I devoted an entire month to creating Paleo vegetarian recipes and this salad was one from the challenge. With a little planning, a soup & salad combo are definitely a quick Paleo lunch.
I can totally do salads and soups, but how boring would 28 days of that be? I like food with flare, stuff that’s not ordinary, edible art and I wanted to make new & fun Paleo vegetarian meals. Dishes we could incorporate into our regular menu, along with meat, when I’m done with this challenge.
I make salads quite often and soups every once in a while but the point of this challenge was to get creative with veggies and provide alternatives for Paleo vegetarians and so far there’s been lots of frustration in the kitchen.
This past weekend, before I started this whole veggie showdown, I did some recipe research looking for more variety beyond soup & salad. I gathered some ideas to build off of but so far there’s a few things that have been catching me up.
I can’t believe how dependent Jeff & I are on meat and eggs. That’s not a bad thing but one of the reasons I wanted to do this challenge was to focus on incorporating more veggies into our diet. And when you get rid of everything else, it’s pretty hard not to have more of them. :p
Now I know why there’s so many vegetarian and vegan bloggers with so many dessert recipes. Sugar seems to be the replacement for meat & protein. That’s a big problem for me. I refuse to become a sugar-burner when I’ve worked so hard to become a fat-burner over the last year and I already know how sugar affects me. Unless I want to be all Hulk-Smash everyday I’ve got to really watch the sugar intake and that includes fruit.
I don’t have a typical go-to quick meal yet. I mean it’s only been
four days, well I guess three since I cheated on day 1…but still. When I came home from CrossFit the last couple days all I’ve wanted to have were eggs or tuna or leftover Korean short ribs or leftover turkey…and yeah, that’s not ok. Initially I said I would keep eggs & fish as extra protein in my diet but I didn’t want that to happen every day! Gosh.
On Wednesday I put together a hot Paleo vegetarian meal and I served this kale-arugula salad with Spicy-Garlic Cruciferous Soup.