Have you heard about the Paleo diet yet? In case you haven’t, it’s basically about only eating the types of foods that our Paleolithic ancestors (cave men) ate. In other words, eating only vegetables, fruit, nuts, fish and meat. Well, this has become my life recently. I’m now over forty, and losing weight hasn’t been as easy as it used to be. In the past, if I had to lose eight to ten pounds, I could just cut down on the carbs and alcohol, and work out a little harder for a month, and ta-da! Not so much anymore.
Over the last Christmas holiday, I thought it would be fun to stop working out, eat whatever I wanted, and drink as much as I wanted. I ended up gaining 12 pounds….ugh! I been trying to drop those extra pounds for months now, to no avail. I even joined the latest trend, CrossFit. That is a workout and a half. It literally works me harder than I have ever been worked. I am seven weeks in now, but still, not seeing the results I had hoped for. So now, after speaking with the trainers, and logging my food for weeks, they told me that the only way I will see the results I want (which is to look like Jennifer Aniston – what?) is to follow the Paleo diet for at least 30 days. Well, I am determined, so I began my journey of no bread, no dairy, no coffee, no alcohol, no grains, no sugar and no legumes. Basically, I am supposed to eat some sort of meat with every meal, along with some veggies and maybe some fruit once in a while. Thank goodness that eggs are considered meat and not dairy, because I eat those almost every day.
The first week is the hardest, but once you get in the groove, it gets better. I think the key to success for me, and others who may try this path, it to plan ahead. I borrowed a couple Paleo cookbooks from a friend to get some ideas of meals to make, and how they make them in order to meet the guidelines. So far, I have made quite a few dishes that are delicious, and I am able to have leftovers for a few days. By making a few different things each week, I have variety every day, and it’s easy to just go to the frig and grab something, which also helps to curb grabbing the “wrong” thing to eat.
Below is the first of many “Paleo” recipes to come.
- 1 pound crab meat (Try the tub of crab meat from Costco or Sprouts)
- 2 tbp finely diced shallots
- 2 tbsp Vegenaise (found at any health food store, made with grapeseed oil)
- 1 garlic clove, minced
- 1 1/2 tbsp Old Bay seasoning
- 1/4 cup diced roasted red pepper
- 1 egg
- 1 tbsp lemon juice
- 1 tsp mustard
- 1/4 cup almond or coconut flour
Prep a baking sheet with parchment paper and sprinkle with a little almond or coconut flour.
In a large mixing bowl, crumble the crab with your hands and pick out any shells you might find. Mix the crab with the shallot, Vegenaise, garlic, seasoning, egg, lemon juice, mustard and flour. Form small cakes and place on baking sheet. Cover and refrigerate for at least 30 minutes.
Heat oven to 350 degrees. Bake in oven for approximately 20 minutes, until golden brown. I checked mine around 10-12 minutes and flipped them for even browning on each side. (Note: when cooking on the parchment paper, the side down will brown first, which is why I flip them). This recipe makes about 8-10 cakes, depending on the size.
These are excellent served on top of a salad with some mustard vinaigrette dressing, or alone with some Paleo tartar sauce (both recipes are below).
- 1/4 cup olive oil (can use coconut oil, grapeseed oil or walnut oil)
- 1/4 cup white balsamic vinegar
- 1 tsp mustard
- 1 tsp honey
- dash of salt n pepper
Whisk all ingredients together.
Paleo tartar sauce
- 2 tbsp Vegenaise
- 2 tsp mustard
- 1 tbsp lemon juice or pickle juice
- 1 tbsp pickle relish
Mix all ingredients together until well blended.