Cool, Easy Recipes

Some cool recipes from Paleo Diet Lifestyle:

The pretty and sophisticated recipes are all fine and enjoyable, but more often than not what we really need on a day to day basis is a bunch of quick and easy recipes that we can prepare without much involvement or fancy ingredients. It surely helps to stick to the paleo diet when cooking doesn’t seem like a chore or a puzzle three times a day. You’ve got to have some time off when you don’t spend any time or energy in the kitchen while you still eat the best food for your health.

In its most basic, paleo meal construction is in itself very simple. Simply fry, bake, stew or poach a nice piece of good quality meat, fish or seafood and then steam, bake or boil a side of fresh or frozen vegetables, making sure to add a good amount of tallow, butter, Ghee, lard, coconut oil or olive oil in the process for taste, energy and health. The process is similar for making delicious stews or omelets: choose your source of protein and your favorite vegetables and cook them in a fresh stock in the case of a stew or with eggs in the case of an omelet. Of course, on top of all this, onions are almost always welcome, as are fresh and dried spices. As you get used to play more and more with the different flavors available to you, you’ll create amazing dishes without even thinking about it.

Even though this explanation of how most paleo meals end up looking like seems pretty simple and straightforward, it’s easy to get bored or to eat the same things over and over again. For this reason, I’ve decided to include here a few simple recipes you can all prepare in about 20 minutes or less and that call for very few ingredients, but still have something in them that makes them very special and tasty. I hope you’ll find here a new favorite that you’ll be able to prepare over and over again when you’re either on the go, not in the mood for cooking or simply because sometimes the simplest meals are really the best.

Steak & eggs
Steak and eggs are two of the cornerstones of the paleo diet so why not enjoy both together for even more goodness. This combination though is not new and steak & eggs have been enjoyed for a long time, either in the morning for breakfast or at night for dinner. It also coulnd’t really get simpler than this. This is a single recipe, but calculate about two eggs per steak. You can enjoy your eggs pretty much the way you like them usually, but in this recipe the classic sunny side up eggs are prepared. I like to make it so the yolks are still runny and can drip on my steak, enhancing flavor and texture at the same time.

Ingredients

1 good quality large steak (filet, surloin, ribeye, …);
2-3 tbsp of your favorite cooking fat (tallow, butter or ghee are excellent here);
2 free range eggs;
Paprika to taste;
Salt and pepper to taste;
Preparation

Note: Let stand your steak for about 40 minutes at room temperature for a perfectly cooked and juicy result.
Heat a pan over medium-high heat and add 2 tbsp of your chosen cooking fat.
Season your steak with sea salt and freshly ground black pepper and add to the hot pan.
Cook the steak to your likings. About 3 minutes of each side will usually give you a nice and medium rare steak.
Remove the steak from the pan, set aside and lower the temperature to medium-low. Add the rest of the cooking fat.
Crack open the eggs in the hot pan, cover, season to taste with some paprika, salt and pepper and cook until the whites are just set.
Serve the steak with the eggs either on top or on the side and make sure to dip the juicy hot meat in the runny yolk for complete satisfaction.

Paleo Chicken Fajitas
Fajitas are a classic in Tex-Mex cuisine and are adored universally by kids and adults alike. The classic fajita calls for skirt steak and is served with a choice of toppings over corn or flower tortilla, but this paleo take on the classic fajita meal is just as delicious without the tortilla. Today, fajitas are also commonly prepared with pork, chicken or shrimp and the usual vegetables include bell peppers and onions. Enjoy making a big batch and pleasing the whole family with this classic do it yourself dinner. This recipe serves about 5 people, but be sure to make more for leftovers.

Ingredients

3 lbs chicken breast, cut in thin strips;
3 bell peppers;
3 onions, sliced;
2 tbsp oregano, chili powder, cumin and coriander;
6 chopped garlic cloves;
Juice of 5 lemons;
4 tbsp cooking fat (coconut oil, tallow or ghee are excellent here);
Butter lettuce to serve;
You choice of toppings: diced tomatoes, fermented pickles, sauerkraut, sliced avocados, salsa, guacamole, mayonnaise and/or salsa verde;
Preparation

Combine the chicken, bell peppers, onions, spices, garlic and lemon juice in a bowl and mix well;
If preparing ahead of time, let marinate in the refrigerator for about 4 hours.
When ready to cook, heat a large skillet on medium heat and cook the whole preparation with the cooking fat until the chicken is cooked through and the onion and bell pepper are soft.
Put the hot chicken preparation in a large bowl and let the people prepare their own fajitas on top of lettuce leaves with their favorite toppings.

Liver & onions
I think liver and onions are secretly best friends and the combination even have the potential to make someone love liver. The caramelized onions are very simple to prepare and this recipe doesn’t need anything else to be a complete meal. Liver by itself is so full of nutrients that it could be considered mother nature’s multi-vitamin. I enjoyed liver and onions for ages before I learned that the combination is actually a classic in many European countries and is enjoyed all over the world. The ingredient list really couldn’t be shorter. This recipe serves 4 people.

Ingredients

4 large slices pork or beef liver;
5 large onions, sliced;
6 tbsp butter or lard;
Salt and pepper to taste;
Preparation

Heat a large skillet over medium-low heat and add 5 tbsp of the butter and the sliced onions. Cook slowly, stirring often, for about 20 to 25 minutes, until the onions are really soft and caramelized.
Near the end of the cooking process of the onions, heat another pan over a medium-high heat and cook the liver with the rest of the cooking fat, about 3 minutes on each side.
Serve the liver topped with the delicious and creamy cooked onions. This is also delicious served with a little bit of homemade salsa on the side.

Bacon, spinach & mushroom casserole
This is a very simple dish all prepared in a single casserole and using some traditional favorites like bacon and mushrooms. Spinach brings everything together and helps create a very filling and savory dish. The rendered bacon grease created during the cooking process will help cook and give taste to the spinach and mushrooms.

Ingredients

2.5 lb good quality smoked bacon, cut into medium sized strips;
3 big handfuls of fresh spinach, stems removed;
1 lb button mushrooms, sliced;
1 large onion, chopped;
2 garlic cloves, minced;
2 tbsp lard, butter or ghee;
Salt and pepper to taste;
Preparation

Heat a large casserole over a medium heat and cook the bacon, making sure it’s still soft.
Add the onion and cook until soft, about 5 minutes.
Add the garlic and cook for about a minute, until fragrant.
Add the mushrooms and cook for about another 8 minutes, until soft.
Add the spinach and butter, cover and let cook for another 4 minutes, stirring occasionally, until the spinach is well cooked.
Season with salt and pepper and serve.

Baked salmon with asparagus & roasted beets
Beets and asparagus are two vegetables that go wonderfully well with salmon and that tend to be forgotten in our day to day meals. This simple dish can of course be prepared with any fresh fish and vegetables. This recipe serves 4 people.

Ingredients

4 fresh wild salmon fillets;
4 tbsp butter or coconut oil;
4 tsp chopped dill;
16 sprigs of fresh asparagus, hard base removed;
4 medium red beets, cut in cubes;
Salt and pepper to taste;
Preparation

Preheat your oven to 500 F.
Line four large pieces of foil and place a salmon fillet on a bed of beet cubes and 4 asparagus. Do that for the 4 fillets.
Add 1 tbsp of butter and 1 tsp dill on top of each fillet and close the foil to form a little pocket.
Bake in hot oven for about 10 minutes for each inch of thickness of the fish.
Make sure to check on the fish so it doesn’t get overcooked.
Serve topped with some more of your favorite fresh herbs. More dill is perfect, but cilantro is also really good.

Chicken & zucchini hot salad
This is a very simple hot salad featuring chicken and zucchinis, two items that go hand in hand with a lemon and garlic mayonnaise. Serves 4 people.

Ingredients

2.5 lb chicken breast, cut into cubes;
5 zucchinis, cut into cubes;
3 tbsp coconut oil, butter, ghee or lard;
1 tbsp oregano;
1 large onion, chopped;
7 tbsp homemade mayonnaise;
Juice of 2 lemon;
2 cloves garlic, minced very finely;
1 head romaine lettuce, washed and shredded;
Salt and pepper to taste;
Preparation

Heat a large pan over a medium-high heat and cook the chicken cubes until well cooked. Set aside
In the same pan, with the rest of the cooking fat, add the onion and cook until soft, about 5 minutes;
Add the zucchini cubes and oregano and season with salt and pepper. Cook until the zucchini cubes are soft.
In a bowl, mix the mayonnaise, lemon juice and garlic.
Add the hot and cooked chicken, onion and zucchini to the mayonnaise preparation and mix well.
Add the romaine lettuce, mix well and serve in bowls. This hot salad is delicious topped with some fresh almonds.

http://paleodietlifestyle.com/quick-paleo-meals/

Thursday

Double AMRAP

WOD 1

10 minute AMRAP of:

10 striders (jumping lunges)
10 wall ball shots (20/14)

Rest 10 minutes

In 6 minutes, complete:
500 meter row
20 box jumps (24/20)
Max burpee pull-ups in the remaining time

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