Posts tagged paleo
Posts tagged paleo
Evolutionary Psychology and the Human Condition: Part 1 – Physical Health
Another shared article from Robb Wolf.
Scrambled eggs (pasture-raised) with grass-fed hot dogs, red onion, and red jalapeño.
I took that raw chard mixture from yesterday, and tossed it with cold cucumber noodles. Pretty freakin’ outrageous. It looked a little like a pesto or chimichurri sauce, which would both also be great with these noodles. The combo of chard, jalapeño, red onion, and garlic, along with the spices thyme, basil, oregano, black pepper, and parsley, all chopped up fine and tossed with the cucumber noodles is a taste sensation in every bite. And the chard has a natural saltiness, so since I don’t add any salt to my food, it gives a perfect saltiness to the dish that isn’t too overpoweringly salty for my healthy tastebuds.
So what I did was take some chard, stems and all, add red and green jalapeño, red onion, and garlic, and just chopped it finely in the food processor. I set it aside.
Then I seasoned my shrimp with my own Italian spice blend, and pan seared them in olive oil. Once they were done (a few minutes on each side until a nice bright pink color), I removed them from the pan, and turned off the heat. Then I deglazed the pan with the chard rice, some more olive oil, and lemon juice. The heat was off, so all it did was warm the mixture, and deglazed the pan, getting all those glorious burnt bits of shrimp and spices from the bottom of the pan, while seasoning the “rice” simultaneously.
Then I served! The rice was warm, but not cooked, and therefore had a nice crunch to it. Almost like a warmed salad. I’d like to start eating raw more, and this was a nice way to combine cooked with raw in a main dish. Of course, if you can’t take the raw garlic and raw jalapeño in the dish, leave them out. Add anything you want, and any spice combination too.
Cucumber Noodle Salad. Speaking of being paleo and vegetarian, this is a perfect paleo vegetarian meal served cold in the summer. Start with cucumber noodles as a base, and add anything, with any spice combo you like! Perfect for leftover salsa! Here’s how I made this one:
All Ingredients, All Organic, All the Time
I made fajita tacos using grass-fed ground beef, bell peppers, onions, garlic, jalapeños, cumin, oregano, black pepper, cilantro, and eggplant taco shells. Topped with avocado and salsa with Serrano peppers from my garden. Muy Caliente!!!
I also want to share with you an amazing idea from another paleo blogger, Survival Punk. It’s a simple idea for paleo nachos, using bell peppers instead of chips. Take a look:
How fantastic is that? I’ll be stealing this idea very soon! Check out his blog, and his recipe for Paleo Nachos.
Paleo Sausage & Peppers Sandwich. A grass-fed beef brat from Uncured Natural Meats, red and green bell peppers, red and green jalapeños, yellow onion, garlic, olive oil, oregano, thyme, fennel seed (to give it that Italian sausage taste), fresh basil, fresh parsley, black pepper on a hand made paleo roll. Ugga-Friggin’-Bugga!
Chili Dog (made from grass-fed beef) with organic mustard and organic kraut on an eggplant tortilla. Sounds weird but it was good. Not as satisfying as a homemade paleo bun, but still decent. The experiment I did last week of using a baked eggplant slice as a tortilla for tacos was so successful that I thought I’d try it as a hot dog bun. But I think the eggplant works better in a taco. Although the sweetness and soft texture of the eggplant made me remininscnet of baked beans, which of course go perfectly with hot dogs and chili, so this was a wonderful taste sensation. The problem was the eggplant fell apart, and I hate messy food. Still, I’ve been craving a chili dog, and this was very satisfying!
Should You Really Eat Like a Caveman? Elizabeth Kolbert on how the paleo diet got trendy—and its environmental costs.
If you’re like me, every time an article on paleo comes out, everyone you know sends it to you. Well, here’s another bullshit article on paleo, this time from the New Yorker. The writer admits she did a half-assed attempt at paleo for only a week, and fucked up her pancakes recipe, so she pisses on the whole diet. The fact that she says she only had a limited amount of things she was allowed to eat, and that the list of things she couldn’t eat was longer, makes me realize she has no fucking idea what she’s talking about. The amount of food available on paleo is ENDLESS! Every single vegetable and edible animal is available. Idiot.
Also, she did not mention organic food once! And the fact that she makes this statement, tells me once and for all to never read anything she ever writes again:
(Grass-fed beef—recommended by many primal enthusiasts—may produce lower emissions than corn-fed, but the evidence on this is shaky.)
I think the only thing shaky is her lazy research. The one thing she gets right is the history of agriculture. Other than that, this article is a bunch of cave-shit.
I hear so many people tell me they can’t do paleo because they don’t cook. I say there’s a simple solution: start cooking, you lazy bastard. The real answer is, “I WON’T cook.” At least I can respect the honesty in that answer. But even the most laziest of bastards will cook a little if it’s made easier for them. Here are some tips for that.
Shop at farmers markets and smaller health food stores. There are all kind of stores and farmers market vendors selling foods that are pre-made from real ingredients, unlike your typical frozen dinner. And these are local peeps, businesses you should be supporting, bringing fresh and real food to your table. For instance, at my Studio City farmers market there’s a vendor called Savour This Sauce. Yes, you guessed right, they make sauces. Great sauces. Vegan and gluten-free sauces and dressings. They buy all of their ingredients at the same farmers market where they sell, and it’s all organic (or at least made from ingredients that are grown with organic practices without the government red tape to get certified). These sauces, aside from a small amount of vinegar and salt, are 100% paleo, so if I didn’t want to cook a sauce from scratch, I could just buy a jar of theirs and my cooking time would be cut in half or more! You won’t find sauces like these in the huge traditional supermarket chains, you have to go to Whole Foods, or smaller health food markets or farmers markets. So if you won’t cook, change your store to make life easier on you. Some even have fully prepared meals that are pretty paleo, but you HAVE TO READ THE INGREDIENTS to make sure!
Visit organic salad bars. Most Whole Foods have organic salad bars, and you can buy some pre-chopped items for a stir fry. Take it home, throw it all together in a pan with a Savour This Sauce type of sauce, and with minimal effort, you’ve cooked a meal. It might even inspire you to buy a chef’s knife and do some chopping yourself.
Buy a crockpot. You can buy a package of organic chicken, get some pre-chopped veggies from the organic salad bar, throw it into a crock pot with some Savour This Sauce type of sauce, and in a few hours, you’ve cooked a meal! No, it’s not some crazy meal I’ve made with paleo coconut rice that you’re photographing for a blog, but it’s a meal, and a damn good one!
Join a service that sends you food that’s already chopped and measured, with simple cooking instructions. This is a bit pricey, but you can choose meals that are paleo-ish, and it’ll give you amazing confidence in the kitchen.
Cooking a simple meal successfully is a great motivator in trying more and more complicated dishes. But don’t feel you need to. Cooking a simple meal is greatly satisfying, even if it comes off a little… um… off. Trust me, you’ll find that after a while of making simple meals, you’ll grow more and more confident in the kitchen, and you’ll realize the only thing that stopped you from cooking before was the intimidation of not knowing. And by the way, cooking at home saves a TON of money, even if you’re buying organic. Happy cooking!
Sausage and Kale. I’ve made this one many times before using hot Italian sausage. I didn’t have any Italian sausage this time, so I used grass-fed beef bratwurst, and added red jalapeños for heat. Also with garlic, onions, and fresh basil.
Broiled grass-fed beef hot dogs with sautéed onions, jalapeños, and sauerkraut. All organic.
Eggplant as Taco Tortillas! I took my leftover Mexican beef stir fry mix (I added tomatoes too), and put it on top of a thick baked eggplant chip. Pick it up and eat it as a taco, or use a knife and fork, I won’t judge. Topped with some avocado, fresh cilantro, and a squeeze of lime. Ugga-Bugga!
Mexican Beef Stir Fry over Broccoli Rice.
I’m trying to eat more organ meat because it’s really good for you, but I’m just not thrilled with the taste. But I find when it’s ground, and mixed with ground beef (all grass-fed from Uncured Natural Meats in Wisconsin), it’s very tasty. This is a blend of ground beef, ground tongue, ground heart, and ground liver.
ground grass-fed beef (including ground organ meat)
red and green jalapeños
Paleo Potato Salad (made with Rutabaga)
I’m one of those paleo followers that don’t eat potatoes (white, sweet, red, etc), but I LOVE potato salad, especially in the summer time. My July 4th BBQ plate definitely felt empty without it, so I used my best potato substitute, rutabaga (a root vegetable that tastes like a cross between a potato and a turnip), and just made a simple classic potato salad recipe. It came out great! Pretty addictive if you ask me!
Paleo Potato Salad (because Rutabaga Salad doesn’t sound as appetizing)
Dice the rutabaga into bite-sized pieces, and place in a pot with cold water. Bring the water to a boil, and boil for about 10 minutes. Start testing it with a fork to see if the rutabaga is tender. Keep testing every minute or so for desired tenderness. Once done, drain rutabaga in a colander, and refrigerate. After it’s cool, mix all ingredients together and enjoy! If you want, add hard boiled egg too!