Friday, March 29, 2013

Roasted Boston Butt by Cat Cora

If you're like me, you often find your self searching for paleo *insert ingredient/recipe name here.* I recently bought a few Boston butt roasts because they were on sale, so I found myself searching. After entering paleo Boston butt, this recipe by Cat Cora came up.  Evidently, she's an "Iron Chef."  It's not from a paleo website, but the ingredients all are all paleo.  I instantly wanted to make this recipe because it was different from the typical paprika, cumin based seasonings I've typically seen for pork roast recipes.  The only drawback was that it was oven roasted.  

Tuesday, March 26, 2013

Collard Greens from Paleo Comfort Foods

In a few weeks, I'm going to be having a paleo "Thanksgiving" for friends and have been thinking about what side dishes I might make.  While at Spouts recently, they had some really pretty collard greens and I decided it was high time for me to try the Collard Greens recipe from Paleo Comfort Foods: Homestyle Cooking for a Gluten-Free Kitchen by Julie and Charles Mayfield.

Those greens look so good and fresh!

Friday, March 22, 2013

Slow Cooker Braised Boston Butt Roast

My neighbor Sara has been ever so kind to lend me emergency ingredients from time to time, likes the blog on facebook, just had a new baby in December and is all around a good neighbor.  Being a good neighbor to me and friend of the blog has its perks:pork! My big box grocery store recently had a really good sale on Boston butt pork roasts, so I bought 4.  I actually ran into Sara at the store when I bought these roasts and instantly decided to make one for her and her family.  

Nomnompaleo's Kalua Pig uses a Boston butt roast, but I decided to scour the internet to find a new and interesting way to prepare this roast and came across this "Braised Boston Butt a la Crockpot" from a site called Rich and Sweet by Bia Rich.  Is this from a paleo website?  No, but when I searched for paleo pork roast it came up.  I only had to make one ingredient substitution to make this dish paleo.  What piqued my interest about this recipe is that it used one of my favorite spices, smoked paprika and it braised the roast in the slow cooker.   

First I gathered my ingredients.

Tuesday, March 19, 2013

Grain Free Couscous Salad with Baby Kale and Artichoke Hearts from Meatified

There are so many great paleo food sites out there and Meatified is one of them.  I came across this site on twitter when @Meatified followed me.  I've picked out a few recipes that I'm going to try from the site, but the first is this Grain Free Couscous Salad with Baby Kale and Artichoke Hearts.  I used to love eating couscous, so the idea of using chicken to mimic it really intrigued me.  It ends up I have another reason to like Meatified, its author is also named Rachael!    

First, I gathered my ingredients.

Friday, March 15, 2013

Lemon & Artichoke Chicken from Practical Paleo

I've had a copy of Practical Paleo by Dianne Sanfilippo for a few months and for some reason, just hadn't made anything from it.  I sat down last week and tabbed some recipes, and I decided my first recipe review from the book would be Lemon & Artichoke Chicken.  If you do some internet searching you may or may not be able to find where others have posted this recipe but I did not see where Dianne has posted this recipe herself anywhere, so consider purchasing the book.   

First, I gathered my ingredients and pre-heated the oven to 375.    

Tuesday, March 12, 2013

Quest for Condiments: Paleo Ketchup

And so it begins, my quest for paleo ketchup.  A few months ago, I mentioned that I was going to try start testing condiment recipes to fill flavor gaps that I have been missing since adopting a paleo diet.  Ketchup is a huge flavor gap for me.  

As most of the recipes I've found for paleo ketchup are pretty short, so I'll update this post as I go along.  Of course, if I find a really good one and this quest can come to an end, that recipe will get its own post.  Without further ado, the first recipe in my quest.

Recipe #1 Simple Ketchup

This recipe for "Simple Ketchup" is from The Paleo Lifestyle Diet.  As usual, I started by gathering my ingredients.  

Friday, March 8, 2013

Paleo Slow Cooking's Pesto Chicken

I am always in the mood for a good slow cooker recipe.  I've seen many recipes for paleo pesto, but generally avoid making any of them because they use nuts and I typically don't include nuts in my day to day cooking.  I was really excited to see that the Pesto Chicken recipe in Chrissy Gower's Paleo Slow Cooking: Gluten Free Recipes Made Simple did not use nuts!  I wasn't able to find a site where Chrissy has posted this recipe herself anywhere on the internet, so I encourage you to buy the book.

I gathered my ingredients, and decided to make the pesto first before loading the chicken into the slow cooker.  I used my mini-chopper to make the pesto.

Tuesday, March 5, 2013

Quick Chicken Curry by Robb Wolf

Every once in a while, I'll sit down with my favorite cookbooks and thumb through them to see what strikes my fancy as something good to blog. The last time I went through the recipe section of Robb Wolf's The Paleo Solution, I had tabbed his Quick Chicken Curry.  I could not find where Robb has posted this recipe himself on the internet, but if your a good internet searcher you may be able to find where others have posted it.  You really should get this book if you don't have it already.  It's well worth the small investment.  

I happened to have all of the ingredients in my kitchen except for the cashews and decided the dish would likely still be worth making with out them.  I love it when I find a recipe that I want to make and no trip to the grocery store is required.    I decided to double the recipe so I would have dinner and lunch for the next day. 

Completely ignore the curry powder- picture curry paste there instead.

Friday, March 1, 2013

Lamb Osso Bucco from Jen's Gone Paleo

When I first started this blog, the picture I had in my mind was my getting recipe requests from readers and my cooking them.  While I'm always asking for requests, it wasn't until I recently added a cool widget to collect recipe requests that I've actually received one.  How exciting!  Sarah H. asked that I review the Lamb Osso Bucco with Wild Porcini and Fennel recipe from Jen's Gone Paleo.  What an awesome suggestion!  She says that she's been curious to see how it turns out.  Well, let's find out!

First, I gathered my ingredients.  I turned my oven on to 400 degrees to pre-heat. 

Skillet Porcini Chicken by The Paleo Review

After making the porcini salt, I needed to test it out.  Since I know it could be good for veggies and chicken, I decided to make a simple skillet meal featuring the new blend and I'm calling it Skillet Porcini Chicken.


Porcini Salt from The Little Things

Recently, while making Lamb Osso Bucco with Wild Porcini and Fennel, I needed a porcini salt blend.  The recipe called for a Williams Sonoma Wild Porcini Mushroom Salt.  I went ahead and go the Williams Sonoma blend which costs 14.95.  I did a little research and found this recipe  for a porcini salt from a blog called The Little Things  and wondered if it could be a good substitute if the Williams Sonoma blend is too pricey for your budget or you don't have a Williams Sonoma store in your area.  What could be better than being able to make your own blend?