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'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.
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.
I came up with this recipe when I couldn’t eat eggs (for a year!). Of course I couldn’t go without sweets or chocolate for a year so something had to be done. This recipe started as a zucchini bread but evolved into this yummy dense cake as I played around with the recipe. Think flourless chocolate cake, but really good for you.