BRUSSELS WITH RED CHILI VINAIGRETTE

There is a restaurant in the Santa Cruz area that has the BEST brussels sprouts I have ever put into my mouth. We go about twice a year and seriously guys….I think about it for like 3 weeks straight after eating them! Last time we were there I asked them what made their brussels so DREAMY and they said that they fry the parsley that goes on top. My mind was blown! Fried parsley; that is GENIUS!

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SWEET CASHEW MILK AND COLD BREW

Coffee is my drink of choice.  I absolutely love it.  But like a lot of drinks, coffee is an acquired taste, especially straight up black!!  Now, I didn’t used to be this way.  I drank grande iced nonfat vanilla latte’s like it was my job!  But then I was gifted an espresso machine which was the turning point for me.  We started making our own lattes at home with (store bought) almond milk and thenn we had just straight espresso and I never really looked back at having anything in my coffee.  I’ve dabbled in making my own nutmilks before, but gave up because lets be honest, using cheesecloth to strain anything equals a big hot mess!!

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SAVORY BREAKFAST SAUSAGE

Raise you hand if breakfast sausage is your “jam.”   I love breakfast sausage, but a good, homemade breakfast sausage is hard to come by.  The grocery store ones usually have a bascrillion ingredients (dude, why?!) and sugar. Lotsa suga!!!

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CHICKEN AND MUSHROOM STEW

I don’t know about you, but sometimes our “staple” chicken recipes just get boring.  So when Kettle & Fire sent me their new chicken bone broth I was determined to find a new scrumptious and easy recipe that would become a new staple for us and this Chicken and Mushroom stew does just that!

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WHOLE ROASTED CAULIFLOWER

I may be late on this train, but have you guys ever roasted cauliflower whole? Well, I just did a few weeks ago and this may be the only way I cook cauliflower from now on. You basically plop the cauliflower in a pan and then let it do its thing!! Easy peasy right!!!?!

 

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IDAHO SUNRISE

I randomly found one lonely potato this morning while searching for some breakfast for the kids and I. Automatically a few questions popped into my mind….
1. Why the heck do I only have 1 medium potato lying around?
2. If I take off a couple of these root things growing out of it, it would still be okay to eat right?
3. Would the kids notice if I just made this for myself?

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2 out of the 3 questions were answered. Yes, you can take the roots off and not die and my kids most definitely noticed. I still have no idea why this potato was lurking in my kitchen though…..

Anyway, this dish takes a bit of time to cook, mostly because you have to wait for the potato to bake. This would be great for a brunch meal on a lazy weekend when you have nothing else better to do than whip up awesomeness in your kitchen. The recipe call for 1, but feel free to make a bunch of these.  You can also bake up a bunch of potatoes earlier in the week and save yourself a bunch of time!

IDAHO SUNRISE

Prep Time: 10 minutes

Cook Time: 50 minutes

Total Time: 1 hour

Ingredients

  • 1 med russet potato
  • 1 strip of bacon, torn into small pieces
  • A few leaves of spinach, torn
  • 2 green onions, sliced
  • 1 egg
  • salt and pepper
  • avocado oil for rubbing on the potato

Instructions

  1. Preheat oven to 400°.
  2. Clean your potato, rub oil all over skin, lightly salt it, and place in oven safe dish. (I also poke a few holes in the potato)
  3. Place in oven and cook for 40 min or until done.
  4. While potato is baking, cook bacon, and tear into small pieces.
  5. Cut green onion and tear spinach up.
  6. Once potato is done, let cool so you can touch it. Slice it open and remove some potato making a "bowl"
  7. Put some spinach in the bottom, followed by bacon pieces, followed by the egg.
  8. Turn oven down to 350° and cook for 15 min.
  9. Take out and top with more bacon crumbles, spinach, and green onion.
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If regular potatoes aren’t your thing, make this in a sweet potato. It will result in the same greatness.

 

 

Whole30: yes
Paleo: no

TENDERLOIN WITH POMEGRANATE SAUCE

You know what should be under everyone’s tree this year…..this pork tenderloin with pomegranate sauce. Okay, okay, that may be a little weird; “here’s a big piece of meat mom! Merry Christmas!”  So perhaps you should just make it for Christmas dinner. You probably even have most of what this recipe calls for already at your house. If you don’t have any pork (or maybe you don’t eat pork) this is great on chicken and even salmon!

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CLASSIC BEEF STEW

Raise your hand if you love beef stew! Your hand should most definitely be raised, come on….get it up!!  I hadn’t had (or made) beef stew in a really long time, but have been thinking about it lately. Then the other weekend, my in-laws had it up at their house. Then my friend Kristen (you can find her over at http://www.livinglovingpaleo.com) made some on her instagram and it sealed the deal for me. I went out that next morning and bought a big batch of beef stew pieces. Sidenote: I love how grocery stores already have the pieces all cut up for you. Makes my life WAY easier!  I seriously love beef stew. It’s hearty and just plain delightful on a cold winter evening. It also freezes really well, so triple the batch!

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PUMPKIN SOUP WITH CARAMELIZED ONIONS

Do you have leftover pumpkins from Halloween that you or your kids never carved?!? Well, we did, and they have been eyeing me everyday to get cooked. There are a couple things that make pumpkins so great. One….they last friggin’ forever.  And two….once roasted, they freeze like a boss. If you have little babies just starting to eat, pureed pumpkin is a great 1st food for them! Just freeze in little ice cube trays and pop one out for them. Easy peasy.

Anyway, this post isn’t about the things you can do with pumpkin, it’s about the delicious, easy recipe that will make your heart go pitter patter. Like so good, my kids had 3rds! THIRDS!! (Anything squashy or pumpkiny they aren’t big fans of, so this is definitely a winner)

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