This time of year many people are baking or making tasty little treats to gift or share with family for the festive season. It’s such a lovely thing to receive a handmade gift, something baked with love. That is, as long as it’s not filled with processed grains and sugars.
The festive season can be hard to avoid those foods that you have chosen to remove from your diet. For many people it takes an extra effort to resist. So receiving a girt made with real food ingredients shows the extra care and effort has been put into that gift. Here I have put together 10 recipes that would make great homemade gifts. Things I’d love to receive myself.
One of my favourite meals when I dine out is a well cooked steak. Prior to going paleo, I would always choose that steak with Diane sauce. There was something about the flavour that I made me a big fan. I’m guessing it was the garlic (I love garlic). I’ll reassure you now though that this sauce isn’t overly garlicky, if you’re not a fan of garlic like me. Either way, the traditional sauce isn’t paleo and I soon had to make the choice to leave it out when choosing off a menu.
One of the things that we missed most when my family switched to eating paleo was gravy. Most gravies use a thickener that is grain based, so that was straight away out. We tried a few alternatives, but my gravy loving hubby was especially missing it.
A couple of months ago, I started to experiment and try to make my own paleo version. It took a few attempts, but once I made this delicious recipe several times it never failed. Gravy makes a roast! It just does. Now, you don’t have to miss gravy with your ‘Sunday roast’ anymore.
Often the paleo snacks on offer are all sweet. Catering for the sweet tooth’s who struggle to give up the refined sugar treats they are used to eating, and need a paleo alternative. I’m guilty of it, but here is a savoury recipe for all the crisp or chip lovers out there. Those of you that are missing that crunch.
I’ve tried many times in the past to get the sweet potato chip just right. Often it was still soft in spots, and while delicious, just didn’t hit the spot. These crisps do. They are perfect for dipping at parties, munching on while watching movies, or adding a crunch to a salad.
Cranberry sauce is a must on the Christmas table to go with those tasty turkey’s and hams. The only problem if you are trying to follow a Paleo, low carb/high fat, sugar free or diabetic style of eating those shop bought varieties have added sugar and preservatives.
Here is my simple Paleo Dried Cranberry Sauce that is so easy to make. Yes, you still have time.