Going Paleo should be easy, right? RIGHT? The instructions are pretty simple: eat real food. But when I went Paleo it was soooo hard.
First, I had no idea how to cook.
Second, I had no idea what real food really was.
This made my first year look like this: bacon, bacon, bacon & eggs, and bacon.
The second year of being Paleo I went in the opposite direction. With the basics of cooking down (thanks, Google!) it was time to recreate all sorts of things I missed like cake and ice cream. And tomato soup. And meatloaf. I bought Paleo cookbooks. I got a recipe app. I went hog wild. The food was great but I spent hours and hours and hours and hours and hours and hours in the kitchen. Sigh.
Then I had another baby in 2013 and things had to get simple again but instead of just bacon and eggs a new Paleo lifestyle was born.
One night after a dinner of cooked chicken thighs (bone in, skin on, yum!) thrown in the oven with some garlic powder, salt, and herbs de Provence, with maybe some kale on the side (I can't remember the veggie) it was time for dessert. I said to myself... "Hmm.. I wonder what it tastes like to put honey on a banana?"
Come to find out it tastes great and a new food in our house was born!
Recently, after some grilled steak perhaps, we pondered dessert when daddy pulled some raspberries out of the fridge. "Raspberries!" we shouted with glee. It was January and we hadn't seen them in some time. Some raspberries and purple grapes and oh-my-gosh it was a fantastic desert we all adored.
A friend visited last week and I watched her wrap her piece of salami around a grape and pop it in her mouth. Whoah! A new taste sensation!
It's not just dessert. Add some Canadian bacon to that sauteed kale. Make a new herb rub for the hamburgers. How about throwing carrots on a roast instead of a chicken in the crock pot?
Since going Paleo, and staying Paleo, our tastes have changed. What used to take a processed, sugary food to delight us (or a processed, MSG-type bad-fat food) our delight now comes by simply eating real food in simple, new ways.
How about cantaloupe with that bacon?
Cantaloupe? Oh, yeah!
(The bacon goes without sayin.)
I like the easy Paleo stuff.