The strangers on the internet who feed me (Paleo recipes)

kindness of stangers

As such, I am dependent on the kindness of strangers on the internet who come up with fabulous recipes that ensure that I am not eating bacon and eggs for every meal.  Glenn and I are about 80% paleo (the other 20% involves chocolate and cheese fondue – don’t judge, I live in Switzerland, you’d have to be a much better person than me to resist the chocolate and cheese here and frankly, I’m just not that strong…but I digress).  As such, when it comes time for dinner, I often scour the internet for paleo friendly recipes.  I’ve found some great ones and some not so great ones, but when I find ones that I really like, I try to post them here to spread the word to other paleophiles.

This week, I found not one but two, TWO!, really awesome recipes that I wanted to highlight.

Recipe 1: (Utterly Delicious) Sweet Potato and Chorizo Soup

By jeffreyw (Sweet potato/chorizo soup  Uploaded by Fæ) [CC-BY-2.0 (http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/2.0)], via Wikimedia Commons

It’s d*mn cold and miserable in Switzerland right now (rainy and grey) and whenever the weather gets like this, cue the soup cravings.  I love thick, creamy, yummy soups on a cold day.

So during one of my internet trolls, I found this recipe: Jamie Oliver Sweet Potato and Chorizo Soup on a site called foodfolio.net which isn’t a paleo specific site, but this recipe is paleo friendly.  Foodfolio.net appears to be kind of Pinterest for recipes….hmmm..must explore this later while procrastinating at work….

The ingredients needed are:

  • – 2 medium carrots, diced
  • – 2 celery stalks, diced ( I didn’t use this, because celery is gross)
  • – 2 cloves of garlic, minced
  • 2 lbs sweet potato, peeled and diced
  • 1/2 lb chorizo sausage,
  • sliced a handful of fresh parsley leaves, rough chop (I didn’t have any parsley and anyway I am unconvinced about the usefulness of parsley in recipes.)
  • 2 quarts of chicken stock, or enough to cover everything
  • 1 big teaspoon of curry powder (don’t be shy)
  • fresh red chile for garnish

The original recipe on the site calls for you to fry up the sweet potatoes, carrots and chorizo separately, but I’m lazy so I microwaved the sweet potatoes and carrots until they were half-cooked and then through them in a pot with the chorizo and garlic and fried them all up together with the curry powder, then threw in the chicken stock and let it simmer for about 20 mins.  After that I blended it all together.

I LOVED, LOVED, LOVED this soup. Loved it. I wanted to call our local radio station and dedicate love songs to it, or write it anonymous poetry.  It is fabulous.  I even considered staging a quick break-up with G so I could keep all the soup to myself, but he was on to me and ate his fair share.

Recipe 2: Make Ahead No-Oatsmeal  (An alternative to Eggs for Breakfast) from Paleo Mama

 

My own photo - I am also not a food photographer...

I found this recipe on the Paleo Mama website here.

This was the first time I had stumbled across the Paleo Mama website but I will definitely be using it again!  This recipe has two big advantages – first and foremost – it is an alternative to eating bacon and eggs every day and secondly you can make it ahead of time, store it and then it takes 2 mins to make in the morning.

Ingredients:

  • 1/2 cup almonds
  • 1/2 cuppumpkin seeds
  • 1/2 cup sunflower seeds
  • 1/2 cup whole or ground flax seeds (I used ground)
  • 1/2 cup pecans
  • 1/2 coconut shreds/flakes (I didn’t use these as am not a huge fan of coconut in oatmeal)
  • 1/2 cupchia seeds (didn’t use, as I don’t know what a chia seed is or where to find it in Switzerland)
  • 1 cup full fat coconut milk
  • a few pinches of sea salt
  • 1 teaspoon of cinnamon
  • 1/4 teaspoon of nutmeg
  • 1/2 teaspoon of ginger
  • 1 teaspoon of vanilla

Optional Add ins: 2 pastured egg yolks,coconut oil, banana, grassfed beef gelatin, almond butter, coconut butter (I used none of these, although they would be quite good..maybe next time).

Topping: maple syrup/honey to taste, extra cinnamon, raw cream or coconut milk

Directions: 

1. Throw the nuts and seeds (don’t add chia seeds or flax seeds if ground already) into a food processor. Pulse a few times till it resembles the size of real oats.

2. Store your No-Oatsmeal in the fridge!

When Ready to Cook:  

(Makes 1 large serving or 2 small servings and you will be full. This No-Oatsmeal is very filling because it’s very high in protein)

1. When you are ready to eat your No-Oatsmeal, scoop out 2/3 cup of the No-Oatsmeal and add it to a saucepan.

2. Slowly add in 1 cup of coconut milk and heat on medium heat on your stovetop.

3. Stir frequently to prevent burning until the mixture begins to thicken.

4. If adding eggs: while the No-Oatsmeal is getting hot, add 2 egg yolks to a small bowl and whisk. Now add a little of the No-Oatsmeal to the eggs and whisk. This prevents the egg from curdling when you add them to the pot.

5. Now stir in your egg/No-Oatmeal mixture into the pot. Continue stirring for about a minute. I don’t like to fully cook my egg yolks because they are pastured, but you can cook them a few extra minutes if you would like.

6. Add in spices and optional add-ins.

7. Top with nuts, butter, and maple syrup/honey!

This was delicious and really easy to make.

I will definitely make both of these recipes again and want to thank the lovely people on the internet again for making sure that G and I don’t stave this winter.

Happy New Year everyone!

5 Responses to “ The strangers on the internet who feed me (Paleo recipes) ”

    1. Mike G. says:

      Chorizo is one of the tastiest foods out there. I adore it. The recipe sounds great. I need to try it myself. Thank you.

  • Beth says:

    Love your blog! I was searching for info on women and creatine and you popped up. I’m thinking of trying a similar experiment, but after your experience maybe I will wait a little while. 🙂

 

    • Rae says:

      Thanks!! Regarding the Creatine, I had been thinking of perhaps trying again before the Crossfit Open (starts Feb 27) but I decided I didn’t want to risk it. I might try again later on. If you do try it, I definitely don’t recommend doing the loading phase. It was awful and the reviews are mixed as to whether it actually does anything or not. If you do try it, let me know how it goes.

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