Here is the second recipe in our Sous Vide Paleo Eating Series (the first being our Buffalo Shrimp)! This recipe is by Rawli, who you might know better as bonerep! He’s contributed recipes before, like this awesome Sous Vide Bone Marrow! He does it again with this paleo home-run recipe for his Sous Vide Pork Cheek Salad. Ready your forks…
1 lb pork cheeks (skinned)
1 ½ tbs bacon fat, duck fat, or frozen EVOO
1 cup kale
1/3 cup red cabbage
1/3 cup Brussel sprouts (shaved or sliced thin)
2 tbs EVOO
½ tbs ea lemon and lime juice
Omnivore salt to taste ~ 1 tsp
Cilantro or micro cilantro as a garnish
Pico de Gallo
1 medium yellow onion diced
5 medium tomatoes diced
1 jalapeno diced (remove seeds and ribs for less heat, if you prefer)
1 handful cilantro leaves chopped fine
Set your Nomiku to 62°C
Combine the cheeks and fat and hard vacuum seal.
Cook the cheeks for 72 hrs.
When done remove the bag from the bath and gently squish the cheeks.
Open the bag and pour the cheeks AND its jus into a skillet on medium heat and reduce the liquid by ½.
During this time you can add your choice of seasoning you’d like
Then place the cheeks on a foil lined baking sheet and place under the broiler for ~3-4 min to crisp up the cheeks.
Combine all of the ingredients for the salad and place on the bottom of your plate.
Add the pork cheeks on top of the salad creating a “nest” in the center.
Add the combined ingredients of the Pico de Gallo in the middle of the “nest”.
Garnish with cilantro and serve.
A little about Rawli…
Medical reconstructive device salesman, home cook and self taught cook, I’ve been working in the Operating Room for most of my adult life. You’d think going from hospital to hospital on a daily basis would keep me active.
I’ve noticed as I have gotten older my body was less prone to keeping the weight off. I decided about 13 months ago to do something about it.
My first step was to change my diet and portion size. I had already been using my Nomiku to sous vide various proteins and noticed the better favors. I also noticed how easy and reliable it was.
Upon research various diets I came upon the Paleo way of eating. It appealed to me as it wasn’t so much a diet as it was a way of eating healthier.
Based upon that I slowly started by cutting out pasta, bread and other starches. Then later dairy items like cheese and cream. I noticed that after 4-5 months I’d lost about 15 lbs.
So not being satisfied with that I started going to the gym 4-5 times a week for about 60 minutes or so. I also adopted eating Paleo the majority of time and sous vide as well.
6 months later I had lost an additional 35 lbs.
So for me Paleo and sous vide allows easy to have a more flavorful and creative diet, (I actually don’t think of it as a “diet” but more of a dietary choice) and combined with moderate exercise it has allowed me to lose weight (and reach a normal BMI) safely.
Now don’t get me wrong, I have my cheat days (I want to lose weight and be healthy but I still want to enjoy the decadent stuff too) but overall I’m finding that what I eat on a daily basis is 100% satisfying. I’m sure that FOR ME eating Paleo, Sous Vide cooking with my Nomiku and exercise has allowed me to reach my health goals.
Stay tuned the rest of the week for more new sous vide Paleo recipes every day!