Sunday, June 16, 2013

Skirt Steak Tacos

This is a GREAT summer dish from the "Practical Paleo" book!  It is quick and easy after a hard workout at the Box!

Skirt Steak Tacos
Juice and Zest of one lime
1 clove garlic, minced
1/2 chili powder
1-1.5 lbs skirt steak
Sea salt and pepper
1 head Boston lettuce
Cherry tomatoes
1 avocado, sliced
1/4 cup fresh cilantro
In a large mixing bowl, whisk together zest and juice of the lime, chili powder,
garlic and salt and pepper.
Place skirt steak in bowl and massage marinade into the meat
Grill for approximately 3-5 minutes each side, remove and let rest for 10 minutes
Gently separate the Boston lettuce leaves and place on the plate
Top with slices of skirt steak, avocado, tomatoes and cilantro!  Enjoy!!!!

Spaghetti Squash Bolognese

Craving Italian food?  I have the fix for you...and it is Paleo!  I found this gem in the "Practical Paleo" book.  Very simple to do! 
Spaghetti Squash Bolognese
1 spaghetti squash
Sea salt and pepper
2 T butter
1 yellow onion, diced fine
1 carrot, diced fine
1 stalk of celery, diced fine
1 clove of garlic, diced fine
1 lb ground beef
4 slices of bacon, cut into pieces
1/2 cup coconut milk, full fat
3 ounces tomato paste
Preheat the oven to 375 degrees
Slice the spaghetti squash in half (lengthwise) and scoop out the seeds and inner portion of the squash (like a pumpkin).  Sprinkle with salt and pepper and place face down on a baking sheet and roast for 35-45 minutes.  The flesh of the squash will become translucent in color and the skin begins to soften and easily separate from the "noodles" that make up the inside. 
 (I use a fork to produce those "noodles")
*** Here is a link to help you with the squash! ***
As the squash is roasting, in a large skillet, melt the butter and sauté the onions, celery carrots and garlic until tender.
Add the ground beef and bacon and cook until all the way browned through.  Once the meat is completed, add the coconut milk and tomato paste and simmer over low heat for 20-30 minutes.
Add sea salt and pepper to taste before removing the sauce from the heat.
Allow the squash to cool and so that you are able to handle it.  Scoop or fork out the flesh from the inside of the skin into a bowl. 
Serve side by side on a plate, mix and enjoy!!!

Paleo Gingerbread Loaf

So I discovered this AWESOME new book called "Paleo Indulgences"....OMG at the sweets and other things we crave in this lifestyle....and it is ALL Paleo!

My first run from this book, I did a Gingerbread Loaf.  The house smelled so warm and fabulous and the gingerbread was very moist and yummy!  Here is the recipe!

Paleo Gingerbread Loaf
1/3 cup coconut flour
1/4 t sea salt
1/2 t baking powder
3 T cinnamon
1/4 t nutmeg
1 t ground ginger
4 eggs
2 t pure vanilla extract
1/4 cup pure maple syrup
1/4 cup coconut milk (full fat)
2 T coconut oil, melted
Heat oven to 350 degrees and spray loaf pan with non-stick spray
Place all the dry ingredients into a large bowl and mix well.
Add the wet ingredients, EXCLUDING the coconut oil, and blend well with a hand mixer.
With the mixer on low, slowly add the coconut oil, 1 T at a time
Pour mixture into loaf pan and cook 35-40 minutes at 350 degrees
Check to make sure the middle is done by sticking a knife in and it comes out clean!
ENJOY while it is warm!

Tuesday, June 11, 2013

Paleo Greek Salad with Avo-Ziki Dressing

This is my NEW addiction....salads!  I found this in "Practical Paleo", thought I would try it and MAN!  Y'all gotta make this!

Greek Salad with Avo Ziki Dressing
4 cups romaine lettuce, chopped
1/2 cucumber slices
1/2 cherry tomatoes
1/4 cup sliced Kalamata olives
2 T capers
Place lettuce on bottom and top with veggies
Avo-Ziki Dressing
1 ripe avocado
Juice of 1 lemon
1/4 cucumber, chopped
1 small clove garlic
1 T dill week
2 T EVOO (x2)
Place all in food processor and whip until creamy. 
 Place medium-sized amount in small bowl and add EVOO until a dressing consistency. 
Add to top of salad and top with oregano!
Yummo!  You will stay full for hours!!

Moo-Less Chocolate Mouse

Yes, yes....I know.  It has been since MARCH that I posted something...I promise to get back into the swing of things!

I have been having this whole "Sweet Tooth" thing lately.  I have had to cut fruit out almost completely to lean up, so I looked into the book "Practical Paleo" and found something I haven't had in years!!!!!

Moo-Less Chocolate Mouse
2 ripe avocados
1/4 cup unsweetened cacao powder
4 T full-fat coconut milk
4 T honey
1/2 t pure vanilla
Pinch of cinnamon and sea salt
Place all ingredients into food processor and whip until creamy.
  Serve with dark chocolate chips on top.