I got some good feedback on the previous recipe-share, so I thought I’d do another, particularly to help out my CrossFit Woodbridge Paleo Challenge peeps. Here are some great recipes to try, presented for free with my comments… You’re welcome.
Curried Shrimps and Spinach
Ms. Anita brought this one to my attention, and I will be forever in her debt. You can find it here. It is awesome (and your house smells amazing for days after cooking it). Since most of it gets pureed, I will probably mimic this recipe in many other dishes; no complaints from the Little about onions! (In fact, maybe I’ll puree the spinach in next time so there won’t be complaints from the teen, either…)
Some notes: Definitely double the spinach and make sure to use homemade stock. For those of you who are local, I also recommend using my absolute favorite curry powder from Sharkawi Farm. (You can find their stand at the Dale City Farmer’s Market.)
One more thing… Not to be a kill-joy, but I figured I should just mention that technically, spinach should be cooked (either sauteed or steamed) before being adding to a dish. Spinach contains oxalic acid, which is not only irritating to digestion and mucous membranes, but also blocks calcium and iron absorption and can contribute to kidney stones. Cooking reduces the oxalic acid, but if it’s cooked IN the dish, the oxalic acid is released into the dish. Make sense? So, the best practice is to steam the spinach before adding it in. Don’t say I didn’t warn you. (You should also try to use baby spinach leaves rather than large, full-grown ones, as the mature leaves contain greater amounts of oxalic acid.)
Banana Bread French Toast
No, really – this is Paleo! In the last recipe collection post I said there was one recipe that I wish was my own. Well, this is the one I wish was mine this week. It is so yummy and it was really a joy to make a “treat” breakfast for the family.
The banana bread recipe can totally stand on its own. When you make french toast out of it, it’s just ridiculously good.
Make sure to use properly prepared nuts. I didn’t roast my cashews as the recipe calls for; I don’t think it makes any difference. My bananas weren’t quite as brown as I wanted, but they still made this recipe sweet enough.
I did find that I had to bake this about ten minutes longer than the recipe calls for, though. Let me know if you have the same experience…
Spicy Sweet Potato Hash
If you want a super-quick last minute dinner idea, look no further than this recipe. Compliments all around on this one.
Just a few comments (of course)… Make sure to use coconut oil (or another healthy fat) instead of sauteing with olive oil. Watch the ingredient list on the chipotle peppers in adobo sauce; San Marcos is an OK brand. Although the recipe name says “spicy,” it was really quite mild. If you like spice you’ll want to add in another pepper or two, at least to the adults’ portion. Oh! Definitely shred the sweet potatoes in your food processor. Doing it by hand is for the birds.
Paleo Aloo Gobi
The beautiful Jena made this for our Barbelles Paleo Recipe Exchange, and it was delish. She happened to forget cauliflower, so I know it’s good even without it . Feel free to use leftover chicken and whatever kind of nut-butter you have on hand (homemade, right?).
And for the grand finale… (You are going to LOVE me for this one!)
Peanut Butter Banana Cups
Ummmmm… These are really good. Like, amazingly good. Like, maybe I will survive the Paleo Challenge because of them good.
Here are my changes: I have a 24 cup mini muffin tin (and you’re going to want at least that many), so I need to double the nut butter mixture and use a banana and a half. You can definitely use whatever nut-butter you have on hand (I think mine was cashew/almond/pecan/walnut). Since I make my nut-butter with a bit of honey and a pinch of salt, I did not add more of these ingredients. I just mixed the nut-butter with vanilla and the additional coconut oil.
Use a butter knife to help pop these out after freezing; they come out easily. Store them in the freezer. YUM.
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