No need to cheat on your Paleo diet when there are delicious recipes like this Game Day Guacamole. Serve it with some grain-free chips – it’s a winner.
Like many others, I find that my digestive system feels much better when I eliminate wheat from my diet. Surprisingly, a lot of delicious recipes are naturally gluten-free, like Game Day Guacamole.
The recipe comes from Make it Paleo: Over 200 Grain Free Recipes For Any Occasion, one of Bill Staley and Hayley Mason’s incredible paleo cookbooks.
Make it Paleo is 448 pages full of recipes and gorgeous pictures of paleo breakfasts, appetizers, entrees, salads, soups, sauces & dressings, side dishes, and treats & cheats.
- 2 ripe avocados
- 1 medium Roma tomato, seeded and diced
- 1/2 red onion, diced
- 2 Tbsp cilantro, chopped
- 2-3 cloves garlic
- juice of 1/2 lime
- 1 tsp salt, or to taste
- Split avocados in half, discard pits, and scoop the flesh out with a spoon into a medium-sized mixing bowl.
- Mash avocados with a fork until creamy with small chunks.
- Add in tomatoes, onion, and cilantro.
- Press garlic cloves over bowl, and add lime juice. Mix together, until all is combined evenly.
- Add salt to taste.
- Garnish with cilantro and lime slices.
- Serve with endive spears or fresh-cut vegetables.
***Recipe reprinted with permission from Make It Paleo.
Nutrition Information:Yield: 4 Serving Size: 1/4
Amount Per Serving: Calories: 160 Total Fat: 11g Saturated Fat: 1g Trans Fat: 0g Unsaturated Fat: 8g Cholesterol: 0mg Sodium: 625mg Carbohydrates: 17g Fiber: 5g Sugar: 9g Protein: 2g
There is something for everyone in this book. Above is a picture of Hayley’s Chicken and Vegetable “Lo Mein” and below is Carrot Cake.
Published in 2011, Make it Paleo is the first of Hayley and Bill’s paleo cookbooks. In the beginning of the book is an introduction, “A Note from the Doctor.” It ends up that the doctor is Hayley’s grandfather and he became a nutritionally oriented MD in the early 1970’s (long before it was the right thing to do). When she was growing up she was privy to family discussions about the power of nutrition.
In spite of that, Hayley tried numerous fad diets and cleanses in high school which were later followed by binge eating of junk food. “Looking back on it all, my ‘obsession’ with my physical appearance along with the knowledge I had of healthy eating from growing up in a wellness-oriented family is what led me to the paleo/primal way of eating. The whole paleo movement is such a mindful way to eat and live, and through it all I have really been able to appreciate myself, and my body. For the first time in my life, I feel balanced, happy, and relieved of stress and anxiety around food.”
There are so many recipes in this book that make living a paleo lifestyle realistic. Switching from eating anything and everything to eliminating grains seems like it could be a hard transition. However, looking through Make it Paleo I see a lot of good options. I have a nice list started on a Post-It Note attached to the outside of the book with page numbers and titles of recipes for me to try. In addition to those pictured above, some of the others I plan on trying are:
- Breakfast Sausage
- Coconut Flour Waffles and Pancakes
- Skirt Steak with Chive Butter
- Carrot Souffle
- Chicken Satay
- Coconut Fudge
- Banana Bread
- Strawberry Shortcakes
- Chocolate Almond Butter Ice Cream
There are also several recipes for sauces and dressing that I want to try, too.
If you have friends or family who are following a paleo diet or a gluten-free diet, I recommend that you check out Make it Paleo. It is a very nice book with a lot of recipes for everyday meals. You can find it at your local bookstore or at Amazon.com.
You can see more of Bill and Hayley’s recipes on their website by clicking here.