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Paleo meal for a Paleo Skeptic

Answered on September 12, 2014
Created June 18, 2012 at 2:28 PM

A friend of mind is considering going Paleo since my fiance and I have been talking his ear off about it since we started. We wanted to invite him over for dinner this week and cook him something mind blowing so he would finally take the Paleo plunge. What meal would you cook for someone who is considering going Paleo?

10cadc0a2dff90c849c6d088832be324

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on June 19, 2012
at 11:12 AM

Sorry, I thought I was helping. Didn't realize that putting out suggestions for fun foods for non paleos to try would bring me so much backlash.

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on June 19, 2012
at 02:10 AM

If it was winter I'd suggest roast parsnips and turnips (again in olive oil and with whatever herbs are available).

90bcfafd2ef73fea5398c483c593349e

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on June 18, 2012
at 08:38 PM

I'd vote this down if I had enough reputation points. If I were served chicken between two steaks, I think I would retch. The same thing goes for a chocolate omelet, and pizza made out of meat.

90bcfafd2ef73fea5398c483c593349e

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on June 18, 2012
at 08:31 PM

Seconding the whipped coconut cream suggestion. Put it over macerated strawberries with some grain-free cake and you will definitely seal the deal.

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on June 18, 2012
at 07:11 PM

please compress images before posting them here. Luckily the hotlinks didn't work, but if they did, there would have been issues. I stripped them out just in case. Use imgur or photobucket if you want to post photos.

5ccb98f6ae42ce87e206cf3f6a86039f

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on June 18, 2012
at 06:14 PM

+1 "avoid paleo gimmicks and reinventions"

5ccb98f6ae42ce87e206cf3f6a86039f

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on June 18, 2012
at 06:10 PM

Stupid huge images. Learn to resize before posting monster images to the web.

5ccb98f6ae42ce87e206cf3f6a86039f

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on June 18, 2012
at 06:05 PM

This is exactly what I would suggest, except trade in the yogurt for some whipped coconut milk.

58d456f4c4d551a697e65ada8c32ad4f

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on June 18, 2012
at 05:56 PM

Franken versions of SAD food. Why not just show them that real food not toyed with is amazing?

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on June 18, 2012
at 04:38 PM

That's the exact recipe I use to make my pulled pork! The iPad app is great and the pork always turns out tender and delicious. The aroma fills up the house!

4929a87e3f7438f18a0afbdde291ed5e

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on June 18, 2012
at 04:24 PM

Agreed on the slow-cooker pulled pork. Nom Nom Paleo has a GREAT recipe that wins rave reviews every time I share it with anyone - and one of the recipes my husband requests a repeat of the most often. It takes less than 15 minutes to prepare, but 16 hours to cook, and it is ridiculously amazing. Kahlua pork... TO. DIE. FOR. :) I would serve it with spicy roasted broccoli cooked in either lard or coconut oil alongside roasted sweet potato fries.

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on June 18, 2012
at 04:09 PM

And of course none of the images worked... stupid hosting site.

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on June 18, 2012
at 03:57 PM

I had a fruit salad that used pineapple juice and cinnamon to enhance the flavor and it was to die for.

276a5e631b62f8e0793987c0496364bb

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on June 18, 2012
at 03:43 PM

SAD = Standard American Diet.

Ced1f8ace8a83b3a2913a923473b7cf8

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on June 18, 2012
at 03:18 PM

Pulled pork is a great idea! My fiance makes a pulled pork shoulder that is to die for!!!!

Ced1f8ace8a83b3a2913a923473b7cf8

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on June 18, 2012
at 03:17 PM

What exactly does SAD stand for? I know it means "non paleo" but what exactly does the acronym mean?

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on June 18, 2012
at 03:09 PM

Awesome point about comparison foods. Whole foods is totally the way to go.

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on June 18, 2012
at 03:07 PM

Any time I make slow-cooked meat (either pulled pork or crock-pot beef shank with marrow), SAD people are blown away! Steaks are good too but there is something about slow-cooked meat that is really mind-blowing. I think this is a great answer.

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on June 18, 2012
at 02:37 PM

And, welcome to PaleoHacks!

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at 02:37 PM

I'm sure you'll get good responses from the foodies but any awesome dish that is made with love from fresh ingredients without grains or legumes would be wonderful.

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949d4d02ea7d1abd714cc3347c2c6854

on June 18, 2012
at 02:56 PM

If you're already using the grill for steaks or marinated chicken, try grilling some fruit for dessert. It tastes awesome, looks pretty, and it's really quick to do! I would definitely stay away from Paleo "substitute" foods (almond flour cookies, pork rind breadings, etc). They will never taste as good as the SAD versions, and it may leave a negative comparison in their minds. Fresh meat, veggies with flavor, and decorative but tasty fruit don't need to be compared to anything!

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on June 18, 2012
at 03:09 PM

Awesome point about comparison foods. Whole foods is totally the way to go.

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8f2d9842fdfec224a425c0f77c4ee34d

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on June 18, 2012
at 02:56 PM

I suggest slow-cooked pulled pork, broccoli saut??ed in butter, sweet potato fries cooked w/ lard, and kimchi.

For dessert: macadamia nuts, frozen wild blueberries, shredded coconut, coconut milk, a bit of natural sweetener and some vanilla extract.

E68bdbd83e45fd5be130e393ace9c9a9

(2063)

on June 18, 2012
at 03:07 PM

Any time I make slow-cooked meat (either pulled pork or crock-pot beef shank with marrow), SAD people are blown away! Steaks are good too but there is something about slow-cooked meat that is really mind-blowing. I think this is a great answer.

276a5e631b62f8e0793987c0496364bb

(1644)

on June 18, 2012
at 03:43 PM

SAD = Standard American Diet.

Ced1f8ace8a83b3a2913a923473b7cf8

(25)

on June 18, 2012
at 03:17 PM

What exactly does SAD stand for? I know it means "non paleo" but what exactly does the acronym mean?

4929a87e3f7438f18a0afbdde291ed5e

(752)

on June 18, 2012
at 04:24 PM

Agreed on the slow-cooker pulled pork. Nom Nom Paleo has a GREAT recipe that wins rave reviews every time I share it with anyone - and one of the recipes my husband requests a repeat of the most often. It takes less than 15 minutes to prepare, but 16 hours to cook, and it is ridiculously amazing. Kahlua pork... TO. DIE. FOR. :) I would serve it with spicy roasted broccoli cooked in either lard or coconut oil alongside roasted sweet potato fries.

Ced1f8ace8a83b3a2913a923473b7cf8

(25)

on June 18, 2012
at 03:18 PM

Pulled pork is a great idea! My fiance makes a pulled pork shoulder that is to die for!!!!

B9521102bfc2c82a0c3aa2896a28f66f

(0)

on June 18, 2012
at 04:38 PM

That's the exact recipe I use to make my pulled pork! The iPad app is great and the pork always turns out tender and delicious. The aroma fills up the house!

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32f5749fa6cf7adbeb0b0b031ba82b46

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on June 18, 2012
at 04:22 PM

Keep it seasonal and simple. I'd take a classic appraoch. A steak or a filet of salmon makes a good anchor. Sauteed kale (in olive oil with bacon lardons) and some roast young carrots (roast in olive oil/butter with fresh herbs).

Other ideas: Latin: roast pork and plantains; or fish tacos in lettuce leaves. Asian: Char siu (bbq pork) with stir-fried vegetables; or thai red curry. Asian only if you do rice, cauliflower rice is not enticing.

I'll echo what others have said: avoid paleo gimmicks and reinventions; don't make it meat-centric.

5ccb98f6ae42ce87e206cf3f6a86039f

(11581)

on June 18, 2012
at 06:14 PM

+1 "avoid paleo gimmicks and reinventions"

32f5749fa6cf7adbeb0b0b031ba82b46

(41757)

on June 19, 2012
at 02:10 AM

If it was winter I'd suggest roast parsnips and turnips (again in olive oil and with whatever herbs are available).

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F92e4ca55291c3f3096a3d4d3d854986

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on June 18, 2012
at 02:45 PM

In the summer I'd go with steaks, a big salad, maybe some yam fries or roasted beet salad or something else starchy. For dessert, fruit salad (berries, nectarines etc) , maybe topped with full-fat yoghurt if you do dairy, and cinnamon or something.

F9638b939a6f85d67f60065677193cad

(4266)

on June 18, 2012
at 03:57 PM

I had a fruit salad that used pineapple juice and cinnamon to enhance the flavor and it was to die for.

5ccb98f6ae42ce87e206cf3f6a86039f

(11581)

on June 18, 2012
at 06:05 PM

This is exactly what I would suggest, except trade in the yogurt for some whipped coconut milk.

90bcfafd2ef73fea5398c483c593349e

(872)

on June 18, 2012
at 08:31 PM

Seconding the whipped coconut cream suggestion. Put it over macerated strawberries with some grain-free cake and you will definitely seal the deal.

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35b2cb4d450e5288895c255dfdfff35d

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on June 18, 2012
at 04:08 PM

You may also want to consider vegetarian meals that are paleo friendly. Depending on the guests and what they know about paleo you might not want to hit them over the head with the "paleo equals lots of meat" idea. Not, that you should be shy about letting people know that you eat meat. Just something to think about.

http://paleohacks.com/questions/66401/meals-that-are-both-vegetarian-and-paleo-friendly#axzz1y9dkW400

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on June 18, 2012
at 06:52 PM

Definitely go with seomething simple and refreshing- nothing elaborate and exotic. If you're anything like me, beef and starchy foods like sweet potatoes are pretty off putting in the summer time (uless it's the occassional sweet potato fry)

I'd do something like this:

  • a raw shrimp gazpacho for a light and refreshing appetizer. You can garnish the soup with avocado, sour cream (so good, but not strict), cilantro, and a lime wedge. I'd have that with mojitos or white wine. You can find the recipe here http://paleoista.com/recipes/nelsons-paleo-gazpacho-with-coconut-shrimp/ <--- I wonder what stud sent that one in?

  • for the main course I'd do something like a seared ahi tuna with asparagus and tropical salsa (pineapple or mango) OR a lemon/herb baked chicken with roasted or grilled vegetables like yellow squash, carrots, and asparagus.

  • for desert I'd just do a fruit salad type thing or just berries.

Nothing pretentious.

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on June 18, 2012
at 05:47 PM

I have a steak rub that is FANTASTIC on fatty steaks (ribeyes, predominantly). I cooked up 3 1lb ribeyes for fathers day for the 3 dads that were at the cookout, and all three were completely consumed, despite the gentlemen saying "I could never eat that thing!". Despite ginger being the primary spice, the end result doesn't have a strong ginger flavor, it's just very complimentary.

1 tablespoon powdered ginger
2 teaspoons onion powder
1/2 teaspoon garlic powder
2 teaspoons kosher sea salt
1 teaspoon black pepper

Use this as a rub, cover and rub it into the steaks. You want the whole exterior "dusted" and rubbed into the meat. Let the steaks come up to room temperature with the rub on them to bring those nice proteins to the surface and coax a nice "crust".

Grill at a high temperature to encourage crusting, and make sure you allow them some adequate rest time (30 seconds/ounce(30gm) or so is my yardstick for resting).

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2336245491a87ee15d4fb8f8f8283909

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on June 18, 2012
at 05:06 PM

Well seasoned slow cooked pork or chicken and a mixed green salad with home made dressing.

I'm still a Paleo skeptic, but it works better than anything I've done previously, so I stay with it.

0
Ebcbbdcb8b727e69e06eaa102d49a84c

on June 18, 2012
at 03:59 PM

I absolutly love this pork chop recipe and have successfully tested it on several of my non-paleo family members.

http://hollywouldifshecould.blogspot.com/2011/05/caramelized-italian-pork-chops-with.html

I usually serve it with sauteed green beans in Kerrygold and some sweet potato "fries" (aka shaped like fries, tossed in butter, sprinkled with salt & pepper, baked at 400 for 30 minutes).

Dessert: saute some bananas in cocounut oil and sprinkle them with cinnamon. Divine. :)

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10cadc0a2dff90c849c6d088832be324

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on June 18, 2012
at 04:08 PM

Hack food that they would normally think they were giving up. Few ideas include the below

Pizza with Bacon and ground beef crust (Pie plate is the easiest way to cook this): ![alt text][1]

Chicken Sandwich (Of course between 2 steaks- the chicken is breaded in pork rinds, coconut flour and spices)

![alt text][2]

Quite literally a "Ham" Burger: ![alt text][3]

Speghetti (speghetti squash or zuchinni noodles): ![alt text][4]

Dark chocolate and raspberry Crepe (essentially a chocolate omelet): ![alt text][5]

Essentially I find when people see that they can have fun making alternatives to their fave foods they are more than willing to try. (Really hoping this image hosting deal works)

5ccb98f6ae42ce87e206cf3f6a86039f

(11581)

on June 18, 2012
at 06:10 PM

Stupid huge images. Learn to resize before posting monster images to the web.

58d456f4c4d551a697e65ada8c32ad4f

(1178)

on June 18, 2012
at 05:56 PM

Franken versions of SAD food. Why not just show them that real food not toyed with is amazing?

10cadc0a2dff90c849c6d088832be324

(741)

on June 18, 2012
at 04:09 PM

And of course none of the images worked... stupid hosting site.

9d43f6873107e17ca4d1a5055aa7a2ad

on June 18, 2012
at 07:11 PM

please compress images before posting them here. Luckily the hotlinks didn't work, but if they did, there would have been issues. I stripped them out just in case. Use imgur or photobucket if you want to post photos.

90bcfafd2ef73fea5398c483c593349e

(872)

on June 18, 2012
at 08:38 PM

I'd vote this down if I had enough reputation points. If I were served chicken between two steaks, I think I would retch. The same thing goes for a chocolate omelet, and pizza made out of meat.

10cadc0a2dff90c849c6d088832be324

(741)

on June 19, 2012
at 11:12 AM

Sorry, I thought I was helping. Didn't realize that putting out suggestions for fun foods for non paleos to try would bring me so much backlash.

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