Monday, June 6, 2011

Paleo Party Food

Yesterday we had a couple of friends over and we (or rather, I) created a nice paleo-friendly spread of snacks. (I say paleo "friendly" because we had dates, which are high in sugars and therefore not recommended for strict paleo diets.  But it was Sunday and a few dates isn't going to kill us.)

Anywho, these are the snacks I prepared.  I'm sure Hubby would have helped if he had use of both feet (I told you, don't ask):

From top left down to bottom right: Margarita, grapes, guacamole, veggies, BACON-WRAPPED DATES!, and my version of deviled eggs

Angeled Eggs - HAHA!  Get it?!

Proudly, this is a recipe I came up with myself.  I think they're DELICIOUS, but I'm biased.  Aaaaand, I love deviled eggs no matter how they're prepared.  But our friends seem to like them as well, so voila, my recipe:
  • 12 eggs
  • 1/2 C mayo* 
  • 1/2 tsp ground mustard
  • 1/2 cayenne pepper
  • 1/8 tsp sea salt
  • 4 Tbsp green onions (I forgot these yesterday, but it still turned out!
  • paprika to sprinkle on top (optional)
*I have used Paleo mayo that I make myself, but I'm often too lazy or have too much to do, so instead I use Spectrum's Omega-3 mayo with flaxseed oil.  I know, I know, it has honey and vinegar in it, but it's soy and gluten free, so it's my cheat mayo when I'm in a pinch.  And I only use it for my "Angeled" eggs so I don't think it's the end of the world.

First you hard boil the eggs.  I'm not sure the proper way, but I always bring water to a boil with the eggs in the water, then when it starts really rumbling I turn the heat off and leave covered for 15 minutes.  Then I pour out the steaming hot water and add cold water, lots of ice cubes and put it in the fridge for a good 30 minutes.  Here's a neat little trick:  if you lightly crack one end of the egg, the water will seep in while they're sitting in the water and make it easier to peel after.

After peeling the eggs, use a sharp knife to cut the egg lengthwise.  Remove the golden balls of goodness, and mash with the other ingredients, using only half the green onions.  I like to use the other half to sprinkle a few on top.  Then, depending on my mood, I also sprinkle paprika on top.

Guacamole and Veggies

This one is relatively easy and is super delicious when you have a great guacamole recipe like the one I found (see link below):
Strawberries and Grapes

This one is even easier, and there are many fruits you can choose from.  I like grapes and strawberries because fruits from the berry family have a lower glycemic index and they're easier to prepare:
  • Wash and cut strawberries
  • Wash grapes
Wow.  It's even easier than opening up a bag of nacho chips.  Take THAT all you people who think Paleo is too difficult!  Pffft.  ;-)

And last, but certainly NEVER least….

Bacon-wrapped dates

This is my FAVORITE party snack.  I made like two dozen, and ate about half of them.  I'm still burping up dates.
  • Pitt dates
  • Cut bacon in half
  • Wrap bacon around date
  • Secure with toothpick (I always soak my toothpicks in water first because I'm paranoid and always afraid they'll catch on fire in the oven.  But that's just me and I'm neurotic)
  • Place on non-sticky side of tinfoil on a cookie sheet
  • Broil for 10-20 minutes (it really depends on the type of bacon you use.  The good stuff will take longer to crisp up)
So that was the food portion.  As for the drinks, we kept to 100% agave tequila and pisco.  Although Hubby is broken, to his credit he made us some kick-ass Paleo-friendly cocktails!  Here is our Froomie and I partaking:

Lucy and I enjoying Nathan's cocktail.
You can tell from my face I'm uncertain of what to expect… but it was delicious!

Another Paleo win for the Schaufs!  :)

- Wifey

1 comment:

  1. Eeeek... Just saying, the mayo you're using is def not soy free. Gluten, yeah but the main oil used in the ingredients is soybean. The way they list things on their labeling is really decieving. Under the ingredients in bold lettering it states - CONTAINS: EGGS, SOY AND GLUTEN FREE. Hmmmm... It's amazing what some "misplaced" punctuation can lead a consumer to believe. It should say CONTAINS: EGGS AND SOY. GLUTEN FREE. Totally different ball game. I reeeeeeeeally miss buying mayo.