The following recipes are two of the reasons why:
Soft Scrambled Eggs with Paleo Sandwich Bread Toast
4 eggs, preferably organic cage free
1 TBS ghee or olive oil
Salt and pepper to taste
4 slices toast, made from Paleo Sandwich Bread (see recipe, below)
1. Break 4 eggs into a bowl.
2. Whip with an immersion blender until eggs are frothy
3. Melt ghee (or pour olive oil) in non-stick frying pan over low flame.
4. Pour eggs into pan and keep flame low.
5. Stir eggs gently until soft curds form. This will take awhile, be patient.
6. Serve with Paleo toast spread with ghee.
Optional: You can serve this with a couple of slices of bacon. No-nitrate bacon is definitely Paleo BUT, save it for a special Sunday breakfast or for a delicious bacon, lettuce and avocado sandwich (on the Paleo toast from the following recipe). Add tomatoes to your sandwich, if they don't cause you distress. They're Paleo, but I don't tolerate them well, so even though I grew zillions of them in my garden this year, I didn't eat them. My husband ate them every night, and the rest we gave to friends and our local soup kitchen, so, all good.
But, back to bacon: My parents grew up in Orthodox Jewish homes. Although we didn't keep Kosher when I was growing up, we NEVER had pork in the house. But, we always had bacon in the refrigerator. I was in junior high before I learned that bacon came from a pig. Anyway, enjoy your bacon, but in moderation.
I have baked many a loaf of Paleo bread. Some of them were good, some were so-so, and some of them I wouldn't even call bread. None of them came even close to being the bread that I dreamed about and missed so very much. Well, this one, from Paleoeffect.com, is not only the best Paleo bread I've ever had, but it holds its own with "real" bread. But, like other baked goods, it's a once-in-awhile treat. Also, it's a rather expensive loaf (8 eggs!), so best saved for a special Sunday breakfast.
1 1/2 cups arrowroot powder
1 cup golden flax meal
1 1/2 tsp coarse sea salt
4 tsp baking powder
4 TBS walnut oil
2 tsp cider vinegar
4 egg whites, beaten to soft peaks
Coconut oil for greasing pan
1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees
2. Grease bread pan
3. Combine all dry ingredients
4. Mix wet ingredients and combine with dry ingredients
5. Fold in beaten egg whites
6. Pour into loaf pan and bake for 55 to 60 minutes
7. Cool on wire rack
1 cup unsweetened Coconut Milk Beverage (I use SO Delicious)
3 TBS chia seeds
1 TBS raw hemp seeds
1TBS golden flax meal (ground flax seeds)
Pinch sea salt
1 TBS maple syrup
Stevia to taste
1 tsp ghee (clarified butter with milk solids removed)
1. Mix all ingredients, except for ghee, in pot.
2. Let sit for at least 20 minutes.
3. Bring to a boil and simmer for a minute or two, stirring
4. Top with ghee and serve.
Follow directions, above, but omit maple syrup. Add 1 tsp vanilla, 1 tsp ground cinnamon, and a small handful of raisins.
A word or two about sweeteners: maple syrup, honey, coconut/palm sugar and stevia are all acceptable on Paleo. Other sweeteners are not. The Paleo sweeteners are o.k. in moderation, because all of them with the exception of stevia have calories, and a calorie is a calorie, Paleo or not. In future posts, I will have recipes for baked goods and other yummy desserts. If you make a steady diet of them, despite the healthy ingredients, you will probably gain weight. So, again, all things in moderation.