Posts Tagged ‘lazy’

Spring salad: Grated beetroot and apple

October 11, 2011

This is a colourful and flavourful salad right in time for the warmer days ahead and, like everything else I tend to make, easy! Plenty of antioxidants, healthy fats and flavour are to be had with this salad which tastes super fresh.

Just be careful of getting beetroot stains all over you when making it – though, for the ladies, beetroot makes for a great blush.

Ingredients

1 large raw beetroot, peeled and grated
1 large apples, peeled and grated (go for a sweeter variety rather than a tart one)
1 orange, juiced
1/4 cup raisins
1/4 cup walnuts, either whole or roughly chopped

Method

Combine all ingredients in a bowl! That’s it 🙂

Beetroot and apple salad

Beetroot and apple salad

 

Advertisements

Middle East inspired Paleo lunch plate!

August 30, 2011

Middle Eastern food is lip-smackingly hands-down probably my favourite type of cuisine, and yes, I am aware that “Middle Eastern” is a blanket term with a lot of variation in between. If I had to be more specific, then Lebanese would be what I am most familiar with and love, love, love. It’s just so simple and infused with quality, fresh produce. OK, so maybe not so much in the case of kebab proprieters but you get my drift! Middle Eastern food is really quite compatible with the Paleo way of eating which makes me a very happy bunny.

I’m usually very uninspired when putting lunch together – it’s usually leftovers or just a mishmash plate of bits and pieces. Today wasn’t really much different from the latter, however this lunch plate had a distinct Middle Eastern and also Mediterranean influence. I’d picked up some fresh tabouli (up there with the best I’ve ever had, and I’ve eaten a LOT of tabouli) and babaganoush which is probably my favourite condiment. Since hummus is out on Paleo, on account of the chickpeas, babaganoush is a great, and probably superior, substitute. I’ve tried to make babaganoush myself, but am happy leave it to the experts! I picked up the tabouli and babaganoush from a Lebanese take away place called Grandpa’s in Hurstville and they even made me a fresh batch of tabouli without the wheat…WIN!

This plate was a cinch to put together as there was barely any prep apart from soft-boiling an egg:

Middle Eastern paleo lunch plate

Middle Eastern paleo lunch plate

The plate was made up of:

  • Smoked sardines
  • Sicilian olives (look at that gorgeous green hue)
  • Semi dried tomatoes
  • Babaganoush
  • Tabouli
  • Soft boiled egg (which it seems I butchered when I was peeling the shell off)

This type of cobbled together lunch would be ideal for a picnic or even taking in to the office when you need to pull together things quickly from the fridge. Bon appetit!

Lazy Meals: Smoked salmon and sauteed veggies with basil pesto and prosciutto-wrapped asparagus

August 21, 2011

OK, so the title of this post is quite a mouthful…as is the meal itself!

I hope that people following the blog are getting the idea that Paleo food is both creative and relatively easy. Really, it is 🙂 Except maybe for pork belly, but let’s not go there.

I got the idea for the prosciutto-wrapped asparagus spears from Paleo Australia and simply paired these with smoked salmon, sauteed veggies and my homemade basil pesto.  The meal was a winner and can be made from prep to serving in 45 minutes, less if you’re a whiz with a kitchen knife!

In terms of prep, this was very simple: chop and sautee veggies with plenty of garlic – even if you plan on smooching someone, don’t skimp on the garlic! – grill the asparagus spears – I love the flavour a cast iron skillet imparts – then wrap in proscuitto and serve with the smoked salmon and basil pesto. Ta-da!

Smoked salmon and veggies with prosciutto-wrapped asparagus

Smoked salmon and veggies with prosciutto-wrapped asparagus