Sunday, August 5, 2012

New Food Obsessions

When I started cutting things out of my diet, like grains, I needed to find some awesome replacements to fill that delicious void. I say delicious because I'm being honest here. I've read a lot of paleo eaters say, oh grains don't taste good, it's the stuff you put on them like butter. Well, I'm here to tell you while I could certainly eat butter off a spoon, I could also eat a fresh baked baguette with nothing on it and be in heaven. But I digress. So in my journey of finding new favorite foods I have stumbled upon a couple foods that I honestly have no idea how I've been living without until this point. 

First: Goat Cheese

Holy crap! Have you ever had goat cheese? I'm sure a lot of you have. But for some strange reason, I hadn't. Now I'm already a lover of cheese in general. My favorite cheese for a long time has been this Irish cheddar I get from a local market. But I'm really loving this right now. Since I first tried this stuff a few months ago, I haven't had a salad since without it. And that is saying a lot because I eat a salad for lunch 5 out of 7 days a week. 

So what do I eat goat cheese with? Obviously salad. Since it is soooo creamy, I haven't even been using any salad dressing. I eat it on salads like the one below, pulled pork salads, bbq chicken salads, ext. Sometimes I crumble some and mix it in a bowl with some fresh tomatoes and eat it as a snack. And as I'm sure you have concluded, sometimes I just eat a big spoonful of it! ;) The most recent way I have had it is in THE BEST OMELET I have ever had. I'll post that recipe soon. 

This was the first time I had goat cheese. My mom made this yummy chicken salad with it.
Second: Avocado

Ok, so it's not as if I had never had avocado before. I have eaten guacamole a million times. But once I changed my eating habits I needed to find some higher fat, healthy foods. One food most all paleo eaters love is avocados. It's creamy and delicious and a great source of those healthy fats we are always looking for. In the past, I don't think I had ever purchased an avocado. These days it's a staple on my grocery list.   

So what do I do with all these avocados? Well, half the time I just eat them! A lot of mornings my breakfast consists of half an avocado and these organic smoothies I buy that have 6 grams of protein. (I'll have to make another post about them because they have some pretty awesome ingredients). Some days I make banana avocado smoothies with or without protein powder. The most recent concoction I have tried is this egg baked in an avocado. If you have never tried this you are missing out. It is super simple too!
Baked egg in an avocado: hollow out some of the avocado to make enough room for the egg. Crack the egg into the whole. Crack some fresh pepper and salt on top. Make a bowl out of aluminum foil and bake in the over on 375 for about 25-35 minutes just depending on how you like your egg. 
I was a little skeptical about trying this at first. I'm not sure why, but I figured it had two of my favorite foods so how could it be bad? Man was I glad I tried it! The texture of the avocado and the egg work so well together. More creaminess which I'm clearly a fan of. I saw another recipe where they used cayenne pepper, but I tend to like more simplicity. This was delicious for breakfast with that perfect balance of fat and protein I'm always looking for. Definitely a must try!

Have you guys discovered any new foods that you can't believe you were living without??


  1. I thought I recognized that salad. I can't believe I just discovered goat cheese this year. I first had it on the Grilled salmon, asparagus salad at Bonefish. I was addicted after that and now make that salad all the time at home. I love goat cheese :) I can't wait to try the avocado egg dish...Two of my favorite foods, too, my lovely daughter.

    1. I've been putting asparagus on all my salads since you made me one too!

  2. Holy smokes that avocado egg idea is genius. I'm going to try that asap. Can't believe I never thought to do it! Thanks!

    1. you're very welcome! I couldn't believe I'd never thought of it either. It IS genius! haha ;)

  3. I've been trying to like avocado haha. The egg in an avocado thing is a really cute idea!

    My mom once made noodle-less lasagna that was pretty good. In it she used eggplant instead of noodles, and walnuts instead of meat. The sauce was made from butternut squash with just a hint of tomato sauce. I never used to like eggplant but for some reason ever since I've been eating it a lot more! I can't believe I was never "brave" enough to eat it more often. It's very versatile!

  4. Goat cheese is amazing. I love it. I've been eating a lot of Organic Pastures raw grass fed cheddar. Incredible. :)