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Paleo Sweet Chili Dipping Sauce

Paleo Sweet Chili Dipping Sauce | stupideasypaleo.com Dipping sauces can take the same basic meal template and jazz things up to keep you from suffering from FBS (Food Boredom Syndrome). Plain chicken and broccoli again? Drizzle on some Sweet Chili Dipping Sauce. Need an accompaniment for some beautiful cooked, chilled shrimp? This one does the trick, too. It does have honey (so don’t go overboard and eat gallons of it) but if you’re looking for something to stave off FBS, feel good that it doesn’t contain weird chemicals or high-fructose corn syrup like most of the prepared sauces in the market.

No arrowroot powder? You could use tapioca flour as a thickener. Wish to avoid those completely? You can gently reduce the sauce until it thickens a bit, though it won’t have the same texture as arrowroot or tapioca.

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Ingredients for Paleo Sweet Chili Dipping Sauce

Directions for Paleo Sweet Chili Dipping Sauce

  1. Mince the garlic finely and use a microplane grater to grate down the ginger (or mince very finely).
  2. In a small saucepan, combine all the ingredients: the vinegar, garlic, honey, red chilis, arrowroot, ginger, salt and cayenne pepper (if desired). Stir so the arrowroot is dissolved.
  3. Bring the ingredients to a boil and cook briefly (~1 min or less) until the sauce thickens.
  4. Cool and serve alongside your favorite meats for dipping. It’s be super tasty with chicken, as a sauce on top of salmon or drizzled on top of stir-fried veggies.

What’s your favorite dipping sauce you’d like to see a Paleo version of?

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Lemony Chive Paleo Mayo

Lemony Chive Paleo Mayo | stupideasypaleo.com When it comes to mayo, I make no pretense for having the master, doesn’t fail basic recipe (that honor goes to the stellar Mel of The Clothes Make the Girl and Well Fed 2). I’ve only had this method go kaput once because yours truly was too impatient to wait for the ingredients to get all nice and cozy warm at room temperature before I tried to make the mayo emulsion. Oops. Have some patience, and it will all turn out okay. You can also use a stick (immersion) blender but I don’t own one because I’m the clumsiest person on the planet and well, yeah, exposed blades and I don’t mix!

All I did here was use Mel’s basic mayo recipe (here’s a video) and add a few simple ingredients to jazz it up. This went perfect as an accompaniment with my Grain-Free Paleo Zucchini Fritters.

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Ingredients for a batch of Mel’s Mayo

  • 1 egg
  • 2 Tablespoons lemon juice
  • 1/2 teaspoon dry mustard
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1.25 cups of light-tasting olive oil (if it’s not light or extra light in flavor, the finished product will be strong tasting and peppery which most people don’t like)

Ingredients for the Lemony Chive Paleo Mayo

  • 1/2 cup olive oil mayo from the recipe above
  • 2 Tablespoons chopped chives
  • Zest of 1 lemon

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Directions to make the basic mayo

  • Please visit Mel’s recipe here (it will open in a new tab so you don’t lose this page). She does a much better job of explaining it than I would.

Directions to make the Lemony Chive Paleo Mayo

  • Put 1/2 cup of the basic mayo into a bowl.
  • Use a microplane grater to zest the (washed) lemon, and add the zest to the bowl.
  • Add the chopped chives. Stir thoroughly to combine.
  • Add cracked black pepper to taste (optional).

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What’s your favorite mayo flavor?

Paleo Fresh Spring Rolls

Paleo Fresh Spring Rolls | stupideasypaleo.com The other day, I wanted fresh spring rolls. Badly. I also happened to be staring at the collard greens in the grocery store and this idea was born. I know you love quick and easy recipes, but I’ll be honest: this one is a bit more labor intensive because there is more cutting / chopping than usual and it depends which sauce(s) you make on the side. I could see these being an awesome weekend treat or something neat to bring to a summer party. All the components can also be prepped ahead of time and refrigerated for a day or two before use.

The really cool part is that the kelp noodles look just like the vermicelli that comes in fresh spring rolls, but if you can’t find them, you could surely leave them out. I served my rolls with Umami Mayo but I think they’d be killer with Melissa Joulwan’s Sunshine Sauce, my Paleo Sweet and Sour Sauce or my Paleo Sweet Chili Dipping Sauce on the side for dipping. Dipping rules.

Prep time: 45 min     Cook time:  10 min    Makes: 6 full rolls

Ingredients for Paleo Fresh Spring Rolls

  • 1 large bunch of collard greens (you need one whole leaf per roll)
  • 6-7 medium-sized raw shrimp (about 1/4 pound)
  • 1 carrot, thinly sliced
  • 1/2 a cucumber, seeds removed and thinly sliced
  • 2 green onions, dark green tops removed and thinly sliced
  • 1 bunch of fresh mint, basil or cilantro leaves
  • 1 package kelp noodles (you’ll use about half), optional
  • 1/4 cup of Umami Mayo for dipping, optional

Directions for Paleo Fresh Spring Rolls

  1. You’ll need to blanch the collard leaves so they become more pliable and lose some of their bitter flavor (this can be done ahead of time). Set up a large bowl with ice water. Bring a very large pot of water to boiling. Dip the WHOLE collard leaves in the boiling water for 1 minute. Immediately place them in the ice water to cool and stop the cooking process. Drain and set aside. Paleo Fresh Spring Rolls | stupideasypaleo.com
  2. Peel and devein the shrimp, if needed. Into a small skillet over medium heat, place the raw shrimp and 2-3 tablespoons of water. Cover and steam until the shrimp are pink, about 2 minutes. Set aside to cool. Slice in half from head to tail.
  3. Rinse and drain the kelp noodles. Set aside.
  4. Prepare the carrot, cucumber and green onion. How thinly you slice them depends on how much chewing you want to be involved. Paleo Fresh Spring Rolls | stupideasypaleo.com
  5. Now that the collard leaves are cool, remove the tough stem with a sharp knife by cutting upward toward the top of the leaf in an upside-down V shape. The leaves will roll better. Paleo Fresh Spring Rolls | stupideasypaleo.com
  6. Now assemble a wrap: Lay the collard leaf on a flat surface. Place two halves of shrimp at the top of the leaf. Paleo Fresh Spring Rolls | stupideasypaleo.com Next, put a small amount of kelp noodles (a little less than a 1/4 cup worked for me). Paleo Fresh Spring Rolls | stupideasypaleo.com On top of that put a few mint leaves, and two or three slices EACH of carrot, cucumber and green onion. Paleo Fresh Spring Rolls | stupideasypaleo.com Paleo Fresh Spring Rolls | stupideasypaleo.com
  7. Now you’re ready to wrap, burrito-style. Gently but with a bit of pressure, roll from the shrimp end toward the stem end. Paleo Fresh Spring Rolls | stupideasypaleo.com Paleo Fresh Spring Rolls | stupideasypaleo.com Once you’ve rolled over once, fold in the sides and then finish rolling all way down. Paleo Fresh Spring Rolls | stupideasypaleo.com
  8. Repeat with the remaining ingredients.
  9. Slice each wrap in half and serve cold with your choice of dipping sauces, if desired. Paleo Fresh Spring Rolls | stupideasypaleo.com

 

Umami Mayo

Umami Mayo | stupideasypaleo.com Umami basically describes the savory taste present in foods like soy sauce (ick), mushrooms and even some veggies. This recipe is very simple to make: start with a batch of fresh olive oil mayo and then season it with coconut aminos and fish sauce to give it that umami flavor. Nice!

I follow Melissa Joulwan’s basic olive oil mayo recipe because well, she rules and so does her mayo recipe. You can find it here: The Secret to Homemade Mayo? Patience.

Prep time: 5 min     Wait time:  30-60 min    Makes: 1/4 cup

Ingredients for Umami Mayo

Directions for Umami Mayo

  1. Stir the plain olive oil mayo, coconut aminos and fish sauce together in a small bowl. Will keep in the fridge until the expiration date of the egg you used to make your mayo.
  2. Goes well with burgers, my Paleo Banh Mi Sliders or Paleo Fresh Spring Rolls.