Sunday, May 13, 2012

Paleo Man

K and I entered uncharted territory this week.  After the latest PT test and a confrontation with some numbers he'd rather not see again, K has decided to go Paleo.  No, that doesn't mean he's going to act like a caveman; but he does plan to eat like one.  Kind of.  I'm still trying to figure out what this new food plan entails (and how long it's going to last).  Apparently it's about limiting carbs and sugars, and eating more lean protein.  I'm all about trying to find delicious meals that are also healthful, so I'm kind of liking the challenge of this new Paleo-esque diet.  Here's what we came up with for dinner last night . . .

Grilled Chicken with Avocado Salsa and Black Bean and Corn Quinoa.
It kind of looks like a hot mess, but it was a delicious combination of flavors and we enjoyed every bite.

Grilled Chicken with Avocado Salsa

chicken breasts
Tony Chachere's Spice n' Herb Seasoning (a gift from some sweet friends that we are loving!)

Season your chicken with s+p and some Tony Chachere's and throw it on the grill.  Once it's cooked let it rest for a few minutes to let the juices settle, slice and top with avocado salsa.  I totally cheated and used something store bought -Wright's of Texas Fresh Green Salsa- but, y'all this is seriously the most delicious salsa you have ever tasted.  If you live within 20 miles of a Central Market, I suggest you head on over and grab a jar.

Black Bean and Corn Quinoa

1 tsp vegetable oil
1 onion, chopped
3 cloves garlic, peeled and chopped
3/4 cup uncooked quinoa
1 1/2 cups vegetable broth
1 tsp ground cumin
1/8 tsp cayenne pepper
s+p to taste
1 cup frozen corn kernels
2 (15 oz) cans black beans, rinsed and drained
1/2 cup fresh cilantro, chopped

Heat vegetable oil over medium high heat in a medium saucepan.  Add onion and garlic and sauteed until browned.  Stir in uncooked quinoa and pour vegetable broth to cover.  Add cumin, cayenne and s+p to taste and bring to a boil.  Cover and simmer for about 20 minutes.  Stir in frozen corn and simmer for another 5 minutes until corn is heated through.  Stir in black beans and cilantro and serve hot.

Wish me luck as I try to cook Paleo (or low carb or whatever) for the next month or so!  Considering night two of the Paleo man diet consisted of pasta, I think I'm going to be a bit of a stumbling block to K's new diet ; )

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