When you transition to a paleo diet from the Standard American Diet, there are a few things that can feel pretty daunting for most people — giving up bread, pasta, cheese, dairy, and sugar. Fortunately, there are tons of new products made by paleo companies that use paleo friendly ingredients to recreate some of your old favorites, like California Country Gal, or Simple Mills who make some outstanding paleo bread mixes, Cappello’s who makes awesome pizza crust, and Siete Foods who makes paleo tortillas. However, there are also so many easy swaps you can make at home. Give these a try next time you’re craving you old favorites.
Craving bread or tortillas? Try these!
Coconut Wraps Sounds a little sweet, doesn’t it? Don’t worry, these wraps are made by compressing unsweetened coconut into very thin sheets, almost like a rice paper wrap, that enable paleos and grain free sandwich enthusiasts a simple solution to holding together their wraps. You can buy these in some local health food stores, or online, here.
Lettuce Wraps One of my favorites if I’m eating out and can’t have the bun. Many restaurants will accommodate this request, and many are even offering it as an option these days. Lettuce wraps are great for burgers, or any type of sandwich you’d put on bread. Typically large pieces of lettuce are used, like butter lettuce cups, or iceberg cups. Another great way to use lettuce is for taco shells. Iceberg, butter lettuce, and romaine all work well for making “tortillas.”
Quick Flatbreads I make a simple flatbread often, using just about any of my favorite paleo flours (coconut, almond, tapioca, sweet potato, cassava,) and you can too! Just add an egg to a small bowl, a pinch of salt, then slowly add flour, stirring until you’ve reached a runny, yet thick batter consistency, a little bit like pancake batter might look. Pour this onto some parchment paper on a baking sheet and bake until firm but still soft. You can enjoy sandwiches on this, or even use it as a single serving pizza crust.
Cauliflower Buns I’ve made my fair share of cauliflower recipes over the years and it still stands, cauliflower is one of the most diverse foods in the world! You can make easy cauliflower “buns” with just 5 ingredients. I like to use these for open faced sandwiches, or for my burgers when I just need something a little more bread-y.
(Makes 4 flats or 2 full buns)
- 2 cups riced cauliflower (chop cauliflower very finely in a food processor until it’s a rice consistency)
- 2 eggs
- 1/2 cup almond flour
- 1 teaspoon salt
- 1 pinch of baking powder
- Optional spices and herbs of your choice
1. Cook cauliflower in a skillet until softened. Stir in salt and your favorite dried herbs.
2. For best results, let cool then blot with kitchen towels to soak up any extra moisture.
3. Add eggs, almond flour and baking powder to the cauliflower rice, mix well, the scoop onto a sheet of parchment paper on a baking sheet by half cups.
4. Spread into a circle that’s about half an inch thick, with an even thickness throughout.
5. Bake at 350 for about 20 minutes on each side.
There you have it! You can find dozens of ways to use these ideas for swaps in your favorite foods. Just give it time, get creative, and have an open mind. In no time, you’ll be kissing that wheat bread goodbye forever.
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