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Paleo Shepherd’s Pie

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Ironically, my dog Bella is on a Paleo diet.

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No, it’s not because I’m some paleo fanatic, but because she has itch issues and the vet has taken her off the most common allergens:  beef, chicken, and grains.  I buy her grain-free kibble but then to make it more appealing, I make ground lamb stew to stir into it.   About once a month I traipse to the the meat market that has reasonably priced ground lamb and buy about 5 pounds, then portion it out for single meals.  This month I bought way too much lamb.  As it happens, I had made the Paleo Olive Oil Mashed Potatoes the day before – so Shepherd’s Pie was a no-brainer for the extra ground lamb.

Paleo-izing the Shepherd’s Pie was an interesting challenge.  The potato topping I had already dealt with in last week’s post.  The filling traditionally uses flour (wheat, of course) to create a thick gravy.  My thinking was, instead of substituting an alternate flour for the wheat, why not just let the potatoes be the gravy as well as the topping – after all, I love to smoosh the potatoes into the meat part when I eat Shepherd’s Pie anyway.

The result is a tasty, but less thick meat stew.  I liked it very much as I sometimes find traditional recipes to be a little pasty.

About the vegetables…I confess I use frozen vegetables.  They’re easy and, frankly, I like them.  If you are more ambitious than I, feel free to start with fresh vegetables and cook them before adding them to the meat or just throw in any leftover vegetables you have from previous meals.  It doesn’t really matter what vegetables you use, or even how much you throw in – Shepherd’s Pie is very forgiving.

Though I used ground lamb for the reason stated above, I also love ground lamb; but I know there are many non-lamb eaters in the world you if you are one of them, ground beef or even ground bison would be perfectly fine substitutes.

This is a great  winter meal with protein, starch, and vegetables all in one dish – add a salad for crunch and you are good to go.

Enjoy!
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Paleo Olive Oil Mashed Potatoes with or without Garlic

Paleo * Gluten-free * Vegetarian * Vegan * Parve ~~

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Let’s start with the question “are potatoes paleo?”   If you google that, you will find many different answers ( a good article is found here http://paleoleap.com/are-white-potatoes-paleo/).  When I started paleo, the answer was pretty much “no” BUT sweet potatoes are okay.   This didn’t suit my sense of logic because if we are discussing the diet of Mr. and Mrs. Ugh, if they ate potatoes at all, they probably did not distinguish between the two…and they certainly didn’t eliminate the white potato merely because it was too high on the glycemic index.  As time passed, many in the paleo community seemed to soften on the white potato issue.  I use potatoes as a starchy vegetable and try to avoid the clearly non-paleo versions like potato chips and French fries (I confess I’m not totally successful at this) and I don’t indulge in potatoes daily.  But when I do, I love this fairly healthy (it does have lots of oil in it) version of mashed potatoes

When I first gave up dairy, I would never have dreamed  I would prefer mashed potatoes made with olive oil over those made with lots of butter and cream.  But that is indeed the case.  These mashed potatoes are smooth and rich with added layers of flavor from the broth in which the potatoes are cooked as well as the freshness from the chopped herbs.

The amount of olive oil you want to use in the potatoes will depend on how “tasty” your extra virgin olive oil is (and for this you must use extra virgin).   You will need less of a very fruity/flavorful olive oil than of a bland one.  Start with 2 tablespoons of oil, then add more until you have the flavor profile that you like best.

Enjoy!
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Aloo Gobi Matar (Cauliflower, Potato, and Pea Curry)

Wheat-free * Dairy-free * Gluten-free * Vegetarian * Vegan * Parve * Paleo *

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This has always been my favorite dish to order when I’m having a meal at an Indian restaurant (or when I’m ordering in from one).   It’s probably one of the only savory dishes I make that doesn’t contain either onion or garlic – which means I can serve it to my friend who is allergic to both.

Usually you find Aloo Gobi (cauliflower and potatoes) on restaurant menus but I like the texture and color that the peas (matar) contribute to the dish.   Though I like the peas, if you are strictly paleo you may want to leave them out. When cooking this, it’s hard to tell how juicy your tomatoes are going to become, so you may or may not need additional water.  Using boiling potatoes will ensure that your potato cubes remain pretty intact. You don’t want mashed potatoes; you want the dish to be just a little saucy.

Aloo Gobi Matar

Stir this dish occasionally as it cooks to make sure the liquid doesn’t evaporate completely.

1 tablespoon olive oil  

1 tablespoon minced ginger

1 1/2 teaspoons curry powder

1 teaspoon ground coriander

1 teaspoon ground turmeric

1/2 teaspoon ground cumin

Ground red pepper to taste

2 tablespoons water + additional if necessary

3 cups cauliflower florets

1 cup cubed new red or Yukon gold (boiling) potatoes

1 cup tomato wedges

1/2 cup peas, optional

2 tablespoons chopped cilantro + additional for garnish

Salt to taste

In a 3-quart pot, heat the oil over medium high heat.  Add the ginger and cook, stirring 30 seconds.

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Add the curry, coriander, turmeric, cumin, and ground red pepper; stir until absorbed.

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Stir in the 2 tablespoons water; add the cauliflower, potato, and tomatoes.  Stir until vegetables are coated with spice mixture.

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Cook, covered, over medium heat 5 minutes until mixture starts to steam.  Stir; reduce heat and cook, covered 10 minutes longer.  Stir and see if any additional water is needed (adding 1 to 2 tablespoons as necessary).  Continue cooking 10 minutes, covered or until potatoes are cooked through.

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Add peas and cilantro, adding water if necessary.  Cover and continue to cook 5 minutes longer.  Season with salt to taste.

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Spoon into serving dish and sprinkle with chopped cilantro if desired.

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Makes:  4 cups    Serves:  4

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Paleo Passover Potato Kugel with Shallots

Wheat-free * Dairy-free * Gluten-free * Vegetarian * Parve * Paleo ~~

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Last Passover my friend Hadley and I decided to have a leftovers dinner.  Since we each held a seder in our homes, we were unable to attend the other’s seder and this way we could at least taste what the other had served.

Now, not to be boastful, I am an awesome cook and the food at my seder was amazing.  We both made pot roast from brisket and used approximately the same recipe so that was a wash.  Our Tzimmes’ were both delicious in different ways – mine had a very deep richness and Hadley’s had a fresh quality to it that I liked (so much that I’ve made it for this year).

Our menus diverged at the kugels.  I made a matzoh kugel using matzoh farfel, chopped carrots, onions, celery, and parsnip.  I moistened it with vegetable broth and olive oil and seasoned it with salt, pepper, chopped parsley and dill, and poultry seasoning.  This dish has been a hit for the past 15 years – but then I tasted Hadley’s potato kugel and I was blown away.  It was the best potato kugel I had ever tasted.  The other thing about it was it’s paleo and I can eat it!

So here is the recipe with very significant changes but equally fabulous results!  Enjoy! Continue reading Paleo Passover Potato Kugel with Shallots

Paleo Hummus (Hummos)

Wheat-free * Dairy-free * Gluten-free * Vegetarian * Vegan * Parve * Paleo *

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Sometimes I just want a snack or light lunch.  Hummos was a great go-to but now that I don’t eat beans, it’s out or should I say “was out”.  In my quest for a replacement I’ve developed a paleo version of hummos made with potatoes and cauliflower that is just as good as the one made with beans (if you eat beans I have a recipe for Lemony White Bean Hummos here).  To be honest with you, traditional hummos is easier to make – especially if you start with canned beans – because you do have to prep and cook the cauliflower and potatoes for this version.  But if you are longing for a satisfying dip or snack, this hummos will fill the bill.  If you want a paleo dip but don’t want to bother with cooking the cauliflower and potatoes – don’t forget the Tahini I posted last June. Continue reading Paleo Hummus (Hummos)

I Love My Grill – grilled vegetables

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What says summer more than grilling? As I sit in my den and the temperature outside is 11F, the idea of grilling is really appealing.

Living in an apartment in New York City is, in most things – Great.  However, having an outdoor grill tends to be problematic.   I figure even people with outdoor grills may be interested in indoor grills for December, January and February.  So let’s look at the options for indoor grilling.

First, and probably easiest is the broiler in your stove.  You already own it and anything that can be grilled can be broiled – the only difference is you never get those pretty grill marks.

Also available for use with/on the stove are stove top grill pans.  The Murphy pan and variations of it are pans (frequently cast iron) with ridges that you heat over your burner/s.  They do pretty good job of grilling.  The food gets cooked nicely and has pretty grill marks, but not the same char flavor that comes from direct heat.

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    A second type of stovetop grill is this smokeless grill, I used to own one but it took too long to grill and was so big it wasn’t worth the storage space.

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  • There are also lots of electric griddles/grills, Google them or go to Amazon to see the huge variety available to you.
    I want to talk about the one I own The Griddler
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    For many years I owned/used the George Foreman grill – and frankly it did a fine job, especially considering how affordable it is.   I found I was using it very often but it was kind of small.  So I started shopping for a slightly better replacement and ended up with The Griddler made by Cuisinart.
    Here’s what I love about it – it does a great job; it cooks meats quickly searing the outside beautifully; it’s both a grill and griddle; you can open it and lie it flat – which is great when you are making pancakes for a crowd; it’s easy to clean (though I confess I could do a better job of that) – the metal plates pop out easily; it has a waffle option; it’s not hideously expensive (about $80).  On the down side, like the stovetop grills, the char flavor is not the same as an outdoor grill.
    The litmus test for kitchen equipment is:  will I use it often enough to waste precious counter space for it – and The Griddler earns a definite YES!
    I highly recommend this product and hope you love it as much as I  do.
    Here’s how I make my grilled vegetables…

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Traditional Latkes and Curried Sweet Potato Latkes (Potato Pancakes)

Wheat-free * Dairy-free * Gluten-free * Vegetarian * Parve * Paleo *

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Happy Hannukah.  Every year my study group has a little Channuka pot luck and – as is usually the case – I am making the latkes (potato pancakes).  I’m especially happy to do it this year as most recipes use flour or matzo meal (also a flour) and I want to make these gluten-free and Paleo.

Hanukkah is one of the happy holidays.  It’s celebrated for 8 days because it commemorates the miracle of a one day’s supply of oil for the menorah (a candelabra that was to burn throughout the night every night) in the Jerusalem Temple lasting the 8 days – long enough to produce a new supply.  It’s a time of year where gifts are given (at least one each night), games are played, songs are sung, and eating greasy fried food is highly encouraged – especially latkes and doughnuts (it is, after all a holiday celebrating oil).

It’s also known as The Festival of Lights (much easier to spell than Channukkah) and occurs on the darkest night of the year.  The best part for me is lighting the Chanukka candles in the menorah and saying the blessing.  It’s a ritual that brings me immediately back to my parents home and fills me with happy/sad memories.

May you make many happy memories tonight and for the next 8 nights…and Happy Hanukah (have you counted how many ways I’ve spelled it?)
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Leftovers – Gluten-free Dairy Free Turkey Pot Pie

Wheat-free * Dairy-free * Gluten-free *

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I hope you had a fabulous Thanksgiving!  I know I don’t usually post recipes on Fridays, but this is the day after Thanksgiving and it would be cruel not to give you at least one recipe for that mound of turkey currently in your refrigerator.  Here are two ideas – Turkey Hash (which I published right after I started this blog), and today’s recipe:  Turkey Pot Pie.

Turkey Hash with Egg
Turkey Hash with Egg
Turkey Hash Patty with Egg
Turkey Hash Patty with Egg

 

Turkey Hash
Turkey Hash

 

Let’s start with “Before There Were Leftovers”.  Here’s what I served (there are links to the recipes that are already on this blog):

Tahini

 

Turkey and Gravy
Turkey and Gravy
Paula's Stuffing
Paula’s Stuffing
Vegetable Medley with Fresh Herbs
Vegetable Medley with Fresh Herbs
Colcannon
Colcannon
Maple Glazed Butternut Squash with Pears and Cranberries
Maple Glazed Butternut Squash with Pears and Cranberries
Pickled Beets
Pickled Beets
Cornbread
Cornbread
Pene's Cranberry Sauce
Pene’s Cranberry Sauce
Maple Pumpkin Pie with Nut Crust
Maple Pumpkin Pie with Nut Crust
Apple Galette
Apple Galette

Everyone at my table had a great time and it was completely gluten and dairy free!  Hope yours went well too and here’s the Turkey Pot Pie recipe:
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Gluten-free Dairy-free Vegan Empanadas (not Paleo)

Wheat free * Dairy free * Gluten free * Vegetarian * Vegan * Parve

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The beauty of empanadas, as with all turnovers, is that they are great on-the-go meals.  You can easily reheat them in a microwave and they are not sloppy to eat.  No only are they good for lunch, but they are actually nice change of pace breakfast foods.  If you like sweet empanadas, you can use fruit pie filling instead of the fillings here – and if you want them more dessert-y, you can brush the dough with egg (but of course then they would not be vegan) and sprinkle sugar on top before baking.

Monday’s empanadas were a little “doughy” for me.  So I made these empanadas bigger, thereby allowing for a greater filling to dough ratio.  I would probably make the chicken ones this size too.  But for appetizers, the smaller ones would work better. Continue reading Gluten-free Dairy-free Vegan Empanadas (not Paleo)

Gluten-free Dairy-free Empanadas (not Paleo)

Wheat free * Dairy free * Gluten free

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I know I’m a day early, but today is Cinco de Mayo and I was going to post Empanadas this week anyway so I just moved up the post to today.  Don’t worry, you’re going to see empanadas again on Friday.

I wish I had a wonderful story to accompany this recipe, but truely I can’t even remember if I’ve actually ever eaten one before these…I mean, I MUST have at some point, but I don’t remember it.  That doesn’t mean they are not memorable – just that I have a lousy memory.

Let me take a break from these ramblings and tell you how hard writing these posts has become since the-little-one-who-shall- remain-unnamed has come to live with us.  He thinks that running over the keyboard while I sit here is just the greatest game ever invented.  What this means to me is that I am discovering functions that this computer can perform that I never even knew existed, and in some cases find incredibly difficult to undo – not to mention all the copy that just disappears in the blink of an eye (or touch of a paw).

Back to Empanadas…having made them, here are my impressions.  The filling is really delicious and so is the dough (amazingly for gluten-free).  I made little empanadas and found the dough to filling ratio is a little too much for my taste, you can remedy this by making fewer, but bigger empanadas – try making 8 and using 2 tablespoons of filling – but then they are not appetizers.   Baking time should be the same as the little ones. Continue reading Gluten-free Dairy-free Empanadas (not Paleo)