Recipes

Grass-Fed Meatballs

Posted by on Nov 25, 2012 in Beef, Pasta Side dishes, Photo Slide Show, Recipes | Comments Off on Grass-Fed Meatballs

Grass-Fed Meatballs

1 free range egg, lightly beaten 1 pound grass-fed ground beef 1/2 cup high quality breadcrumbs (see below for alternatives) 2 tsps dried minced onion (or 2 TBSP finely chopped fresh onion) 1 tsp dried basil 1 tsp dried oregano 1 tsp dried thyme 1 tsp dried rosemary 1/2 tsp pure salt 1/2 tsp Worcestershire sauce 2 TBSP butter, ghee, or coconut oil METHOD 1 — FRYING: Lightly beat the egg in a bowl large enough to hold the rest of the ingredients. Mix the remaining ingredients except for the butter (or oil) with the egg. Shape into 1 & 1/2 inch balls. Saute meatballs in ghee (or oil of...

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Crustless Cheesecake

Posted by on Nov 20, 2012 in Baked Goods, Cakes, Recipes | Comments Off on Crustless Cheesecake

Crustless Cheesecake

  1 pound (16 oz) high-quality cream cheese 3 free range eggs 1/2 cup sugar of choice 1/8 tsp pure vanilla extract For the Topping: 1/2 pint (8 oz) high-quality sour cream 1 tsp pure vanilla extract 3 TBSP sugar of choice Preheat oven to 325 degrees. Beat cream cheese with an electric mixer. Add eggs one at a time, beating well after each. Add sugar and vanilla, and beat again until just combined. Pour batter into an 8 x 8 inch, coconut oil-greased, square, baking dish. Bake for 40 minutes, or until lightly browned. Let cool. Combine topping ingredients and spread over pie to within 1/2...

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Baked BBQ Chicken

Posted by on Nov 11, 2012 in Chicken, Entrees, Recipes | Comments Off on Baked BBQ Chicken

Baked BBQ Chicken

2 lbs chicken (on bone  – legs, thighs, wings, breasts, or boneless breasts – whatever you have) garlic pepper (see notes below) 6 oz (3/4 cup) high quality BBQ-sauce For skinless breasts or cutlets: Place chicken in a 9×13 pyrex and sprinkle both sides generously with garlic pepper. Coat both sides of the chicken with BBQ sauce (simply pour into the pyrex and toss). Bake in the oven at 375 for 20 – 30 mins until cooked through. For bone in / skin on chicken parts: Melt some butter in a large skillet. Add chicken parts and roll in melted butter to coat on all sides....

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Homemade Marshmallows

Posted by on Oct 31, 2012 in Recipes, Sweets | Comments Off on Homemade Marshmallows

Homemade Marshmallows

1/2 cup water 3 TBSP non-hydrolyzed gelatin 1/2 cup water 2 cups sugar 1/2 TBSP pure vanilla extract Pour 1/2 cup of water into a large mixing bowl and sprinkle gelatin over the top. Let sit about 30 minutes. Gently boil remaining 1/2 cup water and sugar until liquid turns clear, about 12 – 15 minutes (stirring occasionally). Transfer melted sugar to bowl with gelatin. Add vanilla and blend with electric mixer for about 10 minutes, until a sticky marshmallow consistency is reached. Transfer to an 8 x 12 baking dish, cover, and refrigerate for 12 hours. Cut into squares and enjoy....

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Chocolate Syrup

Posted by on Oct 24, 2012 in Condiments, etc..., Recipes, Sweets, Toppings | Comments Off on Chocolate Syrup

Chocolate Syrup

1 cup water 1/2 cup sugar 2/3 cup high quality, cocoa (or cacao) powder 1/4 teaspoon pure salt 1 teaspoon vanilla extract Bring water and sugar to a boil, whisking until sugar is dissolved. Add cocoa and salt and simmer, whisking, until slightly thickened – about 3 minutes. Remove from heat, add vanilla, then cool (syrup will continue to thicken as it cools). Yields about 1 & 1/2 cups.  Store refrigerated in a sealed container. __________________________________________________________________________ SIDE NOTES: ~  This syrup makes delicious chocolate milk, hot chocolate, and of...

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Fresh Whipped Cream

Posted by on Oct 24, 2012 in Condiments, etc..., Recipes, Sweets, Toppings | Comments Off on Fresh Whipped Cream

Fresh Whipped Cream

1 cup high quality cream 1 – 2 TBSP sweetener of choice (to taste), or 6 – 12 drops liquid stevia 1 tsp vanilla extract Use an electric mixer to blend the cream. Once it thickens, add sweetener, vanilla, and blend just a bit more to combine. __________________________________________________________________________ SIDE NOTES: ~  There’s nothing like homemade whipped cream.  It’s delicious with fresh fruit of any kind.  I’m lucky enough to have a farm near by where I can pick up fresh, raw cream to keep on hand.  If this is an option for you, I highly recommend...

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Orange Gelatin

Posted by on Oct 17, 2012 in Photo Slide Show, Recipes, Snacks and Light Meals, Sweets | Comments Off on Orange Gelatin

Orange Gelatin

VERSION 1: 2 cups fresh orange juice, cold 2 cups fresh orange juice, near boiling 3 TBSP non-hydrolyzed gelatin Begin heating 2 cups of the juice. Pour cold juice in a bowl, dissolve gelatin in juice by stirring gently, and let sit for 3 minutes. Slowly add hot juice to cold juice mixture, stirring until gelatin is completely dissolved. Cover and refrigerate until set, several hours or overnight. Serve as is or with heavy cream or fresh whipped cream.  For those with various food restrictions, this recipe falls into the following categories: Dairy Free, Gluten Free, Egg Free, Nut...

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Grape Gelatin

Posted by on Oct 17, 2012 in Photo Slide Show, Recipes, Snacks and Light Meals, Sweets | Comments Off on Grape Gelatin

Grape Gelatin

VERSION 1: 2 cups high quality, 100%, grape juice, cold 2 cups high quality 100%, grape juice, near boiling 3 TBSP non-hydrolyzed gelatin Begin heating 2 cups of the juice. Pour cold juice in a bowl, dissolve gelatin in juice by stirring gently, and let sit for 3 minutes. Slowly add hot juice to cold juice mixture, stirring until gelatin is completely dissolved. Cover and refrigerate until set (several hours or overnight). ~  Serve as is or with heavy cream or fresh whipped cream.  For those with various food restrictions, this recipe falls into the following categories: Dairy Free, Gluten...

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Chicken or Beef Broth

Posted by on Oct 10, 2012 in Beef, Chicken, Photo Slide Show, Recipes, Soups | Comments Off on Chicken or Beef Broth

Chicken or Beef Broth

Homemade broth – one of the most nourishing foods there is! 5 – 6 pounds animal bones and parts (see notes below) 5 – 6 quarts filtered water (1 qt for every 1 lb animal parts) 2 TBSP apple cider vinegar (or 3 TBSP orange juice) onion, carrots, potatoes (optional) Place animal parts in a large stock pot. Cover with appropriate amount of water. Add vinegar (or juice) and any optional vegetables for flavor if desired. Cover pot and bring to boil. Skim away and discard thick residue that rises to the top (see photo below). Simmer over low heat partially covered for at least 5...

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Creamy Fresh Tomato Soup

Posted by on Oct 4, 2012 in Photo Slide Show, Recipes, Soups | Comments Off on Creamy Fresh Tomato Soup

Creamy Fresh Tomato Soup

3 TBSP coconut oil, butter, or ghee 1 1/2 cups chopped red onions (approx 1 large) 2 carrots, roughly chopped 3 cloves garlic minced (about 1 TBSP) 4 pounds tomatoes, coarsely chopped 1 & 1/2 tsps natural sugar or 3 drops liquid stevia 1/4 cup packed, chopped, fresh basil leaves, plus extra for garnish 2 cups broth (chicken or veggie) 1 tsp pure salt 2 tsp pepper 1 cup whole milk 3/4 cup heavy cream Heat the oil or butter in a large pot over medium-low heat. Add the onions and carrots and saute for about 10 minutes, until very tender. Add the garlic and cook for 1 minute. Add the...

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Cream of Mushroom Meatloaf

Posted by on Sep 22, 2012 in Beef, Entrees, Recipes | 2 comments

Cream of Mushroom Meatloaf

3 TBSP butter, ghee, or coconut oil 1/4 pound fresh shiitake, crimini or portobello mushrooms, finely chopped 1 medium onion, peeled and finely chopped 1/2 cup high quality cream 1 tsp salt 1/2 tsp freshly ground black pepper 1/3 cup high quality bread crumbs 1 pound grass-fed ground beef 1 egg, slightly beaten freshly grated cheese of choice (enough to cover the top of the meatloaf) Preheat the oven to 400. Heat the butter or oil in a saute pan over medium heat. When hot, add the mushrooms and onions, and cook, stirring occasionally, until the mushrooms have browned and shrunk –...

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Savory Beef Stew

Posted by on Sep 12, 2012 in Beef, Entrees, Photo Slide Show, Recipes, Stews, Chilis, Curries | 2 comments

Savory Beef Stew

2 – 4 TBSP coconut oil 1 & 1/2 to 2 pounds grass-fed stew beef 1 TBSP chili powder 1/4 tsp chipotle powder (optional) 1 tsp salt 1/8 tsp black pepper 1 large onion, sliced as thin or thick as you like 1 lb carrots, coarsely chopped (3 – 5 depending on size) 1/2 lb parsnips (or turnip), coarsely chopped (1 – 3 depending on size) 1/2 lb white potatoes, peeled & chopped 2 cups beef stock 1 TBSP Worcestershire sauce 2 tsps dried thyme 3 bay leaves Heat the oil over medium heat in a large stock pot. Add the meat, chili powder, chipotle powder, salt, and pepper. Brown the...

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