Friday, 2 August 2013

Travelling Paleo

We have been doing a little travelling and a lot of eating out while I have been on vacation this week.  Part of it has been because we I decided that we would redo our kitchen cupboards and countertops, so the kitchen has been mostly unusable for the past week.

Meals out have not been too bad for me (though not perfect either).  Paleo Grandad sort of falls off the Paleo bandwagon every time we eat out - but that is his choice.  However, I do notice a huge difference in his moods when he goes off plan - just saying.

A British Columbia favourite restaurant is the White Spot, with restaurants in all the larger BC centres.  We like breakfast there as it is almost Paleo.  You can get a Traditional Two Egg breakfast (which is what I had each day - minus the toast).

Paleo Grandad always opted for Nat's Hearty Breakfast - with everything.

We all had dinner at the Keg (a Western Canada institution since the 1970's).  I had steak and lobster (yum!).

Paleo Grandad opted for the sirloin steak topped with pecans and goat cheese and a twice-baked potato.

Youngest son went for the chicken.

and beautiful granddaughter had the chicken with seafood and Bearnaise sauce.

BTW - avoid the Keg Bing Cherry Mojito - it tastes like cough syrup!

On the drive back from Kamloops to visit my youngest son, we stopped for gas in Merritt and picked up a coffee at Tim Horton's (another Canadian institution) and I saw some some gluten-free coconut macaroons and bought them without reading the ingredient list:  coconut, icing sugar, frozen egg whites (sodium citrate, triethyl citrate, guar gum) water, chocolatey [icing sugar, water, cocoa, corn syrup, corn syrup, stabilizer (calcium carbonate, dextrose, agar, titanium dioxide, salt, monoglycerides) drizzle, canola oil, modified palm oil, caramel colour, vanilla extract], natural flavour, almond flavour.  Instead of tasting like coconut, they taste of really strong almond extract - just what you want in a coconut macaroon.

Even though they looked good, after reading the ingredients I didn't eat them (tasted a crumb n the interest of research - Paleo Grandad ate them).  Instead I went onto Pinterest and found this Paleo version (from Elana's Pantry).

You will need:
2 large egg whites
1/4 raw honey, melted and cooled
1/4 tsp. pink Himalayan salt
2-1/2 cups coconut flakes (I used 1-1/2 cups shredded coconut and 1 cup coconut flakes - just because)
1/2 tsp. vanilla extract (not in Elana's recipe, but I thought it would add something)

Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
  1. In a medium bowl, whisk together egg whites and honey.
  2. Whisk in salt and vanilla extract.
  3. Stir in coconut flakes.
  4. Let bowl chill in refrigerator for half an hour.
  5. I used a one tablespoon ice cream scoop (firmly packed) to form balls.
  6. Place the cookie balls on a parchment lined baking sheet.
  7. Bake at 350 degrees for 10-12 minutes, until golden brown.  (Mine took only ten minutes - watch so they don't burn.)
Cool for one hour.

I wanted to "duplicate" the Tim Horton macaroons, so I made my own chocolatey drizzle:

1/4 cup Enjoy Life chocolate chips
1 Tablespoon coconut oil
  1. Melt the chocolate chips and the coconut oil together.
  2. Drizzle over cooled macaroons with a spoon.

Now which macaroons would you rather have?

Tim Horton's macaroon on the left - mine on the right.

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