Today is a good day. Do you want to know why? Because not only do I have a recipe to share with you, but I also have a giveaway and a book review all in this post. Yep I told you it was good!
Now I know I have said this before, but one of my favourite parts of being a food blogger is getting cookbooks to review. Seriously, my cookbook cupboard is overflowing I have so many of them. And this week I am very excited to be sharing One Pot Paleo by Jenny Castaneda. You probably have heard of Jenny from her blog Paleo Foodie Kitchen. And if you haven't you should really visit her site, she is an impressive girl if you ask me!
As a busy resident I am often looking for easy meals to make, that require little clean up. Because let's be honest, I hate doing dishes. Yep true fact. I love to cook, but hate to do the dishes. It's a problem. That's why One Pot Paleo is a life saver. All of the recipes in it only require one pot, pan or bowl. Brilliant right? And all of the recipes are specifically designed as complete meals made up of healthy proteins, vegetables and just the right amount of carbohydrates. Plus the book makes it easy for you to determine which recipes contain potential allergens and shows how you can swap ingredients to tailor to your dietary restrictions. Because if you are anything like me, there are certain foods you just don't tolerate!
The book contains over 100 easy, globally inspired recipes, and besides the Cauliflower Pork Fried Rice that I am sharing today, other recipes that I can't wait to make include:
- Skirt Steak Fajitas
- Dutch Baby
- Mushroom Meat Pizza
- Hamburger Steak
- Hawaiian Meatballs
- Savory Vegetable Pancake
- No Clay Pot Chicken
- Balsamic Sausage and Vegetables
- Breakfast Pizza Quiche
- Fifteen Minute Ginger Chicken Noodles
- Cashew Beef
- Plantain Pizza
- Grilled Mayan Pork Chops
- Grilled Pork Belly
- Berries and Spinach
- Smoked Salmon
And unlike some other paleo cookbooks, the recipes in this book are simple to make and require very few specialty ingredients or tools. Because I know that starting a grain free diet can be quite intimidating, but One Pot Paleo keeps the recipes simple, yet delicious. Easy and tasty. The way every recipe should be if you ask me!
Other highlights from the book include a foreword by Stacy Toth and Matthew McCarry from the Paleo Parents, Jenny's personal paleo story, a very helpful Ingredient Swap Chart, a guide to weekend preparation for weekday meals and a Recipe Allergen Index that outlines the potential allergens in each and every recipe.
I can't tell you how many times I have heard people complain about how much effort the paleo diet is, and if you are in this boat I encourage you to pick up this book. You will be amazed at how easy this way of eating really can be.
You can purchase your own copy of One Pot Paleo by clicking here or you can scroll down to enter my giveaway to win your very own copy of the book! Yep I am giving away one copy of One Pot Paleo to one of you lucky readers.
1. Open to USA residents only
3. Contest closes July 27, 2015 at 12AM Eastern Standard Time a Rafflecopter giveaway
And even if you don't win, you still get a sneak peak of the Cauliflower Pork Fried Rice Recipe which can be found below. And trust me, it's good! I have already made two batches of this stuff. So scroll down and get cooking!
Plus this recipe is packed with cauliflower which has tons of health benefits. In fact, my friend Helen has written an article outlining 28 different health benefits of cauliflower! Who knew right? You can find the article here. It's like I always say, food really is medicine!
Cauliflower Pork Fried Rice Recipe
1 tbsp (15 ml) ghee or bacon fat
3 cloves garlic, minced
1 c (130 g) sweet onion, chopped
1 lb (450 g) ground pork
1 c (50 g) carrots, chopped
3 tbsp (45 ml) coconut aminos
1 tsp fish sauce
¼ tsp coarse ground black pepper
2 large eggs
4 c (480 g) Cauliflower Rice (see below)
½ c (20 g) green onions, chopped
1. Add ghee to a wok over medium-high heat.
2. Add the garlic and onions. Sauté for 3 minutes.
3. Add the ground pork and cook for 7 to 8 minutes while breaking apart big pieces with the back of a wooden spoon.
4. Stir in the carrots and season with the coconut aminos, fish sauce and black pepper.
5. Remove from the wok and set aside in a bowl.
6. Crack the eggs into the wok and scramble for 1 minute.
7. Return the pork mixture to the pan and stir together with the eggs.
8. Add the cauliflower rice and green onions. Mix until everything is thoroughly combined.
9. Cook for 5 minutes until cauliflower is soft but not mushy.
10. Top with more green onions before serving.
11. Serve and enjoy!
Cauliflower Rice Recipe
Yields 6 cups
1 head cauliflower, leaves removed
1 tbsp (15 ml) tallow or coconut oil
Cut off the florets of the cauliflower, removing as much of the core and stem as possible. Chop them in smaller pieces and place the florets in a food processor 3 cups (300 g) at a time. Pulse for 25 to 30 seconds until it turns into a rice-like consistency. Use raw cauliflower when adding to recipes.
To cook cauliflower rice, add tallow to a wok over medium-high heat. Add the cauliflower rice. Sauté for 3 to 5 minutes until cooked but not mushy.