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Paleo Chicken Piccata

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Please welcome my guest blogger Ashley from Quarter Life Crisis Cuisine to the blog. Ashley’s pretty special to me for two reasons: 1) She was my science student more than a dozen years ago and 2) she taught me what a blog was. True story! I’ve had the pleasure of watching Ashley transform into a bright, sharp-witted young woman and a passionate food blogger. She’s been exploring gluten-free / Paleo foods more recently, and though that aspect of her blog is developing, I knew I had to introduce her to you. In this post, Ashley’s got a super yummy Paleo Chicken Piccata recipe. Take it away, Ashley!

Before age 25, I just didn’t care about what I ate. Anything and everything, with a few bouts of meat-eater-guilt that resulted in short term vegetarianism (dating two vegans in a row didn’t help that), and a lot of bouts of “the drunchies” aka drunken munchies. As long as it was delicious, I ate it.

Little did I know, the “full” feeling you feel after a meal shouldn’t actually hurt. Bloat, tightness, pain, it was all because I just ate too much, right? Whatever, my waist stayed slim and my eating habits stayed…terrible.

Then I turned 25 and, as I like to say, the Butt Fairy paid me a visit. Suddenly, none of my pants fit me anymore (even my “that time of the month” pants—yikes!) and for the first time in my life I realized that every action has a reaction, and every double bacon cheeseburger has to GO somewhere. I also noticed the telltale signs of a gluten allergy and lactose intolerance, and though my first introduction to paleo was from a jerk coworker who scoffed at my sandwich lunch and bragged about his new diet that was “totally going to get him RIPPED”—I was a bit more intrigued when Steph saw my Facebook plea for gluten / dairy free recipes and suggested I try out Paleo.

Honestly, my first true experiments in Paleo were simply a way to lose weight. And, even more honestly, I did not lose weight. However, I noticed that after a meal comprised mostly of meat and veggies, I felt happily full, without the pain. After a week devoid of wheat and starchy carbs I felt more awake, less moody, and my head felt more clear. It was an eye opening experience in a lot of ways, and has influenced my cooking ever since.

I’m a food blogger and a food lover. I know that I’m never going to totally give up that cheeseburger, but the “clean” feeling I get from clean eating is hard to pass up. These days, I go by the 75 : 25 principle: during the week, I eat as paleo as I can, and on the weekends I cheat a bit. However, I still try to balance the 25. If I know I’m going out for drinks with friends on Saturday night, I’ll try to pass up the plate of nachos at lunch and go for a more paleo option on Saturday afternoon. If you look at my blog, from the past year it, too follows the 75 : 25, with most of my recipes being Paleo, nearly-Paleo, or at the very least gluten-free, with a few extras thrown in.

My favorite thing to do is find a recipe that is nearly Paleo, and tweak it just a little. This way, I don’t feel like I’m eating an impostor, and I still get the flavors and textures I’ve always loved. Chicken Piccata was my favorite dish when I worked at an Italian restaurant, and I think I like this version even better! Recipe adapted from Simply Recipes.

Ingredients for Paleo Chicken Piccata

  • 4 chicken cutlets or two breasts butterflied and pounded thin
  • 1 cup (100 grams) almond flour
  • ~5 Tablespoons butter or ghee
  • 3 Tablespoons olive oil or your oil of choice (coconut leaves a bit of a taste I am not fond of, but some advise against cooking with olive oil in high heat)
  • 2 cloves garlic
  • ½ an onion
  • ½ cup (120 mL) chicken stock
  • ¼ cup (60 mL) white wine (use chicken stock if you don’t cook with wine)
  • 3 lemons, two juiced & one sliced
  • 1 heaping Tablespoon capers
  • Salt and pepper to taste
  • 1 Tablespoon chopped parsley

 Directions for Paleo Chicken Piccata

  1. In a skillet over medium-high heat, melt 2 Tablespoons of the the butter / ghee and 2 Tablespoons of the oil.
  2. Season chicken cutlets on each side with salt* and pepper. Dip into almond flour and cover well.**
  3. Two at a time, cook the chicken in the skillet until browned on each side and cooked through, about 3 minutes per side, depending on how thin you sliced them.
  4. Remove chicken from skillet and set aside, covered with foil or put in the oven on 200°F (100°C) to keep warm. Add a bit more oil to the skillet and scrape browned bits well to deglaze the pan. Or, if you’re me and you want a nice, clear sauce, scoop out any toasty almond bits that were left behind.
  5. Reduce heat to medium-low, add the onions and garlic and cook until fragrant and the onions are translucent.
  6. Pour in wine, chicken stock and lemon juice. Turn the heat to high and let liquid reduce by half. Add remaining ingredients, and reduce heat to low.
  7. Add the chicken to the pan and let it warm back up or, if chicken is to your liking, simply spoon sauce over the chicken on a plate. If desired, sprinkle with a bit of crushed red pepper. Serve with veggies***.

Ashley’s notes: *I used vanilla salt that I received as a gift and it tasted lovely. Experiment with flavored salts here if you desire. **For a thicker, crispier crust, dip your chicken in egg before coating in almond flour. ***Pictured is broccoli tossed with a bit of truffle oil.

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Jalapeño-Lime Chicken Wings with Paleo Ranch Dressing

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Jalapeño-Lime Chicken Wings (with Paleo Ranch Dressing Dip) is coming at you today from my guest blogger Rach from Meatified! Wings—I mean, c’mon—what’s not to love? I first learned of Rach from her screen-lickable photos of Paleo food, and with a name like Meatified, I knew she was onto something good. A former vegetarian, she originally found the Paleo lifestyle while looking for a way to improve her health after years of thyroid-related issues. She creates original recipes that are grain- and sugar-free while trying to finally figure out how to work the camera she shamelessly “borrowed” from her husband. When she’s not in the kitchen, she can usually be found planning her perfect future mini farmstead in gloriously overly-exaggerated detail. Take it away, Rach!

Ingredients for the Jalapeño-Lime Chicken Wings

  • 2 pounds (1000 grams) chicken wings
  • 2 jalapeño peppers, deseeded and cut into chunks
  • 1/4 cup coconut oil
  • 2 Tablespoons coconut aminos
  • 4 cloves garlic, peeled
  • 1 teaspoon ground cumin
  • Juice of 1 lime
  • 1/2 cup fresh cilantro leaves

Directions for the Jalapeño-Lime Chicken Wings

  1. Add all of the marinade ingredients (not the chicken!) to a blender. Process until smooth. If the marinade is a little thick, add a splash of water and re-process.
  2. Put the chicken wings into a container or large freezer bag. Pour over the marinade and toss the wings through it so that they are evenly coated.
  3. Marinate for at least 30 minutes, up to overnight.
  4. When you are ready to cook, preheat the oven to 400°F (200°C). Line a baking tray with foil and place a cooling rack onto the foil-lined tray.
  5. Place the wings onto the metal rack, and bake for 15 minutes.
  6. Turn the oven up to 425°F (210°C). Turn the chicken wings over and return them to the oven for another 15 minutes, or until browned.
  7. While the chicken is cooking, make the Ranch Dressing Dip!

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Ingredients for the Paleo Ranch Dressing Dip

Directions for the Paleo Ranch Dressing Dip

  1. In a mini food processor or blender, process the soaked and drained cashews until you have a paste. You may need to scrape down the sides of your processor or blender a few times to do this.
  2. Once your cashews are a spreadable texture, add the coconut milk a little at a time and process until smooth.
  3. Add the lemon juice, the rest of the coconut milk, the seasonings and herbs. Process until combined and the dressing is smooth. If it is still a little thick, add a splash of water and re-process.
  4. Once the Jalapeño-Lime Chicken Wings are cooked, serve with the Paleo Ranch Dressing Dip.

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[Steph’s note: Brilliant, right? These wings are so easy, and the dip is a snap to make. Like what you see from Rach? Connect with her on her siteFacebookPinterest and Twitter.]

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Crispy Italian Chicken Thighs

Crispy Italian Chicken Thighs - The Paleo Athlete | stupideasypaleo.com These Crispy Italian Chicken Thighs have become one of my favorite dinners during the week  because it’s so simple. I’m really excited to share this one with you because it’s one of the brand-spanking-new-shiny-out-of-the-box recipes from my upcoming ebook, The Paleo Athlete.

To get the skin really crispy, make sure it’s really dry before you put the chicken in the oven. If you’re lucky enough to have a convection oven, you’ll want to use that setting. Can’t find bone-in chicken thighs? You can use boneless, but cut the baking time down by about 5 minutes.

Make this a complete meal by throwing on some veggies as a side dish, and you’re good to go. I like the skin-on thighs because they stay moist in the oven. If you can only find skinless, you can wrap the thighs in bacon before you bake them…winning. As an extra bonus, I save the chicken bones to make stock in the crock pot.

Ingredients for Crispy Italian Chicken Thighs

Directions for Crispy Italian Chicken Thighs

  1. Preheat the oven to 400°F (200°C). Line a baking sheet with foil or parchment paper.
  2. Mix the garlic powder, red pepper flakes, oregano, and salt in a small bowl.
  3. Place the chicken thighs on the baking sheet and dry the skin well with a paper towel. Flip the thighs over so the skin side is down.
  4. Sprinkle evenly with half of the seasonings – garlic powder, red pepper flakes, oregano and salt. Flip over and season the other side.
  5. Bake about 25-30 minutes (in a convection oven) or 35-40 minutes (in a regular oven) until the thighs are cooked through completely.

Change it Up

  • Use curry powder or your favorite spices instead of those listed.
  • For skinless thighs, sprinkle with smoked paprika, salt and pepper, then wrap in thinly sliced bacon (recipe is here).
  • For double crispy goodness, these can be reheated by: adding a spoonful of your fat of choice to a cast iron skillet and crisping both sides until golden over medium heat.

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Paleo Breakfast Sausage Scotch Eggs

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Scotch eggs…part curious oddity, part absolutely tantalizing mash up of burger and egg. My scotch egg inspiration is none other than Mel from The Clothes Make the Girl. You may know her as the fantabulous creator of cookbook Well Fed 2. Her Scotch Eggs recipe in Well Fed (the original) were nothing short of mind-blowing, and I’ve loved them ever since.

This is one of the 30 recipes featured in my upcoming ebook, The Paleo Athlete, coming in January! Click here to check out a preview chapter.

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What’s a Scotch egg? Take seasoned ground meat, envelope a perfectly boiled egg inside and you get the protein-packed snack you see here. Traditionally, Scotch eggs are breaded (yuck…gluten!) so all we do is leave that part off. Easy peasy. There are as many conceivable combinations for seasonings and meat as you can imagine, but I was looking for a way to use my Homemade Gingerbread Spice Mix with cinnamon, ginger and other warm spices. My mind wandered from pork to breakfast to breakfast sausage (and I remembered Popular Paleo made a breakfast-y Scotch egg recipe) and out popped these (ha…no pun intended). Another plus? They’re great as a pre-workout snack!

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Makes: 6 Scotch eggs

Ingredients for Paleo Breakfast Sausage Scotch Eggs 

  • 6 medium eggs
  • 1 pound (500 grams) lean ground pork
  • 1 Tablespoon homemade gingerbread spice mix (click for recipe)
  • 1-1/2 teaspoons salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon black pepper
  • 1 Tablespoon honey (optional)

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Directions for Paleo Breakfast Sausage Scotch Eggs

  1. Boil 6 eggs. To prevent the yolks from getting grey, I cover the eggs with water in a pot and bring it to a boil. Cover the pot and turn the heat off. Let sit for 10 minutes. Drain the hot water and cover with cold water for a few minutes. Peel and set aside. (You can boil the eggs ahead of time to save this step). Don’t use very fresh eggs…they’ll be harder to peel.
  2. Preheat the oven to 350°F (175°C). Line a baking sheet with parchment paper or foil.
  3. In a large bowl, combine the ground pork, gingerbread spice mix, salt, pepper and honey (optional). Mix until combined but don’t over mix…that’ll make the meat tough. Now it’s time to assemble the scotch eggs.
  4. For each scotch egg: Fill a 1/3 cup measure with the seasoned ground pork and turn the lump into your hand. Flatten the pork into a wide circle (like you’re making a burger). Paleo Breakfast Sausage Scotch Eggs | stupideasypaleo.com
  5. Put the egg in the center. Paleo Breakfast Sausage Scotch Eggs | stupideasypaleo.com
  6. Carefully fold the meat circle up, gradually flattening as you go, until the egg is shrouded in meaty goodness. Paleo Breakfast Sausage Scotch Eggs | stupideasypaleo.com
  7. Make sure there are no cracks and that the meaty suit of armor is uniform. Paleo Breakfast Sausage Scotch Eggs | stupideasypaleo.com
  8. Place on the baking sheet. Bake for 15-20 minutes. Eat hot or cold.

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Have you ever tried Scotch eggs? Do you have a favorite flavor combo?

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Slow Cooker Chicken Yellow Curry Soup

Slow Cooker Yellow Curry Chicken Soup | stupideasypaleo.com Last week on Facebook, I asked which you – fantastic fan – would like more recipes for: veggies, meat or crock pot, and the slow cooker was the winning vote by far. Here’s my guess on why: crock pots do everything for you…except clean up. Yup. It’s true. Put it in and walk away…it’s like the Ronco Showtime Rotisserie Oven for the busy Paleo eater (I know you remember those “Set it and forget it!” Saturday morning infomercials).

I took one of my most adored recipes from my Slow Cooker Recipe Guide and gave it a slight makeover. What resulted was a warm, filling, and savory curry that’s not at all spicy hot. Best part, it’s free from the weird ingredients found in most premixed curry pastes. and you don’t have to worry about that lonesome jar of rarely used curry powder getting stale because you’ve made it fresh. Makes about four servings.

Ingredients for Slow Cooker Chicken Yellow Curry Soup

  • 1-1/2 lb. (~700 g) boneless chicken breasts or thighs, cut into chunks
  • 6 cups of veggies, chopped (I used one cup each of onion, carrots, green beans, broccoli, tomatoes and red bell pepper. Use what you like or have on hand.)
  • 1-14 oz can (~400 ml) of full fat coconut milk
  • 1 cup crushed tomatoes (or tomato sauce)
  • 1 Tablespoon cumin
  • 2 teaspoons ground coriander
  • 2 teaspoons ground ginger
  • 2 teaspoons garlic powder
  • 1 teaspoon cinnamon
  • 1/2 teaspoon cayenne pepper, optional
  • 1 cup water (for a thicker, curry-like sauce, omit the water)
  • Salt, to taste

Directions for Slow Cooker Chicken Yellow Curry Soup

  1. Cut the chicken and veggie into medium-large chunks. Put everything into the crock pot.
  2. Stir in the coconut milk, and crushed tomatoes. Then add the spices: cumin, ground coriander, ginger, garlic, cinnamon and cayenne pepper. Add the water. Stir to combine everything.
  3. Cook on low for 5-6 hours. [I cooked mine for 8 hours overnight since my current crock pot does not have an automatic shut off function, though, at it came out perfect nonetheless.]
  4. If the you want it more like a curry and less like a soup, omit the 1 cup of water above. You can also remove the lid from the crock pot for the last hour of cooking so some of the moisture evaporates.
  5. Season to taste with salt.
  6. Serve. Would be great over cauliflower rice, but it’s tasty on its own, too.

Paleo Mediterranean Meatza Pies

Paleo Mediterranean Meatza Pies | stupideasypaleo.com Meatza. Meat + pizza.

One of my favorite portmanteaus – two words smashed together to make a new one, like bromance and spork – it’s like pizza but with a meaty crust (and let’s be honest, there’s never enough meat on any pizza). Now, I definitely can’t take credit for dreaming up the concept of meatza (drat!), and one of my Paleo heroines, Melissa of The Clothes Make the Girl, along with other bloggers like PaleOMG and Civilized Caveman have all posted their interpretations.

And behold, mine.

I was absolutely longing for something with Mediterranean flair…thoughts of tangy sundried tomatoes, luscious kalamata olives, and peppery basil materialized in my mind. In the end, I made two versions – Italian and Greek – and the ingredients for both are below. Feel free to sub out anything you don’t like or add anything you do. Your imagination is the only limiter. Know what would be killer? A ground chicken meatza crust with Paleo BBQ sauce, red onion, pineapple and cilantro! YUM!

For the Incomparable Italian Meatza (pictured above):

Serves: 2

For the Crust:

  • 1 lb. (500 g) lean ground beef
  • 2 Tablespoons mixed dried herbs (any kind really…I used an oregano, thyme, parsley mix)
  • 1 Tablespoon fresh basil chopped (or 1 teaspoon dried dill)
  • 1 garlic clove, minced
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon black pepper

Suggested toppings (about 1/2 cup of each topping should be plenty):

Directions

  1. Preheat the oven to 400F (200C).
  2. In a large bowl, mix the crust ingredients – ground beef, dried herbs, basil, garlic, salt and pepper.
  3. Divide the meat in half. Press half the meat into an 8″ round pie pan. Repeat with the other half. [No pie pan? Use any baking dish you’d like. You could even do a 13″ x 9″ rectangular pan to make one big meatza. Use what you’ve got!]
  4. Bake for 10-15 min or until cooked through. Remove from the oven and drain off any liquid in the pan.
  5. Now it’s time to do the toppings. I added the tomato sauce and red pepper first, then popped it back in for another 5 minutes to soften those up. Then, I took out the crust, added the rest of the toppings – arugula leaves, sundried tomatoes, artichokes and olives – and chopped it into 4 pieces while it was on a cutting board.
  6. Mangia! (In case you’re wondering, I was able to eat a whole meatza myself, but I was very very hungry from back squats. It’s pretty filling!)

For My Big Fat Greek Meatza (sorry, no picture…we ate it too fast):

Serves: 2.

For the Crust

  • 1 lb. (500 g) ground lamb
  • 2 Tablespoons mixed dried herbs (any kind really…I used an oregano, thyme, parsley mix)
  • 1 Tablespoon fresh dill, chopped (or 1 teaspoon dried dill)
  • 1 garlic clove, minced
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon black pepper

Suggested toppings (about 1/2 cup of each topping should be plenty)

  • Green bell pepper, sliced
  • English cucumber, chopped
  • Cherry tomatoes, halved
  • Red onion, very thinly sliced
  • Olives, any kind, sliced
  • Arugula leaves (rocket)

For the Dressing

Directions

  1. Preheat the oven to 400F (200C).
  2. In a large bowl, mix the crust ingredients – ground lamb, dried herbs, dill, garlic, salt and pepper.
  3. Divide the meat in half. Press half the meat into an 8″ round pie pan. Repeat with the other half. [No pie pan? Use any baking dish you’d like. You could even do a 13″ x 9″ rectangular pan to make one big meatza. Use what you’ve got!]
  4. Bake for 10-15 min or until cooked through. Remove from the oven and drain off any liquid in the pan.
  5. Now it’s time to do the toppings. I added the green bell pepper first, then popped it back in for another 5 minutes to soften it up. Then, I took out the crust, added the rest of the toppings – arugula leaves, cucumber, tomato, red onion and olives – and chopped it into 4 pieces while it was on a cutting board. Drizzle with the dressing before serving.

Kickin’ BBQ Shredded Chicken

I had the distinct honor of writing a guest post for the one and only, incredibly creative, OG of Paleo food blogs, Michelle T. of Nom Nom Paleo. Her site’s has been a favorite of mine since my early days of Paleo, and she’s been a huge inspiration regarding clean and tasty eats.

Kickin' BBQ Shredded Chicken Guest Post

 If you’ve never checked out her site, now’s the time! You can find my recipe for Kickin’ BBQ Shredded Chicken there – and trust me when I say it’s an easy one that can be made ahead to fit your busy schedule and utilizes my favorite kitchen secret weapon…wink wink.

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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.

Coconut Wild Boar Burger

Coconut Wild Boar Burger | stupideasypaleo.com Juicy, coconutty (yeah, I made that a word), and smoky with a hint of ginger. YUM.

Recently, I picked up a package of ground wild boar meat from Sprouts and was trying to think of something that would go with the peach mango chutney simmering away on my stovetop. Coconut popped into my head but instead of putting it on the outside, I mixed it into the burger meat.

If you don’t have access to wild boar – which is hard to find in some places – pork or chicken would certainly be great substitutes. I used unsweetened shredded coconut, and the texture was just perfect. Double your batch and make extras for your weekly food prep day.

Prep time: 5 min     Cook time:  10 min     Makes: 1 lb. of burgers

Ingredients for Coconut Wild Boar Burger

  • 1 lb. of ground wild boar or pork
  • 1/2 cup shredded coconut
  • 2 teaspoons smoked paprika
  • 1 teaspoon grated fresh ginger (or 1/2 teaspoon ground ginger)
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon black pepper
  • Fat of choice (ghee, coconut oil, lard, etc)

Directions for Coconut Wild Boar Burger

  1. Combine all the ingredients in a large bowl. Gently mix to combine. Don’t overwork the meat or it’ll get tough, and the burgers will be dense. 
  2. Shape into small patties (I got about 6 out of a pound of meat). You could certainly make larger burgers or smaller sliders.
  3. Heat a large skillet over medium-high heat. Add a spoonful of your fat of choice – I used ghee because of its very high smoke point – and cook for 3-4 min per side or until completely cooked through.
  4. Serve with your choice of burger fixins’…I used lettuce, tomato and a tasty peach mango chutney.

Slow Cooker Mocha-Rubbed Pot Roast

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Crock Pot mocha-rubbed pot roast. Slow cooker. What’s not to love already?

You’re probably thinking, “Coffee? Pot roast? What?!” but rest assured that it’s not like downing a cup of joe. The coffee adds a subtle depth of flavor that the spices alone can’t achieve. The end result was fall-apart tender.

If you have time, I highly recommend taking the liquid from the crock pot and reducing it down by boiling until it becomes thicker. It’s nice to drizzle on top, almost like a gravy. Of course, if you’re in a rush, you can skip that step. If you don’t have access to this awesome cold-brew coffee, and java will do. This recipe is easily doubled.

Ingredients for Slow Cooker Mocha-Rubbed Pot Roast

For the Mocha Rub (you will have extra)

For the Roast

  • 2 lb. beef roast (I used grass-fed chuck)
  • 1 cup brewed coffee
  • 1 cup beef broth
  • 1/2 an onion, chopped
  • 6 dried figs, chopped
  • 3 Tablespoons balsamic vinegar

Directions for the Slow Cooker Mocha-Rubbed Pot Roast

  1. Prepare the mocha rub by mixing together the finely ground coffee, smoked paprika, black pepper, cocoa powder, Aleppo pepper (sub: sweet paprika), chili powder, ground ginger and salt in a small bowl. You won’t use the entire batch if you’re making a 2 lb. roast. It stores well in an airtight container. Slow Cooker Mocha-Rubbed Pot Roast | stupideasypaleo.com

2. Pat the beef roast dry with a paper towel. Spoon 3–4 tablespoons of the mocha rub mixture over the roast and rub it in well with your hands—my preferred method. Or, place the roast and 3–4 tablespoons of mocha rub in a plastic ziptop bag and shake until it’s evenly coated.

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3. Combine the brewed coffee, beef broth, onion, figs and balsamic vinegar in a blender. Puree until liquified. Slow Cooker Mocha-Rubbed Pot Roast | stupideasypaleo.com

4. Pour the liquid into the crock pot and place the roast gently on top.

5. Cook for 5–6 hours on low.

6. Remove the meat and shred with two forks. You can then boil the liquid until it reduces and thickens or simply serve as is. Adjust seasonings with salt and pepper to taste

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Test Doneness Without a Meat Thermometer

Fancy schmancy meat thermometers are cool and all, but what about those instances where you just don’t have one? Who, when they’re going camping, says, “Honey, we should bring the meat thermometer!” Who calls a friend to make sure there will be one at the next barbeque? The point is that it’s easy to test how well meat is cooked with this simple trick. All you need are two hands.

For each level of doneness, you’ll touch a finger to your thumb. Keep your hand relaxed. Then, using the opposite hand, poke the fleshy part at the base of your thumb. Feel that? That’s how a cut of meat would feel if you poked it with your finger when it’s cooked to that point. See, easy!

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For rare, touch index finger to thumb. Do the poke test. That’s what rare meat feels like.

For medium-rare, touch middle finger to thumb.

For medium, touch ring finger to thumb.

For medium-well, touch pinkie to thumb.

Last but not least, for well-done (if you’re cooking well-done steak, we need to have a chat :) ), open your hand and poke the center of your palm.

For chicken or pork (where generally, well-done is the way to go), use the open palm test.

Try it and let me know what you think in the comments!

Grilled Rack of Lamb

Baaaaaaaa! Lamb is delicious.

My buddy Trish arrived to my house a few weeks ago with two choice looking racks of lamb…the deal was that if she brought the meat, I’d do the cooking (I love that kind of dinner!). The marinade / sauce was the key to these little guys tasting so damn good, and the grilling couldn’t have been much easier. Mix sauce. Apply. Grill meat. Eat. You all know by this point that I like it uncomplicated and simple. One key consideration though, is to get the best meat you possibly can because it’s definitely the star of the show. Don’t cheap out. Additionally, can we all agree to stop cooking meat until it’s obliterated and all the tastiness is gone?! I served these racks / chops medium-rare, the meat tender and juicy. Okay, on with the show!

Ingredients:

  • 2 racks of lamb
  • 1 clove garlic, crushed
  • 2 Tbsp brown / Dijon mustard (check the label for weird ingredients)
  • 2 Tbsp olive oil
  • 2 tsp fresh rosemary, chopped
  • Juice of 1/2 a lemon (~1 tbsp)
  • Zest of 1 lemon
  • 1/2 tsp sea salt
  • 1/2 tsp black pepper

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Directions:

1. Let the meat sit out at room temperature for about 30 minutes prior to cooking.

2. Combine the garlic, mustard, olive oil, rosemary, lemon juice and lemon zest in a small bowl.

3. Sprinkle the lamb evenly with salt and pepper. Coat the meat with most of the mustard sauce and reserve some for basting during grilling.

4. Preheat the grill to a medium setting.

5. Place racks of lamb on the grill but not over direct heat. Allow to cook for 7-10 minutes per side and turn once during cooking. Baste with reserved mustard sauce. [N0te #1: if you want to develop a nice crust and grill marks, resist the urge to keep flipping the meat over constantly during cooking. I know. Just flip once and step away. You can do it :)]

6. Remove the meat and allow to rest for 10 minutes prior to slicing. [Note #2: If you want tasty lamb, you’ve got to let it sit for 5-10 minutes before you hack into it or else the juices end up on your plate underneath a pile of dry meat. Go gnaw on a handful of macadamia nuts if you are too hungry to wait.]

7. For medium-rare, I grilled the lamb about 7 minutes per side. Your grill may vary.

Crockpot Turkey Breast

Crock Pot Turkey Breast  Stupid Easy Paleo

Recently on my Facebook page, I asked what sorts of recipes you all were interested in, and more than one of you mentioned crock pot meals. This recipe is as easy as it gets, and the crock pot (being one of my top 3 favorite kitchen gadgets) is in heavy rotation in my kitchen. These flavors blend nicely for fall and turkey should be increasingly easier to find in the market, but feel free to get creative and mix up different combinations of spices and vegetables (or even use chicken instead). I’ll post some suggestions underneath the recipe.

Ingredients:

  • 2-3 lb. (1-1.5 kg) bone-in turkey breast
  • 1 large onion
  • 4-5 carrots
  • 1 cup fresh cranberries
  • 1 lemon or orange
  • 2-3 Tablespoons Herbs de Provence
  • Sea salt and pepper

Directions:

1. Prepare the veggies: rough chop the onion and slice the carrots (fairly chunky since you don’t want them to disintegrate in the crock pot).

2. Put the onion and carrot into the crock pot.

3. Place the turkey breast on top of the veggies.

4. Sprinkle the turkey breast generously with Herbs de Provence, sea salt and pepper.

5. Slice the lemon or orange, and arrange the pieces on top of the turkey.

6. Pour the cranberries over the top.

7. Pour about 1/2 cup of water into the bottom of the crock pot.

8. Set the crock pot on LOW for approximately 5-6 hours (you may want to increase the time if the turkey breast is very large).

Other vegetable / spices combinations:

Easy Red Curry Soup

I spent a lazy Sunday morning in bed, watching the latest episode of Iron Chef America (Morimoto vs. Pasternack in Battle Wreckfish <–not a joke). Apparently wreckfish is a pretty rare, enormous, disgustingly-oogly eyed fish that frequents old abandoned shipwrecks, hence the name. Anyhow, Morimoto made pho with fish noodles, and the entire day all I wanted to eat was a steaming hot bowl of soup! Damn you, Iron Chef! As evening approached and my will to cook something up started to fade, I decided to make a curry soup that literally took 5 minutes to prepare (granted, I did have all the veggies and meat already cooked). This would be a great dish to make on a mid-week night when you’re pressed for time and want to give your leftovers a little flair. The spaghetti squash was a great noodley substitute and the red curry paste gave just the right amount of spice! This served one very hungry gal so you can adjust the quantities to your appetite.

Ingredients:

  • 1/2 cup full fat coconut milk
  • 1/2 can (~7 oz) fire-roasted diced tomatoes
  • 1-2 Tbsp red curry paste (more = spicier, check label for funky ingredients like sugar)
  • 1/2 tsp powdered ginger
  • Cooked spaghetti squash
  • Leftover cooked veggies (I used grilled peppers, mushrooms and a handful of spinach leaves)
  • Leftover cooked meat (I used sliced grilled steak)

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Directions:

1. In a small saucepan, combine coconut milk, tomatoes, curry paste and ginger. Stir with a whisk to combine.

2. Cook over medium-low heat until the mixture bubbles.

3. Add cooked veggies and meat until heated through. Pour over spaghetti squash to serve.

4. I finished it with a dash of sriracha!

Mediterranean Turkey Burgers

Mediterranean Turkey Burgers | stupideasypaleo.com I love big flavors. B I G. I also really appreciate Mediterranean taste combinations…sometimes I think I was born in the wrong part of the world. I also think I may be the only person in the world who loves canned artichoke hearts as much as I do. Together with the tart punch from the sun-dried tomato and the brininess of the olives, this recipe is a nice departure from the boring old hamburger.

Ingredients for Mediterranean Turkey Burgers

  • 1 lb. ground turkey breast
  • 1 small jar roasted red peppers, chopped small
  • 2 garlic cloves, chopped fine
  • 12 pitted Kalamata olives, chopped
  • 1/3 cup sundried tomatoes, chopped
  • 1 Tbsp dried oregano
  • Salt and pepper

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Directions for Mediterranean Turkey Burgers

1. Chop all veggies and place in a large mixing bowl with ground turkey. Sprinkle with salt and pepper. Mix well by hand.

2. Shape into medium-sized patties. (I got about 7–cooked up 5 and froze 2).

3. In a large skillet, heat your fat of choice over medium-high heat. Saute burgers for about 5 minutes per side or thrown on the grill for about the same.