Sometimes you just want a toasted bagel and nothing else will do. Here is a paleo friendly, gluten free version that takes just a few minutes to make. Serve it with chicken salad for lunch or a poached egg for breakfast.
These do not taste like bagels, and they are not heavy or breadlike. Yes they do look like bagels. When my husband saw these on the counter, he was quite pleased and said “oo yum, bagels!!” He then promptly took a big bite of one. They were definitely not what he was expecting. I would say they are an acquired taste and most people eating paleo alternatives, will be quite pleased at the crunchy deliciousness of these bagels. If you are strictly paleo and never eat bread, these actually really hit the spot. If you are just trying to get healthy, and you are used to eating soft, squishy, fluffy bread, these will not taste like you want them to. Toast them with a little ghee, they are just delicious, but only if you are paleo.
Roasted Baby Bell Peppers
These are my favorite things to eat instead of a sandwich. They are soft and so sweet and I serve them with sliced tomato and olives and a few Pickled Beets. I slow roast them by covering them with crushed garlic, and fresh herbs, usually thyme, and lots of freshly ground pink salt and black pepper. Throw in some cherry tomatoes if you have any and the concoction is just delightful. Then roast them in a little oil at 325F until they are soft and the skin is a little torched. I make a tray full of them and keep them in the fridge in a mason jar. You can also preserve them in a little oil with some whole garlic cloves thrown in.
What is Paleo?
I am constantly getting comments about what is and what isn’t really paleo. I am asked ‘Can I have this? and ‘Would that be ok?’ My answer is always the same. You have what you want and don’t apologize. If you want to have oatmeal and you are being balanced and not pouring sugar onto it and it doesn’t make you ache or give you heartburn, then have it. It’s not strictly paleo, but if it has health benefits and is natural and you really want it, then have it. I am not saying that a bowl of multi colored frosted cheerios is ok, but you don’t have to be ‘strictly paleo’ if that doesn’t work for you. Do what does work for you and what you can stick to.
For me, it’s simple. It’s eating what early man would eat and being as creative as possible with natural, whole ingredients. Lots of vegetables, some fruits (mostly berries) a handful of nuts every day, a protein (Usually eggs, legumes or fish) and something fermented for the good bacteria, like sauerkraut or Kombucha. Good oils and natures perfect food, the egg. That’s it in a nutshell. No soda and heavily sugared products. No highly processed foods or preservatives. Just simple, honest, real foods that heal you rather than make you sick. If you can do nothing else, give up grains. Most of the things that make you sick or cause inflammation are taken care of with the elimination of this food group. I do eat out sometimes, and I will have fries or a pizza, but I know I will suffer the next day.
No: 1 Paleo Success Tip
Be prepared. Always have some food ready to go and if you have a menu plan, it makes this tip much easier to achieve. I have a big bowl of salad in the fridge and a dressing. I have watercress, lettuce and cucumber washed and chopped so I just have to grab a handful and throw on some protein, and I am all set. Make a big soup, like my Carrot and Parsnip Soup at the start of the week and have it with a small baked potato. I will marinate some chicken for my husband, so that I can just grab some and have food ready within 10 minutes. The only snackable foods that don’t require preparation in my kitchen are nuts and dates and my Raw Crackers when they are around. It is best not to have temptation laying around.
Here is great link What is the Paleo Diet by Robb Wolf.
- 1 Cup Almond Flour
- 1 Tbsp. Coconut Flour
- ½ Tbsp. Arrowroot
- ½ tsp. Baking Soda
- Freshly Ground Sea Salt and Black Pepper
- ½ Onion - Chopped (or use dried)
- Flax Seeds, Mustard Seeds, Dried Onion - Topping
- 2 Free Range Eggs
- 2 Tbs Apple Cider Vinegar
- 1 Tbs. Melted Ghee
- 1 Tbsp. Raw Honey
- Preheat oven to 35O F.
- Place dry ingredients in a bowl, mix wet ingredients together, then add to the dry ingredients.
- Grease a baking tray,
- Roll dough into a ball and press down on the tray until it is flat. Cut a circle out of the middle and sprinkle on the topping.
- Bake 18-20 minutes or until golden brown.
- Make extra and freeze.