Paleo Lamb Moussaka

I used the moussaka recipe from Mediterranean Paleo Cooking to create this fulfilling, rich dish. The recipe called for eggplant, but I had a lovely bag of shiitaki mushrooms that needed to get used up. The recipe also called for parsley to go with the eggplant. Sub oregano with mushrooms. I also should mention that I used leeks instead of onions. All of these substitutions gave the dish a real earthy/hearty feel. THIS is REAL comfort food. The other good news: plenty of leftovers!

2015-03-15 10.35.45Saute/brown leeks, garlic in your fat of choice. Add ground meat (suggested lamb or beef). Add cinnamon, S&P. While that is sauteeing, mix tomato puree with water; add mixture to meat saute. Transfer to baking dish. Saute mushrooms, just until soft (or eggplant, if following actual recipe) in same pan. Add to baking dish and combine meat mixture with mushrooms. For the topping: combine equal amount of full-fat canned coconut milk (not the TJ’s type thick cream) with arrowroot powder. Over stove top, heat a whole can of coconut milk. Once bubbling, turn down stove top to med-low and whisk in coconut milk-arrowroot powder mixture (this will likely get lumpy and freak you out…I thought I ruined it at first, but sit tight!). In the same bowl I mixed the coconut milk-arrowroot powder, I whisked an egg. Turn off heat (keep pan over warm burner) and whisk in egg. This is where it will start to get really creamy and delicious looking. Make sure you S&P to taste! Pour mixture over meat mixture. Bake in oven at 350 for 3/4 of an hour. Broil for a few minutes to get top golden brown. Remove from oven and let sit at room temperature before cutting and serving.

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Sunday Leftover Frittata

Pulled pork + swiss chard + ghee + duck eggs + lemon juice???

Yes, lemon juice! I learned that you if you add about a teaspoon of acid (i.e. lemon juice or cider vinegar) to a baked egg dish, that it will prevent it from getting rubbery. Totally worked!

Sauteed leftovers

Sauteed leftovers

Ready for finishing in the oven...

Ready for finishing in the oven…

Nothing prettier than cast iron!

Nothing prettier than cast iron!

Picture perfect and delicious.

Picture perfect and delicious.

 

 

 

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ProFitness Northwest Nutrition Challenge Week 3 Recipe Round-up

The last week of our nutrition challenge!

First things first. Here was my weekly haul:

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Left to right: beef liver, chicken, Carne shop grind, Carne pork chops, bananas, apple, peppers, spinach, brussel sprouts, salt that is actually good for you, sparkling water, Bucha, sweet tatoes, farm fresh eggs, quinoa and brown rice for Chad.

First recipe this week: buffalo chicken casserole from PaleoLeap:

2015-01-23 21.18.02I’m pretty sure I doubled this recipe. Super delish…especially with a dollop of sour cream, if that’s part of your thing.

Next, a batch of the world’s best mayo to then make a jar of homemade balsamic vinaigrette. Excellent on….everything.

2015-01-25 18.11.12I’ve been using this vinaigrette all week. It’s especially delicious on spinach salads. With the rest of the mayo, I also made a couple batches of regular ol’ tuna fish and then I mixed some in with cocktail sauce and crab and ate that over a couple spinach salads.

Seriously. That's good mayo.

Seriously. That’s good mayo.

This week was also kind of a fridge clean out week. I had a bunch of stuff that needed to get used: sweet potatoes, brussel sprouts, onions, Carne pork sausage, mushrooms, zucchini, apple, celery. So I cut it all up, mixed it together with some egg and spices, and made a big ‘ol casserole. We’ve been grubbing on this all week…

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Dinner 01.25.2014: Soup & Salad from scratch

Seafood soup, salad with homemade blue cheese dressing

Seafood soup, salad with homemade blue cheese dressing

Man, when I get creative, it’s good times. So – I wanted to make more paleo clam chowder tonight and I took my grama’s recipe base and started from there. But then!…mom brought over a bag of seafood medley from TJ’s that had calamari, shrimp, clams, etc. So I added that to my can of clams. I used mushroom broth and the canned clam broth in this one: still delish. I also used a can of separated coconut milk (dumped out the liquid, just spooned out the hardened coconut fat), instead of cream. And then I forgot to add the cauliflower for the “potatoes”, but it turned out perfect without it. Also future note: the chili powder I used this time was chili chipotle which added a little heat, and that was awesome.

And you thought I would stop there? I was REALLY craving a salad (soup and salad, anyone?) with some blue cheese dressing, but since dairy hasn’t been my friend lately, I needed to make my own dressing. Enter: avocado (again). Homemade blue cheese dressing: whipped avocado, coconut milk, olive oil and raw blue cheese (apparently if you have a hard time with dairy, raw dairy doesn’t hurt you as badly. We’ll see how I feel tomorrow). Other than the dressing being green (it isn’t easy being green), it tastes and looks EXACTLY like a really good homemade/restaurant quality blue cheese dressing.

Jury (mom, Chad): “when can we have this again?”

Success and delicious. (The prosecco didn’t suck either.)