squash in the oven until it is soft enough to scoop out. You'll save yourself a big headache, and it won't compromise the integrity of the recipe at all. Oh, and the seeds are best kept out of the soup -- they lose all their crunch once they hit the liquid. 
3. Paleo Pad Thai from Well Fed. Yum! I love this recipe. I actually find it to be a bit cumbersome, but the ROI is high so I'll gladly make it anyway. Again, I leave out the onions and I sometimes use carrots instead of snap peas (or both, to make it more colorful). Delicious!
4. Chocolate Coconut Doughnuts from Multiply Delicious. Doughnuts. Enough said.

What are your favorite paleo recipes?

3 comments:

  1. Thanks for sharing! We are in a bit of a rut and need some inspiration.

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  2. I second what Carli said! And wow is my mouth watering after reading all those recipes!

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  3. I just wanted to say that I just found your blog and already love it -- I have a two month old, and I was searching for paleo baby blogs (already looking forward to feeding her! can't wait) and came across your site. I found this post, and right then knew I had to subscribe to your RSS feed. My all-time favorite paleo recipe is the chocolate chili, and I pretty much make it once a week now too -- so I know we have similar taste. Can't wait to try the acorn squash soup! And catch up reading your old posts :) I also just ordered an aeropress for my husband for Christmas after reading another of your posts...haha!

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