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Roasted Harvest Veggies (GAPS/Paleo)

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I fell in love with roasted veggies last year and had some sort of roasted vegetable almost every day for months. I really went crazy on the brussels sprouts. I brought some for Thanksgiving at my mom and dad’s house last year and I was worried there wouldn’t be enough for everyone, especially me! Fortunately, I didn’t have to worry about that because my grandpa and dad started making fun of me and my brussels sprouts. My mom, my son, and I were happy to eat them up :). So tasty.

The idea for these colorful roasted vegetables wasn’t mine. I saw them posted on Facebook sometime last year and thought they looked fabulous! So I looked on the internet for a recipe when I wanted to make them, but couldn’t find it. Whoever you are, I appreciate your idea :). Everyone I work with loves these.

Recipe

*1/2 lb brussels sprouts, halved

*1/2 lb carrots, sliced about 1/4 inch thick

*1/2 lb cauliflower (about 1/2 head), cut into 1 inch pieces

*1 red onion, cut into chunks

*3 Tbsp melted butter or refined coconut oil

*sea salt (Celtic, Himalayan) to taste

Cut vegetables and spread a single layer on a large sheet pan. Drizzle with butter or coconut oil and toss vegetables to coat. Roast at 400 degrees for about 45 minutes, stirring about halfway through.

So there it is, the vegetable dish I’ll be bringing this year to Thanksgiving. I hope I make enough for everybody :).

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Cauliflower Soup Topped with Bacon and Basil Guacamole (GAPS/Paleo)

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I have a thing for basil guacamole and I put it on everything: salad, meat, veggies, or even a spoonful :). So when I made bacon burgers for my family last night, I decided to try some of the basil guacamole with my soup. Unbelievable.

I’ve also never tried cauliflower soup. It tastes like a cream soup without any cream, yum!

Cauliflower Soup

*2 Tbsp pasture butter or ghee

*1-2 cloves garlic (2 cloves if you love garlic)

*1/2 onion, chopped

*1 head  cauliflower, cut in pieces and steamed
*3 cups chicken broth.
*sea salt (Celtic, Himalayan) to taste
* 8 slices of  bacon (nitrate free, sugar free)
Cook the bacon in the oven at 375 degrees for 25-30 minutes. Set aside. Cut or break into 1/4″ to 1/2″ inch pieces.
Steam cauliflower for 15-20 minutes and set aside. Heat the broth in a large saucepan.
In a small to medium skillet, melt butter or ghee and cook onions until soft. Add sea salt to taste and garlic and cook for about 30 seconds. Put both the cauliflower and the onion mixture into the blender and blend until smooth. Add a little chicken broth if mixture is too thick to blend. Pour the cauliflower puree into the broth. Add sea salt  (I added almost 1 1/2 teaspoons, because my chicken broth wasn’t very salty) and mix. Serve soup with bacon pieces and basil guacamole.

Basil Guacamole

*3 large, ripe avocados, chopped
*1 clove garlic,  pressed or minced
*1 medium tomato, chopped (omit if avoiding nightshades)
*2 tsp fresh lemon juice
*2 green onions, chopped
*1/4 cup chopped fresh basil
*3/4  teaspoon sea salt (Celtic, Himalayan)
In a large mixing bowl, mash 1 of the chopped avocados with a fork. Add the remaining chopped avocados, the garlic, tomatoes, lime juice, lemon juice, green onions, basil, and sea salt. Stir to combine. This recipe might make more than you need for one soup recipe, so feel free to eat it with salad, meat, veggies, or even on a spoon like me  :).
Have fun and let me know how it goes!
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Meatloaf 3 Ways (GAPS/Paleo)

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I like blogging and cooking, but I also have a husband, a couple of kids, two cats, and a job in special ed. And I’m going to school to become a Nutritional Therapy Practitioner. So while I love spending time in the kitchen, tonight it’s not going to happen. My go to meal when I have no time is meatloaf and some veggie, usually mashed cauliflower. My family doesn’t like the same thing all of the time, so I have three different ways I like to season the meatloaf.

Italian Seasoned

* 1 1/2 lbs ground meat (pork, beef, or turkey, any mix you like)

* 1/2 onion, finely chopped

* 1 1/2 tsp oregano

* 1 1/2 tsp basil

* 3/4 to 1 tsp sea salt (Celtic, Himalayan)

*1/4 c raw Parmesan (can be omitted)

* 1 clove of garlic, finely minced or pressed

Asian Seasoned

* 1 1/2 lbs ground meat (beef, turkey, pork)

* 1 1/2 tsp sesame oil

* 1 clove garlic, pressed or minced

* 2 green onions, chopped

* 1/4 tsp fish sauce (Red Boat is GAPS legal)

* 3/4 tsp sea salt (Celtic, Himalayan)

* 1 tsp honey  (optional)

“Breakfast Sausage” Seasoned

* 1 1/2 lbs ground meat (beef, turkey, pork, or mix)

* 1/2 onion, finely chopped

* 1 tsp sea salt (Celtic, Himalayan)

* 1 1/2 Tbsp rubbed sage

* 1 1/2 tsp thyme

* 1 tsp paprika

* 1/2 to 1 tsp cayenne (if you want it spicy)

* 2 cloves garlic, pressed or minced

Directions for any of the three

Mix all ingredients in a large bowl until well combined. Put the mixture into a loaf pan and bake at 350 degrees for 60-65 minutes. Remove from the oven and let rest a few minutes to let some of the juices reabsorb.

If you absolutely need ketchup with your meatloaf (I don’t), here’s a recipe.

In case you’re wondering what the stuff at the bottom of the picture is, it’s some of my home fermented cortido (it’s like Mexican sauerkraut). And in case you’re wondering whether I’m really going to eat three pieces of meatloaf, the answer is yes :). I’m starving!

Chicken Carbonara and Zucchini Noodles (GAPS, Paleo)

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Yep, more zucchini noodles. They’re so versatile. My son said he was bored with our regular menu rotation, so I decided to try a dish I’d never made, carbonara. We also had some leftover chicken that needed to be used up, so I put that in.

My son was grateful :).

Chicken Carbonara

*2 Tbsp refined coconut oil

*1/4 onion, finely chopped

*1/4 lb nitrate free bacon

*1 lb chicken, cooked and diced (leftovers are great 🙂 )

*3 cloves garlic, pressed or minced

*3 egg yolks, whisked with 1 Tbsp water

*sea salt (Celtic, Himalayan) to taste

*freshly grated Parmesan(optional)

Heat the coconut oil in a skillet over medium heat. Add onions and bacon. Cook until the onions are soft and bacon is done. Add the garlic and cooked chicken and cook for a couple of minutes. Turn off the heat. Let cool a bit while you start the noodles. When slightly cooled, pour the egg yolk mixture into the skillet and mix quickly to prevent the egg yolks from “scrambling”. Pour over hot noodles and mix. Top with Parmesan if using.

Zucchini Noodle

Cut 3 medium zucchini into “noodles” with a vegetable peeler or spiral slicer. Add  2 teaspoons salt, and place in a colander to drain for 30 minutes. Bring a pot of salted water to boil. Add zucchini; cook for 2-3 minutes. Drain.

I just finished eating mine :). Tell me how it goes!

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Shrimp and Sweet Onions over Zucchini Noodles (GAPS, Paleo)

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I’m sitting at the computer, trying to figure out what to title the recipe. Nothing I can think of makes it sound as yummy as it is. So I’ll name it after I”m done writing it down, I guess.

I had a bad cooking day. I overcooked my “noodles”, and then dropped half of them on the floor. I salvaged the noodles that were not actually touching the floor (sigh). The dinner was still worth it, definitely :).

This is another recipe that’s so simple, I hate to even call it a recipe. But the quicker the better, right?

Garlic Shrimp 

*2 Tbsp grassfed butter -or- refined coconut oil

*1 medium sweet onion, quartered and sliced

*1 clove garlic, pressed or minced

*2 Tbsp white or red wine (optional)

*5 drops fish sauce

*1 lb shrimp

*Sea salt to taste (Celtic, Himalayan)

*freshly ground pepper

Melt butter in a skillet and add onions. Cook until onions are soft. Add garlic, balsamic vinegar, and fish sauce. Salt to taste. Add shrimp and cook until pink. Serve over zucchini noodles. Top with freshly ground pepper.

Zucchini Noodles

Cut 3 medium zucchini into “noodles” with a vegetable peeler or spiral slicer. Add  2 teaspoons salt, and place in a colander to drain for 30 minutes. Bring a pot of salted water to boil. Add zucchini; cook for 2-3 minutes. Drain.

This equals about 2 servings. Enjoy!

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