Whether you celebrate Hanukkah or Christmas, we’ve got you covered with a Paleo Diet approved recipe for your festivities. Following the Paleo Diet doesn’t mean you have to miss out on your favorite dishes – with slight modifications you can recreate the traditional recipes that remind you of your family’s traditions. Although The Paleo Diet permits Dr. Cordain’s 85:15 rule, the principle to avoid white flour and potatoes is rooted in science and evidenced by the adverse effects consumption has on your health.
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Luckily, you won’t miss either of them in the Paleo Zucchini Pancakes and Scalloped Garnet Yams. By tradition, potato pancakes or latkes, often contain white flour, white potatoes, and are topped with refined sugar. The zucchini version doesn’t contain any of these ingredients, and even with the potato substitute, are still fluffy and savory.
Scalloped potatoes traditionally rely on white potatoes, cream, and white flour. The Paleo version substitutes flavorful herb coconut milk that creates a creamy sauce for the antioxidant-rich garnet yams.
Start a new tradition in your family this year by incorporating these recipes into your celebrations!
PALEO ZUCCHINI PANCAKES
These savory pancakes can be served for breakfast, lunch or dinner as the main dish or a hearty side.
- 1 lb zucchini (about 2 medium-sized zucchini)
- 1 egg
- 3 green onions, light green and white parts only
- ¼ tsp freshly ground pepper
- Zest of 1 lemon
- Coconut oil, for frying
PALEO SCALLOPED GARNET YAMS
Perfect to serve at a potluck, on the buffet table, or for any family dinner. Easy to make ahead and reheat just before serving.
- 3 Garnet yams OR sweet potatoes (about 4 cups sliced)
- ½ medium yellow onion, thinly sliced (about 1 cup)
- 1 ½ tbsp olive oil
- ¼ tsp dried sage
- ¼ tsp dried oregano
- ½ tsp dried thyme
- Pinch of fresh ground pepper
- 1 14.5 oz can full-fat coconut milk
Stephanie Vuolo is a Certified Nutritional Therapist, an American College of Sports Medicine Personal Trainer, and a Certified CrossFit Level 1 Coach. She has a B.A. in Communications from Villanova University. She is a former contributor to Discovery Communications/TLC Blog, Parentables.
Stephanie lives in Seattle, WA, where she is a passionate and enthusiastic advocate for how diet and lifestyle can contribute to overall wellness and longevity. She has been raising her young daughter on the Paleo Diet since birth. You can visit her website at www.primarilypaleo.com.