September is finally here!!! I love when September arrives. It means fall is coming soon. Fall is my favorite season and there are so many things to celebrate once it has arrived. Fun holidays. Great colors. Great clothes. Great food. I am getting excited just thinking about it. In addition to the natural joy that accompanies September, it is also the first week of the month. The first week of every month is going to have a theme. Sometimes the theme will simply be an ingredient, like the first week of the blog when every recipe used oranges. Other times, like this week, it will be a way of eating, such as vegan or gluten-free. The theme of this week is Paleo!!
The Paleo diet, or style of eating, is nicknamed the Caveman diet because it primarily consists of foods that would have been available to a caveman. This means no grains, dairy, legumes, processed sugars/sweeteners, basically anything processed. You can eat meat, vegetables (no potatoes and no corn- as corn is actually a grain:-), fruit, eggs, nuts, seeds and natural oils. This sounds limiting and when I first tried this out I felt a little deprived, but the more I tried it I was able to find more recipes and alternatives to typical meals. I don’t know if I would personally ever go paleo-for-life, but I have loved experimenting with it. While most use the Paleo diet as a way to lose weight, I tried it out when I was having a lot of stomach problems and couldn’t pinpoint what was making me sick. The Paleo style of eating is completely natural and truly goes down to the basics. I was able to use those foods as my base of what I could eat and slowly add in one thing at a time to discover which foods disagree with my body. The process worked! Not only did I discover a few things that are no longer a part of my diet, but I also developed a love for eating paleo. It feels so amazing to only put natural and fresh ingredients into the body. I also loved that I could eat until I was full, which sometimes was a lot, and I still felt great. I never feel gross or heavy or guilty when I am eating paleo friendly food. It’s AMAZING!!!
When I took my first steps into the paleo world I was really struggling coming up with ideas of what to make. My sweet mother sent me a great recipe book, Practical Paleo by Diane Sanfilippo. She has a lot of great recipes and it definitely helped fuel my own creative juices to have a starting place. Most of the recipes this week will be based off of recipes in her book. I think I have tweaked them all a bit, but I will make sure to tell you what changes I have made to each recipe.
Yesterday my husband and I had a delicious berry egg soufflé. The recipe is actually for blueberry muffins, but I have found that when something looks like a muffin I want it to taste like a muffin. The first time I made these I was bitterly disappointed because even though they tasted great… it was nothing like a muffin. I swore the next time I made them it would be in a flat pan and it would be a soufflé, not “muffins”.
Berry Egg Soufflé
½ C olive oil *
1 t vanilla
¼ C agave *
1 lemon, juice and zest
½ C almond flour *
½ t sea salt
¼ t baking soda
1 C mixed berries, frozen or fresh
- Preheat oven to 350 F. Mix the eggs, oil, vanilla, agave, lemon zest and lemon juice into a bowl. Sift in flour, salt and baking soda. Gently stir in berries.
- Pour batter into a pie pan or an 8×8. Bake for 35-40 minutes. I would check it at 35 and see how dark/cooked it is and then leave it in longer if it needs more time, but monitor closely so it doesn’t burn.
* The recipe actually calls for coconut oil, pure maple syrup and coconut flour. I don’t have any of those ingredients. Either I don’t like that particular ingredient (anything coconut) or it is too expensive (pure maple syrup). You may try it any way you would like or your budget allows.
I found this recipe to be much more enjoyable this time around when I was no longer tricking myself into thinking it was a muffin:-) The way the flavors combine is unique and really quite scrumptious. It was a totall success in our house! Let me know if it is for you as well!
Let the Paleo fun begin!