Posts Tagged ‘lunch’

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!

Winter dinners: Bunless burgers

July 31, 2011

Of course, burgers are not season-discriminatory – you can get your burger fix at any time of the year. But there is something about scarfing down a juicy burger in winter to quell those hunger pangs. I promise that you will not miss the bun if you put together your fave ingredients in an almighty stack and then serve with homemade tomato ketchup.

Here are the ingredients I used:

Burger patties:

1kg Lamb mince
1 large egg
1 small white onion or spring onions
2 tbsp chopped rosemary

(this is enough to easily feed 5 or 6 people or can be used for plenty of leftovers for easy lunches)

Lamb burger patties

Lamb burger patties

Filling for each burger:

Free range bacon
1 large egg
Sliced unsweetened canned beetroot
Mixed green leaves
Large mushroom, peeled and stalks removed

Now, I’m far too lazy tonight to go into any detail about how to cook the burgers because they’re so easy…I’m just going to whet your appetite with a picture jumping out at you from the screen 🙂

For the paleo-purists, I do eat potatoes occasionally. I actually used to have a god-awful intolerance to them (so bad that I felt like I’d been hit by a truck which lasted three days) but now that my leaky gut seems to be a lot better, that food intolerance is history!

Bunless burger

Bunless lamb burger

A day in the life…what does a typical day of Paleo look and taste like?

February 26, 2011

For anyone thinking “this Paleo thing looks kinda interesting…but I can’t get my head around the sort of things I’d be eating day to day”, I thought I’d do a quick post about what I’ve been eating so far to give you a good idea.

I should note up front that I’m not working at the moment, so I do have a bit more time on my hands than the average person. Once I start working, I will write another post with some detail about how to be more time efficient – that means “preparation, preparation, preparation” really. It’s still early days and I have made muffins, a date slice and beef jerky in bulk but I will need to kick things up  a notch once my time gets more restricted.

For breakfast, I’ve been eating two eggs with some sort of side of veggies or buckwheat bread with avocado, for about two or more years. I have never, ever done well eating cereal or bread for breakfast …where is the energy in that?! I do best with animal protein at every meal otherwise my blood sugar and energy plummet. And, yes, cereal is out on Paleo, though you can make a nut and seed mix to fake it I think.

I have read that buckwheat is also out on Paleo (though it’s not even a grain, it’s a rhubarb relative!) so I’ve been eating my eggs with zucchini and mushrooms…it does take a bit longer to make each morning though. Breakfast is currently taking about 30-40 mins cooking and eating each day, so that is going to have to change once I start working (boo hoo). The eggs and veggies are cooked in coconut oil (olive oil is not heat stable and forms all sorts of toxins if used in cooking). I put plenty of sea salt in the eggs. I also cook everything for breakfast in a stainless steel frypan because teflon is a nasty nasty endocrine disruptor (ie. it messes with the body’s natural hormone balance).

I serve the breakfast with Campos coffee made with a stainless steel stovetop cafietiere: I usually mix half of their swiss-water decaf and half of their organic blend….I use coconut milk as the milk (as everything else except almond or other nut milk is out). The sweetener is two drops of stevia.

Paleo brekky

Paleo brekky: 2 eggs, zucchini and mushrooms

For a mid-morning snack, I like to have some sort of nut butter or fruit. All fruits are allowed on Paleo, however ones with lower fructose are recommended such as berries.  Higher-fructose fruits include apples, bananas and watermelons. Another snack option is a bar made mostly from dates, such as a Larabar. These are so incredible, but kinda pricey unless I get them in bulk from iHerb in the US. I have experimented with homemade recipes to mixed success, I’ll post a recipe up once I get it perfect.

Paleo snacks

Paleo snacks

Lunch so far has meant a salad with a lot of mixed salad leaves (the darker the better), with fillings to choose from including olives, anchovies, mackerel, salmon, beetroot, red capsicum, avocado, nuts and seeds. My dressing of choice at the moment is straight macadamia oil drizzled over the salad. I hope to be branching out soon and making my own salad dressings.

Salad

Salad with mixed leaves, boiled egg, woodsmoked salmon, anchovies and olives

An afternoon snack is often a coffee or herbal tea with a Paleo muffin. I absolutely love Pukka teas, I used to drink one that tasted like chocolate when I lived in London. I found a store in Sydney that stocks Pukka, alas they didn’t have the one I loved so much.

Afternoon tea

Afternoon tea: paleo muffin with Pukka herbal tea

Next up is dinner – mostly dinner involves a nice piece of salmon baked in the oven with a side of veggies, or nut-crusted gemfish. Last night, I made this delicious Five-spice stirfry, recipe courtesy of Everyday Paleo.

Five-spice stirfry

Five-spice stirfry with minced beef, prawns and veggies