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Grocery shopping...how to spice it up?

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Created October 06, 2010 at 6:31 PM

I've just started the paleodiet a few weeks ago. How do you shop in order to not get bored from the same food items? I've already run into a rut with the same regiment of 5-6 meals/snacks a day. Any suggestions?

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on May 19, 2011
at 04:04 PM

+1 - French cooking is very paleo! Also try Vietnamese and Indo-Chinese recipes. Amazing flavor.

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on May 19, 2011
at 04:01 PM

Ethnic groceries are super awesome!

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on May 19, 2011
at 03:05 PM

Oh, MY - I bookmarked that page in a heatbeat.

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on May 19, 2011
at 03:03 PM

I don't know if it tastes like lobster, but it's quite tasty. However, over/improper cooking will make it very tough and rubbery.

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on May 19, 2011
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This is excellent advice. +1

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cooking the same meal in different fats is a fun way to mix things up. Butter, bacon fat, pancetta renderings, duck fat, goose fat, lard, tallow, coconut oil, ghee. The same meal will taste totally different. Especially if you crumble the cooked bacon/pancetta over the top afterwords. Also, I like going to a farmers market when I need a change. I always find all sorts of fruits and vegetables I have never had. E.g. chayote squash, cactus pear, nopales,

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on October 07, 2010
at 02:26 AM

Shop naked.

Sorry, I saw the subject line and couldn't resist. ;)

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on October 06, 2010
at 06:45 PM

Diversify. Diversify. Diversify.

Try all produce possible. There's plenty of alternative lettuces, cabbages, greens and other veggies to try out. Change up your proteins also. Go outside the beef-chicken-pork trinity. There's turkey, lamb, bison, etc, along will all the different seafood.

As your title suggests, spice it up! Go crazy with spices and herbs. There's got to be something exotic that you haven't tried yet.

Go to an ethnic grocery that you have never tried and you'll find a whole new palette of options.

Take all of the above and make use of a variey of cooking methods, and you have a behemoth amount of combinations to try.

91c2e2a35e578e2e79ce7d631b753879

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on May 19, 2011
at 03:01 PM

This is excellent advice. +1

77877f762c40637911396daa19b53094

(78467)

on May 19, 2011
at 04:01 PM

Ethnic groceries are super awesome!

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on October 06, 2010
at 08:07 PM

When in a rut I buy a bunch of strange veggies/fruits I never tried before, then I google for ways to prepare them. Sometimes I get duds, but mostly it's much fun and you get to learn!

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on May 19, 2011
at 02:54 AM

Robb Wolf's Food Matrix is an amazing resource for mixing things up and trying something new!

http://robbwolf.com/wp/wp-content/uploads/2010/10/thePaleoSolution_FoodMatrix.pdf

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on May 19, 2011
at 02:50 AM

Find Alligator meat, I'm told it tastes like Lobster.

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on May 19, 2011
at 03:03 PM

I don't know if it tastes like lobster, but it's quite tasty. However, over/improper cooking will make it very tough and rubbery.

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on October 07, 2010
at 04:25 AM

Go grocery shopping without a list - and each time try and pick at least 2 items which you have never bought before - that would include any kind of food, spices, beverages whatever.. Try.! it gets very interesting.

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on October 07, 2010
at 01:41 AM

offal (liver, kidneys, etc) for cooking adventure

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on October 06, 2010
at 08:59 PM

Spices and diverse cooking methods/styles?

For instance, I like eggs a lot. With the right spices, i can make them taste indian/curry-like, sort of east asian like maybe with some sauces, just plain with salt and pepper, or maybe more mexican like with salsa, or i can make them spicy generally. If I ever tire of sunny side up eggs, I can make them scrambled. Or hard boiled. Or with some cream/coconut milk for fluffier eggs. Making them in leftover bacon fat seems to make them taste a bit different than when in butter.

I've also learned that a lot of wild desserts include eggs in ways I wouldn't intuitively expect. For instance recently I made pumpkin pie (just the filling, not the crust), and the recipes generally have fair amounts of egg (here are some recipes, http://www.nourishingdays.com/2009/04/stevia-sweetened-pumpkin-pudding-dairy-free/ http://www.marksdailyapple.com/primal-pies-fill-er-up/ http://thisprimallife.com/2009/11/primal-pumpkin-pie-paleo-too/ ) Custard also has fair amounts of egg. Ice cream can have lots of egg yolk. Egg whites whipped with (i used glucose powder) and baked, turned out tasting awesome and very much like a crepe or something, nothing like egg really. I've heard of coconut breads which have lots of egg. There's also eggnog.

so, this is sort of an example how eggs can be used in a great variety of ways to produce what feels like (to me) many different foods all unique... i mean basically i'm picking out foods that I like (like eggs) and seeking out popular recipes involving the general ingredients i'm interested in... and of course skipping/subbing anything non-primal/paleo-ish. this seems to be working for me so far! in fact i feel overwhelmed by all the recipes i've come across, but maybe that's just because I'm relatively new to cooking/preparing food.

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on May 19, 2011
at 02:37 PM

French and French-style cookbooks are surprisingly Paleo-friendly and will give you a lot of ideas. If you eat dairy, they'll even give you a bunch of ideas for dessert, most of which are fruit and cheese related.

Favorites of mine are Jacques Pepin's "Fast Food My Way" books (there are two of them). The recipes are here too. Some of my favorite recipes that are almost or totally Paleo:

Asian Chicken Livers

Asparagus Fans with Mustard Sauce

Bay Scallops in Mignonnette Sauce

Bluefin Tuna Tartare with Apple

Cherries in Eau de Vie

Cod in Olive-Tomato Crust

Crusty Chicken Thighs with Mushroom Sauce

Eggs and Anchovies

Fillet of Sole with Mushroom Sauce

Fried Capers

Mini Savory Cheesecakes on Arugula or Butterhead Lettuce (it is possible to skip the bread crumbs)

Pork Medallions with Grapes in Pomegranate Sauce

Pumpkin Gratin

Ragout of Broccolini, Beans, and Sausage

Roasted Split Chicken with Mustard Crust

Salmon Rolls

Saut??ed Stuffed Figs with Blueberries

Scallop Pancakes on Boston Lettuce Salad

Skirt Steak Grandma

Stuffed Pork Tenderloin on Grape Tomatoes

Turkey Scaloppine with Dried Morels

77877f762c40637911396daa19b53094

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on May 19, 2011
at 04:04 PM

+1 - French cooking is very paleo! Also try Vietnamese and Indo-Chinese recipes. Amazing flavor.

91c2e2a35e578e2e79ce7d631b753879

(2081)

on May 19, 2011
at 03:05 PM

Oh, MY - I bookmarked that page in a heatbeat.

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on October 06, 2010
at 08:03 PM

There are hundreds and hundreds of good paleo recipes out on the internet (also quite a few bad ones). I have dozens saved up in my "Try this one" file. Start looking and let these fuel your shopping list.

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