But tonight I founds something I enjoyed - a recipe for shrimp in coconut sauce.
The recipe was on the back of a can of Goya coconut milk I've had in the pantry for ages. It's funny what is considered paleo acceptable - coconut milk is on the list.
I modified the recipe to make it more of a stew because I knew I wouldn't be eating it over rice, as recommended.
First I chopped and fried a plantain. When that was cooked, I set it aside and fried a chopped onion until it was translucent. I added some chopped peppers and garlic and let the peppers soften. Then I added about 10 oz of diced tomatoes and about 10 oz of tomato puree.
The recipe called for Goya sazon, which apparently just means Goya seasoning. I looked on the internet for how to substitute for Goya sazon and came up with a mix of paprika, cumin, salt, garlic powder, black pepper, and oregano. So that's what I added.
I cooked all of that together on medium-low for about 20 minutes to take the edge off the tomatoes, then added the whole 16 oz can of coconut milk. I let that simmer and thicken a bit, then added the shrimp (which were already cooked, so I just needed them to warm), as well as the plantains I had set aside.
So that was shrimp in coconut sauce. Paleo friendly, and really tasty. This dish has clearly been my paleo high light so far.
I am still feeling limited and frustrated most days with this diet, but it is finally sinking in just how much grain and grain products I actually eat. I have been eating a lot more fruit on this diet, which is clearly a positive change that I would like to sustain post-diet. I am looking forward to reducing my meat intake back to a more normal level.
Kandie asked me what my first non-paleo meal will be. I said a doughnut. But that's not really serious. I would like some fresh bread. I think then I will make a pizza for lunch.
This diet has been hard in a very different way from the others. We'll see what I take away from it.