When I first started eating Paleo-style, my first concern was how in the world am I supposed to fix two types of meals several times a day? The solution was to revamp everyone’s diet by finding “kid friendly” recipes (also can be interpreted “husband friendly”).
Here are some of those tried and true recipes that my family will actually eat. These are not 100% PURE Paleo, since dairy is not considered “paleo”. However, I made some adjustments (like adding yogurt and using organic mayo) to make them more palatable for the kids and Steve. Use wisdom, but don’t be ridiculously strict either.
Smoothies. We always, always start the day with a smoothie. I mostly have veggie juice but I always fix a smoothie for the kids. Here’s what goes in the blender:
- Raw goat yogurt (or in a pinch I get raw or at least organic cow yogurt)
- fresh or frozen berries – any kind is good but in season fresh berries are best. Our bodies need the nutrition that in season fruits and veggies provide – no watermelon in January! yuck.
- flax seeds – provide those fatty acids we all need.
- Body Balance.
- TrueGreens for added “greens” without eating a salad for breakfast.
Whirl it all around in the blender. Instant breakfast.
Stir Fries. Just about anything goes here. Chicken, beef, pork cooked in olive oil, sesame oil, butter, etc. Throw in any veggies you want but onions, garlic, kale, small red potatoes, and any other greens are best. I make this for breakfast, lunch and dinner.
“How I Get My Kids To Eat Raw Broccoli” Salad Seriously. They love it!
Two heads Broccoli (or more depending on how many mouths you are feeding), cut in small chunks
1 cup of red grapes cut in halves or quarters
1 apple – Cut up in small chunks. Keep the peel on. Anything goes here but Pink Lady apples are a family favorite.
Mix together in a large bowl. Add enough mayonnaise (we get the organic kind) to make it all stick together (at least 1/4 to 1/3 cup maybe more). Add stevia to taste – makes it a little sweeter and more “kid friendly”! Mix the whole thing together really well. We eat this just about daily all summer long – everybody loves it.
Chocolate “pudding”. I was skeptical of this one but thought I’d try it. WOW! is all I can say. Fantastic!
- 3 avocadoes
- 5 to 6 TBS cocoa powder (raw cacao powder is most nutritious but a bit pricey).
- 1/4 cup raw honey
- 1 tsp pure vanilla extract
- pinch of sea salt
Puree the whole thing in your food processor until smooth. I added a bit of stevia to make it a little sweeter. This is VERY RICH. I also made whipped cream to go on top – raw heavy cream with a little stevia to sweeten whipped up in the mixer. Everyone LOVED THIS!
Banana and Berry Sorbet. So simple and SO GOOD!
- 3 bananas, peeled, frozen and cut in chunks
- 1 cup frozen berries (any type)
Puree in food processor until smooth, serve immediately – YUMMY!!
Coconut Macaroons. Another simple but delicious snack or dessert.
- 3 cups coconut
- 6 egg whites
- 1/2 cup pure organic maple syrup
- 2 tsp pure vanilla extract
Beat the egg whites in your mixer until stiff. Fold in maple syrup, coconut, and vanilla. Form into 1″ balls, and place them on a parchment paper-lined cookie sheet. Bake for 15 – 20 minutes at 325 or until the edges get golden and crispy. SOOOO GOOD!!
Zucchini Lasagna. The truth is this – we don’t even miss regular pasta anymore. The next two recipes are becoming staples in our home.
- 1 lb. ground beef or bison (or more depending on family size)
- 3 cloves garlic, minced
- 1 onion chopped
- 2 6 oz tomato paste, no salt added (I get Seeds of Change or Muir Glen brands)
- 15 oz tomato sauce (again I get the above named brands – or better yet, make your own!)
- 1 TBS fresh parsley
- 1 TBS basil
- 1 TBS oregano
- 6 to 8 zucchinis sliced thinly lengthwise
- shredded cheddar cheese (or mozarella)
- salt and pepper to taste
Brown the meat over medium heat. Add in garlic and onion, continue to cook for about 5 minutes. Stir in tomato paste and sauce. Add in herbs and salt and pepper to taste. Begin layering lasagne in a baking dish – add a little sauce to bottom of dish, layer zucchini slices, top with meat sauce, top with a little cheese, repeat until all ingredients are in the dish. Bake at 325 for about 30 minutes or until bubbling.
Spaghetti Squash and Meatballs. Use the same sauce ingredients as above. I get two good sized squashes, cut them in half lengthwise, scoop out the seeds and innards, lay them cut side down in a baking dish, cover with foil, bake for about an hour at 350. They are done when you can insert a fork into the skin and it goes right in easily. Carefully flip them over in the pan and allow them to cool for a few minutes. Scrape out the “spaghetti strings” into a bowl. Toss with butter and salt and pepper to taste. I serve with the above sauce. The hubby LOVES THIS MEAL!
I hope you found these recipes interesting and are inspired to give them a try. Some of you have indicated in messages to me that you “don’t know where to start” so here’s where you start!
I highly recommend the following books for recipe ideas and further wisdom on eating Paleo style –
- Make It Paleo by Bill Staley and Hayley Mason
- The Paleo Solution by Robb Wolf
- The No Grain Diet by Dr. Joseph Mercola
- Nourishing Traditions by Sally Fallon
- The Maker’s Diet by Jordan Rubin
- Raw Energy by Stephanie Tourles
All of these books are available on Amazon or at through your local bookstore.
Go ahead and give these recipes a try and let me know what you think. Leave me a comment below or on my FB page at http://facebook.com/realsolutionsformoms. I’d love to hear from you, especially if you have any recipes to share!