ProFitness Northwest Nutrition Challenge Week 3 Recipe Round-up

The last week of our nutrition challenge!

First things first. Here was my weekly haul:

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Left to right: beef liver, chicken, Carne shop grind, Carne pork chops, bananas, apple, peppers, spinach, brussel sprouts, salt that is actually good for you, sparkling water, Bucha, sweet tatoes, farm fresh eggs, quinoa and brown rice for Chad.

First recipe this week: buffalo chicken casserole from PaleoLeap:

2015-01-23 21.18.02I’m pretty sure I doubled this recipe. Super delish…especially with a dollop of sour cream, if that’s part of your thing.

Next, a batch of the world’s best mayo to then make a jar of homemade balsamic vinaigrette. Excellent on….everything.

2015-01-25 18.11.12I’ve been using this vinaigrette all week. It’s especially delicious on spinach salads. With the rest of the mayo, I also made a couple batches of regular ol’ tuna fish and then I mixed some in with cocktail sauce and crab and ate that over a couple spinach salads.

Seriously. That's good mayo.

Seriously. That’s good mayo.

This week was also kind of a fridge clean out week. I had a bunch of stuff that needed to get used: sweet potatoes, brussel sprouts, onions, Carne pork sausage, mushrooms, zucchini, apple, celery. So I cut it all up, mixed it together with some egg and spices, and made a big ‘ol casserole. We’ve been grubbing on this all week…

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Paleo Fried Rice!

Wow, it’s been a while! I keep making all these really amazing dishes and I only remember to take pictures of some of them. I always seem to forget on the recipes that turn out awesome or are some of my super delish go-to recipes. Well I finally caught myself on this last version of paleo fried “rice”. It is such a great base to work off of and you can change up so much of it…which is what I do based on what I have in my fridge. Here’s my base: head of cauliflower, onion, veggies that are appealing to you, bacon, egg, some form of fat, coconut aminos, toasted sesame oil, fish sauce.

Start with a a big deep dish stove top pot. I used my cast iron dutch oven. Dice up about 6 slices of bacon, throw it in the pot (already heated to about a 6/10 temp). Render the fat and add about 1/4 of chopped onion (I like to use sweet onions, but shallots or red onions work fab too), and maybe a 1/2 cup or so of whatever other veggies float your boat or are in your fridge and need to get ett. I’ve used: celery, carrots, peppers, asparagas, etc. Adding a couple dashes of salt helps get the veggie juices flowing in the pan too. Depending on your bacon, you made need to add some fat: coconut oil, more bacon fat, etc. Oh, and while all this is getting toasty in the pan. Start food processing or ricing your head of cauliflower. You’ll want about 4 cups of riced cauliflower. Once your veggies are nice and sauteed and translucent, turn your pan down a bit (4ish/10 heat) and add an egg (or two). Whisk it in the pan. When that’s all cooked, scoot all of that (bacon, veggie and egg) off to one side of the pan and add about 1/2 a tablespoon of toasted sesame oil, 1/2 a teaspoon of fish sauce and a healthy couple tablespoons of coconut aminos to the bottom of the pan. Mix that all together so that it heats up; then fold everything in the pan together. Once everything is coated, start added your riced cauliflower one cup at a time. Fold each cup of riced cauliflower into the pan so that it’s all incorporated, and do the same with the remaining riced cauliflower. Once it’s all incorporated let it cook to your liking, stirring every once in a while. Take a bite and if the cauliflower is tender enough for you, you’re done! It really shouldn’t take much more than 5-10 minutes to steam that cauliflower. You may need to add more coconut aminos or some other spices that sound good. I’ve tried a thai spice blend before and I’d imagine a chinese five-spice blend would be great too.

The beauty of the protein part of this dish, is that you can add pretty much any protein you like: left over chicken or steak (or grill/bake some while you’re putting everything else together), and prawns and shrimp are killer with this dish.

paleo fried rice
paleo fried rice