(BAKED GREEN LEAVES WITH PORK IN A TRAY) and boiled taro root
Also known as palusami, it is a Polynesian inspired dish that is a good addition to a paleo or keto meal plan. Only 4 ingredients, with a bit of salt and very simple to cook! To make it complete you will need a bit of taro root as well. Traditionally this dish was made with taro leaves, freshly squeezed coconut milk, meat or without, and a bit of salt water. Then finally wrapped in a parcel with a breadfruit leaf or banana leaf and put into a ground oven or on hot stones and covered to cook. In this particular dish the taro leaves are substituted with spinach leaves. A ground oven, fresh coconuts, a fresh banana leaf and Polynesian pork that forages and eats coconuts are hard to come by. This is especially true if you live in a Metropolis like Calgary. As a compromise you will need to source out some ingredients that are similar and use modern conveniences like an electric oven and baking tray. In essence, it is very much a ‘lu’ or palusami . In this recipe, you will need an oven, a baking tray, aluminium foil and basic prep/cooking utensils, to get started. Lu Puaka Laulau Makes 6 servings. 1 serving is about 533 calories. Fat: 43 g, Protein: 31 g, carbohydrates: 4 g., 25 mcg of folate, 300 mg of potassium. Ingredients: ¼ of a large yellow onion 350 ml of organic thick coconut cream 1 kg of pork shoulder ( with the fat, mmm!) The whole 312 g container of prewashed organic spinach leaves. 1 teaspoon of salt.
In this example a Pyrex glass tray is used, covered with 2 layers of foil on the inside. This will save on cleaning later, maybe not so much on foil.
Preheat oven to 455 degrees Celsius.
Haka talo (boiled taro root)
This is a typical staple that is eaten with’lu’.
When there is about an hour left to cook the ‘lu’ start preparing the taro. In this example about 4 pounds of taro is used.
Recommended amount with 1 serving of ‘lu’: ¼ pound of taro is about 160 calories. 39 g of carbohydrate, 6 g of fibre, 1 g of fat, 549 mg of potassium.
Moho lelei. Well cooked.
Taro of good consistency.
Putting it all together.
Tapuaki'i leva 'ae tau me'a taumafa. Pea kai ke makona. Bless the Food, then eat until satisfied.
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