Wednesday, October 29, 2014

Five Favorites: Paleo recipes my family loves

Five Favorites: Paleo recipes

So you've probably figured out we're not really the crunchy type, but last year our daughter asked us to try a Paleo menu. Thankfully, Emeals started offering Paleo menus right around the same time and we've been surprised how much we enjoy eating this way. We cheat quite often and we almost always take the poor man's way out, but the change in diet has made a major difference in the way we feel -- affecting everything from sinus issues to digestion issues to hormone issues to energy issues. We're really grateful.

Here's 5 of our favorite, easy recipes.

-- 1 --

Pan-Seared Tilapia with a mushroom and leek saute
  • Salt and pepper fillets and cook in olive oil for about 8 minutes (turning once)
  • Heat olive oil in a pan, saute leeks for about 8 minutes
  • Add sliced mushrooms and four garlic cloves (minced)
  • Saute until everything is tender
  • Add a handful of fresh basil (about 1/2 cup, cut) to the mushroom and leeks, heat through
This is a paleo dish but we add rice.  Also, the original recipe calls for halibut, but tilapia is easier on our budget. Either way it's delicious and simple. We eat this meal a couple of times a month.

-- 2 --

Cilantro Lime Chicken Wings with Avocado Mango Salad: I'm not kidding when I tell you that this makes a fine substitute for Friday night wings & pizza.  I'm not kidding.

2 T olive oil
1/4 cup chopped cilantro
2 T lime zest
1 t kosher salt
1 t black pepper
1 1/2 lbs. chicken drumettes
  • Preheat oven to 400 degrees
  • Combine oil, cilantro, zest, salt, pepper and chicken in a large bowl, toss to coat.
  • Place on a rack on a baking sheet (this is SO important!).
  • Bake for 25 minutes, or until chicken is done.
2 large avacados sliced
1 large mango, thinly sliced
5 oz. baby spinach
3 T red wine vinegar
3 T extra virgin olive oil
Salt and pepper to taste
  • Combine avacado, mango and spinach in a large bowl.
  • Combine vinegar, oil, salt and pepper in a small bowl.
  • Pour dressing over salad and toss to coat.
  • Serve immediately.

-- 3 --

Paleo Banana Pancakes at The Fat Bald Man: I think it's the coconut flour that makes this a winner for me.  That and melting coconut oil in the pan before adding the pancake batter.  So good with fresh fruit!

-- 4 --

Winter Vegetable Soup
Crock Pot

(3 T olive oil)
3 boneless chicken breasts, cut into bite-sized
(Salt and pepper to taste)
4 c peeled & chopped sweet potatoes
2 c chopped red onion
12 c chopped fresh kale, 2 large bunches
32 oz organic chicken broth
13.5 oz can coconut milk
(½ c white wine)
¼ c chopped fresh chives
(2 bay leaves)

Heat oil in a large skillet over medium-high heat. Sprinkle
chicken with salt and pepper. Add chicken to pan, and cook 4
minutes per side, or until browned. Transfer to a slow cooker.
Add potatoes, onion, kale, broth, coconut milk, wine, chives
and bay leaves to slow cooker. Cook on low for 6 hours.

The coconut milk adds a lightly creamy and sweet flavor that we totally enjoy!

-- 5 --
Chocolate chip cookies

We love this recipe using coconut flour.  This is definately a splurge because the ingredients a bit pricey.  Our favorite dessert since changing our diet. 


Any healthy eating recipes you'd like to share?  
Do tell!

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