What is Paleo?
Its “real” food, unprocessed — fresh, natural food like meat, vegetables and fruit. Foods that are nutrient dense, with lots of naturally-occurring vitamins and minerals, over foods that have more calories but less nutrition.
It’s not a low calorie “diet” — Eat as much as needed to maintain strength, energy and a healthy weight. In fact, its a diet that is probably much higher in fat than you’d imagine. Fat isn’t the enemy — it’s a great energy source when it comes from high quality foods like avocado, coconut and nuts. Eating vegetables and fruits instead of bread, cereal and pasta.
Eating like this is good for maintaining a healthy metabolism, and reducing inflammation (from sugar and processed carbohydrates) within the body. It does great things for energy levels, body composition and performance in the gym. It also helps to minimize risk for lifestyle diseases and conditions, like diabetes, heart attack and stroke.
Paleo Spaghetti Bolognese!
A really tasty Paleo treat that is filling, quick and extremely healthy!
- 2-3 Large Tomatoes
- 2 Roasted Red Peppers
- 1/4 cup Fresh basil, roughly chopped
- 1 Small Onion, finely chopped
- 2 Garlic cloves, finely chopped
- 0.5 kilo Minced Beef
- 1/2 cup Spaghetti Sauce
- 1/4 cup Olive oil
- 1 Butternut Squash
Peel the skin off the butternut squash and scoop out the seeds.
Cut tomatoes in quarters and put them in the food processor or blender with roasted red peppers and basil until the sauce reaches the texture you desire (either slightly chunky or totally smooth).
It will be a pinkish/orange in colour until cooked.
In a deep saucepan over medium-high heat, warm the olive oil. Add onion and saute 1-2 minutes, then add garlic and minced beef. Season the beef with some salt and pepper, and cook until beef is lightly browned but still slightly pink. Add the tomato and capsicum puree along with optional pasta sauce (for some quick extra depth)
While the sauce is simmering, microwave the squash for 3-4 minutes each bowl, until soft, drizzle with a little olive oil or butter.
Serve with beef bolognese on top, add a little parmesan, cracked pepper and some basil to finish.