Tag Archives: Paleo

What is the Paleo Diet?

6 Dec

Image via Primal Palat

 

I love this short summary about the Paleo diet. It is a great snapshot of what the diet (I hate this word, considering the Paleo way of life isn’t really a diet) is about, and also provides straightforward and simple advice on what foods you can enjoy or what foods you should avoid to gain better health. This picture is perfect to print out and stick on your fridge 🙂

Take care,

C-

The joys of eating: caveman style

16 Nov

For those of you who don’t know much about the Paleo diet, here’s a great website to find out more. It’s actually less of a diet, and more of a lifestyle. It’s a great way to eat in order to feel better, and even lose some weight. Last week I made (attempted to make lol) Asian chicken lettuce wraps. I marinated organic chicken thighs in tamari (wheat free soy sauce) and then baked them in the oven. While the chicken was cooking, I stir-fryed bean shoots, water chestnuts, baby corn (not technically Paleo–you can omit these) and bamboo shoots. Once I combined the oven baked chicken with the other ingredients I added a little bit of honey, in order to get that famous Asian sweet-sour combination. Once I incorporated the honey, I then took a spoonful of my ingredients and added it to my lettuce leaves…all in all it was pretty easy 🙂

My attempt at Asian lettuce wraps

Apple crisp with coconut ice-cream 🙂

I finished my meal off with a Paleo friendly dessert. I promise this tastes ALOT nicer than it looks 🙂 It is so easy to make aswell. I got the apple crisp recipe from here. Instead of using xylitol, I used coconut sugar– it’s easier for me to digest, and also has a low GI (Glycemic index.) I also made my own almond flour, by buying blanched almonds and grinding them in my vita-mix (blender.) The ice-cream was amazingly easy– I just took a can of coconut milk, added about 3 heaping tbls of coconut sugar (you can add more, or less according to your taste) and then finished with 1 tsp of vanilla extract. I combined these ingredients in my blender and then added everything into my ice-cream maker. Easy!

As with all cooking, it’s supposed to be FUN! So feel free to play around with ingredients, and add or omit things that you don’t like. The Paleo way of eating is surprisingly easing to adhere to, and there are tons of recipes online for you to try. Let me know if you have any recipes for me to try…I would love to hear 🙂

Live well,

C-

Paleo Dinner (Japanese style)

7 Nov

This was so unbelievably easy to make! Here in Melbourne, there is a great little Japanese grocery store that sells sushi grade tuna– I just cut the fish into sashimi, and added a mixed cabbage salad (with Ponzu dressing) Sooo good 🙂

This picture shows only about 1/3 of the fish I had, the whole meal cost about 1/2 of what you would pay at a restaurant. Check out your local Japanese markets– you’ll find so much cool stuff! Be careful though, I found that a lot of the  imported Japanese foods contain high fructose corn syrup as a sweetner (not good!)– so make sure to read the labels.

Even better then purchasing dressings is to make you own. This recipe is great, and really simple (for those of you without a lot of time) 🙂

Live well,

C-

Paleo Pizza crust

24 Oct

Califlower-pizza-crust pic via Eat.Dink.Smile

Anytime I stumble on a recipe touting to be the perfect gluten-free, grain-free alternative to bread, I’m doubtful. Most of the time, due to the odd ingredients thrown together to make up for the lack of gluten, the recipe ends up tasting (and looking) like wallpaper paste LOL.

This recipe is different though (I promise.) Anyone wanting to try a nice grain-free (gluten-free) recipe–one that doesn’t taste like glue, then this one is great. It’s made from cauliflower, and is the perfect comfort food. Glorious 🙂

Cauliflower Crust Pizza

Recipe courtesy of: Eat.Drink.Smile 

Serves 2

Ingredients:

1 cup cooked, riced cauliflower
1 cup shredded mozzarella cheese
1 egg, beaten
1 tsp dried oregano
1/2 tsp crushed garlic
1/2 tsp garlic salt
olive oil (optional)

pizza sauce, shredded cheese and your choice of toppings*

Directions:

To “Rice” the Cauliflower:
Take 1 large head of fresh cauliflower, remove stems and leaves, and chop the florets into chunks. Add to food processor and pulse until it looks like grain. Do not over-do pulse or you will puree it. (If you don’t have a food processor, you can grate the whole head with a cheese grater). Place the riced cauliflower into a microwave safe bowl and microwave for 8 minutes. There is no need to add water, as the natural moisture in the cauliflower is enough to cook itself.

One large head should produce approximately 3 cups of riced cauliflower. The remainder can be used to make additional pizza crusts immediately, or can be stored in the refrigerator for up to one week.

To Make the Pizza Crust:

Preheat oven to 450 degrees. Spray a cookie sheet with non-stick cooking spray.

In a medium bowl, stir together 1 cup cauliflower, egg and mozzarella. Add oregano, crushed garlic and garlic salt, stir. Transfer to the cookie sheet, and using your hands, pat out into a 9″ round. Optional: Brush olive oil over top of mixture to help with browning.

Bake at 450 degrees for 15 minutes.

Remove from oven. To the crust, add sauce, toppings and cheese. Place under a broiler at high heat just until cheese is melted (approximately 3-4 minutes).

*Note that toppings need to be precooked since you are only broiling for a few minutes

Live well,

C-