Pan Seared Creole Tilapia

We’ve been making a lot of recipes from the 21 DSD program and our favorite Paleo sites lately (PaleOMG, Primal Palate, Mark’s Daily Apple, etc.). So, tonight for dinner, I wanted to be a little creative. Ok, maybe creole tilapia isn’t all that creative… but at least it isn’t something we’ve found on any other specifically Paleo website, so there!

The best part is, this recipe is really quick and easy.

Ingredients

  • 2-4 Tilapia fillets
  • 1 Tablespoon coconut oil (or extra virgin olive oil)
  • 1/2 Tablespoon onion powder
  • 1/2 Tablespoon garlic powder
  • 1/2 Tablespoon dried oregano
  • 1/2 Tablespoon dried basil
  • 3/4 teaspoon thyme
  • 3/4 teaspoon black pepper
  • 3/4 teaspoon white pepper (If you don’t have white pepper, you can just double up on the black pepper; personally, I can’t taste the difference.)
  • 3/4 teaspoon cayenne
  • 5 teaspoons paprika
  • 2 teaspoons salt
  • lemon wedges (optional, for garnish)
Method
  1. Blend all the spices together in a small bowl.
  2. Dredge the tilapia fillets in the spices. Make sure both sides of each fillet are fully covered in the spice rub.
  3. Heat the oil over medium-high flame.
  4. Cook each fillet for 2-3 minutes per side. (If your fillets happen to be thicker than 3/4 of an inch, you may need to let them cook longer per side.)
As you can see, I paired my creole tilapia with roasted sweet potato and asparagus because that’s what we had in the house that needed to be used. However, I think sautéed kale would have been better than asparagus. You could also serve this over cauliflower “rice” instead of with sweet potatoes.
Did I mention this was delicious? I love, love, love a good cajun or creole dish (yes, they are different, if only slightly). One of these days, I’m going to try making dirty rice from scratch… and make it paleo-friendly, of course. Anyways, until I get around to figuring that out, I hope you find this quick and easy tilapia recipe a good way to get your Louisiana fix. 😉
For the heat seekers: To get a really good bite, use 1/4 to 1/2 teaspoon more of the cayenne, garlic and pepper.
P.S. This recipe is Paleo, Whole30 and 12 DSD friendly. Enjoy!

Dairy-Free Mocha Latte

I’m working from home this morning and with the sudden onset of dreary weather (the past few days have been in the 80’s and bright, but this morning it was a chill 57 and grey out), I was in the mood for something warm and comforting. “Coffee?” I thought, “No… Maybe tea? No. Maybe, later.” I sighed, I wanted something but I wasn’t sure what. So I tidied up my breakfast dishes and started to make my way downstairs to my office.


Now, I know from experience that hot chocolate made with coconut milk and baking cocoa powder isn’t naturally sweet (I foolishly thought it might be the first time I made it, haha). So, I knew I would have to add something… sugar, maple syrup, stevia, honey…? I decided on raw honey because maple just didn’t make sense, sugar didn’t sound appealing at all (in fact, the past few months, every time I’ve had the opportunity to use sugar, I’ve felt somewhat adverse to it because of this vague sense that it’s “fake,” but I’m not really sure where that came from, lol), and stevia leaves a weird chemical taste in my mouth.
So, here we go… my attempt at a dairy-free mocha latte. 🙂
Ingredients and Tools (yeilds 2 6-oz mugs)
  • approx. 10 oz of coffee
  • approx. 2 oz of coconut milk
  • 1 teaspoon raw honey
  • 1.5 teaspoons baking cocoa
  • a blender (I actually used our MagicBullet, but you could use a regular blender, immersion blender, etc.) OR just a jar or cup with tight sealing lid
 Method
  1. Put all ingredients in the blender.
  2. Mix it up really well.
  3. Serve, sip and savor!

Then, I suddenly remembered we had coconut milk in the refrigerator, leftover from my attempt to make icing for carrot cupcakes this weekend. “I could make hot chocolate! Oh, but I could really use some caffeine… Mocha latte! Yay!”

Homemade Ghee

From what Brent and I have read, clarified butter and ghee are more or less the same thing; and what we’ve noticed is that ghee can be expensive and somewhat hard to find, depending on where you live. So, what did we decide to do? Make our own. 🙂


While Brent was at work on Saturday, I tried my hand at making ghee. It was really easy! Here are the two sources I used today to guide my ghee making adventure:


I clarified 4 sticks of unsalted butter (2 cups) and ended up with 13 ounces (1.625 or approx. 1 and 1/3 cups) of ghee. So far, I’ve used it in a number of dishes and I think its tastes and behaves just like the ghee we bought at the store. 🙂

This is the ghee we normally purchase at the store.
The butter cooking down.
After I spooned off most of the foam.
The straining is complete!
I was able to reuse the jar from the store-bought ghee and it was just the right size (13 oz).
The final product, cooled and sealed and ready for use! 🙂

 

Quick and Easy Bacon Burgers

This recipe is one of our all-time favorite burger recipes.  Growing up both with families from the Midwest, grilling and hamburgers are staples of the American diet.  We originally posted this recipe back in April of 2012, just 2 months into our paleo, real-food journey.  Boy has a lot changed, and the look of this post (and the recipe) needed a little revision.

These are super easy and can be put together in under a half-hour, especially if you’re making a half-recipe or using an outdoor grill.  The chipotle chili pepper powder is totally optional, but it does add a nice flavor to the burgers.

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Boneless Pork Ribs with Paleo Hoisin Sauce

As we already mentioned in O-M-G we’ve moved to MD, last week and this weekend were full of the moving insanity. So, even though we cooked some Paleo-friendly meals, we fell off the beaten path quite a lot. Thank goodness we’re back to our normal, healthy, Paleo-centered eating this week. I feel so much better than I did last week, and it’s not just because I’m not sore from lifting boxes and furniture anymore.

So, here is one of those delicious Paleo meals from last week…. It’s a spin off Norah’s Asian Boneless Pork Ribs, which we stumbled across while combing the web for something inspiring to do with our boneless pork ribs. We were pleasantly surprised by how tasty this was, especially since we made the hoisin sauce from scratch!

Ingredients

  • 2/3 cup homemade hoisin sauce
  • 1/4 cup pineapple juice
  • 2 tablespoons coconut aminos
  • 2 tablespoons coconut vinegar
  • 2 tablespoons sesame oil
  • 1/2 teaspoon fresh ginger, minced
  • 1 each garlic clove, minced
  • approx. 3 lbs of boneless pork ribs

Method

  1. Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F.
  2. Bake the pork ribs uncovered in a baking dish or pan for 60 minutes.
  3. Meanwhile, wisk the homemade hoisin sauce, pineapple juice, coconut aminos, coconut vinegar, sesame oil, ginger and garlic in a small bowl. Cover with saran wrap and set aside for later.
  4. Once the pork has baked for an hour, take it out and carefully drain the excess grease. (I asked Brent to help me with this–he kept the pork from sliding out with a big flipping spatula while I used oven mits to pick up and tip the pyrex pan until most of the grease drizzled out. Then, I carefully wiped the edges, sides and bottom of the pan to make sure grease wasn’t going to drip off and into our oven.)
  5. Pour the hoisin sauce mixture over the ribs.
  6. Cover the dish completely, then back for another 30 minutes.
  7. Serve and enjoy on it’s own or over a bed of califlower “rice”.
As you can see, our ribs were a little crammed into the baking dish. But it still worked!
The super yummy finished product!
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