Posts Tagged ‘Ginger’

Paleo Orange Chicken

Hot Paleo Ginger Orange Chicken Recipe:

Serves 2

  1. zest and juice of 1 large orange (or 2 small ones)
  2. a thumb size piece (yes, your whole thumb) of ginger root, finely diced or grated
  3. tablespoon of Huy Fong chili garlic sauce (this is what makes it spicy!)
  4. two tablespoons of soy sauce (optional)
  5. Two servings of plain cooked chicken and vegetables

Directions: Mix it all together and let it simmer, stirring frequently, for at least a few minutes.  Mine simmered for about 10 minutes while the veggies were roasting in the oven.  Stupid wind, we couldn’t grill today.  Then spoon it all out over your pre-cooked chicken and veggies and eat!

 

Chinese Chicken and Five Spices Meal

Today I parboiled a whole chicken.  If you don’t know how to do this, it’s massively easy.  Just remove the gizzards from your thawed chicken, sit it breast side down into a big pot with about an inch of water in it, and crank the heat up to high.  Once the water starts boiling, put a lid on the pot and turn it down to just above simmer.  The water will continue to lightly boil and steam your chicken within an hour.  By then, the meat will be moist and tender enough to practically fall off the bone.  Forget the oven – parboiling is where it’s at.

This meal was surprisingly simple thanks to my pre-cooked chicken parts.  I just removed the skin from the leg/thigh and smeared it with some olive oil.  Then I sprinkled a bunch of Chinese Five Spices onto it.  You could eat it just like this, but I chose to give it a minute or so on each side on the grill to get that sealed brown outside look and texture.

The hard boiled egg is just there.  I squirted some balsamic vinegar on the asparagus before grilling.

Ginger Cucumber Onion Paleo Salad

The cucumber salad is best made a day, or at least a few hours, ahead of time.  You can use any thinly sliced cucumber, but an English or Armenian one will work best because they have thinner skins and less seeds. Add thinly sliced yellow or sweet onion.  Slice your cucumber first so you can watch the ratio of cucumber to onion as you’re adding the onion.  I did about a 2:1 ratio, but you may have a different preference when it comes to onions (the dressing will greatly tame them though, I promise).  Then finely dice and add about a thumb’s worth of ginger root (yes, look at your thumb.  That size).  Pour about 1/4 cup of white wine vinegar over everything and toss it all together.  Put it in the refrigerator.  Take it out an hour later and toss again.  Put it back in the refrigerator.  Repeat several times.  Add a little salt and pepper just before you serve it cold.  My one cucumber and 3/4 of a medium onion made enough of this Asian inspired salad for four servings of the size you see on my dinner plate.

Paleo Martini

Alcohol isn’t Paleo.  Vodka is the most Paleo of all Alcohol.  Therefore I drink Vodka Martinis!  Muddle then shake the ingredients below with ice, strain, and serve:

  • 2oz Vodka
  • 1/8 Lime
  • 5+ Mint Leaves
  • A few drops of Dry Vermouth
  • A thumbnail size piece of ginger root (no need to peel it)

Japanese Paleo Nebeyaki Udon Soup

This Japanese soup isn’t exactly Paleo, but it’s not not Paleo either.  What I’m trying to say is that it doesn’t have any of the “bad” foods in it, but it is very vegetarian and includes tofu.  See all those wonderful noodles?  They are made out of tofu (just tofu, nothing else), and they’re actually pretty darn good in a soup like this.  I found the noodles in my Albertson’s grocery store with the rest of the tofu in the produce area.  I don’t know how good they would taste with tomato sauce and meatballs, but they work extremely well in this Japanese soup.

Below are the vegetables I included in the soup along with the noodles.  Just use whatever veggies you have in the house – the real star of this soup is the broth.  And the broth is simply water with hon-dashi soup stock added. Follow the instructions on the hon-dashi box for how much to use per cup of water, taste the broth yourself, and then if you’re like me, add a little extra.  🙂  And if you have any seafood around the house (I didn’t), throw that in too for additional protein and healthy fats and oils!

Japanese Paleo Vegetables