Category Archives: Lunch & Dinner

Bacon Bacon Brussels Sprouts

I love brussels sprouts but I love them more with bacon…

 

What I Used:

8 slices bacon, chopped

1 pound Brussels sprouts

1 garlic clove, minced

1-2 tablespoons ghee (optional)

Salt and pepper to taste

lemon (optional)

What I did:

  1.  In a large pan, over medium-high heat, place the chopped bacon and cook until the fat has been rendered.
  2. While bacon is cooking, start chopping your brussels sprouts. I usually cut mine in halves or fours.
  3. Remove the bacon bits and add the brussels sprouts & garlic to the pan. Turn the sprouts so they are coated in the bacon fat, then place a lid on them and adjust your heat to medium-low. If your brussels sprouts aren’t coated, add some ghee to the pan.
  4. Occasionally, stir your sprouts in the bacon fat so they do not burn.
  5. Once the brussels sprouts are slightly tender, add bacon back into the pan and cook until bacon is to your liking!
  6. Season with lemon, salt and pepper to your personal taste.

 

Don’t want to babysit this on the stove? Take it to your oven!

  1. Preheat your oven to 325.
  2. In a large pan, over medium-high heat, place the chopped bacon and cook until the fat has been rendered.
  3. Toss brussels sprouts in the pan to coat them in the bacon fat.
  4. Lay out enough non-stick pan lining paper (one side is parchment paper, the other side is foil) with the foil side down to hold all your sprouts.
  5. Place brussels sprouts, bacon, garlic and ghee on the sheet and gather the lining sheet from all side and twist at the top creating a loose ball.
  6. Place your ball of brussels sprouts onto a cookie sheet and put into your preheated oven for 20-25 minutes.
  7. Remove from the oven and season with lemon, salt, and pepper to your taste.

 

I usually use the oven version in the winter time and the stove top in the summer. Happy eating!

Seafood Cakes

This was inspired after my first trip to the Tacoma Farmers Market on Broadway. The first time I made these, they were good but I wanted more shrimp in them so I had to revise the recipe a bit. I LOVE salmon cakes and these were just delicious! Be sure to play around with different measurements of seafood to meet your tastebuds needs.

What I Used:

  • ~12oz of Wild Salmon (canned)
  • ~8oz of Crab, cocktail
  • ~8oz of Shrimp, small cocktail
  • coconut oil or ghee for cooking
  • 3 eggs
  • 3 tbsp of Paleo Mayo
  • 1/2 tbsp of mustard
  • 3 green onions, chopped
  • crushed pepper (optional)
  • salt
  • pepper

What I Did:

  1. Drain the canned salmon and add to a mixing bowl.
  2. Roughly chop crab into smaller pieces and add to your mixing bowl.
  3. Add the shrimp into bowl. If you do not use small cocktail shrimp, chop the shrimp into smaller pieces as well. If you can not find small cocktail shrimp, cooked some before adding it to the bowl.  I’ve seen some at my nearby Costco.
  4. Beat eggs in a separate bowl, and then toss into mixing bowl.
  5.  Add all other ingredients except salt and pepper.
  6. Using a large skillet, warm about a tablespoon of oil on medium to medium low.
  7. While your oil is heating up, mix all the ingredients in your mixing bowl together. This is where using your hands works better than a spoon.
  8. Your oil should be ready! Still using your hands, make patties smaller than palm size and place them into the oil.
  9. Flip to cook on both sides. Each side should have a light brown color.

You may have to add more oil for each batch you cook, but make sure to only add a little at a time or the cakes will come out really greasy. I’ve also used this recipe (only making larger patties) to make Seafood Burgers. You can use lettuce or portobello mushrooms for buns to keep it paleo.

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Sweet & Sour Chicken

My daughter requested sweet and sour chicken for dinner, so I searched the internet for something quick and easy! I either couldn’t find anything quick or I didn’t have any of the items around the house, but I did find one that looked official and tasty here. So I looked around the kitchen and came up this this quick and easy recipe.

 

What I Used:

 

What To Do:

  1. In a large skillet, melted my ghee using medium-high heat.
  2. Added the chicken pieces to the skillet and cook. Season with a little salt.
  3. In a separate bowl, mix the juice and pulp from one (1) large lemon and your honey.
  4. Once your chicken is cooked thoroughly, use an internal thermometer if needed, add your honey and lemon.

And that’s it! If you have more time check out the recipe linked above, it is for a more crunchy sweet and sour chicken. If you are doing the whole30 and want to stay away from the honey, check out this version from Stupid Easy Paleo. Enjoy!

 

Chicken Fried Cauli-“Rice”

Cauli-Fried RiceReally wanted some fried rice but didn’t want to use a cheat meal or waste some left over grilled chicken, so I came up with this. This is my first time making this recipe and after everyone getting seconds, I will definitely be fine tuning it in the future.

What I used:

  • 1 pound of cooked Chicken Breast
  • 2 heads of cauliflower (about 7 cups)
  • 1 1/2 cups of chopped Carrots
  • 3 Eggs
  • 1/2 Bell Pepper
  • 2-3 Zucchinis
  • 3 teaspoons of Water
  • Green onions
  • Fish Sauce
  • Pepper
  • Olive Oil
  1. Chop all the veggies and chicken. I chopped the bell peppers and carrots into small pieces and the zucchini into larger pieces.
  2. Crack your eggs into a small bowl and add three teaspoons of water. Mix and scramble. In a large pot on medium heat (or wok if you have one), add some olive oil. Once your pot is hot, pour in your egg mixture and leave egg flat and let cook for about 2 mins, you may have to push the sides in so all the egg can cook. Remove the cooked egg from the pot/wok and cut into pieces.
  3. Add more oil to your pot/wok and once hot, add your chopped carrots and bell peppers. Mix well. (I put the top on my pot to help them soften a little faster.)
  4. Once the veggies have begun to soften, add the cauliflower.
  5. Season with pepper and add a few dashes of fish sauce. Don’t add too much fish sauce, this stuff can get stinky… you’ve been warned. Stir well. Feel free to add the stop back to your pot when not stirring.
  6. Add the cooked & chopped chicken to your pot and stir again.
  7. Lastly, turn off your heat and mix in your green onions and zucchini. The remaining heat will cook the zucchini. (I didn’t want to over cook it.)

Note: Chicken was previously grilled and seasoned with garlic powder, pepper, oregano and sea salt.

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