One thing I used to love to do when I was pre-paleo was to read food magazines. I'd flip through the glossy pages filled with amazing, ridiculous recipes with nearly impossible to find ingredients and wonder how I could possibly recreate these crazy meals and make my belly happy. I've since given up on regularly purchasing cooking magazines since most of them are filled with filler foods - those pasta and rice meals that I just can't see myself making.
I've been feeling so uninspired when it comes to food. What a bummer. Perhaps I just need some new perspective. Or perhaps I need a cocktail.
One amazing creation I found in a magazine was a paleo cocktail recipe. It wasn't marketed as paleo of course, but I saw it and I wanted it. And after I made Mitch whip this up for me (I'm not a fan of using blenders . . . they're too much of a clean-up mess,) I wanted to share it.
I give you . . . a paleo friendly Piña Colada!
We found it in a small local magazine that found it's way into our mailbox. Sure, my photos look like they're of a banana smoothie, but trust me, this one is good. If you're looking for something that will instantly transport you to the Hawaiian islands with just one sip, give this a shot. You won't be disappointed.
1/2 cup of fresh pineapple chunks (go ahead and use drained, canned pineapple if you can't find a good fresh one)
3/4 cup light coconut milk
3/4 cup 100% pineapple juice
3 oz white rum
Hey, it looks like banana, add some banana if you want! I don't care!
1. Set the pineapple chunks in the freezer for a few minutes. Frozen/chilled pineapple is the goal. In fact, make all the ingredients cold. You'll like it, trust me.
2. Combine all ingredients in a blender until smooth and frothy.
3. Pour into a highball or hurricane-style glass.
4. Add a pineapple wedge, straw, fancy umbrella, whatever garnish you have that might help transport you to a beach somewhere warm. I'm sure you need it.
I tell ya, this is delicious. And it improved my mood and gave me the motivation to keep searching for that next great recipe! If anything, at least I know there are delicious, frozen treats out there that I can pour into a coconut and enjoy.
Garnish, garnish, garnish. Aloha, friends. Aloha.