I am not kidding you. Last night we had vegan friends over for dinner and we all ate the same food. Yes, a Paleo & vegan dinner. Everyone even ate enough ate enough to be full and satisfied without the addition of grains or meat.
You can in fact be Paleo and vegan, although some concessions need to be made in order to get enough dietary protein. Some Paleo vegans decide to continue to eat soybeans or other legumes/ legume based protein powder. Other Paleo vegans decide to eat animal products occasionally in the form of eggs or fish. Following a Paleo vegan lifestyle is not the most nutrient dense way of eating, however for someone who is ethically opposed to eating animal products and interested in being Paleo, it is possible to incorporate more Paleo principles by reducing grain exposure and increasing dietary fat. Despite our differences, there are a lot of similarities in how I eat compared to my vegan friends.
We both care about animals and the environment.
We like to eat local organic food.
We want animals to be treated humanely.
We eat generous amounts of vegetables, both raw and cooked.
We eat nuts and seeds.
I do personally eat raw, pastured dairy product on occasion, but Paleo and Vegans typically avoid mammal milk products.
That being said our vegan inspired Paleo dinner wasn’t that different from what we would have eaten without our Vegan friends.
Here’s what was on the menu:
Butternut Squash Soup (recipe to follow) topped with Coconut Cream
I would have normally made this with bone broth, but we happily substituted vegetable broth.
Kale, Golden Beet, Pecan & Currant Salad
Sliced fresh lacinato kale from my garden, steamed golden beets, toasted and chopped pecans, and dried unsweetened currants tossed with a balsamic vinaigrette.
Supreme Vegetable Paleo Pizza (crust adopted from EveryDay Paleo)
We had to substitute a flaxseed meal emulsified with water to replace the eggs I normally use in the almond flour crust. I layered tomato sauce, a cooked tomato, finely chopped kalamata olives, one whole eggplant diced and sautéed, two whole portobello mushrooms diced and grilled, two peppers and one half an onion sautéed, and a generous drizzle of the oil from a jar of sun dried tomatoes. The crust was a decent base and acted as another layer to all of the veggies. We typically put a bunch of veggies on the pizza and either add sausage or eat another meat on the side.
Individual Berry Tartlets (adopted from The Food Lovers Make It Paleo)
An almond flour crust topped with a berry compote. Sweetened with a touch of maple syrup. As a splurge, we topped each one with a scoop of vanilla coconut ice cream.