Roast Leg of Lamb

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Growing up, one of my favorite dishes was Roast Leg of Lamb. It was my first request whenever anyone would ask what I would like to eat on a special occasion and to this day the meal itself sparks brilliant memories of my childhood in South Africa.

Since I believe indulgences and happy memories shouldn’t be reserved for special occasions alone, I went about whipping up a Roast Leg of Lamb recipe with my fellow South African friend, Samantha during her last visit to Colorado. Here’s what we came up with:

INGREDIENTS

3 lb. leg of lamb
2 tablespoons dried thyme
2 tablespoons dried rosemary
1 teaspoon ground black pepper
1 tablespoon course sea salt
1 tablespoon garlic powder
1 large sweet potato, sliced
1 dozen button mushrooms
2 cups Brussels sprouts
Grass-fed butter (optional)

RECIPE

Preheat the oven to 400 degrees F.
Mix the thyme, rosemary, black pepper and sea salt in a small bowl and then rub the spice mix into the leg of lamb, covering the entire surface of the meat.
Place the seasoned lamb in a large oven-compatible dish, cover with foil and allow to sit for about 30 minutes.
Remove the foil, place the sliced sweet potato pieces in the dish, surrounding the meat, and then place the dish in the oven to roast for about 50 minutes.
In the meantime, rinse the Brussels sprouts and then cut the base off of each sprout and remove the top 3 layers of leaves from each one, before slicing each sprout in half.
Rinse the mushrooms and leave them whole.
Once the lamb and sweet potatoes have cooked for about 50 minutes, remove the dish from the oven and add the Brussels sprouts and mushrooms, placing them around the meat/on top of the sweet potatoes.
Slice into the meat about 1/4 of an inch deep every 1/2 inch or so across the top surface of the roast to allow the heat to penetrate the lamb evenly.

Roast Leg of Lamb Preperation
Place the dish back in the oven for about another 25 minutes for a medium-rare roast or about 45 minutes for a well-done roast.
Once the time is up, remove the dish from the oven, slice the lamb and serve it warm alongside the roast vegetables, topped a generous amount of grass-fed butter if you’re so inclined (like me!)

May your experience with this meal be as memorable as mine,

Camilla Carboni

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Mango Key Lime Pie

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Pies are such a great treat but when you’re trying to make them paleo and cut out any refined sugars and processed additives it can seem impossible feat. Thankfully paleo pies are often easier to make than normal pies.

Key lime pies have always been a favorite of mine and when I decided to make my own paleo version I wanted to spice it up a little. I had mangos sitting around my house and thought, wouldn’t that be delicious. It was delicious and I’m happy I get to share it with you, here’s an easy recipe for mango, key lime pie.

INGREDIENTS

1 cup mango puree (roughly 1 ½ mangos blended in your food processor)
1/2 cup of blended avocado (ripe avocados work the best, it is roughly 1 avocado blended in your food processor until you have a creamy, smooth mixture)
1/4 cup freshly squeezed key lime juice
3 tablespoons coconut sugar
3/4 cup coconut milk (scoop out the cream at the top of the can first then add the remaining liquid until you reach 3/4 cup)
1/4 cup honey
1/4 teaspoon salt
rind 2 key limes, grated
2 teaspoons tapioca flour
gelatin eggs (1.5 tablespoon gelatin + 1/4 cup hot water)
1 pie crust (goes great with our coconut pie crust)

RECIPE

Mix all ingredients together in food processor, except gelatin eggs; until thoroughly combined.
Pour mixture into saucepan and heat over low heat for 10 minutes. You’ll see a bubble escape here or there, it should not be bubbling regularly.
In a bowl whisk together 1/4 cup warm water and 1.5 tablespoon gelatin until slightly frothy (sprinkle gelatin over water slowly when whisking).
Pour both mixtures back into processor and pulse until thoroughly combined.
Pour into pie crust, let cool and stick in fridge to set. This will take roughly 3 – 4 hours.
Slice and serve!

There are a lot of ingredients in this pie but it’s nutrition packed. Not to mention that it doesn’t take long to prepare at all, at the most you’re looking at roughly 30 – 40 minutes to prepare your pie. Then all you need to do is let it cool; it’s the best part about a no bake pie.

Enjoy!

Melissa Van Dover

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Berry Pie

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Who can resist a berry pie in the heart of fall? There’s just something so decadent about a delicious slice of pie that balances the subtly sweet and tart flavors of berries, alongside a hot drink.

This Paleo Berry Pie is not only packed full of vitamin C and antioxidants, it uses natural coconut palm sugar as a sweetener and 100% gluten-free Paleo Pie Crust as the base.

INGREDIENTS

4 cups chopped strawberries
2/3 cup water
2/3 cup blackberries/raspberries, whole
2 to 4 tablespoons coconut palm sugar (I use 2 tablespoons and the pie is fairly tart)

RECIPE

Pre-heat the oven to 350 degrees F.
Place the berries and water in a large sauté pan and set the temperature gauge to medium heat.

Berry Pie Preparation
After about 5 minutes, add the sugar, stir and then cover.
The water will begin to boil over after just a few minutes. When this happens, remove the lid and allow some of the water to evaporate as the berry mix simmers for about 5 more minutes.
Scoop the mixture into a pre-baked Paleo Pie Crust (draining all excess liquid as you do so) and then top the pie with Paleo Pie Crust crumbs to “seal” the pie.
Place the pie in the oven to bake for 20 minutes.
Remove the pie from the oven and allow it to cool before slicing and serving. (Refrigerating the pie for a few hours or overnight works best as it allows the pie to set).

Tip: Any excess liquid from the filling in the pan can be used for a number of things, such as drizzling over Paleo Brownies, or freezing with an equal part water to make a Paleo Popsicle.

Enjoy!

Camilla Carboni

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Coconut Pie Crust

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For anyone who’s made pie crust you know that it is a “specific” kind of task. You have to use the right ingredients; the right steps and you need to end up with the correct consistency at the end. Furthermore, when you think of making the traditional pie crust recipe into it’s paleo equivalent you may not know where to start because you literally need to replace all the ingredients with something different.

The following is an easy recipe for a paleo pie crust. What’s even better is you most likely already have the ingredients you’ll need. It requires a little more attention but even if you don’t have a ton of baking experience you’ll be able to handle it.

INGREDIENTS

3 cups of shredded coconut (just coconut, it should not be sweetened)
4 tablespoons coconut oil
4 tablespoons cashew butter (you can replace this if you’d prefer almond instead)
3 tablespoons honey
1/4 teaspoon salt

RECIPE

Preheat oven to 350°F.
Place coconut in food processor and process for a few minutes until shredded coconut looks almost like it has been grated.
Place processed coconut into a bowl and set aside.
In a small microwave safe bowl add coconut oil and cashew butter, place in the microwave for 30 seconds or until coconut oil has melted.
Add coconut oil and cashew mixture to the processed coconut; also add the honey and salt.
Mix together until thoroughly combined.

2015-08-28 11.13.00Press coconut mixture into pie dish forming a pie crust.

2015-08-28 11.20.44Place in oven and bake for roughly 20 minutes or until golden brown.
Remove and let cool before adding filling.

Note that sometimes the pie crust may fall down towards the bottom of the pie dish slightly during baking. If this happens it’s not a problem at all, simple use the back of a spoon to push the crust back into position. As the crust cools it will harden and maintain its intended shape.

Enjoy!

Melissa Van Dover
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Paleo Lamb Gyro

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The Gyro originated in Greece and began popping up on menus in the United States in the mid-1960s.

Best known to us as a pita-bread sandwich, Gyro actually refers to the rotisserie meat. That said, since we like our Gyros wrapped in America, here is a Paleo-friendly version that is completely grain-free.

INGREDIENTS

1/2 pound lamb, sliced into thin, bite-sized strips
1/2 tablespoon coconut oil
1/2 teaspoon thyme spice
1/2 teaspoon salt
1/4 cup sliced onions
1/4 cup sliced bell peppers
1/8 cup coconut milk
1/8 cup coconut aminos
+ Pre-made Paleo Garlic Naan Bread

RECIPE

In a medium saute pan, melt the coconut oil over medium heat.
Add the lamb strips, thyme and salt and cook for about 10 minutes, turning the lamb strips occasionally to ensure they are thoroughly cooked on all sides.
In a small sauté pan, cook the onion and bell peppers until soft (you can use coconut oil if your pan tends to be sticky).
Once the lamb is nearly cooked, add the coconut milk and coconut aminos to the lamb pan and let the it simmer while the lamb soaks up the coconut juices.
Ideally the pre-made Paleo Garlic Naan Bread would have had a few hours to sit in the fridge before combining it with this dish. If this is possible, simply re-heat the Naan before serving.
Scoop the lamb (draining any excess liquid) and the vegetables into your pre-made Paleo Garlic Naan Bread.
Wrap up and serve warm.

Camilla Carboni

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