Pre-paleo I was a huge fan of chips and pizza. Yesterday, I ate ground, grass-fed beef for the first time and I was absolutely STUNNED by the taste. Literally blown away! Ground grass-fed beef is the best thing I've tasted in my life, and I'm being totally serious. It got me thinking. My goal is to replace every single fast food I was binging on pre-paleo by a paleo alternative. Preferable without nuts and fruit, and if possible without nightshades.
What was your favorite food before you went paleo, and do you have an alternative? (if your favorite food was already paleo, pick your second favorite food, and if that's paleo too, pick the next one and so on).
Use herbs freely! They add a lot of healthy compounds to the meal and they are extremely tasty. I never saw anyone use garden cress in their meal, while I think it adds extra punch to a lot of meals.
Mine was definitely pizza. You can make a pizza with a meat crust. It's called a meatza. I can't post the recipe since I'm I'm on my phone.
Honestly I keep it simple and dropped the thinking of replacing my old foods with a similar paleo substitute. I find it much less time consuming to just whip up a steak or some eggs. Then again, I don't have a problem eating the same things over and over.
Favourite foods pre archevore were Steak, Sushi and Dark Chocolate and hey! they all still work now! winning!
Long ago thought I loved pizza, but I was delusional and the bloated, feeling like crap disposition after eating pizza in the years before cleaning up my act well and truly put me off that. I persevered with lasagna (but not anymore) long after pizza, a good lasagna destroys any pizza hands down. Paleo lasagna -hmmmm.....
Tiramisu, yeah, If I could figure out a way to make that paleo-sher, then that would be awesome..... "Ferb, I know what I am going to do today!"
I've had a lot of success just making some really easy substitutions. I used to love cupcakes. But now I just substitute grass-fed beef liver for cupcakes. Viola. Some other substitutions:
Pastured eggs instead of donuts. Raw oysters instead of gummy bears. Cod liver oil instead of caramel. Bone broth instead of soda. Roe instead of cotton candy.
It's really that easy.
Although it wasn't a pre-paleo favorite, I make a fried rice substitution now with cauliflower. Throw in some onions, carrots, eggs, chicken or beef, and you've got yourself a one-pot meal (my favorite kind!)
For all you folks mentioning pizza...
Thanks to the Primal Blueprint Quick & Easy recipe book, I've discovered a pizza frittata!
Turn the oven on to broil. Heat up a well oiled 10-12" cast iron skillet. Whip 5-6 eggs, pour into heated skillet. Give it a quick stir, let the eggs start to set. Add a tomato sauce if you do nightshades, and top with mozzarella or provolone cheese if you do dairy.
Put the skillet under the broiler for 3-5 minutes and you're done!
That's for the basic, of course. You can sauté some veggies or sausage in the skillet before adding the eggs. Add some rough chopped fresh basil. Dried oregano.
The world is your pizza.
I'm the queen of substitutions!!!
Pizza: Omlette with tomato sauce, Parmesan cheese (I'm dairy-free but it doesn't bother me), salami, and fried onions and mushrooms.
Soda: Was never a soda drinker, but homemade kombucha quenches my thirst when I'm not in the mood for water.
Pasta: Zucchini noodles with sauce, grassfed beef, and Parmesan: http://raspberrycoconut.com/2011/06/12/low-carb-zucchini-noodles/
S'Mores: Banana Boats: http://raspberrycoconut.com/2011/07/06/campfire-banana-boats-and-4th-of-july-fun/
That covers just about all of my non-Paleo cravings!
I would guess mine was pizza, but personally I never did feel the to replace or create some paleo alternative of some SAD food, I do not find any comfort or reason for that. I have made meatza pizza a few times, as I have a good recipe and is a good way to chow down on good ground beef.
If you do dairy, you could try a pizza crust made with cheese, zucchini and eggs. Here's the recipe. You could do a meat sauce instead of a tomato sauce.
I haven't tried this recipe, so I can't vouch for it! But it looks pretty good.