Sunday, June 10, 2012

Paleo Pho

I've been experimenting with some "Paleo" recipes lately; mostly just making things I've followed on other people's blogs.

Today, however, I decided to throw caution to the wind and actually make up a recipe myself.  GASP

If you've been visiting around here lately, this will look familiar to you, but I changed it up a bit this time.

First, last week I roasted up a chicken (free range, organic, happy, hippie chickens) and pulled the meat off the bones.  Then, I put the bones in the crockpot with a couple of bay leaves, an onion, some salt & pepper and covered it with water.  I left it on high for about 24 hours and strained it and let it cool.

I skim the fat off and store it the fridge (makes an AWESOME fat for sautéing, etc...) and then tossed the broth in the freezer with the meat.  Ok, now that you've got the back story.....

Today, I took about a TBS of that chicken fat and heated it in a small sauce pan.  Once it was hot I tossed in 2 oz of the chicken from the freezer and let it sizzle a bit.  Next, I tossed in 1 cup of chopped broccoli and a handful of shredded carrots.  While that all was snapping and crackling in the sauce pan I julienned up some zucchini (one medium).  Oh, I also sprinkled in a  little fish sauce, some sake (I know, I know, not technically Paleo...still looking for a good alternative), a little coconut aminos and a little dash of sesame oil.  Sizzle.  Sizzle.  I dumped in about two cups of my homemade bone broth (so so good for your joints.  It came out of the fridge like JELLO) and brought it all up to a simmer.  I tossed in the zukes, covered the pan and brought it up to a boil.  Took off the lid, stirred it around a bit until the zucchini was tender, dished it up, squirted on a little srirachi, and then dug in.

Watch it, it's hot.  I added a little salt at the table because it just needed a little sum thin'.  I'll probably add more fish sauce next time.  Cilantro would have been good, too but I was out.  

Delish!  And I didn't even miss the noodles!

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