I know we all love fried egg rolls – who doesn’t? What you may not realize is you can enjoy virtually the same flavors without the gluten filled fried egg roll wrap, and the task of rolling, filling and frying them! I remade the paleo egg roll in a bowl I posted a couple weeks ago basically because it’s AMAZING and so incredibly easy, changing it up a little to make it spicy (and it was spicy)! I can’t seem to get enough of the Asian flavors lately, such great combinations by switching out or adding just a couple ingredients.
Spicy Egg Roll in a Bowl
1 bag coleslaw mix
1 shredded/thinly grated carrot
1/4 cup coconut aminos (soy free, gluten free)
1 TBSP sesame oil
2 TBSP minced garlic
1 large jalapeno, 1/2 seeded and finely minced
Chopped green onion
Shredded unsweetened coconut
1 TBSP coconut oil
Saute the coleslaw mix and minced garlic in the coconut oil for about 5 minutes until the coleslaw starts to cook down, add the grated carrot and jalapeno. Continue sauteing until vegetables become soft and pour the coconut aminos and sesame oil on the mixture. Toss to coat and saute 10 minutes more so the vegetables absorb the liquid flavor and start to “fry” in the pan. Portion desired amount into a bowl and top with green onion, cilantro and shredded unsweetened coconut.
Side note: I didn’t measure the cilantro, green onion or coconut. I love cilantro so I was fairly generous with it and as a result it had a great flavor, same with the onion. The coconut added a nice sweet crunchy flavor, although I used it more sparingly.
Here’s another recipe that I threw together based off of the vegetables that needed to be used, and the stockpile of quality coconut milk I have on hand – that stuff is quickly becoming a staple to have on hand, as is cilantro.
Spicy Coconut Chicken Saute
1 can coconut milk (I use Natural Value)
2 TBSP coconut oil (wanted a fat source)
Roasted shredded chicken
Crushed red pepper
Pour 1 can of coconut milk into saute pan and add the 2 TBSPs coconut oil. Sprinkle generously with crushed red pepper and fresh ground black pepper. Add broccoli and bok choy and saute until cooked, but not mushy, sprinkling with more crushed red pepper (I was feeling the spice). I used leftover roasted chicken that I shredded, but you could add any protein source. I added the meat last as it just needed to be heated.
I filled up a bowl, and topped with a generous handful of cilantro, and then drizzled with sriracha.
A couple of weeks ago, I made Maple Freezer Fudge from Healy Real Food Vegetarian (yes, I’m Paleo, but I love me some vegetarian websites, I probably eat more vegetables than a vegetarian). I really liked that the recipe had very few ingredients and was quick to make! I’m a big fan of recipes that I can throw together in 20 minutes, and that I always have ingredients on hand for.
It was good, but it didn’t really satisfy my desire for fudge. It really did taste very coco-nutty, which I’m totally fine with, but I would call it coconut freezer fudge. I added a chocolate drizzle (Enjoy Life), just because I felt like it might dress it up, but other than that, I followed the recipe exactly.
I love the idea of the recipe – so I could see maybe doubling the batch and using the same size pan so it’s thicker, and experimenting with ingredients. Maybe a little less coconut oil, and add melted Enjoy Life chocolate for a chocolate fudge.
I was in the mood for spice the other night, with a lot of vegetables in the fridge, so I threw this together and it was fabulous!
Spicy Asian Inspired Stirfry
1 package mushrooms
1 green bell pepper
1 red onion
10 garlic cloves, chopped
1 bag broccoli slaw
Crushed red pepper
Cashews for topping
I chopped everything so it was ready to go, then melted about 1 TBSP of coconut oil in a sauté pan. I added the more firm vegetables first, garlic, carrots, onion. Then I added the pepper, and broccoli slaw. I generously sprinkled with crushed red pepper, powdered ginger and black pepper. I continued sautéing until the broccoli slaw started to cook down, about 10 minutes, and then added the mushrooms (and a dollop more of coconut oil), until cooked. All vegetables were crisp, and spicy! Last, I topped with cashews, and tossed until they warmed. Sprinkled with coconut aminos as a soy sauce replacement, and voilà! Spicy Asian Inspired Stirfry 🙂
I reinvented my Coconut Apple Cabbage recipe last night, and ended up with a great cabbage hash, that’s super flavorful and very easy to make.
1 bag shredded cabbage
1 white onion
10 garlic cloves
1 TBSP coconut oil
Melt coconut oil in the pan, and add the loosely chopped white onion and garlic cloves. Season with kosher salt and pepper. Just as the onions are starting to become transparent, add the bag of cabbage and continue sautéing. Last, add the diced apples, and continue to sauté until they’re slightly soft, but not mushy.
I originally wouldn’t have thought of it as a “hash” per say, but I wanted eggs, and next to the eggs it really was like a (non-starchy) hash! You could easily add bacon, or any other kind of meat 🙂