Friday, January 29, 2016

Cauliflower Fried "Rice"

I keep reading blogs about cauliflower "rice" and I finally gave it a whirl. Fried "rice" was a great recipe to start with. The cauliflower absorbed the flavor of the soy and sesame oil. Unfortunately it didn't fool the teenager. He said it was good, but he felt that I had added too many peas as well, so it was a yummy "hot salad". :) I determined that cauliflower "rice" is a great alternative for a healthy lifestyle, but duly noted to have an alternate choice for the teenager. :) [I also added cod for a more filling  meal.]

Thursday, January 28, 2016

AIP Thai Meatballs

I had some ground turkey and am enjoying the auto-immune paleo recipes, that I went to pinterest and just typed in "aip ground turkey". The first thing that popped up was Thai Meatballs. It was a big hit--plenty of spice and flavor. I used the rice cooker as a side (for the boys' sake) and we had fresh pineapple/orange/banana/blueberry smoothies (with yogurt and my recent find of banana milk) for dessert. Per the hubby, I can "please make this one again." That tells me it was a hit; also very easy and fast to make--would be another party favorite for sure.

Salmon Chowder

I was tired of the same old baked salmon so I wanted a healthy version of soup/chowder. I googled "aip salmon chowder" and found this amazing recipe. Coconut milk makes everything delicious and the fresh leek, rutabaga and fennel was a great addition. I also added corn and would have loved to add red bell pepper, but the hubby doesn't tolerate bells very well.

Sunday, January 24, 2016

Indian-Spiced Eggplant and Cauliflower Stew and Bacon-Wrapped Avacados

The hubby has been wanting to increase his turmeric intake which means, I get to explore the many wonderful flavors of Indian cuisine. I just happened to have all the ingredients for last nights meal. I paired it with a butternut squash (mashed) and "To-Die-For" bacon-wrapped avacodos (which were so good, I'm almost speechless). I didn't have garam masala, but looked it up and found out it's a combination of spices that I already had so I made my own mixture and added it to the stew. I can't have anything too spicy so I used regular curry and the hubby added sriracha. :) Very easy to make and worth the experience.

No recipe needed....but if you want a reference....

Wednesday, January 20, 2016

AIP Beef and Broccoli

We had bought a roast for this week, but since we just had pot roast (in the slow cooker) last week, I wasn't feeling it. So, I cut it in half and then sliced each half into thin pieces. Tonight is the second half and, in keeping with the fun of autoimmune paleo, I found this wonderful recipe for Beef and Broccoli. I actually skipped the marinade, let the beef simmer for a while, then added the sauce and finally throwing in the broccoli at the last minute, it turned out perfect! This was my first time with using arrowroot, but it was an amazing substitute for cornstarch or flower for thickening. I also didn't have coconut soy sauce, but I did have balsamic soy, so I combined it with regular soy. Because the teenager raises an eyebrow when I mention AIP, I added rice for his youthful pleasure. :)

Saturday, January 16, 2016

Paleo Lemon Chicken Kale Soup

End of the week food inventory....Chicken breast, lemons, kale....Pinterest....Aha! I found (on my own board labeled "Bucket List:SOUP" this recipe. For more bulk (and goodness), I added some frozen zucchini and yellow squash (from our garden). The recipe actually says it's creamy because they use a food processor for the onion w/olive oil. I skipped that step because I like chunks of onion in my soup. I also only put in 2 cups of broth and the frozen veggies, chicken and salt help liquify for just the right amount of juices. It's sometimes hard to judge because the hubby doesn't like his soup too "soupy". Since we're not strict paleo'ers, I probably would have added cornstarch to thicken if need be but it turned out great! I purposefully chose a night when the teenager wasn't home because this dish IS earthy (and delicious to us old folks). :D  Bon appetit!

Wednesday, January 13, 2016

Skinny Sausage Parmesan Stuffed Eggplant

Let's see, the hubby bought eggplants and Italian chicken (hot and mild) sausage brats...what to do? :) I reached out to pinterest, typed "eggplant chicken sausage" and found pages of wonderful recipes. I saved a couple of others to my "Recipe Bucket List-MAIN DISH" board for future use. This was surprisingly fairly easy to prepare-but make sure you plan to serve the meal no sooner than 2 hours after starting to prepare. I also splurged and purchased the pecorino romano from our local deli--well worth it. [The hubby doesn't tolerate peppers (i.e. red), so I omitted it :( ] The teenager, who has listed Italian as his top choice for cuisine, gave this dish a thumbs up. I doubled the recipe using 2 eggplants and a total of 4 brats and had 0 leftovers. :) I will likely make this one again, hopefully next time from our garden.

Tuesday, January 12, 2016

Grilled Ribeye with Balsamic Caramelized Pears

"Stay dates" are our favorite--when we stay home, cook a fabulous meal and watch a movie. Saturday night, we picked out a couple of ribeyes and I had a couple of pears that were getting too ripe. So, I decided to google steak and pears and found this amazing recipe which I substituted for ribeye. I paired it with sweet potato fries and a glass of merlot. Rosemary rub on steak combined with carmelized onions and pears is so delicious!

Thursday, January 7, 2016

Paleo Chicken Fingers

We love going to our local chain grocer "Sprouts". They have a monthly magazine with 4 recipes that I enjoy trying. Here's another one that was good, but not sure the teenager was quite sold. I had fun looking for almond meal (in the pay-by-the pound bins). It goes really well with baked potato wedges (seasoned with Shake-N-Bake), which of course keeps the meal from being paleo. Our household is not so much focused on strict this-or-that diet but the overall goal to eat healthier. Paleo gets us on that track. The food combinations and store ingredients tend to be ones that I would have never thought of or tried. 

1lb chicken tenders
1 egg beaten
1/2 cup almond meal
1/2 tsp salt
3/4 tsp paprika
1/4 tsp ground coriander seed
1/4 tsp ground cumin

1. Preheat oven to 425 deg F. Line a large baking sheet with parchment paper. 
2. Combine almond meal with spices on a plate or shallow dish. Place beaten egg in a separate shallow dish. 
3. Dry chicken with paper towel. Dip in egg then dip in almond meal mixture, coating all sides. Place on baking sheet. Repeat until all chicken tenders are coated.
4. Bake for 16-18 minutes, turning once in the middle of baking, until completely cooked (interior temperature should read 180 deg F)

Paleo Chicken Pad Thai

We love going to our local chain grocer "Sprouts". They have a monthly magazine with 4 recipes that I enjoy trying. This one was very fun and easy. It was paleo for me, but the boys insisted on having rice (or noodles) to go with it. :) Cooking the chicken in the coconut oil was so delicious! I opted to sprinkle on the chopped cashews, cilantro and sriracha-so good. :)

1 1/2 lb chicken cut into 1" chunks
4-5 Tbsp coconut oil
5 cloves garlic chopped
3 Tbsp fish sauce
1 Tbsp aminos (soy sauce)
4 Tbsp lime juice
1/2 Tbsp apple-cider vinegar
5 Tbsp cilantro
4-5 green onions
1 12 oz pkg broccoli slaw
2 medium carrots julienned
2 Tbsp chopped cashews
Sriracha to taste

1. Heat a wok over medium-high heat. Add oil and garlic, cook for about 1 minute.
2. Add chicken and cook 2-3 minutes, stirring frequently until lightly browned.
3. Add fish sauce, aminos, lime juice and vinegar. Cook at a rapid simmer until chicken is cooked through, about 5-8 minutes.
4. Add broccoli slaw and julienned carrot. Cook, stirring frequently, until soft but still firm, about 3-4 minutes.
5. Toss or garnish with green onion, cilantro, cashews and sriracha.

Artichoke, Leek, and Mushroom Ragout

Ok. Here's a recipe that, although it was delicious but I will likely never make again. Artichokes plain and simple are a lot of work to for the amount of reward (and price). I see why this dish was considered a holiday recipe--a special treat. Don't get me wrong, I think it is definitely something you should try at least once. I think I would probably just substitute the artichoke with another vegetable or meat or even pasta.

I only used 3 artichokes (for our small family), but kept everything else the same.

Saturday, January 2, 2016

Roast Leg of Lamb With Potatoes and Rutabaga

Rutabaga success! I was so delicious. Farmer's Almanac definitely has this combination figured out--the potatoes with the rutabaga and dijon mustard/garlic combo. Wow. I recommend serving additional dijon mustard as a condiment when serving. Instead of Leg of lamb, we had already purchased shanks and shoulder. The shoulder pieces were great; the hubby didn't care for the shanks--I figured out, texture is the same reason he doesn't like chicken livers (more shank for me haha). Once again, some great ideas for the farm and garden.

Friday, January 1, 2016

Roasted Chicken with Root Vegetables

We had a wonderful Christmas with the hubby's son and daughter-in-law. The meal was traditional (menu posted in another blog). I had also purchased ingredients for many things on the Farmer's Almanac Holiday Recipes, so I've decided to go ahead and make them for our regular family meals for the next few weeks. This first one is pretty standard, although yellow beets and turnips aren't usually on my grocery list...not yet anyway. I am however learning what vegetables we should be growing in our garden. I also used my electric roaster to save energy. As we try to eat healthier, we lean towards a farmer's diet--minus the biscuits and gravy ;)