I’m beginning to realize that a lot of the success of a sugar detox comes down to good preparation and making it easy to make good choices for yourself. After falling flat on my face with my last sugar detox effort, I’ve decided that this time around, I am going to be better prepared.
I’ve compiled a list of twenty-one 21DSD-friendly recipes with no sugar; hopefully it can provide some inspiration for you, too! These are mostly nightshade-free, so many of these will suit those of you on the autoimmune protocol. I don’t plan on religiously sticking to this list like a meal plan and I probably won’t make every item on the list, but it’s a starting point.
- Smokey Roast from Everyday Paleo: One of my favorite ways to cook a big ol’ hunk of beef. Super easy since you just use a slow-cooker, coffee as seasoning = genius, AND you can shred the beef and use it for all kinds of things (throw in soup, tacos using lettuce leaves as the shell, breakfast frittatas, etc.). If you’re nightshade-free like I am, eliminate the chipotle powder in the spice blend.
- Zucchini Pancakes from Balanced Bites: Eggs and vegetables in pancake format? I’m sold. These remind me a little of latkes (potato pancakes). Make sure you fry them long enough to get really crisp, browned sides!
- Breakfast Frittata: I use the same basic ingredients as above, but instead of pancakes I make a frittata. I just grate a whole bunch of zucchini and carrots, squeeze the excess water out with my hands, and then loosely layer the grated vegetables in the bottom of a rectangular glass casserole dish. I scramble a dozen eggs with salt and pepper, pour it over the veggies, and bake the whole thing at 350 F/175 C until it is cooked through and browned on the top. Cut into squares and serve! You can also any shredded/diced meat that you have on hand for extra protein.
- Bacon Deviled Eggs from Sunday Snackday: Make your own homemade mayonnaise for these with extra-light olive oil rather than store-bought mayo made with canola oil (boooooo).
- Mustard and Rosemary Roasted Chicken from The Paleo Mom: Super simple, and you can then use the carcass to make bone broth afterwards.
- Banana Vanilla Bean N’Oatmeal from the 21DSD Cookbook: Bananas?! But approved since it uses green bananas (lower sugar content). YAY!
- Damn Fine Chicken from Nom Nom Paleo: One of my favorite Asian-style chicken recipes, using coconut aminos as a replacement for soy sauce. The marinade is extraordinary.
- Teased Pork from Modern Paleo Warfare
- Pork Belly from Modern Paleo Warfare: Since I’m nightshade-free, I just eliminate the chili and instead use a non-nightshade spice blend as a meat rub.
- Mushroom Soup from Marina’s Primal Cooking: Not only are all of Marina’s food posts on her blog absolutely drool-worthy, but I’ve had the pleasure of talking with her and she is an absolutely lovely person inside and out. And she is Ukrainian! Go check out her blog here.
- Ukrainian Borscht from Eat Drink Paleo. Another Ukrainian blogger (!) based in Australia. This is a vegetarian version of borscht, and it was the recipe I used the first time I ever made borscht. I do it a bit differently now, and will post that recipe later!
- Moroccan-Inspired Lamb Stew from The Paleo Mom, sans apricots for the 21DSD. Nightshade free, and one of my all-time favorite staple meal-in-a-pot dinners. If using heart makes you squeamish, use regular lamb stew meat. But, just so you know, heart is a pretty darn good source of CoQ10, which is good for (surprise!) your heart.
- Paleo Krabby Patties from Nom Nom Paleo. Love me some crab cakes, and these are to die for.
- Mas Riha (Maldivian Fish Curry) from The Domestic Man. Basically, I want to cook everything that Russ Crandall ever posts on his blog. Ever. And I am hardcore lusting over his new cookbook, The Ancestral Table. I love that he adapts traditional dishes from all over the world to make them paleo-friendly.
- No Name Casserole from Paleo in PDX. Casseroles may not be glamorous, but they make for fantastic comfort food, and this one looks simple enough that it could be done pretty quickly.
- Stuffed Bell Peppers with Bacon from Marina’s Primal Cooking. A very common Ukrainian food, given a paleo makeover by Marina herself!
- Comforting Homemade Chicken Soup: My own recipe. Still one of my all-time favorite things to eat. Simple, comforting, and if you use bone broth you also get the gut-healing effects. For the 21DSD, swap out the potato for another vegetable like broccoli or cauliflower.
- Ukrainian Meat Patties: Another one of my favorite recipes. Essentially a really flavorful meatball, this is more a method rather than a recipe and you can use it with all kinds of meats, alliums and spices to make whatever meatball flavor you’re after.
- Salmon Chowder from Marina’s Primal Cooking: You had me at salmon. Made creamy with coconut milk and garnished with fresh dill. Marina, you are a girl after my own heart.
- Joe’s Special (‘Ugly food that tastes good’) from Holly Would If She Could. Made this once, and it was so OMG DELICIOUS that I ate it again for my next three meals.
- Sausages and mashed cauliflower (make sure they’re high quality and gluten-free) for bangers and mash. Sometimes I just make my own sausage patties instead of buying sausages, since store-bought normally have some sort of paprika or chili. And nothing beats English comfort food.
And, of course, if you’re doing a 21DSD, while you’re very aware of what you’re eating, it’s a good time to boost your intake of superfoods! Check out this list of Top 10 Ancestral Superfoods from Ancestralize Me.