How many ingredients do you think make up a popular TV Dinner that you pop into the microwave for a few minutes to “cook” and eat? Here’s a hint: it’s well over 100. In fact, most spellcheckers (unless you run an industrial chemistry lab) won’t even recognize 16 of those ingredients as real words. Have we gone a little too far? Maybe. Can we live without instant meals? Possibly. Can food taste good without Disodium Inosinate and Guanyalte (C10H11N4Na2O8P ) ? Definitely.
A few years ago, my wife introduced me to something called the Paleo diet. No grains, no junk food, no sodas, no dairy, no problem. The only question I had was if I can keep grilling. This was and always will be my only prerequisite to any diet. If by now you haven’t heard of the Paleo diet, you’re probably living in a cave (in which case you actually created the Paleo diet, so thank you!)
There is nothing more Paleo than grilling over an open flame. In fact it’s a surefire way to stay on track. If you can grill it, it’s most likely Paleo friendly. There are however some things to keep in mind prior to firing up your grill.
- Know what was eaten by the animal you’re about to grill. The diet of your food source is just as important as your diet. When choosing meat, try to go for grass fed. If your cow’s diet consisted of grains, steroids and antibiotics, then as the saying goes … “you are what you eat”.
- Pay attention to your marinades and sauces. The best approach is to make them from scratch with ingredients that you can pronounce. There are many resources online that will point you in the right direction. Next time you’re in a supermarket, take a look at what is inside the leading brand barbecue sauce. It’s no TV Dinner, but your head will be spinning when you’re done reading. If you can’t make something from scratch, when you buy a sauce, look at the back of the bottle and trust your gut. After all, that is where it will end up.
- Cavemen didn't have propane, so don’t disrespect the Paleo diet by using a gas grill. Instead, try grilling with all natural lump charcoal or briquettes without the usual chemical binders and fillers. The fastest way to have cavemen point and laugh at you is to use lighter fluid to light your charcoal. Save yourself the humiliation and either use a charcoal chimney or even easier a GrillEasy FireQube.
Fire up your grill and bring out your inner caveman or woman. And remember, the only ingredient that truly makes everything taste great is love. It's gluten free and I add it to everything that goes on my grill.