Cobb Salad. – classic, simple, delicious, and Paleo?
In The 30 Day Guide to Paleo Cooking by Hayley Mason and Bill Staley, Cobb Salad is just one of the many recipes that you can enjoy when trying the paleo diet. There are over 75 recipes covering everything from breakfast to “pasta.” However, you won’t find recipes for desserts in this cookbook. This book is a just what it says – a guide. After 30 days, you can then start adding paleo desserts to your diet.
Before even getting into the meat of the book, there are 8 success stories of people who have benefited from the paleo diet. Each story is inspiring and a testament to the effectiveness of the diet.
It took me less than an hour to read the first two parts of the book, setting the foundation for what is and what is not on the diet.
In Part One, the authors briefly explain the difference between primal and paleo. (I prefer primal dieting since it is inclusive of dairy.) They cover what types of protein are good and discuss what to look for when purchasing meat, pork, chicken, eggs, and seafood. There is also a guide for what fruits and vegetables are in season. Information about oils and fats, nuts and seeds, herbs and spices, and other key ingredients is included as well.
To get started with the diet, Hayley and Bill have listed the first step as A Total Junk Food Purge. This may be one of the hardest aspects of the diet, especially for people like me who live in a “divided” home. I have slowly given away some foods that I know that none of us need while at the same time slowly added more of the foods that we all can enjoy.
Part One also has information about meal building, shopping guidelines and tips, and answers to common questions.
Part Two begins the 30 Day Meal Plan.
What I like about this is that they tell us that it is a general guideline and that we can prepare any recipe for any meal. “There are no rules. We have provided a road map, but you are free to take detours.” There are 4 weeks of shopping lists to coordinate with the weekly meal plans. In the back of the book there are the same lists that are perforated so that we can take them with us when we go shopping.
Part Three is my favorite section – the recipes.
Almond Flour Pancakes (picture from The 30 Day Guide to Paleo Cooking)
Tandoori Shrimp Stir-Fry (picture from The 30 Day Guide to Paleo Cooking)
I have been permitted to share the recipe for Cobb Salad from the book. Go ahead and try it. You will see that eating paleo foods is really quite good. This book would be a great introduction to paleo cooking.
- 3 eggs
- 2 Tbsp coconut oil
- ½ pound chicken tenders
- 1 cup ham cubed
- 1 Roma tomato diced
- ½ cup cucumber diced
- 1 avocado diced
- 1 head green leaf lettuce chopped
- ¼ cup olive oil
- Juice of ½ lemon
- ½ tsp salt
- ½ tsp black pepper
Place the eggs in a saucepan with cool water. Bring the water to a boil and cook the eggs for 10 minutes to a soft boil.
Remove the saucepan from the heat, pour off the boiling water, and replace with cool water and ice. Allow the eggs to cool.
Meanwhile, in a heavy skillet, heat the coconut oil over medium-high heat.
Add the chicken tenders to the skillet and cook for 8-10 minutes, flipping occasionally to cook evenly.
Allow the chicken to rest for 5 minutes. Then dice it and set it aside.
Cube the ham, and dice the tomato, cucumber, and avocado. Set aside.
Chop the green leaf lettuce and divide it equally between two large bowls.
Peel the eggs and set them aside.
Top the lettuce with the chicken, ham, tomato, cucumber, avocado, and hardboiled egg.
In a small mixing bowl, make the dressing by whisking the olive oil, lemon juice, salt, and pepper. Pour the dressing over the individual salads.
Recipe NotesRecipe reprinted with permission from The 30 Day Guide to Paleo Cooking.
Originally published July 2, 2014.
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