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Spicy Chili-Garlic Stir-Fry

18 Aug

This dish is by far one of my favorite paleo creations yet.  It is simple, easy, and deliciously SPICY.  I used 1 rounded tablespoon of chili garlic sauce and found the dish to be delightfully zingy in that good almost-painful-but-not-quite kind of way; if you prefer less heat, use less.  You could also make this dish with thinly sliced pork or beef.  Or, with shrimp — though if you use shrimp, I’d cook all the veggies and the chili sauce first, then add the shrimp at the end to cook through as they will only take a few minutes.  One of my favorite parts of this dish was the shrooms.  J does not eat shrooms so I almost never get to have them.  When he is gone working his overnights, I sometimes splurge on a shroomy dish I can have all to myself in his absence.  If you don’t like shrooms, just leave them out!  (How many times can I say “shrooms” in this paragraph?  SHROOMS!)  Also, I used frozen vegetables, and I did not thaw them before cooking.  I just threw them in frozen, put a lid on, and the steam cooked them to perfection.  This will serve two hungry people; I made it when I was home alone, ate half for dinner that night and split the remaining half over lunch and dinner the next day.  Yum!  🙂

Spicy Chili-Garlic Stir Fry
Serves 2

Ingredients:
2 Tbs coconut oil
3/4lb to 1lb raw boneless chicken breast, thinly sliced
1/3 cup whole raw almonds
2 1/2 cups mixed vegetables (I used broccoli, carrots, and cauliflower from the freezer section)
1/2 cup mixed bell pepper strips
6oz baby button mushrooms, stems removed and schrooms sliced
1-2 Tbs chili garlic sauce (I use Huy Fond Foods brand)
Salt and pepper, to taste

Directions:
Heat coconut oil over medium heat in large saute pan until hot (a bit of moisture flicked in the oil will sizzle.  BE CAREFUL.)  Add sliced chicken and cook, stirring occasionally, until chicken is cooked through.  Add almonds and cook about 3 minutes.  Add frozen mixed vegetables, bell peppers, button mushrooms, and chili garlic sauce.  Put a lid on the pan and cook until vegetables are heated through and mushrooms are tender, a few minutes.  Check frequently and stir as needed to prevent sticking/burning.  Season with salt and pepper to taste.  Serve.

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Paleo Sketti

2 Aug

I’ve been doing a lot of reading up on paleo lately, getting some good ideas for recipes I want to try.  One thing I read about yesterday was alternatives to pasta.  Of course we all know about spaghetti squash, so named because it mimics spaghetti in appearance.  But, some other bloggers and posters mentioned using raw broccoli slaw as the base upon which to pile their favorite pasta sauce.  This sounded sufficiently delicious and weird, so of course I had to try it.

Here’s what I did:
1 Tbs olive oil (would have used coconut oil, but le jar is empty. Boo!)
1lb ground pork
1/4lb ground beef

  • Heated the oil until shimmery in a medium saucepan.  Added the ground meat and cooked until well-browned, using a wooden spoon to break up the meat into crumbly bits.

Minced garlic
Oregano
Crushed red pepper
Fennel seed

  • Added these herbs to the browned meat, to taste.  I didn’t measure.  You can add however much you want, or swap these out for different herbs altogether.

Freshly ground black pepper
Salt

  • Stirred in some fresh coarse-ground black pepper and about 1/2 tsp salt, give or take.  Add a little salt, taste the sauce, and add more if you need to.  Remember you can always add more, but you can’t take it out if you add too much salt. Simmered the sauce at this point for about 25 minutes on low.

Raw broccoli slaw mix

  • Put 1 cup of broccoli slaw mix (raw, plain) in a bowl and microwaved it for about 30 secs to warm it up (hot pasta sauce on cold vegetables?  Blech).  Scooped 1 cup of meat sauce onto the slaw mix

Grated parmesan cheese

  • Okay, not totally paleo, but I have a small wedge of parm left that I need to use up, and I don’t want to waste food.  I put about 2 Tbs of grated parm on top, where it got all melty and delicious

Verdict?  Seriously yummy, filling, and does not leave my stomach feeling like I ate a brick, the way a heap of pasta does.  This will become a regular meal for me.  Paleo or not, it’s just delicious!  🙂

(p.s. Sometimes I might post pictures with meal ideas, sometimes not.  This isn’t a “food blog” really…I already have one of those, and taking photos of everything I cook gets tiring.  So, I just gobbled up my dinner this time around…maybe I’ll get a photo next time!)