If you’re on a Palaeolithic (Paleo, for short) diet, there's probably a list of foods that you've given up, albeit in the name of better health and more energy. We're guessing Chinese food is probably on the list. But, we've got good news... it doesn't have to be.
The Paleo diet means going back to a simpler form of eating—when humans actually hunted and scavenged for their food. "Paleo" eating is a nomadic, hunter-gatherer diet that cuts out grains, dairy, sugar, alcohol, corn, white potatoes, peanut, any processed food or refined food—pretty much a no-fun diet. So, what on earth are you going to eat?
Plenty! A clean diet doesn’t have to be boring. Paleo pushes for more protein, fewer carbs, and a moderate intake of healthy fats, grass-fed meats, nuts, greens, and seeds, while eliminating dairy, grains, legumes, refined sugars, and salt. It seems that this clean, low-carb diet can have multiple health and weight loss benefits.
So, back to the question at hand: how can you get your Asian food-fix while sticking to a Paleo diet? To answer, we have to thank 16-year-old Heather Resler, a blogger who loves to cook and eat healthy. She shares her Paleo adventures (and cooking experiments) on her blog Cook It Up Paleo.
SPICY CASHEW BEEF WITH SWEET POTATO NOODLES
- 2 tbsp coconut oil
- 1 red onion, sliced
- 4 carrots, sliced
- 3 celery ribs, sliced
- 1 tbsp minced garlic
- 1-1/2 pounds sirloin steak, cut into thin strips
- 12 oz. fresh mushrooms, sliced
- 2 cups broccoli florets
- 1-1/2 cup cauliflower florets
- 1/2 cup sliced sweet peppers
- 2/3 cup chopped raw cashews
- Salt and pepper to taste
- 3-4 tbsp wheat-free tamari
- 1 tbsp toasted sesame oil
- 1/2 to 1 tbsp red pepper flakes
- 1 avocado, sliced
- 3 sweet potatoes/yams, made into noodles with vegetable peeler
- Heat up a large skillet and melt the coconut oil. Add the onion, celery, carrots, and garlic. Sauté until the onion is translucent. Salt and pepper to taste.
- Add the steak and cook until it is about halfway cooked.
- Add in the mushrooms, cauliflower, broccoli, peppers, and cashews. Add salt and pepper to taste.
- Sauté until the veggies are cooked and meat is done.
- Mix in the tamari, sesame oil, and red pepper flakes. Saute a couple minutes more.
- Boil a large pot of water and add the sweet potato “noodles”. Boil just a couple minutes and drain in a colander.
- Serve the beef over the sweet potato noodles, topped with avocado.