I was blessed to be born on the beautiful island of Jamaica. August 6th was Jamaican Independence Day. In honor of this day, I have included some links to yummy Jamaican recipes.
I come from a line of Jamaican women who cook really well. They however, rarely follow recipes but the food is always ABSOLUTELY DELICIOUS! My mom came over this week to teach my first born how to cook some basic Jamaican food (perhaps she can capture some measurements from Grandma).
In the meantime I recently found the website Cook like a Jamaican. They have a host of delicious recipes that can easily be altered to become Paleo friendly.
Visit this link for Jamaican Curry Chicken Recipe. I typically omit the potatoes when making curry chicken. This dish is traditionally served with rice. However to make it more paleo friendly you can serve it with cauliflower rice and a salad.
I love love love Jamaican beef patties, they bring back many fond memories of going to Morant Bay when I was a child and getting a beef patty after we were finished shopping at the market. Here is a recipe for a paleo beef patty.
Do you enjoy Jamaican food? Leave a comment and let me know.
When the weather permits, I grill my meats. Grilling is fairly easy and delicious. This week I put quite a few things on the grill and it lasted for four days. I love using these all natural fire starters for my charcoal grill. These fire starters are great and they provide employment for individuals with disabilities.
Below are some recipes for the grill.
What are some of your favorite things to put on the grill?
It has been my desire to include more recipes on my blog. At the end of each week, I plan to post what I cooked. Pray for me that I will be consistent…PLEASE and THANK YOU! Here we go!
Slow cooked ribs (these are a huge hit in our house)
1. Preheat oven or tabletop roaster to 250.
2. Season the ribs with salt and pepper or seasoning of choice.
3. Put ribs in baking dish, meat side down.
4. Use aluminum foil to cover dish before placing in oven. Use roaster cover if you are using tabletop roaster.
5. Check ribs after 4 hours, they should be tender.
6. Drain drippings, flip ribs over and coat with barbecue sauce. You can make your own if you are feeling ambitious. When I don’t have the time, I use the trader Joe’s brand.
I have tried cooking ribs on the grill and they always turn out chewy. They are ALWAYS tender and delicious when I use this slow cooked method.
I used this beef shank recipe and served it with roasted mini potatoes.
I also made this chicken breast recipe suggested by a good friend. It was super easy and delicious. To continue with the theme of easy, I just cut the chicken up and put it on top of a bed of premade salad mix from Costco.
What delicious recipes did you make this week? Leave a comment and let me know.
As mentioned in this video, I have started my third round of the Whole30. The older kids were on board, but all abandoned ship except for one. I have pulled most of the children in the kitchen to help with preparing the meals, especially the sauces. Our family love sauce on EVERYTHING! We try to make at least three Whole30 approved sauces at the beginning of each week.
Most of our sauces use mayo as a base. You can view this video or visit this site for how to make homemade mayo. This is a great ranch dressing recipe . You can also visit this site for other creative ideas on what to add to the mayo to make your mouth sing. We made this Whole30 Ketchup. I added 4 medjool dates to the recipe along with more water to make it smoother. While it doesn’t taste like conventional ketchup, it was super easy to make and everyone enjoyed it.
Below are some simple breakfast recipes (some can also be packed in lunch boxes).
Ham and egg cups (we have done these with bacon and it is absolutely delicious).
Since I have gone Paleo, my children have not been happy about the absence of bread from our household; especially the missing tooth child pictured above. She is not thrilled with the idea of bringing a chicken leg for lunch. She has a field trip tomorrow and is begging me to make a sandwich for her sack lunch. So today this mama got in the kitchen and made a Paleo friendly bread. It is super easy to make. I modified the original recipe and it was a total hit with the younger three. Let us hope their older sister shares the same sentiments. This recipe is not Whole30 approved because they discourage you from making any Paleo version of all off limits food; bread being one of them. For those doing the Whole30, I will post more approved recipes this week to make up for it. Deal? Ok! Glad we are friends again. Now for the recipe.
Simple Paleo Plantain Bread
Be adventurous and experiment with different seasonings.
I must add that this is more like a flat bread, but it is still yummy!