It’s finally the weekend, and I bet you’d like nothing more than to kick up your heels and order takeout. I know how you feel: I, too, want to dial up my favorite Asian joint and dispatch my manservant (a.k.a. Henry) to bring home boxes of food that we mindlessly inhale in front of the boob tube.
But then I remember: the anticipation of Asian takeout is far better than the reality. Almost without fail, the greasy dishes from our local Chinese/Thai/Japanese/Korean restaurants are coated with vegetable or seed oils and feature gloppy sauces made from all sorts of badness: soy, sugar, gluten, preservatives—you name it. And I usually feel icky afterwards.
So what’s a hungry cave lady to do when she’s cravin’ some Asian?
Answer: She calls up her pals and throws a Paleo-friendly cooking party! That way, everyone can cook together and have a great time. Don’t even stress about the menu ’cause I’ve compiled a bunch of easy and healthy Asian dishes that will please everyone!
(Please ignore the Coca-Cola can in the circa-1975 photo below. Please also ignore the fact that I’m apparently mesmerized by it.)
Ready for some Paleo Asian dishes from me and my pally-pals?
Danielle Walker just popped up on another episode of The Doctors, where she wowed the hosts with her Take-Out Trade Out recommendations. Check out the video, and watch the hunky Dr. Travis Stork wolf down her Paleo Pad Thai.
Got a vegetable spiralizer? Now’s the time to break it out. You can find Danielle’s incredible Pad Thai recipe here.
Looking for Sweet and Sour Chicken? My buddy Russ Crandall just posted his version, and it looks amazing.
(photo: Russ Crandall)
You know my kitchen sister Melissa Joulwan has a treasure trove of Asian-inspired dishes, right? Some of my favorites include 10 Minute Thai Beef with Basil, Vietnamese Chicken Salad, and Paleo Bibimbap. Yes: BIBIMBAP.
(photo: Dave Humphreys)
And don’t forget about me! I’ve got tons of Asian-inspired recipes over on my Recipe Index , in our super-duper awesome cookbook, and our Webby Award-winning iPad app. Why so much Asian-inspired food? ’Cause that’s what I grew up eating. It’s in my blood, yo!
Here are some of my faves:
Asian Cauliflower Fried Rice!
Orange Sriracha Chicken!
Egg Foo Young!
Thai Steamed Mussels!
Thai Chicken Curry!
Paleo Sriracha—it’s great on everything!
Bonus: If you own our cookbook or iPad app, you must try the Honey Walnut Prawns! (Unless, of course, you have a shellfish allergy, in which case never mind.)
Time to break out your chopsticks!
Looking for more recipes? Head on over to my Recipe Index! You’ll also find exclusive recipes on my iPad® app, and in my New York Times bestselling cookbook, Nom Nom Paleo: Food for Humans (Andrews McMeel 2013)