Thursday, June 2, 2011

Paleo Pancakes

A couple of years ago, I came across this recipe at Elana's Pantry for almond flour pancakes. They were good. Especially when you haven't had a pancake in a long time.

Two weeks ago my 5 year old birthday girl really wanted pancakes for her special breakfast. My plan was to make Elana's pancakes until I realized we were out of almond flour (and no one had told me). I ran and grabbed my copy of The Primal Blueprint Cookbook and lo and behold it had a recipe for coconut flour pancakes. I have to admit I was extremely skeptical. Coconut flour is very dense and I couldn't see it making a great pancake. However, I did have coconut flour on hand, so I gave it a try. They were so gross. I don't know if it was something I did or if the recipe was bad, but I won't be trying it again.

I got onto the computer and found an interesting recipe in one of the comment sections of Mark's Daily Apple (yes, the same guy who wrote the book above with the nasty coconut flour pancakes) and it looks like Mark Sisson made his own recipe. The recipe sounded so easy and at this point I was desperate!

Paleo Pancakes (my version)
*Recipe is good for one person

1 Egg
1 Ripe Banana
1 Heaping TBSP Almond Butter

Heat a pan over medium heat. Grease pan. Mix all ingredients together very well. Cook on pan until golden on both sides.

Makes about 3 pancakes.

I also added a few blueberries to each pancake. They were so good! These pancakes were fluffy and felt like normal pancakes in my mouth. This is our new "go to" pancake recipe.

Thursday, May 19, 2011

Bought Sarah Fragoso's Book

I have been feeling really overwhelmed at the amount of time I spend at each meal preparing and/or cooking food, the expense, and the seeming lack of variety.. and it's only been 3 weeks since we started. First, the expense. I have been cooking from scratch for a long time. I baked our own bread and muffins and stuff, made our own casseroles, and I don't buy convenience foods very often. I also buy meat when it's on sale and cheap. So, for the seven of us, I used to feed us dinner for around (usually a little less) $10. Breakfast would be less than that and so would lunch. Now, eating paleo, the cost of food is at least double.

Second, the time. Most days I enjoy cooking dinner and creating something amazing that the whole family (with the exception of one picky person) will like. But, now I am cooking breakfast and having to prepare something more for lunch other than a quick sandwich. It took me an hour to make breakfast this morning. It left me feeling a bit tired.

Third, the variety. Ok ok. I know there is a lot of ways to prepare meat. Fabulous ways, actually. But, when you can only afford the cheapest cuts of beef, pork, and chicken it's hard to enjoy the same type of tough meat over and over again. Hopefully, we will find a somewhat inexpensive supplier of yummy fish, but it is all around here it is expensive!! (My mom fishes, I may have to use her skill to stock my freezer the next time I can go visit her.) And honestly? How many nights are we supposed to like having broccoli, spinach, or cauliflower?

So, feeling utterly overwhelmed with our "new" diet (we've done it before), I went to the bookstore and bought Sarah Fragoso's book Everyday Paleo. I payed way too much for it (amazon has it for $8.00 less), but that's what I get for convenience and a little peace of mind. I am hoping the ideas and recipes in her book will help me create a menu to help me through this slump.