Paleo Deep Fried Chicken with Creamy Lime Sauce and Kale

Deep Fried Chicken lime sauceOnce again, I decided to take on Thai as I am still really trying to make my way through the Everyday Paleo: Thai Cuisine book and try all of the recipes that appeal to us.

The picture of mine actually looks fairly close to the picture in the book. The last few haven’t, but this one was pretty right on. This one is a basic tempura battered chicken, very similar to the Deep Fried Fish batter, and then a nice lime sauce that goes over the top, though we ended up using it as a dipping sauce as well. It also has a recipe for crispy kale, but we like ours a bit more chewy, so we did kale our typical way instead of messing with a good thing. This one was very tasty and exactly what I expected. My daughter thought this was the best chicken ever, and my son liked it as long as it didn’t have too much breading on it.  My wife and I both thought this was a good asian dish. It took quite a while to make simply because we ended up doing about 2 lbs of chicken, so frying all of those in a pan takes time. But the recipe is super easy, just time consuming to fry.

This is one we may do again. It’s simple, and if we hadn’t made so much, would have been much quicker too.

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 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.