Tuesday, February 26, 2013

Blasted Broccoli from Epicurious via Sleep.Love.Eat.

I've been in the mood for roasted vegetables and I had two heads of broccoli that I needed to cook.  I found this recipe for "Blasted Broccoli" from Sleep.Love.Eat. and figured it was high time I tried roasted broccoli.  Evidently, they found the recipe on Epicurious.  If there aren't enough names in this post already, when I printed the recipe, "Paleo Gals" was printed across the top.  Evidently, that used to be the name of the Sleep.Love.Eat. blog.  Whew.  This recipe was appealing to me because it had some added flavors with the garlic and pepper.  

First, I gathered my ingredients.  The recipe calls for 1.25 pounds of broccoli.  I had two crowns of broccoli in my refrigerator that I needed to cook.  I weighed them, and they were exactly 1.25 pounds.  This may be meant to be.  

Friday, February 22, 2013

Pressure Cooker Coq au Vin by Ming Tsai

One lazy weekend afternoon I caught an episode of Ming Tsai's cooking show "Simply Ming" that featured this recipe for Coq Au Vin on PBS.  I wish I could have found a video to link to because the show was really quite cute as he prepared the dish with his parents.  After seeing that the recipe only needed 2 easy ingredient substitutions to be paleo and used a pressure cooker, I knew I had to try it.  I have always liked Ming Tsai's concept of mixing the flavors of the east and west to make dishes more interesting.  I've only used my pressure cooker for broth so far, so this was an opportunity to test its ability to get a meal on the table quickly.  

First, I gathered my ingredients.

Tuesday, February 19, 2013

Roasted Cabbage with Lemon from Kalyn's Kitchen

I'm always on the look out for more interesting ways to dress up standard vegetable side dishes.  While combing the internet for blog worthy recipes this past weekend, this recipe for Roasted Cabbage with Lemon from Kalyn's Kitchen piqued my interest.  Lemon and cabbage is not a combination that I would immediately put together in my mind. I love the braised cabbage from NomNomPaleo, but the 2 hour cook time doesn't lend itself to a weeknight dinner for me.  Could this recipe give me a flavorful side dish in a reasonable amount of time?  Let's see!

After gathering my ingredients, I pre-heated my oven to 450 degrees.       


Friday, February 15, 2013

Slow Cooker Thai Yellow Curry Brisket from NomNomPaleo

While on NomNomPaleo's website looking at the Creamy Tomato Soup recipe, I came across this recipe for Slow Cooker Thai Yellow Curry Grass Fed Brisket.  I had made it before and decided it was high time to make it again for the blog.  

Before we get started, I'll confess, I didn't use a grass-fed brisket.  I had a groupon for The Meat House that I needed to use.  How could I possibly pass up a groupon to a place called "The Meat House?"  I had not been before.  Sadly, they do not carry grass-fed beef, but they do have some really nice cuts of beef and a very helpful staff (more on that later).  

First, I gathered my ingredients.  

Tuesday, February 12, 2013

Quick Cream of Tomato Soup by NomNomPaleo

I love cream of tomato soup.  In my pre-paleo days, I used to like to go La Madeleine and have a cup of creamy tomato basil soup.  While searching for recipes last week, I came across this recipe for Quick Cream of Tomato Soup on NomNomPaleo.  I remembered that I had two cans of fire roasted tomatoes in my pantry that I had bought for something else and then forgot what I was going to make with them, so I took it as a sign that it was time to try to regain that creamy tomato soup flavor experience.  

First, I gathered my ingredients.  

Friday, February 8, 2013

Paleo Pad Thai from Well Fed

The first time I heard of Melissa Joulwan was through an article the Austin American Statesman did on her where she featured her Paleo Pad Thai recipe.  I love Pad Thai, but for some reason, I just didn't believe that her version could live up to everything I love about Pad Thai which I guess is the noodles.  

Since the new year, I have been eating pretty strict paleo and started to have a craving for Pad Thai.  Since I don't include nuts in my regular diet, technically while completely paleo, her Pad Thai recipe was still a cheat for me.  I decided it was far better for me to have this version than really mess up and have the real thing.  

So, without further ado, let's test Melissa Joulwan's Paleo Pad Thai!

Sunshine Sauce from Well Fed

As it is an essential ingredient to the Paleo Pad Thai, at long last I had a reason to make the Sunshine Sauce from Melissa Joulwan's Well Fed: Paleo Recipes for People Who Love to Eat.  I've seen many people on other blogs rave about this sauce.  Perhaps because I don't include nuts in my regular diet, I have avoided this recipe knowing it could only lead to trouble if I liked it.  

I'm including this recipe with my mega Paleo Pad Thai post as well, but as its a recipe to be reviewed in its own right, I thought it would be good to give it its own post as well.  

Now its time to throw caution to the wind; whip up a batch of Sunshine Sauce; and see what all the talk is about.

First, I gathered all of my ingredients.    

Wednesday, February 6, 2013

Grilled Chicken Thighs from Well Fed

Until I decided to try the Paleo Pad Thai recipe from Melissa Joulwan's Well Fed: Paleo Recipes for People Who Love to Eat, I really hadn't thought about trying the recipe for Grilled Chicken Thighs.  Grilling chicken thighs isn't difficult.  When I looked at the picture in the book, I've always remarked at how awesome the chicken looks and the perfect grill lines.  I know I had never been able to achieve such awesome grill lines and assumed that hers were the product of cooking several batches to get that perfect cookbook picture. Well, let's see about that! 

I'm going to include this recipe in my mega Paleo Pad Thai post, but as it's a recipe to be reviewed in its own right, here we go!  I've not seen the recipe posted on the internet anywhere, so you'll have to buy the book for the exact recipe.  

First, I gathered my ingredients.  

Tuesday, February 5, 2013

Paleo Mustard Burgers Adapted from Better Homes and Gardens

The other night I had a craving for a hamburger- a mushroom, onion and avocado burger specifically.  One of my favorite hamburger recipes is from Better Homes and Gardens New Cookbook (1930-2000 Limited Edition) my mom gave me for Christmas a while back.  If you have a version of this cookbook collecting dust on your bookshelf, I suggest giving it another look.  While not all the recipes are healthy paleo ones, it has a lot of information about cooking methods and ingredients that can be useful.  

What I liked about the hamburger recipe as written, was that the burgers were flavorful and juicy.  I've adapted the recipe to be paleo.  I tried finding the original recipe online but couldn't find it to post here. Regardless, here is my adaptation of that recipe that I now call Paleo Mustard Burgers.