Saturday, January 28, 2012

My Top 10 Paleo Recipes

Last night I made a batch of Comfort Noodles from The Clothes Makes the Girl, which almost immediately became one of my favorite Paleo recipes. Ever.

My adoration prompted me to reflect on what other dishes I always find myself craving. Obviously there are plenty of meals, particularly lunch and breakfast, that I just throw together. I've become a master of creating random porridge-like bowls and big salads with protein. 

As much as I like to wing it, I love having those few recipes, either from cookbooks/blogs or my own devices, that are worthy of being in prime rotation. The dishes that inspire me to make shopping lists specifically to get their necessary ingredients. The meals I prepare when I'm trying to impress the caveman  ;)

I'm sure my list will evolve in time, but right now here are my current Top 10:

1. The aforementioned Comfort Noodles. These are so ridiculously easy yet satisfying. I usually mix in some additional protein (like diced chicken sausage) and could eat them for any meal of the day.

2. Tyler Florence's Pan-Seared Tuna with Avocado, Soy, Ginger & Lime. I've loved this dish since my pre-Paleo days. For the soy I just use coconut aminos of GF soy sauce. This obviously tastes best with fresh fish, but I've made it with frozen tuna steaks from Trader Joe's and it's still delicious.

3. My own Zucchini Gingerbread Muffins were a huge hit around here during the holidays. They have such a nice, moist texture and are a healthy way to satisfy a sweet tooth.

with Paleo honey "cornbread"

4. Mark Sisson's Bison Chili from The Primal Blueprint Cookbook is delicious. I love his inclusion of chili powder and apple cider vinegar.

5. A surprisingly Paleo-friendly Rachael Ray dish: Chili Sweet Potato Hash with Fried Eggs & Fresh Tomato Salsa. It's the perfect savory breakfast with just the right punch of heat.

6. Paleo Comfort Food's Shrimp & Grits was the first recipe of theirs I've tried; nothing has disappointed since, but this dish is still my favorite. It made me a cauliflower convert!

7. I love pumpkin in any shape or form. I often fiddle with hot cereals based around pumpkin, and this Pumpkin Breakfast Porridge has been my favorite to date. If you're a purist you can omit the protein powder; I use and love hemp.

8. One of the most crowd-pleasing meals in this house is my Tomato & Pesto Soup. I love that I can sneak some kale in there, too.

9. I make this Indonesian-Style Shrimp Salad with almond butter, palm sugar and cashews to top. You can adjust the heat accordingly; the dressing really makes the dish!

10. It's not a recipe per se, but Fried Calamari is my favorite treat of all time. By using just tapioca starch and coconut flour I manage to make it as Paleo-friendly as I can. I fry it in coconut oil and it's a very satisfying stand-in. Definitely not something I enjoy all the time, but I always salivate at the thought of making it!

I apologize to anyone who's not as crazy about seafood as I am; looking over the list I realize 4 out of 10 are based around fish! It's rather ironic, because my parents never really served it when I was growing up. Obviously I'm just trying to make up for lost time and meals...

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