One of the joys of the paleo diet is that it is perfect for warm summer weather – all those barbeques, salads, and light snacks, make paleo a breeze when the sun is high in the sky. In winter months, however, when the temperatures drop, it can be hard to convince yourself that a barbeque-grilled chicken breast or light tomato salad is what you need.
In the winter, we crave comfort, and in many cultures, it’s a time to be indulging in all things gastronomical. Still, that’s no reason to turn your back on the great paleo habits you have been building up. Try these comforting paleo-friendly pick-me-ups when winter comfort food is calling your name.
1. Try substituting processed pasta and spaghetti for pumpkin or sweet potato spaghetti made using a spiraliser. Serve with a slow-cooked beef ragu for the ultimate paleo spaghetti Bolognese.
2. Get the slow-cooker out and roast a lamb shoulder or beef shin for several hours. Throw in some carrots, garlic, onion, and herbs for a sumptuous stew. Serve it with a vegetable mash for complete paleo comfort.
3. If you have some quality mince, why not whip up a one-pot shepherd’s or cottage pie? Use sweet potatoes, turnips or parsnips to make a tasty mash topping. For a pie with a twist, why not top it with a corn bread crust to give it that extra crunch?
4. If you have mince left over, roll up your sleeves and make some meatballs. Braised in a herby tomato sauce and served alone, or with wholegrain rice or vegetable noodles, they are sure to delight.
Paleo is about making you feel healthy and balanced. There are loads of ways to make paleo work around different tastes, or dietary and culinary requirements. If you want to learn more, why not download our Paleo Nutritionist Diploma Course?