Hi, I was just wondering what everyone's favorite paleo meal was. I just recently realized how much i miss papa john's pizza and need something to fill this void. I also miss cheese burgers...
ps. anyone know how to make a paleo friendly burger bun? I am guessing this will be a little tricky.
A little bit of philosophy/ strategy for ya: I can't say that I don't miss the diversity that bread/ cakes / wheat or flour products when I'mm out sometime but if I am really honest with myself, its the stuff on the bread/ cake/ whatever that I really liked to begin with. Have you ever sat down with a nice large piece of bread or one lb of plain pasta and dug in? Haha, I hope not... its not very tasty. There are arguments out there for the release of serotonin by the gut into your blood stream when it sees these types of food causing a 'happy' feeling, but hey your thoughts can cause these same feelings. Its all a cost-benefit analysis that your brain makes every second that dictates your desires.
I'm a neuroscientist and I've done some pretty extensive research into this stuff. Did you know that just being presented with a picture of some of this type of food can increase your cravings and make you unhappy? Some people like going cold turkey and some people like dialing it down slowly. But the reality is that the more you think about it and the more you are exposed to stimuli like it, the more you're going to want it.
Also watch the omega-6's in those nut flours (they are one of the primary reason the standard american diet kills)
Hope you find it helpful, Krish
I've been making "Meatza" for years. I precook ground turkey or beef as the crust, drain off the juices and top with tomato paste - not sauce - herbs and spices (pepper, basil, rosemary, thyme, etc.), artichoke hearts, olives, multiple and various cheeses (feta, blue, grated Parmesan, cheddar, mozzarella, etc. though not necessarily all at once! (yeah, I know but I don't seem to be lactose-intolerant)), various meats (sausage, pepperoni, ham, etc.). Cook it until bubbly and brown.
The higher-quality the ingredients the tastier it is! Now, plain-old bread-crust pizza is too boring for me.
EDIT: I find that ground turkey makes a dryer crust. It's a little harder to eat if I overcook it.
Make Primal Pizza. I missed the crust part of the pizza. And although crust made with almond flour doesn't compare, it tastes pretty good when you haven't had anything resembling bread for so long. Check out http://www.marksdailyapple.com/son-of-groks-primal-pizza-recipe/ for a good pizza recipe. You can put whatever you want on it and will most likely cure the temptations.
My favorite paleo food is nice fatty steak like ribeye. Sometimes I throw various things on top like blue cheese or soysauce or garlic seasoning or whatever. Tastes great and it's quick and easy after a long day at work.
As for pizza, I still eat it but I just eat the toppings and skip the dough. I still eat burgers but I just eat the middles and skip the dough, using mostly mayo and mustard and only a dash of ketchup. The dough does not usually actually taste good anyway, especially on hamburgers. It's a blah dry chemical like taste. IMO, the main reason people want it is for the carb rush it gives and the consequent pleasure inducing hormones that are released. Cuz hamburger buns are not good tasting at all!
Grass-fed steak and roasted asparagus. Green curry anything, but especially wild salmon with peppers and onions. Mussels steamed in coconut milk with ginger and cilantro. Raw oysters, with a bit of lemon, straight down. Grilled shrimp and steamed artichokes with homemade mayo.
Have cheeseburgers without the bun :)
Stuffed eggplant (http://www.foodnetwork.com/recipes/michael-chiarello/moms-stuffed-eggplant-recipe/index.html -- sub almond meal for breadcrumbs) is a great "comfort food" stand-in, or try a paleo meatloaf.
I also do zucchini "noodles" by making verrrry thin strips with a mandoline and sauteeing them. I love this with a garlic butter sauce and some chicken and whatever veggies you have around.
Hard to go wrong with steaks or roast chicken either. Pulled pork is also surprisingly easy to make paleo-style, if you make your own bbq sauce. I make a fair amount of ethnic foods, like Chinese bbq pork with egg drop soup, and Thai curry is a regular dish (over finely chopped cauliflower "rice").
Breakfast---eggs w veggies & bacon
Lunch- homemade soup broth w veggies
Dinner- hamburger (grassfed) w some cheese like blue cheese & sautéed veggie like Kale with bacon...or Steak with a sauce; I also love curries too
P.S. I had pizza yesterday...(80/20 rule)
Stuffed Burgers. Veggies loaded inside ground beef patties, grilled
Onion, peppers, mushrooms pre-sauteed in kerrygold.
Optional grassfed cheese.
Just cook burgers halfway, slide veggies inside then finish to desired wellness.
Serve with side of sweet potato, with cinnamon and kerrygold
Meat, preferably from a local farm. Sometimes with eggs. And fresh produce, again ideally from a local farm. Narrowing it down from there is way too big a challenge. I love (and cook) everything from doro wat (with homemade grassfed nit'ir qibe) to porterhouse seared over oak coals (occasionally, with fries cooked in tallow... best cheat ever). It's all good.