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Simple Braised Root Veggies

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Simple braised root veggies are so easy to make, and they’re an inexpensive way to round out a meal. The leftovers keep well and find their way into my breakfast scrambles or even my post-workout snack. This dish is hearty and warming in the winter, a perfect way to take advantage of all the root veggies lying around as we really hit the cold months. And, this recipe is Whole30-friendly.

If you want to customize this, look at the bottom of the post for suggestions to change it up, but once you dial in the technique, the sky’s the limit. You’ll be braising the veggies, which basically means to develop a bit of brown, caramelly goodness when it first hits the pan, add liquid and simmer until tender, then raise the heat back up to cook off most of the liquid and concentration the flavors. No Dutch oven or similar cooking vessel? I’ve done this in a large frying pan with a lid, and it works just fine. One tip: don’t season with salt until the end if your broth is salted because will concentrate during cooking.

Ingredients for Simple Braised Root Veggies:

  • 1–2 Tablespoons ghee or coconut oil
  • 2 large carrots
  • 2 large parsnips
  • 1 small celery root (celeriac) or 1 small rutabaga, peeled
  • 1 onion, sliced
  • 2-3 cloves garlic, minced
  • 1 Tablespoon chopped fresh rosemary
  • 1 teaspoon chopped fresh thyme
  • 1 teaspoon chopped fresh sage
  • 2 cups chicken broth
  • Sea salt and black pepper, to taste

Directions for Simple Braised Root Veggies:

  1. If desired, peel the carrots and parsnips. Cut in half lengthwise and then into ~1/4″ thick pieces. Peel the celery root and cut into similar-sized pieces to the carrot and parsnip. If you make the pieces too thin, you’ll end up with a pot of mush.
  2. In a large, heavy bottomed pot, like a Dutch oven, heat the ghee or coconut oil over medium-high heat. Toss in the carrots, parsnips, celery root and onion. Allow the veggies to caramelize and slightly brown, though not burn. Stir enough so you get good color on many of the pieces.
  3. Add the garlic, rosemary, thyme, sage and chicken broth. Allow the liquid to come to a boil, then reduce the heat to low. Cover the pot. Allow the veggies to cook until just fork-tender, about 20 minutes.
  4. Uncover the pot. Turn the heat to high and allow the braising liquid to reduce down until it’s a slightly thickened sauce. Don’t let it go too long or walk away because this can very quickly start to burn the bottom of the veggies.
  5. Adjust seasoning with salt and pepper.

Change It Up:

  • No Dutch oven? You can accomplish the same result in a large frying pan with a tightly fitting lid.
  • No fresh herbs? Instead of 1 Tablespoon fresh herbs, use 1 teaspoon dried. Rub the herbs between your fingers before adding to the pot to unleash more flavor.
  • Use whatever root veggies you have in any combination you’d like.
  • Double the batch and use leftovers for morning hash.

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Top 10 Paleo Posts of 2013

Top 10 Paleo Posts of 2013 | stupideasypaleo.comHere we go…it’s the Top 10 Paleo Posts of 2013 from right here on the blog!

On Christmas Day at 3 p.m., it’s customary for Brits to watch the Queen give her annual holiday broadcast. (I’ve been in Scotland for the past two Christmases, and I can say, this time-honored tradition is taken pretty seriously!) Her message this year was about reflection which gave me pause to think about all the cool things that have happened with Stupid Easy Paleo this year.

In June, I launched the newly designed WordPress.org version of the blog. This meant I now had a fully functioning, completely capable platform to bring you all the best features for delivering recipes and articles. I also debuted the Easy Paleo Quickstart Mini-Course that month (formerly called the Easy Paleo Quickstart Guide) which has helped over 16,000 people to date get started learning about Paleo. June also marked my one year sabbatical from teaching to focus on building Stupid Easy Paleo into a better resource for you.

Since then, things have grown more than I ever imagined possible. Your support has meant so much to me: through blog comments and emails, the Facebook page and other social media, and purchasing courses and cookbooks and clicking on Amazon links so I can continue to keep the blog going…I’m continually motivated to bring you the best I can. Your letters and comments about how much Paleo has improved your life is nothing short of inspiring. Thank you sincerely for having me along as part of the journey.

As I look ahead to 2014, I’m excited about the great things I’ve got planned for you (my real-deal ebook, The Paleo Athlete, launches very soon), hitting the road with Whole9 for our Whole Athlete Seminar and so much more.

And so, to close out 2013, I bring you a quick recap of the top 10 Paleo posts from the blog!

The Top 5 Stupid Easy Paleo Recipes of 2013:

Simple Paleo Tortillas | stupideasypaleo.com Simple Paleo Tortillas. This was the sleeper hit of the year, concocted while FaceTiming my better half in Scotland about a week before I left the US for my trip. It’s proven to be ultra-popular because it’s one of the only gluten-free tortilla recipes I’ve seen that’s truly easy and yields a foldable, versatile product.

 

DSC_0197 Easy Pan-Fried Lemon Chicken. No grill? No problem. Keeping chicken breast moist while cooking is always a challenge, but this recipe always get the job done. Pound the chicken flat for even cooking, marinate and cook on high heat to seal in the juices.

 

 

DSC_0679 Homemade Kombucha. This has probably been the Paleo drink of the year. This post is a basic tutorial (recipe + video) showing you how to make it. If you’re intimidated by the process (which you shouldn’t be!), this is a simple way to get started. Of course, if you want me to show you in detail from start to finish, there’s always my Kombucha eClass.

 

DSC_0062 Dairy-Free Dark Chocolate Pudding. No dairy, no egg desserts are hard to come by in Paleo, but this four-ingredient treat makes a few lush bites without the extra added sugar or problematic ingredients. If you’re looking for an alternative that doesn’t use gelatin, check out the sister recipe for chia pudding here.

 

IMG_3760 Paleo Cabbage Rolls (aka Golumbki). I’m so surprised by this one being in the top five because I didn’t even think many people would know what they are! This is a Paleo-friendly variation on my Grandma’s cabbage rolls and a shout out to my Polish heritage. It makes a large batch and is finished right in the crock pot.

The Top 5 Stupid Easy Paleo Articles of 2013:

mini course 3 The Easy Paleo Quickstart Mini-Course. If you’re wondering what the heck Paleo’s all about and want a free way to learn more, this is exactly the thing for you. Over two weeks, the mini-course is delivered to your inbox. Super convenient. Zero risk.

 

 

1515012_10202329515426956_202370259_n Can Coffee Really Improve Your Health? Meet Bulletproof®. This is probably the other most popular Paleo drink of the year. While I do give a few recipes in this post, it’s also a full explanation of what Bulletproof® coffee is and why the heck people drink it to begin with.

 

Stupid Easy Paleo Guide to Clean-Eating Challenges | stupideasypaleo.com The Stupid Easy Paleo Whole30®. Back in July, I ran the first of what’s to be many Whole30s on the blog. In conjunction, I developed a video series and shared lots of clean recipes to make your experience even better. (Pssst…there’s another one—complete with my newest free Guide to Clean-Eating Challengesstarting January 1, 2014!)

 

Top 5 Paleo Mistakes Newbies Make | stupideasypaleo.com Top 5 Paleo Mistakes Newbies Make. This post is the product of working with my readers and also some personal experience throw into the mix. If you’re new to Paleo or you’re a veteran who isn’t seeing the results you did at first, definitely check this one out.

 

 

abs 3 Five Things You’re Overlooking in Your Quest for Abs. Despite its title, the overall message of this post is all about health first and foremost.

 

 

That’s a wrap! I’m eagerly looking forward to the upcoming year. Check back frequently as I’ll be posting at least three times a week, or better yet, sign up here to get new posts delivered right to your inbox.

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Simple Paleo Tortillas

Simple Paleo Tortillas | stupideasypaleo.comAre simple Paleo tortillas really possible?! If you’re looking for a really easy Paleo version of a flour tortilla – or a French crepe – look no further. These are pretty much foolproof and are much more flexible than other Paleo tortillas I’ve tried before that mostly use coconut flour as a base. I had a huge bag of arrowroot powder to use up (a gluten-free flour alternative) so this fit the bill quite well.

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These Paleo tortillas hold up to folding or rolling and can be used in sweet or savory applications, and it’s easy to make a double or triple batch in advance and save them for upcoming meals. They’d also be perfect for making up some tasty lunches on the go, and I think they’d be super popular with kids (of all ages)!

Update: I tested these to see how well they’d freeze. I rolled the tortillas up, froze them, and they thawed flexible and easy to fold!

Makes: Three 8″ tortillas

Ingredients for Simple Paleo Tortillas:

Directions for Simple Paleo Tortillas:

  1. Crack the eggs into a medium-sized bowl and whisk in the melted ghee and water.
  2. Add the dry ingredients—arrowroot, coconut flour and salt—and beat well to combine.  Simple Paleo Tortillas | stupideasypaleo.com
  3. In a small (8″) skillet over medium heat, pour in about 1/3 of the batter and immediately roll it around to evenly coat the bottom. The tortilla should start to pull away from the edges as it cooks. Simple Paleo Tortillas | stupideasypaleo.com
  4. Cook for 1 minute on each side.
  5. If saving for later, cool completely and store in a plastic bag or airtight glass container. Simple Paleo Tortillas | stupideasypaleo.com Simple Paleo Tortillas | stupideasypaleo.com

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Sweet Plantain “Buns”

Trying to use up more of my pantry before I go on my big trip, and I was staring at the bottom of a bag of coconut flour and a ripe plantain so I decided to mix it together with an egg and a bit of leavening agent to see what I could make. The coconut flour gives it the density it needed to stand up to eating a grass-fed beef slider with my hands.

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It’d be easy to double or triple this recipe. It yielded about 4 small / medium “bun” halves, enough for two sliders. It’s really important to use a blender or food processor to break this down so you don’t end up with a chunky batter. No pastry bag? Me neither. I used a ziplock bag with the corner cut off to pipe the buns into perfect(ish) circles.

Yields: 4 bun halves, enough for two sliders or small burgers

Ingredients: 

Directions:

  1. In a food processor or blender, combine all the ingredients and process until it becomes a smooth batter.
  2. Load the batter into a ziplock bag. Cut off the corner. This is your pastry bag. DSC_0720 2 DSC_0721
  3. In an oiled skillet (I used coconut oil), over medium low heat, pipe a circle of dough about the same size as your sliders or burgers. Cook for a couple minutes on each side or until cooked through.  DSC_0722
  4. I served mine as a slider with avocado, tomato, jalapeño sauerkraut and spinach.  DSC_0725

Everyone Has Skeletons…

…in their pantry.

I went on a purging mission today, peaking into the depths of my cupboards. Here’s what I found:

whuuuuuuuut?

Holy Gluten/Grain (and unhealthy fat), Batman! Into the trash they go. Not that I’ve even used any of this in AGES, but it just kind of blended into the background of my pantry.

Just a reminder to take a look at what remnants of an unhealthy diet (say “Sayonara” to grains and gluten as a start) may be lurking in the depths of your kitchen!