Posts Tagged ‘side dish’

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Since I posted last (a long ass time ago I know!) I have witnessed more and more of my friends and family adopting or at least researching and showing interest in the paleo lifestyle. I love it. For me this means that I get to talk about it more often and with more people! Score.

My boyfriend’s Uncle Al decided to try out the paleo diet after visiting and staying with us in Whitehorse this summer. I leant him two books that I got started with myself: The Paleo Solution and It Starts with Food. He read both and was convinced and eager to get back to Windsor, Ontario so he could clear out his cupboards and start fresh. I’ve actually asked Al to do a guest blog post on his paleo journey which will be coming soon.

My dad has recently picked up the paleo lifestyle and has lost roughly 30 pounds. He also lowered his blood pressure and has a ton of energy. The paleo diet frequently dominates our conversations these days. He’s the one sending me links to health related YouTube videos now!

Aside from Al and my Dad, my mom, brother and boyfriend are also interested. I also have numerous friends who either follow the paleo diet full time, or are researching and/or experimenting with it.

I’ve been hearing a lot lately about the paleo diet being “just another trend” but I watched a great documentary recently called In Search of the Perfect Human Diet which basically illustrated that “if the paleo diet is a trend, then it’s a 10,000+ year trend”. What this means is that humans essentially ate the paleo diet right up until modern technology and increased population/demand (among other things) prompted us to start mass producing this shit we call food today… So if our ancestors ate this way for so long, it only makes sense that we should too.

There is so much research and information out there to support the benefits of the paleo diet. There is also a ton of motivating and inspirational paleo success stories out there. I think anyone who has done the research and/or experienced the benefit of the paleo lifestyle would agree that it’s the shit! Period.

Anyways, back to the purpose of this post… food!

Ingredients:

1 rutabaga
Roughly 2 tbsp coconut oil, butter or ghee
Sea salt

Directions:

Pre-heat your oven to 400F. Peel the rutabaga and slice into fries. In a large bowl, toss fries in melted oil/fat and spread on foil covered (or oiled) cookie sheet.

Bake at 400 for 20 minutes. Flip fries and then turn the heat up to broil and continue baking for 5 minutes or so. Take out when fries have started to brown up on the sides.

Sprinkle with sea salt to taste and serve immediately!

P.s. these are delicious with any type of sauce 😉

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I had a whole whack of cabbage leftover after I made my cabbage rolls, so I had to think of something good to make with it! Coincidentally I also had 1 white onion and a package of bacon! The idea was born.

Ingredients:

10 pieces of bacon (as natural and unprocessed as you can find, and sugar free)
4 tbsp bacon grease
1 white onion
2 garlic cloves
3 – 4 cups chopped cabbage
Salt and pepper
Green onions for garnish

Directions:

Fry the bacon, crumble and set aside. Chop the onions and garlic. In a large deep pan on low-medium fry onions, garlic and chopped cabbage. Check and stir often. Fry until cabbage and onions start caramelizing and getting soft. Add crumbled bacon and stir. Top with salt, pepper and green onions.

This one makes a good breakfast or lunch, or even a side dish at supper!

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This is inspired by a recipe from Everyday Paleo and discovered by a friend!

I really like this one because the cinnamon and spices makes me think I’m eating something sweet even though I’m on a sugar free diet.

It is really good for breakfast food too!

ingredients:

2 acorn squashes (but you could use any kind you like)
1/2 tsp cinnamon
1/2 tsp pumpkin pie spice
2 tbsp coconut oil
Dash of good quality vanilla extract
Sea salt

Directions:
Preheat oven to 400 F

Peel and cut up squash into small cubes. Cover large baking pan with tin foil or parchment paper. Coat and toss squash cubes in coconut oil and spices, spread out on pan and bake for roughly 20-30 minutes or until desired consistency. Check often and flip half way through. Top with sea salt.

Add more cinnamon and pumpkin pie spice if you feel like it needs more flavour. I know I do!