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Grain Free in 2010!

post #1 of 281
Thread Starter 
Thought I'd start a new grain free/paleo/primal thread. Hope you all are doing well!

I just came across this: http://our21daydiet.com/Recipes/Recipe%20Index.htm which seems to have some pretty cool recipes--I'm wanting to look into it more.

And, for those of you who do tubers, I am LOVING my new spiral veggie slicer: http://www.amazon.com/World-Cuisine-.../dp/B0007Y9WHQ (sweet Christmas present!!! ) I used it to make potato pasta--FABULOUS w/ traditional spaghetti sauce and meatballs--ds loved it. I'm sure it will make amazing zucchini pasta and more! It rocks!

Can't wait to learn more about paleo/primal/grain free eating this coming year!
post #2 of 281
I'm in!

I never thought about potato pasta. Interesting! I mainly do zucchini and squash pasta with some beet thrown in now and again. Amazing with pasta sauce and fresh garlic! I also love throwing in sausage. Drool.
post #3 of 281
Thread Starter 
I'm going to need to try all sorts of 'pastas' now--this spiral slicer is way too cool!! Mmmm...sausage...

I made the crepes from the link I posted b/4--way yummy w/ some whipped coconut milk cream and cooked berries (were frozen and I mixed them w/ water and mashed...soooo good)!

Quote:
Coconut Flour Crepes
Makes 4 - 6

Whisk and let stand 5 to 10 minutes:
2 Tbs. butter (melted)
2 free-range chicken eggs
(pinch of xylitol made from birch trees)
(dash of nutmeg)
(? tsp. of pure vanilla extract)
? tsp. sea salt

Mix in:
2 Tbs. organic coconut flour

Lastly mix in:
½ cup raw (coconut) milk

Heat some (coconut) oil in a skillet and pour in about ? cup of batter. Quickly rotate the skillet so the batter forms a big, thin circle (about 7-8 inches). When
it starts to bubble and edges begin to brown, flip it over; cook 1 or 2 minutes.

Flip each side in towards the center (around a filling). Garnish to taste with:
(fresh organic berries)
(slivered organic raw almonds)
(chopped organic raw nuts)
(organic cream [whipped])
(Syrup)
(Yoghurt)

You can make the crepes ahead of time, refrigerate, reheat (and stuff), serve.
I used a *hint* of stevia in place of the xylitol--way yummy! I'll be making them again for sure!
post #4 of 281
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post #5 of 281
Subbing!

I really do like being grain-free. 6 months ago I would have never imagined I could eat this way let alone be happy.

Tonight's easy and yummy dinner:
Marinated strips of grass-fed round steak in some oil, red wine vinegar and steak seasoning (from Frontier). Cooked the meat and sliced leeks in bacon drippings. Added a little tarragon vinegar. Poured the whole thing over a big bowl of baby spinach, tossed and served.
post #6 of 281
I'm in! We are slowing making the transition to grain free. I personally like using coconut flour/almond flour better than soaking or sprouting stuff, because its so much easier (no really thinking ahead! Love the link you posted, checking it out now!
post #7 of 281
I'm in as well. I got both Primal Body-Primal Mind and The Primal Blueprint for Christmas. I'm halfway through both and I don't need any more convincing (though I will finish the books!) Today was actually my first day and I think I did pretty well. Looking forward to 2010!
post #8 of 281
YES, I'm in!
post #9 of 281
still here as well! I love how gf makes me feel as well, it is just not always easy to stay motivated. I love that slicer- will have to look into getting one, usually I make veggie pasta by hand , which means I am often too lazy to do it so end up just using chopped veggies which isn't as exciting and fun Feeling pretty darn great lately which is amazing considering I have a 1 month old(not to mention the 2.5 and 5 y.o. as well).
post #10 of 281
I'm in! I've been trying to do this, but it is a hard adjustment when dh and ds aren't as willing.
post #11 of 281
Thread Starter 
crunchy_mama--the spiral slicer is way easy to use and easy to clean (from someone who refuses to juice b/c the juicer is just a pita to clean!) I totally recommend it!

Lainiemama--ITA about using coconut and nut flours--way easier than gluten free baking w/ grains as well! Coconut flour is my fave at the moment...way fun and easy to use!

dogmom--that sounds so yummy--I need to try it!

JElaineB--both of those books have been huge for me as well. I'd love to continue a discussion on protein and recommended in Primal Body--Primal Mind. For *my* body, I'm currently feeling like her protein/fat/carb ratio recs may not be for me, but it's something I'm really interested in continuing to learn about...

kristenok18--we're here for you if you need support! And any steps we can make in this direction (no matter what the set backs) are better than none IMO!

Woo hoo! I'm glad we're all here! Yay!!!
post #12 of 281
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Originally Posted by crunchy_mama View Post
still here as well! I love how gf makes me feel as well, it is just not always easy to stay motivated. I love that slicer- will have to look into getting one, usually I make veggie pasta by hand , which means I am often too lazy to do it so end up just using chopped veggies which isn't as exciting and fun Feeling pretty darn great lately which is amazing considering I have a 1 month old(not to mention the 2.5 and 5 y.o. as well).
well, you went into it pretty strong and healthy! Congratulations!

I agree. I've had the spiral slicer for years and though I am WAY lazy in the kitchen it gets a lot of play since it's so easy to clean.

I hear ya on the juicer. That's why I switched to an auger style. WAY easier than a centrifugal juicer-I never used that because I couldn't stand having to clean it!
post #13 of 281
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Originally Posted by JElaineB View Post
I'm in as well. I got both Primal Body-Primal Mind and The Primal Blueprint for Christmas. I'm halfway through both and I don't need any more convincing (though I will finish the books!) Today was actually my first day and I think I did pretty well. Looking forward to 2010!
They are both excellent and motivating books! Congratulations!!! You are going to love them. I really, really like the Primal Blueprint (though I still haven't read it cover to cover) and PBPM is also fantastic. That I have read through!
post #14 of 281
Thread Starter 
Google-ing auger juicer right now...

(I've just been doing blender-made green smoothies in place of juicing, although I think I'd love to try juicing again--esp w/ greens!!)
post #15 of 281
Now I'm tempted to get a spiral slicer thing...my first thought was that it was probably a pain to clean.

Had my 6 mo DD tested for allergies for 100 foods the other day. She's EBF so it really is about what I have to give up. In addition to a primal diet (I'm already living without dairy) I've had to give up tomatoes, chocolate and wine. She's also allergic to all things soy and although we normally avoid soy, I would occasionally make a dish with tamari. Ultimately she was allergic/sensitive to 15 things on the list of 100 foods. Sigh. What we do for our kids...
post #16 of 281
I'm hovering around the GF-realm. Not quite sure we will go this route fully, but I'm working on it! Most of my family love their wheat based junk, so it will be a tough go, but I guess, as I usually do, I will make some compromises. Like cereal (I know, I know, but I have to go one thing at a time) for breakfast, but making a great healthy dinner with something like rice or potatoes. So not totally grain free, but I think I really want to focus on gluten-free for me.

I am making a resolution to do my best, though, as opposed to going for broke all the way. I usually do that, and I find I burn out to quickly and revert to bad habits.

So here I am!
post #17 of 281
We are so, so close to grain free right now. Gave dd a small buckwheat pancake the other day (after not having any grains for a few weeks) and she didn't poop the next day (uh, and honestly neither did I) so I guess that solves that. Now I just have to hope and pray that we can find some eggs to tolerate, as being egg free is my main hesitation in going grain free. It's so hard to bake grain free w/o eggs!
I did get the holiday menu mailer from www.heartofcooking.com and made her pumpkin bars with cashew date frosting using 2 flax eggs and baking powder to replace the eggs. OMG TDF! So good, so very very good. I only used 1/3 c of honey.
I am getting a juicer to for Christmas/my 30th b-day! I think I decided on a Samson juicer since it can do all a twin gear can but doesn't cost as much. This one:

http://www.samsonjuicers.com/samson-gb-9001.htm

And in other news, I really need to focus on fat. I almost can't eat chicken anymore because I feel so unsatisified afterwards. We are really blowing through our side of beef that I thought would last 6 months. I think it will be gone by the end of next month.
post #18 of 281
Oh, the other thing I forgot to say is umm, I love beer. What do grain free peeps do for an adult beverage? I know alcohol is poison, but sometimes you need to pick your poison, right?
Maybe honey wine from Wild Fermentation?
post #19 of 281
look at the omega 8003 too. I was between that and the sampson when I got mine but the omega had better ratings and a far better warranty for the same price point. I've been nothing but thrilled with it!

I don't really do adult beverages. Not my thing. I do kombucha and occasionally (like twice a year?) have a glass of red wine. I'm no help in that department. Sorry! DH does brandy, wine and vodka occasionally. NO more beer here except on very special occasion and then it's GF.
post #20 of 281
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Originally Posted by deditus View Post
Oh, the other thing I forgot to say is umm, I love beer. What do grain free peeps do for an adult beverage? I know alcohol is poison, but sometimes you need to pick your poison, right?
Maybe honey wine from Wild Fermentation?
Voila!
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