Here comes another week in the monthly BM and for this week, I chose an interesting theme – Casseroles. Believe me, I haven’t made casseroles till now. That is why I picked the theme so that I can try some recipes for my paleo diet. The recipes I went through for casseroles were loaded with white sauce and cheese. I can do with cheese, but white sauce is made with flour, so I couldn’t use it. I was searching for a flour less option when I read about cream cheese sauce. Unfortunately I didn’t have cream cheese also. But being a food blogger form more than seven years, I can improvise with any ingredient at hand. As part of the diet, I won’t eat curd or hung curd. But I can safely eat cream and cream based products. So I usually stock my fridge with hung curd made entirely of cream. It is so rich and creamy to taste and that was what came to my mind when I was thinking of white sauce. This was an experiment with ingredients and I was so happy when it turned out so good. Tomorrow I will also add a paleo white sauce. But wait for that.
For the third day of vegetarian grilling I have an extremely delicious paneer cutlet recipe. Usually we use potatoes to bring any cutlet dough together but in paleo potatoes are excluded as they are very starchy. I had to use flax seed to bind the dough. Another option is egg. But if you prefer cutlets without eggs, then try flax seed powder as it works great as a binding agent. To up the flavour I used some home made feta cheese in the dough. We usually use bread crumbs as the crust for cutlets for a nice crispy finish, but as bread is also excluded, I used some coarse almond meal to get a good crunch. It worked so good.
For the second day of toasts, I made one for us. As Sruti was sick after all the travelling, I couldn’t make her any bread recipes. So I made a paleo recipe so that myself and hubby could taste it. I had bookmarked an almond flour bread recipe from Headbanger’s Kitchen long back, but didn’t get an opportunity to try it. And this theme was the perfect occasion to try. To the batter I also added some Italian seasoning to make it more flavourful. This recipe has an egg in it so if you are following veg paleo diet, please excuse me. As I wanted to add more protein to my diet, I have started consuming eggs in different forms.
Every year we do a mega marathon during April and I enthusiastically signed up for it. It was my most favourite theme, A-Z bakes around the world. I had my list ready before 6 months, and started baking before three months and was done with nearly 13 dishes. But everything doesn’t happen as you plan. Infact, nothing happens as planned for me, so due to some personal hurdles, I couldn’t participate in this BM which I am still sad about. I have been so disinterested in blogging this month and have been in some kind of zombie mode for the past four weeks. I hate to do anything. And somehow I got my brain working and wanted to blog today. So here is my post which was supposed to be done for the first of this month. I hope to regain all my confidence to blog again.
I am on paleo diet for almost two months now and I try to maintain it properly. Snacking can be a problem when it comes to paleo if you are unaware of the tricks to make delicious snacks. I am yet to learn those tricks. I think I will get there in a few months. I usually snack on almonds and curd. But recently, I am trying to incorporate more cheese into my diet. This grilled eggplant is one way of adding cheese without affecting the diet. When I announced that I am making an eggplant pizza, my daughter was curious. She wanted to remove the eggplant pieces from the pizza and eat the remaining. But she didn’t expect that the eggplant itself is the base for these mini pizzas. She was totally disappointed.
Almonds is an important part of vegetarian paleo diet. So how come high fat almonds are considered diet food? In paleo we try to reduce carb intake and increase fat intake. The energy needed are got from the fat consumed and do not worry, it will not increase your weight. I have been on paleo for the past 24 days and I am so happy with my weight reduction. I haven’t checked my weight for now, but the dress which was in my cupboard for more than a year is fitting me nicely. I will be sharing more recipes here. If you are interested, make sure to subscribe to my blog to receive updates.
From my childhood days, I have been a great fan of puffs. The flaky crispy pastry with a savoury filling always makes my mouth water. When I was in college, we bought a small oven. We also had a book which covered all the basic baking recipes including the Indian bakery style puffs. I noted down the recipe and tried it. As you can imagine, it was a great flop. So from that day, I stopped trying puffs at home and enjoyed them in bakeries. After four years, I stopped eating eggs and completely avoided eating puffs at bakery.