This past weekend I finally had a full Sunday to do my cooking thing, and it’s been quite a while, so I had lots of new things to try. Recently we’ve had such lovely cool evenings that E.J. and I have been sitting out on the front porch with the Buddy monster and just relaxing – him with his pipe, and me with Pinterest. Pinterest really is a fun way to collect ideas for Paleo recipes, because 1) there are lots of them already out there with wonderful mouth-watering photos and 2) because sometimes you find a mouth-watering photo for something that isn’t Paleo, but it wouldn’t be that hard to adjust. Here are the Pinterest wins I had this week:
- Paleo Chicken Pot Pie – This is apparently one of Brendon’s favorite foods, and I never really knew it. I remember tolerating pot pie as a kid – mostly we’d get the ready-made frozen ones and I’d carefully eat the chicken and the crust while leaving most of the carrots and peas behind. So it wasn’t exactly something I went out of the way to learn how to cook, and frankly, Paleo pie crust is tough to pull off anyway. Well, it’s looking more and more like Brendon will be heading back up to North Dakota to work again, so I wanted to at least try to make a Paleo pot pie for him before he left. It wasn’t the prettiest set of pies I’ve ever made – I really struggled with the crust sticking to the parchment paper after I’d rolled it out, but where it lacked in beauty, it made up for in taste. Brendon was over the moon for it, so I’ll call that a success!
- Paleo Pizza Quiche – Ok, before you laugh at this one, hear me out. First of all, pizza is heavily debated in the Paleo universe, and as a staple of the American diet, it’s one of the hardest cravings to crack. I’ve tried lots of crusts from cauliflower to almond flour, to frozen – and while they’ve been OK, it’s just not the same. The truth is that when you are trying to mimic the real thing, you’re just going to fall short every time. Nothing is going to give you that satisfying crust and real cheese experience, so sometimes it’s better to go for something that’s close, but not trying to be the real thing. One example is the lettuce wrapped lamb burger I often get at a restaurant for lunch near my office. It’s not even trying to be a hamburger or cheeseburger, but it’s just close enough to satisfy the craving without being disappointingly short of the real thing. That’s what I was going for with Pizza Quiche. Something enjoyable and reminiscent but not an analogue. I modified the recipe a little to use his favorite toppings: mushroom, Italian sausage, onion, and green pepper, and then added slivers from a batch of Paleo Pizza Cheese from Paleo Cupboard which melt over the top when the slices are warmed up. E.J. said it was awesome.
- Prosciutto Wrapped Cod – This is another quick weeknight recipe that can be added to last week’s theme. The prep is super easy, and the flavor of the prociutto fried around the cod in butter is out of this world. Even mom liked it. For fun, I made some paleo tortillas and a lemon cream sauce to drizzle over the fish and the spinach also that added to the fresh flavors. I’ll definitely make this one again.