Posts Tagged ‘Cocoa Powder’

Natural Edible Spoon Poblano Pepper Chili

OMG, how fun is this!?!  I had two poblano peppers to chop up and add to my chili, but I only did that with one of them because as soon as I cut the first one in half, a natural edible spoon appeared!

Meat and Onions

Sadly not grass fed ground beef… but it’s not the end of the world.  I do what I can, but I’m not made of money and my freezer has limited space.

Makin Chili

Simple Paleo Chili Recipe:

  1. 1lb ground beef
  2. 3 cans diced tomatoes
  3. 1 onion
  4. 1 fresh pepper (I used poblano, but you can use a bell pepper.  whatever.)
  5. 3 garlic cloves
  6. fistful of baby spinach
  7. 1 can mushrooms
  8. chili spices (oregano, chili powder, cumin seed)
  9. ground cayenne pepper for extra spiciness!
  10. an extra poblano pepper will make two spoons for your chili!

Bacon ChopsticksIf you want to add bacon to your chili recipe (I did!) be sure to cook it until it’s crispy first.  Nobody wants soggy chewy bacon in their chili.  Also, if you’re handy with chopsticks, they are the ultimate bacon-flipping tool.  If you’re not handy with chopsticks though, stick to the fork or whatever you use.  Over a sizzling pan of hot bacon grease is not the place to practice using chopsticks!

baby spinach in chili

I add a fistful of baby spinach to every soup I make.  Canned or frozen spinach tastes horrible, but fresh organic baby spinach tastes either good (like in a salad) or like nothing at all (in flavorful soups like chili).

chili secret ingredient

Should I add a tablespoon of unsweetened cocoa powder to my chili?  Why the hell not.  I’m feeling dangerous today!

Natural Edible Spoon Poblano Pepper Chili

And finally, no good Paleo Chili is complete without a little guacamole on top.  I haven’t made my own guac yet… I usually just buy these Wholly Guacamole 100 calorie packs from WalMart.  The ingredients are good, and they’re such a convenient size!  Dig in!


Paleo Burger Dinner Plate

With Paleo burger platters like this, I don’t miss buns or french fries even a little bit.  If you are strictly anti-dairy, substitute a dollop of guacamole for the blue cheese crumbles I used.  It’ll be every bit as good, just a little different.

Grilled Paleo Burger Summer Plate Zucchini Fries

Starting in the upper lefthand corner and working our way around clockwise:

  1. Raw banana slices with a pinch of cocoa powder
  2. Wilted (on cast iron skillet) baby spinach with red onions and fresh tomatoes
  3. Grass fed steak burger from La Cense Beef topped with avocado slices and blue cheese crumbles
  4. Grilled white mushrooms
  5. Grilled asparagus wrapped in Genoa salami
  6. Grilled zucchini quarters seasoned with Weber Chicago Steak Seasoning (I pick these up with my fingers and pretend they’re steak fries!)

Fried Chocolate Banana Breakfast

So like I said in yesterday’s post, I don’t really know if pure unsweetened cocoa powder is truly Paleo, but I used a tiny bit for my breakfast again this morning.  The fried egg is boosted with an extra egg white, and my veggie pile is made from white mushrooms and finely chopped kale and red onion.  But you don’t care about that.

Fried Bananas for Breakfast:

You will need: Ripe (not green!) Banana, unsweetened pure cocoa powder, a healthy oil with a high flashpoint (I used grapeseed), a frying pan.

  1. Heat on medium enough oil in your pan to cover the bottom.  It’s heated when you flick a little water on the pan and it sizzles and disappears.
  2. Slice your banana lengthwise down the middle.
  3. Toss your banana slices flat side down onto your pan.  Wait for about 60 seconds.
  4. Using a spatula, flip your banana slices over.  Wait another 30 seconds.
  5. Remove to plate.
  6. Sprinkle with cocoa powder.
  7. Enjoy your decadent but maybe also kind of healthy breakfast treat!


Banana Cocoa Snack or Dessert

OK, so maybe the title is a little bit of a stretch.  I took this quick cell phone shot of my evening snack – something I decided on a whim to try.  I had a ripe banana and some pure unsweetened cocoa powder, and I figured it just might work.  And it did!  Although now that I’m thinking about it, cocoa is a bean… does that mean it’s not Paleo?  Oops.  But who cares – at least there’s no added sugar, and you only need a very very tiny amount of cocoa powder.

All you need is the pure unsweetened cocoa powder and a banana that is at least ripe enough to no longer have any green on it.  Actually, the more brown the better.  Up to a certain point anyways.  No rotting allowed.

My plate has half of a big room-temperature banana on it, sprinkled lightly with cocoa powder.  Pat the powder down onto the banana slice before you pop them in your mouth though – accidentally inhaling dry cocoa powder is not fun.  The ripe banana gives you all the sweet you need, especially if your taste buds are fully adjusted to the Paleo way of eating.  Mine definitely are.