Having been at this paleo thing for the past two months, I like to think I’ve got it mostly figured out.
I keep a stash of emergency snacks and try to have already cooked protein in the fridge at all times.
I’m careful to make sure I eat enough fat and am working hard to get over that long-ingrained fat phobia.
I’ve changed my workouts to be more in line with the paleo/primal/ancestral ideal.
I can plan a week’s worth of paleo meals in a few minutes, thanks to all of the blogs and cookbooks I’ve come to love.
I can even put together a proper paleo meal at just about any restaurant I choose to go to.
There is one thing, however that sends fear soaring through me.
Our small church has potlucks every 1st and 3rd Sunday of the month after service and as the pastor’s wife, it would be strange for me not to eat. And while our church is known for it’s incredible skill in the kitchen, it tends to be very casserole and carb heavy. It was a bit of an issue when I had to eat gluten-free, but now that Tom and I both are refraining from all grains and sugar it’s gotten a little more difficult.
My solution for these past few potlucks has been to bring a paleo dish – and both times they’ve been some of the first empty dishes, something I’m rather proud of - but I’m looking for new ideas. We usually have at least one solid salad, so I’m trying to focus more on protein that isn’t covered in cream-of-something soup and that won’t have me outside at the grill Sunday mornings before church.
Those aren’t the easiest parameters to work with.
A few of my own ideas:
- Potluck Mushrooms - but with butter instead of margerine (gah! people still eat that stuff?) and a little parsley. Super easy, super good and almost no clean up. Sadly, no protein which is why I cam up with…
- Roasted Italian Sausage, Peppers, Mushrooms and Onions – chopped up a bunch of the veggies, tossed with olive oil and garlic, and roasted at 400 degrees for 10 minutes while I steamed the sausages. Gave the sausages a quick chop and finished them with the veggies for another 10 to 15 minutes. This dish disappeared!
- Paleo Chipotle Beef Chili – I haven’t done this yet for potluck, but the recipe is fairly easy and quick once the veggies are roasted. Next time I make a batch, I’ll probably double it for the next potluck.
A few ideas I’m hanging on to:
- Slow Cooker Chicken Cacciatore from Nom Nom Paleo – love that it’s cooked and stored in the fridge, something I could easily do the day before and reheat before serving. I would probably make a few adaptations to the recipe to make it a little more economical for sharing, but this one looks like a winner to me.
- Primal Chicken Pot Pie with Cauliflower Crust – I’m totally intrigued by this. I’d probably test it out on the family first, but our church membership includes a lot of pretty adventurous eaters – one gentleman is known for bringing frog legs – and I don’t think the cauliflower crust would throw them too much.
- Meatloaf – seriously, why not? This recipe from Jan’s Sushi Bar looks phenomenal, and so does this Bacon Wrapped one. It would be easy enough to double and I could probably get them prepped the day before and bake while I’m getting ready.
- Sweet Crockpot Pulled Pork – interesting. 8 – 10 hours means I could get it going before I go to bed, or maybe the day before and reheat.
How about you? Any favorite paleo potluck ideas? I’d love to hear them.