This is a really easy Thai Chicken and “Rice” recipe – I was inspired to make it after eating Thai chicken and rice (non-Paleo) at Nong’s Khao Man Gai in Portland.
I love making chicken broth in the slow cooker (see my easy slow cooker chicken broth recipe here), and after having some amazing Thai Chicken and Rice with Chicken Soup in Portland, I had to go make a Paleo version to enjoy at home! It’s a simple process – place everything into the slow cooker and leave overnight.
This is a remarkably easy recipe, and it’s absolutely delicious! The recipe is my guest post on Ditch The Wheat and also features my 3 Little-Known Secrets for Cooking Authentic Chinese Meals (that are Paleo/Gluten-Free)!!
I was really skeptical about this soup when I first had it at a Thai restaurant in Los Angeles 10 years ago. It was 3am in the morning, the restaurant was packed, and the menu was completely foreign to me.
Just the first taste told me that I had definitely picked a winner. It was amazing – so flavorful, so creamy, and omg so spicy!
I finished the entire bowl despite the fact that it was way too spicy for me. It was just that good!
That soup I ordered was Tom Kha Gai, which translates to “Chicken Galangal Soup.”
Like many Asian fruits and vegetables, napa cabbage is known by a lot of different names!
This can make it quite confusing to buy in the store. Some common names include: nappa cabbage, bai cai, celery cabbage, Chinese cabbage, Chinese leaf, Wong Bok, Won Bok, and wombok!
Take a good look at the photo below of napa cabbage before heading to the store to buy it (it’s quite common in many grocery stores, even non-Asian ones).
Do you end up eating the same foods over and over because you’re too scared to cook new foods?
I was just like that before. I would look at something odd in the supermarket, say “I’ve never seen this before,” and then move on.
Unfortunately, that leads to a rather boring diet.
I got over this (for the most part) by just being brave, taking the plunge, and forcing myself to buy the weird looking vegetable/fruit/meat, and then googling how to cook it when I got home.
So, today, I want to introduce you to this simple seaweed recipe so that if you ever see seaweed sold (usually in Asian supermarkets), you’ll push past your fear and try it!
I wanted to make a more traditional Chinese fried rice recipe, and so I decided to add in cubed carrots and peas. If you want a spicier and more fancy recipe for cauliflower rice, then try this one.
I was wasting my breath explaining to a skeptic that beans aren’t considered Paleo because they’re not all that healthy for you (high concentrations of Galactans, lectins, phytates, etc.).
“It’s why all traditional cultures soaked beans prior to cooking them,” I struggled to explain.
A raised eye-brow and a questioning look was all I got in response.
“Like castor beans; they’ll kill you if you eat them raw!” I triumphantly exclaimed.
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All my Asian friends were shocked when I told them that. After all, it’s a common vegetable consumed by millions of Asians constantly. The idea that such an innocent and delicious vegetable could cause you to die was probably as shocking as an Asian being Paleo and refusing to eat rice!
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If you don’t know what I’m talking about, then keep reading, because these are delicious!
The photo above shows my own homemade salted duck eggs, but you can actually buy them from some Chinese grocery stores too. It’s duck eggs aged in brine, which makes the yolks turn oily, slightly salty, and amazingly delicious! And it’s really easy to make at home as I’ll explain.
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Mu shu pork (also known as moo shu, moo shi, or mu xu) is a traditional northern Chinese dish typically served with little pancakes (especially in American-Chinese restaurants).
The traditional dish typically has wood ear mushrooms, eggs, some form of meat, bamboo shoots and day lily buds. The wood ear mushrooms and the day lily buds were a bit too hard for me to go and find (i.e., they weren’t in my local grocery store), and so I used shiitake mushrooms and napa cabbage as substitutes. Instead of the pancakes, I used lettuce leaves, although honestly, the dish tastes pretty damn good just by itself!
I have to admit that I hate shopping in Chinese supermarkets for prepackaged foods, because most things simply don’t have ingredient lists in English, and I like to know what I’m eating!
So, to solve this problem, at least for chili sauce, I decided to make my own. This is actually also the same method for making Chinese chili oil at home (you simply skip the food processing step and then remove all the chilis and peppercorns at the end).
Why Chinese Chili Sauce? When you mix this chili sauce with some coconut aminos, you get a fantastic dipping sauce for a variety of meats and vegetables! This sauce is also great for spicing up any stir-fry any time.
It was Lunar New Year last Sunday, so this “rice” recipe is sort of timely. Rice is a huge part of many Asian cultures, and I’ve actually had quite a few Asian friends proclaim that they couldn’t ever go Paleo because they would never give up rice.
Well, if you’re a rice fanatic, this cauliflower rice recipe will be a tasty and satisfying non-grain alternative. Even several of my non-Paleo friends admit that this dish is pretty delicious despite being made almost entirely out of vegetables (in fact, you can omit the eggs and make it vegetarian)!
This is a variation (East meets West fusion) of the traditional Chinese carrots and eggs stir-fry dish. You probably won’t have come across this at any Chinese restaurants because it’s more of a home-made dish. I’ve modified the dish by using a traditional Western scrambled egg as the topping and adding in zucchinis to the carrots.
It’s a really simple and delicious dish for breakfast or brunch (and it gets more veggies into the diet!).
This is definitely a bit of an unusual dish, which was created after staring into the fridge for a long time! I wanted to marry Eastern and Western cuisines, and this is what I managed to come up with. It was so much more delicious than I had anticipated, and everything went really well together. And to top it off, it’s highly nutritious (with beef, veggies, and an egg) and easy to make.
This is such a versatile pot roast! You can cook it and then freeze it for a few weeks so that it’s available whenever you’re out of food. It’s also great to use in random stir-fries with some vegetables or in a salad. My favorite use is to shred the meat and then to add it to the cauliflower rice (recipe here) when the “rice” is nearly done.
If you’re eating the pot roast by itself, it’s delicious when served cold (just keep it in the fridge and then use a sharp knife to carve off really thin slices – serve these slices with a drizzle of coconut aminos).
Additional tip: You can also add some root vegetables like carrots or asian radishes to the slow cooker to cook with the meat – it’ll create some really flavorful veggies.
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What do you do when you can’t drink any more bone broth? Well, in my case, I make soup out of it! Just like chicken broth or beef broth, bone broth (my recipe here) makes a great (and super nutritious) base for a lot of soups. Here’s a simple one I like to make when I’m in a rush (of course, you can use other broths too instead of the bone broth).
All it requires is some swiss chard (or other green leafy vegetable, like spinach is a good one), some eggs, and some seasoning. If you want to make the more traditional egg drop soup, then use some scallions (chopped green onions) instead of the swiss chard.
Lomo saltado is a traditional Peruvian recipe that has distinct Chinese flavors. This dish is often served over white rice and with French fries. I first tried it several years at a Peruvian restaurant in New York City, and I feel in love with it instantly! It was so flavorful but yet so simple.
Of course I had to go and recreate it at home! It’s a very simple dish (especially since I skip all the marinading that’s traditionally done), but there’s one trick to it – slice the beef thin.
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I always thought leeks were funny vegetables – they look kinda like a weed (I mean, they’re tall, stiff, and grass-like). But when it comes to good-tasting, they’re definitely pretty high up there on my list of vegetables! It’s sort of like eating a weird non-GMO hybrid of onion, spring onion, and garlic. And they go fantastically well with eggs!
Before, I move on to the recipe, though, here’s a cool fact I just found out about leeks (I’m constantly amazed by what I can learn from Wikipedia!): leeks actually appear on the coronation gown of Queen Elizabeth II because they’re the national emblem of Wales (well, I knew that last bit about Wales)!
Oh, and another cool fact…that’s my lovely mother holding the plate (I know, I know, you can only see her hands – we’re both camera shy)!