Patriots, Paleo & Pancakes

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When our friends Elizabeth and Nick invited us to their house for an evening of Patriots and Paleo (aka watching the Patriots game and eating Paleo-friendly foods), Mal and I were all about it. We’ve been having a lot of fun experimenting with new Paleo recipes and we love he loves football, so were really excited to get together with our friends for the evening.

Mal and I found a few potential Paleo recipes online, but when we were at Whole Foods yesterday, we stumbled upon a delicious-sounding recipe for Creamy Spinach Dip. It wasn’t 100% Paleo because it included cannellini beans, but the rest were Paleo-friendly and nutritious, so we decided to give it a try.

Patriots, Paleo & Pancakes

The Creamy Spinach Dip was easy to make, but the flavor was actually pretty bland, so I added one teaspoon of salt and one tablespoon of minced garlic to it, which livened it right up. The jalapenos also gave it a spicy kick!

Patriots, Paleo & Pancakes

When we arrived at Nick and Elizabeth’s condo, we were greeted with an amazing spread of food.

Patriots, Paleo & Pancakes

Holy yum!

Patriots, Paleo & Pancakes

Listen to the menu that Elizabeth and Nick prepared: Gazpacho, Paleo sushi (hollowed cucumbers stuffed with sliced turkey and avocado), cantaloupe wrapped in prosciutto.

Patriots, Paleo & Pancakes

Shrimp ceviche.

Patriots, Paleo & Pancakes

And wings! Who knew Paleo was so delicious?!?

Patriots, Paleo & Pancakes

I also enjoyed a Paleo margarita that Nick mixed up with lime juice, agave nectar, and tequila. It tasted so fresh. No sour mix here!

Patriots, Paleo & Pancakes

I pretty much stuffed my face last night. Everything tasted so delicious, and I was starving! Here’s a pic of my first place. I probably filled it up 4 or 5 more times!  

Patriots, Paleo & Pancakes

These guys enjoyed a few bites of Paleo food, too!

Patriots, Paleo & Pancakes

Breakfast

I woke up with pancakes on the mind, so I whipped up a new recipe to add to my list of Protein Pancakes.

Patriots, Paleo & Pancakes

These pancakes include three eggs + three egg whites as well as coconut flour, so they’re packed with protein and healthy fats to keep you satisfied for hours and hours.

Paleo Protein Pancakes

Ingredients:

  • 3 eggs
  • 3 egg whites (or 3/4 cup liquid egg whites)
  • 1/2 cup coconut flour
  • 1/4 cup almond milk
  • 1 tsp baking powder
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract

Directions:

  1. In a bowl, mix together ingredients.
  2. Preheat a skillet (medium-low heat), spray with non-stick spray, and pour in batter while shaping it into a pancake with a spoon.
  3. Heat until partially cooked and flip pancake.
  4. Once cooked through, top with syrup, nut butter, fresh fruit or anything else your heart desires.

Makes 6-8 pancakes

Just a quick note about this whole Paleo thing. I’m not doing the Paleo diet in the traditional sense. I am, however, using aspects of it to clean up my current diet. I want to eat more fruits and veggies as well as more lean protein and healthy fats. I also want to reduce the amount of processed, refined “bad” carbohydrates in my diet, but I still plan to consume whole grains, beans, dairy, and booze.

Question of the Day

What do you think of the Paleo diet? Have you tried it? Would you? Has a diet ever shaped the way you eat?

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