Paleo paleo paleo – when you select this lifestyle change it is actually easy to eat and make meals but your life does start to revolve around it, and most of your friends will challenge you about it, some may even whine you talk too much about it, my excuse is I am just talking my mind and paleo is my new lifestyle, not a diet, so a lot revolves around a lifestyle, I also tell them to shut up and how much weight I am losing :). But part of the talking about it all the time is having to locate suitable places to eat, good Zeus, I know how vegans feel now, well really those plant murderers have no feelings :).
Last night I was going out to dinner and movie (I’m a film critic) with a friend and I couldn’t go to my local Japanese noodle bar anymore, I literally used to eat there twice a week, also sussed the pub, if I wanted a steak meal it was going to be $18- and it would come with chips or mash – extra for more vegetables or a salad. Difficulties were presenting.
So you have to plan, you have to seek out, find meals you would normally eat and then see if by subtracting something you can paeloise it. Found that at this cool place called PEPPER LUNCH, you get meat, veg, usually rice or Udon served to you on a steaming hot rock and you cook it yourself – had the most insane meal for $13- by just removing the udon – was divine.
This is also effecting my lunch meals, if I want to buy something there is pretty much nothing in a food court I can eat unless I find Sumo Salad or similar, I can recommend the Oporto chicken salad, I am sure the sauce has sugar in it but overall this is a great meal.
The upside, I am cooking more and more more and making much healthier meals but also making extras to freeze for work lunches, Sundays are again becoming my slowcooker Sundays and I am finding I can make five work lunches or meals for about $20- – if you break that down – there is no place in any food court that will sell you a nice lunch for $4- unless you want Maccas cheeseburgers?
Pure bliss – I found this recipe at the most awesome paleo recipe website RUBIES AND RADISHES – as usual I just took their recipe and altered it to my tastebuds. If you are paleo I seriously recommend their site, and more than that I recommend you make things your own on all recipes – don’t just rely on recipes to make everything perfect. If you think you can better it – DO IT!!
So here we have my two of my work lunches for the week, firstly this SMASHED CHORIZO SWEET SPUDS will make you nomnom moan. I made kangaroo meatballs for the others and freezed containers of both – now also have back up dinners should I be stuck at work or not bothered to cook plus I am saving money – it is WINWIN!!
YOU WILL NEED:
4 or 5 sweet spuds (size pending), peeled and diced
2 tablespoons grass-fed butter
500gms chorizo (the spicier the better :)), remove the casings
½ a purple onion, diced
2x red chillies – pick your level of preferred spice (optional)
4 cloves garlic, minced
½ teaspoon sea salt
¼ teaspoon pepper
coriander for garnish
YOU WILL NEED TO:
- Place sweet spuds in slow-cooker.
- Heat butter in a medium pan, sauté onions until translucent, then add garlic for a minute or two and sauté until fragrant. Add chorizo and lightly brown for flavor. Add contents of pan to slow-cooker. Add salt and pepper.
- Cook on high for 4 hours.
- Once cooked through use a slotted spoon and remove everything not a sweet potato and set aside.
- Mash spuds.
- Re-add the mixed ingredients, stir to combine.
- Garnish with coriander and serve.
- Enjoy the nomnoms!!