In November we visited my husband’s family in Bolton Landing, NY. There were 9 to 10 of us, which could be a ton of cooking?there aren’t many restaurants there where a celiac can eat. Cooking with friends and family is fun in small doses, but cooking every meal for that many people for a week could be a very big job. To prevent this from happening my awesome mother-in-law and I created a meal plan for the week, far in advance. We kept it simple by doubling recipes, working the slow cooker, and planning plenty of no-cook options too. I mailed her a box of pantry items (organic tomato paste, my baking mixes, olives, dark chocolate, etc) ahead of time, and she shopped for organic meat and produce.
The plan was a success, and it was a totally relaxing and awesome time. But by far my favorite meal that we ate together was my brother-in-law’s Persian eggplant stew recipe “khoresht-e bademjan”. His recipe included lentils and molasses. He served white rice and sheep yogurt mixed with salt and dill on the side. Is your mouth watering" Mine is. It was epic. I knew that when we got home I would make my own version, and here it is. We’ve seriously had it every month since Ben first made it for us. I hope you love it too.
You know what makes this dish amazing" Of course the spices are crucial, but that’s not all. It’s all the avocado oil. I talk about this in Easy Paleo Meals, but to shorten it here: you need good fat, like avocado oil. First of all fat is satiating, meaning that you need it so that you don’t overeat. Also, get this: you need fat to lose weight or maintain your ideal weight because fat helps to balance your hormones and metabolism. Plus, fat reduces blood sugar and insulin levels, and is great for your nails and skin.
I am obsessed with Primal Kitchen Avocado Oil. It not only makes this recipe delicious, but it’s good for all the reasons I just mentioned Another one of my favorite uses fo...