A palate for Paleo: Part 2

Whenever I thought of Paleo, I would think of a few things:

1. No flavor.

2. Boring and gross cause there is no bread. I mean, I love my carbs.

3. I’d still be hungry.

Well, wrong wrong and wrong!

And I’m glad I tried a few meals out before diving into the entire lifestyle. As many of you commented in previous post, it is more expensive to stock for these meals. It calls for fresh vegetables, meats and spices. Although, I have to say honestly, I had most of the spices and staples already in my pantry 🙂

The three recipes I chose were all from the book, The Practical Paleo.

Lemon and Artichoke Chicken

Ingredients:

  • 4 tablespoons grass fed butter or coconut oil (I used the latter)
  • 2 shallots or 1/2 an onion or 1 leek light green/white parts only – chopped (I used shallots)
  • 2 cups chopped/quartered artichoke hearts, rinsed and drained
  • 1/4 cup of capers, drained
  • juice of two lemons
  • 2 lbs bone in chicken or 4 small chicken breasts or thighs or mix it up (I used chicken breasts!)
Preheat oven to 375 degrees. In a a large, oven-safe skillet over medium heat, melt butter/oil. Add shallots/onions/leeks and saute’ until they are translucent. Add the artichoke hearts, capers and lemon juice. Stir to combine. Place the chicken in the skillet and top each with some of the lemon-mix that is already in the skillet. Place the entire skillet in the oven and bake for 45 minutes or when the chicken reaches 165 degrees internal temperature.

**Honesty is the best policy so here we go. This meal was fantastic!! SO much flavor and enough for me to package up for meals this week. I have to admit I am not one for capers, but I am trying to branch out and cook with new ingredients. Overall, easiest meal I’ve made in a while with the best outcome!

Ground Turkey & Butternut Squash  Cocoa Chili
Ingredients:

3 cloves garlic, smashed 
1 tablespoon smoked paprika
2 tablespoons chili powder
1 tablespoon chipotle powder
1 tablespoon cinnamon 
1 tablespoon 100% cocoa powder
1/2 tablespoons sea salt
2 tablespoons black pepper
32 oz diced tomatoes- canned or 4 cups fresh, diced
1 lb bison (I used lamb stew meat)
2 cups butternut squash, peeled 
1 onion, diced into 2-inch pieces 
1 bell pepper, diced into 2- inch pieces

Directions:

Mix the garlic and all the spices with the diced tomatoes. Place the meat, squash, onion, and bell pepper in a slow- cooker and cover with the tomato mixture, cover and cook on LOW for 4-6 hours

 *NOTE: Don’t have a slow cooker? Use an enameled cast iron pot in an oven at 300 degrees F for 4-6 hours.


Baked Beets with Fennel

 
Ingredients:

2 Large Beets
1 Bulb of Fennel
1/2 Orange (optional… but way worth it!)
2 TBSP coconut oil or butter
sea salt and pepper to taste

Directions:
Preheat your oven to 375*
Peel the beets with a vegetable peeler, and chop them into 1 inch cubes. Chop the tops (fronds) off the fennel bulb, and slice the bulb into 1/4 inch strips. Slice the orange into 1/2 inch pieces, or use segments if you prefer.
Top the beets, fennel, and oranges with the melted coconut oil or butter, and toss to combine. Spread evenly in an oven-safe dish, and bake for 30-40min or until the beets are fork-tender. 
All great successes in my opinion! Easy, require minimal ingredients and not a huge time commitment. 
What’s your fave go to recipe? Are you ready to jazz up your meals with some new flavors??
-TTT

Dabbling into the world of Paleo.

Staying trendy in this wacky world of health is much more than the finding the hippest Zumba class or insane outdoor bootcamp.

I’ve learned that wellness it made up of many different parts. One of the largest and most influential being our nutrition. Now, I am by no means a registered dietitian, certified nutritionist or holistic nutritionist. But I have learned that in order to obtain optimal results, you must change your eating habits. NO questions asked. It’s that simple.

Simple?

Let’s break this down.

When you are exercising you are drawing from the energy sources in the body. Many different factors can equate to a great workout… hydration, sleep, proper nutrition, etc. If your body isn’t given the best fuel, it won’t perform at its peak performance. This goes for everyone. Not just the elite athlete whose college scholarship is riding on this weekends game.

Simple is really the best way to think of it. I once heard,

“If it doesn’t grow from the ground or have a parent, don’t eat it.” 
Meaning, if it’s got additives, preservatives, coloring or can sit on a shelf and not rot, chances are it shouldn’t be in your body. 
Now how does this relate to me, you and Paleo? Well, the Paleo lifestyle has been popping up more and more recently. It goes off this same belief system, eat clean

The Paleo Diet:
is based upon eating wholesome, contemporary foods from the food groups that our hunter-gatherer ancestors would have thrived on during the Paleolithic era, or Stone Age. source
source

So after the suggestion of one of my fabulous clients, I decided to try out a few recipes from the book, The Practical Paleo. Here are the three I’ve decided to try out: 

1. Lemon and Artichoke Chicken
2. Bison (or Ground Turkey) & Butternut Squash  Cocoa Chili
3. Baked Beets with Fennel

Now off to the store I go! 

Have you tried the Paleo diet/lifestyle? If so, what are your thoughts… pros/cons?

-TTT