Recently I have been cooking a ton of paleo food.
Here is a (sadly picture-less) recap of recent tasty inventions:
- Chicken breast stuffed with gingered mashed sweet potatoes and candied pecans: I can’t take credit for inventing this, but I did participate in its creation. To avoid tons of sugar quickly candy your own pecans by cookin’ ‘em in a pan with coconut oil, a drizzle of honey or maple syrup, and various spices (I used pumpkin pie spices and cayenne); also use fresh grated ginger for your sweet potato mash for maximum flavor. The chicken you can then butterfly and pound flat before rolling burrito-style with goodies inside. Bake your treats at 350 degrees for about 25 minutes… unless of course you are super genius and wrap your creations in prosciutto first. Then proceed. And mail me some, please.🙂
- Ensalada Picante: A happy accident of leftovers consisting of lettuce, sliced jalapeno, fresh salsa, homemade guacamole, and meat (I used sliced marinated pork the first time and a crumbled chili lime chicken burger the second time) with a colorful garnish of fresh cilantro and crumbled plantain chips. In lieu of guac you can use avocado, and if you like dairy try making a lime sour cream drizzle!
- Breakfast Trifecta: In a frying pan sauté 2 slices of uncured bacon, one a half Portobello mushroom caps, and about half of a sweet yellow onion. Then feast. And treasure the leftover grease. I also highly recommend breaking your fast with asparagus sautéed with garlic and a little bit of bacon, or just pan-blackened asparagus with garlic and sea salt. Surprisingly perfect breakfast treat.
- Paleo granola + warmed almond butter + frozen berries: Because paleo granola is expensive to make I have been experimenting with increasing the amount of nut meal, almond butter, and seeds to flesh it out. I have also taken to immediately portioning it out into sandwich bags and freezing leftover batter so I can make a fresh batch once my main pan is gone. Adding warmed nut butter (with or without some warmed almond or coconut milk) and semi-thawed berries makes a really good breakfast!
- Garlicky cauliflower “rice”: Cauliflower rice (or cauli-rice, as I like to call it) is cute, tasty, and a good arm workout to grate. I did not invent this genius creation, but I did discover that it’s very tasty with a lot of minced garlic (I used maybe a teaspoon of the jarred kind?), butter, some sea salt, and cracked black pepper. You could probably turn it into a risotto with lots of tasty mushroom, a bit of parmesan, green onion, etc… hmmmm, let me know.
- Stuffed dates: Stuff your date with a candied nut and slather a dash of almond butter on top. Or, if you do dairy, stuff it with cream cheese! I cheated and put a bit on dates while my colleagues were eating bagels and I think I enjoyed my food more than they did. J The only thing that could enhance this would be if it was a date wrapped in bacon and crispy prosciutto and then stuffed with cream cheese or goat cheese (a better option for dairy-sensitive people.)
I’ll link and review some of the recipes I’ve tried in the next post!