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Tuesday, April 12, 2016

Paleo for Kids Series Part 2

Paleo Kid Friendly Recipes

In Paleo for Kids part 1, I talked about what to eat and what not to eat when starting a Paleo way of eating. Today I'm going to cover a day's menu of Paleo meals.


Paleo Breakfast Idea

Green Scrambled Eggs

Servings: 2-4
Preparation time: 10 minutes
Cooking time: 5-10 minutes

Ingredients:
4 large eggs, at room temperature
4 large leaves of spinach or kale
1-2 Tablespoons of olive oil
Sea salt, to taste

Directions:
Puree the spinach leaves with 1 Tablespoon olive oil.  Pour into a bowl and beat in four eggs. Add a pinch of sea salt. Mix together until completely smooth.

Once the mixture is well blended, place a pan on stove. Grease the pan with the other 1 tablespoon oil. Allow to heat and pour in beaten eggs and spinach mix. Scramble until cooked through. Serve immediately.

Eggs are acceptable in the Paleo diet so try adding some fun vegetables and creating faces!

Paleo Lunch Idea

Paleo Shrimp Spring Roll

Servings: 6

Ingredients:
6 whole romaine lettuce leaves
6 medium sized uncooked shrimps
1/2 of a large sized cucumber, peeled, seeded and sliced thinly
4-5 cherry or grape tomatoes cut in half
1 large carrot, peeled and very thinly sliced
2 green onions, thinly sliced

Directions:
Wash lettuce leaves and dry.
Now take the shrimps and devein.  Heat up a skillet and fill it up with a few Tablespoons of water.  Drop the halved shrimps in the skillet and steam with the lid on for 2 minutes.  Cut the shrimps in half lengthwise through the vein after those cool down and set aside.
Lay a lettuce leaf down and add shrimp.  Top with carrot, green onion and cucumber slices.  Start rolling the leaves.  Serve with any type of dipping sauce.

Paleo Dinner Idea

Paleo Egg Drop Soup

Servings: 4

Ingredients:
5 Cups homemade chicken broth
4 large eggs, whisked with water
1 1/2 Tablespoons arrowroot powder
A dash of sea salt
2-3 green onions, chopped
1 teaspoon minced garlic
A dash of ground black pepper

Directions:

Whisk the eggs with 1 Tablespoon of water in a bowl.  Set aside.  Pour the chicken stock into a stockpot by reserving 1/2 Cup of it.  Turn up the heat to high and dissolve the green onions, sea salt and black pepper in the stock.
Cook the stock on high heat for a few minutes. Dissolve the arrowroot powder in the remaining stock and add it to the soup in the stockpot.
Lower the flame to medium and boil the soup for 2 minutes.  Then pour the beaten eggs mixture slowly in the soup while swirling the soup with a ladle or wooden spoon.  

Paleo Snack Idea

Pumpkin Seeds

Servings: 1 cup

Ingredients:
1 Cup dried pumpkin seeds
1 teaspoon paprika
Sea salt, to taste
1/2 Cup paleo vinegar
2 Tablespoons olive oil

Directions:
If not using packaged pumpkin seeds you’ll need to prepare fresh seeds from a pumpkin. Start with removing the seeds from a pumpkin. Roll them out on a baking sheet and leave them under the sun for a few days to dry.  Once dry, remove the shell of the seeds and rinse the seeds under cold running water. Pat dry the pumpkin seeds with the help of paper towels and spread them back on the baking sheet to dry overnight.

Next day, prepare the oven by setting it at 350 degrees Fahrenheit.

Mix sea salt and paprika in a bowl.  Set aside.  Drizzle the olive oil over the pumpkin seeds and toss by hand to coat the seeds nice and evenly with the oil.  Transfer the oil coated seeds to the bowl of paprika and sea salt and give a generous toss to coat the seeds with the spice mixture.

Spread the pumpkin seeds on the baking sheet.  Pop the baking sheet into the prepared oven and bake for 10 minutes.  Give a light stir to the seeds and bake for another 5 minutes.

Once done, give a final stir to the seeds mixture and bake for an additional 5 minutes to finish off.   




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