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Spicy Sweet Potato Wedges

This is a simple paleo creation of mine which is great as a side with any meal or on its own as a snack, for sharing or just on your own!

Ingredients:

4 large sweet potatoes

Cayenne Pepper

Black Pepper

Mixed Herbs

Garlic Salt

Paprika

Olive Oil

Directions:

First note that apart from the sweet potatoes I haven’t listed quantities of the herbs, spices and oil. This is because you can either add a little or a lot dependant on how spicy you like them. Experiment with different quantities to find the perfect level just for you, or add some of your own herbs and spices to give a flavour all your own!

First, peel sweet potatoes and cut into thin wedges, place into a plastic bag (I usually use 2 bags to prevent the oil from leaking), add all herbs to bag, add sufficient olive oil to allow the herbs and spices to stick to the sweet potatoes (this is a judgement call and you can always add more to the bag or the pan if you’re worried about the wedges drying out), close the bag and give a good shake until the wedges are all thoroughly coated. Remove wedges from bag (I usually just empty the bag directly onto the oven tray – though be careful that the plastic doesn’t touch the hot oven tray) and add to a preheated oven tray.

Place oven tray into the middle of a preheated oven and cook for 20 – 30 mins at 200 degrees Celsius (390 degrees Fahrenheit) , turning wedges regularly. They’re ready when they look as crispy as you like them. Enjoy!

 

    Paleo Hummus

    hummus

    Ingredients:

    1 3/4 cup diced zucchni
    1/2 cup raw macadamias
    2 TBLSP Tahini and xtra vg ol oil.
    2 1/4 tsp lem juice
    1 tsp sea slt and cumin
    2 Roasted peppers
    1 garlic clove

    Directions:

    It’s possible to enjoy hummus on the paleo diet too, but you need to be creative since chickpeas aren’t allowed. To make paleo-hummus, start by dicing 1 3/4 cup of zucchini. Next place the zucchini, 1/2 cup of raw Macadamia nuts, 2 tablespoons each of tahini (store-bought is fine) and extra-virgin olive oil, 2 1/4 teaspoons of lemon juice, 1 teaspoon each of sea salt and cumin, 2 roasted red peppers, and a clove a garlic into a food processor. All you need to do now is blend the whole mixture until it’s nice and creamy. Place it into a serving bowl and enjoy this dip with raw vegetables to your heart’s content. If you plan to use store-bought tahini, then remember that it tends to settle and will need to be stirred before putting it in the food processor.

      Paleo Porridge

      porridge

      Ingredients:

      3/4 Cup cream from cooled coconut milk

      2/3 Cup of almonds

      Raw honey

      Extra spices to flavour.

      Directions:

      To make good paleo-approved porridge, start by cooling a can of coconut milk overnight until you have cream on the top. The next morning, place 3/4 of a cup of that cream in a saucier on medium heat until it returns to a liquid state. Next, grind up 2/3 of a cup of almonds in your food processor and pour them right into the milk. You can also stir in a small amount of raw honey to sweeten the mixture as you stir. Keep it on medium heat and stir for about five minutes. As you do so, the porridge will start to thicken up. When it reaches your desired thickness, add some extra spices such as cinnamon, nutmeg or whichever spice you prefer, pour it into a bowl, and enjoy. This recipe makes one serving.

       

        Paleo Crab Cakes

        crab cakes

        Ingredients

        1 Egg
        2 Tbsp Mayonnaise
        1 tsp Dijon Mustard
        1/2 tsp Worcestershire Sauce
        1/4 tsp Hot Sauce (i.e. Tabasco®)
        1/4 tsp Lemon Juice
        1 1/2 tsp Seafood Seasoning (i.e. Old Bay™)
        Ground Black Pepper to taste
        1 lb fresh lump Crabmeat
        1/4 Cup Almond Flour
        1 Tbsp finely Diced Red Pepper
        2 tsp sliced Green Onion
        1 Tbsp chopped fresh Parsley
        1/3 Cup Almond Flour

        Instructions:

        Grease baking sheet.

        Whisk together in a bowl to blend completely the first eight ingredients.

        Set in a separate bowl the fresh crab meat. Gently mixing in everything with your hands, add the egg and mayonnaise mixture to the crab meat.

        Once combined, add the 1/4 cup almond flour, peppers, green onions, and parsley to mix in.

        Form six patties. In a separate and shallow bowl, set the 1/3 cup of almond flour inside. Completely cover all patties.

        Place on baking sheet and put into the refrigerator to set for approximately an hour.

        Preheat oven to 400 degrees Fahrenheit (200 degrees Celsius)

        Bake for 15-20 minutes or until golden brown.

          How long did prehistoric people live?

          caveman family

          Whenever I read through posts criticizing the paleo diet I always see the same argument presented. Why would anyone want to mimic the diet of our prehistoric ancestors, when their average lifespan was only 25 – 30 years? There is of course, a very simple answer to this question (Otherwise I wouldn’t be on Paleo myself!) , cavemen (and cavewomen) lived a lot longer than this.

          So why is this figure quoted? , surely we can trust major scientific journals when this information is quoted? The trick here is in understanding the statistics, and then also in understanding the causes of death. In fact after proper analysis , you may be surprised to know that a recent peer reviewed journal estimates the modal age of death for people in hunter-gatherer societies to be around 68 – 72.

          If you’re wondering why there is such a difference in mortality figures quoted then let me explain.

          The over-arching factor here is in the high infant mortality rate. Nearly 40% of hunter-gatherers died before the age of 15, and a large proportion of these died before the age of 5. Of those who reached adulthood, their expected lifespan was much higher than 30 (easily 60) and the cause of death was generally infection or trauma (not heart disease or cancers such as those which plague our modern culture).

          If we look at modal age of death we get a much higher figure. Corrected modal age of death means the age at which most people died who lived past 15 years of age. By using this figure we correct for the higher rates of trauma and infection which skew the results when looking at ‘average’ life span in hunter gatherers and by correcting for infant mortality we get a better understanding of exactly how long our prehistoric ancestors really lived.

          These figures are similar in modern hunter – gatherer societies and are also evidenced by estimates from fossil records from our prehistoric ancestors.

          What’s even more interesting is that following the transition to an agricultural society, the average life span actually dropped (yes – dropped!) to 20 years. Not only did lifespan decrease, after we changed our diet, we became shorter AND had reduced bone mineral density (which gives a fairly strong argument against critics who say we need dairy for our bones). Average (corrected) life span then remained below prehistoric levels until well into the 20th Century and the advent of modern medicines such as antibiotics.

          In other words, we might not want to mimic prehistoric approaches to medicine, but mimicking their diet provides health, vitality AND longevity.

          So, if you’re concerned about your health and want to live a fuller longer life, then consider Paleo, and if you need an image to help convince you then check out the picture below of aborigines (take special note of the middle man) prior to the introduction of western foods into their diet. My grandfather never looked that healthy!

           

          aborigines

            Paleo Hamburger Patty

            paleo hamburger patty

            Hamburgers are definitely approved paleo food. Aside from not eating them on buns, you need not change most of the ingredients. It’s an opportunity to experiment with new taste combinations.1 lb. ground meat

            Ingredients

            1 sweet onion, sliced thin
            1-2 tomatoes, sliced
            1-2 bell peppers, sliced in strips
            8 oz. mushrooms, any kind, sliced
            Spices and seasonings, your preference
            Fresh cilantro or parsley sprigs

            Directions

            Mix seasonings into meat before frying or grilling. For a slightly unusual spicy taste, try a bit of powdered ginger. Fry burgers with onions, peppers and mushrooms in avocado, olive or unflavored coconut oil. Use homemade paleo-ingredient mayonnaise, ketchup and mustard if desired. Garnish with cilantro or parsley, or wrap burgers in leaves of spinach and enjoy.

            For a true paleo-burger, use locally raised and grass-fed pastured meat. Bison is preferable. Turkey, chicken or lamb are also good choices.

            Is cheese acceptable? Many people in the Paleolithic era had milk from sheep, goats or cows. Try taking an “eat like your ancestors” approach. To make an informed decision, discontinue dairy for a month to six weeks, then resume and see how you feel.

              paleo beef and broccoli stir fry

              paleo beef and broccoli stir fry

              Quick easy stir-fries are a wonderful way to experience paleo food. Broccoli is a nutrient-rich vegetable, first cultivated in Biblical times. Here is one of many possibilities for a paleo beef-broccoli stir-fry.

              Marinade:

              Ingredients:

              1/4 cup lemon juice
              1/2 cup olive or coconut oil
              1/4 cup crushed garlic
              1/4 cup chopped sweet onion
              1-2 tsp powdered ginger
              1/8 tsp cayenne pepper
              Dash cinnamon

              Directions:

              Warm oil in a saucepan. Stir in spices and lemon juice. Heat thoroughly. Pour into a Pyrex or other non-reactive baking dish. Put meat in and refrigerate 6-8 hours.

              Stir Fry:

              Ingredients:

              1 to 1 1/2 lbs. grass-fed pastured beef (sirloin preferred)
              1 head fresh broccoli, cut small
              3 tbsp minced ginger and garlic
              1-2 parsnips, peeled, sliced thin
              1 cup sliced sweet or chopped green onion
              8 oz. baby portobello mushrooms, sliced
              Cilantro, a few sprigs, cut fine
              1/2 cup olive or coconut oil

              Directions:

              Cut meat into strips. Heat the oil and brown the meat. Add all other ingredients and cook on high, stirring constantly until tender. Serve over coconut flour noodles or the old reliable “cauliflower rice”.

                Paleo-Friendly Garlic Chicken and Sweet Potatoes

                paleo garlic chicken and sweet potatoes

                A Paleo Diet does not have to lack flavor! The following is a recipe for garlic spiced chicken and sweet potatoes–all Paleo-friendly! Enjoy your protein and veggie intake with just a handful of ingredients and simple cooking instructions.
                Garlic Chicken
                You will need the following:
                *1 boneless, skinless chicken breast (feeds one)
                *salt and pepper
                *1 small lemon
                *1 clove of garlic*
                cooking oil
                1) Warm about 1 tablespoon of cooking oil in a pan on medium heat. Mince your garlic and add to the pan.
                2) Slice your small lemon. Lay half of the slices in the pan over the garlic. Season your chicken to taste with salt and pepper, then lay the chicken on top of your lemon slices.
                3) Lay the second half of your lemon slices on top of the chicken. Cover the pan with a lid. Let the chicken cook for 8-12 minutes, turning to cook each side thoroughly. You will know your chicken is done when it’s no longer pink and the juices are clear.
                Sweet Potatoes
                You will need the following:
                *1 medium sweet potato
                *green onion (1 stalk is plenty for one serving)
                *1/4 cup of your preferred milk
                *2 tablespoons of grated Parmesan cheese
                1) Steam your sweet potato on the stove. It should be soft enough after 20 minutes.
                2) Mince your onion stalk.
                3) Mash your cooked potat o while heating your milk (until it’s steaming). Pour the milk into a bowl of your mashed potato, then add your onion and cheese, mixing together.
                In just a few short steps, you have your Paleo-friendly chicken and potatoes. Enjoy!

                  paleo pepper steak with vegetables

                  paleo pepper steak

                  Ingredients:

                  New York cut steak
                  Fresh red, green and yellow bell peppers
                  Sweet onion
                  Portobello mushrooms
                  1/2 cup fresh chopped cilantro
                  1/4 cup olive oil or alternateFor the marinade:
                  1/2 cup each lemon juice and oil
                  1/2 cup each tomato and onion, chopped fine
                  1 tablespoon crushed garlic
                  1/8 to 1/4 teaspoon cayenne pepper

                  Directions:

                  Marinate steak for 6 to 10 hours or overnight. Cut meat, peppers, mushrooms and onions in strips. Heat pan and add oil, then put meat and vegetables in when oil is hot. Stir fry until well done. Serve topped with fresh cilantro or parsley. Side dishes might be sweet potato or yam.

                  True paleo steak is usually grass-fed pastured beef or, better yet, buffalo. As always, the best vegetables are those grown in your own garden and harvested just before cooking.

                  Many people dislike olive oil or find it hard to digest. Acceptable substitutes are sesame, coconut, walnut, macadamia and avocado oils. Choose an oil that is high in omega-3 fatty acids if possible.

                    paleo spaghetti with a meat sauce

                    paleo spagghetti with meat sauce

                    Going paleo doesn’t mean giving up your favorite pasta sauces — just use a little creativity! The most common paleo “spaghetti” is spaghetti squash. Noodles can also be made from buckwheat flour. A peeler or spiral slicer on a fine setting can create noodles from zucchini and other vegetables. This sauce is also great poured over sautéed portobello mushrooms or eggplant.

                    To use spaghetti squash, slice in half lengthwise. Remove seeds and set aside. Season the inside with Italian seasonings, salt and pepper. Steam or bake thoroughly. Strands should be very soft. Seeds can be roasted in the oven with salt as a snack.

                    Ingredients

                    1 lb. ground beef (pastured and grass-fed preferred)
                    1 small sweet onion, chopped fine
                    1-2 tbsp. crushed garlic
                    1-2 tbsp. olive oil (coconut or sesame oil can substitute)
                    32 oz. crushed tomatoes
                    1 tsp. each basil, marjoram, oregano, rosemary and thyme
                    1/8 tsp. cayenne pepper

                    Heat oil, stir in onions and garlic. Cook for 5-10 minutes, add meat and brown thoroughly. Add other ingredients, stir well and cover. Cook on lowest heat setting for 40-45 minutes, stirring occasionally.