Hey, I've gotten tremendous responses for all my questions, and again, thanks!
Today, I'd like to know your favorite recipes with under 9 ingredients. I really don't have a huge amount of time to be cooking, and I'd like to throw a 100% paleo and delicious meal together. Honestly, I get pretty daunted when I see massive lists of obscure (to me) ingredients (arrowroot!?). So, if you'd be so kind, let me know the simplest ways you've found to rejoice in the sublimity that is paleo eating.
The least time consuming way to cook all my own food is the all too under appreciated crock pot (a.k.a. slow cooker). Cook days worth of food with only a few minutes of work.
The recipes are rarely more than 9 ingredients.
Currently I have the following going: brisket stock onions garlic spices tamari
I like to call half the stuff I make "dog food for humans," mainly because it looks like it.
Yesterday was 90/10 ground beef with three different kinds of hot peppers, cumin, turmeric, red curry powder, black pepper, and cinnamon. I ate it with some steamed broccoli and cauliflower, and it was fantastic...and SPICY.
I've got a handful of recipes stored on kitchen.felixolschewski.de/category/recipe/ - none of them has more than four or five ingredients. Maybe there's something for you. I had to stop posting English language recipes, though.
Buffalo Lettuce Wraps
Ingredients: 0.5 lb buffalo, summer squash, shallot, garlic, tomato, lettuce, butter, sour cream, rosemary, thyme
Lamb and Yam Mash
Ingredients: Should or leg of lamb, yams, butter, rosemary, thyme, garlic
Steak and fat
Ingredients: 2 pounds tomatoes, mussels, clams, and a pound of wild caught fish, basil, fennel seeds, saffron
memostotle, I'm with you - simple is good! We only do simple in our house. Here's an example of our week thus far:
Day 1) Pot roast lamb
Choose a lamb joint double the size you need. Add to a pot with plenty of parsnips, carrots and onions all rough cut. Add spices/herbs of your choice. Add stock. Cook for three hours or so on a medium heat. If you leave it in longer it won't matter.
Save left over meat, juices & veg
Day 2) Thick soup
Add half of the left over meat and all of the left over veg plus juices to a blender. Blend until quite fine. Heat the resulting mixture in a pan adding extra stock if required. Add cream to taste to make it really luxurious.
Day 3) Lamb Frittata/Omelette
Flake the last of the leftover lamb and fine chop spring onions. Heat some in butter in pan and heat the meat and onions. Break eggs and blend with some cream. Pour egg mixture into your lamb/onion pan and cook till golden brown.
Not only was this quick and simple, it was really very cheap for the amount of meals/portion sizes we got out of it. I love it when lazy cooking is delicious and cheap!!
Get a wok and a Chinese cookbook that focuses on meat-and-veg stir frys -- Grace Young's books are great for technique and basics. Skip the cornstarch, use good fats (bacon grease is the Best Thing Ever for wok cooking) instead of peanut oil, use wheat-free tamari in moderation when soy sauce is called for (or skip it entirely), and combine any number of ingredients you like. Meats, eggs, fish, seafood, all kinds of good veg, mild, spicy, garlic, no garlic... it all works.
I was never really a taco salad person before jumping down the evolutionary healthways rabbithole, but I've found that, since sometimes all I have kicking around is the easy-to-find-and-store grassfed ground beef, it's an easy, quick, and tasty (albeit not-dairy-free) jam:
It generally takes about ten minutes from pan to plate and has a lot of complexity for something so simple. It also happened to be my meal tonight.
I'd be surprised if there were many of my recipes that involved more than 9 ingredients... Check out my recipe index for inspiration.
Off the top of my head, my favourite paleo recipes (beyond classically simple meals of grilled meat, eggs and veg) that are an absolute doddle to make are:
Coconut Chicken or Beef Curry: saute diced onion and garlic in a little coconut oil, add diced meat and brown. Add a can of coconut cream and add a cup or water. Add curry powder and other spices, stir well, and simmer for about an hour.
Almond Pancakes: heat some coconut oil in a pan while you mix 30g almond flour with an egg in a bowl. Pour/scrape mixture into pan, and fry. Serve with cinnamon and fruit.
Fruit & Nut Balls: grab any nuts (I like walnuts) and dried fruits (I like dates and apricots), add some cocoa if you like, and whizz everything in a food processor. Roll spoonfuls into small balls, and roll in desiccated coconut. Bam!