Monday, January 13th, 2014

Recipe Ginger Shallot Dressing: Raw Vegan Paleo Gluten Free

Fresh organic ginger

Fresh organic ginger

Making my own fresh organic dressings is the only way I consume salad. And since I like salad, I make a lot of fresh dressings. This is a 2.0 version of one I used to make, and it is one of my family’s favorites.

Ginger Shallot Dressing 2.0 (Raw Vegan Paleo Gluten Free)

  • 5 tablespoons raw organic olive oil or macadamia nut oil
  • 3 tablespoons organic apple cider vinegar
  • 2 tablespoons water
  • 2 tablespoons raw honey
  • 1 tablespoon plus 1⁄2 teaspoon coconut aminos
  • 1 tablespoon minced shallot (or 1 teaspoon onion powder)
  • 1 tablespoon grated fresh ginger (or 1 teaspoon ground ginger)

Blend everything up and dress your salad.

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Wednesday, January 8th, 2014

How to Cook Eye of the Round Roast in Sous Vide (Gluten Free)

Organic Grass Fed Eye of the Round Roast

Organic Grass Fed Eye of the Round Roast – perfectly tender and cooked throughout.

Last year in order to save money we ordered an 1/8th of a grass fed organic cow from Alderspring Ranch where you can get the finest organic grass fed beef. When you order in bulk like that you get all different cuts of meats, many of which I was unsure how to prepare.

Alderspring Ranch

Alderspring Ranch

Enter: Grass Fed Eye of the Round Roast.

I had made roasts in my slow cooker before so I figured that’d be the best way to prepare this particular cut. But, after researching online, I learned that this is one of the toughest, leanest, (and usually cheapest) cuts of beef. Although slow cookers have a knack for making tougher cuts more tender, I had a little doubt as to whether that’d be the best option for cooking it. Back to researching online to see what I might do with my Sous Vide Supreme for this cut of beef.

After reading a few different articles, I’m sharing what I ended up doing (and will always do for grass fed eye of the round roast going forward). This meat, with the reputation for being as tough and chewy as stale bubble gum was one of the most tender pieces of meat we’ve ever had. Literally, it was tenderloin tender after using the Sous Vide to cook the Eye of the Round Roast. I’m not surprised though since that is a prime reason for using a Sous Vide to cook meats. Not only will you never overcook your precious meat, but you will also save money on buying meat because you can buy the cheaper cuts of meat, but still enjoy it without wearing out your jaw.

See? You can save money on meat and use that saved money to buy a sous vide.

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Saturday, January 4th, 2014

Recipe Cherry BBQ Sauce (Paleo Gluten Free)

I created a Cherry BBQ sauce that is sweetener-free and oh-so-super delicious.

Ingredients for Cherry BBQ Sauce

Ingredients for Cherry BBQ Sauce (Paleo, Gluten Free)

I’ve used this recipe as a BBQ sauce over various styles of grass fed beef and bison (including tongue – strange, bizarre, and weird to be sure, but tasty). I’ve also added it to slow cooker stews for a mega flavorful stew experience.This fantastic Cherry BBQ Sauce recipe makes more than you’ll likely use with one dinner, like the grass beef tongue that will be featured with it soon. But, it’ll store well in the refrigerator for a few days to use on other foods like pastured eggs, wild caught fish, or other meat dishes. Or, you can freeze it.

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Thursday, January 2nd, 2014

Bison Burgers, Buttered Cauliflower Puree, Basil Tomatoes Provencal (Gluten Free)

by Kristen Suzanne in food journal

 

Buttered Cauliflower Puree topped with grass fed bison and Baked Tomatoes Provencal

Buttered Cauliflower Puree, grass fed bison steak burger, and Basil Tomatoes Provencal

A lot of people tell me they’re looking for dinner ideas. Here’s a dinner I quickly threw together one night, and Greg said he definitely wanted me to make it more often.

Simply:

Basically, while the tomatoes were baking, I steamed organic cauliflower. Then, I put the burgers on my Le Creuset enameled cast iron skinny grill (mine is the round one, but the one featured on Amazon is rectangle). While those were cooking I blended the cauliflower with grass fed butter and sea salt.

I did my best to present our plates in a fancy way, because I am continuoulsy inspired by cooking shows. That’s clearly an area in which I need practice. Sigh.

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Sunday, December 29th, 2013

Recipe Easiest French Toast Ever (Gluten Free)

Here’s a simple french toast recipe that my kid (and husband) love. It’s just toasted paleo bread with grass fed organic ghee, and organic maple syrup… But, surprisingly it tastes quite a bit like french toast, because the bread has both an eggy flavor and texture. It’s so easy that your kiddos can make it all by themselves, supervised while using the toaster.

*I consider this a paleo recipe (though perhaps not super strict paleo) because of the use of ghee or high vitamin butter oil.

Kid loving goodness

Easiest French Toast (gluten free)

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Thursday, December 26th, 2013

Recipe Buttered Cauliflower Puree (Gluten Free)

by Kristen Suzanne in gluten free, grass fed butter, recipe

Here’s a great side dish recipe to have in your recipe box because it can go with so many meals, it’s easy to make, and it’s nutritious. It has a texture that is like air, if you can imagine that. But, the catch is that you need a high speed blender to get it to perfection, preferably a Vitamix with the plunger.

Buttered Cauliflower Puree

Buttered Cauliflower Puree (gluten free)

Buttered Cauliflower Puree

Yield 4 servings

Blend the steamed cauliflower and butter until smooth, using the plunger to make the magic happen. Taste and season with sea salt, if needed.

** My favorite steamer is here. I love it! I used to have one of those cheapies you insert in the bottom of a pot. It would always fold in while trying to get out the veggies – total pain. Then, it was hot and couldn’t touch it. I found this awesome steamer insert and fell madly in love. It fits a couple of my pots, I can easily get all the veggies out at once by using the side handles and picking it up and dumping all veggies in a bowl of butter. The handles don’t get too hot to touch. Highly recommend.

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Saturday, December 21st, 2013

Recipe Tuna Carrot Salad Sandwich (Paleo Gluten Free)

by Kristen Suzanne in gluten free, paleo, recipe, tuna
Tuna Carrot Salad Sandwich

Tuna Carrot Salad Sandwich (Paleo Gluten Free)

Quality canned fish can be a real time saver; therefore, it’s good for your sanity. I was low on food in the house and we needed something for lunch so this is what I threw together… Tuna Carrot Salad Sandwich. The bread is paleo, gluten free, and homemade.

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Monday, December 16th, 2013

Recipe Rudolph Cherry Cobbler (Paleo Gluten Free Raw Vegan)

Rudolph Cherry Cobbler (Gluten Free. Paleo. Raw Vegan.)

I asked my husband, who has a birthday around the holidays, what he wanted to eat for his birthday dessert. He said without thinking twice, Rudolph Cherry Cobbler. It’s a raw vegan, paleo, and gluten free recipe from my Holidays Recipe Book that he’s been a raving fan of for the past five or so years. I said to him, “Really? That’s what you want for your birthday?” He said, “YES! It’s the best and I can’t eat just one serving, I keep going back for more.” I can’t say I blame him… it is friggin’ delish. The squishy and delicious cherries explode with flavor in your mouth.

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Sunday, December 15th, 2013

Sunshine Muffins (Gluten Free Recipe)

 

Sunshine Muffins (Gluten Free)

Sunshine Muffins (Gluten Free)

These versatile and moist muffins are not sweet. I limit the sugar content in my family’s life so I create some recipes without any added sugar. The only sweetness from these babies comes from the orange juice. So, if you’d like a sweet muffin, then by all means add some sugar (coconut crystals, honey, xylitol).

I’m also known in my family to make gluten free muffins and breads without added sugar because if I feel like sweetening it up later, I drizzle raw honey or maple syrup on top.

Oh, another good reason for keeping the sugar out is that I can then serve these alongside stew or chili.

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Monday, December 9th, 2013

Recipe Tomato Beef (or Bison) Slow Cooker Stew

Hhmmm all done and ready to eat.

Hhmmm all done and ready to eat.

Here’s another easy recipe that uses the slow cooker. I continue to sing the praises of using a slow cooker because it cooks the food at low-ish temperatures, it is so fracking easy to use, and using a slow cooker saves tons of time. This recipe, like many of mine lately, is slim on ingredients because I really love letting the fresh ingredients speak for themselves. I didn’t add garlic or anything (although the jar of sauce I use includes some lovely flavors with basil, onion, etc).

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