Magic in a Can
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posted by:  Marcus

It’s important to keep your kitchen well stocked when following the Paleo diet. You want to avoid the temptation of easy fast foods or snacking due to not having good alternate choices available. One item that I consider a necessity to keep on hand is good ol’ El Pato, pictured above. I usually have several cans in my pantry, right next to my supply of coconut milk. El Pato is pretty flavorful, but can be adapted to a wide variety of dishes. My favorite use is as a base for foods cooked in the crockpot. The spicy tomato flavor gives a wonderful taste to the dishes I’ve used it in, such as lengua guisada.

I first heard about El Pato from reading the free Paleo recipes that Scotty Hagnas of the Performance Menu posts at their site. For example, he created a jambalaya using El Pato:

This one is a spicy Southern dish. I used El Pato sauce, but if you are not a fan of spicy foods, you might consider regular tomato sauce instead. Look for sausages that don’t contain nitrates.

10 min prep time
25 min cooking time

• 1 Tbsp olive oil + 1 tsp, divided
• 1/2 lb spicy sausage, sliced (look for anoudale sausage)
• 1/2 lb shrimp
• 1 C chopped onion
• 3/4 C chopped green pepper
• 1/2 C chopped celery
• 2 C chicken broth
• 1 1/2 C water
• 1 tsp cajun seasoning + 1/8 tsp, divided
• 1 bay leaf
• 2 cans El Pato tomato sauce
• 1 1/2 C finely chopped cauliflower
• Dash of cayenne pepper

If you’re interested in the rest, click the link for the cooking instructions. I hope that being introduced to El Pato gives you yet another tool in your repertoire for home-cooked Paleo meals!

WOD 12.30.10

Make Up Day

7 Responses to “Magic in a Can”

December 30, 2010 at 8:44 AM

Marcus, is there anywhere besides WF meat market to find sausage that doesn’t have nitrates. We can’t find it. I’m posting this again because I don’t think anyone saw it yesterday.

Sean and Ruth?

December 30, 2010 at 8:54 AM

Nice Drew…so in a month that will be you and Jenna right?

December 30, 2010 at 9:13 AM

Avelyne, I think Jenna can do a Turkish Get Up with Drew right now, Drew might take a week at the latest.

December 30, 2010 at 9:48 AM

I agree with Chris. I was their when Jenna powered up some serious Press weight.

December 30, 2010 at 11:08 AM

Yeah, I’m gonna pass on this one! Might be too tempting for Sean to “accidentally” drop me or spike me in a victory dance post TGU!!

I nominate Brianna for this feat!

Jenna does have perfect kb form so this should be a cinch for her!

December 30, 2010 at 4:41 PM

I’m willing to act as kettle bell! That looks fun!

January 5, 2011 at 10:54 AM

i know, i know – i cant comment on threads if i dont go to class but i saw this and awesome memories of being a kid came back!! El Pato is the shiz!!!! Try in on eggs, make chilaquiles, use it in coffee! its the bomb! (ok, not in coffee)