Paleo Diet Recipes:
Recipes for the Paleo Diet
paleo diet, or the caveman diet, can be daunting at first when you see all the
restricted foods. No grains, no sugar, no salt, no dairy. So what does that leave?
it leaves a whole lot, actually.
got practically every kind of meat imaginable, including seafood. All manner of
vegetables and fruit. You have your nuts and herbs. Though dairy is excluded,
eggs are acceptable.
you compare the paleo diet with most strict raw vegan diets, you're in culinary
paradise. Since meat's allowed and is a significant food staple, you're able to
make a wide range of fantastic soups and stews.
you're coming off a radical vegan diet, you'll be overwhelmed by the flavors the
paleo plan has to offer.
recap, here's what's off limits on the paleo diet:
grains (barley, wheat, oat, corn, rice, etc)
(milk, butter, cheese, yogurt, etc)
(yep, sorry, all beans)
food of any kind
good rule of thumb is if a caveman or primitive hunter-gatherer didn't have access
to it, then it's off the menu. So it goes without saying that soft drinks, coffee,
and frozen prepared meals are not allowed.
I scare you away, let's get to these delicious, quasi-restaurant quality recipes!
begin with... seafood.
LIVE CRAB 'N CRAWFISH BOIL
of live crab, lobster, or frozen shellfish (king crab legs, lobster
claws, snowcrab clusters, jumbo shelled full body shrimp, etc)
Crawfish, live or frozen (about
2 LB per person)
artichoke per person, trimmed
yellow onions, peeled and quartered
lemons, quartered and squeezed
bulbs garlic, unpeeled and horizontally halved
bags crab boil
Tbs cayenne pepper
Tbs Mrs. Dash seasoning (contains no salt)
of whole peppercorns, preferably mixed (black, red, pink, white)
peeled and roughly chopped -- optional
mushrooms, whole -- optional
breast, chopped in bite size pieces -- optional
if you have an outside grill with a gas burner, it's best to make the boil outside
because of all the seasoning (it seems like too much but trust me, a lot of stuff's
going into the boil). When the spices are brought to a boil it can be overpowering
in the house.
3 or 4 gallon pot (biggest you have) 1/3 of the way with water. Season with bags
of crab boil, cayenne pepper, Mrs. Dash, bay leaves, and peppercorns. Bring to
a rolling boil.
boil five minutes. Taste small amount of water to test seasoning. If not spicy
enough, add another bag of crab boil or more cayenne.
artichokes to boil. If using chicken, add with artichokes. Cover and bring back
to boil, letting cook for ten minutes under heavy boil.
garlic, lemons (remember to squeeze first!), and remaining vegetables.
water comes back to boil, add frozen shellfish first, then your live critters,
if using. Cover and allow to come back to boil. Once boiling, kill heat and let
boil steep for 15-20 minutes.
longer you let the boil steep, the spicier it is!
to eat crawfish: Hold behind head and snap downward. Ideally the meat will
come out with the tail section. Pinch the tail with your fingers and pull out
the meat with your mouth; unlike crab or lobster, crawfish meat easily comes out
of the shell.
be amazed at how well the artichokes turn out. The spice gets stuck under the
leaves, making them even more delicious.
and potatoes are traditionally thrown into a crab boil, but we're substituting
them with turnips and cabbage, or carrots and mushrooms.
AND VEGGIES ON A STICK
peeled and deveined
1 zucchini, sliced in 1 inch pieces
1 squash, sliced
in 1 inch pieces
1 red bell pepper, sliced in 2x2 inch pieces
bell pepper, "
1 red onion, eighthed*
4 cloves garlic, finely minced
Extra virgin olive oil
Juice of 1/2 lime
Ground black pepper, to taste
Mrs. Dash seasoning, to taste
Wooden skewers, soaked in cold water for 15
minutes as not to burn
shrimp and drizzle with lime juice then season with pepper and Mrs. Dash. Set
aside for five minutes to allow the acidic lime juice to infuse the seasoning
wooden skewers and prepare vegetables. * With red onion, chop into quarters and
then chop quarters in half, cutting from what was core of onion (cut with the
red skin on the cutting board). Do not break apart layers of onion.
veggies, shrimp, and garlic in a mixing bowel. Liberally drizzle with olive oil
and then season. Stir well, making sure every surface is covered in oil and seasoning.
veggies and shrimp onto skewers and mix the colors as best as you can.
grill to 350 degrees. Cook until shrimp turns pink, then turn skewers with tongs
to cook the other side.
Juice of 1 lemon
Juice of 1 lime
1 Tbs Extra virgin
1 tsp ground cayenne pepper
Ground black pepper, to taste
Mrs. Dash seasoning, to taste
Cilantro sprigs for garnish
olive oil in pan under medium low heat. On a plate or cutting board sprinkle lemon
and lime juice over filets. Season. Flip filets and repeat for opposite side.
Let sit for five minutes for acid to flavor fish.
filets in pan until white halfway through, and then flip. The filets will start
to curve upwards. Fish is done when white all the way through.
with cilantro and serve with lemon and lime wedges.
For me, seafood
is the culinary foundation of the paleodiet. You just have so many options, so
many different tastes: scallops, mussels, shellfish, tuna, salmon, flounder. Don't
forget the veggies of the sea as well like kelp. You also have exotic seafood,
like sea urchin, which is a personal favorite of mine.
seafood is great to mix with other foods, especially on a limited diet like this.
To make up for the absense of salt, potatoes, and grains, try serving multiple
course, simple "feasts," with one or two seafood dishes.
raw oysters on the halfshell, with lemon wedges.
course: Romaine and spinach salad with garden ripe tomatoes, cucumbers, chopped
carrots, and radishes, drizzled with extra virgin olive oil.
course: Homemade beef broth with yellow and green onion and thinly sliced mushrooms.
course: Peel and eat boiled shrimp, marinated with lemon juice, olive oil, minced
garlic, ground black pepper, and fresh thyme.
course: roast beef with beef broth, thickened to gravy with 2 cups of mushrooms.
we're onto land meats.
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