Thursday, September 18, 2014

Paleo Pork Chops with Cinnamon Apples

You know fall has arrived (whether officially or not) when recipes pairing pork and apple start to show up in the blogosphere.

This one is a super easy recipe I adapted from Cooking Light which we enjoyed with some green beans alongside. I love how quickly this one comes together for a busy weeknight, yet still has that classic comfort food flavor.

Paleo Pork Chops with Cinnamon Apples
adapted from Cooking Light

1 tsp. dried rubbed sage
1/2 tsp. salt
1/4 tsp. freshly ground black pepper
4 (4 oz.) boneless pork loin chops (about 1/2 inch thick)
1 tsp. olive oil
1 tbs. butter
4 medium Granny Smith apples, peeled and sliced
1 tbs. palm sugar
juice of 1/2 lemon
1/2 tsp. ground cinnamon
dash of salt

Combine sage, salt and pepper and sprinkle over pork. Heat oil in a large skillet over medium heat. Add pork; cook 3 minutes per side or until done. Remove pork from pan and keep warm.

Melt butter in pan. Add apples, sugar, lemon, cinnamon and salt. Cook for 5 minutes or until tender, stirring often.

Serve pork with apples.

Wednesday, September 17, 2014

Cinnamon & Curry Chicken Salad

I came up with this recipe at the request of a dairy-free friend who wanted a sweet and savory chicken salad. While coming up with the components of the dish were easy, I got a little stuck on how to bind it together.

Mayo wouldn't really work here, as I don't think the flavor would compliment the apple and cinnamon. Instead I went with coconut milk yogurt, which is not paleo in the true sense but is dairy-free (I used unsweetened). If you are primal I think that Greek yogurt would be an even better choice!

You could use a rotisserie chicken here but I simply poached and shredded some boneless thighs. This made and easy and tasty lunch wrapped in lettuce leaves.

Cinnamon & Curry Chicken Salad

3/4 cup unsweetened coconut milk yogurt
1 tsp. ground cinnamon
1/2 tsp. curry powder
1 lb. cooked and shredded chicken
1 medium apple, diced
1/2 cup grapes, halved
1/4 cup chopped raw pecans
salt & pepper, to taste

Stir cinnamon and curry into yogurt in a small bowl.

In a separate larger bowl, combine chicken with apple, grapes and nuts. Fold in yogurt mixture. Season to taste with salt and pepper.

Tuesday, September 16, 2014

Paleo Pear & Spinach Smoothie

My kids' favorite smoothie this time of year is super simple: either a frozen pear or banana (they each have a personal preference) mixed with unsweetened almond milk, cinnamon and ground flax. The banana smoothie in particular has an amazing creamy texture and natural sweetness.

Since their choices aren't exactly recipes per se, though, I'm just including my formula and sharing a quick pic of the tasty concoctions.

I like my smoothies a bit less sweet and with a little green, so this morning while making theirs I came up with my own. I added ginger, lemon and spinach and it was delicious! I opted for pear but will have to try this with banana too. One way to ensure the pear smoothie will be a bit thicker is to use pear that you've first chopped and frozen.

You could add a little raw honey, maple syrup or stevia drops for sweetness. I went with a small pitted date (a great option, just be sure you have a high-speed blender that can truly puree the date smoothly).

Paleo Pear & Spinach Smoothie

large handful baby spinach
one small pear, frozen (cored & diced)
1 tbs. lemon juice
1 tbs. ground flaxseed
1/4 tsp. ground cinnamon
1 cup water
natural sweetener, to taste (optional)

Combine all ingredients in a high-speed blender and process until smooth. Top with a little extra cinnamon if desired.