Paleo Spaghetti Squash with Bolognese

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Spaghetti Squash with Bolognese

When that craving for noodles or pasta hits … I find myself a spaghetti squash and am soon satisfied.  It’s a little twist on the traditional family recipe, but I really don’t miss the pasta!!

  • 1/2 Green Bell Peppers – chopped  (@ $1 from Meijer)
  • 1/2 Red Bell Peppers – chopped  (@ $1 from Meijer)
  • 1/2 Organic Onion – chopped (@ $1 from Meijer)
  • 1.25 lb. Organic Ground Bison (@ $12 from Meijer) – or Ground Beef
  • 12 oz. Organic Tomatoes Diced (@ $2 from Meijer)
  • 24 oz. Organic/Non-GMO Pasta Sauce ($7 from Produce Depot)
  • 1 t Sea Salt
  • Black Pepper to taste
  • Italian Seasoning
  • 1 Small Organic Spaghetti Squash – halved and cleaned (@$2 from Produce Depot)

Preheat oven to 350 F.  Prepare baking dish or cookie sheet with parchment paper.  Place squash cut-side down and bake for 1 hour.

While squash is cooking, brown ground beef or bison in a large skillet with peppers and onions.  Continue cooking until  vegetables are soft.  Add tomatoes, pasta sauce and spices.  Simmer on low 30-45 minutes.

When squash is cooled just enough to handle, use a fork to “scrape” the noodles into a serving dish.  Top with warm bolognese sauce.  Season with Italian seasoning and enjoy!

Serve 6 people at approx $5 per serving.

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Italian Sausage and Veggie Bake

This recipe was inspired by “Bravo for Paleo”

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Italian Sausage and Veggie Bake

  • 1 Pkg Sheltons Turkey Italian Sausage (@$6 at Herb Thyme)
  • 2 T Olive Oil
  • 1/2 Organic Yellow Onion (<$1 at Meijer)
  • 1 Head Organic Broccoli – cut to florets (@$6 at Produce Depot)
  • 1 Organic Zucchini Squash – diced large (@$1 at Produce Depot)
  • 1 can Organic Fire Roasted Tomatoes – diced (@$2 at Meijer)
  • Italian Seasoning, Salt and Pepper to taste

Cook Sausage with 1/2″ water in covered frying pan until water cooks out and sausage begins to brown.  Remove sausage, keeping them warm.  Heat olive oil in same pan and saute onions, broccoli and zucchini until just tender.  Add Fire roasted tomatoes and seasoning.  Pour vegetables into baking dish and top with italian sausage.   This dish is great for making ahead … just reheat at 350 F oven for 20 minutes before serving.

Serves 4 at approx. $4 per serving

Organic and Paleo Dinners for the week

This week I began preparing several dishes to share with family and friends.  

Hope you’ll find the photos, notes, recipes and links helpful:

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Cinnamon Pork Chops, Acorn Squash and Green Beans

Organic Cinnamon Pork Chops – with Apples and Onions 

Inspired by PALEOMG.com

  • 2 Organic Boneless Pork Chops (@ $4 from Strack & Van ‘Til – fresh meat department)
  • 1 Organic Apple, sliced (@$1 from Produce Depot)
  • 1/2 Organic Yellow Onion, sliced (@$1 from Produce Depot)
  • 2 T Organic Coconut Oil (<$1 from Costco)
  • 1 T Pure Raw Honey
  • 1 t Organic Cinnamon
  • 1/2 t Dry Mustard Powder

Preheat your oven to 350 F.  Using a medium sized skillet on medium heat, saute apples and onions in coconut oil until just soft.  Toss with honey and 1/2 t. cinnamon and continue to cook until the mixture begins to caramelize.  Remove the apples and onions to a small casserole dish or 9″ pie pan.  Season the pork chops with salt, pepper, remaining cinnamon and mustard powder.  Using the same skillet, sear pork chops on both sides (3 minutes per side) and place on top of the onions and apples in your casserole.  Bake at 350 degrees for approx. 20 minutes until internal temp reaches 145 degrees.

Serves 2 at under $4 per serving

Baked Acorn Squash and Green Beans with Shallots

Inspired by Practical Paleo

  • 1/2 Organic Acorn Squash (@ $1 from Produce Depot)
  • 1 t Coconut Mana (<$1 from Herb Thyme)
  • 1 t Ghee (<$1 from Amazon)
  • 1 T Organic Raisins (<$1 from Meijer)
  • 1 T Slivered Almonds (<$1 from Produce Depot)
  • Pinch Organic Cinnamon
  • Pinch Sea Salt

Preheat your oven to 375 F.  Slice Squash down the middle lengthwise, remove seeds, clean and place it face down in an oven-safe baking dish.  Bake approx. 30 minutes until it is fork-tender.  Turn it cut-side-up and fill the cavity with coconut mana, ghee, raisins, almonds and seasoning.  Cook an additional 15 minutes

Serves 2 at under $1 per serving

Fresh Green beans and organic leeks (sliced) were sauteed over medium heat with ghee, shallots and seasoned with salt and pepper.
Serves 2 at under $1 per serving
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Caprese Chicken with Bacon and Asparagus

Paleo Caprese Chicken with Bacon – Side of Grilled Asparagus

Inspired by foodonthetable.com

  •  4 slices Coleman Natural – Uncured Hickory Smoked Bacon  (@$2 from Costco)
  • 2 Organic boneless chicken breast halves (@$4 from Costco – Coleman brand)
  • 2 Campari Tomatoes, sliced (@$3 from Produce Depot)
  • 6 Organic Basil Leaves  (@$1 from Produce Depot)
  • Sea Salt and Freshly Ground Black Pepper – to taste;

Preheat your oven to 400 F.  Place the bacon slices on a rimmed baking sheet lined with parchment paper, and place in the oven to cook for about 10 minutes so they are still soft.  Remove from the oven and pat the slices dry with paper towels.  Rub the chicken breast halves in the rendered bacon fat, season them with salt and pepper to taste and place them in a baking dish.  Place the basil leaves and tomato slices on top of the breast halves and place the partially cooked bacon slices over.  Place in the oven to cook for about 20 to 25 minutes, until the chicken is well cooked.

Serves 2 at approx. $5 per serving

Fresh asparagus, washed and trimmed was grilled with olive oil, salt and pepper – an a touch of organic brown mustard.

Serves 2 at under $2 per serving