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Stuffed Acorn squash

This was amazing. Joe said it tasted very ‘fancy’. It’s the perfect combo of spicy and savory and just downright delicious. It did take a little while to make so pop those squashes in the oven pronto and then get to work on the filling.

Ingredients:

  • 2 Acorn Squashes
  • 1/2 lb of grass fed ground beef
  • 1/2 lb spicy sausage (2 medium sized sausages should be fine, but make sure they are the ones you squeeze out of the casing)
  • tablespoon or so of coconut oil
  • salt and pepper to taste
  • 1/2 tsp fresh sage
  • 1 celery rib, 1/2 red onion, 2 cloves of garlic
  • 2 small apples, chopped
  • 1 egg beaten
  • 1/2 cup almond meal
  • 2-3 sprigs of fresh rosemary

1. Preheat the oven to 400. Cut the squashes in half and season them with some salt and pepper. Drizzle a little coconut oil into each of them and around the rim. Add the finely chopped sage to the inside of the squash. Roast for about 45 minutes.

2. Take your sausage and ground beef and add them to a pan, making sure the sausage and beef are totally combined together. When done cooking, set aside in a large bowl. Keep the fat from the meat inside the pan.

3. Finely chop the onion, garlic, and celery and add to the pan. Saute for a few minutes until they are softened. Add a little salt and pepper and then add the chopped apples. Saute these for a few more minutes.

4. Add the vegi mixture to your bowl containing the meat and blend together. Once it is slightly cool, add the beaten egg and almond meal. When everything is combined, chop up the rosemary into very find pieces and add to the filling mixture.

5. After the squashes are done (I put them face up and then half way through flipped them). Add the stuffing to the insides of the squashes. Make sure they are heaping mounds on top of the squash. Bake for another 15-20 minutes.

6. These are super hot so be careful about chowing down right away. Wait a few minutes and then serve with a light salad. These are pretty filling so you really only need some greens on the side, well, just because its always good to have some greens on the side!

This is the perfect meal for Fall. You could probably add more seasoning, or more vegi’s, but just experiment with this recipe and you are sure to make a hit dish. I cant wait for tomorrow to eat the other half for lunch!!

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Posted by on October 3, 2012 in Beef, Dinner

 

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Cabbage rolls

This looked like a good paleo meal and pretty simple. I think making them and putting them in the crockpot might have been easier. They are pretty tasty and really great as leftovers because the meat seems to be more flavorful after sitting. Probably like meatloaf!

Ingredients:

  • 1 lb grassfed ground beef
  • 1 large cabbage (the crinkly edge kind)
  • 1/2 cauliflower
  • 1 yellow onion
  • 1 grated carrot
  • 3 grated celery stalks
  • 2 cloves of garlic
  • 1 egg (not really needed, but can use as a binder in the mix)
  • 1 tbls paprika
  • 1/2 tsp onion powder
  • 1/2 tsp garlic powder
  • salt and pepper to taste
  • 1 jar of marinara sauce

Start off by putting your cabbage in boiling water for about 15 minutes. When it is nice and soft, run it under cold water and peal the cabbage leaves off it and set aside.

Put your cauliflower, onion, celery, garlic, and carrot in the food processor and chop until fairly small. Add this mixture to the ground beef and mix together with your hands. Messy. Add the egg and spices together until everything is nice and mixed up.

Take a few leaves of the cabbage and put on the bottom of a baking dish. This helps keep the rolls from burning. Take a leaf and then put a good size helping into each leaf, fold over the sides, and then roll on up. Put these in the baking dish tightly packed together. This made a ton of these. I think about 12-14. I used two different pans. When done, pour your marinara sauce on top of them, making sure they are fully covered. Then put a few remaining cabbage leaves on top. Helps with not burning the top of the rolls.

Bake for 45 mins to an hour at 400 degrees. Seems like a long time, but thats what your supposed to do! An easy way would be to line all these up in the crock pot, pour the sauce over and cook on medium until you get home. Yum yum! I guess the original recipe calls for rice, so adding the cauliflower helps bulk it up a bit. If you have kids, this seems like a great way to sneak in a ton of vegetables without them even knowing it!

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Posted by on September 13, 2012 in Beef, Dinner

 

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Portobello pesto pizza

portobellobThese are super easy and don’t take very long to make or prepare. I used some of my leftover pesto on top at the last minute and it made such a great touch! These are really similar to the mini mushroom pizzettes, just more dinner sized.

Ingredients:

  • 4 large portobello mushrooms
  • 4 small uncooked spicy chicken sausages
  • 1 small can of sliced olives
  • 1 zucchini
  • Some pizza or pasta sauce
  • Leftover pesto sauce or make a small batch from scratch

Take the mushrooms and remove the stems. Fill them up with the sausage that you squeeze out of its casing. Top with sliced olives, grated zucchini and a dollop of pasta or pizza sauce along with a spoonful of pesto.

Cook for about 20-25 mins at 375.

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Posted by on August 31, 2012 in Dinner, Sugar Detox approved!

 

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Zucchini sausage pesto rolls

Day 11! Okay, we’ll I kind of cheated on the sugar detox yesterday but it was conscious decision and not a crazy craving. It was this magnificent piece of cheesecake which I only ate half, and I took the smallest little bites so it lasted like an hour. Yum. BUT, my stomach felt like shit and I got a sugar high right before I had to stand up and speak to about 40 people. I totally spazzed out and forgot what I was going to say and reverted to the scared of public speaking Kari from years ago. That sucked. I blame the cheesecake. But whatever, that’s after 11 days no sugar, no fruit.

Okay, on with today’s meal! I made this tonight for dinner and I either should have made a salad, side, or more. These should definitely be used for an appetizer. I saw this on paleOMG today and had to make it.

Ingredients:

  • Zucchini (about 2 or 3)
  • Italian sausages (I got the spicy chicken sausage from Whole Foods)
  • Fresh made pesto sauce

Cut the zucchini’s with a mandolin or about 1/4 inch thick. Spread on pan (or grill would be much better) and drizzle with olive oil and a little salt and pepper. I broiled them until they were tender and a little brown from broiling.

Put the sausages in a frying pan and cook them for about 10 minutes. Flip over when one side is brown and cook the other side.

Make your pesto sauce (basil, olive oil, garlic, a few walnuts)

Take your pesto and spread it on the zucchini strips. Take your sausage and cut it into 1 inch pieces and roll them up with the zucchini strips, pesto facing the sausage. You can put a toothpick in them or just set on the side that was last to be rolled. Enjoy!

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Green beans with cherry tomatoes and bacon

I am realizing I need more veggies in my life and less fruit. It sucks but its true. Next week I am actually going on a no fruit, no nut, no sugar week. I tried about 10 days ago and failed on the first hour. So this week’s grocery shopping will NOT consist of those items and WILL consist of more green’s.

This was really good. I was just going to stir fry some green beans with my one piece of bacon. I saw I had a tub full of cherry tomatoes and figured I would throw those in as well. Good choice! They make this creamy sauce combined with the bacon and becomes really good! (Plus Joe always gives me crap for buying veggies at Costco and saying they go bad. So I am determined never to let my veggies go bad!)

Ingredients:

  • A bunch of green beans
  • A bunch of cherry tomatoes
  • 1 piece of bacon. (The really good kind, thick yummy)
  • Little salt and pepper
  • 1 clove of crushed garlic

Chop up your piece of bacon and throw it in with the green beans, tomatoes, and garlic. If the bacon doesnt give you enough slip in your pan for the veggies to cook then add a small amount of coconut oil. (I did). Smells delicious and the longer you cook it the more the bacon and tomatoes combine and make this awesome flavor.

I served mine next to some coconut chicken and non peanut sauce (Recipe in past post) . So tasty!

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Posted by on July 27, 2012 in Dinner, Lunch

 

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Pure paleo dinner

When your at a loss for what to eat, go super simple. BBQ some steak, broil some veggie’s. Add salt and pepper, BAM! Your done!

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Posted by on July 23, 2012 in Beef, Dinner

 

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Paleo Pecan Crusted Chicken

I made this a while ago and it was delish! It helps with a sweet tooth if you are trying to stay away from sweets and desserts. Its super easy and definitely a hit.

Ingredients:

  • 1/2 cup spicy mustard
  • 2 tablespoons of raw honey
  • 1 cup pecans
  • 3-4 chicken breasts

Mix the honey and mustard together and dunk your chicken in the mixture until it is completely coated. Take your pecans and put them in your food processor until they are chopped pretty fine. Then roll the chicken with the honey/mustard mixture in the pecans until they are coated on both sides. Sprinkle with a little sea salt.

Bake at 350 for about 35-40 mins depending on how big your chicken breasts are. Voila your done!

I served mine with some asparagus, but any veggie will do.

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Posted by on July 22, 2012 in Chicken, Dinner

 

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Brazillian Crockpot Curry Chicken

You know you have had a successful morning when by 8:30am you have already gone to crossfit, taken a shower, and put dinner in the crockpot. I am definitely a morning person. Just ask my boyfriend as I yell at him at 11:30pm to shut off the damn light and stop reading, I need to be up at 6am to workout! He says I become cranky Kari at around 11pm. Its true. And then I become hyper happy Kari at 6am. No alarm clock needed. Gotta love him for putting up with that!

Okay, on to the chicken dish! Now you can see how quick and easy this is if I am done preparing it by 8:30. I will post an after picture when we eat it tonight.

Ingredients:

  • 3 chicken breasts
  • 1 small yellow onion thinkly sliced
  • 2 bell peppers in small cubes (red and yellow)
  • 3/4 cup coconut milk
  • 2 tablespoons of tomato paste
  • 1 tablespoon of ground ginger
  • 3 cloves of minced garlic
  • 4-5 tablespoons of curry powder (I ran out so only did 3, we will see how that turns out)
  • salt and pepper to taste
  • red pepper flakes (just a sprinkle)
  • 1 cup of chicken broth

Take your handy dandy crockpot and add the coconut milk, tomato paste, curry, ginger, and garlic. Mix around and then add the chopped bell peppers and onions. Sprinkle with salt and pepper and red pepper flakes. Mix around so everything is coated in the mixture. Add the chicken breasts and mix around. Pour in the chicken broth and make sure the chicken is covered with the sauce. Turn on low for 6-8 hours or high for 4-5 hours. Go to work, come home, and eat!

We are eating ours with coconut cauliflower rice and will top it with some cilantro and avocado slices. Mmmm Mmm, cant wait for tonight!

Props again to paleOMG for her delish recipes!

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Posted by on July 17, 2012 in Chicken, Dinner

 

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Stuffed Italian Mushrooms- little mini shroom pizzettes!

These would be an excellent appetizer plate to serve. We just ate them standing up next to the oven. I tried for a sit down, enjoy yourself dinner but these didn’t quite make it to the dinner table.

Super easy and quick and I have a suggestion if you want to make this into more a dinner then an appetizer.

Ingredients:

  • 12 Crimini mushrooms
  • 3/4 lb spicy chicken Italian sausage
  • Organic or low sugar pizza sauce
  • Yup, that’s it!

Take the mushrooms and clean them and take the stem out so your able to stuff the center. Take the chicken sausage and just squeeze it into the center of the mushroom. Bake at 375 for about 18-20 mins. Add the pizza sauce a minute or so before you take them out of the oven. Be careful when you cut into them, they squirt at you!

Another way to make this meal would be to put them in a portobello mushroom. You could even add some black olives, Italian sausage, onions, then pizza sauce and you have your own little portobello pizza!

I just served with a garden salad with whatever veggies I could find in the fridge. With my all time favorite dressing: Olive oil, balsamic, lime juice, salt and pepper. Yum!

Enjoy!

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Posted by on July 17, 2012 in Appetizers, Chicken, Dinner

 

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Crockpot Chicken Cacciatore (somewhat)

Basic, yummy, easy. I didn’t feel like shopping for anything today so this was basically whatever I could find in the fridge and cupboards. Turned out pretty good too!

Ingredients:

  • 2 chicken breasts
  • Can of organic stewed tomatoes
  • A cut up zucchini
  • Some mushrooms
  • Lots of spices! Garlic powder, onion powder, Italian seasoning, thyme, and a pinch of salt and pepper.
  • Baby spinach

Toss the chicken in the crockpot with the can of tomatoes, zucchini,mushrooms, and spices. Cook on high for 2-3 hours. Serve with some baby spinach and enjoy!

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Posted by on July 11, 2012 in Chicken, Dinner

 

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