Summer has finally (and suddenly) arrived in Boston, so it’s probably time to have a party. Here are ten paleo recipes I recommend for meeting all manner of summer celebration needs, from “What can I do with all these flag toothpicks from my mother?” to “How can I sneak coffee and/or balsamic vinegar into recipes that don’t normally call for them?”
Those are the kinds of dilemmas you’re grappling with, right?
I am always on the lookout for more ideas, and hearing from you makes my day. Share what you’re planning to make (or just eat) in the comments, or let me know what kinds of recipes you’d like to see on A Calculated Whisk in July and August!
Check out my new roundup of 70 grain-free vegetarian recipes right here!
|Photo credits, clockwise from top right: How Sweet It Is; ACW; Cookie & Kate;
ACW; How Sweet It Is; ACW; ACW
Readers have asked me whether it’s possible to eat paleo while sticking to a vegetarian diet. It’s a tough question, and since I’m not a vegetarian, I can’t really answer. I imagine, though, that a paleo-ish vegetarian diet that allows some legumes and/or dairy could totally work–it’s definitely possible to eat a grain-free vegetarian diet (and a grain-free vegan diet–the blog YumUniverse is proof!). It’s harder to imagine being a paleo vegan, but that doesn’t mean there aren’t plenty of delicious recipes out there that satisfy both diets.
Here are 25 grain-free vegetarian recipes; 17 of them are also vegan. Even if you’re not vegetarian or vegan, I hope these recipes will inspire you to cook something new and delicious with plant-based ingredients!
It’s the very last day of my Whole30! I feel great, and I’m ready to start reintroducing some foods to see how I tolerate them, starting tomorrow with dairy.
One of the best things I learned this month is that you don’t have to sacrifice anything in terms of taste & variety when eating really healthy food. The recipes below are all things I would love to eat, and do love to eat, whether I’m in the midst of a Whole30 or not. So, while I do hope I’ll inspire you to try a Whole30 yourself, I know you’ll be able to find delicious recipes here that you’ll want to make regardless of your dietary decisions.
All of these recipes are paleo and gluten-free. Most of them are dairy-free, but some recipes do call for ghee (which is lactose-free). If you can’t have any dairy, you can substitute coconut oil or olive oil for the ghee as specified in the recipe.
Are you planning on trying a Whole30? Or maybe just giving paleo a chance? I’d love to hear your thoughts. Also, feel free to link up to your favorite Whole30 recipes in the comments below!
|photo credits, clockwise from top left: Jon Sullivan, Christian Guthier, ACW,
ACW, ACW, Radim Dudek, Mgmuscatello
Am I the only one with a produce bucket list? Several months ago I made a baking bucket list, but since I’m in the midst of a Whole30, focusing on my produce bucket list is much more appropriate. One of my New Year’s resolutions is to try cooking with new vegetables, and I’ve been having tons of fun so far. Some of these vegetables are ones I’ve already tried, but that seem under-appreciated or under-represented in cookbooks, restaurants, and the blogosphere. Others, like romanesco, are ones I’d love to try but am having a hard time getting my hands on.
What’s your favorite under-appreciated veggie? Feel free to leave links to recipes you love with these vegetables or others. Also, are there some veggies I didn’t mention that you’re dying to try? I’m always looking to add to my list! Read More…
The key to sticking with the Whole30 throughout a busy work week is planning and preparation. This weekend I’m planning to make big batches of a few different meals so I can bring leftovers to school for lunch, and even eat leftovers some nights for dinner if I’m too tired to cook. However, even though I occasionally enjoy a good dinner for breakfast, most mornings I want something a little more traditional.
So, today I’m sharing my plan for prepping a week of paleo breakfasts. These ideas are perfect if you’re doing a Whole30, but are also just great if you have a goal to start each day with a healthy breakfast. Most of these ideas do require you to get up and cook, but it should only take about 10 minutes, and for a nutritious & tasty breakfast, it’s worth it.
Did you suddenly realize you were in need of a quick but impressive dessert for Christmas day? I have five ideas for you. You probably have most of the necessary ingredients in your pantry already, but if not, stores should be open for a few more hours! Make your day merrier by whipping up one or more of these last-minute delicacies.
Chocolate Bark with infinite variations (10 minutes to make, 30 minutes to set): If you have some chocolate on hand (milk, semisweet, white–pick your favorite!), melt it, spread it on a parchment-lined sheet, and swirl in toppings of your choice. This recipe calls for pepitas and sea salt, but here are three more ideas: dried cranberries, chopped pecans, and sea salt; crushed candy canes; chopped almonds and toffee bits. After about half an hour in the freezer, just break the chocolate up into pieces and you’re done!
Mexican Brownies (15 minutes to make, 20 minutes to bake): These are a snap to make if you have paleo flour blend on hand. If not, you can measure out almond flour, tapioca starch, and coconut flour individually. If your family enjoys desserts with a little kick, they will absolutely love these!
I am going strong on the fourth day of my Whole30! I’ve been taking a look at my recipe index, trying to find more recipes I can tweak to make them paleo. I like variety, and it can’t ALL be about almond flour pancakes and zucchini noodles. The more dishes I have in my paleo arsenal, the more likely I am to successfully stay full and on track.
This weekend is going to be a big challenge, because I’m heading down to Austin for my cousin’s wedding. It’s going to be really hard to say no to tacos and wedding cake! I’m thinking about relaxing my standards a TINY bit while I’m there…nothing too crazy, but maybe a little barbecue sauce. Do you guys know any great Austin restaurants where I might be able to get great food without straying too far from my paleo intentions? If you do, leave me a comment! I’ll take some pictures while I’m out and about and share with you when I get back.
So, without further ado, here are ten recipes from my index along with easy ways to make sure they’re paleo.
1. Gambas al ajillo–this recipe is ALREADY paleo! It would be great over zucchini noodles.
4. Chocolate Mousse–sweeten with honey to taste instead of sugar. If you haven’t tried this, check it out–there is a secret ingredient and it’s SO easy and decadent!