Monday, February 18, 2013

Make It Monday - Disclaimer Included

This is my disclaimer:

My Make It Monday incorporates all the Paleo goodness of no processed food, no added sugars, and no things that you never knew were "bad" for you in the first place. And oddly enough, no sacrifice is made on flavor. I was not a fan of the word Paleo, much less the idea of it, for quite a while. I've found some really good recipes though, so I no longer boycott it; however, I'm not waving the Paleo flag at the front of the bandwagon either.

Also, I have made all of these recipes. As a poor, 23 year old who still drinks beer for breakfast when there's no other option, I list these recipes with the full faith and trust that anyone can make these dishes.

Down to business.

Side - mashed cauliflower (as opposed to mashed potatoes)

1 head of cauliflower or a 16oz bag of frozen florets
about 1 tsp garlic
1 1/2 tbs coconut oil
1/2 cup coconut milk
salt and pepper
chopped chives, if you like

Cook the cauliflower, steam it or according to the directions on the package
Place it in a food processor 
Microwave in a bowl the garlic, coconut oil, coconut milk, salt and pepper for about 1 min.
Add the mixture into the food processor and chop chop for about 10 seconds

Side - cumin carrots

1lb of carrots
1/2 tablespoon ground cumin 
1/4 teaspoon ground cinnamon 
1/4 teaspoon salt
1/4 teaspoon ground black pepper
1 1/2 tablespoons coconut oil
1/2 fresh lemon

Peel and slice carrots lengthwise
Add spices together, and melt in the microwave spice and coconut oil, mixing with a fork
Pour the seasoning over the carrots in a bowl and toss together
Spread the carrots on a baking sheet and roast for 15-20 minutes at 400
Squeeze the lemon over the carrots before serving

Now, if you are a man, or if you know a man, a man would be very unhappy with just these options for dinner. I have learned from my fiancé that men love meat. I may be cheap enough to skip the meat to pay for my next race fee, but men need meat.

Meat - Pork Tenderloin
(we have left the paleo zone)

Buy pork tenderloin (as opposed to stealing it or growing it)
Season well all over with Cavenders
Heat a skillet on med-high heat with some olive oil, and sear the outside in order to brown the skin and seal in flavor
Don't play with the tenderloin in the pan. When it separates from the pan easily, turn it over, but don't rub it around like it's half dead
Once all sides have been browned, place the tenderloin in the oven at 350 for 40+ minutes. You really can't cook pork too long. Just be sure it's done.

Bon appetit!

1 comment:

  1. I like your recipe for cauliflower "potatoes". I've yet to make a good batch!