Monday, August 30, 2010

Shrimp Grok-Amole - a primal feast!

So, in my quest to find the solution to my recently prevalent health concerns, ie, more gastro symptoms despite eating less problematic foods, I have been recommended by several people to look into the paleo/primal/hunter-gatherer diet. I've spent nearly all my free time the last two weekends absorbed at Mark's Daily Apple.

The paleo/primal way of eating is a fascinating concept to me. Basically, you're incorporating all the foods that your caveman ancestors ate. You're pretty much eating meat, veggies, fruit, roots and nuts. You're avoiding things like legumes, grains, dairy products and refined sugars (hmm, sound like Stephanie's problem food list to anyone else???)

I've tried a few basic recipes, and so far so good. I like the idea behind the diet, but I'm not positive that this is the cure-all to my problems. Right now I'm looking at getting on the lowFODMAP diet for awhile, which sounds like it may be more appropriate for my symptoms.

However, I did buy Mark's book on Amazon, as well as adding the cookbook to my wishlist, and am so excited to get reading! I will definitely be eating with a more paleo-conscious emphasis!

I was excited, if a bit apprehensive, about this dish. It incorporated many of my favorite foods, like avocado, tomatoes and shrimp, but it still seemed a bit foreign to me.

I loved it! I ate the first batch over the weekend last week, and am eagerly awaiting ripe avocados to make it again!

I ate chips with it the first night (so un-primal of me!), but decided I liked it better without them. Think of it like a great fresh seafood taco, just without the taco shell. It might even be good over some romaine lettuce. Taco salad!

Just FYI, I'm kind of OCD about having equal amounts of food in my bite-fuls, so I chopped everything to be uniform in size (like the shrimp, tomatoes and avocado). I like to enjoy all the flavors at the same time.

Grok-Amole Salad
Adapted from Mark's Daily Apple recipe here

1 lb cooked and peeled shrimp, chopped
3-4 ripe avocados, peeled and chopped
3-4 ripe tomatoes, chopped
2-3 green onions, finely chopped (I used a dash of onion powder and a teaspoon of chives. I think it subbed okay)
1 orange/yellow pepper, chopped (I used a green pepper)
3-4 cloves of garlic, finely chopped
Juice of 1-2 limes
Olive oil
Fresh cilantro, chopped (I just used about a teaspoon)
Salt and pepper

The original recipe called for 1 seeded/finely chopped jalapeno, but I didn't have one. I liked it without.

Mix the shrimp and all the veggies in a large bowl. Drizzle the lime juice and oil over the top, then sprinkle with cilantro, salt and pepper. Mix it all up really well, and serve.

Makes 3-4 servings

*Note: This recipe has been linked over to Amy's Slightly Indulgent Tuesday's Anniversary Edition*


Simply...Gluten-free said...

You should write the new hunter gatherer cookbook! This recipe sounds fantastic. Hope you health improves with leaps and bounds.

Food, flora and felines said...

Oh yay I'm so glad to hear you're getting into primal! I hope you have as much success with your health as I have, it really is such an easy and enjoyable way to live your life and having been gluten free a while you're already over the worst hump! I'll be watching your progress! xx.

Amy @ Simply Sugar & Gluten-Free said...

I love shrimp and's a great combo. Sending wishes for the perfect food for'll find it soon. :) Thanks for linking up to SIT!! Hugs!

Chelsey said...

Mmmm, loving your shrimp twist in guacamole. I totally understand your OCD tendencies for making everything cut the same size. Makes it taste better!

Rachel said...

Hi Stephanie. You won the second prize in my Katz Gluten Free giveaway (a Katz GF sampler pack) at The Crispy Cook. Just need your shipping address. Congratulations!