Friday, September 28, 2012

Paleo Salmon with Avocado Tartar Sauce

We love fish in this house, and we try and eat it as often as our budget will allow, but you really have to pay attention to a few factors when standing at the fish counter.  Salmon is one of those that you'll probably have to ask your fish monger a lot of questions about.  Side note: Who has a fish monger these days? Not me, but I like using that term rather than the 'kid behind the fish case' because it sounds cooler and nostalgic, and I'm secretly hoping they'll actually have some decent information about the sea life they're peddling.

There are a ton of resources to find out about why we should not eat farmed salmon, but here are a few bullet points. This is hardly a complete list, but hopefully enough to start a conversation and desire for more research. 

*While farmed fish are fattier than wild, they have less Omega-3's (the good fats we get from fish)
*Farmed salmon have more diseases and lice than their wild counterparts
*What's added to those farmed salmon?  fire retardants, pesticides, antibiotics, copper sulfate, red dye...
*This study says that farmed salmon have high enough concentrations of these terrible things to actually cause cancer
*Farmed salmon eat corn (among other gross things)...if you don't eat corn, why should your food??

Here's another place to get some info.  I also use this app all the time when I'm dining out, buying fish, ordering sushi...

And now...a recipe for something delicious to put on that wild salmon! 

Tuesday, September 25, 2012

Paleo Campfire Cooking - Crab Fest

September is my favorite month.  The crowds are minimal but we still have great weather, fairly warm water and little wind. Capitalizing on the first official day of fall we went camping in Malibu with my brother-in-law and his girlfriend for a weekend of campfires, SUPing, and sleeping in tents.  We had some friends (a couple we met in Nicaragua coincidentally) stop by one night and had a big crab fest... blue crabs, sausage, potatoes all steamed in a pot and then something that resembled the apocalypse happening on the table.  It's messy and delicious and make you feel like a caveman eating everything with your hands.

After the jump is the recipe for my dad's crab sauce... a must when you're picking meat out of claws.

Tuesday, September 18, 2012

Paleo BLT Meatloaf it's really a BT meatloaf as I didn't have any lettuce in the house.  But if you wrapped it in some romaine it would probably be pretty tasty.  I will be making this again, so I'll let you know how it goes. We ate this with smashed sweet potatoes and grilled zucchini - definitely paleo comfort food!

Tuesday, September 11, 2012

Campfire Food - Surf & Turf

Just because you're sleeping outside in the woods doesn't mean you're relegated to eating Cup o' Noodles or hot dogs.  With a teeny bit of effort and some foil you can make your campfire a culinary platform that will rival a home kitchen.  We spent a long weekend in the Sequoias with friends and on our first night we had a little surf and turf under the stars. 

The menu:
Bacon wrapped filet
Garlic butter shrimp
Baked potato 

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