Following up on last week’s Paleo zucchini noodles post, I thought I’d share some great Paleo-friendly pesto recipes this week in case you love it on pasta as much as I do.
I didn’t discover the joy of mayo until late in life. I was always a ketchup girl myself – ketchup on burgers, hash browns, sausage, etc. It was the perfect (yet unhealthy) sauce to sate my sweet tooth when eating meat and potatoes as I was growing up.
Mayo has a much more subtle flavor and goes well with such a greater variety of foods. Also, so many amazing sauce derivatives use it is as a base; I never realized how often I was eating it and just calling it something depending on one or two different ingredient from the standard.
Salads are great, but without a good dressing, you’ve just got a pile of raw (well, occasionally cooked) veggies. I’m often appalled by what goes into those store-bought dressings, so I’ve made a habit out of making my own. Luckily several genius Paleo-friendly food bloggers have figured out how to turn those classic dressings like ranch and caesar into ones that we can all enjoy!
The following list also includes some delicious vinaigrettes and other types of dressings. Here are our favorite Paleo salad dressing recipes!
Whether it’s your go-to dip, a frequent side salad, or something that you only eat at your nearest Mexican cantina, guacamole can be considered a food of the gods – Aztec gods, to be exact! You can smash it, mash it, process it, or give it the old mortar and pestle treatment. Health benefits galore so there’s no reason to feel guilty when you can’t help but go back for more.
The following are recipes that we have collected so you can discover new twists and old classics. Here are the 30 best Paleo Guacamole recipes! (Also check out our Wholly Guacamole giveaway, running until this Saturday, October 25 at midnight!)
I met Darren, one of the co-founders of Nature’s Palate, a few months ago in Toronto at an entrepreneur conference. It was a really small conference (100 people), so I was shocked to find someone else running a Paleo business. Apparently Paleo is really popular these days!
Nature’s Palate is a food company focusing on quality ingredients and amazing tastes while making eating healthy easier, and so I was really excited when Darren shipped me some of their salad dressing all the way from Canada.
This mayo is delicious! It’s thick and creamy with a hint of coconut (due to the coconut oil used). Previously, I had made mayonnaise with olive oil, which gives a more yellow colored mayo (recipe here). This coconut mayo has a slight cream color, and it’s perfect for making ranch dressing with (ranch dressing recipe here).
Why Make Your Own Paleo Mayo?
Store-bought mayo (at least every single one that I’ve ever checked, and I’ve checked quite a lot of them) contain non-Paleo oils (e.g., canola oil). (There is someone who is currently developing a Paleo mayo for sale soon at Payo.us, and I’m looking forward to trying it out when it becomes available.) So, instead of foregoing many delicious foods (like tuna salads, ranch dressing), I make my own Paleo mayo using Paleo oils (olive oil and coconut oil). It’s delicious and fresh!
I love this recipe for ranch dressing because it uses so many fresh herbs – they really help to lift the taste and give it an even more cooling and fresh flavor. If you don’t have fresh herbs available, then you can use dried herbs instead (appropriate amounts are provided in the recipe).
I made this paleo ranch dressing recipe to go with some delicious Paleo Buffalo Chicken Wings (recipe here).
I love cooking with a ton of spices – it makes the food flavorful, more varied, and just amazingly delicious! So, with the ton of spices I had in my cupboard already, it only made sense that I would start making my own blends. I made this Paleo Cajun Seasoning to go with the Popcorn Shrimp (recipe here).
Ketchup (or Catsup) is so common a condiment that we often forget it’s not Paleo! In fact, if you look at a bottle of Heinz Tomato Ketchup, you’ll find that it’s loaded with high fructose corn syrup, corn syrup, and “natural flavorings” (I always find this rather suspicious as it could mean a lot of different things).
The solution? Make your own Paleo ketchup! When I first decided to make Paleo ketchup, I thought it was going to be a ton of work, but it turned out to be remarkably simple. This Paleo ketchup recipe is my favorite one – there’s a great mix of spices to make it really flavorful.
Amazing TIP: In case you miss it in the recipe, I also added in little bit of gelatin (it makes it a tiny bit thicker but doesn’t really change the consistency even when refrigerated, but provides some added health benefits!).
I have to admit that I hate shopping in Chinese supermarkets for prepackaged foods, because most things simply don’t have ingredient lists in English, and I like to know what I’m eating!
So, to solve this problem, at least for chili sauce, I decided to make my own. This is actually also the same method for making Chinese chili oil at home (you simply skip the food processing step and then remove all the chilis and peppercorns at the end).
Why Chinese Chili Sauce? When you mix this chili sauce with some coconut aminos, you get a fantastic dipping sauce for a variety of meats and vegetables! This sauce is also great for spicing up any stir-fry any time.
This is how my evening went:
10.00pm: Washing dishes and thinking: “the crockpot is sitting empty…what can I cook in it tonight? Chicken? Nah, sweet potatoes? Hmmmm. With what though?”
10.05pm: Looking to see if there are any other dirty plates on the counter and thinking: “must finish off all those honey crisp apples soon.”
10.10pm: Light-bulb going off (figuratively) and thinking: “apple butter with sweet potatoes!”
10.20pm: Peeling apples and sweet potatoes and chopping them up.
10.30pm: Placing apples and sweet potatoes into crockpot along with cinnamon, pure chocolate powder, ground nutmeg, ginger powder, and ground cloves. Mixing together.
10.35pm: Setting crockpot to low temperature for 10 hours and then relaxing in massage chair with a kombucha!
$13.49. That’s the price for a 16 oz (1 lb) jar of Artisana coconut butter on Amazon.com currently. I definitely know that this can get costly. So, what’s the solution?
Make your own of course!
This is a post explaining in detail how you can make this deliciousness at home with just 1 or 2 ingredients (including how to overcome the most common problem in making coconut butter at home).
And if you don’t know what coconut butter is, why it’s good for you to eat, or how to eat it, then head over to this post.
Vegetarian?!? I can almost hear the scorn in some of your voices! Yes, it was vegetarian without a meat dish in sight, although I had originally planned to make a liver pate (but the liver went into the chilli instead). Plus, I wanted to dispel the notion that I only eat steak – that’s just in my dreams!
Microwaved Paleo Bread
First, if you haven’t tried making this microwaved Paleo bread, then you should do it now! It takes around 5 minutes to mix all the ingredients together, and then 90 seconds in the microwave on high. It’s a touch dry, but hey for all of 6.5 minutes of work, it’s not bad (especially if you spread some Paleo jam or a bit of honey on it). It also works well toasted a little (because it’s a bit dry to begin with). The recipe for it is here.