Ok, so I know I write a food blog and am supposed to be eating gourmet meals all the time and all, but the reality is that half the time I'm throw meals together in rush with no direction. My lunches are often random compilations of leftovers, the makings of a salad, or other snacks. My desire to eat real food out weighs my desire to eat a typical sack lunch, so I prefer the random lunch anyways!
When lunch time rolls around, I can almost guarantee it will go one of two ways.
Some days I go to heat up my lunch, and I'm super excited to eat it because it's delicious leftovers. Someone else walks into the kitchen, and asks me what I'm having for lunch. They know I write a food blog--they know that I'm probably super excited about what I'm having for lunch- so it's a loaded question. When I have great leftovers, answering feels a bit like bragging. It feels just enough like bragging that I almost (almost) feel bad about it.
The second scenario happens on days when I'm running out the door in a rush and throw together some mis-matched items to make a "lunch". You know what I'm talking about. It's something like a spinach-carrot-bell pepper salad with the last of the leftover chicken and a sprinkle of nuts. Or a half-full tupperware of soup, a few veggies on the side, and a heaping of "gosh I hope I have some good snacks in my drawer at work" wishes. When people ask what I have for lunch on those days, I feel like shrinking on the inside. Er... um... well, I have a leftover burger on a pile of arugula which is totally dry because we were out of oil and vinegar. Jealous, aren't you?
Those days are a total bummer.
Those are the days that I'm most desperate for quick, easy meals that are no brainers. Preferably the also require minimal cleaning. Those are the days I'm most desperate for a cookbook like One-Pot Paleo: Simple to Make, Delicious to Eat and Gluten-free to Boot. Have you heard of it? It's a new cookbook by Jenny from Paleo Foodie Kitchen. Not only is the book full of simple to make delicious meals, it's also full of photos. And if there's one thing I look for in a cookbook is it's photos (big, bright, full page photos). Jenny manages to make her totally approachable meals also totally drool worthy-- a sweet spot, it you ask me.
This cookbook's publisher sent me this book to review. Opinions are all my own. Supporting fellow healthy food bloggers is something I love to do!
Serves: 4 | Total Time:
- 1 tablespoon ghee or bacon fat
- 3 cloves garlic,minced
- 1 cup sweet onions, chopped
- 1 pound ground pork
- 1 cup carrots, chopped
- 3 tablespoon coconut aminos
- 1 teaspoon fish sauce
- 1/4 teaspoon coarse ground black pepper
- 2 large eggs
- 4 cups cauliflower rice (run cauliflower floret through the cheese grate attachment of your food processor)
- 1/2 cup green onions, chopped
- Add ghee to a wok over medium-high heat. Add the garlic and onions & saute for 3 minutes. Add the ground pork and cook for 7-8 minutes while breaking apart big pieces with the back of a wooden spoon.
- Stir in the carrots and season with the coconut aminos, fish sauce and black pepper. Remove from the wok and set aside in a bowl. Crack the eggs into the wok and scramble for 1 minute. Return the pork mixture to the pan and stir together with the eggs. Add the cauliflower rice and green onions. Mix until everything is thoroughly combined. Cook for 5 minutes until cauliflower is soft but not mushy.
- Top with more green onions before serving.