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Lemon Honey Rosemary Chicken

Friday, May 8th, 2015
img_3369-610x300Ingredients
  • 2 pound boneless, skinless chicken thighs
  • 2 teaspoons fine sea salt
  • ⅓ cup olive oil
  • ⅓ cup lemon juice (juice of 2 lemons)
  • 3 tablespoons honey
  • 2 tablespoons dijon mustard
  • ⅛ teaspoon black pepper
  • ¼ teaspoon red pepper flakes
  • 4-5 rosemary sprigs
  • spinach, to garnish
  • chopped fresh parsley, to garnish
Instructions
  1. Preheat oven to 450 degrees.
  2. Sprinkle salt on top of all chicken thighs. Arrange chicken thighs in an 8×8 baking sheet.
  3. Whisk together olive oil, lemon juice, honey, mustard, pepper and red pepper flakes. Pour mixture on top of chicken, pressing the chicken down into the mixture to cover as much as possible.
  4. Press rosemary sprigs in the dish throughout.
  5. Bake for 25 minutes or until no pink remains in chicken.
  6. Eat with some spinach or arugula. Garnish with fresh parsley

Almond Grape Smoothie

Thursday, April 16th, 2015

grape-smoothieMy boys love this smoothie! I started making it w/ Vanilla Almond Milk but quickly switched to unsweetened and they still loved it!
Ingredients
2 cups Spinach
2 cups Almond milk (unsweetened)
2 cups Red grapes (seedless)
2 Bananas
1/3 cup Almond butter (or other nut butter)
Instructions
Combine all ingredients in a blender and pulse until smooth.

Butternut Squash & Kale Beef Stew

Thursday, April 9th, 2015

dsc_00861Butternut Squash & Kale Beef Stew
2 tbsp bacon fat, or cooking oil of choice
2 lb stew beef, 1″ cubed
1 onion, roughly chopped
4 garlic cloves, minced
1 1/2 tbsp fresh sage, minced
1/2 tsp smoked paprika
1 small butternut squash, cubed (about 4 cups)
16oz frozen, chopped kale (or one bunch fresh)
4 cups beef stock, preferably homemade
salt and pepper
In a large dutch oven heat 1 tbsp bacon fat over medium high.  Working in batches, brown the meat, making sure not to cook it through (it can turn tough).  Set browned meat aside.  Lower heat to medium and add the 2nd tbsp bacon fat.  Once it’s melted add the onions, garlic, smoked paprika, and sage to pot, along with a big pinch of salt and fresh pepper.  Cook about 8 minutes, or until the onions begin to soften and turn translucent.  Make sure to stir frequently so the mixture doesn’t burn.

Add the beef, butternut squash, and kale to the pot.  Stir to combine, then add the chicken stock and two cups of hot water.  Bring to a boil, then reduce to a simmer and let cook, covered,  for at least an hour.  I let mine go about 45 minutes longer.

Serve and enjoy.  Store leftovers in the fridge for up to a week.  This makes a HUGE batch of stew.

Roger’s Butternut Squash Soup

Thursday, January 29th, 2015

butternut_soupThis is a recipe I’ll always be grateful to Roger for sharing with me as it brings such enthusiastic smiles to my family when set at the table. Not that it’s a big surprise – when the squash comes out of the shopping bag the excitement begins. “Are you going to make the soup tonight?!” Warm, creamy and comforting, the blissful combination of flavors and the serenely smooth texture make this dish beg for seconds, thirds, and even fourths. The only thing I can think of that could possibly make this recipe better is doubling it!

Ingredients

  • 1 medium to large butternut squash, peeled and cut into small cubes, about a half inch
  • 3 medium-sized garlic cloves, minced
  • 1 dense tablespoon of minced fresh thyme
  • 2 tablespoons extra virgin olive oil
  • salt and fresh pepper to taste
  • 2 small to medium sized leeks, halved and thinly sliced
  • 1/4 lb bacon
  • 3 cups chicken broth or stock
  • 1/2 cup milk of choice

Directions

Preheat oven to 450°.

In a large bowl, toss squash, garlic, and thyme together with oil to coat. Transfer to a 9 x 12 inch pyrex baking dish. Sprinkle generously with salt and fresh ground pepper, and bake for about 35 minutes, stirring occasionally, until squash is soft and just turning brown.

While the squash bakes, cook the bacon in a stovetop skillet until just crispy. Remove bacon and toss leeks into skillet cooking in bacon fat until the leeks are tender and translucent, about 5 minutes.

When squash is done, remove from oven and transfer into a large soup pot along with leeks and pan drippings.

Pour stock into pot to cover squash/leek mixture about a half inch over. Add more stock if needed for this.

Bring to a boil then turn down heat and let simmer, partially covered, for about 3o minutes.

Remove soup from heat and purée with immersion blender, or in batches in a regular blender, until smooth. Add milk and blend another minute or two until desired creamy consistency is reached.

Crumble or chop the cooked bacon and stir into the creamed soup.

Reheat if necessary and serve.

PALEO CHOCOLATE CHIP ALMOND FLOUR MUFFINS

Thursday, January 15th, 2015

muffINGREDIENTS
2 cups almond flour
1/2 tsp baking soda
1/4 tsp salt
3 eggs
2 tbsp coconut oil, melted
2 tbsp honey
1 tsp vanilla extract
1/2 tsp apple cider vinegar
3/4 cup Cacao Nibs

INSTRUCTIONS
  1. Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F.
  2. Line a muffin tin with paper cups.
  3. In a large bowl, stir together the almond flour, baking soda, and salt.
  4. In a separate bowl, whisk together the eggs, coconut oil, honey, vanilla, and apple cider vinegar.
  5. Add the dry ingredients to the wet ingredients and stir to combine.
  6. Fold in the chocolate chips.
  7. Evenly distribute the batter between the muffin tins.
  8. Bake for 12-15 minutes until golden brown or until a toothpick inserted into the center comes out clean.
  9. Leave to cool for 5 minutes before serving. Store in the refrigerator.

Homemade Blackberry Paleo Fruit Roll-ups

Thursday, November 13th, 2014

homemadefruitrollups
These take a while to bake but are worth it!
Ingredients
1. 1 pint blackberries
2. 6-7 mint leaves
3. 1/4 cup honey
4. Dash of lime juice
Instructions
1. Preheat the oven to 170 degrees F.
2. Line a rimmed baking sheet with parchment paper or a Silpat mat.
3. Place all of the ingredients into a blender or food processor and puree until smooth.
4. Pour the mixture onto the baking sheet and spread evenly with a spatula.
5. Bake for 5-6 hours, or until completely dried out but still sticky.
6. Remove the pans from the oven and allow to cool for at least 30 minutes.
7. Cut the mixture into long strips. Start at one end and roll up each strip.
Store in an airtight container.
ENJOY!!!

The Cave is proud to announce that we are now selling RAW ORGANIC Coconut water!

Wednesday, November 12th, 2014

Although I have personally never been a coconut water drinker, seeing as I am not a fan of the old socks and grandpa’s sofa flavor, this particular brand of coconut water had me seriously reconsidering my stance.

Sustainably and ethically (Fair Trade!) produced by a local San Francisco-based company Harmless Harvest, this wonderful completely paleo sports drink comes with many benefits, beating your regular post-workout drink out of the water.

It doesn’t taste like old socks: it has a refreshing, nutty-like taste and unlike your usual water, you actually feel immediately hydrated after drinking. Because it is raw (the only raw coconut water on the market), all of the good stuff in it (active compounds) is much more potent than in regular, pasteurized coconut water! Besides a few good carbs to replenish those lost during exercise, there are also plenty of very necessary electrolytes, such as…..

Lots of POTASSIUM (more than a large banana and fifteen times more than Gatorade or Powerade), Magnesium, Phosphorus, Calcium and Vitamin C and a bit of sodium to complete the mix.

It also contains high amounts of LAURIC ACID, which kills bacteria and viruses, and boosts your immune system.
It comes with lots of phenols, which are strong antioxidants, helping to reduce inflammation after workouts (keep those DOMs away!) and keep you looking wrinkle-free.

PS…. it’s also a great hangover-cure!

Come to the office or swing by the Crossfit area this week to try a free sip of this awesome paleo post workout drink and see what the fuss is all about. Drink it during or after your workout, and you can even mix it with your favorite protein powder. Large 16oz = $5.00 and Small 8 oz = $3.00
Just remember to keep your bottle refrigerated (remember, it’s raw), and don’t worry about the pink color - that’s created by the phenols when they are hit by light.

ENJOY!

Paleo Italian Beef “Sandwiches”

Thursday, October 9th, 2014
grilled-beef-fillet-with-portobello-relish-r056719-ssIngredients
  • 2 1/2 lbs grass fed beef chuck roast
  • 1 tsp dried basil
  • 1 tsp dried oregano
  • 1 tsp dried crushed rosemary
  • 1 tsp garlic powder
  • 1 tsp onion powder
  • 1/4-1/2 tsp salt
  • 1/4 tsp black pepper
  • 1/2 cup water
  • 1 Tbsp red wine vinegar
  • 2 Tbsp Dijon mustard
  • 6 large portobella mushroom caps

Instructions

  1. Heat 1 Tbsp of oil in a large skillet over medium-high heat.
  2. Combine all the spices together and rub them onto the roast.
  3. Sear the roast on one side for 4-5 minutes. Flip the roast over and sear for another 4-5 minutes. . Place the roast into the slow cooker and add the water and red wine vinegar.
  4. Cook on LOW for 7-8 hours.
  5. Remove the beef and shred the meat.
  6. Skim any fat off of the juice left in the crock pot and then add the Dijon mustard.
  7. Stir to combine.
  8. Add the shredded beef back to the crock pot and use portobella mushroom “buns” (Drizzle with oil, salt, and pepper and roasted for about 10 minutes at 450 F) for serving.

Tom Kha Gai

Thursday, September 25th, 2014

tom_kha_gaiThis is my favorite soup. It is especially wonderful with the traditional Thai spicing of kaffir lime leaves and galanga. You can find these in most Asian Markets (can be found in the Asian market on Mary St next to Peets and across from Whole Foods in San Rafael). Substitutions for these are noted below; lemongrass can found in Safeway. I keep packets in the freezer of these 3 spices mixed with the garlic which allows me to get this on the dinner table as a meal with kale on the side in 15 or 20 minutes.

I usually included minced jalapeño pepper and red bell pepper, but as nightshades are not Paleo, I’ve omitted these. If you know you are not sensitive to nightshades, they add fantastic kick and color respectively. If in doubt about nightshades, stick with black pepper as that is in the family Piperaceae as opposed to bell pepper, jalapeño, cayenne, et al which are in the Capsicum family and are nightshades.

In case you’ve wondered, the reason these nightshades and others including tomato, white potatoes, and eggplant are avoided in the Paleo diet is because of the potential inflammatory response of the body to lectins which, in sensitive individuals, can provoke an immune system response similar to that toward the WGA lectin in wheat/gluten in folks who are gluten-sensitive or celiac.

Basically, know yourself, listen to how your body responds to certain foods even if they are Paleo approved. This soup is awesome with or without the nightshades!

Ingredients

  • 2 tablespoons olive oil
  • 4 cloves minced garlic (I use 4 cubes of TJs frozen garlic)
  • 1/4 cup scallions, fine slice
  • 1 stalk lemon grass minced (if minced, stays in soup and is eaten; alternately – to make things easy – cut into 2” lengths and remove before serving)
  • 1 inch piece of galanga, fresh or dried (fabulous, delicious Thai root spice but if you can’t find it, ginger can be substituted)
  • 4 kaffir lime leaves or 1 teaspoon lime zest
  • 3 cups water
  • 1 to 2 lbs boneless skinless chicken breast
  • 1 to 2 tablespoons arrowroot, depending on amount of chicken used
  • 1 can coconut milk
  • 1 teaspoon fresh ground black pepper
  • 1 can straw mushrooms
  • 1/4 cup fish sauce (make sure it’s wheat free)
  • 2 tablespoons fresh lime juice
  • 1/2 cup chopped cilantro

Directions

Heat oil in a large soup pot over medium heat. After oil is heated, add garlic, scallions, lemon grass, galanga, and lime leaves. (If substituting lime zest, save this until later below.) Heat and occasionally stir for 2 minutes.

Add water and bring to a boil. Meanwhile, slice chicken into bit-sized slices or cubes and toss with arrowroot to lightly coat.

Add chicken to soup and cook for 4 minutes.

Add coconut milk, pepper, mushrooms, fish sauce lime juice and lime zest if making this substitution. Simmer for 2 minutes.

Stir in cilantro and serve.

Balance Your Protein Intake With Gelatin

Thursday, September 11th, 2014

gelatin_snack_2Gelatin is a worthwhile consideration for balancing protein intake. Although it does not have the kind of amino acids needed for post-workout muscle recovery, it does have what is needed for connective tissue health.

In taking a Paleo view of nutrition, our modern protein consumption has become unbalanced favoring a limited diet of muscle meat and its amino acids over the aminos found in organs, cartilage, bone and sinew. We throw a lot of the animal away that would have been consumed by a hunter gatherer. That leaves us deficient in essential building blocks such as glycine, proline and collagen needed to support healthy joints, connective tissue, skin and bone.

Studies demonstrate gelatin’s ability to maintain strong ligament, tendon, and bone integrity providing clear benefits to weightlifters, body builders and other athletes whose joints and connective tissues are regularly subjected to stress. Gelatin builds the strength of our muscle’s supporting structures and reduces joint pain which in turn supports successful muscle-building.

Gelatin can be flavorlessly and texturelessly added to cooking or a protein shake in the form of non-congealing collagen hydrolysate as well as used in the traditional gelling form to make snacks such this week’s recipe below.* I purchase both forms of gelatin from Great Lakes as their gelatin products are antibiotic and hormone free.

Blueberry Peach Gelatin Squares

  • 1 cup fresh blueberries
  • 1 cup fresh peaches, peeled and diced (I almost threw out my mealy end-of-season peaches before realizing they were perfect for this recipe; any disappointing fruit would work for this!)
  • 1 cup coconut water
  • 2 tablespoons honey
  • 1 teaspoon cinnamon**
  • 1 cup coconut milk
  • 1/4 cup gelatin

Combine blueberries, peaches, coconut water, honey and cinnamon in a saucepan and place over medium-low heat. Let simmer stirring occasionally until fruit has liquified, about 10 minutes.

While fruit is simmering, add gelatin to coconut milk and let sit for 10 minutes. After sitting, add to fruit mixture and stir for a few minutes until gelatin has dissolved; do not allow to boil.

Pour mix into a square pyrex pan or mold of choice. Chill a few hours then dice as desired and enjoy!

*10 grams a day recommended

**The lovely thing about cinnamon and other sweet-friendly spices such as cardamom is that they enhance the perception of sweetness allowing one to minimize the use of sweeteners in a recipe.