Paleo Chocolate Pudding

I have had a major sweet tooth of late.  I’ve tried to be good (really!), but I’ve been consuming fruit like crazy.  I came across this recipe on the diet/lifestyle blog “Delighted Momma”.  I didn’t make any changes, except halving the recipe so it would fit in my teeny tiny food processor.  It was delicious and tasted so decadent!  It’s very rich, just sweet enough, and so satisfying, since unlike regular pudding, this recipe uses fat and protein-packed ingredients.  It’s quick and easy too (I whipped up a batch 5 mins before I left to go to the gym).  Enjoy!

Paleo Chocolate Pudding

1 whole avocado, skins and pit removed

1 tbsp coconut oil

2 tbsp honey or 1 tbsp raw honey (or, probably, 1 tbsp maple syrup)

2 tbsp cocoa powder (unsweetened)

1/2 tsp vanilla extract

1/2 banana (optional, but the pudding will be pretty avocado-ey without the banana)

1. Put everything in a food processor

2. blend until smooth

3. Refrigerate until set (about 1 hour)

4. Try to eat it in 2 sittings instead of 1


Holy Beef Roast, Batman!

I have never made a good roast, until my friend Kim gave me her amazing roast recipe last year (her mom’s recipe).  I tried it and it turned out AMAZING – full of flour-y, cream of mushroom-y, potato-y deliciousness.  I love that recipe.  Unfortunately, it’s about as far from Paleo as you can get.  I have tried a couple of other roast recipes but nothing compared.  Until now.  This is a mostly paleo recipe (the balsamic vinegar is questionable) – you could probably use cider vinegar in place of balsamic, but I’m not that much of a purist.

What I really like about this recipe is that I was able to prep everything the night before and just toss it all in the slow cooker in the morning.  As mentioned in my previous post, I am up pretty early and the last thing I want to do is brown a roast and make a sauce!  Forgive the poor photos from the last few posts – I am going to get a better camera soon, I promise!  But for now, you’ll have to trust met that this is delicious.

Balsamic Roast with Sweet Onions

1 3-4 lb chuck roast (You can get pretty great deals on grass-fed beef at Central Market if you are in the Seattle area)

2 tbsp lawry’s seasoning salt (You can replace with sea salt and pepper to be more orthodox paleo)

1 tbsp garlic powder

1 tbsp onion powder

2 tsp freshly ground pepper

1 lb Cioppini Mushrooms, quartered (these are the best part, so put in as many as you like!)

1 cup parsnip, chopped into 1/2 inch chunks

2-3 large sweet onions, cut into thick slices

Sauce:

1 cup chicken broth (you can substitute beef broth)

1/2 cup balsamic vinegar (you can substitute cider vinegar)

1/2 cup tomato sauce

Prep (night before):

1. Mix the seasoning salt, garlic powder, onion powder and pepper – rub all over roast.  Cover, refrigerate overnight (this is like a dry brine or dry marinade and will help create a crust and seal in the flavor without browning the meat).  Chop the vegetables and put into a container, so they will be ready in the morning.

2. To make the sauce, reduce the cup of chicken broth over medium-high heat to 1/2 cup.  Remove from heat, cool slightly, then add vinegar and tomato sauce.  Let cool and put in an airtight container in the refrigerator.

3. In the morning, put the vegetables in the bottom of the crockpot, put the seasoned roast at the top, then pour the sauce over the top of everything.  Cook on low for 6-8 hours.

Alternatively, you can do all of the same steps and cook in the oven at 300 for 3-4 hours (1 hour per lb of meat).

4. Once the roast is cooked, you can take the extra delicious step of reducing the sauce over medium-high heat (I would skim the fat off the top before reducing) until the mixture is crackling and a spatula leaves a wide trail behind it (picture below).


Lunch: Curry Chicken Salad

I didn’t even think to take a picture before I gobbled this one up – but it’s quick, easy and very delicious for lunch.  Here is the recipe:

Curry Chicken Salad

Serves 4

1 pack thin-sliced boneless, skinless chicken breasts

1/2 tsp curry powder

Sea Salt & Pepper to taste

1 head butter lettuce

1/2 small red onion, finely chopped

1 whole thinly sliced bell pepper

1. Sprinkle salt, pepper, and curry power evenly over both sides of chicken pieces

2. On an indoor grill pan, grill for 4-5 mins per side

3. While chicken is grilling, chop vegetables and pile in a bowl

4. Once chicken is finished, chop into 1/4 inch thick slices and put over the vegetables

5. Pour dressing over everything

6. Take a picture for your blog, THEN eat

Dressing

2 tbsp high-quality unfiltered olive oil

1 tbsp cider vinegar

1/2 clove minced garlic

Sea Salt & Pepper to taste

1. Whisk everything together in a bowl until emulsified.


Dinner Menu for 2/20/2012-2/24/2012

Just got my new copy of Bon Appetit!  So many good paleo friendly recipes in there.  Can’t wait to try them this week!!  If they are good, I promise to share the recipe.  If they are gross, I promise to not.

Monday:

  • Leftover Carnitas, Pico de Gallo and Avocado slices

Tuesday:

  • Pork tenderloin in Peppercorn White Wine Sauce
  • Oven-Roasted Cauliflower

Wednesday:

  • Grilled Steak Kabobs
  • Vegetables a la Barigoule with Vanilla

Thursday:

  • Wasabi salmon with Bok Choy, Green Cabbage and Shitakes
  • Roasted Pineapple with coconut cream, raw honey and pistachios

Friday: