JERKY AND PORK FRIED CAULI-RICE

Have you ever used beef jerky in a dish before? Yah, me neither, until recently. Usually we eat it as a snack, but when OBERTO sent me some of their all natural beef jerky flavors, I was determined to use them in recipes.  Determined I say!! Well, let me be vain for just a second here….cause I friggin’ hit the nail in the head with this fried rice recipe. It tastes just like the real deal and I’m pretty proud of myself. Guys, it’s kinda hard to “healthify” things like pork fried rice without it tasting nasty. So yah, I’m gonna pat myself on the back for sure!!

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CHICKEN AND ZUCCHINI SAGE MEATBALLS

You know what I love. Balls.
(Meatballs guys………meatballs)

The super awesome thing about meatballs is that you can put them with pretty much anything. Salad. Yup. Pasta. Duh. Spiralized veggies. You betcha.

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These are so bomb.com, so make them. Like today.

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NO BEAN CHILI FRIES

I love me some good chili fries. I mean, don’t you guys too?!! I used my bomb ass pumpkin and beef chili that I shared on @whole30recipes on Instagram a couple months ago, and put it over some sweet potato fries.
So. Freakin. Yum.

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I topped my husbands and kids with cheese because in all honesty what are chili fries without the cheese!!!
(I’ve been limiting my dairy intake cause my tummy says no no no)

NO BEAN CHILI FRIES
-2 large sweet potatoes, cut into fries
-2 lbs ground beef
-1 yellow onion, diced (save 1/4 of it for topping the fries)
-1 1/2 cans fire roasted tomatoes
-1 can diced green chilis
-1/2 can pumpkin or 1 pumpkin roasted.
-2 tbl cumin
-2 tbl garlic powder
-2 tbl cinnamon
-handful of spinach

–Preheat oven to 425°
–Slice sweet potato and stick fries into a zip lock bag with a little oil, salt, and pepper. Shake.
–Place on baking sheet and cook 10 min, then flip and cook another 10 min (you may need to check at min 6 or so to make sure its not burning)
–In a large pot cook up ground beef. Add all other ingredients except for spinach. Put a lid on it and let simmer for about 40 min.
–Add spinach at end.
–Place fries on a plate and top with chili. Add cheese if you are not doing whole30 or living paleo!

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Whole30: no (omit cheese to make compliant)
Paleo: no

GARLIC MASHED PURPLE CAULIFLOWER

Don’t let the title fool you….you can do this with any color cauliflower. 🙂

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A great way to introduce more veggies into your family meals is have each kid pick something out by giving a color for them to find in the produce.
   Almost like a scavenger hunt. It’s a great way to get your kids involved with picking veggies out and learning about what they are.

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Everyone and their moms always rave about cauliflower mash, but I mean why wouldn’t they?!!? It practically tastes like regular ol’ mashed potaters.

GARLICKY CAULIFLOWER MASH
-1 head of cauliflower. Any color 🙂
-1 tbl ghee
-1 tbl bacon grease (omit to keep it vegetarian, and just double the amount of ghee)
-2 cloves garlic, one for mincing, one for cutting into 3rds.
-1 tbl dried parsley
-1/2 c unsweetened almond milk
-salt and pepper to taste

–Steam your cauliflower and sliced clove of garlic for about 10 min.
–Once steamed, remove steam basket and pour almost all of the water out of the pot that you use to steam.
–Pour cauliflower into pot.
–Add almond milk, ghee, and bacon grease.
–Blend using preferred method. I use an immersion blender.
–Add in spices and minced garlic and fold into cauliflower.

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Out of all 5 kids, only 1 doesn’t like it, but it’s a texture thing because he also doesn’t like mashed potatoes either!

Whole30: yes
Paleo: yes