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Paleo

Grilled Tuna Saturday with Mango Salsa and Brown Rice

I love when I get to stay in Los Altos and use the grill!  Beautiful house, and beautiful food.

Ingredients:

Tuna:

  • 1 lb big-eye tuna steak
  • 1 scallion
  • 2 cloves garlic
  • 3 tablespoons rice vinegar
  • 3 tablespoons soy sauce
  • 1 teaspoon garlic salt
  • 1 teaspoon white pepper
  • 1/2 teaspoon black pepper

Mango Salsa:

  • 3 mangos
  • 1 avocado
  • 1/2 teaspoon garlic salt
  • 1/2 red onion
  • 1 scallion
  • 1/2 bunch cilantro
  • 1 tsp pepper
  • 1 lemon

 

Rice

  • 1 cup brown rice
  • 1 tablespoon sesame seeds

Directions:

  1. Start with the marinade!
  2. Mince the garlic and scallion and throw it in a bag
  3. Cut your Tuna into 2-3 steaks depending on how hungry y'all are
  4. put the Tuna in the bag, and add rice vinegar and salsa
  5. Remove the air and make sure the Tuna is fully covered in the marinade
  6. Put into the fridge while you prepare the rest
  7. Start cooking 1 cup of rice - I learned how to use the rice maker.  First, I "washed" the rice till the water ran clear, then added one cup rice and one cup water to the rice maker and watched it do it's magic!
  8. While this cooks, start the salsa!
  9. Dice your mango, avocado, red onion, cilantro and scallion
  10. Combine all in a bowl, and toss with salt, pepper, and the juice of the lemon
  11. Set aside while you make your tuna!
  12. Crank your grill to high and grab the fish
  13. Combine the garlic salt, white pepper and black pepper on a plate
  14. Thoroughly coat the fish with the rub on all sides
  15. Now you are ready for the quick cook!  
  16. Sear the tuna for about 2 minutes each side
  17. Remove from grill and let rest for 5-10 minutes
  18. Put a scoop of rice, a scoop of salsa, and the fish on a plate and eat!
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Kobe Steak and Kimchi Green Beans

Ingredients:

  • 2 habanero peppers
  • 1 head of cauliflower
  • 1 tsp garlic salt
  • 1/4 cup chicken broth
  • 1 tsp olive oil
  • 1/2 red pepper, minced
  • 2 tbsps minced garlic
  • 3 cups green beans
  • 1 tbsp soy sauce
  • 2 tbsps hoison sauce
  • 1 jar Kimchi (about 10-12 oz)
  • 3 thinly cut kobe steaks

Directions:

  1. Chop your head of cauliflower into small florets.  Place into a food processor with the two habanero peppers, and run on high until the consistency of chopped up rice.
  2. Add cauliflower and chicken broth to a large sauce pan, cook until the chicken broth begins to boil
  3. Add salt and pepper to taste
  4. Stir and cook until the liquid has cooked off
  5. While the rice is cooking... Clean the string beans and remove the stems
  6. Put 1 tsp of oil into a large frying pan
  7. Saute the garlic until fragrant and add the red pepper
  8. Once the red pepper has started to get soft, toss in the beans
  9. Add hoison and soy sauce and cover with a lid for about 7 minutes
  10. Remove lid and cook for another 5-10 minutes, or until the beans are to your desired crispness
  11. Then, turn off the heat and toss with the kimchi
  12. At this point, your rice should also be done
  13. Start plating your rice and beans, should be about 3-4 plates depending on appetites
  14. In the frying pan where your beans were, reheat to medium high
  15. One at a time, cook each steak about 1 minute each side to keep the inside pink
  16. Remove steaks from the pan and let rest for 5-10 minutes
  17. Then, put one steak on each plate, or if you are serving four, slice the steaks into slivers and divide between the plates
  18. Enjoy!


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Chicken Pesto Zoodles

SO I got a zoodler.  I have walked around it a dozen times, it stared at me teasingly near the register every time I walked into Sur La Table, and finally I just bought it.  I am so glad I did.  I love spaghetti squash but sometimes even that can be pretty dense, and sometimes just not in season.  The zoodler(I know that's not what it's actually called..) is a great way to make most veggies into pasta noodles.  

Ingredients:

  • 6 small zucchinis (or 3-4 large ones)
  • 2 cloves garlic
  • 1 minced onion
  • 1.5 lbs chicken cut into small pieces (mine was a mixture of thigh and breast)
  • Pesto Ingredients:
    • 1 bunch of basil
    • 3 tablespoons pine nuts
    • 3 cloves garlic
    • 3 tablespoons olive oil
    • 1/2 teaspoon lemon juice

Directions:

  1. Cut the ends off of the zucchinis and place into the spiraler 1 at a time.  I put my "zoodler" over the sink with a colander under it so that the zoodles fell into the bowl. 
  2. Start boiling a medium pot of a water for the zoodles
  3. While the water is heating up, place about 1 teaspoon of olive oil into a skillet and sauté the onions and garlic
  4. While that is cooking, place all the ingredients for the pesto into a food processor.  Pulse lightly until it has been blended into a nice pesto
  5. Add the chicken to the sautéed onions and garlic and cook for about 5-10 minutes
  6. By now, your water should be boiled.  Add the zoodles to the water and cook for about 4 minutes
  7. Drain the zoodles and add to your chicken
  8. Stir in the pesto and allow to simmer for a couple more minutes
  9. I split it into 3 bowls for lunches and 1 for dinner!  Enjoy! 
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Artichoke Pesto Sweet Potato Bun

This is adapted from a recipe by Rachel at Grok Grub after seeing her sweet potato bacon bun on Instagram.  Her recipes are awesome and her pictures are beautiful!  

Ingredients:

  • 1 cup cooked sweet potato
  • 1 cup tapioca flour
  • 3 tablespoons coconut flour 
  • 1/4 tsp garlic salt
  • 1/2 cup chicken thigh either ground or cut into small pieces (if you want to make this meal vegetarian you can leave this ingredient out.)
  • 8 oz jar of artichoke hearts
  • 3 cloves of garlic
  • 1/4 onion
  • 1/2 of a bunch of basil (about 1/2 cup loosely)
  • 1 tsp olive oil
  • Potato Starch

Directions:

  1. Combine sweet potato, tapioca flour, coconut flour and garlic salt in a bowl (I think I cooked my potatoes a little too long so at first my dough was too sticky, so I just added a bit more tapioca and coconut flour which helped to smooth it out)
  2. Set the dough aside and work on the filling
  3. Place your artichoke hearts, garlic, onion, basil and olive oil into a food processor
  4. Blend until smooth and fragrant
  5. Preheat your oven to 350 degrees
  6. Sprinkle potato starch on a flat work surface
  7. Take about a quarter cup of the sweet potato mixture and roll into a ball
  8. Roll the sweet potato ball in the starch until it has a light coat of starch 
  9. Place the ball in the palm of your hand and press flat.  (Depending on the size of your hand it should cover most of the palm.)
  10. If you want to include chicken, add 1/2 teaspoon of the artichoke pesto and 1 teaspoon chicken to the center of the dough
  11. If you are going to make it vegetarian, just add 1-1.5 teaspoons of artichoke pesto
  12. Fold the edges over and seal creases until it looks like a sweet potato hockey puck
  13. Place the buns onto a lightly greased pan
  14. Bake for 20-25 minutes until the bottoms are crispy
  15. Flip the buns and bake for another 5 minutes
  16. Allow the buns a few minutes to cool(my mouth is burned from not learning that lesson), and enjoy!
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Shrimp and Chinese Eggplant with "Peanut" Sauce

I used the "peanut" sauce recipe from Sarah Fragoso's Everyday Paleo Thai Cuisine book.  She has created awesome and delicious recipes that make paleo easy and feasible for everyone.

Ingredients:

Peanut Sauce:

  • 3/4 cup roasted almonds
  • 1 cup coconut milk
  • 1.5 tablespoons red curry paste
  • 1 teaspoon tamarind paste
  • 1 teaspoon fish sauce
  • 2 teaspoons honey
  • 1/2 teaspoon garlic salt

Stir Fry:

  • 1 lb de-veined shrimp
  • 1 Chinese eggplant
  • 1 red pepper
  • 1/2 onion
  • 1/4 cup cilantro
  • 1 head of cauliflower
  • 1/4 cup coconut milk 
  • garlic salt
  • Cooking oil of your choice (I prefer coconut oil)

Directions:

Peanut Sauce:

  1. Put your almonds into a food processor and run on high until the almonds are the texture of a thick flour
  2. Place the coconut milk in a small sauce pan over medium heat.  
  3. Lightly stir until the milk starts to simmer, then add the red curry paste
  4. Whisk the paste until the milk turns a nice pink color
  5. Add your almond meal and cook for another 5-7 minutes until the sauce has thickened
  6. Mix in the tamarind, garlic salt, fish sauce and honey and allow to cook for a few more minutes
  7. I amped up the curry paste because I like a nice kick to my "peanut" sauce
  8. Place into a bowl and set aside

Stir-Fry:

  1. Start off by preparing the cauliflower rice
  2. Break cauliflower into florets
  3. Put cauliflower in food processor and run on high until the consistency of rice
  4. Put cauliflower in a saucepan with 1/4 cup water and 1/2 teaspoon garlic salt
  5. Cook on low while you prepare the stir-fry
  6. Cut your shrimp into small bite size pieces.  I dunno about you, but I am still training myself to like shrimp so I don't like to have huge chunks of it in my food :)
  7. Thinly slice your onions and red peppers
  8. I cut my eggplant into small triangular pieces, (also easy to eat bite size pieces as I start to like eggplant more) 
  9. Mince the cilantro, use a little more or a little less than 1/4 cup depending on how much you enjoy cilantro
  10. Heat up your oil in large frying pan
  11. Add the onions to the pan and saute until they are clear and fragrant
  12. Toss in the shrimp and eggplant and continue to cook until the shrimp start turning opaque white
  13. Add the red peppers, cilantro, and coconut milk and cover with a lid
  14. By now your rice should be ready, so scoop it out into four bowls(or if you are like me 1 bowl and 3 Tupperware dishes) 
  15. Now take your bowl of peanut sauce from earlier and add it to your stir-fry
  16. Stir and cover with the lid for another 3-5 minutes
  17. Scoop the shrimp mixture over your cauliflower rice and enjoy!



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Mint and Coconut Halibut with Broccoli

Ingredients:

  • 1 bunch of mint

  • 1 head of cauliflower

  • 1 ½ tsp garlic salt

  • 1 16 oz can of coconut milk

  • ½ jar + 1 tbsp coconut oil

  • 1 onion sliced thinly

  • 2 tsps of minced garlic

  • 1 cup of coconut flour

  • 1 bunch of Chinese broccoli

  • 1 egg

  • 3 pieces of halibut (about 1.5 pounds)



Directions:

  1. Take your bunch of mint and pluck most of the leaves off.  Stack the leaves into manageable groups, roll or fold them hot dog style, and slice horizontally as thinly as possible.  Then use your knife to chop into smaller pieces and push into one large pile of minced mint
  2. Chop your cauliflower into large pieces and place into a food processor
  3. Run on high until it resembles the texture and size of rice-y quinoa
  4. Add all of your cauliflower, 1 teaspoon of mint, and ½ teaspoon garlic salt to a medium saucepan
  5. Pour in 3 tablespoons of coconut milk, 1 tablespoon of water and stir until well combined
  6. Cover with a lid and place on low heat on a back burner.  This should cook for about 15 minutes.  Taste test a few times after you hit the 12-minute mark to see how you like the texture
  7. In a medium frying pan heat up 1 tablespoon of coconut oil on medium heat
  8. Add the onions and garlic and sauté until fragrant
  9. Add 1 tablespoon mint and a sprinkle of garlic salt and stir
  10. Combine 1 cup coconut flour, 1 tablespoon mint, and 1 teaspoon garlic salt on a large plate and set aside
  11. Returning to your frying pan, add the bunch of Chinese broccoli and cover with the rest of the coconut milk.  Leave to simmer while you prepare your fish.
  12. Heat up ½ jar of coconut oil in a large frying pan
  13. In a wide bowl scramble your egg with a fork
  14. Dip your first piece of fish into the egg.  Be sure to coat every side
  15. Now place the fish onto the flour mixture.  Flip over a few times to fully coat the piece of fish.  Don’t be afraid to toss some on top.  Shake off the excess and place aside
  16. Repeat the process with your next two pieces of fish
  17. Now carefully place each piece of fish into the large frying pan, be sure not to let them touch

  18. Cook for about four minutes on each side

  19. While the fish is cooking continue to stir your broccoli mixture

  20. After your fish has cooked for about 8 minutes remove from the frying pan and place on a paper towel to remove any excess oil

  21. Place a scoop of cauliflower rice on each plate, add a piece of fish, and top with your broccoli and onion.

  22. Add a dash of hot sauce if you want some heat, serve and enjoy!


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Apple Stuffed Pork with Butternut Squash and Spinach

Ingredients:

  • 3 pork loins
  • 1 apple
  • 1 tsp cinnamon
  • 1 butternut squash
  • 2 cups spinach
  • 5 tsps crushed garlic
  • garlic salt and pepper

Directions:

  1. Pre-heat oven to 400 degrees
  2. Slice your squash in half and place face down in a baking dish
  3. Bake until the outside is soft to the touch and you can scoop out the insides (about 30-40 minutes)
  4. Put the pork on it's side(fatty side down) and cut a large slit into the meat
  5. Slice the apple into thin and small pieces
  6. Toss apple in cinnamon
  7. Spread 1 tsp of garlic in each piece of pork
  8. Stuff the pork with the apple slices
  9. Place into a baking pan and add to the oven with the squash
  10. Cook about 10 minutes each side
  11. Meanwhile, saute the last 2 tsps of garlic
  12. Add the spinach and stir until it has cooked down
  13. After the squash is ready, scoop it into the pan with the spinach and stir all together
  14. Remove the mixture from the pan and place onto 3 plates
  15. Once the pork is cooked remove from the oven
  16. Put the pork onto the pan fat side down and cook for 2 minutes until the fat has cooked off a bit
  17. With the heat on medium high, cook the pieces about 1-2 minutes each side so they get a nice crisp
  18. Add the meat to the plates and enjoy!
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Colorful Steak Salad

Ingredients:

  • 1 lb thinly sliced steak
  • 2 cucumbers
  • 1 beet
  • 2 yellow peppers
  • 2 orange peppers
  • 1 jalapeño
  • 1/2 pomegranate  
  • 4 tbsps soy sauce
  • 3 tbsps rice vinegar
  • 1 1/2 tsp sesame oil
  • 1 tbsp chili sauce
  • 1/2 lemon (juiced)

Directions:

  1. Shred all of your vegetables (cucumber, beet, peppers, and jalapeño).  You can use the shred setting in a food processor, a mandolin, or I used a combo of a cheese grater and a knife)
  2. Remove all of the pomegranate seeds.  I do this by filling a large bowl with warm water.  Slice the fruit in half and holding it under water, use your hands to remove all the seeds.  Use your hand to scoop out some of the gunk and then drain the seeds.
  3. Saute the steak in your choice of cooking oil.  Season with a bit of salt and pepper.
  4. After cooked, place on a paper towel to drain
  5. While draining, combine vinegar, soy sauce, sesame oil, chili sauce and lemon juice for the dressing.  
  6. Put shredded veggies in a bowl, add steak, and top with pomegranate seeds.  
  7. Toss with dressing, and enjoy!
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Orange Beef and String Beans

Ingredients:

  • 1 1/2 lb flat iron steak
  • 6 scallions 
  • 2 tsps ginger
  • 4 tsps garlic
  • 2 eggs whisked
  • 1 cup soy sauce
  • 3/4 cup potato starch
  • 1 orange -- zest and juice (Some oranges are more difficult than others, but I would shoot for about 1 1/2 tbsp zest and 1/2 cup juice)
  • 2 heads of cauliflower
  • 1/4 cup water
  • 1/4 cup coconut milk 
  • 1 tsp salt
  • 3 cups string beans
  • 7 tbsps cooking oil (Normally I would use coconut oil, but I only had peanut oil available for this instance)

Directions:

  1. Cut your steak into small quarter inch slices
  2. Place slices into large ziplock bag
  3. Add soy sauce, 1 tsp ginger, 2 tsps garlic, whisked eggs and potato starch 
  4. Place the rest of the ginger and garlic in a bowl
  5. Cut the dark green leafy parts of the scallion into 2 inch slices and add to the bowl
  6. Mince the remaining light green and white parts of the scallion
  7. Add half of the minced scallions to the bowl and half to your ziplock bag
  8. Finally, add the zest and juice to the marinade 
  9. Seal your ziplock bag and use your hands to make sure that the meat is entirely coated with all the marinade
  10. Set aside for at least 30 minutes.
  11. Cut your cauliflower into florets and place into a food processor
  12. Pulse until they are the consistency of rice
  13. Add the cauliflower to a large pot
  14. Add 1/4 cup water, 1/4 cup coconut oil, 1 tsp salt
  15. Cover with a lid and simmer on low for about 20 minutes while you prepare the rest of the meal
  16. Put 1 tbsp cooking oil into a wok
  17. Add the bowl full of scallions, ginger, and garlic
  18. Stir until fragrant
  19. Add the string beans and cook for about 10 minutes, or until the beans are tender
  20. Remove from the wok
  21. (By now, assuming your steak has marinaded sufficiently)Add 3 tbsps cooking oil to the wok
  22. Using a fork, add the steak to the hot oil (try not to allow too much excess liquid)
  23. Cook steak until lightly browned
  24. Remove and place onto a paper towel to drain some of the oil
  25. Repeat the process with the second half of the steak
  26. Now add all of the ingredients back into the wok (beans and steak)
  27. Push the food to the edges of the pan so there is a hole in the middle (looks like a donut)
  28. Pour the remaining marinade into that hole.
  29. Wait until the sauce is boiling and thickened a bit, and then stir it into the dish
  30. Scoop out some cauliflower rice, place the steak and beans on top, and enjoy!
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Fried Jerk Chicken with Collared Greens and Plantains

Ingredients:

  • 6 chicken drumsticks
  • 2 tablespoons Jerk seasoning (plus more for extra seasoning later)
  • 2 cups almond meal
  • 1 egg - scrambled
  • 3 pieces of bacon
  • bundle of collared greens - cut into small chunks
  • 1 papaya sliced
  • 1 large mango or 2-3 small mangos - sliced
  • 2 plantains - sliced thinly and into rounds
  • garlic salt (as needed)
  • garlic powder (as needed)
  • 1 jar of coconut oil


  1. Preheat oven to 400 degrees
  2. In a large bowl, mix the jerk seasoning with almond meal
  3. Take each drumstick and dunk it in the scrambled eggs.  Once it is fully coated with egg, drop it in the almond meal and toss until completely covered.  
  4. As you finish putting the meal on each leg, place into a baking pan alternating directions.  Try not to let the sides touch each other so they cannot stick together.  You want to maximize your outer layer to keep the moisture in and maintain an awesome crunch!
  5. After all they have been arranged as neatly as a bunch of synchronized swimmers in a hot tub, put in oven to cook for about 20 minutes 
  6. Slice bacon into 1 inch pieces and put into a frying pan on medium heat
  7. After bacon is almost completely cooked, and there is a nice layer of bacon fat, add collared greens
  8. Stir until the collared greens have cooked down, and then add papaya and mango. 
  9. Between the bacon fat and fruit you won't need much extra, but if you need a bit of a kick, season greens with garlic salt and jerk seasoning as you see fit
  10. Place onto a back-burner on low heat so you can start making your plantains
  11. Fill a small sauce pan with coconut oil -- I usually use almost an entire jar
  12. Carefully place each slice of plantain into the oil so it doesn't splash.  Fry for a few minutes on each side until they are a nice golden brown with a fried outside but still soft in the middle.
  13. Take your time here, it's better to do small batches to make sure they all cook evenly.  Keep an eye on your chicken, you will probably want to take it out of the oven while you finish the frying.  Turn off the oven when you do.
  14. As you complete each batch, place the plantains on paper towels to get rid of some of the excess oil and then toss in garlic salt.  (my favorite method actually involves two paper bags.  One bag folded to put the plantains on right after frying to get most of the oil out.  Then the second bag has garlic salt in it and you place the plantain inside the bag, fold over the edge, and toss in the bag.  It helps ensure that the chip is fully coated as well as keeps some of the grease)
  15. After you finish the plantains put the chips in a bowl or plate and put into the oven that is still a little warm from cooking the chicken.  
  16. Add any remaining coconut oil to pan and let reheat 
  17. Carefully, add each leg of chicken to the oil.  Depending on the size of your sauce pan you can do 1 or 2 at a time.  My pan was very small so I did one.  
  18. Be sure to turn every minute for about 5 minutes.  The chicken was already mostly cooked in the oven so this is to give it a nice crisp crust and a little bit more moisture.
  19. Remove from oil when crust looks dark brown and put onto paper towels to remove excess oil
  20. Carefully, toss in garlic salt, garlic powder and jerk seasoning as needed
  21. Plate all your deliciousness, and eat!
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