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
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
- Cook on low for 6-7 hours or high for 4-5. Serve with a garnish of fresh cilantro, if desired.
Yields: ~3 servings
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!)
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
- Serve warm with protein of choice (see recommendations above).
Yields: 4-5 side dish servings
I don’t rely on many foods that come in a package or can, but there are several that I consider staples in my kitchen. These products are legit, pure, minimally processed and something I can feel good about too. Sometimes, I mention what brands I use in my recipes, but I thought I’d put it together in one handy list. Here goes:
- Trade Secret Raw Coconut Aminos: this is the only brand I know of that makes coconut aminos, in fact. Use this fermented coconut product in place of soy sauce or tamari. It’s free of wheat, soy and additives. Oh, and it tastes salty and delicious too.
- Aroy-D and Natural Value full-fat coconut milk: this stuff is as pure as it gets without making it yourself. There’s no gums, thickeners, stabilizers, sugar, preservatives or additives. These are my only two go-to brands. Aroy-D comes in boxes and Natural Value comes in BPA-free cans. Aroy-D also makes a wonderful coconut cream that I love.
- Tessemae’s All Natural dressings/sauces: these are paleo-friendly (made from extra virgin olive oil) and come in a variety of delicious flavors. The paleo-friendly flavors even say ‘paleo’ on the label! The BBQ sauce is legit and I love the ranch (non-creamy) and cracked black pepper atop of ground meat and veggies. I find it in the refrigerated section at Whole Foods.
- Kerrygold grass-fed butter: I always buy unsalted, unless it’s out of stock, but I absolutely love this butter. It comes from Irish grass-fed cows and tastes delicious. I find it for the best price at Whole Foods, but I think it’s reasonable at Trader Joe’s too. I pay $3.19/block (equivalent to 2 sticks) at Whole Foods. I used to get it for $2.99, but Whole Foods raised the price a few months ago. Also, this is the butter I use when I make my own ghee at home.
- Vitacost organic extra virgin coconut oil: this is now the only place I buy coconut oil because I can buy a 54 oz container for about $22 at most, but often have a coupon code and get it for under $20. If you stock up on other things, you can usually get free shipping too. Once you buy from Vitacost once though, you’ll be notified of deals all the time, especially on Vitacost brand stuff. It’s totally worth it.
- Coconut Manna or MaraNatha coconut butter: these are the creamiest coconut butters of the brands I’ve tried, and so smooth too. I generally pick up a jar of either when it’s on sale and have found it for as cheap as $5.99. I never pay full price for either of these brands. Sometimes, I’ll refill my empty jar with Let’s Do Organic Coconut Cream Concentrate, which comes in a little packet. I soften it first by placing it in a bowl of hot water, and then empty the contents into the jar. This stuff is a little grittier and sometimes needs to be mixed with a little water before using (depending on what you’re using it for). The bonus with this stuff is that it’s cheaper. I always pay less than $3 for an 8 oz box.
- Bernard Jensen’s powdered gelatin: this gelatin powder is grass-fed and fantastic. You get a lot of bang for your buck and can use it in many different ways. It’s so good for your gut and skin too!
- Pomi tomatoes and tomato sauce: this brand is imported from Italy, so you get exactly what’s on the label, which is nothing but pure. In the U.S., companies don’t have to list an ingredient if the product contains 0.5 grams or less, so it’s possible you get added sugar or other unwanted ingredients. Pomi comes in boxes too, so there’s no worry of BPA. I love that the tomato sauce has a cap on the container too because sometimes, I just need a little bit.
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
- 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.
- 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.
- 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).
- 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
Well, Christmas is nearly upon us, as is the Winter Solstice. I absolutely savor this time of year and the time leading up to Christmas, so I’m not sure if I’m actually ready for it to be here. But, ready or not, here it comes! I do look forward to celebrating with Jesse though and tomorrow, we actually have a big party to go to at our boss’s house, which should be a blast. It’s going to be a full house, with about 40 people! Let’s just say there will be lots of merry making going on!
Meanwhile, here is the fantastic scramble I talked about on Facebook the other day. It’s so simple, obviously, and oh so good! The recipe only serves one, but can easily be doubled or tripled to feed more people.
- 1 Tbsp grass-fed butter
- 2 cups fresh spinach leaves, torn into smaller pieces
- 3 eggs beaten, preferably pasture raised
- Sea salt and pepper to taste
- 1/4 tsp dried oregano
- 2 Tbsp pure tomato sauce (I like this brand)
- Splash of full-fat coconut milk (I like this brand or this brand)
- Avocado slices for serving, optional
- Melt butter in a small skillet over medium heat. Add the torn spinach leaves and toss in the butter, until slightly softened.
- Meanwhile, whisk together the eggs, sea salt, pepper, oregano, tomato sauce and coconut milk. Add to the pan with the spinach, adding a little more butter first, if needed.
- Continue to cook over medium-low heat, stirring the eggs occasionally with a spatula to scramble the eggs. Once cooked through, remove from heat and serve with avocado slices, if desired. If you tolerate some dairy, grate some raw cheddar cheese one top (preferably grass-fed).
Yields: 1 serving