Eating paleo can be difficult just starting out. Heck, it’s difficult for me now and I’m seven years in. Cooking every meal and spending extra time at the grocery store pouring over ingredients and labels isn’t exactly something I was dying to take on. I do it because I believe in the health of my family and in my responsibility to support farmers and food producers who are making an effort to provide me with great food that heals rather than hurts our land and our streams. I do it because it’s better for me today to take the extra time to pay attention to what I am putting in my body than to deal with my body deteriorating in ten years. It’s important to me and I remember that every time I cook or shop.
But that still doesn’t make it any easier. I’m still adding an extra 30-60 minutes a day to my packed schedule and when my recipes flop I’m about ready to scream. Do I want to create a beautiful plate you’d see served in a 5 star restaurant that my family would gobble up and praise my creativity? Well, yeah. But I’d also like to sit down and relax for 15 minutes or maybe get in a yoga session if I’m lucky. So I do the Paleo version of the beaming house wife in the frozen food commercials and I pull out chicken fingers. It still involves a little more effort than nuking a plastic plate with frozen portions, but my family loves their “paleo-ized” favorite, they gobble it up and ask for more, and I can even get to my yoga session (sometimes). Plus when we have friends over I get to enjoy their looks of longing and “how can something healthy possibly be this good” puzzlement. It’s also pretty fun!
So if you are struggling to get your loved ones on board and “hamburger no bun” just isn’t doing it, definitely check out my video below. I go over how I get everything cooked quickly and I even get into how I cope with being “the fussy one” at restaurants.
I hope you enjoy and let me know if your family salivates next time you pull out the frying pan!
Serve with honey mustard (honey, mustard, and paprika) or a paleo ketchup. Yum!