Spicy Cocoa Rubbed Venison Steak Lettuce Wraps

In honor of the hottest week I think central New York has ever experienced, twentysomething and paleo presents a deliciously paleo and cold dinner fit for any active and sweaty young adult – and the best part is: before it wound up in my freezer, it was romping around in the wild and eating naturally germinated plants. Thank you again to Coach Craig, Crossfit Partner-in-Crime Maria’s hunter and my new running group leader! Where he finds time to catch wild game between triathlons, training, and listening to maria gush about crossfit I just don’t know…

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Spicy Cocoa Rubbed Venison Steak Lettuce Wraps:

Venison Steak (or any steak of your choosing)
5 tbsp baking cocoa
3 tbsp chili powder
1 tsp cayenne pepper
3 tbsp freshly ground black pepper
1 tbsp coconut/olive oil
Iceberg lettuce
Tomato, Avocado, and any other fixins you may want

Pound thawed steak to tenderize.

Mix 4 tbsp cocoa, chili, cayenne, and black pepper.

Rub steak in oil, followed by the pepper-cocoa mix.

Cover in plastic wrap and let sit in fridge for at least an hour, no more than 4 hours.

In a skillet, heat another tbsp oil and sauté steak over medium heat for about 2-2.5 minutes (to get the perfect medium rare… mmm)

Set steak to the side to rest (don’t cut! Don’t cut! Don’t cut! Those juices are like gold…)

Slice steak or cut into portions for the week and slice into smaller pieces the day you wrap.

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Hot-Grilled Tilapia in Creamy Garlic Spinach Sauce

Forget the fish – this spinach is a knock-your-socks off way to rekindle a long lost love affair with green leafy vegetables. The protein (for once in a paleo blue moon) is taking the back seat tonight. 20130715-225455.jpgHot-Grilled Tilapia in Creamy Garlic Spinach Sauce

2 cups frozen spinach
1/2 avocado
1 tbsp chopped garlic
¼ cup coconut or almond milk
4 tilapia fillets
1 tbsp cumin
2 tbsp chili pepper
1 tsp paprika
2 tbsp franks redhot
salt and pepper

This recipe is almost insultingly simple, and I apologize for those of you who expected an expert-level spinach set of instructions:

Steam spinach. (I use the microwave and a ziplock bag… Because I’m in my 20s and can still ignore the inkling that it has negative chemical-based consequences for my health)

In food processor, mix spinach, avocado, garlic, 1 tbsp chili powder, hot sauce and almond/coconut milk. (taste and add salt and pepper as needed)

Brush or sprinkle Tilapia fillets with mixed cumin, chili, and paprika.

Grill fish to desired blackening.

There’s not much else to say… smother that blackened peppered fishy with some green creamy sauce of goodness and eat that bad boy. Don’t let that fish take away from the spinach though!