Posts Tagged ‘paleo’

Coconut oil

I am not… And have never been a fan of coconut. Sure, I like the body spray tropic scent…. Reminds me of summer time and vacations… But even I can only handle so much of that.

Since starting a more paleo style of eating, I keep seeing coconut in everything. So I went out and bought some coconut oil from balk barn. I tried to use it a few times, but the smell was overwhelming to me. So much so that I couldn’t… Perhaps just wouldn’t eat the food it was cooked with. I’m a fairly picky eater, and even if the food is fine, if I somehow get it in my head that something is wrong, or I might not like it… I just cannot eat it.

Yesterday I bought some different coconut oil. The thing that really sold me was that it claimed to be aroma free. I was definitely curious. How could it not have a smell? So tonight I used it! And it’s true to its word! I can’t smell a thing, no taste either. So, I think I jut found my olive oil replacement for cooking.

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Banana Bread success or failure?

Ive been meaning for a few days to make some Paleo Banana Bread.  I have had the ingredients all ready, but life, as crazy as it is, i just hadnt the time until today.

I searched through recipes, and finally chose one based on the picture. HAHA, yes, very scientific.

http://www.paleobananabread.net/paleo-banana-bread-recipe/

The recipe is very easy to make, took like 2 minutes to toss it all together and into the oven. While it was cooking, the smell in the house was unbelievable. I was almost going crazy smelling it. I wanted to rip open the oven and devour its contents.

Finally I checked the bread with a toothpick and supposedly it was done.

The top was golden brown, the smell was tantalizing, I cut into it and the knife just slid through the bread.

I dished up some of the bread for both Darcy and myself. He really enjoyed his… i however had a bit of an issue. The texture was a bit too soggy.  I had cooked it enough, or so i assumed because I followed the directions on the recipe. in attempts to “dry” the bread out, I tossed it in a pan and fried it. it didn’t really work.

The flavor of this bread is really good. And this recipe is one that I think I could tweak and perhaps make better with a better consistency.

Anyhow, I guess here are some pictures from today’s preparations.

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First impressions… Not always right.

Today was a rainy depressing day. So to waste so,e time, Darcy and I drove into the city and wondered around the really crappy mall. We had a McPaleo lunch ( basically a burger patty, lettuce, tomato, and bacon and a side of sliced apples) …(also I should add hat Darcy takes credit for coining the term McPaleo lol. Anyhow, we were walking around walmart, and I passed by the pharmacy area. I looked over and I saw these….

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So I bought two to try later… We barely left walmart and Darcy said, want to try it?! I was a bit hungry so I said yeah! We can share!

The first bite I took… I thought yuck…. These are not good.

But I took another bite, it was then I realized that they are actually quite good!

I think my mind was initially expecting something else when I bit into the bar. I was expecting sweet, maybe like a typical store bought granola bar. Once I got past that and really tasted the flavour of the bar, it’s was a delicious combination of cocao and nuts in my mouth.

I would definitely buy these again. As most energy bars that aren’t Quaker, Kellogg’s, nature valley etc, they are higher priced. But if you buy LARABAR or ELEVATE ME bars, then the price of 2.79$ each wont really bother you.

I don’t know if you can read the ingredients, but basically it’s pretty good stuff.

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The best potato wedge fries! Nomnomnom

I don’t know if its because I was really really hungry, or if its because I am just amazing… But I just made the best fries/potato wedges in the world.

I am a little disappointed that I didn’t take pictures during the preparation. I was just too hungry and focused on getting them in the oven and cooked!

They are so easy to make.

Preheat the oven to 425

I used two potatoes. Washed them and left the skin on.

I cut them into wedges, not too thick.

Tossed them in olive oil.

I then placed them all on a foil lined baking sheet.

I then sprinkled garlic powder, paprika and salt on them.

I then baked them for 25 minutes, then flipped them and cooked them another 7 minutes.

I wish I would have made more…. Or that I wouldn’t have shared with Darcy. They were so good. Especially with my home made ketchup.

Nomnomnom!

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Paleo breaded pork chops

I spent an hour today looking for a recipe I saw the other day. I checked my bookmarks, my history on two computers, an iPad and a iPhone. I didn’t have much luck. 😦

So, I had to wing it. And I think it turned out pretty good!

Almond breaded pork chops

I made three little pork chops and this is what I did:

In a bowel I mixed

2/3 cup of almond meal
Pepper
And any seasonings you want

Since I just made paleo mayo, I put a few dollops on a plate

I lined a baking sheet with foil and preheated the oven to 350

I then coated the chop in the mayo, the coated it in the almond meal mixture.

Repeat for all the chops, place on baking sheet and bake for 45 minutes to an hour depending on how you like it or,how big your chops are.

Yum yum yum!

Here are some photos I too, during the preparation.

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Sweet potato fries

I don’t know why, but I have never been a big fan of sweet potatoes, and I guess by association, sweet potato fries. Lately with my change to Paleo, I have been thinking that I need to start expanding my palate. Perhaps foods that I once detested wont be so bad anymore.

So tonight I am attempting sweet potato fries. I don’t have a lot of experience making fries, and definitely not this variety. However, I am a big fan of carrot fries (which I will have to add on another post sometime) so I am just going to improvise this.

Since its just me, and even still it seems like a lot of fries…

1 average sized sweet potato
Olive oil
Salt
Pepper

Turn the oven on to 400 degrees

Line a backing sheet with parchment or as I am using because I’m out of parchment – aluminum foil

Peel and slice the sweet potato, I like to make things skinny because I like crispy!

Now coat the sticks of sweet potato in olive oil –Lightly! (I tossed them all in a baggie and poured in the oil and swooshed it around a bunch till everything was coated.

Bake in the oven for approx 30 minute turning half way through ( bake a bit more or less time depending on your taste preference)

Here are the photos from the preparation. In the last photo you will be able to confirm that my daughter definitely enjoyed these!

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Paleo chicken nuggets

I have to admit, my tastes are fairly basic. I love food, but I really like easy foods. Doesn’t come much yammer or easier than chicken nuggets. This recipe I found on paleo cupboards chicken nuggets is very good. I’ve made this a few times and once I didn’t have the arrow root powder…. It was not even remotely as good as usual. My daughter hates chicken and she even liked these!

I only cook for on lately as my fiancé is away ( oh the military life!) so I’ve adjusted this recipe to suit my needs.

I mix half a cup of almond flour/meal with 1/4 cup of arrow root powder. I then add in a bit of salt and lots of pepper ( I LOVE pepper!)

Cut up the chicken into bite size pieces

Crack a egg into a bowl

Dip the pieces of chicken into the egg, then the almond coating mixture.

Heat up a frying pan with some bacon grease(yum) or olive oil or coconut oil.

Fry those little suckers up!

Eat and enjoy! It’s as simple as that!

Here are the photos from the preparation of these tasty nuggets!

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