I've just started eating Paleo, and I have a question. Are Chipotle Peppers in Adobo Sauce Paleo? I'm thinking no, because the ingredients are: chipotle peppers, tomato puree, paprika, sugar, salt, onions, sesame oil, vinegar, garlic, bay leaves and oregano.
Does anyone have a good alternative for this? I usually blend it with crushed tomatoes for a sauce on chicken. It adds a spicy, smoky flavor. Any thoughts?
That's La Morena, right? I think that's the only one I've seen with sesame oil. Anyway, I always have a decanted can in a jar in the fridge. I use both the puree and chopping up the chili as an enhancer to salad dressings and sauces, soup, meatballs, stew, marinade - if I can incorporate it I will. I like the smoky, slightly bitter, heat it provides. A 7oz can lasts me forever as a little goes a long way. I also have powdered Chipotle and the pepper dried. I like all three components.
Note: There is no one definitive Paleo diet as there is flexibility - every body is different. Sisson is a little more Primal. There are those who are strict. I tend to chill in the Primal realm as I do allow some dairy and tubers and such. What works for me may not work for you so in the end - you gotta decide what you want to do :)
Chipotles in Adobe is one of my favourite flavourings- I have tried various powder combinations as substitute to get the same flavour, but it is a stand-alone condiment. Tip for using it too- I whir the whole jar up in the cuisinart or blender so it is a paste. Makes it very convenient to add to sauces, dressings, and roast when you are in a hurry! I think you use such a small amount at a time, the impact of the sugar and a seed oil is going to be absolutely negligible.
For the sesame-I still use dark toasted sesame oil for flavouring in stir fries sometimes, I don't get too knotted up over it. Just use a small amount, and it's not like it's a daily staple, so I think we can get away with using little non-paleo ingredients like this without problems.
The amount of sugar in the whole can is probably negligible, and most likely it is cane sugar not evil fructose because it is canned in Mexico. I say go for it.
I'm not sure about sesame oil, but I think it is one of the less-bad vegetable oils. If it is far down on the list then I would ignore it. After a few months of paleo on a budget you tend to forget a few of the "2% or less" ingredients.
If you have digestive issues the large load of nightshade plants could cause problems.
Let's be critical, folks. A tiny bit of added sugar in something you're not likely going to use all that much of is really nothing to fret over. And in the grand scheme of paleo evils, sugar hardly registers (at least with me).
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