I’ve been meaning to do a series of posts on paleo friendly recipes from famous chefs and cooks. Yes, even I sometimes get stuck for ideas and inspiration in the kitchen and that’s when I turn to some of my favourites – effortless Jamie Oliver, timeless Nigella Lawson, sensual Lotta Lundgren and magic Heston to mention a few. Today’s post features twenty paleo friendly recipes from Jamie Oliver with my notes on alternatives and substitutions where needed. I hope you enjoy my selection as I absolutely adore what Jamie does with food and I think his style of cooking is very similar to mine – lots of soul, measuring with you eyes and heart, spontaneous, produce based. In no particular order, here is my selection of twenty Jamie Oliver recipes to tickle your senses.
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Moorish Crunch Salad
Full of crunchy goodness of radish, carrots, toasted sesame seeds and fresh herbs, this salad makes my mouth water. Get the recipe here
Fish in a bag
If avoiding white potatoes, replace with some zucchini or sweet potato. To save time you can prepare the parcels in advance. Get the recipe here
Spiced lamb stew with walnuts & pomegranate
Walnuts. Pomegranate. Yum! Replace 2 spoons of plain flour with 1 tablespoon tapioca flour and add 1 teaspoon of butter or ghee at the end. Cook for a little longer with no lid on to thicken the sauce further. Get the recipe here.
Roast chicken with all the trimmings
Use ghee instead of butter if avoiding all dairy (although butter is pretty much fat with hardly any lactose left). Higher-welfare just means free range. Get the recipe here.
Radish & coriander pickle
This would go nicely with some grilled chicken or fish. Super simple! Get the recipe here.
Prawn salad with chilli & white cabbage
This is a bit of a prawn ceviche dish but you could easily grill the prawns after marinating if you’re not sure about eating them raw. Great fibre source salad. Get the recipe here.
Slow-roasted balsamic tomatoes with baby leeks & basil
I can taste this dish when I look at this picture. Add as much or as little sea salt as you prefer. This would be a great side to lamb roast or some roasted chicken. Get the recipe here.
Jools’s favourite beef stew
This one pot dish looks rich and perfect for a cold day. You don’t really need to dust the meat with flour as you can thicken the sauce with a little tapioca flour or through evaporation method (aka cook with no lid on for the last hour). Peeled white potatoes are fine in small amounts but feel free to replace with sweet potato, swedes, parsnips or throw in zucchini and cauliflower in the last hour. Get the recipe here.
Whole baked cauliflower with tomato & olive sauce
I wanted to include this recipe because I love when vegetables are served whole like this. Get the recipe here.
Celeriac is a root vegetable that has a firm tuber consistency and a smell of fresh celery. Great alternative to potato and pumpkin. Get the recipe here.
Roasted asparagus with rosemary & anchovies wrapped in pancetta
In the picture, the asparagus bunches are tied together with a string but it’s meant to be pancetta. You can use bacon, Spanish jamon or prosciutto instead. Anchovies are optional of course but they add a nice, pungent flavour. Get the recipe here.
Simple roast salmon with summer leaves & a Marie Rose dressing
Marie Rose dressing is a British condiment commonly associated with the 70s – mayo and ketchup mixed together and used in a prawn cocktail or with other seafood. It can use other ingredients and to make it paleo friendly I suggest to make your own mayo using olive oil or find a commercial one using olive or worst case sunflower oil, basically avoid canola or soybean as much as possible. This recipe however, calls for yogurt instead. Just use normal full fat variety and instead of ketchup use some tomato paste. Get the recipe here.
Jamie’s baked figs
Figs are very nutritious but should be eaten as a treat as they do have a bit of sugar. Make this recipe when fresh figs are in season. You can use normal orange zest instead of clementines. Skip the sugar or toss the figs in a little maple syrup or honey. I would serve these with roasted pork or chicken, serve with some aged Parmesan or eat as a dessert by themselves or with some yogurt, full fat cream or coconut cream. Get the recipe here.
Roast chicken & pesto
This is pretty straight forward but skip the Parmesan in the pesto if avoiding dairy. I would serve this with a giant arugula/rocket salad. Get recipe here.
This recipe contains dairy such as butter and cream, both of which are high fat content and low lactose so perhaps you can get away with it. Otherwise you can probably use ghee and no cream, which will make it a bit thinner in consistency but the flavour of the mushrooms will still be amazing. Beef fillet and standard mushrooms can be used instead and you can add some dried porcini mushrooms for that wild forest flavour. Get the recipe here.
The nicest tray-baked lemon sole
This recipe is pretty much ready to go, no changes needed. You can use any other flat fish. Get the recipe here.
The best tuna meatballs (Le migliori polpette di tonno)
Everyone’s favourite meatballs with a difference – no meat! Fresh fish is used, which together with Sicilian herbs and spices creates a light and fresh dish. Get the recipe here.
Roasted concertina squid with grilled leeks & a warm chorizo dressing
I love using chorizo to flavour dishes. Pork goes very nicely with prawns and squid and I like the vegetables used in this dish. Get the recipe here.
Lovely tomato & rose petal harissa
I love a bit of harissa and was very intrigued by the addition of rose petal. Jamie recommends it with oily fish but it would wonders to lamb cutlets and grilled prawns. Get the recipe here.
Homemade tomato ketchup
The only thing you need to change in this recipe is the addition of sugar. Half the amount of sweetness and use maple syrup or coconut syrup instead. Rice malt syrup can also be used as it’s pretty much glucose. Honey might give it a different flavour. Get the recipe here.
Do you have a favourite Jamie Oliver recipe?