Paleo Friendly&Fabulous
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!



05/20/2016 4:38am

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I was never a fan of "ginatan", "ginataan" or anything with "gata" or coconut milk. Even the famous "bicol express" or roasted pork in coconut milk is something that I try to avoid. Nevertheless, I can never deny that almost everyone I know loved it. So there must be something wrong with my tongue and not theirs. This is a must try. If it's another version then I will not have any second thought about trying it as this may be something I might like finally. Thanks for sharing.

07/04/2016 7:05am

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07/28/2016 4:31pm

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