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Paleolithic Pie?

20 J0000006UTC 2011

Here’s where I’ll get into a little bit of a philosophical writing about the Paleo(lithic) or Primal diet— a way of preparing food and eating that hearkens back to our primitive ancestors and their hunter-gatherer manner of living off the land. This was an era before agriculture, and certainly far before industrialized kitchens and grocery stores full of boxed and frozen “foods.” Based on this way of eating, those who follow a Paleo diet leave out that which man began cultivating during the agricultural era: grains, legumes, and, according to some, dairy products.

The bases for this way of eating can be many, and will vary from Paleo person to Paleo person. The reasons that make the most sense to me are:

1. Good blood sugar regulation and stable energy and mood

2. High intake of vegetables, and some fruits too

3. Clean proteins and healthy fats

4. Few to no processed foods or food-like items

5. Therefore, high nutrient intake

Can these be accomplished without ‘going Paleo’? Sure. They are still some of the benefits I have seen over the past 20 days while eating this way.

What cracks me up is how not-primitive eating a Paleo diet in 2012 in Boulder, Colorado is. I mean, seriously, perusing the olive bar, selecting a cleaned and plucked chicken from the nice butcher-man, or pulling out the food processor is a pretty far cry from chasing a mastodon (oh, wait, that’s the Pliocene era), digging for yuca roots, or gathering fire wood. My point is that we do not exert the same amount of focus, time, or energy acquiring our food that once was required, lest we die. We mosey the aisles, compare prices, and ask if samples are grain free. We do not climb trees, ford streams, or drag blood carcasses for miles on end.

My question is: Did Paleolithic woman ever bake a strawberry rhubarb pie? I ask this because I just made one that fits all the criteria for our diet, but it sure didn’t look like anything our ancestors would have eaten. Because it was so yummy and included no grains, beans, or dairy, I will share it here with you. I hope you make it and enjoy!

Paleo Strawberry Rhubarb Pie

For the crust:

1 c almond meal or flour

1 c coconut flour

1 Tbsp flax meal

1/4 tsp cinnamon

1/2 tsp sea salt

1 Tbsp coconut sugar

2 Tbsp coconut oil, melted (+ 2 more if needed)

1 egg

1-6 Tbsp filtered water, depending on dryness

Preheat oven to 300 degrees. // Place flours, flax meal, cinnamon, and salt in food processor and pulse for a moment to mix. // Add 2 Tbsp oil and egg and pulse till ball forms. // If ball does not form, add 1 more Tbsp oil, then try again. Add 1 more Tbsp if needed. // Check consistency. If it’s still too dry, add water 1 Tbsp at a time, checking consistency and making sure dough does not become too soggy. Squish with fingers to check. If it doesn’t form into a ball on its own, you might have to do some real work and press it into a ball yourself. // Press into 9 inch metal pie pan or tart pan. // Keep extra dough! // Bake at 300 for 7-8 minutes. // Fill with desired filling and bake as directed.

For the filling:

5 c rhubarb stalks, chopped

2 lbs strawberries, chopped

1 1/4 c coconut sugar

1 c walnuts, finely chopped

Preheat oven to 350 degrees. // Place first three ingredients in a bowl, stir and allow to sit. // Scoop rhubarb and berries out of liquid and reserve liquid just in case something looks dry later. // Fill cooked pie shell into a mounded heap. Whatever is left, put in a baking dish (no crust). // Add walnuts to whatever crust material is left over. Crumble it up with your fingers and pack it on top of pie and second dish of fruit. Bake these at 350 for an hour. // Poke rhubarb with a fork to test for done-ness. // Remove and allow to cool. // Serve with coconut ice cream, if desired.



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