Showing posts with label Paleo. Show all posts
Showing posts with label Paleo. Show all posts

Easy Pad Thai Zoodles

September 29, 2014

Easy Pad Thai Zoodles
I like it when you spot a recipe that you know is going to be fantastic and you just happen to have the ingredients on hand.
But what I like even more is when you have ingredients you want to use in a new way, and you spot a recipe that can be cut to fit what’s on hand.
There it was.
The perfect recipe.
Pad Thai Zoodles.
Exactly what I felt like eating. I wanted to jump up and high five someone.
But there was no one there. No matter. There would be by the time I finished cooking.

Easy Creamy Crock-Pot Coconut Curry Chicken

September 24, 2014

Easy Creamy Crock-Pot Coconut Curry Chicken
See that right there?
That's today's lunch, and last night's dinner, and yesterday’s lunch and it’s going to be tonight’s dinner too.
That’s just the way it is.

Ultimate Sesame Coconut Chicken Fingers with Minty Yogurt Dip

September 22, 2014

Ultimate Sesame Coconut Chicken Fingers with Minty Yogurt Dip


Let’s be honest, sometimes being a dude blogger is tough.
The blogosphere is pretty much run by girls, moms, women.
Which is not a bad thing, at all. In fact, it is a very good thing, making the blogging world a kinder, more amiable place.
But there are certain topics - important to us, men - that are kinda off-limits in the blogosphere.
Such as consuming ridiculous amounts of cheap swill, farting in a crowded elevator, world’s loudest belcher, top drinking games, et cetera, et cetera. [Yes women of the world, though we look mature, we still think/act like kiddos — we haven’t grown up a bit!]
At the same time, we can’t talk about sparkles, rainbows, unicorns and glitter and expect to be taken seriously. We don’t have the knowledge to do it. Plus, we will subject ourselves to public humiliation and private doubt.

Easy Ginger, Chili and Lemon Salmon

September 19, 2014

Easy Ginger, Chili and Lemon Salmon


Okay, yes, we’ve all heard about how good fish oil is for us: it promotes joints and heart health, improves the brain and memory, and reduces inflammation.
We also know that it's important to eat at least two servings of seafood a week as part of a balanced diet — because taking fish oil capsules is not the same as eating the real thing.
But we’ve also got to be considerate of the fact that we’re not alone in this world, and that by bringing to the office (or other professional setting) something that smells like a Port-A-John on a hot summer day, we can seriously damage workplace productivity and our reputation too.
I, for instance, had this co-worker once who insisted on bringing and microwaving fish that smelled like it was marinated in cat food.
The kitchen was centrally located, so it ensured that the entire office would smell like a fishing dock in 90° heat.
No one ever complained to him about it, because technically he wasn’t doing anything wrong. We just resented him and plotted for revenge. He was also referred to as the “effin fish guy!”

Hasselback Zucchini with Garlic Thyme Butter and Parmesan

September 17, 2014

Hasselback Zucchini with Garlic Thyme Butter and Parmesan


So...hasselback zucchini (also known as accordion zucchini): why hasn’t anyone told me about this delicious dish before?
More precisely, why haven't YOU told me about it?
I’m aware that withholding information is not lying, but the purpose and the effect are the same, and it’s not cool, at all.
Even though I live on the saying “Forgive and Forget” and that I’m not good at holding grudges, I will hold a grudge and I will not forgive or forget this.
I’m actually so enraged, I still haven’t made up my mind yet whether to give you the recipe or not.
I need more time to think about it.
For the moment enjoy the pictures; because that's the only thing you're getting from me.

Cauliflower Noodle Lasagna

September 15, 2014

Cauliflower Noodle Lasagna


Guys, I think I’ve peaked at this cauliflower crust thing.
I’ve made pizza, calzone, pizzettes, tortillas to use for an enchilada, garlic breadsticks, stromboli, grilled cheese, bechamel, panini, bagels and today noodles to use for lasagna.
And with that, the well of my creativity has officially run dry.
In a way it’s very freeing because I know it’s going to be all downhill from here.
I don’t have to think anymore about how to turn cauliflower into pizza dough, bread, tortillas or noodles.
I’m going to spend the rest of my life really chill and from now when I see a cauliflower head I’ll just say “I peaked. Wow. What a great run!”
Ha!

(Paleo) Almond-Berry Tartlets

September 12, 2014

(Paleo) Almond-Berry Tartlets

As much as I love fall, I'm not ready to let summer go yet.
I've been noticing some leaves changing in the park, but I'm trying to ignore them and pretend I don't see them.
I think I’ve said “I can’t believe it’s September already” a million times over the last couple of days.
I’ve even cracked the joke “Wake me up when September ends” a dozen times or more, and it just isn’t funny anymore.
The dark evenings are approaching with dread but I’m not ready to go into hibernation mode.
People, what happened to sitting out in the bright until 9pm?

Chocolate Caramel Avocado Brownies

September 10, 2014

Chocolate Caramel Avocado Brownies


One of the words that are way overused is “awesome”.
Everyone (including myself - I am actually the worst offender) just throw that term on the table like they are giving out change in a toll-booth.
We use it so much, I believe we’re all starting to get a little desensitized to that word — it doesn’t mean anything to anyone anymore.
Think about the things we daily describe as "awesome"...are they really awesome?
Because we’re doing it without even evaluating the traits that make up the word.
Awesome is an adjective which means “causing awe, inspiring wonder or excitement.”
Are we really feeling a “reverential wonder” when we bite into a big juicy “awesome” burger?
Maybe. Maybe not.
Still, the English language is not short on words that can have the same meaning of, or hold just as much power as, awesome.
Amazing, fantastic, excellent, great, incredible, outstanding, superb, terrific are all semantically similar words that can be used in lieu of awesome.

Zoodles with Crispy Pancetta, Pecorino and Basil

September 8, 2014

Zoodles with Crispy Pancetta, Pecorino and Basil


I’m so digging the zucchini spaghetti lately - dubbed “zoodles” or “zoods” for short.
It might have to do with the fact that at the farmers’ market zucchini are wonderfully inexpensive right now.
It might also have to do with the fact that whenever I feel like having spaghetti, with zoodles I don't have to worry about being glutinized — which btw, is not really an issue for me since I don’t have celiac disease. It’s more like I can load up on my fave nutrient-dense sauce without being weighed down by a heavy bowl of floury pasta.

Cauliflower Bagel BLTs

September 5, 2014

Cauliflower Bagel BLTs


Can we all agree that it's pretty hard to improve upon a BLT?
I mean, the BLT is a classic combination that just works.
Smoky bacon, sweet tomatoes, a nice crunch of lettuce, some really good bread, brought together with a little mayonnaise love.
An awesome sandwich, really.
That being said, I’m here to kick BLT into another dimension.
Ready?
First off, let me introduce you to my latest obsession. Cauliflower bagels.
BAM! There you go.

Coq Au Vin Kebabs

September 3, 2014

Coq Au Vin Kebabs


We are now entering Julia Child's territory. So please be polite. Watch your manners. Say "please and thank you." Keep your poise. No.Matter.What. Behave like a guest. Don't sit unless you've been offered a seat. Don't drink unless your host is drinking too. Sit up in your chair, don’t slouch your shoulders and watch your posture. Don't put your elbows on the table. Eat with your mouth closed, don’t chew your food loudly and don’t slurp your drink. Refrain from drumming your fingers, jiggling your knee, and keep your hands away from your hair. Only engage in appropriate conversation and remember that it’s rude to talk about money.
Oh, almost forgot, dress appropriately. (Hey Grandma! See? You’ve taught me well.)

Patatas Bravas

September 1, 2014

Patatas Bravas


Tapas are Spain's gift to the world of great cooking: a fun way to eat with friends and family.
Everyone can share tasty food, try different things and fight over the last morsel of that delicious tortilla espanola (“it’s MINE btw!”)
If you’re not familiar, tapas are small dishes or plates which are traditionally given in bars in Spain when ordering a drink.
Originally they were slices of bread placed on top of the glass in order to protect the drink from flies or dust (the word lid is 'tapa' in Spanish). Eventually these slices of bread were then topped with some cheese or vegetables to make a tasty snack.
Tapas have evolved and and gained popularity, nowadays they’re more than just a snack.
If you’ve been to Spain, you’ve probably experienced the whole tapa-hopping thing.
Going around town with friends and stopping in at several bars to have a glass of wine and sample the tapa specialities of each. Slowly and steadily.
One of the best experiences ever.

Coconut Chia Seed Pudding

August 29, 2014

Coconut Chia Seed Pudding


Chia seeds are insanely hip and you know it.
I just needed to put that out there.
Just think about it for a moment. For more than 30 years chia seeds have been part of our lives, they have never abandoned us and we will not abandon them now.
First, there were Chia pets.
Who needed a puppy, kitten, goldfish, or even a genuine pedigreed Pet Rock when you could have a Chia Pet?
You've got my point.
Now, there are Chia people.
Everyone and anyone who wants to be hip nowadays eats Chia seeds. Including myself.
Because I’m the kind of person that jumps on the bandwagon of every health fad I hear about.
Nah...just kidding.

Thai Sweet Chili Glazed Salmon

August 27, 2014

Thai Sweet Chili Glazed Salmon


I was at Urban Outfitters the other day when I heard a song that went something like "I know there's nothing to say, Someone has taken my place. When times go bad. When times go rough..."
I asked the store clerk (a typical 20-something Brooklyn hipster) about it and he was like “Dude, this is Second Hand News by Fleetwood Mac!
He even rolled his eyes as if to say “Have you been living under a rock or something?
Geeeeeez…what is your problem man? Why are you making such a big deal?
First off, there is so much noise in your stupid store I could barely hear the music.
Secondly, I haven’t heard that song in years.
Thirdly, I could have shazamed it, but my phone has no reception in the shop.
R-E-L-A-X.

Pizza Sweet Potato Skins

August 25, 2014

Pizza Sweet Potato Skins


You guys know that sweet potatoes have been ranked as the #1 most nutritious vegetable?
The Center for Science in the Public Interest compared the nutritional value of sweet potatoes to other vegetables. Considering fibre content, complex carbohydrates, protein, vitamins A and C, iron, and calcium, the sweet potato ranked highest in nutritional value.
Yes, you read it right. Sweet potato is numero uno!
The orange-skinned root vegetable got 184 point, spinach 76, kale 55 and broccoli just 52.
Talking about crushing the competition...

Very Cherry Recovery Smoothie

August 22, 2014

Very Cherry Recovery Smoothie


If you’re a runner, a triathlete, a cross-fitter or just a gym-goer, you know there’s no shortage of new supplements and other products that claim to promote faster recovery.
Most of us have learned to ignore them, we just don’t believe it.
Speed of recovery is subjective and hard to measure. On top of that, the evidence is often pretty weak and even when it’s there, I tend to be skeptical.
Plus, supplements have weird/funny names. Few have catchy ones, but some are…well questionable at best.
Have you ever heard of “Green Bulge”? It’s a supplement for enhancing strength and performance. I’m dead serious, it exists.
Now, don’t get me wrong, it could very well be a good product, but the first time I saw it, I thought it was an arousal supplement for the Hulk.
What about those Boost-Punch-Burn-KaBoom-XXXL supplements? If we were to judge a book by its cover/name, I would say that those are the kind of product with side effects that would include growing a few limbs, glowing skin or turning you into a mutant.
Supplements are expensive too. 50 bucks for a tub of chemical stuff? No thanks.

Spiced Raw Chocolate Mousse

August 20, 2014

Spiced Raw Chocolate Mousse

I bought The Kinfolk Table almost a year ago and still pull it out whenever I’m lacking inspiration.
It’s a special book, because it is not your modern day cookbook.
The pages do not go between recipe and food photos.
There are people (chefs, musicians, writers, editors, bakers) sharing their stories, their houses, their food, their ideas.
The recipes are all personal, effortless and approachable.
The kind of food that goes through people’s kitchen routinely, not recipes written with the sole intention of writing recipes.
Recipes perfect for small gatherings (as the book’s title suggests), celebrating why it can be so good to sit down at a table and share a simple meal with others.

Nasi Goreng-Style Cauliflower Fried Rice

August 18, 2014

Nasi Goreng-Style Cauliflower Fried Rice



I have come to be very suspicious of the phrase “even better than the real thing” when used in the context of food.Take for instance Cheez Whiz, Cool Whip, or that “I Can’t Believe It’s Not” thing.
When I hear people claiming that those products are just as good – or even better – than real cheese, whipped cream or butter, I’m like “Have you ever made a side by side comparison? No? Do it, then we can talk.”
My 9-year nephew used to say that instant mashed potatoes were “Awesome!”
That was until I made him the real mashed potatoes: with Yukon gold, milk, butter and cheese.
The moment he tasted it, he gave me the biggest smile ever and adieu instant stuff, there’s only place for real mashed potatoes in his life now.

Shawarma Chicken Bowls with Basil-Lemon Vinaigrette

August 15, 2014

Shawarma Chicken Bowls with Basil-Lemon Vinaigrette


Can we talk about the song ‘Rude’ by Magic! for a sec?
I can’t stop blasting it. It’s been love/hate since I've first heard it on the radio - less and less love as time goes by, but still.
I enjoy the pop-reggae sound and I kinda dig the lyrics - a man asking a father for permission to marry his daughter, yet winds up getting soundly rejected. Pretty original.
There are a couple of things bugging me about it though.
First off, do we (i.e., guys) still ask the girl’s father for permission to marry her?
I know some do, of course. But is it still common?
Take for instance my friend Rob. Before he asked his now fiancee to marry him, he first discussed it with his parents, then he went over to his fiancee's house so that he could get the permission from her parents, and then asked her. Exhausting.
I honestly thought what he did was the exception rather than the rule.
The way I see it is: the guy pops the question to the girl first, and then tell the parents, hoping for their blessing.
Am I completely off-base?

Sichuan Pepper Chicken with Tomato-Chili Jam

August 13, 2014

Sichuan Pepper Chicken with Tomato-Chili Jam


This jam you guys. So good. All I can say is YUM.
And the chicken, juicy and OMG so flavorful.
Let me introduce you to my new obsession: dunking pieces of sichuan pepper chicken into tomato-chili jam. BAM! Just like that.
I don’t know why I haven’t been making this over and over before. For real.
Can you just imagine it in your mouth right now? It’s soy sauce salty, Sichuan peppercorn tarty, tomato sugary, and chili pepper fiery all in one bite. IT’S SO AMAZING.