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Caulifredo sauce, why did I wait so long to try you?

I have seen many recipes on Pinterest about faux Alfredo sauce and healthier versions of the butter and cream filled awesomeness that is Alfredo sauce.  I finally caved and gave it a try, much to my surprise it is really, really good!  I tried it first without any dairy and decided to add the Parmesan cheese to it for a little more pizzazz.  I will have to warn you though, full disclosure and all, I love garlic.  I use garlic in everything I possibly can and a lot of it.  I will be making this again and very soon, since I got more cauliflower in my co-op share this weekend.

1 head of cauliflower cut into florets

8 cloves of fresh garlic, minced

4 cups of broth ( I used my chicken bone and feet broth)

1/2 cup shredded Parmesan cheese ( I used a little less)

salt and pepper to taste

bacon grease, butter, ghee or coconut oil ( to cook garlic)

Melt bacon grease, add minced garlic cook until almost crispy, set aside.  In a soup pot add broth and cauliflower to pot and cook until cauliflower is very tender, using a slotted spoon put cooked cauliflower into Blender or food processor, add garlic and 12 ounces of the broth and blend until creamy.  Add Parmesan and blend until smooth, add salt and pepper to taste.  I had baked a spaghetti squash and grilled some chicken thighs to go with my Califredo sauce, which went great together!!

ImageSpaghetti squash and Caulifredo sauce.

Imagegrilled chicken thighs on top.

I welcome all comments and would love to know if you tried this and what you thought!

 

Real food with vegetables for breakfast.

Hash browns, I love them, but according to some, white potatoes are not Paleo.  I have my own thoughts on that, but they are a night shade and those tend to cause me issues, some more than others.  I wanted something, not a sweet potato to try instead.  Spaghetti squash to the rescue, again!  I will have to say I was very happy with my results.  They were not at formed as the potato, but they worked and what I cooked them with made them taste awesome!  I will try and tweek them out a little more to see if there is a way to help them keep their form better.  Maybe using the dehydrated spaghetti squash would work better. 

I made the “hash browns” to go with my eggs and bacon.

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Ingredients

1 cup cooked spaghetti squash

2 shallots chopped

1/2 tsp garlic ( I love garlic)

salt and pepper to taste

bacon grease to cook with

melt bacon grease in a pan, add chopped shallots, cook until just tender.  Add chopped spaghetti squash,garlic,salt and pepper.  Cook until browned.

They do try and fall apart when you put them on the plate, but they are darn tasty!!

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If you try these and are able to keep them from falling apart let me know how you did it. If you try them and just want to let me know what you thought, please do.  All comments welcome, I love feed back!

 

21 DSD Day 5, still hanging on!

I haven’t really noticed anything different, no major mood swings, no carb flu, no break outs.  I do tend to not be as hungry as I was.  What I did notice is when I finally do get hungry I am HANGRY, ( hungry and angry) and a little, okay a lot mean.  I tend to get caught up in what I’m doing and since I don’t get little hunger pains, when I am hungry it’s really late.  

I have my bullet proof coffee every morning one hour after I take my thyroid medication.  Which has been 16 ounces of hot coffee 2 TBS unsalted Kerry Gold butter, 2 TBS Raw cream and either cinnamon or cacao powder.  Today just plain, no added spices.   I will usually have some breakfast around 10:00 to 11:00 which I have been on a smoothie kick lately.  I have pictures and will list ingredients.  Then I get errands and chores done.  The last week almost two, that has included taking care of a sick husband and some really fun dogs I have been dog sitting.  I have been letting my time management skills go to the dogs!  I have been having a lot of fun playing and loving on these three sweet pups and time has just swooshed by.  I’m going to miss my daily visits with them!  Then after playing with the bff’s gang, I have to show my own rotten children extra love, because they can smell that I have been cheating on them.  I notice wow, it sure seems late.  And that’s when it hits.  It’s 8:00 p.m. and I need to eat before I start gnawing on my own leg.  I muster up the umph to cook myself some dinner.  Let me tell you my inner brat is screaming, just go to Chipotle and get food!  I even heard the call of McDonald’s and I can’t eat McDonald’s without getting very, very sick.  But the lazy brat in me doesn’t seem to care.  I usually shut that little bad girl up by nibbling on a 1 ounce piece of grass fed cheese while I throw dinner together.  Because believe it or not, throwing together some real food and cooking it is a lot faster than, getting in your car, driving to what ever bad for you and expensive drive through you can get to is.  

I will admit, I don’t know if I will be posting every day or every other day like I said I was going to try to.  Life is full of surprises and sometimes we all just get busy.  I am making myself take pictures of most if not all of my meals.  That is what helps keep me accountable and reminds me of what is good and not so good.  Okay, here comes the pictures of food I ate for day 5.

Image2 eggs fried in bacon grease and my now favorite smoothie Coco Monkey Smoothie.  The recipe is in the 21 DSD book.

here’s how it looks going together.

ImageAvocado and frozen green tipped banana.

ImageAlmond milk, cacao, Almond flour and cinnamon.

ImageGrass fed ground beef stir fry.  Fast easy and leaves a lot of left overs.

1 cup snow peas

1 pound grass fed ground beef

1 cup sliced mushrooms

3 cups Tri-colored coleslaw mix

1/4 cup finely diced white onion

granulated garlic

black pepper

sea salt

Red Boat Fish sauce

Coconut Aminos

brown beef until almost done, just a little pink left, then add the rest of the ingredients.  Cook until ground beef is done, no longer pink.  Continue to cook until vegetables are crisp tender or however you prefer them.  Drain off excess water from vegetables and add Coconut Aminos and Fish Sauce.

Imageeasy peasy fast quick and in a hurry stir fry.

ImageDinner was left overs and a epic steamed Artichoke served with garlic butter for dipping.

 

Fast quick and in a hurry stir fry.

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If you ever find yourself short on time, like I do and have a few things on hand, like Cabbage,celery, carrots, mushrooms,water chestnuts and bamboo shoots.  Or you can really cut down on time and make a great speed cheat so to speak.  Pick up a bag or carton of shredded coleslaw mix at your local, Whole Foods Market, Trader Joe’s or what ever is closest to you. I have gotten the shredded tri color coleslaw mix from Albertsons before as well and it was fresh and worked well in my dish.  A pound of grass fed ground beef, chicken breast, ground turkey breast or what ever meat your little heart desires.  For seasoning I use Coconut Aminos, garlic and onion.  I found a great little chopped garlic, shallots and celery mixture at Trader Joe’s I try and keep on hand for short cuts.  And I also found one made by Birdseye in the freezer section The Marsala blend.  I do try to keep it to the clean 15 and stay away from the dirty dozen with these items.  But enough about that lets get cooking!

 

I break up and start to brown my 1 pound of grass fed beef, while it is still pink I add the Birdseye mushroom, onion and garlic mixture as well as a few big hand fulls of the cabbage mix.  Mix it all together very well and put the lid on the pan and let it simmer on low to medium low until the beef browns and the veggies get tender crisp.  Open and drain the water off the water chestnuts and bamboo shoots add about 1/2 can of each to the stir fry and add a few Tablespoons of coconut aminos.  Mix all together well and let simmer for a few minutes to get bamboo shoots and water chestnut hot.  Right before serving add fresh cracked black pepper and any other hot or spicy seasoning you’d like.  Enjoy your quick fast and in a hurry stir fry and let me know if you tried it, how it was and if you made any additions to it please.  I love feed back!

 

 

 

 

Bone broth from beef and chickens.

Since there has been so many people asking about how to make bone broth, or as my DH would call it “Bone jelly”. I just happened to make some yesterday and thought I’d help some of you out by posting my recipe and how I do it. I have had great success with my method. It can be either real easy or time consuming, but either way it turns out flawless for me every single time. I will give you the amounts of what I use and the two different types I make right now are chicken and beef.

My crock pot is a 5 quart programmable stainless steel one, I had a bigger one and I’m going to get another one just for making bone broth easier.

I only use grass fed bones and day old marked down organic produce that I get from a store right around the corner from my house for 1.00 a bag and I pull out what is usable and compost the rest in my friends keyhole garden.  I get my beef bones at Whole Foods Market for only 2.99 a pound, that is less expensive than the regular grocery chains non- grass fed bones of 5.99 a pound. I also will be getting bones from Farm to Forks, a wonderful new thing I just learned about.  That is where I got my chicken carcasses and feet from for a awesome price of 1.00 a pound.  The carcasses are meaty enough to make chicken soup out of and then make bone broth.  Here is the hows and how much

Ingredients for chicken broth

10 chicken feet

2 chicken carcusses

4 to 6 cloves of whole garlic

1 whole onion skin on

8 to 10 whole peppercorns

2 TBS Apple cider vinegar

1 tsp sea salt

3 to 4 celery stalks with leaves

2 to 3 carrots

If your crock pot or stock pot is large enough you can leave the vegetables whole for ease of removal.

Place all ingredients in your stock pot (my chicken parts are frozen and my crock pot is small, this is why I start it this way)

cover with purified water and bring to a boil, reduce heat and simmer all day. Transfer to your crock pot right before bed time and continue cooking in your crock pot for 20 more hours.  Strain your broth after cooking in your crock pot and place into your refrigerator until the fat rises to the top and solidifies. Scrap off the fat if you wish and put into jars or other containers, for a space saver you can put the chilled jellied broth into zip lock baggies and freeze flat.  I freeze a couple jars, making sure I leave 1 full inch at the top for expansion.  

Imagechicken feet and carcasses

Beef bone broth ingredients

3 to 6 pounds of Beef bones ( what ever you can fit in the crock pot)

4 to 6 cloves of whole garlic

1 whole onion skin on

8 to 10 whole peppercorns

2 TBS Apple cider vinegar

1 tsp sea salt

3 to 4 celery stalks with leaves

2 to 3 carrots

Put all ingredients into the crock pot and cover with purified water turn on low and cook for 30 hours. It has a rich beefy taste with garlic overtones.

Imagebeef bones in my crock pot

Image jelled broth

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Beef vegetable soup, Paleo and comforting.

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I knew we were going to get a little cold snap this week/ weekend and I decided I really wanted a good pot of Beef and vegetable soup. I went and gathered yesterday and hit the jackpot on great prices. At Whole Foods Market they have Portabella mushrooms on sale for 2.99 a pound. I will go back today and get some more of those, maybe try my hand at dehydrating them and make a Sheppard’s pie, also called Cottage pie.  I got grass fed ground beef for 4.99 a pound and yes I stocked up! Parsnips, I have never tried them so I got three really healthy looking ones. I hate cutting onions so I cheated and bought organic red onion already chopped at Whole Foods, as well as celery and a bag of organic baby carrots.  I have found that no matter what, if I buy a bunch of celery, most of it goes bad before I can use all of it. Maybe I should dehydrate some and then try using it in a soup or casserole.  My wonderful and dear friend across the street gave be a beautiful bunch of Asparagus.

 Here is the how to do it part and the what I put in it, I am trying very hard to write down what I throw in my recipes because I really just go into the kitchen, throw stuff together and hope for the best! 

1 large peeled chopped parsnip

1/2 bag of baby carrots chopped

1 bunch of fresh asparagus chopped

1/3 lb of organic celery chopped

1/3 lb organic red onion chopped

2 Portabello mushrooms chopped

1 lb grass fed ground beef

1 piece cooked nitrate and nitrite free bacon

64 oz. organic beef broth

4 bay leaves

4 tsp garlic granules

2 tsp sea salt

2 TBS grass fed butter ( sub coconut oil or bacon grease if you don’t eat dairy)

1/2 tsp ground black pepper

1 1/2 tsp Herb mix ( rosemary,parsley,oregano,basil,mint,sage and thyme)

I got this at Aldi’s it’s called Country Herb mix. It has a very trace amount of sea salt in it too.

Place all of your chopped vegetables, except mushrooms, in a soup pot and add 32 ounces of broth and spices, cook on medium high heat uncovered. Brown ground beef, drain and set aside.  Place butter or other cooking fat in sauce pan add chopped mushrooms and cook until desired consistency.  Once vegetables are very tender and broth has cooked down to barley covering them, add the other 32 oz, of broth, browned ground beef, chopped cooked bacon and mushrooms. Simmer for about a hour on lowest heat possible. Taste and make any spice adjustments needed for your tastes. If you make this please let me know how you liked it. Comments are welcome!!

I had also bought a yellow and zucchini squash, but decided to save those for Cottage pie.

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