Paleo Natural Bratwurst and Braised Cabbage

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Natural Bratwurst and Braised Cabbage

Maybe it is my German heritage.  Maybe it is looking forward to being together with family over the holidays.  Maybe it is the All Natural Buffalo Bratwurst I stumbled upon when I was in one of my local stores.  Maybe it was wanting to try another recipe from NomNomPaleo.com – my favorite paleo blogger.  Who knows?  The point is that I found a recipe combination that really works – and again … it could not be any easier!

  • 1 pkg All Natural Buffalo Bratwurst – fully cooked ($13 from Ultra Foods)
  • 1 head Organic Cabbage – cut into 8ths (@$4 from Strack and Van Til)
  • 1 Organic Onion – quartered (<$1 from Meijer)
  • 2 Organic Carrots – cleaned and sliced thick (<$1 from Costco)
  • 2 T Ghee (@$1 at Amazon)
  • 1 Tablespoon Organic Coconut Oil (< $1 from Herb Thyme)
  • 2 T Balsamic Vinegar (<$1 from Costco)
  •  Sea Salt and Black Pepper to taste

Preheat oven to 325 F.  Coat a 9×13 baking dish with coconut oil.  Lay the 8 wedges of cabbage in the baking dish in a single layer.  Layer the onion pieces and carrots on top of cabbage and drizzle with melted ghee.  Season with salt and pepper.  Cover and bake for 1 hour.  Flip cabbage pieces (using a spatula or tongs).  Recover and braise for another hour until the cabbage is fork tender.  Turn oven up to 425 F.  Flip cabbage again.  Arrange fully cooked bratwurst on top and cook uncovered for another 15-20 minutes. Drizzle with balsamic vinegar and ENJOY!

Serve 5 people at approx $4 per serving.

My inspiration for this meal:  NomNomPaleo’s “WORLD’S BEST BRAISED GREEN CABBAGE” at nomnompaleo.com

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Paleo Bacon Wrapped Chicken Thighs

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This is a really easy – and really tasty entree … inspired by a recipe found on paleodish.com
  • 2 T Organic Coconut Oil (<$1 from Costco)
  • 2 T Balsamic Vinegar (<$1 from Costco)
  • 6 Organic Chicken Thighs (@ $6 from Costco)
  • 1/2 Organic Onion – chopped (@$1 from Meijer)
  • 3 Cloves Garlic – crushed
  • 4 Baby Bella Mushrooms – diced (@$1 from Meijer)
  • 6 Slices of Coleman Natural – Uncured Hickory Smoked Bacon (@ $3 from Costco)
  • 1 t Sea Salt
  • Black Pepper to taste
  • 2 T Organic Coconut Oil (<$1 from Costco)
Preheat oven to 350 F.  Prepare 9 x 13 baking dish with 1 T coconut oil.  Combine remaining oil with vinegar, onion, garlic, mushrooms and spices in a large mixing bowl.  Add chicken thighs and mix well, massaging the mixture into the chicken pieces.  Remove each chicken piece from the bowl and wrap with a slice of bacon so that bacon covers the chicken completely.  Place in baking dish in a single layer with loose ends on the bottom of the dish.  Pour remaining marinade over the chicken and bake for 45 to 60 minutes until juices run clear and bacon is cooked.  You may want to pop them in the broiler for a couple of minutes if you prefer crispy bacon 🙂
Serves 4 people at approx $3 per serving.
I served this entree with a very easy broccoli slaw:
Broccoli Slaw

Broccoli Slaw

Mix 2 T Organic Apple Cider Vinegar with 2 T Olive Oil and 2 t Brown Mustard to make dressing.  Combine dressing with Organic Broccoli Coleslaw and enjoy!