New Recipe: Couldn’t be assed salad

7 Jan

So, here it is. My I’m over it, couldn’t be assed dinner. It takes less than two minutes to put together, hence the appeal. I added some of my mango sauce for some extra flavour which made it taste great.

Ingredients

Spinach

Cucumber

Tomato

Chicken (I bought a BBQ chicken)

Mushrooms

Snow Peas (Not sure if these are Paleo)

Mango Sauce

Method

Chop it and chuck it all together. The end

Beef & Veggie Stir Fry

7 Jan

Ok, so last nights dinner (and today’s lunch) was absolutely delish and a happy accident. I had a whole lot of veggies leftover from the last few days so popped them all in a pan with some Chilli and Garlic.

Ingredients

Beef

Red Capsicum

Yellow Capsicum

Broccoli

Mushrooms

Carrot

Orange

Chilli paste, minced garlic, coconut oil

Method

After heating up the chilli and garlic in the pan with some coconut oil, I browned the beef. After it was almost cooked through, I added all the other veggies. Once cooked, topped with some orange. Done 🙂

New Recipe: Prawn Salad with Mango Chilli Sauce

2 Jan

So… I hope everyone has had a fantastic New Years Eve wherever they are in the world. I have had some of my closest friends visit me at my new home and so I have had the most wonderful few days sharing it with them.
Here is a great new recipe (if you can even call it that it’s so easy) that you can whip together in a few short minutes. Fantastic for Lazy Summer evenings after spending all day in the sun.

Ingredients
Peeled prawns
Tomato
Spinach
Avocado
Spanish Onion

For Sauce:
2 Mangoes
1 clove garlic
1 teaspoon chopped chilli
½ teaspoon grated ginger

Method
Place all ingredients for sauce in a blender and mix – if the mixture is too thick it can be thinned out with water. Pour sauce over the salad ingredients.

Feedback: This salad was just sublime. So easy to make and delicious. The blend of chilli and mango worked perfectly with this salad. There was plenty of leftover sauce so can be used again.

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.