Day 6

Hi friends! So if you’ve been sticking to the paleo plan for the last couple of days, you might have noticed that when you take out ingredients like butter, cheese, sauces, and dressings, you get rid of a lot of flavor. Paleo food does not have to be bland and tasteless though! Most paleos add flavor to their food by adding herbs and spices, which adds natural flavoring. Some common spices used for things like meat rubs or vegetables include:

  • cayenne
  • rosemary
  • cinnamon (probably my favorite, adds sweetness)
  • garlic (powdered or whole)
  • tarragon
  • chili powder
  • nutmeg
  • paprika

The list is huge, but these are some common ones. Additionally, herbs play a really big role in flavoring so many paleo dishes, like salads, vegetable bakes, and of course guacamole 🙂 Some of these herbs include:

  • basil
  • oregano
  • cilantro (guaaac)
  • rosemary
  • thyme
  • bay leaf
  • fresh ginger

IMG_7240They’re all stellar.

That being said, I decided to start a little herb garden of my own – though I think “garden” is pushing it, it’s more of an herb patch right now. I’ve got basil and cilantro, in there right now with some mint on deck. Hopefully I get some veggies in there too, but gardening isn’t really my most marketable skill, so I thought I’d start off a little simpler. Hopefully I can manage not to kill three tiny plants for a summer.

Here’s Day 6 for ya, Cheers!

DRINK 8 oz. of water when you wake up.

Breakfast:

  • 8 oz. waterIMG_7070
  • Egg baked in an avocado

Some Tips:

  • After you slice the avocado in half and take out the seed, you are going to need to dig out a little more of the flesh in the pit of the avocado to make room for the egg – I usually can’t fit the whole egg in.
  • Try to bake the avocado in the smallest ramequin you have, because the avocado needs to stay upright so the egg doesn’t spill out over the sides.
  • I like to season my avocado with a little bit of garlic salt as well

Bake the avocado for 10-12 minutes at 450 degrees.

Snack:

  • an apple with 2 tbs. almond butter

DRINK 16 oz. of water by lunch

Lunch:

  • Grilled salmon with a side of sautéed spinach and onions (I just had some leftovers from last night)

DRINK 8 oz. of water after lunch

Dinner:

  • 8 oz. water
  • Thai Cauliflower Rice – I got this recipe from the roasted root which has some awesome paleo recipes

Ingredients

    • 1 large head cauliflower
    • 3 tablespoons coconut oil
    • ½ teaspoon sea salt, or to taste
    • 2 cloves garlic
    • 1 bunch green onions, chopped
    • 1 large red bell pepper, chopped
    • 1 large ripe mango, peeled and chopped
    • ½ cup red onion, sliced
    • 1/3 cup fresh mint leaves, chopped
    • ½ cup raw cashews
Ginger Almond Butter Dressing:
  • ¼ cup light coconut milk
  • 1-1/2 tablespoons fresh ginger, peeled and grated
  • 2 tablespoons lime juice
  • 2 tablespoons creamy almond butter*

Instructions

  • In a small bowl, whisk together the ingredients for the Ginger Almond Butter Dressing. Set aside until ready to use.
  • Remove the green stems from the cauliflower. Chop it into chunks and place it in a food processor. Pulse until rice-sized pieces result (Note: if you don’t have a food processor, chop the cauliflower in half and grate it using a box grater).
  • Heat the coconut oil in a large skillet or wok to medium heat. Add the grated cauliflower and saute, stirring occasionally, until cauliflower softens and cooks down, about 10 to 15 minutes. Add the minced garlic and saute another 3 minutes.
  • Transfer cauliflower rice to a large serving bowl. Add the remaining ingredients, including the Ginger Almond Butter Dressing, and toss everything together until well-combined. Serve and enjoy!

Some Tips:

  • IMG_7238
    yum yum yum yum

    I found that a large cauliflower makes a LOT of rice, so I would use maybe 1/2 to 3/4 of the cauliflower with the same recipe

  • If you are going to use the whole cauliflower (which I would guestimate could feed about 6-8 people comfortably) I would almost double the rest of the ingredients and double the dressing.
  • If you are not a fan of ginger, just be warned that it is a pretty strong flavor, but it really helps bring out the flavor of the other ingredients. Maybe only use 1 tablespoon if you don’t love it.
  • This dish was very filling, but if you are
    IMG_7239 (1)
    1 cauliflower = shit ton of rice

    still missing your meat, I would definitely add some shrimp to it next time!

Check out the roasted root for more awesome recipes!

http://www.theroastedroot.net/category/paleo/

Don’t forget to drink a nice big glass of water before bed!!

-Audrey

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