Recipes

Sweet Potato Mash

Posted by on Aug 20, 2014 in Potatoes, Recipes, Vegetables | 0 comments

about 3 pounds sweet potatoes 1/4 cup whole milk or cream 2 TBSPs butter 2 TBSPs pure maple syrup 1/4 tsp pure salt sprinkle of cinnamon (to taste) Bake the potatoes as you would if you were making baked potatoes (wash, prick with fork, and bake for 45 – 60 minutes at 400 degrees). When done, remove from oven and let cool off enough to handle. Meanwhile, add the remaining ingredients to a bowl large enough to eventually hold the potatoes. Peel off and discard the potato skin (simply pull it off with your fingers – it will be a little “baggy” after the potatoes have...

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Hawaiian Fried Rice

Posted by on Mar 29, 2014 in Grains (non breakfast), Recipes, Rice | 0 comments

Hawaiian Fried Rice

1 lb chorizo, casing removed (optional) 1 medium onion, chopped 1 bell pepper, diced (about 1 cup) 1 large clove garlic, minced or crushed 1 TBSP coconut oil (not necessary to add oil if you’re using a meat product) 2 TBSP tamari 2 cups uncooked rice (cooked and then cooled if possible) 2 cans (14 ounces each) pineapple chunks 1/4 cup (about 2 oz) raisins 4 eggs, scrambled in a separate pan (can omit if including meat) Cook rice ahead of time (if possible) and let cool to room temp (or can refrigerate). In large saute pan (5 qt works well) on medium heat, saute the chorizo until...

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Chicken Cacciatori

Posted by on Mar 13, 2014 in Chicken, Entrees, Recipes, Red Sauces | 0 comments

Chicken Cacciatori

1 chicken cut into parts (legs, thighs, breasts, wings) chicken-herb-rub to coat chicken (or simply use salt & pepper) 3 tablespoons butter, ghee, or coconut oil 1 large bell pepper (any color), chopped 1 medium onion, chopped 3 garlic cloves, finely chopped 3/4 cup dry white wine (optional) 1 (28-ounce) package diced tomatoes with juice 3/4 cup chicken broth (increase to 1 & 1/4 cups if omitting wine) 1/4 cup chopped kalamata olives (or 3 tablespoons drained capers) 1 & 1/2 tsps dried oregano 1 tsp crushed red pepper flakes 1/4 cup coarsely chopped fresh basil leaves,...

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Chocolate Mousse

Posted by on Mar 6, 2014 in Recipes, Sweets | 0 comments

Chocolate Mousse

6 ounces semisweet or bittersweet chocolate, coarsely chopped or broken in pieces 4 TBSP butter 1 tsp pure vanilla extract 2 TBSP strong coffee (brewed) —OR— 4 tsps light rum or brandy 4 large eggs, separated 2 TBSP natural sugar 1/2 cup heavy cream Melt chocolate in a double boiler (or simulated double boiler – see below). Whisk butter into melted chocolate, 1 TBSP at a time. Stir in salt, vanilla and coffee (or rum/brandy) until completely incorporated. Whisk in yolks one at a time, making sure that each is fully incorporated before adding the next. Set chocolate mixture...

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Taco Meat Seasoning

Posted by on Feb 26, 2014 in Condiments, etc..., Entrees, Mexican, Recipes, Seasonings | 0 comments

Taco Meat Seasoning

4 TBSP chili powder 2 TBSP ground cumin 4 tsps black pepper 3 tsps pure salt 1 tsp garlic powder 1 tsp onion powder 1 tsp crushed red pepper flakes 1 tsp dried oregano 1/2 tsp paprika Combine all ingredients and store in a sealed container. _____________________________________________________________________ SIDE NOTES: ~  This is a great mix to keep on hand.  Simply saute ground beef with a few teaspoons of this seasoning mix, and lay out a spread of shredded cheese, lettuce, diced tomato, guacamole, salsa, sour cream, rice if you’d like, and you’re ready for a mexican...

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Chiles Rellenos Casserole

Posted by on Feb 17, 2014 in Entrees, Mexican, Recipes | 0 comments

Chiles Rellenos Casserole

2 TBSP coconut oil 1 small onion, chopped 2 cloves garlic, minced or crushed 8 New Mexican green chiles cut in half lengthwise, stems / seeds removed and discarded 8 oz Monterey Jack cheese, cut into strips High quality tortilla chips, crushed (I used blue chips this time) enough freshly grated cheddar cheese to cover top of casserole (2 – 3 oz) 2 eggs 1/2 cup milk 1/4 tsp pure salt Roast the peppers, let cool for a few minutes, and peel off their skin. Saute the onion and garlic in the oil until soft and lightly browned, about 5 – 7 minutes. Remove from heat and set aside. Lay...

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Cilantro Lime Rice

Posted by on Feb 9, 2014 in Grains (non breakfast), Mexican, Recipes, Rice | 1 comment

Cilantro Lime Rice

1 cup dry rice 1 & 1/2 cups water 1 TBSP butter 1/2 tsp pure salt 1/4 – 1/2 cup (to taste) chopped cilantro 2 TBSPs fresh lime juice 1 tsp lime zest Add rice, water, butter and salt to a small pot, bring to a boil, reduce to a simmer, and cook (according to package directions). Mix cilantro, lime juice and lime zest into cooked rice until well combined. _____________________________________________________________________ SIDE NOTES: ~  If eating dairy free, simply use coconut oil instead of butter. ~  Season with additional salt at the table if needed. ~  This rice is great...

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Mustard Rosemary Lamb Chops

Posted by on Jan 29, 2014 in Entrees, Lamb, Recipes | 0 comments

Mustard Rosemary Lamb Chops

2 TBSP coconut oil, melted 2 TBSP Dijon mustard 2 cloves garlic, crushed 4 tsps dried rosemary 2 tsps pure salt 2 tsps black pepper 8 lamb loin or rib chops Blend first six ingredients (AKA mustard-rosemary-garlic-paste)  in a small food processor. Generously rub paste into chops (both sides) and let sit at room temperature for 1 hour. Broil under broiler for 5 mins on each side or pan fry stove top for a similar time period. _____________________________________________________________________ SIDE NOTES: ~  I tend to do this stove top and after cooking, cover the pan and let sit for...

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Mustard Rosemary Garlic Paste

Posted by on Jan 29, 2014 in Condiments, etc..., Recipes, Seasonings | 0 comments

Mustard Rosemary Garlic Paste

2 TBSP coconut oil, melted 2 TBSP Dijon mustard 4 tsps dried rosemary 2 tsps pure salt 2 tsps black pepper Blend in small food processor until thoroughly combined. _______________________________________________________________________ SIDE NOTES: ~  Adapted from The Grassfed Gourmet.  Great on lamb — chops, ribs, or leg. ~  Covers about 8 chops, so scale up or down as...

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Italian Egg Drop Soup

Posted by on Jan 20, 2014 in Egg based, Entrees, Grains (non breakfast), Greens, Photo Slide Show, Recipes, Rice, Soups, Vegetables | 0 comments

Italian Egg Drop Soup

1 cup (dry) rice, cooked 8 cups chicken-broth 2 TBSP butter 1 tsp pure salt freshly ground pepper to taste 5 – 6 oz kale, stems removed, roughly chopped, and washed 4 eggs, lightly beaten w/ salt & pepper parmesan reggiano to taste Cook rice according to package directions. Heat the broth. Add butter, salt, pepper, kale, and simmer over medium-low heat, covered, until greens are wilted (about 10 mins). Add cooked rice. Bring soup back up to a boil. Beat eggs and add gradually while stirring with a whisk. Sprinkle freshly grated parmesan cheese over each individual bowl to...

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Carrot & Raisin Salad

Posted by on Jan 13, 2014 in Non-Leafy Salads, Photo Slide Show, Recipes, Salads | 0 comments

Carrot & Raisin Salad

2 TBSP lemon juice 1 TBSP extra virgin olive oil 2 TBSP chopped fresh mint leaves 1 TBSP minced fresh chives pure salt to taste 1 lb carrots (about 4 large), peeled & shredded 1/4 cup raisins (or a 1 oz box) In a salad bowl, whisk together the lemon juice, oil, mint, chives, and salt to taste. Add the carrots & raisins & toss well. __________________________________________________________________________________ SIDE NOTES: ~  I’m a big fan of carrot salads, and this is a good one!  It’s very easy to throw together, especially if you shoot the carrots through a...

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Easy Spinach Artichoke Dip

Posted by on Jan 4, 2014 in Condiments, etc..., Dips, Greens, Recipes, Snacks and Light Meals, Vegetables | 0 comments

Easy Spinach Artichoke Dip

1 14-oz can quartered artichokes packed in water, rinsed and drained 1 cup packed spinach leaves (fresh or frozen) 6 oz cream cheese 1/3 cup freshly grated parmesan cheese 1/4 cup mayo 1/4 cup sour cream 1 TBSP lemon juice 1 tsp crushed red pepper flakes (optional) 1/4 tsp pure salt 1/4 tsp garlic powder Combine everything in an oven proof baking dish. Bake at 375 for 30 mins — give or take — until it’s bubbly and looks good! ________________________________________________________________________________ SIDE NOTES: ~  We munched on this with pieces of warm, sour dough bread...

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