So can a vegetarian possibly follow a Paleo diet? A very good friend came over yesterday – said she was dying to try my Paleo iced coffee. Was bit of a special occasion – it’s her birthday this week and we haven’t seen each other for a while – so thought I’d do her an iced coffee that wasn’t entirely Paleo.
So though it had no sugar in it and the added ingredient was thick cream – so far, so Paleo if not doing non-dairy version – I did add some really nice premium ice-cream. Then sprinkled some very dark chocolate shavings on the top. She pronounced it delicious and is still, so far as am aware, walking around so don’t think I poisoned her.
But my lovely friend is a vegetarian and I wanted to prepare some kind of snack/light lunch for her. Being Jewish I can’t ever let someone over the threshold into my home without trying to feed them. But what could I give a vegetarian that was also Paleo?
Catering for vegetarians
I’ve always loved trying to cater for vegetarians. It’s a challenge and I have tried, on the occasions I’ve fed them, not to go down the boring vegetarian lasagne/cauliflower cheese route. For my 40th birthday party a few years ago I asked for vegan food because I had a friend coming who was non-dairy and I thought that was best way to cater for her and the vegetarians at same time.
I’m delighted to say the guests who were meat free said it was the best choice of vegetarian food they’d ever been offered. Ah me, if only my life was spent in catering and organising parties to suit all where none feel weird or excluded due to their diet but I digress.
I made some broccoli and Parmesan cheese baby omelettes which were bit like canapés. And then put some Mozzarella cheese balls together with sun-dried tomatoes and olives. I offered to make some mini mushroom and chive omelettes too but to be honest, the iced coffee pretty much did the job of filling us up.
Baby broccoli omelettes
First catch your broccoli… steam some tiny spears of broccoli in a saucepan or microwave. Cut up small, fry in a small frying pan in butter. Whisk two medium-sized eggs together with black pepper and a tiny bit of salt. Add to pan. Let it sizzle for a bit then finish off under the grill. Towards the end sprinkle Parmesan shavings over the top and stick back under the grill to brown.
When cool, turn omelette out onto a cold plate. Use a cooker cutter or a small shot glass turned upside down to cut into tiny circles. Chill in the ‘fridge. May be served straight from the ‘fridge, at room temperature or warmed up in in a microwave for about 10/15 seconds depending on how many you’re doing and what wattage your microwave is.
Repeat with mushrooms and chives or mixed peppers, tomatoes, whatever vegetables you have in.
Vegetarians CAN follow Paleo
This all got me thinking. How would you cater for a vegetarian but stick within Paleo. Can it be done? I know at least one of my regular readers – don’t worry, I’m not going to name you! – is a vegetarian. And I hate the idea that the joys of Paleo can’t be shared with everyone.
So I went looking online and seems vegetarians can be Paleo if they want. And some probably do want because eating a diet high in grain, as many vegetarians do, can cause blood sugar levels to soar, risk Diabetes and other chronic illnesses and of course cause weight gain.
Dedicated website for Paleo vegetarians
Well fear not if you’re a vegetarian who fancies a go of Paleo – and, really, you really really should. Kick the grains and eat more nuts. Eat eggs if you’re not vegan and the three cheeses to go for are Feta, Mozzarella and Parmesan. Goat’s cheese is good too.
For more ideas on how to be a vegetarian Paleo dieter, the no meat athlete site looks well worth your time and there’s a dedicated website for Paleo vegetarians – or PVs as they like to call themselves.
Kick starch and processed foods
But whatever food you like to eat and whether you need to lose weight or not, we should all eat far fewer starchy processed foods. Eat what your grandma would recognise as food. Buy food in its raw state and cook it yourself. It’s satisfying, good for the soul as well as the body and best of all, your kitchen and home will I promise smell a heck of a lot nicer!
If you’re busy and out the house all day – lucky you! – make a batch of mini omelettes and take them with you to work. Far better than sandwiches, more filling and you won’t get that ghastly post-lunch slump.
No more Fast Diet for me!
Tomorrow I’ll be writing about why I might not continue trying to follow the Fast Diet – and it’s not because I find it too difficult. So please come back, same bat time, same channel, and see why, on balance, I don’t think the Fast Diet is the answer but Paleo definitely is!
Have a good Tuesday. Thanks so much for reading this.