Let’s start with the question “are potatoes paleo?” If you google that, you will find many different answers ( a good article is found here http://paleoleap.com/are-white-potatoes-paleo/). When I started paleo, the answer was pretty much “no” BUT sweet potatoes are okay. This didn’t suit my sense of logic because if we are discussing the diet of Mr. and Mrs. Ugh, if they ate potatoes at all, they probably did not distinguish between the two…and they certainly didn’t eliminate the white potato merely because it was too high on the glycemic index. As time passed, many in the paleo community seemed to soften on the white potato issue. I use potatoes as a starchy vegetable and try to avoid the clearly non-paleo versions like potato chips and French fries (I confess I’m not totally successful at this) and I don’t indulge in potatoes daily. But when I do, I love this fairly healthy (it does have lots of oil in it) version of mashed potatoes
When I first gave up dairy, I would never have dreamed I would prefer mashed potatoes made with olive oil over those made with lots of butter and cream. But that is indeed the case. These mashed potatoes are smooth and rich with added layers of flavor from the broth in which the potatoes are cooked as well as the freshness from the chopped herbs.
The amount of olive oil you want to use in the potatoes will depend on how “tasty” your extra virgin olive oil is (and for this you must use extra virgin). You will need less of a very fruity/flavorful olive oil than of a bland one. Start with 2 tablespoons of oil, then add more until you have the flavor profile that you like best.
I’m going to my cousin’s house for Thanksgiving dinner this year. In self defense I offered to bring the pumpkin bread so that it would be Paleo. I have to confess/brag that I don’t think anyone there will even know that it is anything other than a regular pumpkin bread.
Breakfast is my favorite meal. I’m happy having breakfast for lunch or dinner or a snack.
When I first started on Paleo, white potatoes were not “legal”. That was actually my first deviation from strict Paleo. I thought of the logic of stone age gatherers finding both white and sweet potatoes and throwing away the white ones but consuming the sweet potatoes. Taking this image to an even more absurd height, I envision the conversation between mates: “Ugh dear, look what I brought home” and Ugh replying “don’t eat the white one, it’s too high on the glycemic index!”
That being said, you would think I have no objection to everyday home fries…and in fact I don’t, but I was wondering what someone who doesn’t eat white potatoes could do to substitute for home fries. My answer is jicama and fennel. YUM! A good choice even if you do eat white potatoes.
Another recipe straight from my expedition to the farmer’s market . The green beans just looked too perfect to pass up and the grape tomatoes were sweet as candy. These are great served warm or cold and are another of those recipes perfect to bring to a picnic or pot luck.
I’m feeling kind of stuck here for a longer narrative to share with you about this recipe or these ingredients, but this is just a straight forward recipe I created because I had great ingredients on hand.
It may not be an especially beautiful dish but it’s taste makes up for its looks. You’ll love it – really!
I’m already into the third week of my CSA (community supported agriculture) so I am knee deep in organic vegetables. I got lovely little white turnips, and divine basil and very fresh parsley. I combined that with carrots and cauliflower I had on hand and made this delicious soup. Besides being delicious an added plus is although it’s a thick, rich soup, there are no starches in it.
Just to let you know, I’m giving my apartment a facelift (restoring my floors and painting) and I’ve been just a crazy woman putting away the tons (and I mean TONS!!!) of junk that I have acquired over the years. Of course this would have been a great time to purge and, in fact I have given away a fair amount of books, etc. but my theory is “if you have the room to store it, and you might need it in the future, keep it.” I formed this policy when I first moved into this apartment and did a major clean out/give away only to find I had given away stuff that I needed only a month later : (
So, I hope you enjoy this soup and that your summer is delightful. (more…)
I was introduced to Korean food by my friend Jessica Lee Binder. She took me to a restaurant in the Korean area (the West 30’s in NYC where there are 44 Korean restaurants and some Korean grocery stores) that was up a flight of stairs and in my whole life I would never have thought of going. It was/is called Seoul Garden and is a lovely, peaceful atmosphere (but that might have been because we were there on an off hour) with incredibly delicious food. Going out with Jess is always an adventure because in addition to being incredibly knowledgeable about food of all types, she also has a hollow leg and orders for us way more food than any four people could possibly eat in one sitting. That way we taste many different items and she gets to eat her fill – and remain thin…while I remain not thin…I don’t know how she does it.
About the food. First the restaurant puts about 5 small dishes of various items on the table for you to begin with. Of course one or two of them are some form of kimchi (very hot pickled cabbage), there was some kind of fried vegetable fritter/pancake as well other things I was not familiar with. Then came this stone bowl with stewy tofu and veges and a raw egg that you crack into the stew – it was amazing. There was a noodle dish that was a little bland but perked up with some kimchi and then there was the kalbi that I just fell in love with. I have returned to the restaurant quite a few times but since going first gluten free, then paleo, Korean (and most Asian) food is out because of all the soy sauce. So it is my intention to recreate many of my favorite dishes using paleo (and therefore gluten free) ingredients – this Kalbi just being the first. ENJOY!!! (more…)