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Paleo Salmon Burgers

What’s happening?

To start out like everybody else, let’s talk about the weather. Ahh, summer has arrived here in Denmark and the weekend has been spent with my better half and his family… Eating ice cream on the beach, barbecuing, going for walks and cooking. I love summer, and it is finally here, again.

Also, last night was the Eurovision 2013, held in Malmo, Sweden. And well, if you didn’t watch… DENMARK WON :D I’m a major Eurovision fan and I was thrilled when more and more countries said “And 12 points go to…. Denmark!”. Oh, the joy. I love the song and had actually voted for it at the Danish Melody Grandprix, so I was a fan early on ;) Next year, the Eurovision will be held in Denmark. Last time we had that honor was in 2001, and it’s just too long ago! I’m already trying to figure out if I can go and see it live. Nerd!

So here’s a little Eurovision paleo meal for ya ;)

These salmon burgers are really really good, I’ve actually made them a bunch of times since I found the recipe on Pinterest.

The recipe can be found here:  http://www.barefoodcooking.com/vegetables/salmon-sweet-potato-cakes/

The only thing I didn’t do, was adding arrowroot, simply because I couldn’t find it. I tried so many health foods stores, but it was sold out, or they had never heard of it. Oh well, I’ll try again some other time. But the burgers were FINE without it, though a little fragile. They make break, but that’s fine, the taste is still divine.

Instead of a “normal” burger make-up, I used pan roasted eggplant as buns, and added tomato and a fried egg in the middle. Yummeeeee!

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Healthy picks from the past few weeks

Just wanted to share some pictures of delicious things I’ve been so lucky to be able to eat. Maybe there is some inspiration for you?

An incredible salad served at Rhode's Cafe in Aarhus

An incredible salad served at Rhode’s Cafe in Aarhus

 

A cup of herbal tea and some organic sugar-free fruit "candy"

A cup of herbal tea and some organic sugar-free fruit “candy”

My favorite breakfast: Skyr with nuts, seeds and fresh melon

My favorite breakfast: Skyr with nuts, seeds and fresh melon

Obsessed with this dessert: slices of banana with coconut flour, almond butter and 80% cocoa chocolate

Obsessed with this dessert: slices of banana with coconut flour, almond butter and 80% cocoa chocolate

Vegetarian sort-of Primal Chili Dogs

I am finally back! I have moved to a new place and was without internet for the first month… gahh! Therefore, no blogging for so long. But I have been able to listen to the radio, work out, read books and magazines, and of course COOK! It’s actually nice to be without a screen (I don’t have a TV either) when you get home from work. I feel like my brain and body has responded very positively, I have been less stressed and slept even better at night. Also, I have become part of the sect that is CROSSFIT ;) At my intro class, the trainer called it a sect because it’s such an addicting environment and atmosphere, and I must admit that I’ve become completely hooked. It also fits my Primal lifestyle very well, and I just feel it all harmonizing. My body is loving it.

So, since I haven’t had internet for a long time, I have a lot of stuff to post, but I found the pictures of this amazing chili dog that I made a few months ago that I never got around of posting. But that’s a shame because it was YUM!! I can only call it sort-of Primal because I used a vegetarian sausage that consists of Tofu (I use the organic brand Nagel), and for “ground meat” I also used a vegetarian version which consists of, among other things, soy (bought in a health-store in the frozen section, you can probably get something similar in Trader Joe’s if you’re from the States). Not Primal at all, BUT I didn’t use any bread, which is to make it a bit primal. My stomach reacts in a much more negative way to bread than to soy, so that’s why I was kinda like.. whatever :)

So those were my adjustments. For the full recipe, look here:   http://www.janssushibar.com/chili-dogs/  that’s where I found this fantastic recipe.

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Back to Basics

Ah! Hi! I have been gone for a little due to a trip to India. My better half and I went for 10 days. We attended a traditional Indian wedding for 3 days, and toured around Delhi, Agra, Jaipur and Udaipur. It is a beautiful and fascinating country. I L-O-V-E-D the food there, and constantly stuffed my mouth with rice, na’an and various vegetarian stews and chutneys. NOT VERY PALEO! But hey, it was vacation and I loved every minute of it. However, my body did not. I was on stomach meds for 4 days in a row, gained 3 pounds and got pimples all over my face… yuck! It proved my theory, which went something the lines of “Im gonna get bloated, gain weight and feel less energized”. Again, I didn’t care cause it was vacation and I knew (hoped) that as soon as I went home back to my primal rutines, it would all go away and I would be back to 3 pounds lighter, no bloatedness and clear skin. Thankfully, I was right; a week after we got home (and I had been eating primally again), my body was back to normal. Fantastic.

Below are some random food shots that can hopefully serve as inspiration for some casual, yet primal meals.

Good to be back!

Primal pancakes made from eggs, banana, protein powder... almond butter on top <3

Primal pancakes made from eggs, banana, protein powder… almond butter on top <3

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spoiled by mom on a Saturday morning: paleo breakfast, nothing better

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snacking: slices of apple with almond butter, 86% cocoa dark chocolate, raisins, almonds and sparkling water

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easy dinner or lunch: home-made tomato sauce, cherry tomatoes, fresh spinach, marinated garlic, pesto and cod fishcakes

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a BIG A** SALAD <3 special features: goat cheese feta, sun-dried tomatoes, pumpkin seeds, fresh spinach….

 

 

Skyr <3

Oh yes, the Icelandic know how to work their dairy. The result: skyr!

This delicous yogurt type-thing is PACKED with protein (as in: 100 grams of skyr contains 60 calories, 3,5 grams of carbs, 0,2 grams of fat and 11 grams OF PROTEIN!). Its texture is creamy and smooth and it works wonders in any person’s food-log. I have been trying to add more protein to my diet, and this superfood is certainly helping me out a great deal.

So, it is currently my new favorite breakfast… AND snack! Probably will eat it for dinner one day too, no judging. I add pumpkin seeds, chia seeds, flax seeds, a few cashew nuts and cinnamon.

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notice the protein burger bun with honey sneaking into this picture

notice the protein burger bun with honey sneaking into this picture

 

Protein Burger Buns

Gosh, sometimes you just need a burger! Like a real one, not one where the “buns” are bell pepper or zucchini.

I had one of those days last week, and also, my better half was getting a little tired of being my guinea pig (had tried some experimental recipes earlier that week, and he was in desperate need of some “normal” food, as he calls it), so I decided to make burgers. Ha, you know me well enough to guess that I obviously didn’t go to the supermarket to buy burger buns, ground beef, ketchup and cheese. Come on! Instead, I found this recipe on one of my new favorite blogs: http://proteinopskrifter.dk/okologisk-protein-burgerbolle-glutenfri

I changed it up a little bit, but the idea is the same.

Now, I thought, the person who made this recipe is a GUY so it will probably be accepted by my better half as well. You bet it did! He took a bite and his first words were: “These taste like regular bread!” Mission accomplished.

I actually made some pretty delicious crab cakes to put inside these burger buns (and instead of ketchup, I served garlic aioli, YUM!), but you’ll have to wait for the recipe for them… they were eaten so fast, I didn’t get to take any pictures. Next time!

You need:

  • 50 grams of quinoa flakes
  • 50 grams of chestnut flour (you can use buckwheat flour instead, that’s what the original recipe uses)
  • 250 grams of skyr (which is packed with protein)
  • 2 tablespoons of psyllium seed shells (in Denmark, use the brand HUSK)
  • 1 teaspoon of salt
  • 1 teaspoon of baking powder
  • Spices (I used oregano and pizza-spice, how original, I know)

Preparation:

1. Mix quinoa flakes and chestnut flour in a bowl.

2. Add salt, seed shells and spices. Mix with a large spoon.

3. Add skyr and mix until it all holds together pretty well.

4. Form buns out of the dough (this will make about 3 buns, depending on the size) and place them on a sheet of baking paper on a baking tray.

5. Bake them in the oven on 200 degress Celsius for about 25 minutes. You want them to look golden-ish.

6. Let them cool off… and done!

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Paleo Rice with Coconut/Curry/Aubergine/Mushroom Sauce

I’ve wanted to try this “paleo rice” for so long. In case you haven’t already heard of it, it’s cauliflower. Finely chopped. That’s it! So I’ve been wondering, is that really satisfying? Like zucchini spaghetti satisfies your pasta loving-heart? Yes! I love it.

This recipe popped up on one of my favorite blogs:

http://ourearthland.blogspot.dk/2013/01/green-curry-eggplant-and-mushroom-sauce.html and I immediately had to try it. I changed it up since I didn’t have the energy to make the green curry from scratch. So I bought some green curry paste (not very paleo, I know, sorry). My other change to the recipe is that I blended the mushrooms in the sauce instead of adding them as slices at the end. So my sauce isn’t green, it’s mushroom-colored :) Nevertheless, it was incredibly satisfying and something I will definitely turn to again.

Chopped cauliflower, carrots, celery and parsley. Finely chop! You can do it with a knife, you don't have to use a blender.

Chopped cauliflower, carrots, celery and parsley. Finely chop! You can do it with a knife, you don’t have to use a blender.

 

beautiful colors

beautiful colors

 

Cauliflower rice with Coconut/curry/mushroom/aubergine sauce

Cauliflower rice with Coconut/curry/mushroom/aubergine sauce

 

chillax ;)

chillax ;)

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