Last November, I started eating Paleo. So what does that mean? The Paleo diet, also referred to as the caveman or primal diet, consists of fresh meats (preferably organic, grass-fed animals), fresh organic produce, nuts and lots of chocolate. This, accompanied by exercising in short intense bursts, mimics the diet and lifestyle of our paleolithic ancestors. It's a fun way to exercise. I like to pretend I'm walking through the forest picking berries, minding my own business when suddenly, "DINOSAUR!" So then I run like hell until I can barely breathe. Which, lucky for me, is exactly the same amount of time that it takes to lose a dinosaur. But I digress.
For the last 11 months, I've not always successfully avoided processed foods, grains, gluten, dairy products, and cheese fries. I had also given up on one of my favorite recipes, oven-crisped pork chops. The recipe required flour and cornmeal - both mortal enemies of the protohuman. A couple of nights ago I decided it was time to club this recipe over the head and Paleonize it! I cut down on the amount of butter, replaced the flour and cornmeal with almond meal et voilà!
It was so delicious I decided it needed to be shared. If you like spicy, you will love this recipe. It definitely has a kick, but I promise it won't feel like you swallowed the sun or anything of the sort. Bon appétit!
4 tbsp of organic butter
1 cup almond meal
1 1/2 tsp paprika
1 tsp chili powder
1 tsp garlic powder
1 tsp cayenne pepper
1 tsp salt
1 egg white
6-8 pork chops
- Preheat oven at 350 degrees. Coat the bottom of a baking sheet with butter.
- Combine almond meal, paprika, chili powder, cayenne pepper, and salt in in a bowl and mix well until it's a light brown color.
- Beat egg white in a shallow bowl. Dip pork chops in egg white mixture.
- Coat pork chops with almond meal mix.
- Melt remaining butter. Drizzle evenly over pork chops.
- Bake for about 30 minutes, turning halfway.