Tuesday, April 30, 2013

Quest for Condiments: Paleo Ketchup: Grilled Tomato Ketchup from Primal Cuisine

Shortly after posting my first review in my quest for paleo ketchup, Pauli Halstead commented on my Google+ page that she had a good ketchup recipe in her book Primal Cuisine, Cooking for the Paleo Diet.  I don't  have her book, but thankfully, an excerpt of the book with the ketchup recipe can be found here

I gathered the ingredients.  

Monday, April 29, 2013

Paleo Powder Week Recap - Don't forget to enter the giveaway!

Last week really turned into Paleo Powder week.  I couldn't help myself as I was having so much fun experimenting with this spice blend to see how it can improve some old favorites and inspire new recipes.  With less than 24 hours to go on my giveaway of 4 bottles of Paleo Powder to 4 lucky winners, I thought I'd do a little recap of what is only the beginning of ways I'll use Paleo Powder in my kitchen.  

Sunday, April 28, 2013

The Paleo Review Hawaiian Cauliflower Rice with Paleo Powder

I was feeling adventurous in the kitchen and decided to try to make a paleo version of a dish my mom used to make me as a child.  It's still in the oven, so I don't know if its a success or failure yet, but I found success with some of my left over ingredients and Paleo Powder and I'm calling it Paleo Powder Hawaiian Cauliflower Rice.  
Boring to look at, but quite tasty! 

Since I didn't set out to make this dish tonight, I'll have to augment the pictures after I make it again.  

Friday, April 26, 2013

Meatza from Well Fed

I was chatting with a paleo friend the other day and we both thought it odd that when we are sick, we seem to crave foods that are bad for us.  I've had bronchitis for the past week and have been craving pizza.  Shame on me.  I've seen many people say that making Meatza can quell the desire to have real pizza, so I decided it was high time for me to make Meatza from Melissa Joulwan's Well Fed.  

While thinking about making this I looked the recipe up on her blog before looking at the printed version.  I gathered my ingredients based on what the online version called for which was a little different from the printed version.  I was at first going to make my own sauce, but then decided against it as I had a bottle tomato and basil sauce with clean ingredients in the refrigerator.  So perhaps this picture is useless other than to show my favorite color in the kitchen, blue, is awful for food photography with my iphone. 

Thursday, April 25, 2013

Broiled Tomatoes and Steak with Paleo Powder

After getting home from work and my workout yesterday, I headed to the grocery store.  I was shocked and pleasantly surprised that my "big box" grocery store now actually has grass-fed ribeye steaks.  Excellent.  I picked up one of those and 2 tomatoes.  A few months ago, I tucked this recipe for broiled tomatoes away in my recipe binder to try and it seemed like it was time to try it, but with a Paleo Powder twist.  I'll admit it, it's Paleo Powder week here at the blog.  Yay!  But as I said on Tuesday, I really do like this spice and I've yet to find something that I've not liked it on.  

Wednesday, April 24, 2013

No Pasta Salad from Paleo Powder

While preparing my review of Paleo Powder, I tried the recipe Lauren and Dustin have posted on the product website for No Pasta Salad.  I threw this together one morning before work, so I'm short on pictures.  The next time I make this, I'll fill it out a bit.

First, I gathered my ingredients.  

Tuesday, April 23, 2013

Paleo Powder Giveaway!!!

After trying out the Paleo Powder, I contacted Lauren and Dustin and asked if I could pick up a bottle of the blend locally to use in a giveaway.  That's another thing I like about Paleo Powder is that its creators live right here in Austin, Texas.  Dustin graciously agreed to give me a few bottles for the giveaway.  I met up with him and expected 1 or maybe 2 bottles, but he really came through for The Paleo Review readers and has supplied me with 4 bottles to giveaway!  Awesome!  Thank you so much Lauren and Dustin! 

Paleo Powder Product Review and Pork Chops

While exploring the PaleoFX exhibit hall, one of the booths was for a spice blend called Paleo Powder.    Paleo Powder is the creation of Lauren and Dustin Gersch.  I'm always looking for new ways to flavor my food and I was intrigued.  Paleo Powder is an all purpose seasoning that is MSG, sugar and gluten free.  On the second and third day of the conference, Lauren and Dustin brought in 2 dishes created with Paleo Powder: Broccoli Soup and Dirty Rice.  Both were super yummy and convinced me this might be a spice blend worth a review.  

A sample baggy of the blend was included with the goodie bag I received but I knew I'd need a full bottle to really test this out in the kitchen, so I bought one.

Friday, April 19, 2013

Sloppy Joes from Paleo Perfectly

Back in November, I reviewed Robb Wolf's Sloppy Joes and they just didn't fufill my sloppy joe craving flavor wise.  I had a reader comment on that post and ask if I'd found a better recipe and I had not.  I decided it was high time to try again.  I looked through my cookbooks and though Paleo Slow Cooking had one, it was very similar to Robb Wolf's recipe.  They are family, so that makes sense.  I searched the internet and found several recipes but none looked as appetizing as this one from Paleo Perfectly.  Most recipes I found included some amount of honey and this recipe did as well.  As I do with most recipes that include added sweetener, I decided I'd just leave it out.  I'm noticing a lot of "added sweetener" creep in "paleo" recipes lately.  Irritating.  This recipe also calls for baking an acorn squash to serve the sloppy joes over.  I decided against doing this as well.  

The honey has intentionally been omitted.

Tuesday, April 16, 2013

Green Chili Slaw from London Paleo Kitchen

Cabbage is  a fairly inexpensive vegetable to stretch your grocery budget.  It has some great nutrients and you'd be amazed at the volume of shredded cabbage you can get out of one head of this often over looked vegetable.  I recently bought a huge 32 ounce bag of pre-washed cole slaw mix at a warehouse store for about $2.00.  I like to saute it with a little fat but it also begs to be made into an actual cole slaw with dressing.  I searched the internet for paleo cole slaw recipes and was surprised at how difficult it was to find one without honey.  My slaw isn't a dessert treat so I don't want added sugars, though I hope it will be a treat to eat.   I had to travel all the way to London over the internet* to find this recipe for Green Chili Slaw from The London Paleo Kitchen.  

They have some really good looking recipes on this site.  I read their "Who are We" section and they say their recipes aren't precise, encourage ingredient substitution, and welcome improvement suggestions.   Given that, I felt comfortable using the bagged cole slaw mix instead of shredding the cabbages and carrots myself.  

Imagine white vinegar in this picture as well.

Sunday, April 14, 2013

Announcing Cavegirl Couture Handmade Aprons

If you have gone paleo, dabbling with paleo or just enjoy cooking any food, you will come to appreciate a good apron.  What's that?  You don't have an apron?  Lucky for you in addition to cooking, I have always enjoyed sewing.  I started making a few aprons after I started spending more time in the kitchen, and with a little encouragement from friends, I bring you Cavegirl Couture!

Friday, April 12, 2013

Food Lover's Kitchen Crab Cakes

A few weeks ago, while perusing the meat counter at Sprouts, I came across some canned crab meat and felt compelled to buy it.  I've been wanting to try making crab cakes, but most of the recipes I've seen have used alternative flours and were fried.  I was very excited when I saw that this recipe from The Food Lover's Kitchen were both baked and didn't have any alternative fours in them.  Score!

Tuesday, April 9, 2013

Pressure Cooker Braised Kale & Carrots from NomNomPaleo with bonus Collards

I know I have yet to post my thoughts about PaleoFX 2013 and they will come but after hearing Dr. Terry Wahls talk about the power of the nutrients in greens, I've decided that I need to get more of them in my diet.  What better way to do this than to try NomNomPaleo's Pressure Cooker Braised Kale and Carrots? I can't think of any.    

I know I just did a recipe from NomNomPaleo last week and was going to wait to post this, but I made the recipe with collards tonight and was so excited about it, I just couldn't wait a week.  

If you haven't invested in a pressure cooker, think about getting one.  I'm really at the beginning of experimenting with my pressure cooker, but so far, I've been really pleased with how it has performed in my kitchen.  If you use it for broth alone, its worth it, in my opinion.  The pressure cooker I have is  8 quarts and was pretty cheap.  I got it on black Friday at J.C. Penney and it was under $50.  I know its a long time until the black Friday sales, but I'm saying this because you don't need a top of the line cooker to get good results.  

I love it when recipes have only a few ingredients.  

Friday, April 5, 2013

Slow Cooker Peppered Beef Shanks in Red Wine

As I continue my endeavor to eat the meat I've accumulated in my freezer, I noticed I had some nice grass-fed beef shanks to cook.  I polled my facebook and twitter fans/followers as to whether or not I should make Slow Cooker Grass Fed Beef Shanks and Cabbage Stew or Slow cooker Peppered Beef Shank in Red Wine.  It was a unanimous vote for the Peppered Beef Shank in Red Wine from TheKitchn.  If you've not visited TheKitchn before, its a great website full of cooking and entertaining information.

After gathering my ingredients, I took to prepping this dish for the slow cooker.  This dish has more than the usual amount of preparation work for a slow cooker recipe that I'm used to doing.  I was willing to do it as I figured the end result would be phenomenal flavor.  I started by putting the homemade beef broth in the microwave to defrost.  

Tuesday, April 2, 2013

NomNomPaleo Roasted Broccoli & Bacon

Shortly after posting my last roasted broccoli review, someone named Lisa, submitted a suggestion through my nifty recipe request widget that I review NomNomPaleo's Roasted Broccoli & Bacon recipe.  Sara H. also commented on that post inquiring about the NomNomPaleo broccoli.  I knew then I had no choice but to try out NomNomPaleo's recipe.  I waited a few weeks to get my last less than stellar experience out of my mind and then I took to the kitchen.  

First I gathered my ingredients.