Broccoli with Sesame Dressing

I love broccoli, but I know not everyone does (my husband included.) So, broccoli gets a makeover every time I make it.

Sometimes it’s oven-roasted with lemon and spices, and other times, topped with cheese and pepper.

This time, it got a little Chinese spin with take out flavor and toasted sesame seeds to finish. Try this broccoli for a new take on a healthy, yummy side.

Sesame with Dressing Broccoli

  • 2 cups fresh broccoli florets

For the sauce:

  • 1/4 teaspoon rice vinegar
  • 1/4 teaspoon ginger powder
  • 1/4 teaspoon garlic powder
  • 2 tablespoons coconut aminos (or soy sauce)
  • 1 tablespoon toasted sesame oil
  • 1 tablespoon honey
  • pinch of salt and pepper
  • shake or two of toasted sesame seeds

Steam the broccoli. (If you don’t have a steamer, I “steam” by adding about 1 inch of water to the bottom of a sauce pan with the broccoli, and turning the heat on high. Once the water is boiling, I stir the broccoli a couple times and cook until you can pretty easily insert a fork.)

For the sauce, mix the remaining ingredients together. Pour over the steamed broccoli, and add toasted sesame seeds to top.

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Sauteed, and Sliced Zucchini, Onion, and Mushroom

Are there any foods you like the smell of, but not the taste? This was me, and mushrooms. My Mom loved them, and sauteed them often, but as much as I liked the smell, I never wanted to eat them. Then came this dish.

This side dish was made for me by a friend, and I’ve loved mushrooms (and onions) ever since. These vegetables are a great combo, and all you have to do is sprinkle on some salt and pepper. So good.

Sauteed, and Sliced Zucchini, Onion, and Mushroom

  • 2 tablespoons coconut oil
  • 2 cups sliced, fresh zucchini
  • 2 cups sliced, fresh onion
  • 2 cups sliced, fresh mushrooms
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon pepper

In a large, shallow skillet pan (or wok) add the coconut oil to the pan on medium heat. Add your zucchini slices to the pan, and cook for four minutes or until they have begun to brown. Add the onion slices, and cook for one minute. Last, add the mushrooms, and cook an additional minute. Season with salt and pepper and it’s ready!

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How To In the Kitchen: Roasted Garlic

Roasted garlic is such a staple in my household, and I always need it on hand. I love to make big batches of it, and then freeze in small batches. Here’s how.

Remember, my batch is huge, so I will give you a nightly recipe, too.

Roasted Garlic (Bulk):

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Ends and discarded cloves in the bowl (left,) and ready for the oven in the pan (right.)
  • 3 lbs garlic, deskinned and, ends cut off
  • 1/2 cup oil ( I used avocado)
  • large pinch of salt and pepper

Add garlic, oil, and salt and pepper to a glass baking pan, cover, and bake about an hour at 350°. It’s done when you can easily insert a fork into it, and it’s beginning to turn golden brown.

Roasted Garlic:

  • 5-10 cloves garlic, deskinned, and ends cut off
  • drizzle of oil ( I used avocado)
  • dash of salt and pepper

Add garlic, oil, salt and pepper to a small oven safe dish, and cover. Cook at 350° for about 45 or until you can easily insert a fork into it, and it’s beginning to turn golden brown.

Storage:

There’s a few ways you can do this. Choose whichever works best, depending on your usage.

-store in freezer containers, preferred size

-store in freezer bags, preferred size

-freeze into ice cube trays, individually, and then pop them out (of the trays) and into freezer bags, for a portioned amount whenever you need it

The prep, roasting, and storage for this is so worth it. I use inordinate amounts of garlic while cooking, and it still lasts me months! Leave any questions in the comments. Happy Cooking!

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Sweet Potato and Sausage Hash

It’s late on a Saturday and I haven’t even thought of dinner yet. Yup, it’s one of those days. I knew I wanted something with lots of vegetables and I knew I wanted something easy but delicious.

Sweet Potato Hash was it. My hubby chopped everything, I cooked it all off, and dinner was done. Yum.

The best thing about this dish? You can eat it for any meal. Enjoy!

Sweet Potato and Sausage Hash

  • 3 tablespoons coconut oil
  • 3 sweet potatoes, washed and cubed
  • 2 turkey sausages, sliced
  • 1 onion, chopped
  • 1 bell pepper (anything but green), chopped
  • 3 cloves garlic, chopped
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon pepper
  • 1/4 teaspoon paprika
  • 1/4 teaspoon chili powder

In a skillet pan on medium heat, add 2 tablespoons coconut oil and the sweet potatoes. Cook for 10 minutes, stirring occasionally.

Add the additional tablespoon coconut oil, the onion, bell pepper, and garlic. Stir and cover. Continue cooking for 10 minutes. Add the seasonings and sausages and cook one minute.

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Italian Beef on Potato Sliders

The first time I tried this recipe, it turned out great! And as a slow cooker meat, just add the ingredients and it cooks itself!

For a twist, make sliced potato “sliders!” Add a couple tablespoons of the meat on top of lengthwise sliced, baked potatoes, and you’ve got a new take on Italian Beefs.

Crock Pot Italian Beef

  • 1 1/2 pound chuck roastIMG_20170417_201035
  • 1 cup beef stock
  • 1 onion, sliced
  • 1/2 green pepper, sliced
  • 1 tablespoon honey
  • 1 tablespoon garlic powder
  • 1 tablespoon parsley
  • 2 tablespoons oregano
  • 1 teaspoon pepper
  • 1 teaspoon basil
  • 1/2 teaspoon celery salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon dried thyme
  • 1/4 teaspoon cayenne pepper
  • 1 bay leaf

Place the roast and vegetables into the bottom of a crock pot. Add the rest of the ingredients and cook for 8 hours on low or 4 hours on high. Remove the bay leaf and shred.

Potato Slices

  • 2-3 russet potatoes, depending on the size
  • 2-3 tablespoons olive oil
  • 1 tablespoon pepper
  • 1 tablespoon salt

Cut length wise and thin and place onto a cookie sheet.  Add the olive oil, salt, and pepper and coat them well.  Space the slices equal distance apart into the pan and bake at 425 degrees for about 20 minutes and make sure flip halfway through. Set aside.

Italian Beef on Potato Sliders

Take your potato slices and top them with 2 tablespoons of meat mixture and enjoy!

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Cinnamon Applesauce

Growing up, we had an apple tree and a pear tree. We also had a vegetable garden that I could only ever dream of (so far:) My mom made almost everything from scratch and her pear sauce is the best. Sweet and lightly spiced, it’s always one of my favorites.

I love a homemade applesauce too and this recipe couldn’t be more delicious or easy. Just chop the apples, add the ingredients, and it practically makes itself! Warm or cold, try this applesauce for a delicious treat.

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  • 6 organic red delicious apples, cored and chopped
  • 3 tablespoons honey (or vegan preference)
  • 1 lemon, juiced
  • 1/4 cup water
  • 1 teaspoon cinnamon
  • 1/8 teaspoon allspice

Add the ingredients to a medium sized sauce pan on medium heat. Cook for about 30 minutes, stirring occasionally. For a smoother texture, blend the mixture. Serve warm or cold and enjoy!

Tip: I blend 1/2 the mixture and add it to the rest for a chunkier applesauce=)

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Cauliflower Chicken Fried “Rice”

The more vegetables I can get into my daily diet, the better! I love them so for me it’s easy to add onions and peppers to a main dish or make a veggie side to get in lots of goodness throughout the day.

I also love Chinese food. The thing is,  if you mix meat and veggies and add some toasted sesame oil, you just made yourself some Chinese food.

Homemade, veggie-filled, and yet so delicious, you have to try this recipe! Use pre-riced cauliflower and a frozen vegetable of choice to help cut your prep time, you’ll love it!

Cauliflower Chicken Fried “Rice”

  • 2 chicken thighs, chopped
  • 2 cups cauliflower, riced
  • 1 cup frozen vegetables (peppers, carrots, peas (omit peas to keep Paleo)
  • 1 onion, chopped
  • 3 garlic cloves, diced
  • 2 eggs (scrambled)
  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • 2 tablespoons coconut aminos (soy sauce)
  • 1 tablespoon toasted sesame oil

In a wok or large deep sauce pan, set the heat to medium and add the olive oil and onion. Cook for about 5 minutes.

Push onion to the outside of the pan and cook the chicken until white and cooked through. Push the chicken to the sides of the pan and add the two eggs into the middle and cook.

Add the garlic, cauliflower, vegetables, coconut aminos, and toasted sesame oil to the pan and let cook about 10 minutes until everything is warmed. Sprinkle salt and pepper and serve. Enjoy!

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Creamy Tuna Mushroom Skillet

Even working from home, there are some days it gets to be 4 or 5 pm and I realize I haven’t even thought about making dinner nor is there any meat thawed or things prepped.

This was made on one of those nights. I needed to throw together dinner and canned tuna was what was ready.

With some vegetables and a “creamy” sauce, these flavors were great together and made for a delicious for dinner.

Enjoy!

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  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • 1 onion, sliced
  • 5 mushrooms, sliced
  • 2 cans tuna
  • 1 tablespoon black pepper
  • 2 tablespoons cream (Almond milk for Paleo option)
  • 1 tablespoon water
  • 1 tablespoon parmesan cheese (omit for Paleo)
  • 1 tablespoon parsley

In a medium sized sauce pan on medium heat, add one tablespoon olive oil and the sliced onion. Cook for about a minute. Add sliced mushrooms to the pan and cook about 5 minutes. The tuna gets added next followed by the cream and water (I didn’t have any milk but this mixture is creamier to me anyhow.) Lastly add cheese and parsley.

Use this as a topping for a vegetable or starch of your choice. Good on top of:

  • rice
  • spaghetti squash
  • pasta
  • potatoes

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Honey Maple Brushed Bacon Burger (Paleo)

This picture really does say it all. This succulent burger with maple and honey brushed bacon is just the start. Add caramelized onions and a honey maple BBQ sauce to finish it off. These burgers are a sweet and savory crowd pleaser. So good.

Honey Maple Bacon 

  • 6 strips bacon
  • 1 teaspoon maple syrup
  • 1 teaspoon honey

Heat bacon in a skillet over medium heat. Once you flip it, brush on the maple syrup and honey mixture. Cook the bacon, flipping and brushing to preference.

Tip: Lay strips out on parchment paper to prevent sticking!

Caramelized Onions

  • One large onion sliced
  • 1 teaspoon maple syrup
  • 1 teaspoon honey
  • 1/8 teaspoon black pepper

Combine in a small skillet pan over low heat for about 20 minutes or until they are softened and the liquid is thickened.burger

Burger

  • 1 pound ground beef
  •  1/8 teaspoon salt
  • 1/8 teaspoon pepper
  • 1 teaspoon garlic powder
  • 1 tablespoon onion powder

Combine everything in a bowl and form 2-3 equal sized  burger patties. Cook the burgers in the same skillet with bacon grease on medium heat. About 5 minutes on each side for medium burgers.

Tip: Poke a hole in the center of each burger pattie, almost all the way through but not quite. This prevents the burger from shriveling up and losing size!

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  • 1 can tomato sauce
  • ½ can tomato paste
  • ⅛ cup molasses
  • ⅛ teaspoon cayenne pepper
  • 3 tablespoons brown sugar
  • 1 tablespoon apple cider vinegar
  • 1 teaspoon garlic powder
  • 1 teaspoon onion powder
  • 1 tablespoon Dijon mustard
  • 1  cup honey
  • 1 cup maple syrup
  • ¼ teaspoon liquid smoke

Combine in a sauce pan over medium low heat and simmer for about 20 minutes.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Emmy’s Beef Goulash

Goulash is a very traditional dish and well I love its simplicity, I always longed for a hint of heat and some extra spices. This take on goulash is just that and quick enough to throw together on a work night too.
Emmy’s Beef Goulash

  • 2 onions, chopped
  • 5 garlic cloves, diced
  • 1 teaspoon olive oil
  • 2 pounds ground chuck
  • 30 oz. (2 cans) diced tomatoes
  • 15 oz. (1 can) tomato sauce
  • 3 cups water
  • 1 heaping tablespoon of dried oregano
  • 1 heaping tablespoon of dried basil
  • 1/4 teaspoon cayenne pepper
  • 2 cups noodles (zoodles, rice/corn/lentil noodles are all healthy additions as well)
  • pinch of salt and pepper

Directions: Add the onions and garlic to olive oil in a pan over medium heat and cook for 5 minutes. From there, add the meat and cook until browned. Mix in the tomatoes, water and noodles and cook until the noodles are al dente or to preference. Enjoy=)

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