Waylon Jennings sang about getting back to the basics of life — enter the Paleo diet, the Luckenbach of lifestyle diets. Following the Paleo diet lifestyle means getting back to a less processed and natural diet, like our ancestors. Eating real food means that are ethically grown and harvested meat, fruit, vegetables, nuts and seeds are all in! Grains, legumes, dairy and processed foods are out for those enjoying the Paleo lifestyle. Additional information on the Paleo diet can be found in a variety of sources, one of the most prominent experts in the field is Robb Wolf, whose website provides a wealth of information and the science behind this movement.
Recipes below take traditional and famously Texas flavors and marry those with the natural and unprocessed Paleo diet.
Recipe #1: Breakfast Casserole, Meat and Egg Heaven
Hungry Man Sweet Potato Casserole is a hearty dish of eggs, sweet potatoes, and meat all made in the CROCK POT! As a consummate one-upper, the Texas version of this Paleo Pot dish brings in brisket, hatch chilies and hot sauce:
- 2 pounds of brisket (if you ever have leftover brisket, toss that on in)
- ½ pound of uncured bacon
- 8 eggs
- 3-4 large sweet potatoes
- 1 red onion
- 3-5 (depending on size Hatch chiles
- 1-2 jalapenos
- Spices: Cayenne, roasted red pepper flakes, pepper,
- Hot sauce of choice
Follow the rest of the recipe, as modified from the original for all things Texas!
- Peel sweet potatoes and microwave them for 2-3 minutes to soften them slightly
- Slice sweet potatoes into 1/8″ slices
- Dice bacon finely and brown it in a pan into crisp pieces
- Remove bacon from the pan and set it aside for later
- Dice onions into large chunks and add to the pan along with your brisket and peppers. Make sure you use a deep skillet or pan big enough for all of the meat, onions and hatch chilies.
- Make sure beef is fully browned and onions are translucent.
- Beat the 8 eggs in a bowl, blender, or food processor. Add some cayenne and pepper to your egg mixture if you wish.
- Grease slow cooker with some coconut oil.
- Line the bottom of the slow cooker with slices of sweet potato. Just enough so that you cover the bottom.
- Spoon in a layer of the seasoned brisket onto the sweet potatoes.
- Sprinkle some of the crisped bacon pieces on top of the brisket.
- Repeat. The goal here is to keep layering evenly until you use up your supplies.
- Once you have finished layering, pour the egg mixture over the top. The eggs will fall into place and make the magic happen. Sprinkle jalapenos and hot sauce on top of everything.
- Cook on low for 6 hours. Allow pot to cool. If your ceramic crock is removable, throw it in the fridge overnight. This will allow the dish to congeal and set nice. You can then slice the casserole into pretty pieces like in the picture.
Recipe #2: Smoked Chili Cilantro Lime Chicken