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Citrus Chicken, Parsnip and Swede One Pot paleo dinner recipe-min

Recipe: Citrus Chicken, Parsnip and Swede One Pot

Perfect for those long, lazy Sundays when there isn’t anything to do but sit and wallow in the wonderful fragrances spilling out from your oven, this no fuss ‘One Pot’ is about as simple and as satisfying as it gets. The unique flavours of the root vegetables marry together perfectly with the light citrus ‘zing’ – and best of all it saves on the washing up!

Citrus Chicken, Parsnip and Swede One Pot Ingredients:

  • 1 medium (approx. 1.5kg) chicken
  • 3 red onions
  • 2 oranges
  • 3 / 4 medium sized parsnips
  • 2 medium sized swedes
  • 3 / 4 carrots
  • 6 cloves of garlic
  • 2 bay leaves
  • 1 large handful fresh lemon thyme
  • Half a lemon
  • 1 glass of white wine (or stock / water if preferred)
  • Sea salt and black pepper, to taste

 Citrus Chicken, Parsnip and Swede One Pot How To:

1)    Preheat the oven to 180C / 350F / Gas Mark 4. Take your largest lidded ovenproof cooking pot, halve two of the onions and one of the oranges and lay them at the bottom of the pot before resting the chicken on top.

2)    Peel and roughly chop the remaining onion and the rest of your veg. Nestle them in the pot along with the chicken.

3)    Stuff the chicken with the garlic cloves, bay leaves, half of the thyme and the lemon. Squeeze over the juice of the remaining orange and scatter the rest of the thyme into the pot. Season well, before pouring in the white wine / stock.

4)    Cover and bake for an hour, before removing the lid and raising the heat to 220C / 450F / Gas Mark 7. Cook for a further 25 minutes, until the chicken is nicely browned. Baste the meat and stir the veg once or twice if needs be.

5)    Check the chicken if fully cooked through by piercing the breast with a knife. If the juices run clear, then you’re ready to serve. Enjoy alongside your favourite greens or a fresh salad.

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Recipe: Refilled Sweet Potatoes with Turkey, Mango and Lime

A great way to use up leftovers from a roast dinner – substituting the turkey for chicken or any other free range bird will be just as good! This recipe is an easy lunch to do the night before, as you can simply bung the sweet potatoes in the oven to roast whilst you carry on enjoying your evening. When it’s done, whip it out of the oven, and the rest will take minimal effort to finish!

Refilled Sweet Potatoes Ingredients:

  • 1 Sweet Potato (or to small)
  • ½ cup shredded roasted turkey
  • ¼ mango, finely chopped
  • 1 spring onion, finely chopped
  • Juice ½ lime
  • 1 tbsp fresh coriander, finely chopped (optional)

Refilled Sweet Potatoes How To:

Preheat the oven to 180C / 350F / Gas Mark 4. Pop the sweet potatoes in the oven, and leave to roast for around 45 minutes, depending on size. Remove, and leave to cool for 10 minutes.

When cooled slightly, but still soft, cut a slit across the sweet potatoes lengthways with a sharp knife, taking care not to break the rest of the skin. Scoop out the insides and transfer to a separate bowl.

Combine the sweet potato with the mango, onion, lime and coriander. Mash together, then add the shredded roast turkey.

Return the filling to the sweet potato skin, and look forward to a healthy lunch the next day where all you need is a spoon!

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Recipe: Christmas Lemon and Thyme Guinea Fowl

If you fancy a change from all the turkey you will inevitably consume over this festive period, I have two words for you. Guinea Fowl. When cooked and seasoned correctly, the delightfully rich and gamey taste of this bird seriously rivals the more ‘traditional’ poultry we know and love. The classic combination of lemon and thyme freshen this up somewhat, and it provides a great centre piece to all your favourite Christmas vegetables.

Guinea Fowl Ingredients:

  • 1 Guinea Fowl (roughly 1kg)
  • 8 sprigs fresh thyme
  • 1 lemon
  • 4 cloves garlic
  • Sea Salt and Black Pepper

Guinea Fowl How To:

Preheat an oven to 180C / 350F / Gas mark 4. Collect the zest from the lemon.

Cut the lemon in half and stuff it inside the guinea fowl, along with the garlic cloves and 4 of the thyme sprigs. Squeeze the juice from the leftover lemon half all over the bird, and rub in the remaining thyme leaves and a pinch of salt and pepper.

Place the bird in a roasting dish and cover with foil. Roast in the oven for 40 minutes.

Remove the foil, and roast for a further 20 minutes. Check the bird is cooked through by piercing the thigh with a skewer – the juices should run clear when cooked.

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The Paleo Guide To Christmas Dinner

So on the face of it you might be thinking Paleo and Christmas don’t go together. Perhaps you need to have a week or two “off” your Paleo diet until the festivities are over? Not so fast! Your Christmas Dinner might just be a lot more Paleo than you realised!

Turkey

Turkey is a fantastic Paleo meat! Make sure your turkey is from a good source and fully pastured (you might need to order this in advance to ensure you get a good one!) and you’ll have a great high protein, low carb meat to base your lunch around.

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Gravy

Use the meat juices to make a beautifully Paleo gravy. Once you’ve made a proper gravy, you’ll wonder how you used to eat instant gravy mixes!

Cranberry Sauce

Cranberry sauce and turkey is an amazing combination – and of course cranberries are Paleo – just make your own sauce instead of buying a sugar laden version, perfect for Christmas dinner

Paleo Cranberry Sauce Recipe

Ingredients:

  • 750ml (3 cups) of cranberries
  • Juice of two oranges
  • 1 tsp orange zest, finely grated
  • 1 tsp fresh ginger, finely grated
  • ½ teaspoon cinnamon

Paleo Cranberry Sauce How To:

Boil the orange juice and add the cranberries. Reduce the heat to a simmer and cook for 5 – 10 minutes until the berries have all burst and released their flavour. Remove from the heat and add the cinnamon and zest. Stir and allow to cool before refrigerating. Will keep for a few days in the fridge.

Potatoes

Potatoes are off the menu – but all is not lost! Just replace them with sweet potatoes which are perhaps even more delicious.

Brussels Sprouts

Sprouts are a perfect green, so pile them up high! If you’re not so keen on the taste try cooking them up with a bit of ginger for a great taste.

Christmas Pudding

Traditional Christmas puddings are often very wheat and sugar based – but who says you have to be traditional? How about chocolate avocado mousse for afters?

What is on your Christmas dinner menu , I’d love to hear in the comments below? Are you making some changes and keeping it Paleo?

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The Paleo Dinner Recipe Book

I’ve had a lot of request from people who’ve bought my recipes books, for a book on Paleo Dinner Recipes – and I’m pleased to announce – here it is!

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I think this is the most extensive Paleo recipe book I’ve created to date, with over 60 recipes and beautiful full page photos of most recipes.

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There’s something for everyone, with chapters based around your favourite meats:

  • Chicken
  • Pork
  • Lamb
  • Beef
  • Fish & Seafood

I’ve also include offal and vegetarian recipes, as well as two chapters covering side dishes and sauces, to transform your dinners! There’s a good balance of quick dinners and dinners to impress with.

As someone who’s lived in metric and imperial countries, I know how annoying it is to read recipes that are only in grams, or only in ounces – so you’ll be pleased to find that all of my recipes will make sense wherever you live!

Currently the book is available as an ebook, so you can download it instantly. It comes with a 30 day guarantee and can be purchased here for $17 by credit card, debit card or paypal.

Buy Two or more Paleo Recipe Ebooks and Save

The book is $17, but I offer big discounts if you buy more than one of my recipe books in one transaction – you can find the bulk prices here.

I’m often asked if my books are available as print version – I know a lot of people prefer a physical book. Well, the good news is that I will be offering print versions soon, but at the moment, these are all digital downloads.

I’d love to hear your feedback on this book, or any others!

Szechuan Pepper and Lime Beef Stir Fry with Steamed Pak Choi paleo diet recipe lunch dinner-min

Recipe: Szechuan Pepper and Lime Beef Stir Fry with Steamed Pak Choi

Szechuan pepper has to one of the most fun ingredients to cook with. Nicknamed ‘the tongue numbing flower pepper,’ this pepper is delightfully floral and leaves a distinct tingle in the mouth. It is also known to enhance certain taste receptors, often making the foods around it taste slightly sweeter! It works great with other spices like star anise, or in this case, Chinese 5 spice.

Szechuan Stir Fry Ingredients:

  • 500g lean beef strips
  • 1 red capsicum (bell pepper), deseeded and chopped into strips
  • 1 zucchini (courgette), thinly sliced
  • 1 onion, finely chopped
  • 2 cloves of garlic, crushed
  • 2 tsp freshly ground Szechuan pepper
  • 1 tsp Chinese 5 spice
  • 1 tsp ground ginger
  • 400g pak choi
  • Juice of 1 lime

Stir Fry How To:

1)     Heat a little oil in a frying pan to a medium heat. Brown the onions, then add the zucchini and red capsicum and stir fry for a minute or so until softened. Set aside.

2)     In a bowl, combine the Szechuan pepper, 5 spice and ginger with the crushed garlic and lime juice to make a marinade. Toss over the beef, coating well.

3)     Raise the heat of the pan to high. Throw in the beef and stir fry for a couple of minutes – ideally, it will be cooked medium when served.

4)     While the beef is cooking, wash the pak choi and separate the leaves. Lightly steam over some boiling water for 2 – 3 minutes.

5)     Return the vegetables to the pan, add the lime juice, and fry for another minute or so (longer if you like your beef more well done). Remove from the pan, and serve with the steamed pak choi

What are your favourite stir fry ingredients?

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Recipe: Havana Roast Pork

One of the tastiest roast pork dishes I know, this recipe makes a wonderful centre piece when entertaining guests. It does require a little more attention than a normal pork joint, but I can guarantee it is more than worth the effort.

As always, especially with Pork, make sure you use the best quality you can find. Ideally you want to use pasture fed Pork, your butcher should be able to help you. If not, perhaps it’s time to find a new butcher…

Ingredients (Serves 8):

  • 1.5 – 2kg of high quality pork shoulder
  • 1 tbsp cumin seeds
  • ½ tbsp black peppercorns
  • 6 cloves, whole
  • 1 tbsp dried oregano
  • 1 tbsp dried thyme
  • 6 garlic cloves, crushed
  • 1 tbsp raw honey
  • Juice of 1 orange
  • Juice of 2 limes
  • 2 tbsp olive oil

Roast Pork How To:

1)     Heat a pan to a medium heat. Add the cumin and peppercorns and toast for 2 minutes, taking great care not to burn. In a mortar and pestle, crush the spices with the cloves, oregano, thyme and a little sea salt, then add the crushed garlic to form a paste.

2)     Transfer the spice mixture to a small bowl, and stir in the citrus juices, honey and the olive oil. With a sharp knife, pierce the pork all over then place into a large resealable plastic bag. Pour over the marinade and shake well, ensuring all the meat is well coated, then leave in the refrigerator overnight.

3)     When ready to cook, heat the oven to 200C / 400F / gas mark 6. Put the pork in a roasting dish, keeping the marinade to one side, then cook for half an hour.

4)     Lower the oven temperature to 160C / 325F / gas mark 3. Baste the pork, then cover with foil, and roast for another 2  – 2 and a half hours until cooked through. Be sure to keep basting the meat in the juices from the dish whenever you can to maximise the flavour.

5)     Transfer the meat to a carving board and cover with foil, leaving to stand for 10 minutes. Pour any leftover juices into a saucepan, and skim the fat off the top. Bring to the boil, then simmer for 5 minutes, stirring regularly. Carve the pork, and serve with the reduced juices. Works great with sweet potatoes or cauliflower rice!

Do you often make a roast? I’d love to hear how you make yours in the comments below!

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73 Paleo Dinner Ideas

What are you having for your Paleo Dinner tonight? Have your dinners started to get repetitive and boring? Or perhaps you’ve got a joint of meat sat in your fridge and are looking for some inspiration about what dinner to make with it? My Paleo dinner recipe book is full of dinner recipes – you can check it out here. Meanwhile, here are some Paleo dinner ideas to cook and enjoy tonight…

Chicken Paleo Dinner Options

There are so many options with chicken! If you’ve got some chicken at home, perhaps one of these ideas will give you some inspiration?

  • Thai green curry
  • Chicken Fajitas. Either skip the tortillas or use lettuce, or Nori wraps instead
  • Chicken casserole – make it in your crockpot/ slow cooker for an instant dinner
  • Chicken kebabs
  • Bacon wrapped chicken breasts
  • Roast chicken
  • Chicken salad with mango
  • Lemon chicken in the slow cooker
  • Jerk chicken
  • Quick & easy chicken curry
  • Paleo chicken pad thai
  • Avocado Cashew chicken

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 Fish Paleo Dinner Suggestions

Fish is a great choice for Omega 3 – just make sure you get good quality seafood – and ideally line caught fish.

  • Salmon burgers
  • Paleo Sushi using nori wraps and cauliflower rice
  • Pan seared tuna with lime and steamed veggies
  • Smoked haddock omelette
  • Chilli crab
  • Salt & pepper squid
  • Shrimp salad
  • Chowder
  • Baked trout & roasted vegetables
  • Seared scallops
  • Muscles with garlic
  • Seaweed salad
  • Paleo paella
  • Fish stew

SAD Dinners

Missing a SAD favourite? Try the Paleo version!

  • Make a Paleo pizza with a nut flour base
  • Spaghetti bolognaise with zucchini noodles
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Beef Paleo Dinner Ideas

Beef is another very versatile dinner choice, with literally thousands of menu options. Try one of these ideas tonight.

  • Bunless burgers with sweet potato fries
  • Meatloaf
  • Lasagne (using eggplant and zucchini instead of pasta)
  • Paleo meatballs
  • Beanless chilli
  • Spicy beef curry made with coconut milk
  • A traditional roast beef dinner with roasted veggies
  • A beef and broccoli stir fry
  • Beef stew
  • Beef stuffed capsicum/bell peppers
  • Beef stroganoff
  • Cottage pie topped with cauliflower mash
  • Beef Goulash
  • Beef Bourguignon
  • Steak & Eggs
  • Cinnamon beef hash
  • The classic meat pie

 Lamb Paleo Dinners

I always forget how much I enjoy lamb. Fancy one of these on your menu tonight?

  • Shepherds pie topped with sweet potato mash
  • Lamb shanks with cauliflower rice
  • Lamb skewers
  • Slow roasted leg of lamb
  • Lamb tagine
  • Lamb hotpot
  • Lamb chops and mint sauce
  • Lamb burgers served with a Greek salad
  • Rogan Josh

Paleo Pork Dinners

You can do a lot with pork – this is one meat that I especially recommend getting the best quality possible. Ideally try to get pasture raised pork.

 Other Meats & Offal Dinners

For a nutritional boast, how about something more unusual – or some offal?

  • Liver & onions. The classic combination – not to mention packed with goodness
  • Chicken liver salad with poached egg
  • Oxtail soup
  • Barbequed Kangaroo

Winter Paleo Diet Dinners

Something comforting for cold winters nights

What are your favourite dinners? I’d love to hear some more dinner ideas from you, in the comments below! And if you enjoyed this post, please like and share it.

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The Best (and Worst) Paleo Restaurants

It’s nice to eat out at a restaurant occasionally. Sticking to your Paleo Diet shouldn’t be a reason to avoid eating out!

If you’re going out with a group of friends, try to have some influence over the restaurant you go to. Some restaurants offer so many more Paleo friendly options than others.

The Menu

It’s also a good idea to check out the menu in advance – most restaurants will have this on their website. If you’re unsure, call ahead to check on specific ingredients. It’s definitely worth making the restaurant aware that you need something gluten, dairy and legume free before you arrive. Most places seem to be extremely accommodating with this, often to the extent of suggesting dishes that aren’t even on the menu!

Mix & Match Paleo Options

When looking through the menu be prepared to mix and match. There’s almost always no problem with asking for the meat from one dish to go with the vegetable side from another dish. Dishes often come with a side of fries, some other type of potato, rice or pasta – ask to swap this for more vegetables or a salad.

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Un-Paleo Sauces

Sauces, gravy and dressings are often places where gluten, soy and all sorts of undesirables are hiding. It’s best to ask for no sauce, or ask for it on the side, rather than take the risk that your beef will arrive swimming in gluten!

Ask, Ask and Ask Again!

Don’t be afraid to ask exactly what is in your dish – it’s your health – it’s important. It’s also worth asking if the meat is grass-fed. Perhaps it isn’t, but hopefully the more people who ask, the sooner restaurants will start stocking it.

Which Types of Restaurant Are The Best For a Paleo Diet?

Some restaurants types are a lot more Paleo than others – but of course, you may find lots of local exceptions to this. Look at the menu and ask about the ingredients!

Korean BBQ/ Mongolian BBQ/ Brazilian BBQ

It doesn’t get much more Paleo than cooking a pile of meat at your table barbecue. Sides are usually salads and vegetables and it’s often a great chance to try cuts of meat you don’t usually have.

Steakhouses

Steak and vegetables – even better if they offer grass-fed meat.

Indian

Whilst there are a lot of dishes to avoid, there are also dishes cooked in coconut milk, or dry cooked (like tandoori) in herbs which represent great Paleo choices. Check they cook with ghee or coconut oil rather than vegetable oil

Burgers

Lots of “real food” burger restaurants seem to be appearing – good news as these can be a good Paleo option if you order without the bun!

Thai

Thai can be a great Paleo dining solution when coconut oil and milk are used.

Mexican

Most options like tacos or fajitas work well within a Paleo Diet – just order without the tortilla

Japanese

A wide variety of fish makes dishes like sashimi a great choice

Seafood Restaurants

If there are any wild or line caught options, these are likely to be a good bet

And the Worst Restaurant Type For Paleo Options?

Sadly, some restaurants are a lot harder to navigate for Paleo choices. If you’re going somewhere that you know will be challenging, consider eating before you leave, so you won’t be tempted.

Chinese

With a few notable exceptions, Chinese restaurants are often associated with their use of MSG and soy. Finding a Paleo option can be very difficult.

Do you agree with the best and worst types of restaurants? I’d love to see which restaurants you’ve found good Paleo options in – and which ones you’ve found difficult too. Please let me know in the comments, below.

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7-Day Paleo Diet Menu Plan

I’ve got a friend coming to stay next week, so I’ve planned a 7-day Paleo Menu Plan to showcase my Paleo diet. It’s all too easy to eat similar meals over and over, so I’m looking forward to a week of lots of variety. I’m going to over-make everything, so I have lots of left-overs to freeze and enjoy again later.

I’ve just written my first recipe book on Paleo Breakfasts, so will be showcasing some fantastic, but also quick and easy breakfast recipes on my menu plan!

So this is my Menu Plan for my week of Paleo meals:

Monday

Breakfast: 

Paleo Salmon Burgers

Lunch:

Blanched veggies with guacamole and nut butter dips

Dinner:

Chicken and Vegetable Kebabs

Snack:

Macadamia Nuts

 

Tuesday

Breakfast:

NoOatmeal

Lunch:

Big Salad with tuna, eggs, nuts, leaves, tomatos, olives, avocado, capsicum and extra virgin olive oil

Dinner:

Lamb-chops, Roasted Parsnips, Onions and pumpkin

Wednesday

Breakfast:

Bacon, Eggs and Avocado

Lunch:

Turkey Nori-wraps

 

Dinner:

Porterhouse Steak, Egg, Mushrooms and greens

Dessert:

Paleo Ice Cream

Thursday

Breakfast:

Egg Muffins

Lunch:

Capsicum ham sandwiches (using flat-cut capsicum for the “bread”)

Dinner:

Tuna, Asparagus and Cauliflower Rice

Snack:

Jerky

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Friday

Breakfast:

Red onion, ham and mushroom omelette

Lunch:

Paleo chilli with zucchini noodles

Dinner:

Paleo Pizza

Dessert:

Strawberries dipped in dark chocolate

Saturday

Breakfast:

Paleo Pancakes with Berry Sauce

Lunch:

Chicken Soup with side salad

Dinner:

Barbecue with selection of meats and salads

Drink:

Glass of red wine

Sunday

Brunch:

Full English Breakfast (eggs, bacon, tomatoes, mushrooms, sautéed sweet potato, home-made tomato relish, Paleo sausages)

Dinner:

Sunday Roast; Roast beef, sweet potatoes, home-made gravy, broccoli and carrots

Dessert:

Coconut Yoghurt

What do you think of my proposed Menu Plan? I’d love to hear your favourite Paleo dishes! Do you create a weekly Paleo meal Plan?