Chowstalker’s Recipes of the Week: September 14, 2013

This week’s featured real food, paleo inspired recipes include an interesting mix of  paleo comfort food along with Whole30 compliant meals.  Last week the hit ingredient was watermelon which evokes images of summer, and this week it’s pumpkin.  Guess fall is in the air for most of us and maybe the change in the season has us reaching out for some old favorites.  Or maybe the prevalence of comfort foods is just that many of us have learned the basics of putting together a simple paleo meal of meat and veggies, and only need guidance for more complicated dishes.  It’s also interesting to note that the most popular categories were (in this order) Whole30dessertspaleobreakfastgluten-free and budget friendly.


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 The most popular recipe this week was from Gabi at HealthEasy, and it’s easy to see why.  Not only are these protein pumpkin muffins delicious looking (doesn’t that pumpkin color trick you into thinking butter and cheese?) but they are quick and easy to make, budget-friendly, a great portable breakfast, and gluten-free.  She hit all the top categories except for Whole30.


The return of Starbuck’s PSL (Pumpkin Spice Latte) is more than many otherwise sane and healthy eaters can resist, but Angela at Seasonal Savory shared her paleo-friendly version to help you keep that $5 bill in your pocket and let you control how sweet you make it and even what kind of sweetener you use.


Shanti from Clean Eats in the Zoo rounds out the pumpkin recipes with her contribution of one of the week’s favorite paleo treats which takes about 5 minutes of prep time, despite the slightly long list of ingredients.


Seasoned Ground Beef topped with Not Corn Bread Pie Crust is a great way to curb those Mexican food cravings and keep it healthy! Stacey at Beauty and the Foodie recreated an old favorite that even fooled her husband.


It’s easy to see why these Paleo Chicken Tenders from Arsy at Rubies & Radishes made the list.  Not only do these look like the real deal, but Arsy reports they taste like it too.


And pizza cravings must have been in high gear because this recipe for New York Style Pizza Crust from Simone at Zenbelly was very popular.  If, like some of Zenbelly’s readers, you are skeptical about this gluten-free crust tasting like the original New York style, you’ll be happy to know that Simone was raised by 2 New Yorkers and is a serious pizza snob.


Some weeks it seems like everyone is cooking chicken for their protein, but this past week, it was definitely pork.  Emily at Leaf Parade used a sweet apple brine, sage, ghee and homemade apple butter to keep her Apple Glazed Pork Roast Whole30 compliant.


As common as mashed cauliflower is in paleo land, this roasted cauliflower recipe from Richard at REMCooks was not only one of the most popular recipes this past week, it’s one of the most popular recipes ever on Chowstalker!  Red Chili, cilantro, cumin and lime are used to make this Mexican flavored cauliflower dish the most popular recipe on Richard’s site as well, and that’s saying something. And by the way, it’s Whole30 compliant.


 As if sweet potatoes and pork didn’t already make a great pairing, Mila from Sugar and Spice shared her Paleo Pulled Pork Sliders with Sweet Potato buns.  You can use any pulled pork recipe but her citrusy version sounds pretty darn scrumptious, and it’s Whole30.


TGIPaleo has been a long time contributor and this “Cheezey Spaghetti” recipe is indicative of her creativity in the kitchen.  Of course, there’s no cheese or pasta involved.


This is going to give some of you the heebie jeebies but how can we not share the momentous occasion of our first recipe including insects?  Keith from Kitoi’s Kitchen, one of the most adventurous cooks to contribute to Chowstalker, shared his Mealworm Fried Rice and hints at more entomophagy to come.   Are you intrigued or repulsed?

That’s the top 10 plus 1 honorable mentioned for this past week.  We’ll continue to play around with the format and number of recipes to feature each week and we’d love to get your feedback on what you think works best.  Can’t wait to see what paleo inspired creations rise to the top next time!

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