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.
As it is my first year of blogging which means sharing my cooking adventures with few more people than my family, there is quite a bit of room for reflecting at the end of this year. But even though there are definitely things that I think I could’ve done different, things that didn’t go very well (ehm, my first attempt for flax-seed flour goodies?) and things I could’ve improve, I prefer to think mainly about the good stuff. Why should we beat ourselves for something we didn’t achieve just because one year is ending? There is gonna be plenty of room to do our best the next year too. So let’s just cast aside the “unsuccessful” days (things are usually for a reason, right?) and focus on the bright side. What are your achievements this year? What are you really proud of? I would love to hear from you.
So, this might not be a typical Christmas dish. Not even back home. But it’s not so far from the Czech tradition either (in a way). As I already mentioned in the recipe for Traditional Czech Potato Salad, the typical meal at Christmas is fried crumbed fish and potato salad for us. But since I have a fish allergy there won’t be any recipe for the fried fish coming from me any time soon (sorry). Maybe I will figure out something with prawns or other shellfish which I can have. However in the meanwhile here is this simple recipe for Oven-Baked Coconut Chicken Strips (Paleo, Whole30, Low Carb). But how did I get from fish with classic bread crumb crust to a chicken breaded in coconut? I know, quite a jump forward. But there is a slight similarity.
In the middle of the week you might be probably too tired to even think of cooking. But what about just something simple what would uplift your dinner to the next level? Something that would fancy-up even meals as simple as sausage and veggies? Yeah, of course it’s mayonnaise. Because mayonnaise goes with almost everything. The other option is hot sauce. Now I’m not sure which one I like better. But since I started this article as a recipe for Homemade Smoked Garlic Mayonnaise I might as well finish it.
Did you ever try to make homemade mayonnaise?
I can’t believe the weekend is almost over again. Last month and a half just flew by, I swear. But I love it. I’m quite busy with my new job and settling in the new life, but I wouldn’t change a thing about it. It feels so right at this moment. However I still don’t post as much as I would like. But I’m getting better with my schedule these days. I think that what also helps is that I try to make as much food prep and batch cook during one of my days off. So I can make sure that we will still eat healthy during the week, even when we are short on time. And that we can use the precious time we have left to enjoy ourselves. Or write a blog post 🙂