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Sweet Plantain Guacamole

Sweet Plantain Guacamole—The Paleo Kitchen | stupideasypaleo.com

Guacamole is pretty much like heaven to me. Packed with healthy fats, this combination of luscious, creamy avocado mixed with any variety of spices, herbs and aromatics is pretty great on just about anything. This recipe, one from the soon to be released book The Paleo Kitchen by George Bryant and Juli Bauer, adds a twist to the standard guac: plantains. That’s right. Plantains. These ripe beauties—a great source of healthy carbohydrate—are softened and then folded right in!

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Serves: 4

Prep Time: 15 Minutes

Cook Time: 10 Minutes

Ingredients for Sweet Plantain Guacamole

  • 2 Tablespoons coconut oil
  • 4 garlic cloves, minced
  • 1 large brown plantain, peeled and diced
  • 2 Tablespoons water
  • 3 large avocados, cut in half, pits removed
  • 1/4 medium white onion, finely chopped (30 grams)
  • Handful of cilantro, roughly chopped
  • 1 teaspoon finely chopped jalapeno
  • Juice of 1/2 lime
  • 1/4 teaspoon smoked paprika
  • Salt and pepper, to taste

Directions for Sweet Plantain Guacamole

  1. Place a small skillet over medium heat and add the coconut oil.
  2. Once the coconut oil is hot, add half of the garlic to the pan along with diced plantain.
  3. When the plantain dice begin to brown, salt them, and then flip to brown on other side.
  4. Add the water to the pan and cover to steam the plantain. Once the plantain dice are soft, remove from the heat and let cool.
  5. While the plantain finishes cooking, scoop out the insides of the pitted avocados and add to a large bowl to mash. Mash up the avocado with a fork. Add the onion, cilantro, jalapeno, lime juice, smoked paprika, and salt and pepper. Mix well, then fold in the plantains. Chill in the refrigerator before serving.

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Citrus-Garlic Marinated Steak

Citrus-Garlic Marinated Steak | stupideasypaleo.com I’ve just returned from a week-long trip to London and Paris, hence how quiet I’ve been on the site here. If you’ve left a comment or sent an email, it will take a bit longer than usual but rest assured I’ll get back to you. I love traveling and discovering new foods, but I also really like getting back to my kitchen so I can make my favorite recipes and think of new ones.

This simple marinated steak was great over a fresh garden salad – use any veggies you’d like – served with some guacamole on the side. Or it’d make an awesome filling for my Simple Paleo Tortillas! If you don’t like beef, you could use chicken or pork. I bought some inexpensive steaks and cut them into strips for quick cooking. Alternatively, you could keep the meat whole, marinate it, grill it and then slice into strips once it’s cooked.

Ingredients for Citrus-Garlic Marinated Steak

  • 1 lb. of steak, cut into strips
  • Zest and juice of 1 lemon, 1 orange and 1 lime
  • 1 Tablespoon olive oil
  • 2 or 3 garlic cloves, minced
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1 teaspoon smoked paprika
  • 1/2 teaspoon pepper

Directions for Citrus-Garlic Marinated Steak

  1. Put the steak strips in a large bowl.
  2. Add the zest and juice of the citrus fruit, olive oil, garlic, salt, smoked paprika and pepper. Stir the ingredients thoroughly.
  3. Let marinate in the refrigerator, covered, for at least 30-60 minutes for best results. Stir once or twice as it’s marinating.
  4. When ready to cook, heat a skillet over medium-high heat and add about half the steak. If it gets overcrowded it won’t brown. I cooked about 1.5 minutes on each side for medium.
  5. Repeat with the rest of the meat.

Super Bowl Bites: Simple Guacamole

Super Bowl Bites: Simple Guacamole | stupideasypaleo.com

Milestone alert: this is Stupid Easy Paleo’s 100th post! Looking forward to the next 100 because I seriously love making all these recipes and sharing them.

There are about a million different ways to make guacamole, but I fancy mine plain and simple: avocado with a healthy dose of lime and salt [fun fact: the word "guacamole" comes from an Azetc word that basically means "testicle"]. I like my guacamole really tangy, so start with one lime and go up from there if you want more punch. When I was thinking of what to serve alongside to dip into it, I thought back to a few of the trips I’d taken down to Baja to race my bike several years back – immediately the memory of eating pepino con chile y limon (cucumber with chile and lime) from a vendor’s cart after a race – hit me. Crunchy and tart with a bit of smoky chile flavor, cucumbers with lime and chile make the perfect dipping platform though you can try any other veggies you like. I made my own chile powder by grinding down 3 dried ancho chiles and 3 dried guajillo chiles (seeds removed) in the Vitamix – you could use a spice grinder instead. I happen to live in Southern California where many markets have vast assortments of the dried chile pods, but feel free to use any store-bought chile powder you can find.

Prep time: 10 min     Cook time: 0 min    Makes1-1/2 cups

Ingredients for Simple Guacamole

  • 2 ripe avocados
  • 3 limes
  • Salt
  • 1 cucumber
  • 1 Tbsp chile powder

Directions for Simple Guacamole

  1. Cut the avocados in half and remove the pit. Use a spoon to scoop the green yumminess into a glass bowl. 
  2. Roll the limes on the countertop to mobilize the juice inside. Squeeze the juice of two limes into the bowl (save the 3rd lime for the cucumbers). Sprinkle with salt to taste.
  3. Mash the guacamole with your hands or with a fork. Hands are more fun, just be sure to wash them first.
  4. Peel and slice the cucumbers on the bias (diagonal cuts give a longer piece). Squeeze the juice of one lime on top and sprinkle with chile powder and a bit of salt.
  5. Consume.