Entrees

Grass Fed Beef Chili (bean free)

Posted by on Jul 5, 2012 in Beef, Entrees, Photo Slide Show, Recipes, Stews, Chilis, Curries | Comments Off on Grass Fed Beef Chili (bean free)

Grass Fed Beef Chili (bean free)

2 TBSP coconut oil 1 pound grass-fed ground beef 2 cloves garlic, minced or crushed 1 large onion, chopped 1 red bell pepper, chopped (about 3/4 cup) 2 TBSP chili powder 1 tsp dried oregano 1 tsp ground cumin 1 tsp hot sauce or 1/4 tsp chipotle pepper powder  (optional) 1 (28 ounce) package crushed, chopped, or strained tomatoes 1/4 cup Worcestershire sauce Heat the coconut oil in a stock pot or large Dutch oven over medium heat & crumble in the ground beef. Add the onion, garlic, bell pepper, and cook stirring frequently until beef is evenly browned. Stir in the chili powder, oregano,...

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Fiesta Beef Casserole

Posted by on Jun 16, 2012 in Beef, Entrees, Recipes | Comments Off on Fiesta Beef Casserole

Fiesta Beef Casserole

FOR MY VEGETARIAN FOLLOWERS:  While my diet has been evolving, yours may not be!  I don’t want to bore you with too many meaty recipes, but please be aware that I do have quite a bit of catching up to do to even out the vegetarian slant of this website (as it no longer accurately represents my current eating habits and nutritional philosophy).  That said, I still have plenty of non-meat recipes to post, and will try to include them along side the meaty ones as much as possible (there will be one such, very delicious post directly following this one).  From a nutritional standpoint, if...

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Ends Meat

Posted by on Jun 6, 2012 in Beef, Entrees, Recipes | Comments Off on Ends Meat

OK, this isn’t a real recipe, but laughter is good nutrition too, so I thought I’d share a quickie……   1977 – Mrs. Marshall’s third-grade class:  I received my graded essay back with only three spelling mistakes (which was pretty good for me).  As I turned the pages to see where I lost points… Oh wow – I realized Mrs. Marshall had actually made a mistake! One of the words she had marked with a big red check was definitely spelled correctly. Just as I started to raise my hand to point this out, in an instant, my cheeks turned bright red,...

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California Pot Roast

Posted by on Jun 6, 2012 in Beef, Entrees, Photo Slide Show, Recipes | Comments Off on California Pot Roast

California Pot Roast

one 4 – 5 lb roast (chuck, rump, or round roast) 1 TBSP pure salt 2 tsps freshly ground black pepper 3 TBSP coconut oil 1/2 cup water 2 cups tomato sauce, fresh or packaged 1 onion, coarsely chopped 2 cloves garlic, minced 2 TBSP natural, brown sugar (optional) 1/2 tsp dry mustard 1/4 cup fresh lemon juice 1/4 cup apple cider vinegar 1/4 cup high quality ketchup (no high fructose corn syrup!) 1 TBSP Worcestershire sauce Combine the salt and pepper and rub into the roast. Heat the coconut oil in a large skillet over medium-high heat, and brown the roast, about 3 mins per side. Place the...

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Fettucine Alfredo

Posted by on May 11, 2012 in Butter/Cheese Sauce, Entrees, Pasta, Recipes | Comments Off on Fettucine Alfredo

Fettucine Alfredo

  1 pound whole grain fettucine (we use brown rice fettucine) 6 TBSP butter or ghee 1 shallot, minced 1 cup whole milk or heavy cream 1 cup finely grated Parmigiano-Reggiano, divided 1/2 tsp pure salt 1/4 tsp freshly ground black pepper Fresh parsley or basil, for garnish (optional) Cook the fettucine in salted water until al dente. While noodles are cooking, melt the ghee or butter in a saucepan (large enough to eventually hold the pasta) over medium heat. Add shallots and saute just a few minutes until tender. Add milk, bring to a boil, and reduce to a simmer. Cook, stirring...

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Sausage (Tempeh) & Peppers w/ Greens

Posted by on May 2, 2012 in Entrees, Greens, Recipes, Tempeh, Tempeh, Tofu, Seitan | Comments Off on Sausage (Tempeh) & Peppers w/ Greens

Sausage (Tempeh) & Peppers w/ Greens

To prepare the Tempeh Sausage: 2 packages soy tempeh (total of 16 oz) 2 TBSP fennel seeds 2 tsps dried basil 2 tsps dried oregano 1 tsp red pepper flakes 1 tsp dried sage (or 3/4 tsp ground sage) 4 garlic cloves, minced or crushed 1/4 cup soy sauce 2 TBSPs extra virgin olive oil 3 TBSPs lemon juice (juice of 1 lemon) In a large saute pan, crumble the tempeh (using your hands) and add enough water to almost cover it (about 3/4 cup). Over medium heat, cover pan & steam the tempeh until the water is absorbed, about 10 minutes. Drain or cook off any remaining water (if necessary). Add the...

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Honey-Lime Broiled Salmon

Posted by on Apr 20, 2012 in Entrees, Fish, Recipes | Comments Off on Honey-Lime Broiled Salmon

Honey-Lime Broiled Salmon

Been making fish pretty regularly these days & have a few new tasty recipes to share. Here’s one of them…. FOR THE MARINADE: 4 salmon fillets (about 6 oz each) 2 TBSP tamari/soy sauce 1/4 cup brown rice vinegar 1/2 cup mirin 1 tsp peeled & grated fresh ginger (see tip below) Place the fillets in a baking dish just large enough to hold them in a single layer. In a small bowl, combine the soy sauce, vinegar, mirin, and ginger. Pour over the fillets, turning to coat all sides, and marinate at room temp for at least 30 mins but no longer than 1 hour....

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Tomato & Leek Marinara

Posted by on Sep 26, 2011 in Pasta, Recipes, Red Sauces | 2 comments

Tomato & Leek Marinara

2 to 4 leeks, washed and sliced (see notes below) 1/4 cup extra virgin olive oil 1 28-ounce package diced (or crushed) tomatoes a good handful of fresh sage leaves, roughly torn or chopped pure salt and pepper to taste pinch of crushed red pepper (optional) pasta of choice Boil water for pasta. Heat oil in a large skillet. Add the leeks and saute over medium heat just until they start to brown, 10 – 12 minutes. Do not let the leeks burn, or they will become bitter. Add the tomatoes, sage, salt (1/2 tsp, give or take), pepper, and crushed red pepper if using. Simmer until the sauce...

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Arugula & Sun-dried Tomato Frittata

Posted by on Sep 18, 2011 in Breakfast, Egg based, Eggs, Entrees, Photo Slide Show, Recipes | Comments Off on Arugula & Sun-dried Tomato Frittata

Arugula & Sun-dried Tomato Frittata

1 & 1/2 TBSP extra virgin olive oil 2 large garlic cloves, minced or crushed 8 sun-dried tomatoes packed in oil, drained & thinly sliced 6 oz arugula, washed and drained well 8 large eggs 1/4 cup fresh basil leaves, roughly torn apart 1/4 cup grated parmesan cheese (optional) 1/2 tsp sea salt freshly ground pepper to taste Preheat broiler to high. Heat oil over medium heat in a 10-inch skillet (preferably non-stick) with an oven proof handle and swirl the oil to coat the bottom of the pan evenly. While oil is warming up, use a fork to lightly beat the eggs, basil, cheese, salt and...

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Tomato Eggplant & Basil Sauce

Posted by on Aug 28, 2011 in Pasta, Recipes, Red Sauces | Comments Off on Tomato Eggplant & Basil Sauce

Tomato Eggplant & Basil Sauce

2 small (or 1 medium) eggplant (about 3/4 pound) 1/4 cup extra virgin olive oil (divided) 2 garlic cloves, lightly smashed 3 medium, ripe tomatoes (about 1 & 1/4 lbs) cored and diced small 1/2 tsp pure salt freshly ground black pepper to taste 10 large, fresh basil leaves cut into thin strips 1/2 cup ricotta cheese (optional) 12 oz ziti or penne ______________________________________________________________________________________ Preheat oven to 400 degrees. Peel the eggplant and cut into 1/2 inch cubes. Place on a baking sheet (I like to line w/ parchment paper). Drizzle 2 TBSP of the...

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Pasta w/ Summer Tomatoes and Olivada

Posted by on Aug 22, 2011 in Fresh Tomato Sauces, Olive Oil Sauces, Pasta, Recipes | Comments Off on Pasta w/ Summer Tomatoes and Olivada

Pasta w/ Summer Tomatoes and Olivada

First make the Olivada: 1 small garlic clove, chopped into a few pieces 3 large basil leaves, torn into a few pieces 1 tsp fresh thyme leaves 1/2 cup black olives, drained & pitted 2 tsps lemon juice 1 TBSP extra virgin olive oil Place the garlic, basil and thyme in the work bowl of a small food processor. Process, scraping down sides as needed until the ingredients are finely chopped. Add the olives and lemon juice and pulse, scraping down the sides as needed, to form a coarse paste. Add the oil and pulse until it’s just incorporated. To prepare the meal: 4 medium tomatoes (about...

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Tempeh Sausage Crumbles

Posted by on Jun 19, 2011 in Breakfast, Pasta, Pasta Side dishes, Recipes, Sides, Tempeh, Tempeh, Tofu, Seitan | 2 comments

Tempeh Sausage Crumbles

2 packages soy tempeh (total of 16 oz) 2 TBSP fennel seeds 2 tsps dried basil 2 tsps dried oregano 1 tsp red pepper flakes 1 tsp dried sage (or 3/4 tsp ground sage) 4 garlic cloves, minced or crushed 1/4 cup soy sauce 2 TBSPs extra virgin olive oil 3 TBSPs lemon juice (juice of 1 lemon) In a large saute pan, crumble the tempeh (using your hands) and add enough water to almost cover it (about 3/4 cup). Over medium heat, cover pan & steam the tempeh until the water is absorbed, about 10 minutes. Drain any remaining water (if necessary), or cook it off with the pan uncovered. Add the rest...

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