Pesto is one of these culinary creations which can be made out of pretty much anything. I know, the basil pesto is the classic and still probably the best. However, basil can be pretty pricey and therefore the whole pesto situation gets a bit noble. And yes, you can get a jar of pesto for a little money in the supermarket nowadays, but have you ever read the ingredient list? It’s usually never ending. With stuff you simply don’t need in your daily diet. So what to do to enjoy a bit of this delicacy without breaking your bank account? Try something new and swap the basil for a different cheaper herb and play with the taste. Like in this Coriander Pesto (Paleo, Whole30, Low Carb, Vegan).
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)?
A few weeks ago I decided to cut down my consumption of eggs and a few other things. My hormones went a bit wild and my skin started breaking out a lot, so I thought I would help the body to get back to normal faster and cut off some possible triggers. But then the horror came across my mind. What would life be without a mayonnaise? How am I going to survive this? Well, don’t worry, crisis averted. Because I made Avocado Mayonnaise (Paleo, Whole30, Low Carb, Vegan) my friends. Extremely creamy and a delicious option for those who can’t (or don’t want to) eat eggs.
Who said you have to give up ketchup once you go Paleo? Yes, you should definitely give up the crap that you find on the shelves in stores. There is nothing good in that stuff for anyone. But that doesn’t mean that you have to say your goodbyes forever. Because making homemade ketchup is much easier than it seems. Hello burgers and fries, welcome your best friend back. Here is my version of Homemade Ketchup (Paleo, Whole30, Low Carb, Vegan), I hope you’ll like it.
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.
I’ve decided to give up eggs for a little while again. Thankfully I am not allergic anymore, but lately I have some serious skin breakouts and my eczema is worsening every day. So I’m gonna try to cut the egg use to a minimum, together with most nightshades and few other things, and see if that will help. But before I start posting recipes without eggs and maybe a bit about the progress, here is one traditional eggy one for you. Homemade Tartare Sauce (Paleo, Whole30, Low Carb). Because I can’t just keep it for myself when it’s already been made, can I? 🙂 And trust me, it’s not worth buying tartare sauce in the shop which is full of unnecessary stuff (thickeners, gums, sugar…?), when you can make it easily at home. See the recipe below and found out how.
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).