There it was: juicy meat, melting cheese and bacon…No this isn’t your usual pseudo paleo lunch or dinner, but the real deal: a perfect paleo cheat meal. And the best part? I dreamt about it 4 days ago!
On Monday a friend called me up and asked me whether we wanted to cook in his new apartment (he took it over from a friend, so I already knew the kitchen – always a winner!) – obviously I agreed but I wasn’t sure what to expect. My friend is great at cooking some Japanese dishes, so I knew I could count on some sushi. Agreed and forgot about the whole thing. Until…
I have a dream!
Until I had that dream. I don’t know why, I don’t how and I definitely don’t know when, but it felt like in the middle of the night. I woke up and remembered it clearly: a floor made out of ground beef, penne on top, add some bacon, some tomato sauce and bake it with cheese.
So the first thing I did when I got up, was write my friend a message, regarding that dinner. We agreed on me prepping the meal and I was pumped!
On Saturday morning (after my friend overslept) I went to Germany to go shopping (without him of course). Here’s the list for the epic paleo cheat meal recipe:
– 750g gluten-free pasta
– 1kg ground beef (organic if you can, free-range if you find it)
– 3 packs of organic bacon
– 1 pack of dried tomatoes in oil
– 1 big can of tomatoes
– some big ass organic basil
– 2 packs of buffalo mozarella
– 1 pack of parmiggiano (not necessary)
– 2 egg yolks
– some herbs for flavoring (oregano, pepper, salt)
equipment-wise you don’t need that much:
– a baking form
– a mixer/blender for the tomato sauce
– pan for the bacon
– a knife to cut everything
– a pot for the penne
prep time: 20min, cooking time (all in all): 20min
So let’s prep this beast:
Mix the beef and throw in some salt, pepper, oregano and 2 egg yolks. Throw the can of tomatoes and the whole glass of dried tomatoes in a blender and mix it until liquid (a little water might help if it’s too thick. A LITTLE!), throw in some basil and oregano to add flavor (the rest of the flavor comes from the dried tomatoes, since they are sometimes salty). Now before you prep the penne, put that meat in (pause!) – careful now: most of the time the beef will lose water and decrease in size, so adjust your construction skills accordingly!
Now that the meat is in the oven, prep those penne until al dente (8-10mins cooking time), take ’em out, drizzle some olive oil over it, so they don’t get sticky (especially the gluten-free pasta gets pretty sticky). If the meat is brown, it’s ready to take out and ready to get filled. While filling (if you have a helpful friend with you), make sure to get those bacon strips crispy in a pan. Fill the meat form just a little over the walls (not too much, since there are some other condiments that need place) with the penne and mix the cut up bacon into the penne.
After that bring in TEH SAWCE:
And put some bad ass mozarella on that pie!
Depending on how you like your cheese, let it bake for another 10-15mins. and enjoy that sucka.
I don’t buy into the replace everything in your diet with gluten-free products (bread, cereals, pasta, pizza, etc etc) BUT if you want to cheat from time to time, it makes sense to cheat with gluten-free products. Why?
– you won’t feel bloated
– your digestion system will be thankful
– you won’t feel as tired and exhausted after the meal
I was honestly surprised how good my body handles gluten-free products. Does that mean I’ll eat gluten-free bread every day? Definitely not. My diet will still consist of animal proteins, lots of veggies and some (sweet) potatoes or rice post-workout – because we’re designed to eat exactly these things. I am however a believer in cheat meals and limiting the damage whenever you can.
Eat good 90% and enjoy those 10% if you want, but I know a lot of people have a guilty conscience once they cheat, if gluten-free helps you with your conscience go HAM on those cheat meals! Enjoying your food and feeling better is super important and way more important than believing and strictly following a diet.
One more thing…
Squat ’til your food is ready!