Paleo Honey Chipotle Pork Tenderloin Review

Honey Pork PanThis was a very pleasant surprise.

When my wife and I go out to eat on a date, which is rare, if we have the time, we like to go one town over to Abuelo’s and have supper. They have this honey chipotle pork tenderloin that is gluten free and really great. This recipe took a little bit of googling, but this was pretty blasted close to the one at Abuelo’s and came out pretty fantastic, and there was nothing crazy in it that caused it to be un-Paleo.

As with most of these recipes, I changed a few things, this time not on purpose.

Honey Pork SingleI actually sliced the pork before cooking, which the recipe says to do the entire tenderloin as one large piece, but doing it this way allowed it to be a much quicker meal since it didn’t have to cook quite as deep.  And I also ended up making double the rub since I had more square inches to cover before putting them in the skillet. We paired it with some asparagus and red potatoes and had a really solid comfort food type meal. So, if you haven’t ever been happy with the way you have prepared pork tenderloin, this might be a good option as my whole house ate it well and we all really liked it. The one thing I’ll probably make a change on next time is simply making more of the glaze to dip in, or something similar as that is something I missed about it compared to Abuelo’s, but if I had that, it would be just as good.

 

Paleo French Toast Review

Paleo French Toast

This was my breakfast.

Are you jealous? You should be. I was stuffed after this, and it was so nice. I follow quite a few paleo products and blogs both on my personal facebook account and the PaleoKB facebook page to see what is new and exciting in the world of Paleo and Health, and two of those are Julian Bakery and Paleo Bread. They post recipes on how to use their products, so I thought I would try the Paleo French Toast that they had recently posted.

It tasted pretty blasted good, I must say. I used the coconut flour bread instead of the honey bread, and opted for lots of butter instead of maple syrup to not have such a sugar spike that early in the morning, but it still turned out really well.

Now, the problem I have with their bread, both the coconut and almond flour versions, and I don’t know if it is the psyllium husk or what, but I think the high amount of fiber in the meal hits my stomach pretty hard and within about an hour, I have to take a break and find the facilities. But I don’t think that is typical, and the flavor was pretty good, so I would say try it and see if it works for you and see how it affects you.  I really enjoyed this meal, but it did not like me near as much, so I doubt I will do this one again anytime soon.

Paleo Wraps Review

paleo wrapsThis is another example of not being able to do sandwiches or regular tortillas and finding something so much better. This is a Paleo Wrap.  This is from the same company who does Paleo Bread, but this is, in my opinion, a superior product.  It is a paleo tortilla made only out of coconut meat and coconut water. There is a slight sweetness to it, which gives it a little different flavor, but they hold up extremely well, and can hold whatever you put in them. I like putting meatballs, some cheese, and some avocado in it. Or putting sandwich type food like turkey, pepperoni, mustard, tomato, etc in the wrap. I do have a pretty hefty appetite, so I typically eat 2 of these since they aren’t huge and I can’t load them up with everything it takes to fill me, but they are fantastic.

I would choose this, honestly, over bread any day, Paleo or not!  They have a turmeric flavored version that I haven’t tried yet, so that may be in my future. And they aren’t cheap, as you can see from the amazon link at about $1.50 each, but they work so well. I have found a few recipes on making them in a dehydrator that I may have to take for a spin here soon to see how the cost and flavor difference weighs out. If I end up going that route, I’ll be sure to put it up for everyone to see.

 

Paleo Chick-Fil-A Chicken Nuggets Review

paleo chicken nuggetsThis is a labor of love. I love these nuggets, but there is definitely some labor involved. This is the Gluten, Grain, and Garbage Free Chick-Fil-A Nuggets from Domestic Man.  These are so good. I’m not sure that they are exact replicas of the Chick-Fil-A nuggets, but they are pretty fantastic, and the thing that adds so much flavor is the pickle juice that you marinate the chicken in. These refrigerate and reheat really well also. We haven’t tried freezing them yet, but I don’t see why that wouldn’t work as well. The recipe calls for buttermilk, but we actually use just a little bit of lemon juice and some coconut milk instead, which has the same effect.

They do take some time, and if you have a screen for your skillet to keep the grease from making such a mess, I would suggest getting it out, because this does get messy with all of the splattering that ends up happening all over your pretty stove.

But I would definitely suggest trying these as they are really good, and there is no guilt associated since it is such a clean meal. Maybe pair it with a salad or even sweet potato fries for a real fast food-esque meal.

 

Paleo Crockpot Honey Chicken Review

honey chickenWe don’t do this too often, maybe once a month, but it is divine. This is Honey Chicken from Key Ingredient.com with a few modifications to make it Paleo.

Since this isn’t from a paleo website, we did make just a few modifications. It calls for Soy sauce, but you can use Tamari, or preferably Coconut aminos, obviously the difference being soy vs coconut. Also, it says vegetable oil or olive oil, so don’t sully this dish with rancid vegetable oil. And then it says to use cornstarch, but you can use any other starch and it will work just the same like arrowroot, tapioca, or even potato starch. We actually leave out the sesame seeds, but that is by choice. Our daughter loves the green onions we use with this dish and wants a green onion in every bite, so we end up using a lot of green onions for this recipe rather than scallions.

As I said before, this meal is fantastic. We usually serve it over a bed of rice, or you could do cauliflower rice if you wanted, along with some kale. Part of our kale went bad before we got to fix it on this round, but normally we have at least double that amount, which makes for a fantastic meal. And one of the best parts is that it just sits in the crockpot for a few hours, so supper comes around and you’re ready to eat. Definitely makes for a less stressful supper when it isn’t all rush to get the table set.

 

Epic Bar Review

Bison Epic BarWhen you eat a Paleo diet, packaged foods that truly fit the criteria are hard to come by, especially ones that are really tasty. Epic has come up with the idea of these bars that have multiple flavors that have real meat and some sort of fruit and nuts to create what my wife affectionately calls a “meat bar”.  She won’t try them just because of the idea of it, but I love them. The one in the picture above is my favorite though. Bison, bacon, and cranberry makes for a fantastic flavor. It isn’t like a protein bar that has some sort of modified protein in it to make it more protein dense. This is real food that is ground and packed for convenience.

This isn’t the type of bar that you just scarf down either like you would a snickers bar. I take very small nibbles to enjoy every bite, plus it is real meat, so it takes a bit more time to chew. It isn’t tough like jerky, but more soft and more gourmet. Epic has a lot of different flavors. The turkey, cranberry, almond is pretty good, the beef, habanero, and cherry is good too, but it is real habanero peppers, and not flavoring, so they really do get a bit warm,  and they have a lamb, currant, and mint that I haven’t tried quite yet, but it’s on my list.

They have a sampler pack you can buy as well that has one of each, so if you want to get your feet wet, this is a good choice.

In the way of convenience foods that truly fit the bill, these things are fantastic, and very good options to have as you run out the door and don’t know when you will eat next, or even as your protein in a light meal combined with veggies.

 

What to buy at Costco when you are Paleo and Gluten Free

CostcoLogo

I make no bones about the fact that I love Costco. It is my favorite place to buy groceries just because they have a great selection at solid prices, and you don’t have to come back for awhile unless you just really want to.

We buy quite a few of our staples at Costco each month. I try to stock up on things that will last until my next trip, then there are other things that I know will only be good for a single week, so I just get a smaller version of this to use pretty immediately for things like produce. Now, my list does contain some things that aren’t hardcore paleo, but all are gluten free and skirting the edges of paleo. I keep a spreadsheet from my trips so I can see where the money went, if prices have changed, and can compare prices against other stores if i’m out to see if it is a good deal using a Google Spreadsheet that I can get to on my phone if I need to. I know, ridiculous, but if you are trying to save money, you have to keep up with the best prices.

  • Lara Bars variety pack – Blueberry muffin, cashew cookie, peanut butter cookie
  • Organic Frozen Blueberries
  • Organic Frozen Broccoli
  • Wild caught sardines
  • Beef Steak Strips (Jerky)
  • Gluten Free Chicken Nuggets
  • Brussel Sprouts
  • No Sugar Salsa
  • Organic Tomato Sauce
  • Aidell’s Chicken and Apple Sausages
  • Kerrygold Dubliner Cheese
  • Kerrygold Butter
  • Wholly Guacamole
  • Organic Cage Free Eggs
  • Organic Frozen “Normandy Vegetables” – Broccoli, Cauliflower, Carrots
  • Aidell’s Meatball Variety Pack – Caramelized Onion and Spicey Mango & Jalapeno
  • Organic Maple Syrup
  • Crunchmaster Crackers
  • Frozen 1/3 lb Grilled Sirloin Patties
  • Oh Yeah! Protein Bars
  • Huge bags of rice
  • Frozen Salmon Burgers
  • Extra Virgin Olive Oil
  • Kale Salad
  • Annie’s Fruit Snacks
  • Dehydrated Blueberries
  • Dehydrated Mango
  • Frozen Chicken Breasts & Slices
  • Cascadian Farms Fries
  • Avocados
  • Himalayan Pink Salt
  • Vanilla Extract
  • Rotisserie Chicken
  • Medjool Dates
  • Unsalted Cashews

Now, those are the items that I actually have bought. I have seen a lot of other posts with good prices on things like grassfed beef and chicken, but we have a good supplier that is local that we buy from, so we skip that if we can.

So, if you are paleo and want to save money, this may be a good option for you, especially if you can get a half off deal from one of the groupon type sites once a year.

Betty Crocker Gluten Free Chocolate Chip Cookie Mix Review

BC gluten free cookie

Sometimes I get a little lax on what I eat, and then I eat it and remember why I eat the way I do.

A few days ago, we made chocolate chip cookies for my wife and I using the mix above. . We do it every now and then, and it seems like I forget just how bad an idea it is to use this mix. Here is the problem.

The cookies taste great, but they don’t like me.

All it calls for adding to the mix is an egg, some butter, and some vanilla, you mix it all up, throw it on the pan, and you’re set. Now, look at these ingredients.

Rice Flour, Semi-Sweet Chocolate Chips (Sugar, Chocolate Liquor, Cocoa Butter, Soy Lecithin, Vanilla), Brown Sugar, Sugar, Potato Starch, Potato Flour, Leavening (Baking Soda, Sodium Acid Pyrophosphate, Monocalcium Phosphate), Xanthan Gum, Salt.

That isn’t a bad list of ingredients, and fairly minimal, but considering it has chocolate chips, brown sugar, and white sugar all only directly after rice flour in terms of the the amount in the mix, it is like a sugar overload. I had a couple of cookies. Okay, 3, and they were really good. But as soon as I finished the third one, my stomach didn’t feel right. It wasn’t terrible, but wasn’t right.

The next day, it was time to bring the pain. My stomach was all messed up and just did not feel good. I seem to forget that as you clean your system out and minimize the items from your diet that cause problems, when you do come in contact with those items, especially large amounts, it messes you up. My stomach was extremely unhappy, which made me feel exhausted for the rest of the day.

So, this is my reminder to never eat these cookies again, and think about the amounts of the ingredients, not just the ingredients in something. A little bit of sugar goes a long way, especially when you aren’t used to taking it in that often. I forget that since the majority of America eats it by the spoonful, but this is my wake up call, otherwise I’ll have to move my office to somewhere with running water.

Primal/Paleo Bacon Pancakes Review

Bacon PancakesThis is one of our favorite recipes for breakfast. It is just so blasted good. I mean, who wouldn’t want something called Bacon Pancakes?

Now, I will put a caveat in this that these aren’t necessarily pancakes, more like fritters. But either way they are fantastic. I typically put some sort of creamy substance on top like Paleo Mayo, or you can put something like sour cream instead, and then add just a little bit of sriracha to spice it up. And we use green onions instead of chives.

Mark recommends using a biscuit cutter to form them into a perfect circle, but I don’t think anyone cares if it is a perfect circle when they are shoveling the goodness into their mouth.

What he has on his site is truly enough for 2 if you aren’t too hungry or plan to have something sooner than later in the morning, but it is a lot of food for 1 person to eat. So your best bet may be to make a batch to taste test and see if you and your family like it, then if you do, double it so everyone can eat up, or just have leftovers.

Either way, this is a fantastic breakfast that will be a hit, as long as you like bacon, and really, who doesn’t?

 

Paleo Bacon Carbonara Review

Bacon CarbonaraI got a spiralizer for Father’s Day, so I was antsy to try it out. I had been eyeing this recipe for Paleo Bacon Carbonara for some time and just hadn’t gotten around to using my julienne peeler on anything. But once the spiralizer came, it was a different story.

Now, my picture doesn’t look near as appetizing as the one on the original site, and probably didn’t taste as good either. I had high expectations for this meal and they just didn’t pan out. I added chicken since it was for the whole family and I wanted to make sure that our bellies got full. And i used zucchini instead of squash.

It wasn’t bad, but it wasn’t great either and it all came down to the sauce. The sauce was supposed to be creamy and smooth, but my sauce came out clumpy and not so good. The meal overall wasn’t bad, but it isn’t something we’ll try again any time soon unless we can figure out what went wrong. And the taste left something to be desired as it wasn’t as flavorful as I had hoped, though if we had used heavy cream instead of heavy coconut milk that might have made a difference.

Either way, it came out and we ate it, but it wasn’t as good as we had hoped. Now, let’s see what else I can find to use my spiralizer for…