Breakfast – to go!

Bacon & Eggs in a Pepper Ring

Bacon & Eggs in a Pepper Ring

Looking for a breakfast that you can prepare the night before – and have ready to take to an early work day?  I think this is one for the books.

I always like to make only ONE BIG MESS in my kitchen.  I just hate the clean up.  And so, I will cook the whole package of bacon whenever possible.  In this case, there were about 10 strips to cook.

  • 1 package DaBecca Uncured Apple Smoked Bacon ($5 at Produce Depot)
  • 1 large Organic Red Pepper – cut into 8 rings ($2 at Produce Depot)
  • 8 Cage free Organic Extra Large Brown Eggs (@$3 at Meijer)

Cook up your bacon on a large flat skillet … trying very hard not to sample too many as you are cooking!  Pour off and save excess bacon grease, leaving enough on your skillet to fry the eggs.  Heat skillet to medium-high heat, then place pepper rings on skillet and break one egg into each ring.  Cook until firm on bottom.  Flip and cook until egg is cooked through.

Package up into 4 Ready to Serve Breakfasts.  You’ll be glad you did when you have to rush out in the morning!

Serves 4 people at about $2.50 per serving.

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Let’s talk about a hearty-tasty-paleo SOUP!

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Hearty-Tasty-Paleo Chicken SOUP!

Would you believe me if I told you this soup was gluten free, dairy free, paleo AND Whole30 compliant?  I could add satisfying, delicious AND family-friendly.  Then, I would also tell you that it is pretty easy to make in the crock pot.  Okay, now I have your attention, right?

Here’s how easy it is.  Gather up the following ingredients:

  • 4 Tablespoons Organic Extra Virgin Olive Oil (<$1 at Herb Thyme)
  • 1 sweet onion, diced ($1 at Herb Thyme)
  • 4 cloves of Organic Garlic – minced (<$1 at Produce Depot)
  • 2 Organic Carrots – shredded (<$1 at Costco)
  • 3 stalks Organic Celery – chopped ($1 at Produce Depot)
  • 1 tsp Chili Powder
  • 1 tsp Cumin
  • Organic Crushed Red Pepper flakes to taste
  • Sea Salt & Fresh Cracked Pepper to taste
  • 1 lb.  Organic Boneless, Skinless Chicken Breasts – cut into 1/2 inch strips ($8 at Strack and Van Til)
  • 28 oz  jar Organic Tomatoes ($3 at Herb Thyme)
  • 10 oz can Ro*Tel Original Tomatoes ($1 at Strack and Van Til)
  • 32 ounces Organic Chicken Broth ($3 at Herb Thyme)

Heat your crockpot/slow cooker to high with olive oil and onions  place a dash of olive oil and cook until  translucent.  Add garlic, sea salt and pepper and pepper flakes.  Cook until soft, then add all of your remaining ingredients. Cover and let cook on low for 2-3 hrs.

Once the chicken is fully cooked remove the chicken to a cutting board and use 2 forks to pull chicken into shreds.  Place chicken back in pot and you are ready to serve.

Garnish

  • 1 bunch of cilantro chopped fine (<$1 at Produce Depot)
  • 1 Organic Avocado – peeled, pitted and chopped ($2 at Strack and Van Til)

Top with avocado slices and fresh cilantro.  For extra flavor, squeeze some lime juice or melt ghee on top if you like 🙂  Serve hot and steamy and ENJOY!

Serve 8 people at under $3 per serving.

 

Oh – here is what the ingredients look like:

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Sometimes it’s the Simple Things!

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Bacon-Pepper-Pineapple-Poppers

Even though it’s not so simple to say … these “Bacon-Pepper-Pineapple-Poppers” are a simple crowd pleaser!  They are – without a doubt – one of the best appetizer treats you can add to your cookbook whether you are eating paleo or not.

I got the original recipe from stupideasypaleo.com.  Here is my quick change-up to make a dozen little crowd-pleasing poppers:

  • 12 chunks (about 1″ each) of fresh pineapple (@ $2 at Meijers)
  • 1 ancient sweet bell pepper – cut to 1″ squares (@ $1 at Meijers)
  • 6 slices of Applegate Farms bacon – cut in half lengthwise (@$3 at Meijers)
  • Smoked paprika
  • 12 Toothpicks

Preheat the oven to 375F . Cover a baking sheet with parchment paper.  Stack one chunk of pineapple on top of  square of pepper.  Wrap the bacon around (ends at the bottom) and secure with a toothpick.  Arrange on the baking sheet and dust with smoked paprika.  Bake for 25 min or until the bacon is crispy and the peppers are softened.

Really – these are so simple and delicious, you will make them for every special occasion!  Enjoy!!

Each popper costs about $.50

You might think you can just eat two … but, even if you eat 4, that is $2/serving 🙂

Salisbury Steak Dinner – Paleo Style


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Paleo Salisbury Steak – Mushroom Gravy with Veggies on the Side

I found this seriously-delicious recipe for Salisbury Steak and Mushroom Gravy on the paleOMG.com website.  Loved it!  I served it up with organic baby carrots (cooked a small amount of water seasoned with ghee and dill) and some organic kale salad that was “massaged” with a bit of salt and organic olive oil.  They were the perfect compliment to the steak!

Take a peek at the original recipe at paleOMG.com.  My version was modified just a bit:

  • 1 lb. Organic, Grass Fed Ground Beef (@$5 at Aldi) – YES! Aldi
  • 1 Cage free Organic Extra Large Brown Eggs (<$1 at Meijer)
  • 1 Organic Garlic Clove, minced (<$1 at Produce Depot)
  • 1/2 Organic Onion, minced  (<$1 at Meijer)
  • 1/2 teaspoon Garlic Powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon Onion Powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon Sea Salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon Pepper
  • 1/2 teaspoon dried Thyme
Mix up all the ingredients for the steaks (above) into a large mixing bowl and use your hands to mix everything thoroughly. Form the meat into four oval patties. Cook in skillet about 3-5 minutes each side depending how thick you made them and how pink you want them inside.  Remove cooked patties and start the gravy:
  • 2 Tablespoons Organic Coconut Oil (< $1 from Herb Thyme)
  • ¾ cup Organic Beef Broth (@ $1 from Produce Depot)
  • ½ 6oz can Coconut Milk (@ $2 from Produce Depot)
  • 1 lb.  Organic Baby Bella Mushrooms, sliced  (@$4 at Meijer)
  • 1 Organic Garlic Clove, minced (<$1 at Produce Depot)
  • 1/2 Organic Onion, minced  (<$1 at Meijer)
  • 1/2 teaspoon Garlic Powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon Onion Powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon Sea Salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon Pepper
Add coconut oil, onions, and garlic to the pan and cook over medium-high heat. Let the onions cook until they become translucent. Add the rest of your ingredients including the coconut milk, broth, mushrooms and seasonings.  Mix together and let cook down a bit. Once the onions are beginning to soften, cover the pan and turn the heat down low to let cook, stirring occasionally.
“So tasty!” is the perfect description –
Many thanks to the folks at PaleoOMG.com
Serve 4 people at approx $5 per serving.

Wowsa! It’s Paleo Organic Spaghetti Squash with Grass Fed Organic Beef Bolognese!

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Paleo Organic Spaghetti Squash with Organic Grass Fed Beef Bolognese

I love dishes that I can make ahead of time, and heat up at the end of a long day for a great meal.  This is one of my favorites.  On Sunday I baked a spaghetti squash and made a terrific beef bolognese sauce.  Tonight all I had to do was heat up the oven, and pick some fresh herbs from my indoor winter herb garden.  There you have it!  Dinner!

  • 1 Organic Spaghetti Squash, baked and prepared ($7 from Produce Depot)
  • 1 Tablespoon Organic Coconut Oil
  • 1 Organic Green Pepper, diced (<$1 from Meijer)
  • 1 Organic Onion, diced (<$1 from Herb Thyme)

If you have never baked a spaghetti squash, don’t worry.  It’s very easy to prepare.  Just google it!  There are plenty of instructions out there.  My squash was very large, and took over an hour to cook – at 350F.  While the squash was baking,

Paleo All Natural Pork Chop Dinner Tonight – so Simple!

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Paleo All Natural Pork Chop Dinner

I found some Coleman, Natural Bone In Pork Chops on my last shopping trip – and found a great recipe that is oh so simple!

  • 4 Coleman Natural Bone-in Pork Chops (@ $19 at Meijer)
  • Organic Garlic Powder
  • Sea Salt and Fresh Ground Black Pepper
  • Smoked Paprika
  • Organic Coconut Oil

I seasoned the chops up, let them set while I prepared my sides and then fried them up in my iron skillet.  Serve with greens (I sautéed fresh organic spinach and leeks in the pan juices) and added a simple “Smashed” Cauliflower – steamed and then seasoned with Grass-Fed Butter. YUM!

And now I am nourished – AND I have time for the holidays!!!

Click here for the original recipe from MMM Paleo:

http://www.mmmmpaleo.com/2013/06/pan-fried-pork-chops.html

Serves 4 very hearty appetites @ $4 each

Paleo Organic Chicken Jambalaya

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Paleo Organic Chicken Jambalaya

Chicken Jambalaya!  Healthy.  Tasty.  Spicy.  Warm.  It’s perfect for a cold winter afternoon (or evening).  And, of course, it’s easy to make, too.

  • 1 Tablespoon Organic Coconut Oil (< $1 from Herb Thyme)
  • 1 Organic Onion, diced  (<$1 from Meijer)
  • 1 Organic Green Pepper, diced (<$1 from Meijer)
  • Sea Salt and Black Pepper to taste
  • 1 lb. Smart Chicken Organic Chicken Tenders, cut to 1/2″ cubes (@ $10 from Meijer)
  • 1 lb. Al Fresco All Natural Chicken Smoked Andouille Sausage, cut to 1/4 slices (@ $5 from Meijer)
  • 28 oz. Organic Diced Tomatoes (@ $4 @ Meijer)
  • 32 oz. Organic Chicken Broth (@ $4 from Meijer)
  • 1 teaspoon Paprika
  • 1 teaspoon Cumin
  • 1/2 teaspoon Cayenne Pepper

Melt the coconut oil in a soup pot.  Add the onions, green pepper, salt and pepper to the pot and cook for 5 minutes over medium heat.  Add the chicken tenders and cook 10 min, to brown the cubes.  Add andouille sausage, tomatoes, broth and spices.  Bring mixture to simmer for 20 minutes to blend flavors.  Adjust seasonings to taste and top with more cinnamon if desired.

Wow! That was easy!  Enjoy!

Serves 8-10 at approx $3 per serving.