Sunday, March 19, 2017

Green Cabbage & Red Curly Kale Slaw w/ Orange Sesame Dressing

A little heat. A little sweet. And a lot of crunchy freshness as Yokam Ottolenghi once again shares his genius in this seasonal slaw recipe.

And if, like me, the closest you'll ever get to his restaurant Nopi in London is following a recipe, then this might be just the one to transport you there.


My Paleo Marin Rating: 4 Persimmons


Ingredients:


1/2 large green cabbage, peeled, cored, quartered and sliced into 1/8" thick slices 

4 stalks curly red kale, stems removed and leaves cut into bite-sized pieces
Salt


3 strips of orange rind cut with vegetable peeler
Juice of 2-3 oranges (about 3/4 cup)
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2 teaspoons coconut aminos
1 1/2 tablespoons seasoned rice vinegar (or unseasoned)
2 teaspoons maple syrup
1/2 teaspoon chili flakes

1 teaspoon sesame oil
3 tablespoons grapeseed oil

Juice of 1 lime (about 1/3 cup)


1/3 cup slivered almonds, lightly toasted

1 tablespoon sesame seeds, lightly toasted

Choice of herbs: cilantro, mint, dill


Directions:


1. Prepare the cabbage and kale. Sprinkle with fine sea salt, toss, and set aside in a large bowl.


2. In a frying or saute pan, add the orange rind, orange juice, coconut aminos, rice vinegar, maple syrup and chili flakes. Boil until liquid thickens and reduces to about 1/2 cup. Whisk in the sesame oil and grapeseed oil.

3. Pour the hot sauce over the cut veggies and mix well. Let sit for at least a 1/2 hour to soften the cabbage.


4. Place in a serving bowl and add almonds, sesame seeds and herbs. Mix well. Taste for seasonings. Serve.


#paleo #salad #kale #cabbage #dill #vegan #glutenfree #dairyfree #healthyeats #goodeats #foodie #topchef #buzzfeedfood #foodbloggers #tastespotting #foodgawkers #Nopi #yokamottolenghi

*Recipe adapted for paleo from Yokam Ottolenghi's "Hispi Cabbage and Kalette Slaw" recipe here.


My Paleo Marin Rating between 1-5 Persimmons
I try out these recipes so you don't have to (and modify them for Paleo where possible). The rating will reflect my opinion of the final result in terms of taste, ease of preparation, nutrition, and sometimes, cost.

Friday, March 17, 2017

Pork, Pineapple & Broccoli w/ Balsamic Sesame Sauce

It's not Hawaiian pizza, and it's not corned beef & cabbage, but Chef Nate Appleman lost 85 pounds by shifting his dietary choices to healthier meals like this.

In Bon Appetit's featured article on Chef Nate, they wrote:


"Appleman's philosophy is basic: 'Everything whole fat, whole food, nothing processed' ... and everything is anointed with omega-rich olive oil, nuts or seeds."


Check out this recipe* as an option for St. Patrick's Day, and several other healthy choices, in Chef Nate's article here.


My Paleo Marin Rating: 2.5 Persimmons


*Note: Substitute coconut aminos for the soy sauce for paleo.


#paleo #pork #pineapple #broccoli #sesame #bonappetit #chefappleman #stpatricksday 



My Paleo Marin Rating between 1-5 Persimmons

I try out these recipes so you don't have to (and modify them for Paleo where possible). The rating will reflect my opinion of the final result in terms of taste, ease of preparation, nutrition, and sometimes, cost.

Sunday, March 12, 2017

St. Patrick’s Day Broccoli & Chicken Rollups w/ Turmeric Coconut Milk Sauce

Just in time for St. Patricks day, add a little (healthy) green to your dining table.

This recipe is from the Food to Heal Ourselves website that asks why can't a healthy dish taste like gourmet food?  And it can! Enjoy the best of both worlds with the easy recipe here.

Note: You might have to use your imagination to bring this chicken rollup into better focus, but my taste tests were so delicious - well, dinner came a little early that night....

My Paleo Marin Rating: 4 Persimmons

#paleo #AIP #glutenfree #dairyfree #autoimmune #antioxidant #chicken #broccoli #turmeric #coconutmilk #healthyeats #ginger #mushrooms


My Paleo Marin Rating between 1-5 Persimmons
I try out these recipes so you don't have to (and modify them for Paleo where possible). The rating will reflect my opinion of the final result in terms of taste, ease of preparation, nutrition, and sometimes, cost.

Sunday, March 5, 2017

Almond Pear Cake w/ Cardamom & Vanilla (GF) (Vegan)

It may not be the prettiest cake on the block - but with only pears and maple syrup for sweeteners, no eggs, no dairy, and gluten free - it's definitely one of the healthiest.

Perfect for a coffee or tea break, find the tasty recipe from the Happy Hearted Kitchen here.*

*Note: I used Cup4Cup Gluten Free Flour; added extra 1/2 Teaspoon cardamom and next time might add a bit more; and I baked the cake an extra 20 minutes at lower temperatures to get it to cook through and brown nicely.

My Paleo Marin Rating: 4.5 Persimmons*

#glutenfree #dairyfree #pears #almonds #cardamom #cake #dessert #hearthealthy #healthyeats #maplesyrup #teacake #lowsugar

*My Paleo Marin Rating between 1-5 Persimmons
I try out these recipes so you don't have to (and modify them for Paleo where possible). The rating will reflect my opinion of the final result in terms of taste, ease of preparation, nutrition, and sometimes, cost.








Thai Green Papaya Salad (Paleo)

If you're lucky enough to find a green papaya, this recipe by Yokam Ottolenghi for "Radish, Daikon and Green Papaya Salad" will provide all the crunchy goodness found on a food truck in Bangkok ~

Included as one of the "Recipes for Winter Salad & Slaws" here, substitute toasted slivered almonds for peanuts, and be sure to taste the dressing for seasoning because as they say: "Some Like it Hot!"

My Paleo Marin Rating: 3 Persimmons*

Note: My local Asian Market carries green papayas, Thai basil and dried shrimp; everything else was at Whole Foods. 

#paleo #Thai #salad #papaya #shrimp #mint #basil #glutenfree #dairyfree #healthyeats #daikon #radishes


*My Paleo Marin Rating between 1-5 Persimmons
I try out these recipes so you don't have to (and modify them for Paleo where possible). The rating will reflect my opinion of the final result in terms of taste, ease of preparation, nutrition, and sometimes, cost.

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Image from John Vena, Inc.

Sunday, February 26, 2017

The Real Deal Tom Kha Gai Soup

Exceptional soup begins with exceptional broth, and that's where this soup began.

Step 1: Make the New York Times recipe for "A Superior Chicken Soup" here.*

Step 2: Use the broth from the NYT in The Kitchn's recipe: "How to Make Tom Kha Gai: The Best Method for Most Home Cooks" here.

Aside from a trip to Thailand, this soup will taste close enough to the Real Deal to knock your flip flops off - it's definitely a stellar dish!

My Paleo Marin Rating: 5 Persimmons*

*Note: Prepare stock 1-3 days before making the Tom Kha Gai.

#paleo #thai #soup #coconutmilk #mushrooms #redhotchilipeppers #chickenbroth #glutenfree #dairyfree #NewYorkTimes #TheKitchn

*My Paleo Marin Rating between 1-5 Persimmons

I try out these recipes so you don't have to (and modify them for Paleo where possible). The rating will reflect my opinion of the final result in terms of taste, ease of preparation, nutrition, and sometimes, cost.

Sunday, February 19, 2017

Kabocha Squash, Radicchio & Green Apples w/ Pine Nut Umami Dressing (Vegan)

With this fantastic dressing, a plant-based diet could be in your future!

The savory umami-rich topping "hits every part of your palette"* as it combines with the other four basic tastes of sweet, sour, bitter, and salt. 

Featured in Bon Appetit, find the recipe here* and give this dressing a chance. It's really that good.

My Paleo Marin: 4.5 Persimmons

Serves 6 sides.

Note: Due to the soy in the white miso, this dressing is not paleo but is vegan.

#vegetarian #vegan #kabocha #squash #apple #glutenfree #dairyfree #miso #applecidervinegar #pinenuts #umami #healthyeats 

*My Paleo Marin Rating between 1-5 Persimmons

I try out these recipes so you don't have to (and modify them for Paleo where possible). The rating will reflect my opinion of the final result in terms of taste, ease of preparation, nutrition, and sometimes, cost.