“It’s Not Gourmet, Bro!” – Super Radical Chicken and Potatoes

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For all of you meat and potatoes people out there (I being one of them), Shabir and I have whipped up the latest preparation in the “It’s Not Gourmet, Bro!” Series. I like this video for three reasons:

  1. I am hanging out in the Paleo Garage with my man, Shabir.
  2. It is super simple and involves the sale of my Super Radical Rib Rub.
  3. It blows the doorwide open on the discussion of why the Paleo Diet does not include potatoes.

Watch the video of Shabu and I wielding our cleavers and then we’ll tackle the potato topic…

So, why don’t we eat potatoes?

There are two main reasons:

  1. They have a very high glycemic index.Almost all potato products have glycemic indices higher that table sugar and even high fructose corn syrup. I chose waxy potatoes because they have approximately 25% lower glycemic index than something like a russet potato.
  2. They contain antinutrients– namely the saponins α-chaconine and α-solanine. These are toxic to animals and humans. They are highly concentrated in potato seeds (remember how Alex McCandless from Into The Wild died) and are used to fend off rodents and animals in the wild by acting as toxins. When we eat potatoes, these antinutrients immediately appear in the bloodstream and can, at high levels, they can be lethal. While we won’t likely die from eating today’s recipe, regular consumption of potatoes can lead to ulcerative colitis, Crohn’s disease and IBS. If you want to read more on this, check out Loren Cordain’s take on it here.

Here is a chart from his site on the content of α-chaconine and α-solanine in common potato products:

Okay, enough of the geek talk. The gist of it is that sweet potatoes have a lower glycemic index, less starch, and way more nutrients than potatoes. You can easily sub the potatoes in this recipe for yams or sweet potatoes. We happened to have some potatoes on hand, so we used them and this preparation gave us a great reason to use the cleavers. As always, I recommend using this only as a guideline and making the meal your own…

I want to thank Shabir for joining me, he is always a pleasure to work with. Next week, we’ll show you two flashy ways to make quick work of some strip steaks. Be sure to tune in for that, and, when you are driving this weekend, I want you to focus on the position of your right foot. Most of us will have our heal turned in to the left and toe out to the right pressing on the gas pedal. This promotes asymmetry as your left leg is likely aligned nicely. So, I want you to focus on turning your right heal to the right and ligning up the knee and ankle of your right leg. In other words, do your best to keep your legs parallel as you drive. While toes out might be advantageous for squatting, we are not under load and we want to do our best to be symmetrical. If there is one thing I learned from my 9th grade geometry teacher, it is that parallel lines never meet. Keep your legs parallel and do your best to…

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Your Pal,

Paleo Nick

(The Bro! has a field trip every day for the last two weeks of school. I helped out yesterday and The Jo! came too. We had 30 kindergartners and it was an experience…)

“It’s Not Gourmet, Bro!” – Super Radical Chicken and Potatoes

Ingredient List:

  • 2 whole chickens (~3.5 pounds each), quarted with a cleaver
  • 2.5 pounds waxy, red potatoes (or sub sweet potatoes), large dice
  • 1.5 onions, large dice (~18oz.)
  • 4 heaping tablespoons or 1/3 cup Super Radical Rib Rub
  • Fresh cilantro sprigs to garnish

Preparation Instructions:

  1. Combine all ingredients, except cilantro, in a large mixing bowl and mix well to coat with rib rub.
  2. Transfer chicken and potatoes into a 6 quart slow cooker and cook on high for 6-7 hours or low for 11-12 hours.
  3. Pour cooked chicken and potatoes into a 2″ hotel pan and cool completely. Then, portion out into 8 portions, divide up the potatoes evenly and distribute the nice meat jelly into each container. Garnish with fresh cilantro and refrigerate for up to 5 days or freeze for up to six months.

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Zone Breakdown:

Proteins: (40)

We have 2 chickens. I estimate that there are 20 blocks of protein in a 3.5 pound bird. So, we’ve got 40 blocks of protein.

Carbohydrates: (23)

We have 2.5 pounds of waxy red potatoes. If you look at the video image above, you can see that there are 7 potatoes on the scale. Some are bigger and some smaller, but we’ll say each one contains ~3 blocks of carbs. This will give us 20 carb blocks, which pairs nicely in a 1:.5 ratio for protein to carbs.

We have 1.5 onions, which yields approximately 3 cups. There is one cup per block of onions, so 3 blocks.

Fats: (0)

There is no added fat in this recipe.

Balancing Act:

We need to make up some carbs and add some healthy fat. So, I might make a fresh veggie salad with a nice olive oil vinaigrette to pair with this. Or, keep it simple with some fruit and some nuts. If I were going to eat one, five-block tray, I’d have it with a banana and 10 mac nuts and I’d be ready to crush some heavy weight! That’s a big meal.

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