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Paleo Sweet and Sour Stir Fry and Union Square Zucchini Review

sweetsourchicken and zukeI know, three nights in a row with Thai recipes. Just let me know when you get tired of Thai, but I don’t know that I will.  My wife said it was my call on what we did, so I chose this Sweet and Sour Chicken Stir Fry from Everyday Paleo: Thai Cuisine.  This is one that we just doubled as the portion sizes in the book seem to be quite small, so for my wife and I, we doubled the recipe and had a Chinese/Thai dinner. We put it over rice, and along with the chicken, my wife chose the Union Square Zucchini recipe from the Four Hour Chef by Tim Ferriss.

We haven’t ever had the chicken before, but the Union Square Zucchini will be done much more now that Zucchini is about to be in season and we have multiple plants that are very healthy and likely to give us lots of veggies this summer. I thought the chicken was pretty good. Very authentic tasting sweet and sour without the msg or red food dye.  It wasn’t as flavorful as what we wanted though, once again, since what we are used to is the chinese version, and this was a little bit different. My wife commented that there was more veggies than meat in this meal, which there were. If we had done a tapioca breaded chicken, similar to the Beer Battered Fish, instead of just the chicken by itself, it likely would have had a bit more of the texture and feel of the chinese version.

I’m not sure that we will do this again, but it was a neat look at how the dish is made, and as I said before, quite authentic.

 

Paleo Thai Larb Chicken Review

Larb chickenI know this is the second Thai recipe in a row, but this is actually what we had with our Glass Noodle Soup, and this is always really tasty. The kids can’t eat enough, and neither can my wife or I since it is just so flavorful and tasty.

We have gotten Larb Chicken at our local Thai place for some time and are really happy every time we get it. We found a recipe for Larb Chicken that we think is pretty awesome. It always turns out great, and has so much flavor. My kids just eat it with a fork, but  my wife and I put it in some lettuce or cabbage and eat it sandwich-style.

A few changes that we make are, instead of the Thai roasted chili paste, we use Sriracha. We don’t use thai chiles or mint leaves either. We forget how much we like this meal until we make it everytime, and the best part is that we can make it beforehand and just grab it afterward as a quick meal, or a great lunch.

Glass Noodle Soup Review

Glass Noodle SoupOn the facebook page, I had said we were going to try out some of the recipes out of the Everyday Paleo Thai Cuisine book, and so we started with soup. My wife and daughter just love soup, I, on the other hand, am pretty picky about soups that really stand out to me.  This is the Glass Noodle Soup from the Everyday Paleo Thai Cuisine book that I have been waiting so patiently on, and it was pretty good.

My wife absolutely loved it, and my daughter thought it was okay. I suppose I should have known by the ingredients, but it wasn’t really what I expected. It was more of a comfort food than anything as it was a thai chicken noodle soup in all honesty. I had a nice heaping bowl of it, but it wasn’t as flavorful and different in the way that I have gotten used to Thai dishes being, so I was a little bit disappointed, but my wife went back for a bowl (or two) so she obviously loved it.  We actually used kelp noodles with this dish and that turned out quite well. We had never had kelp noodles, and were pleasantly surprised with the results as they took in the flavor of the soup, and did not taste salty like I expected kelp noodles to taste.

I’m not sure if I will do this again for us for supper, but come winter, this will likely be made in our house for someone other than myself.

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 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.

 

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…