Thursday, 1 May 2014

Paleo fast food

03:29 Posted by Dhaval Bhandari
Whether you are looking for something for a quick bite your next family gathering or you are in need of a dish to take to a church potluck or family picnic, these paleo fast food recipes for are perfect. From casseroles to stuffed peppers, these recipes are both unique and delicious. The best part about these snack recipes is that, in most cases, the ingredients are interchangeable – if you do not have zucchini on hand, for example, you can substitute another type of in-season squash. Not only are these recipes easy and healthy, but they are a great way to use up the leftovers from your vegetable garden harvest. If you do not grow your own vegetables at home, check out your local farmer’s market to find some fresh produce.

Paleo Fast Food: Sweet Potato Casserole

paleo fast food

This recipe for sweet potato casserole is the perfect way to serve sweet potatoes. With only a few minutes of preparation required, you will have a hot, delicious bowl full of tender sweet potatoes. Try out this recipe at your next friends or family gathering or save it for a special occasion like Thanksgiving. Do not be afraid to experiment, either – try adding some chopped nuts or dried fruit for extra flavor!

Number of Servings:  6
Prep Time:  10 Minutes

Ingredients:

  • 6 sweet potatoes, peeled and sliced
  • 2 medium onions, diced
  • 8 eggs
  • ½ tsp. paprika
  • Salt and pepper to taste


Instructions:

  1. Coat the inside of your paleo slow cooker recipes with cooking spray.
  2. Peel the sweet potatoes and slice them into 1/8th inch slices then line the bottom of your slow cooker with the slices. Create as many layers as you need, alternating the direction of the slices on each layer.
  3. Beat the eggs together with the paprika, salt and pepper in a medium bowl.
  4. Pour the egg mixture into the bowl.
  5. Cover and cook on LOW heat for 5 to 6 hours or until the sweet potatoes are tender.
  6. Turn off the vessel and cool for 30 minutes before serving.


Nutritional Information:
225 calories, 63 calories from fat, 11 g protein, 30 g carbohydrates, 7 g fat, 8 g sugar.

Cooking Tips:  If you want to sweeten your casserole, feel free to drizzle some organic honey over each layer of sweet potato slices. You can also consider adding some raisins or another dried fruit to the mixture in slow cooker.

Paleo Fast Food: Zucchini Casserole

Zucchini Casserole

Growing your own produce can be a wonderful experience and an inexpensive way to get fresh, organic produce. If you are not careful, however, you may end up with an abundance of produce that you do not know what to do with. If you have found yourself in this boat with your zucchini plants, this recipe for zucchini casserole is the perfect solution. Serve up this dish
with dinner at home or bring it to your next potluck dinner.

Number of Servings:  10
Prep Time:  15 Minutes

Ingredients:

  • 2 medium zucchinis, sliced
  • 2 medium yellow squash, sliced
  • 1 medium red onion, sliced
  • 1 red pepper, julienned
  • 1 lb. tomatoes, diced
  • 1 tsp. salt
  • ½ tsp. pepper
  • 1 tbsp. coconut oil


Instructions:

  1. Combine the zucchini, squash, onion, peppers and tomatoes in the bowl.
  2. Sprinkle with salt and pepper. 
  3. Cover and cook on LOW heat for 3 hours.
  4. Remove the lid and drizzle the coconut oil on top of the vegetables in the cooker.
  5. Cover again and cook on LOW for an additional hour.

Nutritional Information:
45 calories, 18 calories from fat, 2g protein, 7 g carbohydrates, 2 g fat, 4 g sugar.

Paleo Fast Food: Stuffed Peppers

Stuffed Peppers

Though often served as an entrée, stuffed peppers also make a wonderful side dish for dinner parties and potluck dinners. To truly make this dish a side dish rather than an entrée, use small bell peppers rather than large ones. If you grow your own peppers at home, pick the peppers when they reach about 3 inches in diameter.

Number of Servings:  6
Prep Time:  10 Minutes

Ingredients:

  • 8 small bell peppers, any color
  • ½ head cauliflower
  • ½ lb. grass-fed ground beef
  • ½ lb. lean ground turkey
  • 1 onion, diced
  • 3 cloves garlic, minced
  • 1 (6 oz.) can tomato paste
  • ¼ cup water
  • 1 tbsp. Italian seasoning

Instructions:

  1. Cut the cauliflower into florets and pulse it in a food processor along with the onions and garlic. 
  2. Slice the tops off the peppers and remove the seeds, preserving the top of the pepper.
  3. Combine the pulsed vegetables with the ground meat, tomato paste, Italian seasoning, salt and pepper in a medium bowl. 
  4. Stuff the meat mixture into the peppers and replace the tops.
  5. Arrange the stuffed peppers and pour the water into the slow cooker around them.
  6. Cover and cook on LOW heat for 6 to 8 hours.

Nutritional Information:
189 calories, 45 calories from fat, 20 g protein, 9 g carbohydrates, 5 g fat, 5 g sugar

Paleo Fast Food: Lemon Brussels Sprouts

Lemon Brussels Sprouts

Brussels sprouts are an underappreciated vegetable but, when cooked properly, they can be quite delicious. This recipe for lemon Brussels sprouts yields four servings of tender, flavorful Brussels sprouts that make a wonderful side dish for virtually any meal. After trying this recipe once you may find that you like it so much you turn it into a meal on its own!

Number of Servings:  4
Prep Time:  10 Minutes

Ingredients:

  • 2 lbs. Brussels sprouts
  • 1 red onion, diced
  • 3 small lemons
  • 3 tbsp. coconut oil
  • Salt and pepper to taste
  • 1/2 cup water


Instructions:

  1. Wash the Brussels sprouts then trim off the ends and cut them in half. Place them in the cooker.
  2. Add the diced onions to the bowl, stirring them into the Brussels sprouts.
  3. Drizzle the coconut oil over top of the ingredients in the vessel and season with salt and pepper to taste.
  4. Squeeze the lemons over the ingredients in the slow cooker then stir to evenly distribute the juice.
  5. Pour in ½ cup water then cover and cook on LOW heat for 4 to 5 hours or on HIGH heat for 2 to 3 hours.

Nutritional Information:
185 calories, 99 calories from fat, 9 g protein, g carbohydrates, 11 g fat, 4 g sugar.

Paleo Fast Food: Glazed Carrots

Glazed Carrots

These carrots are subtly sweetened with honey which helps to bring out the natural flavor of these fresh, wonderful vegetables. If you have picky eaters in your household who do not like to eat their vegetables, these glazed carrots may be enough to tempt them. Not only are these carrots incredibly flavorful, but they are also very easy to prepare.

Number of Servings:  6
Prep Time:  10 Minutes

Ingredients:

  • 2 lb. baby carrots
  • ¼ cup organic honey
  • 1 ½ cups water
  • 2 tbsp. coconut butter
  • Salt and pepper to taste

Instructions:

  1. Place the carrots in the slow cooker and cover with water
  2. Cover and cook on LOW heat for 6 to 8 hours or until the carrots are tender.
  3. Drain the water from the slow cooker and stir in the honey, coconut butter, salt and pepper.
  4. Cover again and cook on LOW heat for 30 minutes until the honey melts into a glaze.

Nutritional Information:
133 calories, 27 calories from fat, 2 g protein, 27 g carbohydrates, 3 g fat, 20 g sugar.

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