Archive | December, 2011

The Paleo Pizza Experiment

29 Dec

Inspired by my holiday reading, I have been busting to make some Paleo Pizza. The idea that one of my favourite foods is still possible made me feel very happy inside. So, I hada  few friends over for dinner and we decided to try it out. My crust recipe came straight from the Everyday Paleo website: http://everydaypaleo.com/2010/08/04/everyday-paleo-pizza/.

For topping I used:

  • Tomato paste
  • Baby spinach
  • Olives
  • Mushrooms
  • Red Onion
  • Sundried Tomato
  • Chicken

Method:

After cooking the crust for 20 minutes I just added the ingredients and left in the oven for another 15 minutes. See my photo for the result.

Feedback:

So I have to say that although this base was absolutely lovely it was really not suited to Pizza eating in a traditional sesnse. It  was a very heavy biscuit like mixture and after one piece of Pizza I felt really full. Feedback from my friends was that it tasted like a “pizza on a biscuit”. “Definitely worth trying but very intense.”

I think I might try this recipe again but not as a Pizza. Possibly as a base for a nice dessert.

 

New Recipe: Orange Chicken Stir Fry

28 Dec

Okay, shopping has been done, meal plans are prepped, I am feeling fantastic again. And I come with a brand new recipe cooked in my new wok.

Ingredients

500g Chicken

1 cup orange juice (fresh squeezed – I used 3 oranges)

1 cup chicken stock

1 Brown Onion diced

1 Big bunch of Bok Choy

Coconut Oil

Ginger

Garlic

 

Method

1. Add Coconut Oil to the wok. Once heated, add the chicken and cook.

2. Remove chicken from wok, place in bowl.

3. Brown onion, then add garlic and giner to wok. Cook until soft.

4. Add orange juice, chicken stock, bring to boil then put chicken back into wok.

5. Simmer for about 10 minutes then remove from wok.

6. Cook Bok Choy in wok until soft.

7. Serve chicken and sauce over a bed of bok choy.

 

Feedback: This recipe was an amalgamation of a few different recipes that I have seen and I have to say not one of my best. The effort to taste ratio didn’t cut it for me, so I’m going to have to try this in a few different ways until I get it right. I will let you know when I get the recipe sorted. Take a look for yourself – feel free to offer suggestions.

When even the best Paleo Plans go astray

27 Dec

I’m sure we have all been there at one point or another. Despite every effort to plan and organise a paleo meal, things just don’t go your way and you end up with some kind of take-away slop on your plate. So here is how my day went from a whole weeks worth of planned meals to eating noodles out of a box….

With Christmas out of the way it was time to head home. This morning I was feeling well rested and full of great new recipe ideas to try out. I was also armed with my new Cast Iron Wok that I purchased at the boxing day sales. I had an eight hour drive ahead of me. I decided to resist purchasing any food on the road – instead snacking on some nuts and a banana. I was pumped to try out my new orange chicken stir fry!!!

Alas, by the time I got home all of the supermarkets were closed. EVERYTHING was shut except for a McDonald’s and a noodle bar. I was heartbroken. I almost decided not to eat at all but having had no decent meal all day decided to purchase the chicken and ‘vegetable’ stirfry. See my picture and see if you can find any vegies 🙂 Anyway, after staying completely Paleo all through the last few days with so much temptation around me I am so dissapointed to have fallen short here.

 

So…. I pose a question to anybody reading this blog. What is your fail proof, never let you down, fall back meal that you can always rely on? I’m talking the Paleo equivalent of instant noodles. Hit me up with suggestions…

A Very Merry Paleo Christmas

26 Dec

So as it turns out, a Paleo Christmas is entirely possible, even in a room of people who are most definitely not Paleo (some members of the family didn’t even know I was Paleo).

Maybe not entirely balanced meals but yummy nonetheless. A few things to remember for next time are to bring some eggs for easy brekkie and lots of extra snacks.

 

 

Argh!!! My first 100% Paleo Christmas with my very NON-paleo family

21 Dec

Hit the panic buttons right now!!! 

So this is the first Christmas being 100% Paleo. I am absolutely embracing the lifestyle but I know that my family are dead set against it. In fact they think it’s extremist and ridiculous. But alas, I see myself with two options:

1. To suck it up. I will embrace the next few days as a write-off. To simply enjoy the foods that are being offered, of course Paleo to the best of my ability but know that on the whole, most things are not going to be hitting the mark.

OR

2. Defiantly stand my ground. I am quite prepared to bring lots of Paleo snacks, and cook my food separately to everyone else.

So I’ve decided to just suck it up. I know that on offer will be prawns and some fresh salads so there will be options for me. I can pass dessert and make sure I’m drinking water. I think that celebrating with family as a unit is part of the Christmas experience so a few days astray shouldn’t be too bad.

Just in case, I have packed an array of snacks and treats that I can grab if necessary (particularly helpful for when i’m driving the 9 hour journey there and back).

What I’ve packed:

  • My fruit & nut snack pack – walnuts, macadamia nuts, almonds, sultanas, dried apricots, dried apple.
  • Fruit – bananas, peaches, mangoes, apples
  • Veggies – carrot, cucumber, cherry tomatoes

I guess I’ll give some feedback when I get home in four days. Would love to hear what other people are  doing to stay Paleo over Christmas in their non-paleo world. xx

New Recipe: Chicken Salad

21 Dec

Decided to utilise some of the leftover salad from last nights dinner and add a bit of chicken breast for lunch. Pretty good I have to say.

Ingredients

Chicken (cooked in Garlic and ginger)

Spinach

Carrot

Tomato

Cucumer

Olives

Sundried Tomatoes

I’m not really one for salad dressings. I found that the natural oils from the olives and sun dried tomatoes was enough for this salad, but you could also add a little avocado oil for good measure. A great easy summer salad that can be enjoyed warm or cold.

New Recipe: Steak w/Greek Salad

20 Dec

So I had some leftover salad from lunch but not quite enough for a meal. Grabbed a few olives and sun dried tomatoes from the grocery store to give me a “Greek-ish” salad. Easy and delish.

Ingredients

Steak (I used a rump)

Garlic, Chilli, Ginger for seasoning meat
Spinach

Tomatoes

Avocado

Sundried Tomatoes

Olives

Mushrooms

Carrot

Avocado oil for dressing