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Veggie Pork Curry

It’s actually green bean sweet potato pork green curry, but that seemed like too long of a title!  Curry is something I have been recently experimenting with and I love it cause you make it as mild or as strong as you want!  Even my husband who is super picky enjoyed it!

                                 

Ingredients (makes 3-6 servings):

1 medium sweet potato

2 large handfuls of green beans (Note: you can add any veggies you want here!  I have also tried asparagus and broccoli and both were excellent).

1 can coconut milk (I use trader joe’s)

2 heaping tablespoons of green curry paste (I use thai kitchen; also even with 2 tbsp this was still very mild)

1 clove garlic

olive oil

1.5 lbs pork

Chop the sweet potato and green beans into small pieces.

Heat olive oil in large saute pan with minced clove of garlic.  Once the oil is hot, add the pork.

Brown the pork on each side; then remove to plate.

Add the coconut milk and whisk in the curry paste.  Note: better to start with a smaller amount and then add.  I add mine in, whisk, then taste to determine if it needs more.  It is better to add the curry prior to adding the veggies.

Mix in the veggies and cover.

Simmer for ten minutes.

Cut the pork into bite size chunks and add to the mixture.  

Bring the curry to a boil, then reduce to medium low and let simmer for 20 minutes.  Adjust your cooking time as needed; I didn’t pre-boil my sweet potatoes but that would reduce the cooking time.

Serve!

Faileo

SO up until my wedding the stress caused me to sort of fall off the paleo bandwagon (and the honeymoon).  But!  My husband and I are starting Whole 30 monday, so new recipes are forthcoming!

Paleo cupcakes are a hit!

All my coworkers really enjoyed the cupcakes so definitely make those for anyone who thinks grain free cant be delicious!

Chocolate Cupcakes

The other day at work they were passing around some cookies at a work event and tried to get me to eat one; I informed them I don’t eat grains.  Her response: I didn’t put any grains in this!  (She apparently didn’t realize I meant flour!).  I made these for my coworkers to show them delicious desserts do exist even without flour :)

Cupcake ingredients:

1/4 cup coconut flour

1/4 cup cocoa/cacao powder (I used dutch pressed cocoa powder)

3 eggs

3 TBSP coconut oil

1/3 cup raw honey (add or subtract this depending on taste; when I make them for just me I use a bit less honey for a more intense chocolate flavor)

Pinch of salt

Pinch of baking soda

Frosting ingredients:

1 cup dark chocolate chips of choice (I chopped up a bar of chocolate)

3 TBSP coconut oil

Preheat oven to 375 degrees

Mix dry ingredients for cupcakes with fork to get out any clumps.  

Add in eggs, coconut oil, and honey and stir until blended.  The consistency will resemble brownies.  

Note: if you choose not to add the full amount of honey you may need to add a small amount of water or another egg as coconut flour absorbs moisture.

Spoon into a grease cupcake tin (or use silicon liners for easy cleaning!)

Bake for 20 minutes.

Combine the chocolate chips and coconut oil in a microwave safe bowl.

Microwave for 30 seconds; repeat if not melted.

Refrigerate for 15-20 minutes until the frosting has thickened up.

Cool the cupcakes completely.

Frost.

Enjoy!

Cupcake recipe adapted from elanaspantry.com, frosting from paleomg.com

Bridal shower

I will be attending my bridal shower today (my second one is next weekend!) and I am hoping there are a few paleo things there for me to eat :)  My bridal shower next weekend my dad is making all paleo foods for and I can’t wait!

Organic nitrite/nitrate free chicken apple sausage :)

Organic nitrite/nitrate free chicken apple sausage :)

paleolog:

Sweet Bites: 

These date/fig balls are absolutely amazing!

I have had them before at a friend’s but never made them myself - It’s so easy and simple!

I’ve been craving sweets and snacks lately because I’ve been writing an exam paper (bad habit wanting to eat unhealthy when you’re sitting still all day). 

I found this recipe the other day and decided to try it, so I bought the ingredients. Then paleorrific  suggests that I make date balls. I took that as a sign and immediately went to the kitchen and started experimenting.

You need:

200g Dried figs
200g Dried dates or date paste (date paste will make it easier for you and is cheaper than dates)
2-5 spoons unsweetened cocoa powder
2-3 spoons coconut flour
50-150g nuts (I used Brazil nuts but cashew, almonds or the like will be fine)
1-2 spoons honey (You don’t need it, but you can add if you feel like it)
Perhaps a little bit salt 

What to do…

  1. Take the dates and the figs (or one of them, you don’t necessarily need both) and blend/mix in food processor. Be aware that it will get very sticky, so be sure that you can clean your blender or food processor afterwards.
  2. Add nuts, coco flour, cocoa powder and perhaps honey (I didn’t add honey) and mix well. It can be an idea to blend/chop the nuts beforehand.
  3. Now you have a big brown sticky mass. 
  4. Take small “bites” from it and roll in your hand until it’s round and smooth.
  5. Roll in some coco flour, chopped nuts or seasalt.
There you have it. Your very own paleo candy/cakes-things… Let the others eat their unhealthy sweets. You don’t need it anymore!
You don’t need both figs and dates. I think a mix of the two of them were really good because you got a bit of crunchiness from the dried figs and some smoothness from the dates. Leave one of them out if you feel like it: I’m sure they will taste heavenly anyways. 
The thing about the honey is, that PaleOMG.com have it in their recipe on fig balls, but I really don’t think you need it since it’s so sweet already.


One of my favorite treats :)

Peak Paleo: Mother's Day Frittata!

paleofitchallenge:

Happy Mother’s Day to all the wonderful Mom’s out there! Of course I had to make breakfast from Val today and decided on a frittata. She loved it. Let’s walk through the journey to goodness!

  • 6 eggs
  • 1 med onion
  • 1 orange bell pepper
  • 1/2 zuchinni
  • 6 slices of bacon
  • 1/4 kielbasa sausage (this…
This looks great! I might try this with some sweet potato!

My version of meatzza!

All credit to paleomg.com for introducing me to the idea of a meatzza.  Pizza is one of my favorite foods of ALL TIME so when I saw the idea I had to try it.  Obviously this isn’t 100% paleo due to the cheese, but I tolerate dairy fine so I eat it on occasion.  Add whatever toppings you like!

Ingredients:

1.5-2 lbs of ground beef

1 cup tomato sauce

Oregano

Garlic

Red Chili Flakes

Toppings of choice; I used 2 cups spinach, 1/2 cup cheese, and 2 chicken sausages

Preheat oven to 375 degrees.

Mix the ground beef with oregano and garlic (i just used garlic powder) to taste.  Feel free to add other spices!

Flatten the ground beef in a 13x9 pyrex.  (I used 1.5 lbs of ground beef and it filled the pan but when it cooked it shrunk up a bit).

Bake for about 15-20 minutes, until the ground beef is just about cooked through.  I then removed it from the oven and drained off some of the fat.

Add your toppings!  I know on paleomg she made sweet potato and buffalo chicken.  This combination of tomato sauce, spinach, and chicken sausage was wonderful.  Bacon would also be a good addition.

Place in the oven and bake for another 5-10 minutes!

This is such a perfect dinner dish and requires almost no preparation or time spent slaving over the stove.  And it made enough for two nights dinners!

paleolog:

Delicious Paleo Cookies

You need:

3 dl (1 and 1/4 cup) raw almonds or almond flour
2 TBSP coconut oil
2 TBSP water
1/2-1 dl (approx. 4 TBSP) raw honey
50-100g dark chocolate (chopped) (I used 85%) 

  1. Blend the almonds until the texture is similar to flour (min are NOT blended enough)
  2. Add honey and water and stir well.
  3. Add coconut oil and mix. Then add the chocolate chips.
  4. Place on a baking sheet in small lumps.
  5. Bake for 9-12 minutes on 170°C fan/190°C normal oven (about 375°F)

I got about 20 small cookies.

I tried to add some mashed bananas (the white thing you can see sticking out from some of the cookies) and dried blueberries, which were really nice. 

I‘ve never made almond flour before so I didn’t blend the raw almonds enough (see pictures), which resulted in them falling apart very easily. 

Next time:

  • I will blend the almonds until they are completely like flour
  • Use less honey (the cookies are very sweet (I used 1 dl))
  • Add an egg or two
  • Add some chopped nuts and some more dried fruits
  • Perhaps use a little less coconut oil
  • Use less chocolate (I used 100g)

Tip: Experiment with what you have in your cupboard: Nuts, bananas, dried fruit, fresh fruit etc.

(Source: Paleorrific, 2012)

I like the idea of adding eggs! And definitely cut the honey in half!