Six months ago yesterday, on almost a whim, I started my first Whole 30. In some ways, I can't believe it's been half a year already since I "went Paleo": I still feel like a newbie on a lot of days. But the changes in food choices - not just the eliminations but the increase of nutrient dense foods - have admittedly worked their way into habits and I've never felt better.
So in honor of my 6 month Paleoversery, I'm sharing some of my Paleo favorites (so far):
Favorite Breakfast: Danielle Walker's Smoky Sweet Potato Hash. This is so easy to make, so delicious, and so filling! It also stores well and reheats in seconds. If you don't like heat first thing in the morning, try substituting cinnamon for the chili powder and paprika for the cayenne (this is Mouse's preferred variation).
Favorite Lunch: Chicken or Tuna Salad of almost any kind, but especially my Buffalo Chicken Salad or this Sweet Potato Tuna Salad from Eating Bird Food (made with Paleo mayo in place of hummus)
(I wanted to include a favorite dinner but I've honestly loved everything I've made and can't pick. My Paleo Pinterest boards will give you an idea of some of the wonderful dinners I've made.)
Pot-Luck Winner: Garlic Cauliflower "Mashed Potatoes" by Nom Nom Paleo. If I were still a California girl, I may never have tried this recipe. But marrying Daddy M over a dozen years ago forced me to rethink the food I bring to gatherings. The basic rules in the South are that if it can't be served in a 9x13 it is probably not worth having, and lots of butter and/or cheese is required. I took this to Easter with the fam and it was a huge hit! (Trick: if you're going to double or triple the batch like I did, save yourself some time and $$ and use frozen cauliflower - 1 bag = about 1 head.)
Surprise Favorite: Michelle Tam's Stir Fried Kale with Bacon. I mean, everything is better with bacon, so this should not have been a surprise. But I was not a major kale fan (and neither was the family) until I tried this recipe. Now I always have to plan on sharing! (And, yes, that's leftovers with an egg for breakfast in the photo. I sometimes wake up craving kale, if you can believe that!)
Favorite Website: There are so many great ones out there (and I'm still discovering new ones daily!) that I didn't actually start buying cookbooks until a month ago. Going by most-used, my favorites would have to be Nom Nom Paleo and Against All Grain.I'm always up for trying something new - what are your Paleo favorites?