Paleo Cook Up

Hello there! It’s been a couple of days. Not that I haven’t been cooking, I just haven’t cooked anything decent enough to blog about. It’s all been absolutely terrible. So I went back to some old faves, after trying a number of new recipes. So yes, I pretty much gave up on trying anything new. Ever again. Just joking, if I did that what would you have for dinner tomorrow night? The only plus about baking crappy recipes is that you don’t eat the food. Once you cook a decent recipe and it turns out SUPER yummy, you eat it. Not good for the waistline. Or for the “I’m-not-going-to-eat-any-naughty-food” that I started yesterday. Which, coincidently, was the day I decided to start baking. Logic does sometimes fail me.

Before I go ahead, I wanted to show you a pic of my cat cos I got to see him on the weekend. I love my cat. He doesn’t love me. But that’s ok. He actually doesn’t like anyone, at all. Other than Toby, who hates him. Obviously, me and my cat share the same logic. My cat isn’t friendly, he isn’t nice, and he attacks pretty much every one. He does need credit for being really good with Squirt though, he has been dragged about by Squirt and never harmed a hair on his head.

Don’t be fooled, he may look all fluffy and cuddly and you just reach out to pat him…

 

And you get to pat him once or twice before he does his “lion pose”…

And then he bites you.

But I really, really like him still. He lives at my mum and dad’s house, and every time I go up there I see him and I squeal and call out to him in my high pitched “princess” voice. He will literally scowl at me and then growl as he walks away. I’m sure it all comes down to the fact that he was rescued from a roof when he was a kitten and he is obviously traumatised. 

Anyway, back to the old faithful recipes that I made today.

I had some mince in the fridge, and needed to use it up. So I made some Paleo Rissoles (or Sliders if you know them as that). These were super easy to do, all you need is:

  • 700g mince
  • half an onion chopped finely
  • two or so handfuls spinach chopped finely
  • a handful or so of mushrooms chopped finely
  • about 1/4 cup almond meal
  • a few big squirts of minced garlic

Combine all the ingredients, then form into balls and put into a frypan with some coconut oil. Squash them down to as flat as you like. I cooked mine on a really low heat for AGES. But, I found that by not flipping them for a long time, they stuck together a lot better in the end. You can pretty much add any ingredients into these. For another version, try this.

I served them up with some broccoli and cauliflower mash, which is simply steamed broccoli and cauliflower mashed with some butter.

Simple, easy dinner. 

 

So simple that I made muffins while they cooked.

The muffin recipe was one I have made many a time before, because it always works.

Head over to Fast Paleo for the recipe. And, you can have the rissoles and the muffins for lunch (or in school lunch boxes) the next day. The rissoles are great and a good sandwich alternative for school.

 

They are so yummy, they are like a ray of sunshine…

Enjoy your Paleo cooking and I’ll talk to you tomorrow!!

Meat and Bacon Rissoles


I completely forgot I made these last night, and they were really yummy. Very simple and very tasty, and the left overs for everyone’s lunch were eaten before bed time. That says it all :-)

Ingredients

  • 500-700g mince
  • 3 or 4 bacon rashers
  • 1 onion chopped finely
  • chopped or minced garlic
  • a handful of spinach chopped up
  • 2 large mushrooms chopped finely
  • 2 eggs
  • Almond Meal

Method

First up, cook the onion and garlic until the onion is see-through. Add in the bacon and mushrooms and cook through. Add in the spinach till soft.  Take off the pan and keep aside. In a bowl, break up the mince, then add the contents of the pan. Mix together thoroughly, then add in the eggs and enough almond meal to stick together. Almond meal is a personal preference I feel, so add as much or as little as you are comfortable with. You need to moosh all the mixture together and then form into little patties. Cook on either side in some coconut oil, then chuck in the oven till cooked through. I had made enough that I cooked them in two or three batches, so keeping them in the oven keeps them warm while the others are cooking.

We served these with some cabbage that was cooked in the leftover oil from the rissoles. Very tasty stuff. Don’t have a pic I’m sorry, will take one next time. I left the photo taking up to Toby and he is worse than I am at it. I feel the need for a decent camera coming on….

These are great for dinner or lunch, lunch boxes and barbecues. Would be very nice with a salad given the strong bacon flavour.