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Classic Beef Meatloaf

Classic Beef Meatloaf

I don’t make meatloaf very often, but whenever I do, this is my classic go-to recipe. I think it’s the veggie pieces in the meatloaf and homemade ketchup that really do it for me. It all adds color, and the veggies add some nice texture and flavor too. I hope you all enjoy it as much as I do! Also, you can definitely make this with ground turkey if you prefer or want to change it up.

P.S. Cirque du Soleil was amazing last night! We had a fantastic time.

For the meatloaf:

  • 2 lb grass-fed ground beef
  • 1 medium onion, diced large
  • 1 large carrot, diced large
  • 2 small celery stalks, diced large
  • 2 large cloves garlic, sliced in half
  • 1 Tbsp grass-fed ghee or butter
  • 1/3 cup chopped fresh parsley or cilantro
  • 1 egg, preferably pasture-raised
  • 3/4 cup tomato sauce
  • 1 Tbsp coconut flour
  • Sea salt and black pepper to taste
  • 1 batch homemade ketchup (see below)

Meatloaf directions:

  1. Place diced carrots, onion, celery and garlic in the food processor. Pulse until everything is finely chopped. You can also use a blender such as this one to prep the veggies.
  2. Melt the ghee in a large pan over medium heat. Then, add the veggie mixture from the food processor. Saute 3-4 minutes or until softened slightly. Remove from heat and set aside to cool.
  3. Once veggie mixture is cool, add to a large mixing bowl with the ground beef, egg, sea salt and pepper, tomato sauce, coconut flour and fresh parsley or cilantro. Get in there with your hands and mix well. Once everything is fully incorporated, place in a large loaf pan. Alternatively, you can form it into a freestanding loaf on top of a foil-covered baking sheet.
  4. Bake for 30 minutes in a preheated 350 degree oven. Remove from oven and top with about 1/2 cup of homemade ketchup. Place back in oven to bake 30 minutes longer.
  5. Allow to cool for about 5-10 minutes before slicing. Serve meatloaf with extra ketchup, if desired.

Classic Beef Meatloaf

For the ketchup:

  • 1 tube or can of tomato paste
  • 2 tbsp apple cider vinegar
  • 1/4 tsp dry mustard
  • 1/3 cup water, preferably filtered
  • 1/4 tsp cinnamon
  • 1/4 tsp sea salt
  • Pinch ground cloves
  • Pinch ground allspice
  • 1/8 tsp cayenne pepper
  • Squirt of raw honey, optional

Mix all the ingredients together in a bowl and whisk well to combine. Store in the refrigerator.


Simple Supper Friday: Southwest Beef & Broccoli Slaw

Southwest Beef and Broccoli Slaw

For a while now, ground meat cooked with broccoli slaw has been one of my favorite, easy, go-to meals. I can easily change the flavor by using different spices and Tessemae’s All Natural dressings, and adding any extra veggies I have on hand. It always satisfies and I don’t get sick of it, nor does Jesse. My schedule varies and some nights I don’t get home until late in the evening, so having this easy and quick option to throw together works great. Plus, I always look forward to eating it. Even though I didn’t do it here, I usually always toss some avocado slices on top too because avocado makes everything better.

On another note, you have probably noticed that I’ve cut back on blogging quite a bit. This is just where my life is right now and what I need to do. To be honest, it feels kinda good and it’s nice not to stress over posts (after all, this was always meant to be fun). Even though I don’t post as much, I am still active on Facebook, so make sure to follow me there if you don’t already. I still aim to get at least one quality post up each week, so you can always look forward to that. Anyway, thanks so much for your support and understanding. Meanwhile, always know that I am here if you have questions, comments, feedback, etc.

Cheers and happy Friday!


  • 1.5 tsp grass-fed butter*
  • 1 yellow onion, sliced into thin half moons
  • 3 cloves garlic, minced
  • 1 lb 20% fat grass-fed ground beef
  • 2 large carrots, sliced into thin coins (rounds)
  • 2 tsp ground cumin
  • 1.5 tsp chili powder
  • Sea salt and black pepper to taste
  • 1 12 oz bag broccoli slaw
  • Tessemae’s Southwest Ranch, for drizzling on top, once served

*Note: you may need more butter if you choose to use leaner ground beef

Southwest Beef and Broccoli Slaw


  1. Melt butter in a large pan over medium heat. Once melted, add the onion and garlic, and saute about 1-2 minutes.
  2. Then, add the ground beef and break up with a spatula. After a minute or so, add the sliced carrots and season to taste with a little sea salt and black pepper. Stir well, and then add the cumin and chili powder.
  3. After 5-7 minutes, once meat is browned, add the broccoli slaw. Stir and season to taste with a bit more sea salt and pepper, if desired.
  4. Continue to cook over medium-low heat for a few minutes or until slaw has softened a bit.
  5. Once done, serve into bowls and drizzle Tessemae’s Southwest Ranch dressing on top. You can also drizzle this over the whole pan after removing it from the heat, but it’s a little spicy and best served individually. If desired, throw some avocado slices on top too.

Yields: 3 servings

Simple Supper Friday: Roasted Cauliflower Curry Soup

Roasted Cauliflower Curry Soup

Happy Friday, everyone! I have a tasty soup recipe to share today that was inspired by my recent stay at the Bonneville Hot Springs Resort & Spa. Jesse and I ate my birthday dinner in the restaurant at the resort, and started off our meal with a cup of their soup special that evening, which was a curried cauliflower soup. The waitress sold us pretty quickly on it, especially once she told us it was both gluten and dairy-free (it was also vegan, but that was not a concern). The soup was even better than we expected and we both found ourselves scraping the bottom of our cup to get every last bit of puree.

Since we enjoyed the soup so much and it seemed pretty easy to make, I decided to create my own version. Mine is definitely different and even a different color, but it’s just as delicious, if not more (roasting the cauliflower adds a lot more flavor). I don’t think the restaurant version actually contained any curry powder or paste because the soup was completely white and very coconutty. I think it was called a curried soup just because of the coconut. If there were any curry spices added, it was definitely minimal, which the lack of color made obvious. As you know, curry powder adds an orange-ish color and the pastes are either yellow, red or green, so a white curry soup is nearly impossible.

Keep in mind, there is no protein added to the soup, so you’ll want to have something on the side for a complete meal. Otherwise, this isn’t going to fill you up very much. We ate ours with some local curry lamb sausage and dunked bites into the soup. It was awesome! A hearty salad with roasted chicken, beef or lamb mixed in would pair nicely as well.

Roasted Cauliflower Curry Soup


  • 2 small heads of cauliflower, cut into florets
  • 1 Tbsp coconut oil, melted
  • 1.5 tsp curry powder, plus more to taste, if desired
  • Sea salt and pepper to taste
  • 1.5 cup full-fat coconut milk, plus more if needed
  • 1/2 cup chicken broth, preferably homemade
  • 1 Tbsp Thai red curry paste
  • Dash of paprika
  • 1 Tbsp grass-fed ghee or butter
  • Toasted unsweetened coconut chips for garnish, optional


  1. Preheat oven to 375 degrees. Place cauliflower on a large pan and drizzle with coconut oil. Then sprinkle on the curry powder and sea salt to taste. Roast in the preheated oven for 20-25 minutes, stirring halfway through.
  2. Meanwhile, slowly heat coconut milk and broth in a small saucepan over medium heat. Whisk in the Thai red curry paste. Once dissolved, remove from heat and pour into a blender container.
  3. Once cauliflower is done, add half of it to the blender with the milk mixture. Puree until nearly smooth and then add the remaining cauliflower, along with the ghee or butter and paprika. Season to taste with sea salt and black pepper, and puree again.
  4. Taste and adjust seasoning as needed (I added a dash more curry powder here) and add a bit more coconut milk if soup is thicker than you like. Once done, serve immediately or pour into a pot to keep warm on the stove or reheat slightly if it cooled off too much.
  5. Serve hot with toasted coconut chips and a side protein of choice. It’s also delicious with sliced toasted almonds on top.

Cacao Surprise Truffles


I made these kinda last minute for Jesse and me to enjoy on Valentine’s Day and we ended up eating the whole batch that night. I figure, it’s a half an avocado each, so why not? Plus, these are perishable and best not to store in the fridge for too long. And, there’s also the part about these being incredibly delicious and decadent.

Anyway, since I wasn’t able to get any snapshots the day I made these, I had to make them again in order to do so (bummer, I know). Jesse and I weren’t too disappointed about it, to say the least.

Make sure you use a ripe avocado, otherwise they’ll taste kinda green. It doesn’t have to be overly ripe, but ripe enough and ready for eating.

Also, as some of you know, Jesse and I floated in a sensory deprivation tank yesterday evening. I will be recapping about this experience. Cheers!

Adapted from this recipe.


  • 1/4 cup coconut oil
  • 1/4 cup + 1 Tbsp cacao powder (or cocoa powder)
  • 1.5 Tbsp raw honey
  • Pinch of sea salt
  • 1 tsp ground cinnamon
  • 1/8 tsp cayenne pepper, optional
  • 1 tsp pure vanilla extract
  • 1 ripe medium avocado
  • Unsweetened shredded coconut and cacao powder for rolling, optional

(Note: cacao nibs, crushed nuts, goji berries, etc. would all be great options for rolling the truffles as well).



  1. In a small saucepan over medium-low heat, melt the coconut oil. Add the raw honey, cacao powder, cinnamon and cayenne. Once honey is dissolved and mixture is combined, remove from heat. Stir in the vanilla extract.
  2. Peel and pit the avocado, and add to a food processor or blender. Process until nearly smooth. Then, add the chocolate mixture and process again, until smooth. Scrape down the sides and re-blend as needed. Alternatively, you can mash the avocado by hand with a fork (get all the lumps out) and then stir in the chocolate.
  3. Scrape chocolate avocado mixture out and into a bowl (unless you made it by hand, then you can keep it in the same bowl) and place in the refrigerator to chill for about 25-30 minutes.
  4. Once chilled, scoop out tablespoon-sized balls and roll between your hands to form a truffle (note: this part is messy and sticky!). Place each truffle on a foil or parchment paper lined plate. Chill in the refrigerator about 5-7 minutes.
  5. Remove from fridge and smooth out any rough/fuzzy looking spots on the truffles with your fingers. Then, roll half in cacao powder and half in unsweetened coconut shreds, or other toppings of choice.
  6. Store in the refrigerator until ready to serve.

Yields: about 13 truffles

Simple Supper Friday: Italian Sausage “Fettuccine”


Snow is coming down in Portland, or at least it was at the time I wrote this post on Thursday. I actually haven’t seen this much snow in the city since my first winter here, back in 2008. It’s beautiful, but I’m keeping my fingers crossed that it doesn’t impact my early morning flight to Kentucky today. I have some buffer room to get there, as my seminar doesn’t start until Saturday morning, but the less hiccups, the better. Really though, I kinda wish the snow would have held off until next week, but it is what it is. The same can be said about this head cold that I got too. Quite the combo to get right before a weekend of travel, but I guess it makes it that much more of an adventure (well, minus the being sick part).

Meanwhile, enjoy this simple, satisfying meal, which was inspired by the cauliflower recipe I shared last week. Cheers and happy weekend!


  • ~1 lb bulk Italian chicken sausage
  • 1 Tbsp grass-fed butter, separated
  • 1 large or 2 small/medium zucchini, noodled with a spiralizer (straight blade attachment)
  • 3 Tbsp blanched almond flour
  • 1.5 tsp dried oregano
  • 1/2 tsp dessicated garlic
  • Sea salt and black pepper to taste
  • Extra virgin olive oil for drizzling, optional


  1. Melt 1/2 tbsp of grass-fed butter in a large pan over medium heat. Once melted, add the chicken sausage. Continue to cook, stirring occasionally and breaking up large chunks with a spatula.
  2. Once sausage is browned, after 5-7 minutes or so, transfer to a large serving bowl and set aside.
  3. To the same pan, add the noodled zucchini and heat briefly over medium-low heat. After a couple minutes, transfer to the bowl with the sausage.
  4. Combine the almond flour, oregano, dessicated garlic, sea salt and pepper in a small bowl. Melt the remaining butter in the same pan over medium-low heat and then add the almond flour mixture.
  5. Stir mixture, allowing it to soak up the butter and continue to cook a few minutes, until golden brown.
  6. Sprinkle on top of the sausage and zucchini. Serve warm and drizzle with extra virgin olive oil, if desired. Add more sea salt and pepper to taste, if needed. If you tolerate some dairy, you could also sprinkle on a bit of raw Parmesan cheese.

Yields: 2-3 servings

Baked Italian Cauliflower


Whether you’re looking for a new vegetable side dish recipe or not, you’ve got to try this cauliflower! It is so flavorful and tastes absolutely wonderful with baked chicken. The almond flour and seasoning mixture acts as Italian “breadcrumbs,” and turns brown and slightly crispy in the oven, with the help of some glorious melted gold (aka grass-fed butter). It makes the house smell like an Italian feast and will literally make your mouth water. I think it would also taste delightful dipped in some Marinara sauce with Italian meatballs. Really, there are many possibilities.


Inspired by this recipe.


  • 1 large head cauliflower, cut into florets
  • ~1/4 cup chicken or beef bone broth, preferably homemade
  • 4-5 Tbsp grass-fed butter or ghee
  • Sea salt and black pepper to taste
  • 1/3 cup blanched almond flour
  • 1.5 Tbsp dried oregano
  • 1/2 Tbsp dried parsley
  • 1 Tbsp granulated garlic


  1. Preheat oven to 375 degrees. Place cauliflower florets in a 8×8 or 9×9 baking pan. Pour the broth on top.
  2. Melt the butter in a small bowl and add the sea salt and black pepper. In a separate bowl, mix together the almond flour, oregano, parsley and granulated garlic (or garlic powder).
  3. Sprinkle the almond flour mixture evenly over the cauliflower florets. Then, evenly drizzle the melted butter on top.
  4. Cover with a lid (if your pan has an oven-proof one that fits) or aluminum foil. Bake for 30 minutes and then remove cover/foil and bake for another 25-30 minutes more.

Yields: ~5 side servings


Sunny Cinnamon Sammie


Before I stopped eating grains and even before I stopped eating gluten, I was never much of a bread person. It’s not that I didn’t like it, but I preferred to fill up on other foods. I probably ate the most bread when I was growing up because I always had a sandwich in my lunchbox each day (usually PB & J). Then, in junior high and high school, it was pretty much always bread in the form of cheese pizza. Anyway, my point is, I do not miss bread.

However, this does not mean that I don’t enjoy something bread-like from time-to-time. Grain-free, bread-like things are definitely not a staple or necessity, but nice to have on occasion when desired. It’s great that grain-free options exist, so I can have a bacon and egg sandwich when I want it or something to dunk into my hot chicken soup. Other times, I just need a vehicle to spread some ooey, gooey sunflower seed butter on. I don’t always want to make a whole batch of something or have everything on hand to so though, which is why the idea of a single-serving muffin is perfect.

Adapted from this recipe and this recipe.


  • 1 Tbsp coconut oil, grass-fed butter or ghee
  • 1 tsp apple cider vinegar
  • Pinch of sea salt
  • ~1/4 tsp baking soda (I used just under 1/4 tsp & do not recommend using a full 1/4 tsp)
  • 1 egg, preferably pasture-raised
  • 1 Tbsp coconut flour
  • 1/4 tsp ground cinnamon
  • 1-2 tsp water
  • Smear of grass-fed butter
  • Generous smear of unsweetened sunflower seed butter (I used this brand)


  1. Melt the coconut oil in a small glass dish. Use a size that has a similar circumference to an English muffin. I use the 2-cup round size Pyrex dish from this set.
  2. Once oil is melted, add the sea salt, vinegar and baking soda. Whisk very well with a fork to make sure the baking soda dissolves and doesn’t stick to the bottom. If you don’t mix it well, the muffin may taste bitter!
  3. Then, add the egg and whisk again. Next, add the coconut flour, cinnamon and water (start w/ 1 tsp and add 1 more tsp if needed). Continue to whisk with a fork until everything is mixed well and there are no lumps (a few small lumps here and there is fine).
  4. Microwave for 90 seconds on high and then check to see if the center is still soft. If so, microwave for 30-45 seconds more. Once done, carefully remove from microwave to cool (dish will be hot!). Run a knife around the edge of the dish and then flip the bowl upside down to remove the muffin. Let cool a little longer if it’s still really hot.
  5. Once cool enough to handle, but still warm, slice in half with a sharp knife. Then, spread some grass-fed butter on each half, followed by a generous smear of sunflower seed butter. Eat open face or stacked like a sandwich.

Yields: 1 serving

Simple Supper Friday: Curried Squash and Cabbage Pork Stew


Anyone else relieved that it’s Friday? Whew, I sure am. It’s been a tiring week with a little different change of pace. It was good though, but I’m ready for some downtime tomorrow and sleeping in (I was up around 5:30 a.m. every morning this week).

Anyway, It’s been a while since I’ve shared a curry recipe, so I figured it was about time again. Not only that, but I had a craving for it. This one is a stew, so it’s thicker and less creamy than some of the other regular curry recipes I’ve made, but it’s so, so delicious. It’s think it’s best eaten as is, but if you want to, you can eat it over spaghetti squash, zucchini noodles or cauliflower rice. Whatever floats your boat.

I had the hardest time photographing this dish because the neighbor’s cat, Meg would not leave me alone. She was up on the deck going crazy, and really wanted to get her paws on the stew. She also had a fire in her eyes and kept clawing the deck posts like a mad cat. I had to sneak back into the house fast, so she wouldn’t get through the door and wait for her to go away. Once I came in, she sat directly in front of the door, crying (see picture below). Our cat, Dutch actually saw her through the patio door and threw a fit, which ended up scaring her away. In the end, I was able to quickly get back outside and snap a few photos. Cats are so silly.



  • 1/2 Tbsp coconut oil
  • 1/2 large red onion, sliced into half moons
  • 2 garlic cloves, minced
  • 1 lb pork stew meat
  • 1/2 medium butternut squash, peeled, seeded and cut into cubes (about 2 cups)
  • 1/2 large head green cabbage, chopped
  • 1/2 cup full-fat coconut milk, plus a little more if needed or desired
  • 1 Tbsp Thai red curry paste
  • 1 tsp curry powder
  • 1 Tbsp coconut aminos
  • 1/4 cup chicken broth, preferably homemade
  • 1/4 tsp paprika
  • Pinch of cayenne pepper
  • Sea salt and pepper to taste


  1. Melt coconut oil in a large pan over medium heat. Add the onion and garlic, and saute a few minutes, until onion is softened. Remove from heat and place in the bottom of your slow cooker. Then, add the butternut squash cubes.
  2. In the same pan you cooked the onion, add the stew meat and season to taste with sea salt and pepper. Brown on all sides over medium heat, about 6-7 minutes total. Then, remove from heat and add to the slow cooker.
  3. In a mixing bowl, whisk together the coconut milk, curry paste, curry powder, coconut aminos and paprika. Once smooth, add to the slow cooker and stir. Then, add the broth and stir again.
  4. Place the chopped cabbage on top and stir slightly. Don’t worry about getting all the cabbage mixed through though, as it will soften with cooking.
  5. Cook on low for 6-7 hours or high for 4-5. Serve with a garnish of fresh cilantro, if desired.

Yields: ~3 servings

Fluffy Lemon Cauliflower Rice


I know I’ve been dragging my feet a bit with my recipes lately, but I finally have a good one for you! I don’t like sharing half ass recipes that I try to whip together just because I need a post and I’ve vowed not to do that. I’ve also learned that some of my best recipes come on their own accord — naturally and unforced. It’s in these situations when I tend to feel most creative and things come together. On the other hand, when I try too hard to think of a recipe to make and share, it just doesn’t happen (most of the time). I think that’s been part of my problem lately. That, and I’ve been resorting to really simple and basic meals lately, some of which I’ve already shared.

Anyway, this lemon cauliflower rice is incredibly refreshing and pairs nicely with chicken or mild fish. I didn’t have any fresh herbs on hand, but a garnish of fresh thyme, parsley or rosemary would be delicious with the lemony flavor of the rice. We ate our rice with sauteed kale and chicken breasts seasoned with sea salt and a generous amount of black pepper. It was divine!



  • 1 medium head of cauliflower, cut into florets
  • 2 Tbsp grass-fed butter
  • 1/2 tsp sea salt or to taste
  • 1 tsp fresh lemon zest
  • 2 tsp fresh lemon juice
  • 1.5 Tbsp extra virgin olive oil (make sure it’s pure!)


  1. Place raw cauliflower florets in the food processor and pulse until riced. If need be, do this in two batches, depending on the size of your food processor.
  2. Melt the butter in a large skillet over medium heat. Once melted, add the riced cauliflower and stir. Next, add the sea salt and continue to cook for about 4-5 minutes, stirring occasionally.
  3. Once cauliflower rice is heated through and maybe browned slightly, remove from heat and stir in the lemon zest, lemon juice and extra virgin olive oil. If need be, add more sea salt to taste.
  4. Serve warm with protein of choice (see recommendations above).

Yields: 4-5 side dish servings


Simple Supper Friday: New Year’s Beef Stew


Happy New Year, everyone! I hope 2014 is treating you well so far and that you’re not too blue with the holiday season being over. I’m always a little sad when it’s said and done, but the fact that it only comes once a year is part of what makes it so special. The rest of my decorations and the tree will come down this weekend…sigh. Since New Year’s, I’ve gradually been taking things down, but saved the lights inside and tree for last. There’s a lot to look forward to this year though, and I’m excited for what’s in store and what I’ll create for myself.

Meanwhile, this stew came together on a whim on New Year’s Day, hence the name, New Year’s stew. I didn’t make any special trip to the store or anything like that, but just used what was in the fridge and cupboards. I threw everything together in my slow cooker and then Jesse and I went out for a nice walk in the sunny, 40-degree weather. After more than five years of living out here, I’m still not used to the weather being like this during the holidays and winter, but it is pretty nice. If I could have snow for Christmas though, I’d take it. There’s really nothing like a white Christmas.

Anyway, have a great weekend and enjoy the stew if you choose to make it. Also, if you want to follow along with me for the January Instagram challenge, check out my Instagram page here. You can also participate if you want, as it’s not too late. Cheers!


  • 1 Tbsp grass-fed butter, ghee or tallow
  • 1/2 large red onion, chopped
  • 3 cloves garlic, minced
  • 1 lb grass-fed beef stew meat
  • 3 large carrots, chopped into 1/2″ pieces
  • 2 small parsnips, chopped into 1/2″ pieces
  • 3 Roma tomatoes, chopped
  • ~1/2 medium head green cabbage, chopped
  • 1/2 cup chicken broth, preferably homemade
  • 1 Tbsp apple cider vinegar
  • 1.5 tsp dried oregano
  • 1/2 tsp dried thyme
  • 1/2 tsp sea salt
  • Black pepper to taste
  • Pinch of cayenne pepper


  1. Melt butter in a large pan over medium heat. Add the onion and garlic, and saute until softened, about 3 minutes. Remove from heat and place in the bottom of your slow cooker. Add the chopped carrots, parsnips, tomatoes to the slow cooker as well, atop of the onion mixture.
  2. Meanwhile, in the same pan over medium heat, add the stew meat. Brown a couple minutes on each side. Then, remove from heat and add to the slow cooker.
  3. Add the broth, vinegar, oregano, thyme, black pepper and cayenne; stir. Then, add the chopped cabbage atop of everything. Stir gently, if desired (not necessary though).
  4. Place lid on slow cooker and cook on low for 8 hours or high for 5-6 hours. Stir well once done and serve.

Yields: ~3 servings


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