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Meat Sauce

I had forgotten how good this smells when this is on the stove for a low simmer. Low and slow is what makes this so good. It lets the flavors meld and develop. This recipe makes a lot of sauce, so use what you need today and freeze the remainder for another night.

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  • 2 tbsp olive oil
  • 1/2 large onion, diced
  • 4 garlic cloves, minced
  • Mediterranean Seasoning
  • 1 lb. ground beef
  • 6 oz. tomato paste
  • 32.5 oz. diced tomatoes
  • 29 oz. tomato sauce
  • 2 tbsp maple sugar
  • 2 bay leaves
  • basil, garnish

In a large dutch oven over medium heat cook onion and garlic until onion is translucent. Sprinkle seasoning (about 1/2 – 1 tsp each time) over onion mixture. Add the ground beef and brown; when the ground beef is browned sprinkle more seasoning and stir. Let cook for about 2 minutes to develop the added seasoning.

Add the tomato paste and cook with the meat mixture. Work the paste into the ground beef, melding the flavors. Add diced tomatoes, tomato sauce; stir well. Add more seasoning, maple sugar and the bay leaves. Cook on low for 2-3 hours. Serve over some vegetable noodles. Butternut squash noodles pair very nicely with the meat sauce. Serve. Eat. Enjoy.

 

 

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Blueberry-Almond Clafouti

I intended to make some blueberry muffins, but I had been wanting to make a clafouti for a couple of weeks. So the blueberries became a french dessert. Tasty.

Stir-ins:

  • 2 c blueberries
  • 2 tsp arrowroot

Wet Ingredients:

  • 2/3 c cashew cream
  • 1 tsp vanilla
  • 1/4 c maple syrup
  • 9 tbsp aquafaba (juice from canned chickpeas)whipped

Dry Ingredients:

Toppings:

  • 3 tbsp sliced almonds, toasted
  • 2 tsp coconut sugar

Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Grease a 9 inch ceramic or glass pie plate.

Toss blueberries with arrowroot, spread in an even layer on bottom of prepared pie plate.

In a large mixing bowl whip aquafaba to stiff peaks.

Fold aquafaba into the cashew cream, vanilla and maple syrup.

Whisk together the flour, lemon zest, and sea salt.

Gently combine wet and dry ingredients.

Pour batter over blueberries and sprinkle with almonds. Bake until clafouti is puffy and golden, and a knife inserted in center comes out clean, 50-55 minutes.

Remove from oven and let cool for at least 15 minutes (center may sink). Sprinkle coconut sugar and slice into 8 pieces; serve warm or at room temperature. Top with whipped coconut cream.

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Beef Stew

I had been thinking about making beef stew for a few weeks. The trick to making this especially delicious is actually roasting it in the oven. The ingredient list may seem long; however, if you are cooking paleo you will probably have most of these in your pantry.

  • 2 tbsp olive oil
  • 4 garlic cloves, minced
  • 1 lb. beef sirloin tips, cubed
  • 1 large onion, diced
  • 1 lb. baby carrots, 3/4 inch cubes
  • 1/2 c celery
  • 1 1b. parsnips, peeled, cubed into 3/4 inch cubes
  • 8 oz. button mushrooms, sliced
  • 6 oz. tomato paste
  • 2 tbsp tapioca flour
  • 2 tbsp all-purpose seasoning, divided
  • 5-8 oz. white wine
  • 4 cups beef broth, 3 c/1 c
  • 3 tbsp arrowroot
  • parsley, garnish (optional)

In large ziplock bag add tapioca flour, 1 tbsp all-purpose seasoning, and beef. Close bag, and shake so that the beef is well coated. Set aside.

Preheat oven to 375 degrees.

In a large dutch oven heat olive oil over medium heat. Add garlic and cook until fragrant. Add beef to garlic and brown meat. Stir occasionally. When meat is browned add onions, carrots, celery, parsnips, and mushrooms. Cook until onions are translucent.

Stir in tomato paste so that it is well incorporated with ingredients in the dutch oven. Add white wine, scraping the cooked bits off the bottom of the dutch oven. This is where lots of flavor will come out. Stir in 3 cups of beef broth. Cover dutch oven and transfer to oven.

Roast in oven for one hour stirring  occasionally; then test tenderness of vegetables. When they are almost to the tenderness you desire make a slurry with the remaining beef broth and the arrowroot. Pour slurry into stew and stir. Cook for another half hour.

Remove form oven, stir well and serve. Eat. Enjoy.

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Meatloaf Muffins

I made these in an attempt to try portion control. It actually worked well. When these bake in the oven the kitchen smells so good. Add smashed potatoes and the roasted brussel sprouts and cranberries and you have a very filling meal.

  • 1 lb. pork sausage
  • 1 lb. ground beef
  • 4 garlic cloves, minced
  • 3/4 c onion, small dice
  • 2 tbsp tomato paste
  • 1/2 c almond meal
  • 1 tbsp all-purpose seasoning
  • 2  egg yolks, beaten

Preheat oven to 375 degrees.

This is a dump all together and mix with your hands kind of recipe. Really, that is all  you have to do.

I used a 12 well muffin pan. Fill each well with the meat mixture. All the meat mixture should fill all the wells perfectly.

Bake in the oven for 20 minutes. Serve. Eat. Enjoy.

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Roasted Zucchini and Cherry Tomatoes

It is said that you eat with your eyes first. I always try to make the plate colorful for two reasons. First it looks better. Second, it is usually more nutritious.

  • 3 zucchini, medium
  • 1 cup cherry tomatoes
  • 1 tbsp vegetable broth
  • 1/2 tsp mediterranean seasoning mix
  • 1 tbsp nutritional yeast (optional)

Preheat oven to 4oo degrees.

Slice zucchini into 1/2-inch coins. Spread out zucchini, and tomatoes on baking sheet. Drizzle broth on vegetables. Sprinkle seasoning on vegetables. Stir seasoned vegetables. Bake for 5 minutes. Stir. Bake for 5 more minutes. Remove for oven.

Turn oven to broil. Broil for 1-2 minutes.  Sprinkle nutritional yeast over vegetables.

Serve. Eat. Enjoy.

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Apple -Cranberry Compote

Sometimes I even surprise myself. This combination of apples and fresh cranberries was a huge  – WOW moment. It is really that good. The flavors are complex, yet the compote is so easy to make. Basically a chop and in the pot kind of sauce. Ladle this compote on pancakes or waffles and you will have a breakfast everyone will remember.

  • 1 orange, zested, juiced
  • 1/2 c  maple syrup
  • 1/2 c fresh cranberries
  • 1 apple , peeled, cored, cubed
  • 1/2 tsp cinnamon
  • 1/4 tsp nutmeg
  • pinch of sea salt

In a medium saucepan over medium-high heat add all the ingredients. Bring to a boil, stirring occasionally, then turn down to a simmer. Cook until most of the cranberries have burst. Turn heat off, set aside until ready to serve.

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Not Your Average Meatloaf

This meatloaf is so flavorful that you don’t even have to top it with ketchup or a sauce. At least, that’s what my husband said. He has a pretty good palate. To be honest I was a little surprised how good this turned out. Meatloaf isn’t one of my usual dishes, but I was in the mood for some comfy food. I will definitely make this again.

  • 1 lb. ground beef – grass fed is best
  • 1 lb. ground pork sausage
  • 4 garlic cloves, minced
  • 3/4 c onion, medium dice
  • 2 tbsp tomato paste
  • 1 tbsp All-purpose seasoning ( see website)
  • 2 egg yolks, beaten
  • 1/2 c almond meal (see website)

 

Preheat oven to 375 degrees.

You are going to like this. Just mix it all together. Use your hands, this mixes everything  together the best. Form into a loaf pan. Bake for 30-45 minutes.

I served the meatloaf with my smashed potatoes, and brussel sprouts with cranberries. Very delicious. Serve. Eat. Enjoy.img_0595

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Brussel Sprouts with Cranberries

I know what you thought when you saw “Brussel Sprouts”, but I promise these are really good. I’ve never been a big fan of brussel sprouts, however I was determined to find a way to like them since they are so good for you. I think I accomplished that with this dish. The key to this is to get them carmelized, so that the natural sugars come out, and make them yummy.  My husband said to me, “Who would think I actually would ask you to make brussel sprouts.” That was a huge moment, because he didn’t really like brussel sprouts either.  Like most things, I try to make them easy, so anyone could make them. Give them a try.

  • 16 oz brussel sprouts, quartered
  • 1 c fresh cranberries
  • 2 – 3 tbsp vegetable broth to toss the sprouts and berries
  • sea salt and pepper to taste
  • 1 tbsp maple syrup

Preheat oven to 375 degrees. In a large bowl combine sprouts, cranberries, and seasoning. Toss to coat ingredients well. Spread out brussel sprouts and cranberries on sheet pan. Bake in oven for 20-30 minutes, stirring half way through. They will be done when they are fork tender. The cranberries will have burst and shrunk in size, That is a good thing. Drizzle with maple syrup and stir. Serve. Eat. Enjoy.

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All-Purpose Seasoning

I like to make up different seasonings to add a new dimension to the flavor of the dish. Each mix I make gives a dish a new flavor profile, making it unique. So far I’ve shared my Mediterranean and Southwestern. Today its the quintessential All-purpose mix. Hope you enjoy the flavor.

  • 2 tbsp Italian Seasoning
  • 2 tbsp Himalayan Salt (optional)
  • 1 tbsp onion powder
  • 1 tbsp garlic powder
  • 1 tsp dried mustard
  • 1/2 tsp ground pepper

Measure all ingredients into a mason jar. Shake. Sprinkle. That’s it. Try it on any protein or vegetable you like. This seasoning will transform your dish.img_0601

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Chicken Salad Wrap

I made this chicken salad from the leftover roasted chicken the night before. It’s just as good this way, as it was the first time around. You don’t even feel like you are eating leftovers, or as I like to think of them as planovers.

  • 3c diced roasted chicken
  • 1/4 c diced onion
  • 1/4 c diced celery
  • 1/2 c dried cranberries
  • 1/4 c chopped pecans
  • 1/2 c homemade mayonnaise
  • 2 t stone ground mustard
  • pinch of sea salt, and pepper

Combine all ingredients, refrigerate for at least an hour. Serve. Enjoy.

I sometimes use butterhead lettuce for the wrap, however, this time I used paleo wraps. I like both.Chicken Salad Wrap