It’s definitely getting colder here in Aus and the lower temperatures are tempting me to eat all the comforting food. Anything warming, filling and full of flavour. And I think it’s ok to listen to my body and give it what it needs. Well yeah, if it craves fries I would think twice 🙂 But when it’s about hearty meals combining a good protein, bit of starchy vegetables and warming spices? Give it to me now. Because what is more satisfying in this weather than a generous portion of Moroccan Lamb Shanks (Paleo, Whole30, Low Carb)?
Winner winner, chicken dinner. Ok, I just couldn’t help myself. But I think that this Sage And Lemon Roast Chicken (Paleo, Whole30, Low Carb) honestly is the winner here. Because if you are looking for an easy but scrumptious meal which would feed a few people and not break your bank account this is it. Roast chicken can be quite boring, I know. But it can be also the highlight of the night. You just need the good spices and technique. Then add some fancy (ish) side like the Fennel And Butternut Squash Puree and you have a winning dinner.
Ghee has undergone a huge comeback in the last few years. I think it’s because we are finally getting over the idea that fats are bad for us and can happily enjoy the real flavours again. And ghee definitely belongs to the healthy fats that we should incorporate into our daily diets. It’s known as a great cooking and baking fat because of it’s high smoke point (higher than most vegetable oils actually). It has a smooth nutty flavour which supports both, savoury and sweet dishes. And even though Paleo and Whole30 don’t support eating dairy, ghee has an exception. Why? Because when boiling and straining butter you’ll actually get rid of the milk proteins and solids which cause inflammation. And on the contrary you’ll be left with a golden goodness rich in flavour and nutrients which is suitable even for those of us who are dairy intolerant.
Fennel can be quite strong in flavour when by itself and that sets a lot of people off. But combine it with the sweetness of butternut squash and creaminess of ghee and you’ll find a smooth yet decadent side dish. It’s perfect with grilled and roasted meats where it almost plays the main role. However it also perfectly supports full flavours of more exotic dishes like curries and aromatic stews.
Have you tried Chicken Larb, the traditional Thai chicken salad yet? If not, you definitely should. Because it’s an embodiment of freshness in a dish. It will awaken your senses with it’s tangy, yet savoury taste, leaving your lips pleasantly tingly from the chilli and your belly nicely full. Close your eyes and transfer yourself to the busy street stalls of Thailand.
What was your favourite side dish when you were a kid? Can you think of any? For me it was definitely dumplings (so typical for Czech Republic) and potato puree (so typical as well). Homemade meatloaf with potato puree is actually one of my favourite dishes of all the time. So simple, yet so comforting.
However as I stepped in adult life I also started to be more stressed, put a lot of pressure on my body and immune system and also ate more processed foods and snacks to cope with the stress. Which in reality meant just more stress for the body. Unfortunately at that time I was not so aware of the impact of these bad habits. So over the time (apart from another) I developed few allergies and food intolerances. Including a potato intolerance. And dairy intolerance too. So a classic potato puree was out of the game for quite some time. But that was just before I started the Paleo journey and looked for different options and healthier food choices in general. And realised that there is a simple solution – Cauliflower Puree (Paleo, Whole30, Low Carb).
If you are following the food scene a little, you probably just couldn’t not notice that food in a bowl is a thing lately. It’s everywhere. All over the social media. Buddha bowls, breakfast bowls, vegan bowls… You can put pretty much anything in a bowl and give it a fancy name as long as it looks pretty. And that’s what kinda sets me off. It started as beautiful and inspiring nourishing meals. What’s left now in most of the cases is the beautiful. Good looking – for the picture. Nourishing? Not so much.
Anyway, I didn’t want to turn this post into a negative thought on this trend (even though I have my doubts). Because there are still typical bowl meals I enjoy very much. And this is also a post about a bowl, right? But the thing is those all have something in common, no matter the style or cuisine. They are healthy, combining ALL the important macronutrients in one meal – good source of protein and fat and reasonable portion of carbohydrates (from vegetables or fruits). Like this Beef Burrito Bowl (Paleo, Whole30, Low Carb) I’m sharing today. Continue reading
I know this recipe is not a brain cracker, but I can see it on the social media or when talking to friends and colleagues, that lots of people still don’t know what the heck is the cauliflower rice? What do you have it with? And how do you even make it?
Well, here is the most verified process of how to make a cauliflower rice from our household. I think we are actually almost pros in making cauli rice. Because we honestly have it with our meals at least once a week. It’s stupid easy to make. I just can’t praise this side dish enough. Whoever thought about it first is a genius. Because this is just one of the best sides you can have with your curries, stews, stir-fry etc. when maintaining a healthy life style.
It’s been really hot here in Australia the last few weeks, which means that even somebody like me is eating lots of salads lately. To make a point here. I used to hate salads. Because all I could imagine under that expression was raw vegetable with boring vinegar dressing. I always liked vegetables, don’t get me wrong, I just hated this combination. But then I found out that salad doesn’t necessarily have to be just raw carrot, cucumber and tomato. That you can make a more interesting dressing than vinegar. And it won’t make you to gain 10 kilos by eating one tablespoon… So I started playing with the ingredients a little and found my favourite ways how to make a salad an enjoyable dish which doesn’t need company of garlic bread to be good. Like this Chicken Salad With Apples And Cranberries (Paleo, Whole30).
See few of my tips bellow.
I’ve decided to do another round of Whole30 a couple of days ago. No, not because of the new year – new me. I don’t really believe in this stuff. Even though I do have few plans and resolutions including food for this year, I am pretty happy with the eating habits I adopted during the first round of my Whole30 and after and don’t need any big changes in my diet. But I think that January still is a great month for Whole30 after indulging a little more and moving a little less over the holidays. And I’m super excited about it because my husband decided to do this round with me, seeing the great impact it had on me last year. So wish us good luck and hopefully we will finish these 30 days together.