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Cuban Burger

Paleo Cuban Burger
Serves 6
This Paleo Cuban Burger recipe adapted by Z is nothing short of amazing. It's a wonderful blend of flavors that everyone in our family thoroughly enjoys.
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Prep Time
15 min
Cook Time
30 min
Total Time
45 min
Prep Time
15 min
Cook Time
30 min
Total Time
45 min
820 calories
56 g
187 g
43 g
56 g
19 g
382 g
417 g
24 g
0 g
20 g
Nutrition Facts
Serving Size
Amount Per Serving
Calories 820
Calories from Fat 386
% Daily Value *
Total Fat 43g
Saturated Fat 19g
Trans Fat 0g
Polyunsaturated Fat 3g
Monounsaturated Fat 17g
Cholesterol 187mg
Sodium 417mg
Total Carbohydrates 56g
Dietary Fiber 5g
Sugars 24g
Protein 56g
Vitamin A
Vitamin C
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet. Your Daily Values may be higher or lower depending on your calorie needs.
  1. 5 Green Plantains
  2. Coconut Oil
  3. 2 Pounds ground pork
  4. 3 Tablespoons onion powder
  5. 2 Tablespoons dried oregano
  6. 3 Teaspoons garlic powder
  7. 1 Lime - Juiced
  8. Shaved deli ham
  9. Dijon Mustard
  10. Dill Pickles (sliced)
  11. Swiss Cheese (optional)
For the buns
  1. Peel the plantains and slice into 2-inch-thick rounds.
  2. Boil plantain rounds until soft, about 5 minutes.
  3. Smash the plantains flat.
  4. In a skillet, melt a few tablespoons of coconut oil over medium-high heat.
  5. Fry flattened plantains until brown and crispy, about 3 minutes per side.
For the burgers
  1. Place all ingredients in a bowl.
  2. Use your hands to mix everything together thoroughly.
  3. Form the burgers roughly the same size as the plantain buns.
  4. Cook the burgers in the skillet, adding more oil if needed, about 5 minutes per side.
  5. (For a smoky and vibrant flavor, grill the patties over an open flame instead of in the skillet.)
  6. To assemble, place a bun on a plate, top with a burger patty, shaved deli ham, pickles, mustard and cap off with another plantain bun.
Adapted from Primal Cravings: Your favorite foods made paleo
Interfacing Josh Houghtelin
Paleo Cuban Burger 

ECO HOUSE: Practical Ideas for a Greener, Healthier Dwelling (Book Review)

(Book Cover) Eco House: Practical Ideas for a Grener, Healthier Dwelling ECO HOUSE: Practical ideas for a greener, healthier dwelling by Sergi Costa Duran.

I don’t have a real intimate knowledge of construction but I am interested in seeing through the construction of my own home and in doing so I want a very bio-friendly home so I picked up this book from the library and read it through.

It starts out with a lot of bright colored diagrams that identify the core elements of different eco-friendly home design elements such as bioclimatic design, roof gardens, geo-thermal installations, wind / solar energy systems, gray-water re-use and more.  The diagrams are good enough to get an understanding of resources that come together to follow these eco-friendly designs and perhaps more useful to me was being able to absorb the new vocabulary which helps lead to more research and learning. They are however not detailed enough to completely understand and/or implement the diagrams.

ECO HOUSE then dives in to review some bio friendly building materials, general home heating and cooling practices (south facing facade, greenhouse effect in winter and shade from eaves in the summer), water use and re-use.  Overall it does a good job of bringing me from knowing very little about bio-friendly homes to knowing a lot of very basic concepts, patterns materials and tools.

ECO HOUSE doesn’t at first make very much sense when I was reading it through from front to back but it’s filled with pictures (almost every paragraph of text in the book is explaining an adjacent photo) and tidbits of useful information that all comes together after a few times through the book.

In conclusion:  If you’re brand new to eco-friendly home design and function or better yet, if you’re new to construction entirely and want to learn a lot of very basic information to get started understanding the inner workings and thought process behind eco-homes then ECO HOUSE: Practical Ideas for a Greener, Healthier Dwelling is worth checking out. It follows the title quite well, the book covers a lot of ‘practical ideas for a greener, healthier dwelling’.