Monday, 6 February 2012

Day 5 - Paleo 'n' Pigskins

Every year, without fail, we gather with good friends to witness the final chapter in yet another NFL season. And every year, without fail, I seem to be much more interested in the food at the Super Bowl party than the actual game. This year was no different, save for the fact that we had to be paleo-conscious while we gorged. And we quickly learned that this would be no problem at all.

First 'down'

An assortment of veggies - red peppers, cucumbers, carrots - to dip into homemade guacamole and pico de gallo. So fresh, so filling.

Pico de Gallo:
3 large tomatoes, diced
2 red or white onion, diced
3 tbsp olive oil
1 jalapeno pepper, finely chopped
1/2 cup packed cilantro, roughly chopped
1 lime, juiced
4 cloves garlic, finely chopped
Salt to taste

Simply place all ingredients in a large bowl and mix. It's best to hold off on the lime juice and salt till the very end, and add these to taste.

1 cup of previously made pico de gallo
4 large avocados
2 cloves of garlic, finely chopped
1 jalapeno pepper, finely chopped
1 lime, juiced
Salt to taste

Start by scooping the avocado, in chunks, into a large bowl. With a spoon, gently mash the avocados, while keeping them somewhat chunky. Add the pico de gallo, garlic, and jalapeno, and mix together. Finally, add lime juice and salt to taste.

This guacamole has never let me down, and I hope you enjoy!

Second 'down'

Our good friend Jennie came over, bearing the gift of chili. But not just any old recipe. This chili was tailor-made to suit our paleo diet. Like I said, she's a good friend.

As you can see, this chili made everyone VERY happy. Nothing like hot a bowl chili on a crisp February day, is there? And to everyone's delight, the lack of legumes in this dish means no unfortunate after-effects. Deeeelightful.

Third 'down'

In keeping with the (very loose) Mexican theme, the final dish during our Super Bowl party was tacos. And I know you're all thinking: "Hah! We caught you, Dave and Pat! You can't eat corn tortillas on paleo!" Well, joke's on you! Renelle, culinary genius and neighbour, cleverly replaced tortillas with large lettuce leaves. Such a great concept, and so delicious.

With a little leftover guac and salsa, these tacos were fresh, healthy, and oh-so-paleo. Yum!

There you have it! Though we were bombarded with pizza and beer commercials all afternoon, we survived the Super Bowl like paleo superstars.

Stay tuned as we take on a dinner party this week, paleo style!

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