30 Day Paleo Challenge: Days 3 & 4… Epic Paleo Dinner
Cauliflower is totally having a moment.
I’m obsessed. A few years ago, Kale was all the rage. Now it seems like Cauliflower is all over the world (and by the world I clearly mean the big world of food blogs and Pinterest). Since I’ve been eating the same things for breakfast and lunch that past few days (Day 1 and Day 2), I decided I needed to make something awesome for dinner and cauliflower would be included, because all the cool kids are doing it.
Jesse and I have dinner together pretty much every Wednesday night, so this seemed like a good opportunity to show off my paleo cooking skills.
Chicken and Sage Mushrooms over Cauliflower Puree
inspired sorta by Real Simple
1 head of Cauliflower, chopped
2 slices of bacon
3-4 boneless skinless chicken thighs*
10 oz sliced mushrooms (I used baby bellas)
1 tbsp fresh chopped sage
1 clove of garlic, chopped
1 tbsp chopped parsley
Put cauliflower in a pot with some water to boil. Boil about 20 minutes or until tender.
In the meantime, in a skillet, cook 2 pieces of bacon. Remove from pan and allow to cool once cripsy, chop then set aside. Season chicken with salt, pepper and garlic powder to taste. In the same skillet, cook the chicken until done (about 5-6 mins per side).
Remove chicken from pan and turn off heat. Reserve that pan to cook the mushrooms in, but make the cauliflower puree. Drain the cauliflower and put in the food processor with salt and garlic powder. How much? It depends on your palette. I use a good amount of both (maybe 1/2 tsp? start there then taste it add more if necessary). Puree until smooth.
Next make the mushrooms, turn the heat back on to medium and throw the mushrooms in the pan. Cook about 5 minutes or until almost cooked through. Add sage, garlic, salt and pepper and cook for another minute or two. Add in bacon, toss and turn off heat.
Next assemble the dish. Lay some cauliflower puree on a plate, top with a piece of chicken, some mushrooms, then sprinkle with parsley and serve! This will serve 2-3 people, depending how hungry they are
*I fit more pieces of chicken in the pan and made about 6 so that I had leftovers. You can do the same. This will make meals a lot easier for the rest of the week! But if you want to make this for 2, you can also just make 2 pieces of chicken and it all works out fine :)
I fed this to Jesse and his first question was: “This is Paleo?”
Yes. It is. And super tasty too. I felt totally gluttonous while eating this!
Paleo Challenge Update:
Day 3 was the hardest so far, but even then, it wasn’t so bad. I was just hungry and munchy (maybe a little stressed?). Luckily, I’ve been overpacking when it comes to food at work. I also took a bag of almonds to stash at my desk. I’m glad I had them yesterday, because it was Bagel Wednesday at work…
I ate my lunch with a stack of bagels in the background.
I stayed strong though! No bagels!
Better than Day 3. Breakfast and lunch were the same as above.
For dinner, I came home and had leftover cauliflower puree with some mushrooms, the remains of a week-old rotisserie chicken (I really hate throwing food away!), a banana with almond butter and some mango chunks to kill my craving for cake.
Now I need another epic dinner idea for tomorrow! Any suggestions?