THE CAVEMAN CONNOISSEUR
Wish you could drop fat and sculpt a six-pack, yet still enjoy what you eat? Then go the mega-protein Paleo route – with these delicious gourmet twists
Paleo nutrition – as you’ll know unless you’ve been, er, living in a cave – means eating only foods available in the Paleolithic era (meat, seafood, fruit, vegetables, eggs, nuts, seeds and unprocessed oils). Although the plan is as popular as ever, the relative plainness of “prehistoric” fare can make eating like early Homo sapiens a challenge. But with a little creativity, you can turn all your favourite foods – from steak and burgers to kebabs – into flavour-packed Paleo treats. Here’s how to modernise the most old-school diet ever.
Makes 3 servings
For the meat
350g organic skirt steak
For the rub
2 chipotles (dried chillies), soaked in water for 30 minutes, or 2 fresh chillies 4tbsp olive oil
4tbsp lime juice
1 bunch of coriander, chopped 1tbsp black pepper
2tsp ground cumin
For the wraps 6 large cabbage leaves Tomato salsa For the salad
1 red onion, whole
¼ pineapple, peeled and cored ½ green pepper, julienned ½ red pepper, julienned Juice of 2 limes
2tbsp avocado oil
Black pepper, to taste
Preheat grill to high. Place the onion under the grill, allowing the outside to char. Remove when onion feels soft and refrigerate. Place the pineapple on grill and cook for five minutes on one side and then the other. Remove pineapple.
2 Cut away the top and bottom of the onion and remove the skin. Slice the onion and pineapple into strips and place in a mixing bowl. Add the rest of the salad ingredients and toss.
3 Chop the chillies, then place them in a bowl with the other rub ingredients and mix thoroughly. Add the steak and turn until it’s coated. Put the steak under the grill and cook for three minutes each side. Remove and allow to rest, then slice thinly.
4 Arrange the cabbage leaves on a plate and add steak slices to each. Top with the salad and salsa.
NUTRITION (PER SERVING)
609 calories 33g protein 26g carbs 28g fat
Go back to grass roots To be as Paleo as possible, buy grassfed steak. It’ll be leaner, and what fat it does have will be healthier.