NOM NOM PALEO (FOOD FOR HUMANS) | COOKBOOK REVIEW
Cookbook & App: nom nom paleo (FOOD FOR HUMANS) by Michelle Tan & Henry Fong
A list of what I've made from this book & app (from 8/1 - 8/28):
Magic Mushroom Powder (something like it)
Easy Cauliflower "RICE"
Walnut Prawns (sort of)
Crispy Smashed Chicken
Salsa Roja Asada
Aji Verde Chili Sauce
Slow Cooker Kalua Pig
Crispy Roast Pork Belly
Stir-Fried Kelp Noodles (couldn't find kelp, but found Miracle Noodles, very similar)
Pressure Cooker Oxtails
Mexican Braised Beef
Slow Cooker Lemongrass & Coconut Chicken
That's impressive, huh?! Some of the dishes were so good, I had to make them again. Some will definitely be part of our family's reportoire of recipes. And some, just didn't make the cut.
Overall, this cookbook is entertaining and educational. I've learned so much: new cooking techniques, new ingredients and a new way of looking at food. Thank you Nom Nom Paleo! This book also got me over my fear of the pressure cooker. The recipes are easy to follow and quite tasty.
Michelle Tam, the person behind Nom Nom Paleo, took the time to share her personal stories and adventures into cooking and eating. Along with Henry Fong, her husband, there are multiple pictures to illustrate each step in the cooking process, which is helpful, especially to those that are inexperienced in the kitchen.
I much prefer the book then the app, where I can read everything on one page, unlike the app you're scrolling sometimes back and forth between the images. Note, some recipes listed in the app are not in the cookbook.
Y'all have already read my post on Magic Wings and my set backs associated with it; but in the end, they turned out fantastic!
With the Mexican Braised Beef, I decided to turn that meal into a "Taco Night." That's better than saying, "Lettuce Wrap Night." I made this twice because part of the braising method includes salsa. The first time with the Salsa Roja Asada (can't get any better than this) as recommended by the recipe on the app. The second time, I used my favorite bottle of salsa, La Costena's Homestyle Mexican Salsa. To add to the depth of flavor, both times I browned the meat for a few minutes, unlike the recipe. We much prefer the fresh salsa with this recipe! Definitely a winner! Overall time: 4 hours.
This Cherry Chicken, was slightly sweet, you could taste the cherries but not as much as I would've liked. Perhaps its due to the fact I used frozen cherries (you had the option of frozen or fresh) and I didn't marinate for 12 hours, only the minimum of six hours. Also, I didn't have time to pit the fresh cherries so I went with the frozen. Overall time: 8 hours (this includes at least 6 hours of marinating)
Crispy Roast Pork Belly was to die for! Succulent, full of flavor, melt in your mouth goodness. If you are a fan of pork belly, you have to try this recipe. The marinade with the five spice powder, honey and apple-cider vinegar is not overpowering just the right marriage to this lovely piece of meat. Definitely making this again. Overall time: 20 hours (this includes refrigeration overnight)
Oh the Walnut Prawns, looks simple right? Looks can be deceiving I tell you! Delicious, just like the real thing, but it had so many steps. I had to make the paleo mayonnaise for the sauce. The walnuts, I'll admit I didn't have any maple syrup, I thought I did, so I used balsamic vinegar and it was still good. I had to cook the walnuts in the oven before adding it to the final dish. The shrimp, I removed the shell and deveined them all. I guess could've spent more money to get the hard work (shrimp that's been shelled and deveined) out of the way. I had to whisk the egg white until frothy for the batter to go along with the shrimp. Will I make this again? Most likely, yes. Overall time: 1 1/2 hours.
Pressure Cooker Oxtails or Osso Bucco, this has to be some sort of an Italian dish, I don't remember if it is. All I know, is that we love it, both with beef shanks (osso bucco) and oxtails. The first time I made it, the grocery store was out of oxtail. So I used beef shanks. Improvise! The star of this is not the meat, but the pressure cooker. Let's just say, this dish was quite expensive because I bought Calphalon's Pressure Cooker. Thank goodness for Bed, Bath & Beyond's 20% off coupon. Everyone should own a pressure cooker. Overall time: 1 hour.
A couple of years ago, we were introduced to Miracle Noodles, shirataki noodles (zero carbs, zero calories, no soy, no wheat, no gluten and kosher. I used Miracle noodles for this Beef Stir-fry Noodles, because I couldn't find kelp noodles. Also, I used bok choy instead of broccoli. Broccoli gives me indigestion. This was easy to make, and tasty! Quite honestly, it was like eating a form of pancit (noodles in the Philippines). Overall time: 45 minutes.
Aji Chili Verde Sauce has the right balance of herbs and hotness from the jalapeno. It's refreshing on the palate, thanks to the mint and basil in the mix. This too, also asks for paleo mayonnaise. I served this sauce with my Everyday Roasted Chicken. Another sauce to keep in the back of your head! Overall time: 15 minutes.
Lastly, Paleo is not cheap! It is quite expensive from the ingredients to the tools, to make real food taste that damn good. Cooking this way is labor-intensive and somewhat time consuming. Tools to make it easier for you include: food processor, blender, immersion blender, pressure cooker and crockpot. You have to take the time to plan out your dish.
My journey with paleo is not over, I'm still going to try other recipes from this way of eating. But I'm also going to make whatever is good for me and my family.