To me, one of the most difficult things about paleo is substiting bread... Bread, particularly in the US is an efficient way to consume a majority of meals that are otherwise paleo. An easy substitution is lettuce wraps, such as for burgers.
However, being middle eastern, I grew up eating dolmas. Dolmas are grape leaves that are stuffed with anything from meat to vegetables to nuts to grains. Anyways, out of curiosity I looked up the nutritional profile of grape leaves and was pretty impressed.
6:1 ratio of omega 3 to 6s. Excellent source of vitamin A, and compared to the pretty much negligable calories, decent source of vitamin K, potassium, and calcium.
I dont know how paleo grape leaves are, but just wanted to point it out for those of you looking for something new in your paleo diet. Making dolmas with different vegetables and meats seems like a good option to me. Appreciate your thoughts!
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on August 10, 2010
at 11:06 AM
I always got the best results and a lower tannin-taste (and probably a lower tannin level by blanching them in hot salted water for 3-5 minutes. Makes them easier to roll and fold too!
How to Blanch Grape Leaves from http://greekfood.about.com/od/ingredientpreptechniques/a/abelofylla.htm
??? Method 1: Place leaves in a pan, and cover with boiling water. Let sit for 3-5 minutes. ??? Method 2: Bring a large pot of water to a boil. Turn off heat and add leaves. Let sit for 3-5 minutes.
Now I'm thinking of sashimi-like fillings for blanched grape leaves and drooling just a bit.
on July 25, 2010
at 06:44 AM
This is the best time of year to pick them! In the middle east they are all over the place.
One of the best uses of a little piece of that horrible bread is to thoroughly soak it by cleaning your plate clean of that left over delicious fatty meat or fish oil. Yum! Such a shame to throw away! Of course, you could just lick the plate clean, but that might not fly in certain less paleo-friendly social settings...