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Paleo Diet Primal Recipe Sri Lankan King Prawn Curry-min

Recipe: Sri Lankan King Prawn Curry

Sri Lanka has been a major trade network in South Asia for hundreds of years; in fact, traders have come to this beautiful island since ancient times and exchanged a whole range of exotic spices. Understandably, Sri Lankan cuisine is a distinct fusion of flavours from influences all around the world. The food is generally very hot, and uses a range of native spices to create delightfully fragrant and somewhat enchanting recipes. As you would expect from an island, seafood is abundant, which is the reason fish curries – like this King Prawn curry – are one of Sri Lanka’s many specialities.

I’ve used courgettes/ zucchini in this recipe, but feel free to throw in any vegetables you have available. Serve with a light salad, or cauliflower rice for something more substantial.

King Prawn Curry Ingredients:

  • 500g raw tiger prawns, shells off
  • 2 large courgettes/ zucchini, finely sliced
  • 2 tbsp coconut oil
  • 2 medium red onions, finely chopped
  • 3 birds eye chillis (for a medium-hot curry), chopped and deseeded
  • 1 tsp ground coriander
  • 1 tsp fenugreek powder
  • ½ tsp cumin
  • ½ tsp fennel seeds, crushed
  • ½ tsp cardamom pods, crushed
  • ½ tsp cinnamon
  • 3 curry leaves
  • 3 pandan leaves
  • 3 cloves of garlic, crushed
  • 4cm fresh ginger, grated
  • 1 x 400ml can coconut milk
  • Juice 2 limes
  • Small handful fresh coriander, to serve

King Prawn Curry How To:

Heat a little coconut oil in a large, heavy based pan. Rinse the tiger prawns, then toss in the juice of 1 of the limes. Season with a little black pepper, then sauté for 4 – 5 minutes until coloured. Set aside.

Heat the remaining coconut oil in the large pan over a medium heat. Fry the red onions for 2 – 3 minutes until softened, then add the garlic, chilli and ginger, and cook for another 2 – 3 minutes. Toss in all of the ground spices, stir and simmer gently for a final 2 – 3 minutes.

Add the coconut milk and about 200ml water to the onions and spices. Stir in a little salt and pepper, then add the king prawns and courgette slices. Cover and simmer for 20 minutes.

Remove the curry from the heat, then stir in the fresh coriander and remaining lime juice to serve.

Paleo Diet Primal Recipe Sri Lankan King Prawn Curry-min

 

Recipe paleo paella seafood-min

Recipe: Paleo Paella

Yet another recipe that proves cauliflower rice is just as good (if not better) as the real thing. I love the combination of flavours and textures that is unique to Paella – what other dish in the world will you find prawns, anchovies, chicken and bacon altogether, delicately infused with smoked paprika and saffron? I can’t think of any, so what better reason to enjoy this super easy one pan dish with the whole family.

Recipe: Paleo Paella
 
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Ingredients
  • 2 medium cauliflowers
  • 1 tsp coconut oil
  • 4 skinless and boneless chicken thigh fillets
  • 6 – 8 rashers of smoked streaky bacon, diced
  • 1 large red onion, sliced
  • 4 cloves garlic, diced
  • 1 tsp smoked paprika
  • A pinch saffron
  • 2 bay leaves
  • 1 litre home made (or organic) chicken stock
  • 2 large tomatoes, diced
  • 2 large handfuls green peas
  • 15 – 20 large prawns, shelled
  • 6 Anchovies, diced
  • Black pepper
  • Handful fresh oregano
Instructions
  1. Blitz the heads of both cauliflowers in your food processor until it resembles rice (you may need to do this in separate batches depending on the size of your food processor). Set aside.
  2. Heat the coconut oil in your largest, heavy based pan. Dice the chicken thighs into thumb sized pieces. When the pan is at a high heat, fry the chicken for about 5 minutes until golden brown. Set aside, keeping the juices in the pan.
  3. Return the pan to a medium heat. Add the bacon, sliced red onion, garlic and paprika and stir fry for a couple of minutes, making sure they don’t burn. Add the cauliflower rice, paprika and bay, before pouring in the stock and sprinkling on the saffron. Don’t put the saffron in the pan before the stock – it’s very delicate and this will impair the flavour.
  4. Return the chicken to the pan. Leave to simmer for about 10 minutes, until most of the liquid is absorbed. Stir regularly.
  5. Add the diced tomatoes, green peas, prawns and anchovies to the pan for a further 5 minutes cooking time. When all the liquid is absorbed, serve garnished with the fresh oregano. There’s no need for salt thanks to the anchovies, but season with a generous amount of black pepper.

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Are you a Paella fan? What do you put in yours?

Spicy Coconut King Prawns paleo recipe seafood-min

Recipe: Spicy Coconut King Prawns

This recipe works great with beautifully fresh, large king prawns. Ideally, have them already cooked, but if you need to cook them yourself then allow them to cool down before you start this recipe. Remember, when buying prawns with the shell on, you’ll have to account for the weight lost when everything is peeled off. Double measurements will be required!

Spicy Coconut King Prawns Ingredients:

  • 500g King Prawns, cooked and peeled
  • 1 onion, finely chopped
  • 2 garlic cloves, crushed
  • 3cm ginger, grated
  • 1 medium red chilli, deseeded and chopped
  • 3tsp hot paprika
  • 3tsp garam masala
  • Juice of half a lime
  • 300ml tomato passata
  • 50g coconut cream
  • Large handful of fresh coriander
  • Handful coconut shavings
  • Coconut oil

Spicy Coconut King Prawns How To:

1)     Heat the oil in a large frying pan over a medium heat, and brown the onions. Add the garlic, ginger and chilli and sauté for 2 – 3 minutes to soften. Add the paprika, garam masala and lime juice, and sweat for another 2 – 3 minutes.

2)     Add the passata along with the prawns, stir, cover and simmer for 5 minutes. Stir in the coconut cream to thicken, adding more if required.

3)     Serve with the fresh coriander and coconut shavings on top.

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Paleo Diet Recipe Primal Tom Yum-min

Recipe: Tom Yum

Ahh Tom Yum. There’s nothing quite like coming in from work and getting cosy with a bowl of it. Fresh, fragrant, and full of the vibrant flavours that make Thai cooking so special, this Paleo friendly recipe is sure to get those tastebuds tingling. Serve with some cauliflower rice for the perfect dinner.

Tom Yum Ingredients:

  • 750ml homemade chicken stock
  • 16 prawns, shelled and cooked
  • 2 stalks dried lemongrass, chopped
  • 5cm fresh galangal, chopped
  • 2 cloves garlic, crushed
  • 5 dried kaffir lime leaves
  • 2 red birds eye chillies, deseeded and finely chopped
  • Juice 1 lime
  • 2 tbsp thai fish sauce (be careful for additives)
  • Large handful fresh coriander, to serve

Tom Yum How To:

In a large saucepan, combine the stock with the lemongrass, galangal, garlic and lime leaves. Bring to the boil, then simmer for 8 – 10 minutes until fragrant.

Add the prawns and chillies to the pan, and leave to simmer for another 5 minutes until the prawns are fully heated through. The chillies should turn the broth a light red.

Remove from the heat and stir in the lime juice and fish sauce. Serve with lots of fresh coriander torn on the top.

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Recipe The Paleo Diet Seafood Fish Chowder-min

Recipe: Paleo Seafood Chowder

Seafood and fish are so nutritious and packed with Omega 3. Chowder is great as a meal on it’s own, or as a starter in a small serving size. With fish and seafood, it’s especially important to use really good quality ingredients. Rather than farmed fish, try to get wild/ line caught fish. Or perhaps it’s time to go fishing?!

This is my version of seafood chowder, but it’s so easy to adapt and I would recommend basing it around whatever fish and seafood you have locally, that it of the best quality you can find.

Seafood Chowder Ingredients:

  • 1 tablespoon coconut oil
  • 1 white onion, diced
  • Approx 16 rashers of bacon (thinly sliced)
  • 1 leek, diced
  • 1 small sweet potato, diced into chunks
  • 2 cloves of garlic, crushed
  • ½ litre (1 pint) of stock (I used my homemade chicken stock, but vegetable or fish stock would work well)
  • ½ litre (1 pint) of coconut milk
  • Your choice of fish; I used:
  • 150g (5 oz) barramundi
  • 100g (3.5 oz) salmon
  • 150g (5 oz) smoked haddock
  • 150g (5 oz) fresh prawns
  • 15 clams
  • 15 muscles
  • 1 bay leaf
  • 2 sprigs of fresh thyme
  • 1 lemon

How To:

In a pan, melt the coconut oil and sauté the onions until they become translucent. Add in the bacon and stir until it cooks thoroughly.

Add in the leek and garlic and keep stirring.

Pour in the stock and add the sweet potatoes, thyme and bay leaf, cooking for about 40 – 50 minutes, until the sweet potatoes are soft. Remove the bay leaf and thyme, then, add in the coconut milk, chopped fish and seafood and cook for another 5-10 minutes.

Season to taste, add a squeeze of fresh lemon and top with the parsley. Serve immediately.

What do you make with seafood? Which fish and seafood have you found it is easiest to obtain un-farmed?

Recipe The Paleo Diet Seafood Fish Chowder-min