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Beef-Sauerkraut Skillet

Autoimmune Paleo (AIP), Dairy-free, Egg-free, Gluten-free, Ketogenic, Nut-free, Paleo

Looking for an easy way to get more fermented foods in your diet? If you’re not, you should be! Fermented foods like sauerkraut have a number of health benefits. For instance, fermented foods:

  • Provide us with beneficial bacteria (probiotics)
  • Increase the bioavailability of nutrients in food, like iron
  • Contain or enhance important vitamins like vitamin C, B12, and folate
  • Support the immune system
  • Improve digestion

    Source: Shockey, Kirsten, and Christopher Shockey. Fermented Vegetables: Creative Recipes for Fermenting 64 Vegetables and Herbs in Krauts, Kimchis, Brined Pickles, Chutneys, Relishes & Pastes. Storey Publishing, 2014, p 21.

But, if the nutritional benefits of sauerkraut aren’t enough to entice you to incorporate more of it into your life, the taste will. It’s delicious! Especially when paired with ground beef, onions, and apples. This easy, one pan meal brings together these sweet and savory flavors for your whole family to enjoy.

How to Make Beef-Sauerkraut Skillet

Ingredients

1 lb ground beef
1 red onion, chopped
1 bell pepper, diced
2 apple, diced (optional)
3 cups sauerkraut
2 tsp apple cider vinegar
2 bay leaves
1 tsp ground black pepper
1 tsp dried oregano

Preparation

Cook the ground beef, onion, pepper, and apples over medium heat until the meat is browned and the apples, onion and pepper are tender. Be sure to stir occasionally.

Add the remaining ingredients. Heat over medium, stirring occasionally, until the sauerkraut is hot. Serve and enjoy.


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Shockey, Kirsten, and Christopher Shockey. Fermented Vegetables: Creative Recipes for Fermenting 64 Vegetables and Herbs in Krauts, Kimchis, Brined Pickles, Chutneys, Relishes & Pastes. Storey Publishing, 2014, p 21.

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Rainbow Vegetable Slow-Cooker Pot-Roast

Autoimmune Paleo (AIP)*, Dairy-free, Egg-Free, Gluten-Free, Ketogenic, Paleo

This dish is not only a feast for the palate, but also for the eyes! It features a wide variety of textures and colors and, if you plan it right, this dish will showcase every color of the rainbow (minus blue) making it a fun meal for kids and adults alike.

This recipe is great for busy weeknights or days when you’re feeling lazy and don’t want to cook. All you need to do is spend 15 to 20 minutes of prep work in the morning and come home in the evening to enjoy a hot, satisfying, and healthy meal.

Enjoy!


How to Make Rainbow Vegetable Slow-Cooker Pot-Roast

Ingredients

2 lb chuck roast
2 TBS avocado oil
8 rainbow carrots, chopped in 3 inch lengths and quartered
2 bell peppers, chopped
1 red onion, chopped
2 large tomatoes, diced
1 can diced tomatoes
2 limes, juiced
1/4 cup fresh cilantro, chopped
1 TBS apple cider vinegar
2 tsp black pepper
2 tsp powdered garlic
1.5 tsp salt (more to taste)
1 tsp dried basil
1 tsp dried tarragon
1 tsp dried oregano
1 tsp dried thyme

Preparation

Place the carrots in your slow cooker.

Add avocado oil to a large skillet on medium-high heat. Cook the roast on all sides until it is golden brown. This should take 8-10 minutes. Then remove the roast and place it on its bed of carrots in the slow cooker.

Saute the onions and peppers until the onions begin to turn translucent, about 4 minutes. Then, them add to the slow cooker.

Add the remaining ingredients and cook on low for 8 hours. When the meat comes apart easily with a fork, it’s ready!


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Curry Stuffed Peppers

Dairy-free, Egg-free, Gluten-free, Vegan

A while back, I gave up making traditional stuffed peppers. I loved the idea of having stuffed peppers for dinner because it was something that I enjoyed when I was a kid. I tried numerous times to get the ratio of rice, tomato, ground beef, and Italian spices correct, but something always went wrong and without fail I ended up with bland, Italian-ish peppers. Bleh.

So I gave up on the idea of making traditional stuffed peppers and decided to try something new: curry stuffed peppers! These curry stuffed peppers are anything but bland because if there’s one thing I can get right in the kitchen, it’s curry!

These curry stuffed peppers will quickly become a new dinnertime favorite and make a satisfying meal for “Meatless Monday.” Even children will enjoy them because while they are packed full of spices, the curry is not “hot.” (Though you can certainly turn up the heat if you wish by adding some cayenne or red pepper flakes!)

Serve with a salad for a refreshing and filling whole food plant-based meal.

How to Make Curry Stuffed Peppers

Ingredients

6 bell peppers
1 cup rice, uncooked
2 15oz cans coconut milk, lite
1 onion, chopped
7 cloves garlic, chopped
2 TBS ground cumin
1 TBS ground turmeric
1 TBS ground ginger
1 TBS ground coriander
1/2 TBS paprika
1 tsp salt
1 tsp garlic powder
1/2 tsp garam masala
1/2 tsp black pepper, ground
to garnish: halved cherry tomatoes, walnuts and fresh parsley

Preparation

Slice the tops of your peppers off and remove the cores, seeds, and membranes. Arrange upright in a baking dish and spray with oil. Bake at 375 degrees F for 20 mins and remove from the oven.

Pour coconut milk into a pot and add rice. Bring to a boil then simmer, covered, until rice is fluffy.

Saute garlic and onion until tender. When the rice is finished, mix in onion, garlic and spices.

Fill peppers with the rice mixture and return to the oven for 15 minutes. Top with walnuts, tomatoes, and parsley to serve.


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Curried Fish and Potato Patties

Dairy-free, Gluten-Free, Low-FODMAP*, Nut-free, Paleo

I had to get creative with dinner last night because our fridge was empty, save for a few stray apples and a lonely cucumber. Fortunately, when I checked the pantry, I found a couple potatoes and some canned mackerel and I decided I could make a meal with that.

I must confess though, I wasn’t looking forward to canned mackerel for dinner. It’s not something I enjoy eating and I can’t stand cleaning out the little fishy can afterward so that I can recycle it. (Anyone with me on that?) But, it is a cheap way get heart-healthy omega 3’s into our family’s diet so I buy it and cook with it anyway.

When I do use canned mackerel in my cooking, my favorite thing to do is … disguise it! And tonight I’d say my efforts were a success. These little potato cakes are delicious; crispy on the outside, tender on the inside, and packed with delicious spices. You can hardly tell I sneaked in two servings of mackerel! 🙂 Our family, the toddler included, actually liked them so much that I will be making them again soon!

If you’re following a gluten-free, low-FODMAP, or Paleo diet, these tasty little fish cakes make for a quick, healthy lunch or dinner when served atop a nice salad. They also work well for an easy snack on the go. Just be sure to omit the garlic and onion powder if you eat a low-FODMAP diet.

This recipe makes 10 patties.

How to Make Curried Fish and Potato Patties

Ingredients

2 4.375oz cans mackerel in oil
2 red potatoes, chopped
1 egg
1/4 cup fresh parsley, chopped
1 TBS powdered ginger
1 TBS powdered turmeric
1 TBS ground cumin
1 TBS ground coriander
1 tsp garlic powder
1 tsp paprika
1 tsp ground black pepper
1/2 tsp salt
coconut oil for frying

Preparation

Boil potatoes until tender. Drain the water and mash the potatoes.

Add the canned mackerel; be sure to include the oil. Add the egg and mash together thoroughly. Stir in parsley and spices.

Put 2 TBS of coconut oil in a fry pan and turn the burner onto medium heat.

Scoop a 1/4 cup of the mixture into your hand and form 1/2 inch thick patties. When the pan is hot, carefully place them in the hot oil. Add more oil as needed. Cook about eight minutes per side until golden brown and crispy.


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Beef and Potato Curry

Dairy-free, Egg-free, Gluten-free, Nut-free, Paleo

Check out the the size of these organic potatoes I got from Misfits Market. They’re as big as my feet and they weigh about a pound and a half…each!

Our family really likes Misfits Market because they help reduce food waste by rescuing food that’s too big, too small, or too oddly shaped to be sold at your local grocery store. Last year, Misfits Market saved over 10 million pounds of organic produce and sold it to subscribers like us who saved up to 40% off grocery store prices for fresh, though sometimes weird, produce. Double win! Check out this post here for a referral code.

Anyway, I know you’re here for Beef and Potato Curry so I’ll get right down to business; I’m a mom and I know that time is precious.

This fresh and flavor-packed recipe brings the tastes of India home for the whole family to enjoy. Seriously, even our toddler liked it! If you want to make it an even more authentic dish, you can exchange the ground beef for lamb. Either way, though, you’re going to love it! Not only does it taste delicious, it’s also perfect for a busy weeknight because it’s quick, it’s easy, it’s healthy, and it only requires one pan! Can’t beat that, right?

Enjoy!

How to Make Beef and Potato Curry

Ingredients

1 lb ground beef
1 TBS coconut oil
1 onion, chopped
1 green pepper, chopped
7 cloves garlic, chopped
2 in piece of ginger, chopped
4 tsp cumin
4 tsp coriander
1 tsp black pepper, ground
1 tsp ground turmeric
1 tsp salt
1/2 tsp ground ginger
1/2 tsp cayenne pepper powder
1 cup water
5 – 6 cups potato, chopped
to garnish: halved cherry tomatoes and fresh parsley

Preparation

Add oil to to a pan over medium heat, add the beef and break apart with a spoon.

Add in chopped onion, green pepper, garlic, ginger, spices and salt and mix until well combined. Stir occasionally until meat is browned.

Add the water and potatoes. Cover and allow the potatoes to cook for 15-20 minutes until tender. Stir occasionally.

Top with fresh parsley and cherry tomatoes and serve.


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Roasted Butternut Squash and Apple Soup

Autoimmune Paleo (AIP), Dairy-free, Egg-free, Gluten-free, Nut-free, Paleo, Vegan

Nothing says “Fall is here” like a bowl of sweet, creamy butternut-apple soup! This soup will delight everyone around your dinner table, from the toddler to the teen. Its sweet notes of apple, ginger and cinnamon are sure to stir up some festive fall spirit and brighten up any dreary day that fall might throw at us!

This recipe makes about 4 quarts of creamy deliciousness. It makes a lovely autumn-inspired side or entree and is very satisfying when paired with a hearty kale salad, topped with sliced almonds, and drizzled with balsamic vinegar and olive oil.

Ingredients

2 butternut squash, roasted
2 TBS coconut oil
1 red onion, chopped
2 in piece of ginger, chopped
1 apple, chopped
3 15 oz cans lite coconut milk
1.5 tsp ground ginger
1.5 tsp salt (add a little at a time, to taste)
1 tsp ground black pepper
1 tsp ground cinnamon

Preparation

Roast whole butternut squash at 375 degrees F for 40 mins to an hour until tender. Halve and remove the seeds. Set aside.

In a large pot, cook onion, ginger, and apple in coconut oil over medium heat until onion is translucent and apple pieces are soft. Stir in coconut milk and spices.

Scoop the butternut squash out of its skin and add it to the pot. Using an immersion blender, blend the ingredients together. Bring the soup to the desired temperature and serve.


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No-Noodle Eggplant Lasagna

Egg-free, Gluten-free, Nut-free, Paleo*

It’s eggplant season and these curvy purple fruits are coming in fast and furious. We got two this week in our Misfits Market box!

Lately I’ve been making them into casseroles with other summer veggies like yellow squash and zucchinis, but this week I tried something different. The end result was a fantastic no-noodle, gluten-free eggplant lasagna packed with seasonal veggies and bursting with flavor.

How to Make No-Noodle Eggplant Lasagna

Ingredients

2 eggplants, thinly sliced (1/4 inch)
coarse salt
1 lb ground beef
2 cups yellow onion, chopped
4 cloves garlic, chopped
3 cups frozen spinach
4 15 oz cans diced tomato
2 TBS dried basil
1 TBS oregano
1 tsp black pepper
1 tsp garlic powder
4-6 cups aged cheddar, shredded (more to taste)

Preparation

Arrange the eggplant slices on drying racks placed over towels. Lightly salt them and allow the eggplant slices to stand for at least half an hour while you prepare the filling. This step draws out the water, so unless don’t skip it unless you like lasagna soup.

Brown the meat together with the onions and garlic. When the onions are translucent and the meat is browned, stir in the spices, spinach, and diced tomatoes. Allow the mixture to simmer and reduce.

Next, use a paper towel to remove the moisture and salt from the eggplant slices. You can also use two fingers and squeeze the slices while moving your hand downwards. I find this second method works better.

When the slices are dry, line the bottom of a 9 by 13 baking dish with a single layer. Next add a layer of meat sauce and a layer of cheese. Continue alternating layers of eggplant, meat sauce, and cheese until your casserole dish is full.

Bake at 400 degrees F for 40 minutes. Remove and top with more shredded cheese. Return to the oven for another 10 minutes.


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