September 09, 2010

The Primal Blueprint 30-Day Challenge and Peach Clafouti

I started the Primal Blueprint 30-day Challenge this week.  To be honest, I started a little earlier than 9/7/10 because I bought the Primal Leap kit and have been doing well.  So far so good.  Thanks to Mark Sisson for providing immense amounts of free primal/paleo information and encouragement on his site.  I highly recommend buying the Primal Blueprint and the Primal Blueprint Cookbook.  Both are great resources and I've yet to find a bad recipe in the book.  Here is the link to the Challenge and Sisson's site - marksdailyapple: Primal Blueprint - MarksDailyApple

One of the recipes in Sisson's Primal Blueprint Cookbook is Peach Clafouti. Sometimes people think that following a primal lifestyle means giving up everything but meat and non-starchy vegetables.  However the primal eating lifestyle is really about eating fresh unprocessed foods, free of grains, legumes, and large amounts of carbohydrates, and concentrating on good protein and fat sources.  Peach Clafouti, from the PB Cookbook, is a good example.  There is a minimal bit of maple syrup in the recipe to provide just enough sweetness.  While I would not want to make it a daily part of my menu, an occasional treat is what Grok would do if he found a honey cache or a bush full of berries.  I made the batter from almond milk, heavy cream, almond flour, and my own eggs.  (The recipe called for whole milk instead of almond milk).  I won't give the full recipe here since this is borrowed from Mark's book, but just let me say that you will not be disappointed in the golden-colored, light as air crust surrounding sweet bubbling peaches as you remove it from the oven.  Suffice it to say, the taste matches the appearance. Slightly sweet, warm, satisfying goodness.   Oh my.  Should have taken the picture before eating a portion, but it was just too good.  Too bad the summer peaches will soon be gone, but I think berries would be just as good in this recipe.

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