Do you sabotage yourself? I'm not judging. I am just wondering if anyone can relate. Do you try to make good food choices but when given the chance, you pull out all the stops and bake and cook a bunch of stuff you have no business eating?
We are having company this weekend. The adventuresome hostess in me wanted to try something new: Italian Wedding Soup, an antipasto platter, bruschetta, and maybe a Caesar salad. But then I realized that I am trying to eat Paleo and almost all of that is NOT on the plan. Ugh! I don't want to cook a separate meal for myself. But let's face it, not everyone else wants to be grain-free, dairy-free, and sugar-free.
Then there is the other side of me that feels the need to default to something I've done before, tried and true. There is value in that. It saves time and mental effort, which is most of the entertaining battle. Not every gathering needs to be an experiment. So that being said, here is a really good go-to for those of us trying to stay away from dairy and grains but wanting to impress.
Honey Mustard Chicken, Bacon, and Avocado Salad
Butternut Squash Soup
Hawaiian Rolls (for those who can eat them)
Perfect Paleo Chocolate Chip Cookies
I have made all of these recipes and they are definitely company worthy. Now I can both feel good about what I am serving AND what I am putting into my mouth.
Omit the corn if you are grain-free.
BUTTERNUT SOUP- Adapted recipe from a dear friend in South Africa.
SAUTÉ UNTIL SOFT:
3 T Coconut oil
1 Large onion, chopped
ADD AND TOSS OVER HIGH HEAT ABOUT 3 MINUTES:
2 C Butternut squash, peeled and diced
1 Granny Smith Apple, chopped
ADD AND STIR THROUGH:
3 T Tapioca or Arrowroot Flour
1-2 t Curry powder
¼ t Nutmeg
3 C Chicken stock
1 ½ C Coconut milk (not canned)
3 T frozen orange juice concentrate
Salt and pepper
Pinch of coconut sugar
Simmer for 30 minutes until vegetables are softened. Puree. Garnish with parsley, if desired.