Friday Night In with Lorinda from Go Paleo
In my constant search for convenient, healthier food options for various diets, I stumbled across Go Paleo. As the name suggests, they offer paleo meals. But not just any paleo meals. They deliver Indian and Asian inspired, slow cooked, full of flavour mains to go with your choice of sides. If you thought you had to avoid these cuisines due to vegetable oil, and other non-paleo foods, then you'll be pleasantly surprised! They also offer delicious paleo granola and sweet potato mash or cauliflower rice portions if you desire.
Lorinda gave me a selection of the dishes to try, and all of them were incredibly flavoursome, authentic and comforting. I served mine usually with a side of steamed vegetables, and/or sweet potato. Delivery is available in Sydney, and they're affordable! You can buy individually or in bulk to save even more.
So enjoy a cuppa and learn a little more about Lorinda and Go Paleo. Happy Friday night in!
Please share a little about yourself
I graduated from University of Sydney with an Arts/Law degree, then spent several years practicing law, travelling around Europe, and working in a variety of roles in the criminal justice sector. Said goodbye to the office life to become a cake decorator and sugar art teacher, until I decided to give up grains and sugar, and together with my husband Sean, we started Go Paleo, a paleo/primal meal delivery service.
How did your business come about?
We got the idea after my husband and I cut out grains and sugar and lost some fat (which had crept up on us in our mid 30s), without having to count calories and being able to enjoy the foods we love. We found it virtually impossible to find a takeaway or supermarket meal which doesn’t have added sugar, grains or vegetable oil, and thought it would be helpful to provide meals for busy people who don’t have the time, energy or inclination to shop and cook every day but still want to follow the primal lifestyle.
The most rewarding part of your job?
Meeting other people who are passionate about real food and cooking. Getting to do lots of taste-testing and developing new recipes.
What haven’t you done yet that you wish you could?
Conquer my fear of heights and go indoor rock climbing. Go snorkeling in the Solomon Islands. Be able to do a pistol squat.
Favourite place in the world?
Nothing beats home. But after that, Karloo Pool which is a natural waterhole in the Royal National Park accessible after an hour’s rigorous hike, and I really like the Meat Emporium in Waterloo.
If you were a spice, which would you be?
My husband reckons I would be star anise “because you can be a bit spiky sometimes.”
5 things you can’t live without?
Pressure cooker; New Balance Minimus shoes, Pu-erh Chinese tea, ice cream maker, my Timex Ironman watch (I am onto my third one).
If you could choose to eat anything in the world for your next meal, what would it be?
Sydney rock oysters, foie gras, suckling pig from Swine & Co.
What was for breakfast?
A hardboiled egg; spinach; zucchini; avocado; sardine pâté; green smoothie.
How would you classify your eating style?
Basically Paleo with white rice. Lots of vegetables, meat with fat and skin, seafood, bone broth, 1-2 serves of fruit, 1-2 squares of 85 or 90% chocolate.
Your favourite way to stay active?
Sprinting at the beach. Working out on playground equipment. Natural movement workouts. Not taking the car when I go grocery shopping.
Your menu has Asian and Indian influences which is quite unique for a paleo meal delivery service – What made you specialize in these cuisines?
Asian and Indian foods are perfect for paleo eating because they are pretty paleo to begin with and are packed with flavour. Most - if not all - Asian restaurants and takeaway places cook with vegetable oils and routinely add sugar to their dishes or use copious amounts of sweet sauces like oyster and hoisin sauce, whether it be Thai, Chinese or Vietnamese. In my culinary experiments, I found that usually the added sugar is unnecessary and I could make sugar-free (including honey-free) and vegetable oil-free versions of Asian dishes which were equally delicious.
What is your favourite dish on the current Go Paleo menu?
Our current autumn special dish of Pork Cassoulet served with Quince and Apple Compote.
Your best advice for living a wholesome, healthy lifestyle?
· Don’t be afraid to experiment with what works for you, everyone is different.
· Don’t skimp on sleep and get enough sunlight exposure to make you’re getting enough Vitamin D.
· Eat more organ meats, seafood and healthy fats (avocados, butter, whole food fats).
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