Time to Dress Up

Even though we are limited to the types of food we can eat on Paleo, it doesn’t mean that we can’t enjoy it. Consuming only fruits, vegetables, nuts, seeds, and lean meat only can be quite boring, but if you jazz it up just right, you’re looking at one tasty meal.

When I first started Paleo, I wasn’t concerned that much about making the meal fancy because it was already quite simple. After a few weeks, it got hard…baked chicken breast, broccoli, and almonds didn’t sound as appetizing as it did the first few weeks.

Luckily, I found out that it was still possible to eat this type of food and still make it tasty too! Spices were one thing…but having a condiment, especially a Paleo one, accompany your veggies and your protein (meat, fish) made the meal that much better.

How many of you have been looking for a type of “Paleo-friendly)” dressing to accompany your veggies? C’mon…don’t lie. Hope this link helps many of you out: 10 Delicious Salad Dressings

Also, here are two essential condiments that you could prepare.

How many of you are  Ketchup fans? For me, I have to have everything w/ ketchup. Since, Heinz contains high fructose corn syrup (not Paleo), I know that I had to find the Paleo equivalent of which I found in Loren Cordain’s book: The Paleo Diet for Athletes.

All Natural Catsup

  • 4 cups vine-ripened fresh tomatoes, diced
  • 1 small sweet onion, diced
  • 1/4 tsp. crushed garlic
  • 1/2 sweet red bell pepper, diced
  • 1 whole bay leaf
  • 1/2 Granny Smith apple, peeled, cored, and diced
  • 1/2 tsp. allspice
  • 1/2 tsp. ground mace
  • 1/2 cinnamon stick
  • 1 tbsp. black peppercorns
  • 1/2 tsp. celery seed
  • 1/2 cup lemon juice
  • 1/8 teaspoon cayenne pepper

In a 4-quart saucepan, place the tomatoes, onion, garlic, pepper, bay leaf, and apple. In a small cloth spice bag, put the all spice, mace, cinnamon stick, peppercorns, and celery seed, and place into the tomato mixture. Bring to a boil, and cook until reduced by half, stirring frequently. Remove spice bag and bay leaf. Puree in a food processor until well blended. return to the saucepan and add lemon juice and cayenne pepper, Continue cooking until catsup reaches a thick, spreadable consistency. Stir frequently, and watch for sticking and scorching as it thickens. Refrigerate or freeze in well sealed containers.

Makes about 2 cups.

Flaxseed Oil Mayonnaise

  • 1 egg
  • 1 tbsp. lemon juice
  • 3/4 tsp. mustard powder
  • 1 cup flaxseed oil

In a blender, combine the egg, lemon juice, and mustard and blend for 3 to 5 seconds. Continue blending and slowly add the oil. Blend until thick. Put into a tightly sealed plastic container and refrigerate. The mayonnaise should be kept for 5-7 days.

Makes 1 1/2 cups.

After reading this, do you think eating the Paleo way could still be boring for you? I thought so.

Eat away my friends!

– T H E O

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One response to this post.

  1. yummy post Theo!

    And, a reminder to all you readers out there 🙂 that we have some additional recipes for Paleo Sauces, Pestos and Condiments over on the right side of the page!

    Reply

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