Hi. I’m Amanda (Pesca Girl). I began eating fish about four years ago after almost twenty years as a vegetarian. I like Nerds candy, reams of pasta, and a lot of other things that aren’t so good for me. I also love to cook foods with flavors from around the world, and have realized that with a little bit of discipline, experimentation and creativity, it’s possible to be healthy and still incredibly satisfied by the food on my plate. This blog is an adventure into that lifestyle – lots of fruits and vegetables and fish, full with flavor and a little room for loved treats and culinary adventures.
About a year ago my husband (Paleo Boy) and I took up CrossFit. We have been on and off the wagon with regularly attending, but love the activity and through CrossFit discovered “Paleo” eating. You’ve heard of it by now. Meat, poultry, fish, vegetables, fruits, nuts, seeds. No grains, no dairy, no legumes. My husband thrives on the diet. I see its benefits – I felt full and lost weight – but chafed against having whole food groups cut out. Cheese is my raison d’etre. I realized that my ideal way of eating is something like the Mediterranean diet – lots of seafood, fruits and vegetables, legumes, some dairy and whole grains. Olive oil and wine. There’s a good bit of overlap between Paleo and Mediterranean. I don’t eat meat, but I do cook it. And remembering the Paleo fundamentals – the fish, the veggies – helps me when I start to go on a Greek yogurt/pasta bender. So this blog features recipes from the Paleo and Mediterranean diets – and my efforts to blend them seamlessly into our sometimes hectic lives!
A note about moderation: My husband even when doing all Paleo eats pasture fed butter and occasional spice powders and sauces (hello North Carolina barbecue) that have traces of non-Paleo ingredients. So don’t freak out if you see some Paleo-“esque” foods – I’ll post plenty of strict Paleo options! I’m also going to post the occasional recipe for empanadas, sinful flourless chocolate cake, and other things that I love. Foods that I feel like are worth it for straight, sinful enjoyment. We’re not purists, but we want to commit to making healthy choices in our day to day lives. That’s also what this blog is about – balance, and pleasure.