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Share your home-made substitute for your favorite restaurant meals?

Answered on August 19, 2014
Created March 21, 2011 at 1:21 AM

Like Eddie Murphy's mother made him a home-made greasy hamburger with square Wonder Bread instead of taking him to McDonald's, do you have any paleo recipes that you make at home to substitute for an actual restaurant dish that you used to order?

I really miss PF Chang's Lettuce Wraps so this is what I make instead:

Melt 3 pats of butter, add 3 cloves of garlic chopped, 1/4 onion chopped (or 1 whole shallot), and about an inch of ginger root chopped to the pan. Then add one pound of ground lamb (what I had on hand but beef will be great too) and a palm full of Chinese 5 Spice powder (more or less) and splash with balsamic vinegar until you get that tangy taste (I was trying to avoid soy sauce). After the meat just turns brown, add 1/2 c chopped red sweet pepper and 1/2 c chopped jicama (or water chestnuts) stir and remove from heat so the pepper and jicama stay crunchy. Spoon over large lettuce leaves and garnish with chopped macadamia nuts.

Delicious! And no soybean oil, soy sauce or peanuts! It tastes more Greek than Asian, but it really nails it on the texture.

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on March 21, 2011
at 07:25 PM

with a few chopped hazelnuts and cinnamon.............

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on March 21, 2011
at 01:24 AM

Oohhhh I LOVE this idea. I almost want to tweak my current recipes to replicate restaurant meals just so I can post something here. Great thread! :)

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on March 21, 2011
at 02:01 AM

OK, it's not precisely a restaurant classic, but these DO show up in a lot of restaurants (like IKEA's cafe) --

Here is one for you former Yoplait and Dannon addicts - when you are craving that old school fruity sweetened yoghurt - but the whole fat version is, in my opinion, tastier! And not a gram of fructose in sight. :)

Combine thoroughly:

  • 1 c. whole milk yoghurt, quality/sourcing of your choice
  • A few drops of raspberry extract (or you can pick a different extract: coconut, banana, vanilla...possibilities are really endless)
  • Liquid whole leaf stevia, to taste (usually a few drops)

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on March 21, 2011
at 07:25 PM

with a few chopped hazelnuts and cinnamon.............

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