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What is Paleo? I know it as the “cave-man diet”. If the cave-men 25464231 years ago could not eat it because it was not available then we should not eat it. Building a Paleo foundation is very important. You need to have lean proteins wheatear it is seafood, ground turkey, etc. Next are fruits and veggies for their antioxidants and vitamins. Finally you need fat in your diet but the right kind… the “healthy” fat such as nuts, seeds, avocados, olive oil, etc. What I like about Paleo (now this is my personal option) it kind of is a play off of clean eating. You know exactly what you are putting into your body; there are no refined foods, trans fats and sugars. Most of the recipes are simple and make you feel good. Food is suppose to bring you energy not make you sleepy.
I have been craving a clean, simple, and straight to the point, HEALTHY meal. I found this recipe and I cannot wait to make this for dinner tonight. This recipe is a spinoff of a classic… the BLT with a side of fries.
Paleo BLT Lettuce Wraps
What you will need:
4 slices of Bacon
1 tomato- sliced
2 whole romaine leaves
2 tablespoons of mayo (if you don’t like mayo try avocado instead)
Salt and pepper to taste
How to Make:
1. Spread each lettuce leaf with mayo or avocado
2. Sprinkle salt and pepper
Paleo Sweet Potato Fries
What you will need:
3 large sweet potatoes
3 tablespoons of Arrowroot starch
¾ teaspoon garlic powder (or you can use fresh garlic)
¼ teaspoon paprika
Salt and pepper
1 ½ tablespoon of parsley (fresh or dried- doesn’t matter)
1 ½ tablespoon of oil (olive oil, almond oil, coconut oil, fish oil, etc)
How to make:
1. Preheat oven to 450 degrees.
2. Line two baking sheets with parchment paper.
3. In a small bowl, combine the arrowroot starch, garlic powder, paprika, parsley, salt, and pepper. Set aside.
4. Peel the sweet potatoes and cut into thin, long slices, about ¼” thick. (The thinner your slices, the crispier your fries will be.)
5. Place the sliced sweet potatoes in a bowl.
6. Pour the spice/arrowroot mixture on top of the sweet potatoes and toss until well coated.
7. Drizzle the (olive, coconut, etc) oil over the potatoes and toss until evenly distributed.
8. Lay out the sweet potatoes on the parchment lined sheets, spaced out in even layers and not touching, if possible.
9. Bake on the top racks of the oven for 20 minutes, remove and turn the sweet potatoes over with a spatula, then finish cooking for another 5 minutes.
10. Fries are done when the flesh starts to look bubbly and turns golden brown in spots.
This is a healthy well balanced meal that has a total of 6 ingredients (lettuce, tomato, bacon, mayo, and sweet potato) that will keep you full and not feeling like you over ate. This meal is the whole package with your veggies, protein and healthy fats.
If you are interested in adding Paleo meals into your life below is a picture of a cheat sheet on what you can swap out, omit all together and what is ok to eat.
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