Sunday, May 28, 2017

Fiery Honey Lime Shrimp

You control the heat in these honey lime shrimp that caught the evening light as if they were posing for a 16th C Dutch painting.
They were a welcome sight to two starving young adults who landed in my kitchen after an 18-mile hike on Mt. Tam. Luckily, I had paid the extra $2.00/pound for peeled and deveined shrimp from Whole Foods, so was able to get this appetizer ready in just about 20 minutes.

It got good reviews from the hungry trekkers, and I was reminded how quickly a shrimp dish can be prepared. Perfect hot from the frying pan, they're also good as leftovers after a night in the fridge.

My Paleo Marin Rating: 3.8 Persimmons

      Abraham van Beijeren 16C Dutch Painter

image from Google Search

Ingredients:


1 tablespoon olive oil

1 tablespoon grass-fed butter
2-4 garlic cloves, peeled and minced
1 pound large shrimp, peeled and deveined

4 tablespoons honey

2 tablespoons fresh lime juice
1/8 teaspoon cayenne pepper, or personal preference

Limes and cilantro for garnish






Directions:


1. Heat a cast iron frying pan, and add the olive oil and butter. When heated, add the minced garlic, stir and watch carefully until slightly cooked down. Add shrimp to cover the bottom of the pan (may have to cook in two batches), and cook on one side for about 1 minute; turn the shrimp over and cook for another minute on the other side. Just when the shrimp start to turn pink, set aside in a bowl. 

2. Add the honey, lime juice and cayenne pepper to the frying pan. Turn up the heat to medium high, and stirring constantly, cook until the sauce thickens, about 4 minutes. 


3. Return the shrimp to the pan and stir to coat with the sauce and finish cooking.


4. Pour everything into a bowl or dish for serving. Garnish with cilantro and cut limes. 


Serve hot immediately, or refrigerate to eat cold at a later time.


#paleo #shrimp #cayenne #garlic #summer #easycooking #healthyeats


Recipe adapted from Rasa Malaysia website here.



My Paleo Marin Rating 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, May 21, 2017

3-Ingredient Mango Tango Coconut Ice Cream (Vegan)

How (naturally) sweet it is!

Choose carefully, and this light refreshing dessert can be made with just three ingredients - and more good news - in a regular blender.

Look for:
Ripe Ataulfo mangoes
Tangy juicy limes
Thai Kitchen Organic Coconut Milk 

Even better with cut strawberries, peaches, kiwis, or fresh berries, serve this beautiful, healthy mango ice cream any time you're feeling tropical ~ 

My Paleo Marin Rating: 4 Persimmons

Ingredients:

3-4 Ataulfo mangoes, peeled and cut in chunks (about 4 cups total)
Juice of 1 lime
1-14 oz. can Thai Kitchen Organic Coconut Milk (full fat)

Optional: 1/2 cup honey or maple syrup; 1 tsp. vanilla; pinch of salt.

Directions:

Ataulfo Mangoes
Photo from Google Images
1. Cut the mangoes as shown in the video here. Spread out the chunks on a parchment-lined sheet or plates, and put in the freezer for 4 hours, or overnight.

2. Place the frozen mangoes, lime juice, and coconut milk in a blender. Mix until everything turns into a creamy liquid. Leave some mango bits if possible.

3. Taste for personal preference: add honey or maple syrup, vanilla, or pinch of salt as desired.

Contains guar gum that
prevents ice crystal buildup.
Photo from website
4. Return to freezer for about 3 hours. Thaw out for about 20 minutes before serving.

Serve with cut fruit. Enjoy!

#paleo #vegan #dairyfree #sorbet #icecream #mangoes #whips #dessert #coconutmilk #tropical #Thai #kids #healthyeats

Recipe adapted from the ifoodreal website here.

My Paleo Marin Rating 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, May 14, 2017

Cantaloupe, Cucumber & English Pea Salad

"Savory fruit salads are officially a thing. (And,  for the record,  cucumber is a fruit.)”*

Elevate traditional Peas and Cheese with this light and refreshing non-dairy cantaloupe and cucumber salad. Fresh English peas, one of the first harbingers of summer, are just coming into season. And cardamom, coriander and medium spicy peppers balance out the sweetness of the melon to create a new flavor palette in this dish ready in about 30 minutes!

Find the Bon Appétit* recipe here. I added blanched fresh English peas, substituted lemon zest for sumac, and used cherry and Serano chilies.

My Paleo Marin Rating: 3 Persimmons

#paleo #salad #raw #vegan #glutenfree #dairyfree #melons #englishpeas #bonappetit

My Paleo Marin Rating 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, May 7, 2017

West African Safari Stew (Paleo) (Whole 30)

Take a Walk on the Wild Side with this traditional blend of West African flavors in a dish known as Maafe.

I was pleasantly surprised with this "tweak" on my usual chicken recipes. It's not a PB&J sandwich, but my guess is that kids of all ages will find the nut butter very appealing.

The sauce typically starts with ground peanuts cooked with the “Holy Trinity” of West African ingredients: tomatoes, onions, and chilies. A protein of mutton, beef, chicken or fish is added when available.

In the rainforest areas, from Sierra Leone to Ghana, it would be served with sweet potatoes. Where West Africa meets the Sahara Desert in Mali or Niger, couscous. And along the coastal areas, such as Senegal or Sierra Leone, rice.

Substitute almond butter for peanut butter in the "Well Fed" blog's recipe here for a protein-packed, anti-inflammatory dish. Serve with lettuce leaves, cauliflower rice (link here), or sweet potatoes for Paleo and Whole 30.

My Paleo Marin Rating: 4 Persimmons

#paleo #whole30 #glutenfree #chicken #stew #beef #fish #dairyfree #WestAfrica #Africa #almondbutter #maindish #recipes #Senegal #Maafe #Sahara #Mali #Niger #cauliflower #maincourse #dinner #supper #sunflowerseeds #healthyeats #cleaneating


My Paleo Marin Rating 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.