For the last 16 days I've been following the Paleo Diet. The gist of it is to eat like we did 10,000 years ago (before the agricultural revolution). This means eating only things readily and easily found in nature. No sugar, no grain, no dairy, no roots (potatoes) and *gasp* no beer. There's more to it than that but if you want to know more than there's a lot of info out there.
The key to this is having LOTS of good, healthy food around at all time. If you're hungry you can't just run into a Tim Hortons and grab a quick fix. The only real "convenience" food to be found readily is bananas and other fruit and veggies.
After a few days of eating the same stuff I started getting kind of bored and wanted to make some new dishes. I'm not really much of a cook and I don't have a ton of kitchen gear, or kitchen know-how for that matter. Luckily there's the Google though, and after a couple of minutes I found two sites that really made a difference -
http://dessertstalker.com/ (for desserts and sweets) and http://chowstalker.com/ (for regular meals and savory treats)
Go take a look the first one and tell me that doesn't look awesome!
The image to the right is a picture I took after cooking for 20 minutes or so on Monday. I made Banana Bread Muffins and Spaghetti Squash Pasta. They each took about 10 minutes to prepare and 30 minutes or so in the over/pan and was enough for 4 meals and 8 snacks. All of it grain and sugar free, dairy free starch free, no preservatives, no hormones, free range, grass fed beef yada yada yada.
On top of being super healthy, is was pretty easy to make (though some tweaks will be made for future batches) and even though almost everything is organic, it was fairly inexpensive. Cheaper than eating out at a restaurant, that's for sure!
I figure 8 muffins cost about $5- and the 4 portions on spaghetti squash and sauce maybe about $10. That's a meal and a dessert for about $4.
As for the diet itself - well, I'll write a post in the next few days outlining some of the benefits I've noticed.
Dan Slobodin -