I Made a Paleo Dish By Mistake
Forgive me for I have pinned.
Beautiful, no? “Creamy Cauliflower and Ground Beef Skillet” spoke to me as a one-dish meal, a way to use this primo beef and pork I just bought and CREAM. I pretty much had everything on hand, at first glance.
That cream? That is “Paleo mayo” and vinegar.
That cheese? Shredded cauliflower.
That golden sauce? Egg yolks.
This recipe calls for all kinds of things like sunflower seed butter, coconut husks and the hair of a wooly mammoth (for garnish, natch) but I went for it anyway using regular, dirty butter and its bitch, mayo. In for a Paleo quarter, in for a pound.
Was it easy? Yes. What is delicious? Not exactly, but it did have that pleasant “clean-eating” feel that Paleo touts. It is an enormous pot of protein – eggs as a cream substitute? – but its greatest deterrent is also its best asset; it’s hearty and will give us dinner for two nights. It was also pretty, not as pretty as the pinned picture because I broiled the eggs to death, but pretty for my table:
The only way I know about Paleo is because of Dooce, Heather Armstrong’s blog. This woman is sharp, creative and fit, and she eats her Paleo with a dash of humor:
“…I realized that I’m stifling an urge to become fanatical about the Paleo diet. Do not worry, I’m not going to turn into one of those people. I’m not going to go door to door with a caveman puppet and a pamphlet detailing how to carve the marrow out of the thigh bone of the antelope you ran down and strangled with your own hands. But wouldn’t that make a great story? You’d be like YOU ARE NOT GOING TO BELIEVE WHAT SHOWED UP AT MY HOUSE TODAY. Because my hair would be in dreadlocks and I’d be wearing a skirt woven out of the pelt of a goat.”
As someone who could eat to live instead of live to eat, I could see myself adopting this diet for its health benefits; but as someone who lacks any joie de vivre cuisine (and prefers to eat vegetarian) I don’t want to. I am just not the person to test recipes and source ingredients that will transform spaghetti squash into a scrumptious pasta alternative. I mean, who would be around to eat all the candy? Who would watch all the tv? My god, WHO WOULD WRITE THIS BLOG?
Sorry Paleo, maybe next era.