Guinataan which means to braise in coconut is considered a dessert in the Philippines but in my family, we have this for merienda - a light snack between lunch and supper. To me, this is comfort food as it is a stew of mixed root crops such as yams or kamote as we call them, fruit and other goodies in coconut milk. It is 'the other goodies" that fall into the forbidden Paleo ingredients list like glutinous rice, sugar, tapioca pearls and jackfruit syrup. The other ingredients fortunately are paleo compliant - coconut milk, yams, (I use purple and the Korean variety which is more yellow than orange) taro root, ripe plantains and jackfruit if you can find them fresh.
As I was eating my chia pudding (recipe for that in a future blog) for breakfast recently, I was thinking how it looked and resembled tapioca pearls once they have been soaked in some liquid -I use almond milk to soak my chia. That thought led me to think about guinataan and how I could make a paleo version by substituting chia pudding for tapioca balls and eliminating the sugar and the glutinous rice.
This version is definitely less sweet but it still has all the flavors I remember from my childhood and my vacations back home.
2 cans full fat coconut milk
2 medium size purple yams, diced
2 medium size Korean yam (I get mine from an oriental grocery store. Regular yams will do), diced
1 taro root, diced
2 very ripe plantains, sliced 1/4 inch thick
1/2 cup chia pudding (soak 1 TBSP chia seeds in 1/4 cup almond or coconut milk overnight)
1 can Unsweetened pineapple chunks (I used this in place of fresh jackfruit as it is not readilly available)
1. In a deep saucepan, combine coconut milk and the juice 1 can pineapple. Bring to a boil.
2. Bring to a simmer and add the yams, taro root and plantains. Simmer for about 15 minutes until tender.
3. Add the chia pudding and pineapple chunks. Mix and simmer for another 5- 10 minutes to allow the flavors to come together.
4. Serve immediately
*To my Filipino friends, enjoy this healthier version of guinataan!
I have come to the realization that there are many people who want to eat good, real and healthy food – they just don’t want to or have the time to make it thus my Paleo friendly&fabulous delivery service is born. It happened by
accident when Marianne, a co-worker doing the whole30 program with me, asked if she could pay me to make her the
same pff and whole30 meals I was eating. I said, “sure” brought her a container of Thai Basil Beef the following
day, took a photo, posted it on Instagram & Facebook with the #pfflifestyle’sfirstdelivery and viola – a business is born.
I went from having 1 client, Marianne the first week to 5 the second week to 10-15 regular clients depending on what's for delivery, today. Whether it is from folks that are very much into health and fitness, people on the whole30 or Paleo diet/program or those just wanting to eat healthier, I’ve seen a tremendous request from people wanting to subscribe to my service. I am still getting regular inquires for my delivery but unfortunately I cannot handle more than 10-15 meals per delivery.
This is all very new and exciting. I love cooking and preparing beautiful and healthy meals. I love that I am able to share my passion for a Paleo friendly&fabulous lifestyle with my clients - through at least the nutrition aspect. As one Paleo pundit put it – “Paleo is a great diet, the only problem is one has to cook”… there are no shortcuts to eating real food where nothing is processed, I suppose that is why I am attracting potential clients interested in a delivery servicce of delicious and healthy meals made from organic produce and organically and pasture raised protein sources.
Who knows where this business venture will take me. Perhaps a Pff cooking show on You Tube or even a Paleo Food Truck - I think the possibilities are endless. For now I am going to enjoy the ride and continue to inspire people to change their relationship with food one Paleo friendly&fabulous meal at a time.