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Happy Monday, everyone! I thought I’d welcome the week by sharing another current favorite recipe of mine (my spiced chicken stew being another current favorite — made that again yesterday). This meal is the perfect combination of spicy, meaty and a little creamy (thank you, mayo). The mayo is what turns this recipe from good to amazing, so don’t omit it. I know it might seem a little odd to add it to the mix, but it truly makes this recipe magical.
- 2 lb grass-fed ground beef
- 1/2 yellow onion, chopped
- 1 large clove garlic, minced
- 2 tsp cumin
- 1 tsp chili powder
- 1 tsp paprika
- 1 tsp sea salt
- Black pepper to taste
- 1.5 cups fresh green beans, trimmed and cut into 2-inch pieces
- 2/3 cup fresh salsa, plus more to taste, if desired (I used medium)
- 1 bunch green kale, stemmed and torn into pieces
- 1/3 – 1/2 cup homemade avocado oil mayo or this brand if you don’t have any homemade on hand
- Grated raw grass-fed cheddar and/or avocado slices for serving, optional
- Warm a large pan over medium heat. *Add the ground beef and break up with a wooden spoon. Then, add the onion and garlic. (*I used 15% ground beef, so didn’t need to add any fat to the pan, but if you’re using leaner ground beef, you may need to melt some fat of your choice before browning the meat with the onion and garlic).
- Continue cooking the meat mixture and then add the cumin, chili powder, paprika, sea salt and black pepper. Stir to distribute the spices.
- Stir in the green beans and salsa. Continue to cook for a few minutes.
- When the beans have softened slightly, stir in the kale. Cook 1-2 minutes more or until kale has wilted down. Turn off the heat and stir in the mayo.
- Serve with grated raw grass-fed cheddar (or other high-quality cheese) and/or avocado slices, if desired.
This dish is so good that I’ve made it twice already over the course of three days. It is so flavorful and has the comforting qualities of chicken soup. It is incredibly easy and quick to throw together too. I think it’s going to be a regularly occurring meal for us this fall and winter.
Meanwhile, Jesse and I are getting ready to depart Wednesday evening for LA, where we’ll reside for 10 days to complete a week-long training with Jill Miller of Yoga Tune Up. We’re excited, but a little nervous too because it’s going to be a lot of work (but, good work!).
- 2 Tbsp grass-fed butter or ghee
- 1/2 yellow onion, chopped
- 3 boneless skinless chicken breasts and/or thighs, cut into pieces (~1.5 lb meat)
- 1 large carrot, sliced
- 1 small-to-medium sized head of green cabbage, chopped
- 1 tsp ground cumin
- 2 tsp ground turmeric
- 2 tsp sea salt
- Black pepper to taste
- Melt butter or ghee in a large pan over medium heat. Add the onion and carrots, and stir to coat in the butter (or ghee). After a minute, add the chicken pieces and 1 tsp of the sea salt. Continue to cook until the chicken is nearly cooked through, but still has a little pink to it.
- Pour chicken mixture into the slow cooker with the cumin, turmeric, remaining 1 tsp sea salt, black pepper and cabbage. Stir well.
- Place lid on slow cooker and let cook on low for 4 hours. If you’re home, I recommend stirring halfway through the cooking time, but it’s not critical and nothing to fret over if you can’t do so.
Yields: 3 servings
Isn’t it hard to believe that it’s almost Autumn already? We’ve already had several days that feel and smell like fall, but they’ve been interspersed with hot days. I do enjoy fall, but am not quite ready for summer to be over yet, even though it’s been a scorching one. Summer is definitely my favorite and I love the warm weather. But, I have a lot of exciting things on my plate this fall, so the anticipation of the changing season is sweet.
Next month, Jesse and I are headed down to the LA area to complete a week-long training with Jill Miller of Yoga Tune Up. We both have a lot of respect for Jill’s work and are grateful for the opportunity to train with her. Then, in November, I’m headed to NYC with a very dear friend of mine. We’re going to a conference called, “I Can Do It!” and are spending some extra time there for fun (it’ll be my first visit to NYC!). I’ll get to visit my second cousin who lives in Brooklyn as well. In December, Jesse and I are headed to Honolulu for a week of pure vacation. The ticket prices were a super good deal, so we decided to bite. We won’t actually be spending Christmas there, but will be there a little bit before.
Tonight, we’re headed to an Empire of the Sun concert at Edgefield, and I’m really excited! Jesse surprised me with tickets a couple months ago, and it definitely was a pleasant surprise. I get the evening off from work to go too, which is a nice change of pace for a Friday.
Meanwhile, enjoy the soup recipe and if it’s still warm wherever you are, tuck this one away for a chilly fall or winter day.
- 1 Tbsp grass-fed butter or ghee
- 1/2 large red onion, chopped
- 3 large cloves garlic, minced
- 3 celery stalks, chopped
- 3 large carrots, sliced
- 1.5 lb grass-fed ground beef
- 1/2 lb Italian pork sausage
- Sea salt and black pepper to taste
- 2 tsp dried oregano
- 1 tsp dried thyme
- Pinch of cayenne pepper
- 1 large bay leaf
- 5.5 cups beef and/or chicken bone broth, preferably homemade
- 1 box (~18 oz) unsweetened tomato sauce (I used this brand)
- 2.5 Tbsp tomato paste
- 3 medium zucchini, “noodled” with a spiralizer or julienne peeler
- 1/2 cup fresh basil, chopped, plus extra for topping, if desired
- Raw Parmesan cheese for topping, optional and if tolerated
- Melt butter in a large soup pot over medium heat. Add the onion, garlic, celery and carrots. Sauté a few minutes, stirring occasionally. Then, add the ground beef and pork sausage, breaking up the meat with a spatula. Add the sea salt, black pepper, oregano, thyme and cayenne to the mixture, and stir.
- Once the meat is browned, add the broth, tomato sauce, tomato paste and bay leaf. Stir well and then add the zucchini noodles and fresh basil. Simmer for about 25 minutes. Taste soup after simmering and adjust seasoning as necessary. Remove bay leaf when ready to serve.
- Garnish with extra chopped basil and/or raw Parmesan cheese for serving, if desired.
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I’ve been wanting to try my hand at cauliflower “porridge” for some time now and finally got around to doing it. I was surprised how easy it was and how well the porridge held its shape. The texture came out just right, but I think a lot of that can be attributed to the shredded coconut. It adds a bit of thickness and a nice bite. I ate my porridge with fresh strawberries and blueberries mixed in, which was delicious, but you can garnish it with whatever you like. I’ve listed some topping suggestions in the recipe below. This is great hot or cold, and is pretty filling too. It also makes for a good treat!
Also, if you’re wondering if you can taste the cauliflower — yes, of course you can. It’s not overpowering, in my opinion, but is noticeable. I happen to like cauliflower, so it doesn’t bother me, but if you don’t care for cauliflower, this recipe probably isn’t for you. My husband and I are both fans of this concoction though. Hope you are too!
- Medium head of cauliflower, riced in food processor
- 1/2 cup finely shredded unsweetened coconut
- 1 can full-fat coconut milk (I used this brand, which has no gums or stabilizers)
- 3 Tbsp filtered water
- 2 Tbsp grass-fed butter, ghee or coconut oil
- 1 Tbsp unsweetened almond butter
- 2 tsp pure vanilla extract (I like this brand)
- 1.5 tsp cinnamon
- 1/4 tsp ground ginger
- 1/4 tsp nutmeg
- Generous pinch of sea salt
- 1 egg, preferably pasture-raised, whisked
- Up to 1 Tbsp raw honey, optional
- Fresh berries
- Banana slices
- Drizzle of coconut milk
- Chopped nuts
- Cacao nibs
- Extra drizzle of raw honey
- Add the riced cauliflower and shredded coconut to a large saucepan. Then, add the remaining ingredients, EXCEPT for the whisked egg and raw honey. Stir well over medium-low heat.
- Bring mixture to a simmer. Cover with lid and continue to simmer 20-25 minutes or until porridge is smooth and creamy. Stir occasionally.
- Once porridge is done simmering, remove from heat and add a small amount of the mixture to the whisked egg to temper it. Add a little more porridge and whisk again. Then, add the egg mixture to the porridge and stir well.
- Taste and adjust spices as desired. Add raw honey, if using and stir well.
- Serve warm or cold with toppings of choice.
It’s time for my trip home to Michigan! In fact, I left on a red-eye last night, and am currently sitting in the Detroit airport finishing this post. I have one more leg to get to my hometown of Alpena, but still have two hours to wait to catch the tiny plane there. I’m definitely tired and will probably need a nap later today. But, for now, I’m awake and drinking an Americano. Jesse has already been there for a week (he wanted to go for two weeks, but I decided to only go for one), so it was just the kitties and me last week, which is when I created this recipe.
Anyway, onto the food! It’s as simple as it gets, but the flavor is abundant. The coconut vinegar is what brings it all together, so don’t omit it. Whenever I feel like there’s a flavor missing, I usually just add coconut vinegar and it takes care of what was lacking. Truth be told, I’ve kinda had a crush on coconut vinegar for a little while now. The stuff is incredible. Also, the Maldon salt flakes at the end really make this dish wonderful too, but don’t let it be a deal breaker if you don’t have any. If you have avocado on hand, I recommend adding some slices on top as well because avocado is great with pretty much anything.
Cheers and enjoy!
- 2 tsp coconut oil
- 1 yellow onion, chopped
- 2 cloves garlic, minced
- 1 lb grass-fed ground beef
- 1 medium zucchini, thinly sliced
- 6-7 kale leaves, removed from stems and torn into pieces
- 1/2 cup cherry tomatoes, sliced in half
- Sea salt and black pepper to taste
- Pinch of cayenne
- Several splashes of coconut vinegar
- Maldon salt flakes for garnish, optional
- Melt coconut oil to a large pan over medium heat. Add the onion and garlic, and stir with a wooden spoon. Let cook for 2-3 minutes.
- Next, add the ground beef and break up the meat with the spoon. Season to taste with a little sea salt and black pepper. Continue to cook meat for about 5-7 minutes or until all the meat is nearly brown.
- Then, add the sliced zucchini and stir. Allow zucchini to cook a couple minutes and then reduce the heat to medium-low and add the kale and tomatoes.
- Stir well and add the coconut vinegar and cayenne, and season to taste with sea salt and black pepper. Cook a minute or two more or until kale has softened a little bit.
- Serve and garnish with Maldon salt flakes on top. I also recommend avocado slices if you have some on hand.
Yields: 3 servings