Want a deliciously amazing way to cook turnips? Put them in the oven, whole, and let them cook in their own skins for about 45 minutes to an hour. Remove them from the oven and peel off the skins. The insides will be so tender and yummy.
Pancetta is an Italian type of bacon produced from belly of pork which is seasoned, then rolled up like a salami and dry cured. Flat slabs of pancetta are also available and this is normally how you’d find it in Italy. Here in Dubai and back home in the US, you can buy it pre-packed and either in cubes (cubetti di pancetta) or slices.
Avocado is an excellent breakfast food. All that delicious monounsaturated fat gives you great clean-burning energy for the morning. Here’s one way I eat breakfast. The key is to squeeze a bit of lime juice on the avocado before mixing with other fruits. I also love to sprinkle some raw cacao nibs on a breakfast bowl like this.
This salad features raw ceviche tuna, marinated in lime juice, thus maintaining the highest integrity of the tuna’s omega-3 fatty acids. You can add whatever vegetables you like, but the addition of fresh green peas is especially nice.
These spring rolls are beautiful and super easy to make. For the chicken, I roasted a whole chicken one day before and saved the leftovers for this recipe. Just separate the meat from the bones and you’re good to go. If you need some inspiration for roasted chicken, try one of the following recipes:
This recipe uses rice paper, which of course is made from—you guessed it—white rice. This blog features primarily Paleo compliant recipes, but we’re not exclusively nor dogmatically Paleo here. From the Paleo perspective, the objections to cereals include their elevated carbohydrate levels as well as their anti-nutrients. Regarding the latter, white rice is probably the grain with the lowest amount of anti-nutrients because the phytic acid and enzyme inhibitors are contained in the bran of brown rice, which is removed during polishing.
Regarding the carbohydrates, white rice is just starch, similar to starchy vegetables. White rice has a high glycemic index, but as I have explained elsewhere, the glycemic index model is deeply flawed and should probably be retired. Moreover, the amount of starch contained in a few spring rolls is negligible. The bottom line, in my opinion, is that a few rice paper wrappers here and there are by no means detrimental (for most people).
Rice Paper Tips
There are many varieties of rice paper spring roll wrappers on the market. Quite frankly, many of them are awful. Either they contain artificial or otherwise unnecessary ingredients or they just don’t work, falling apart and tearing holes while you roll them. Rice paper should have three ingredients:
The brand that I usually work with is Thai Choice. It’s an established brand sold all around the world, so you should be able to find it if you live in North America, Europe, or even here in Dubai. They only the ingredients listed above and they roll perfectly. Please don’t take this as an endorsement of the company’s entire product line because many of their products fall far short of my standards, but their rice paper wrappers are spot on.
Julienne Peeler Tips
For this recipe, you’ll want to have a Julienne peeler. It looks like an ordinary peeler, but it’s configured so you get Julienne slices of carrots, cucumbers, or whatever you want. It’s really great for sushi, spring rolls, stir fries, etc. The one I’m using is a cheap, but effective model found at Daiso in Dubai. Back home in the US, however, I use the Natizo Julienne peeler, which is even better (and still only around $12).
Chicken Mustard Spring Rolls w. Aji Panca Tahini Dipping Sauce Recipe
Here’s a deliciously easy way to prepare eggs. This recipe is perfect for travel food. It’s also beautiful and presentable, thus perfect for your next brunch with friends. The ingredients are basic: eggs, bacon, feta, and bitter greens. In this case, I’m using dandelion greens, which are a potent source of Vitamin A and Vitamin C, while providing plenty of Vitamin C, calcium, and iron as well.
If you’re not accustomed to eating bitter greens, this recipe is a great stepping stone. Why should you eat dandelion greens? They’ve been a mainstay medicinal food in many cultures around the world, including those from North America, Europe, and Asia. Traditionally, dandelion greens were used for liver, gall bladder, and kidney issues.