Mexican AND Paleo

I don’t know about the rest of you, but I love Mexican food. LOVE it.  Unfortunately, there are a few essential ingredients that are not very Paleo *sigh*.  I’ve resigned myself to relegating Nacho’s to the ‘very rare treat’ box, you just can’t have Nacho’s without corn chips. They wouldn’t be Nachos. However, I did have a craving for enchilada’s recently and it occurred to me that perhaps I could find a Paleo tortilla. And I did!

Paleo Tortilla

You can find the super simple recipe here.

These tortilla’s can be sweet or savoury – you can have wraps or crepe’s, essentially.  I did NOT make a crepe example, so I can only vouch for their suitability as a savoury wrap/tortilla.

They use a little coconut flour and more arrowroot flour which holds them together nicely (I hate recipes for pancakes that result in crumbly, impossible to flip messes).  They taste appropriately bland which to me is important if you are trying to make a tortilla. There’s no overwhelming egg flavour, no overly nutty flavour, nothing.  It means that whatever you put in them is what you really taste…. #winning!

They are easy to mix up and cook very well – they don’t really brown up too much but I’m ok with that.  When cooked, they are nice and flexible so wrapping them around other ingredients is absolutely doable.  They cook a little slower than a traditional crepe so that adds a bit of extra time to meal prep but nothing too major.

One thing I will say is that the quantities given in the recipe only yielded me 3 x 6″ tortilla’s and one smaller one.  I ended up making a double batch.  But maybe mine ended up a little thick? I think I’ll try to thin out the batter a little more next time.  So that’s the one negative I can report for this.

These were great filled with chicken & enchilada sauce, topped with more sauce and cheese (not strictly paleo, I know – you could do without) and baked in the oven for 15 minutes. The tortilla’s still held together and were a perfect substitute!

Yay for the return of (some) Mexican!

Bon Appetit!

x S

Converting my favourite meal to Paleo

So – I have ALWAYS been a huge eater of pasta, potatoes and rice.  They are my favourite three foods, I kid you not. Ask my husband. I would eat them for breakfast, lunch and dinner, if I could, if he would [hub is NOT so partial to these three items].

Give me gnocchi – combining two of my favourite things – ahhhh I’m in LOVE.  Carbonara – lasagne – spaghetti bolognese; yum!  Potato – baked, scalloped, chipped, boiled, roasted or mashed… YUM.  And rice – well, I love risotto and then after that rice just is a great accompaniment to so many meals… chilli con carne, lima bean soup, curry, steak and eggs, tuna…. yuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuum.

Now, of course in my new Paleo world, guess which of the three I’m still allowed to have?? NONE. Yes, that’s right, NOT ONE OF THEM.  This would honestly have to be the single reason I may not continue with the Paleo lifestyle after our three month trial 😦

And my favourite meal of all time just happens to be chicken schnitzel with salad and mashed potato.  Which I cannot have anymore – not the schnitzel, not the mashed potato.  And I mean, come on!! I want to be healthy but I still want to LIVE!!

*sigh*

So I thought to myself, “Take up the challenge, Paleo-ise this meal”.  And this is what I came up with:

My replacement for chicken schnitzel with mash potato

My replacement for chicken schnitzel with mashed potato

This would be:

Chicken breast – sliced in half to create a thinner ‘steak’, but you could just bash it a la schnitzel – spray with olive oil, coat with dukkah of your choice [avail in Coles or at gourment stores for those of you lucky enough to live near anything!], bake in the oven at 180 deg for 20-25 mins til cooked through.

Cauliflower mash – steam 1 whole head of cauliflower [break it up into florets, first]. Then in a food processor or with a stick blender, blend the cauliflower with 1 clove crushed garlic [or to taste].  Do it too long and you end up with puree – so keep an eye on it.  You can also add spices of your choice to it if you wish 🙂

Roasted Sweet Potato – roughly chop rosemary, peel and chop sweet potato. Toss in olive oil & rosemary, put in a baking dish and sprinkle with salt.  Bake at 180 deg for approx 40 mins. [I do these first, then prep the chicken and chuck it in the oven for the last 20-25 mins of the potatoes].

Voila! 

Ok, so its not exactly my dream meal, but it IS pretty close, and you can always fry the chicken rather than bake, just maybe use almond meal & egg to bind the dukkah more firmly to the chicken if you do that.   Dukkah is a GREAT alternative to breadcrumbs if you can get a good one.

So – challenge raised? You bet.

Met? I tried!

Bested? Hmmm maybe 90% – but I’ll take that!

Ek so, ek so,

Paleo Girl.

Your challenge, should you choose to accept it: Dining Out

So – I’ve hit Day 12. Doing much better than I was the other day; no threats to passing snackers any more.

Today, I faced my biggest challenge yet. I mean, yesterday was tough – one of the guys bought in a tub (yes a TUB) of chocolates slices, caramel slices, mars bar slice….*insert drool here* ….But I resisted, clamped my hand over my mouth and nose, averted my eyes and took out my grapes.  Munched away at them imagining they MUST be JUST as tasty as those slices that everyone else was in chocolate ecstasy over… mustn’t they? MUSTN’T THEY!

Anyway.  Back to the point. Sorry.

Today – my work group WENT OUT FOR LUNCH.  To a little café with a limited menu. A limited menu that includes ‘gourmet cheeseburger’, ‘butter chicken’, baguettes with beautiful, lovely, gourmet ingredients…. Sigh.  Literally everything had rice, cream, cheese or bread in it. Didn’t help I’d eaten most of it before, and knew that a lot of it was really, really good. (Before you say it – yes, I know not good for my body, but man was it good for my soul – take that).  Spotted one possibility – tuna patties – til I saw they were tuna and potato patties………!!!

An emergency text to my husband –> omg out to lunch with office and nothing to eat 😦

Bless his cotton socks, his reply was “Do your best. 80/20 remember.”
But I was determined – so I searched through the menu – found an almost paleo meal and ordered:

Steak Sandwich w/ aioli, served with fries

And amended it to:

Steak Sandwich with Salad

And then when it arrived – removed the bread (gave it to my lunchmates – how’s that for recycling!) which also had the aioli on it and voila!  I suddenly had for lunch a steak with salad. Totally Paleo AND didn’t make me look like a weirdo!  BAM!!

Feeling amazing – then the waiter says – and what would you like to drink?

Scan the menu…. Fruit juice – no; smoothie – no; soft drink – no; tea/coffee – no; milkshake – no!  In desperation – I say to the waiter – do you have mineral water? Thankfully yes, so that’s what I ordered. Still Paleo. Happy Days!!

Just goes to show, even when you’re out for a meal you can still stick to this new lifestyle.  And to be honest, because I had a steak with my salad, I didn’t feel like that sad-sack miserably eating salad in the corner while everyone else tucks into a yummo meal.  Protein is good for that (except chicken, that screams I’M ON A DIET!!!).

So – moral of the story – Paleo fine dining is possible.  If I can do it in my little, isolated, very very limited town, it can be achieved anywhere. AND, its possible to do it without feeling like you’re missing anything. What you are doing is making a better choice for your body 🙂

PS. Turns out the waiter didn’t understand English so well and my ‘mineral water’ actually became ‘soda water’ which I am about 70% sure is NOT Paleo due to the added sodium…. Fail.  But at least I tried, right?  Right?

I’m cheering, anyways 🙂

I would LOVE to eat some bad food right now!

So, its about day 10 and right now I’m in struggle town a little.

I just cooked a lovely paleo dinner, well, my husband liked it. I thought the broccoli didn’t go so well with the dill, and the stuffed squash was nice but a little sweet for me (I blame the lemon thyme). That said, the chicken, pan-fried, sliced and topped with avocado sauce (avo, basil and lemon juice) was pretty nice.  But anyways.

Today I had eggs and ham for breakfast/lunch (I wasn’t hungry until lunch time > bit of a bonus of this way of eating) and then made some pumpkin bread … worked out ok.  

So then put together this dinner and though Chris enjoyed it – I’m not feeling satisfied and I am DEFINITELY craving something naughty. Like chocolate. Or chips. Or cheese.

So instead I have a handful of grapes. Hmmmmmm. I guess this is why newbies are often told to go 80/20 – you’re allowed to have a little naughty stuff so you don’t fall off the wagon all together. We’re not doing that though, we’re trying to be strong.

God help me if anyone wanders by with yummy smelling food right now!