10 Delicious Paleo Christmas Gift Ideas

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.

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Paleo Stuffed Eggplants (Dairy Free)

Its winter and its cold and rainy here today. The perfect weather for comfort food. I’m not talking ‘junk’ comfort food. I’m talking those family meals that leave you feeling warm from the inside out. They make you think of a certain family member, or shared meals that bought you joy. This recipe makes me feel just like that.

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Paleo Curried Cauliflower

 My recent post sharing my recipe for Smashed Sweet Potato with Garlic Aioli was very popular. Its drool worthy on its own, but it is also a very tasty side dish. I decided I needed to share some more side dishes with you.
This dish was inspired firstly by my families love for curries, and secondly by my need to give the cauliflower a new twist. We eat cauliflower quite often, usually its steamed or as caulirice. Its delicious, but lets face it, cauliflower is a very plain flavoured vegetable. This dish gives it flavour and makes it the star of a meal instead of the boring addition.

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Oven Baked Paleo Sweet Potato Crisps

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.

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Mediterranean Chicken Drumsticks

A style of cuisine that doesn’t get cooked often in my house is mediterranean. I’m not sure if its association to pasta and carbohydrate laden meals is the reason. In truth, Mediterranean meals are more often than not filled with fresh fish, meats, and vegetables. Pasta isn’t eaten with every meal, believe it or not.

So, I decided to use some of these flavours tonight to come up with a hearty healthy family meal. The qualities that I believe mediterranean cooking is all about. I have only just starting eating artichoke in the last couple of years, I’m so glad I did. If you have never tried it before, please give it a try. In this recipe the flavour is subtle.

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I’d love to travel to the mediterranean some day and experience more of the traditional cooking styles from this region of the world, but for now I will have to let the food take me there. Continue reading