It's a hot summer day here in Minnesota and when I get back from taking the kids to the pool the first thing I'm going to do is whip up one of these smoothies. It's got enough protein to keep me going until dinner and after not having dairy for two years, it's fooled me into almost believing it's actually a chocolate shake. In fact I'm going to make a crazy claim and call this a Paleo Wendy's frosty. Plus, after adjusting goggles for four hours and enthusiastically responding to 57 "Mom! Watch this!" cries from the pool, I deserve a treat.
I am not exaggerating when I say that I could not have survived the last two year of my life without these cookies. With a year of not being able to eat eggs, I had to find another way to make a cookie! I found a few recipes that almost worked for my dietary restrictions, but not quite. So I combined a few of those recipes and changed some ingredients to make it work for me. These cookies are grain free, egg free and dairy free. I think they are easier to make than "normal" chocolate chip cookies. And guess what… since there's no eggs, you can dig in and take a taste of the dough!
I've always had a thing for soup, and if it's honest with itself I think soup has probably always had a thing for me. I know that soup is not typical summer fare, but this soup is too good to only eat when it's cold outside. It's fresh and easy and a great way to take advantage of the summer veggies. So head to the farmer's market and pick up a lovely bulb of fennel or wait until your CSA box is overflowing with summer squash (you know it will happen) and use it in this soup!
If you've been on the Paleo or Whole30 diet for a while I'm guessing you are really missing one thing. The crunch. That lovely crunch of a chip or a cracker or crusty bread is something you don't appreciate until you don't have it anymore. Once I could add back nuts to my diet, I found I was eating them all of the time because I really missed the crunch. But then I got sick of nuts.
Maybe you see the word "pudding" and think it's too low brow. But don't you remember opening up your school lunch and seeing one of those Jell-O pudding cups just waiting to be peeled open? Don't you remember Bill Cosby telling us that Jell-O instant pudding tasted "as smooth and creamy as cooked pudding" and introducing us to the life-changing invention of the pudding pop? In hindsight, Cosby might have been a questionable choice for a celebrity endorsement, but he did get one thing right. Pudding is amazing.
I have always loved this line from Gungor's song, Beautiful Things. It runs through my head this time of year over and over. I see a little tulip or daffodil fighting its way up through the soil, and I say to myself, "There it is, springing up. Out of the dirt and the dust and the crusty, old ground. Fighting to be beautiful."
My pre-Paleo diet included a substantial amount of french fries. Admit it, they're amazing. Crispy on the outside, warm and soft on the inside, and full of salty goodness. When I first started eating Paleo, I just switched to baked sweet potato fries. Since I've been trying to regulate my carbohydrate intake, sweet potatoes are out so in comes jicama.