Paleo Potato Salad

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I used to be one of those people who jealously eyed anyone indulging in potato salad at BBQ’s and picnics, in an attempt to steer clear of white potatoes and stay true to my Paleo lifestyle.

And then it dawned on me – there was a sneaky little solution that would have even the most die-hard potato salad fan pondering if anything was different – the white-fleshed sweet potato!

This is a fantastic Paleo Potato Salad option that is so delicious you’ll have to make twice as much so there’s some to share (at least if I’m coming to dinner!)

INGREDIENTS

1 medium organic white-fleshed sweet potato
1 large organic red apple of your choice
1 medium whole sweet and tangy pickle
1 medium organic onion, peeled
4 tablespoons organic, Paleo-friendly mayonnaise
1 heaped teaspoon Italian seasoning
Salt and pepper, to taste

 

RECIPE

In a medium pot, bring water to the boil.
Peel the potato and cut it into uniform slices, about 1/2 inch thick.
Place the potato slices in the pot and let boil.
While the potato cooks, cut the apple, onion and pickle into small cubes, about a half-a-dime-sized, or smaller.
Once the potato is fully cooked, but still firm, remove the potato slices from the pot and allow to cool before dicing into dime-sized pieces.
Combine all the ingredients together and mix gently before adding the mayonnaise.
Toss the salad to spread the mayonnaise evenly.
Add the Italian seasoning, and salt and pepper to taste, and give it one final mix.
Seal in a dish and refrigerate until serving.
(Can be stored up to 5 days in the refrigerator.)

 
This recipe makes 4 to 6 side servings.

I hope you adore this Paleo-friendly side dish as much as I do, and get your potato salad fix while benefiting from the dietary fiber and array of nutrients it offers,

Camilla Carboni

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Paleo Breakfast Burrito

Paleo Breakfast Burrito
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Give up burritos? Heck no!

There’s nothing quite like a big bite into a warm Breakfast Burrito, especially on a crisp morning, or on a camping trip.

It’s my all-time favorite campsite staple, and before I head to the beautiful mountains of Colorado, I always make a few extra burritos to enjoy before I leave…and also on my return!

Here’s my super-simple, totally-swear-by-it, Paleo Breakfast Burrito Recipe:

INGREDIENTS

2 teaspoons coconut oil
1/4 lb grass-fed, ground breakfast sausage
2 eggs
1 Coconut Wrap (we love Julian Bakery’s Paleo Wraps; you can read more about them on our Paleo Products page)
Salt and Pepper to taste

RECIPE

Melt 1 teaspoon of coconut oil in a small saucepan over medium heat and then add the sausage.

Meanwhile, in another small saucepan, melt the other teaspoon of coconut oil over medium heat, and then crack the eggs into the pan and stir into a scramble.

When the sausage is lightly brown and the scrambled eggs are cooked, scoop the sausage and egg into the Coconut Wrap.

Sprinkle with salt and pepper, to taste.

Fold the wrap like a traditional burrito, then wrap it in tin foil.

Next, choose your heating method:

  1. Place your wrapped burrito in a cast-iron pan on medium heat for 2 minutes, flip over and heat for about another 2 minutes, or until hot.
  2. Place your wrapped burrito on a tray in the oven, preheated to 350 degrees, for about 6 minutes, or until hot.
  3. Place your wrapped burrito on a grill over hot coals, or a campfire, and heat for 4 minutes, flip over and heat for about another 4 minutes, or until hot.

Unwrap the top of the tin foil to expose the first half of your delicious home-made Breakfast Burrito and indulge!

Hope you enjoy this recipe as much as I do,

Camilla Carboni

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Cauliflower Mash

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Miss mash? You’re not alone and we have you covered!

White potatoes are not considered Paleo-friendly (at least not in the stricter schools of Paleo) as they are not easily digestible by the human body (are considered antinutrients) and break down into sugar. Dr. Loren Cordain writes about this in detail in his interesting post titled, Why Potatoes Are Not Paleo.

In this recipe, mash is recreated using cauliflower, which boasts large quantities of vitamin C, vitamin B6, potassium, magnesium, calcium and fiber, and tastes just as good!

INGREDIENTS

2 cups raw cauliflower, cored and cut into 1/4 inch florets
1 tablespoon coconut oil
1/4 teaspoon salt
1 dozen black peppercorns
1 tablespoon grass-fed butter (optional)

RECIPE

Pre-heat the oven to 450 degrees F.
Place the cauliflower florets, the coconut oil and the salt and pepper in an oven-safe dish and place in the oven for 20 to 30 minutes, until the cauliflower is tender enough to have a skewer poked through it.

Cauliflower Mash Preparation
Remove the dish from the oven and allow the cauliflower to cool for a few minutes, before placing it in a food processor, together with the coconut milk (and butter, if you desire a creamier finish).
Pulse for about 1 minute or until smooth.
Plate and enjoy alongside protein and vegetables.

This recipe makes 1 serving.

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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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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!

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Crock-pot Chicken Curry Soup

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Sometimes there’s nothing quite like a comforting bowl of chicken soup.

For decades, chicken soup has been believed to cure common colds and provide essentials via the moist broth that chicken exudes. Often chicken soups contain vegetable oils, legumes and wheat flour for thickening, but truthfully there is no need to add anything but natural ingredients.

In this crock-pot recipe, chicken soup gets a spice kick and a whole lot of ethnic flavor.

INGREDIENTS

1 large organic yam, chopped
1 pound chicken breast, boneless and skinless, sliced into bite sized pieces
2 yellow tomatoes
1/4 cup coconut milk (full fat, canned)
1 tablespoon ghee butter
4 bay leaves
1 tablespoon cumin seeds
1 tablespoon medium yellow curry powder
1 jalapeño, sliced thinly
1/2 cup water

RECIPE

Place all the ingredients into a medium crock-pot. Stir and set the crock-pot to the 4 hour, high setting.

Crockpot Chicken Curry Soup
Stir occasionally, about once every hour.
Once the 4 hours have passed, check to see that the yams and soft and if they are, the dish is ready to enjoy.
Serve immediately or turn the crock-pot down to low heat and enjoy later that day, or refrigerate or freeze for enjoying later.

That’s an easy and flavorful soup recipe for a rainy day,

Camilla Carboni

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Coconut Shrimp

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During my days living in Hawai’i I ate a fair amount of shrimp. Those shrimp shack takeout stands make a wonderful plate lunch, enjoyed with the sound of the ocean in the distance. But the best thing of all was the story behind the only shrimp shack that was run by a woman on the Island of O’ahu, Big Wave Shrimp.

It had been her life long dream to run her own business, but it wasn’t really heard of to do so at the time. Luckily she had a very supportive husband who spent all his savings buying her a truck to turn into the Big Wave Shrimp shack. Many years later, the truck still operates on the North Shore, serving up plate after plate of her famous coconut shrimp to locals and tourists alike.

With that I have set myself up for a challenge–and I don’t proclaim to beat her recipe by any means–but this is a little taste of the coconut shrimp flavor I so vividly remember.

INGREDIENTS

1 tablespoon grass-fed butter
1 tablespoon crushed garlic
1/2 cup cooked shrimp (fresh or frozen)
2 tablespoons coconut milk (canned and full fat)
1/8 cup unsweetened shredded coconut
Black pepper (optional)

RECIPE

In a medium saute pan, melt the butter over medium heat.
Add the garlic and stir before adding the shrimp.

Coconut Shrimp Preperation
Continue to cook on medium heat until the shrimp is thoroughly heated, then sprinkle the shredded coconut over the shrimp and cook for another few minutes, stirring often, until the coconut begins to brown.
Add the coconut milk, stir and let simmer for a few minutes before sprinkling with crushed black pepper, as desired, and enjoying warm.

Enjoy it and Mahalo,

Camilla Carboni

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