Changing what we eat is most often at the core of restoring our body to healthy function.  Once my family changed our perspective many great new foods became available for us to enjoy.  The next step was I had to start collecting recipes and ways to fix dishes with these new yummies!  The recipe below is one of the first meals which became a family staple.  Since those first days we have added a treasure of new foods and dishes.  This page contains some of our new treasures – I hope you enjoy them as much as we do.  You can also visit me on Pinterest to browse my recipe collection from our new journey.

Stir-Fry Medley

Veggies – cut them up – in small chunks – enough to fill your skillet or enough for the number you are serving

Coconut Oil or butter – enough to lightly coat the bottom of a skillet

Add veggies, a pinch of salt and maybe some seasoning – tumeric, garlic, cinnamon, mace – just what ever you are in the mood for and just how ever much looks good

Lightly saute the conglomerate of ingredients so they are NOT quite finished.  Then set them aside in a glass dish…

Then in the same pan either cook some beef/buffalo or other ground meat.  Or reheat some chicken that has been cut up into bite size pieces – Once they are cooked or reheated then add the veggies back in to finish cooking

Make a salad in the meantime, with some olive oil, salt and pepper to season to complete the Stir-Fry Medley meal

The best part is there are no “particulars” to mess up – its just throw in what ever{it has to be real food 😉  and mix it up 🙂  I know there are those of you like some of my precious friends who cringe at such a chaotic recipe as this LOL…. And I think some have argued this isn’t an actual “recipe” SO, let’s see if any of the following fit the bill for an actual recipe!

Beef Butternut Squash

civilizedcavemanbutternutHere is one of our staples this time of year (late fall/early winter)  It is easy to adapt to other winter squashes and fun to play around with the “filling” ingredients…  Such as we skip the bacon and just use ground beef or ground buffalo for the meat part of the filling … My mouth is watering as I write this post…. yummy yummy yummy!

Recipe from Civilized Caveman Cooking – Links will take you to the site!

 

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Spectacular Kohlrabi & Beef Vegetable Medley Quiche

The weather has turned brisk which calls for warm delicious snacks.  We had some kohlrabi that I needed to do something with so a quick search on pinterest and thus the inspiration for our afternoon snack!

Spectacular Kohlrabi & Beef Vegetable Quiche

Spectacular Kohlrabi & Beef Vegetable Medley Quiche

  • Servings: 4-6
  • Difficulty: easy
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Spectacular combination for those brisk winter days.


Ingredients

  • 2 Small Kohlrabi – grated
  • 1 cup grated Carrot
  • 1 small Leek
  • 1 cup Baby Spinach leaves(before chopping)
  • 13 Eggs
  • 1/2 lb ground Beef (I used grass-fed)
  • 1 1/2 tsp Salt (I most often use “Real Salt”)
  • optional garnish: Avocado slices

Directions

  1. Pre-heat oven to 375
  2. Rinse and grate Kohlrabi, add 1 tsp of salt – mix well and sit aside while preparing the rest of the ingredients.
  3. Brown the Ground Beef on medium low with 1/2 tsp Salt while preparing the rest. Remember to check for being fully cooked while preparing the other ingredients.
  4. Crack eggs and mix well in large mixing bowl
  5. Peel and grate Carrots – add to eggs.
  6. Rinse and chop Leek – add to egg mixture.
  7. Chop the Baby Spinach and add to the egg mixture.
  8. Finish cooking the ground meat, if it is not done yet and then set aside in a small bowl to cool off a little before adding to the eggs.
  9. With a cheese cloth or by another method – squeeze out as much water from the Kohlrabi as you can before adding it to the mixture. Then add to egg mixture
  10. Add the Beef to the egg mixture.
  11. Mix all of the ingredients together well. Be sure to stir from the bottom as the eggs will sink to the bottom of the mixture.
  12. Spoon mixture into 3 individual large ramekins.(again making sure to get at least one spoonful from the bottom of the bowl. Place remainder into a quiche or small pie pan. Place ramekins on a baking sheet, optional for pie plate, and place in oven for about 45 minutes.
  13. 13.TIPS: Keep some ground beef cooked in your freezer in 1/2 to 1 lb packages, when you are in the need for a quick meal you can pull them out and make a casserole or simple quiche. When preparing leeks make one slice long ways and that will allow you to rinse any dirt that may get down in the lower layers, this also makes it easier to chop them by laying them on the flat side.

Ch-ch-chili, celeriac style

Cold weather necessitates making some hearty, warming chili!!! We have been loving the celeraic so much I thought I would attempt a different twist – well according to the kiddos it turned out to be SENSATIONAL!!! (I have to agree with them 🙂

Hearty, satisfying heart warming chili!

Ch-ch-chili, Celeraic Style

  • Servings: 3-4
  • Difficulty: easy
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Hearty, satisfying heart warming chili!


Ingredients

  • 1 lb ground meat(I used grass-fed beef)
  • 1 medium Celeriac (chopped/cubed)
  • 3 stalks of Celery
  • 1 large can of Chilis
  • 1/2 c. chopped Onion
  • 1 tsp. Paprika
  • 3 cloves Garlic, mashed and diced
  • 1 tsp. Salt
  • 1 tsp. Chili Powder
  • 1 tsp. Cayenne Powder
  • 1 TB Butter or olive oil
  • 4 C. Water
  • 1 C. Beef Broth

Directions

  1. Peel and chop Celeriac – saute in butter(or oil) in large pot while preparing the rest of veggies.
  2. Rinse and chop Celery, dice up onion – add to the Celeriac, saute for about 3-4 more minutes
  3. Peel and mash, dice Garlic. Empty veggie contents into a bowl and set aside while preparing the meat. Add Garlic, spices and salt with Meat to the pot and cook until the meat is done.
  4. Add veggies back to the pot with the meat. Stir well then add water and broth – cook for approx 90 minutes. Then ENJOY!
  5. TIPS: This can be made with a variety of ground meat.

Delicious, Mayo-Free Tuna Salad!

One of my favorite quick dishes is egg salad, tuna or chicken salad.  The problem which I have encountered is I am not a fan of mayonnaise.  When we changed our diet it became one of my quests to find an alternative. Well – here is one of our favorite replacements.  This works for chicken or tuna, I happened to make tuna today:

Easy, Delicious Mayonnaise Free Tuna Salad!

Delicious Mayo-Free Tuna Salad

  • Servings: 3-4
  • Difficulty: easy
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Delicious Mayonnaise Free Tuna Salad


Ingredients

  • 1 Boiled Egg
  • 1 Can Tuna
  • 3-4 Small Stalks of Celery
  • 1/2 large Cucumber – diced
  • 1/4 c diced Onion
  • 1/2 Avocado
  • pinch of Salt (optional)
  • 1 TB Olive Oil

Directions

  1. Either start your egg first to boil it while you prepare the rest – or go ahead and move on to the next step. Put egg in pan of water and turn on high heat – keep covered, when water is boiling remove from heat and let sit for about 10 minutes.
  2. Rinse and chop Celery and Cucumber – add to mixing bowl.
  3. Chop, dice small amount of onion – add to mixing bowl.
  4. Add Tuna to mixing bowl.
  5. Mash up boiled egg in a small separate bowl, IF making fresh boiled egg let cool just a tad. Then add Avocado and Olive Oil and mix together well. Can add salt at this step.
  6. Once the avocado and egg are blended up add to the rest of the ingredients and mix well. This is wonderful when served on a bed of lettuce with a few apple slices! We love to sprinkle our favorite herbs on top.
  7. TIPS: Keep a couple of boiled eggs on hand to use to make a quick snack with left over chicken, turkey or for a day when you just don’t want to cook!

Super easy grain-free banana pancakes

There is nothing like a warm breakfast that is filled with scrumptious flavors!!!

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Super Easy Flourless Banana Pancakes

  • Servings: 1-2
  • Difficulty: easy
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Super yummy grain-free, flourless banana pancakes


Ingredients

  • 1 Egg
  • 2 Bananas
  • pinch of Salt (optional)
  • Butter or Oil to grease pan

Directions

  1. Peel and mash Bananas
  2. add Egg & stir well
  3. Grease hot griddle or skillet and Pour small amount onto hot griddle (medium heat, not too hot) or into a hot skillet
  4. Cook approximately 3-4 minutes on each side (varies depending on skillet temperature)
  5. Serve warm!
  6. TIPS: You don’t want the heat too high or they get done on the outside too fast.  They seem to cook better on medium to medium-low heat.  I sprinkle just a touch of salt on pancakes after finished cooking.  Also- they can be difficult to flip, highly recommend a very thin metal spatula for flipping.  And when you grease your skillet or griddle use a cold oil, such as butter straight out of the refrigerator or cold coconut oil from refrigerator.

Celeriac Surprise Soup

We really enjoyed the Celeriac Creamy (or Not) soup that I made last week and decided to try our hand at another celeriac combination! So, I looked in our refrigerator to see what I could throw together and thus I present:

 Tasty combination of cerleriac, leeks, asparagus and mushrooms

Celeriac Surprise Soup

  • Servings: 4-6
  • Difficulty: easy
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Tasty combination of celeriac, leeks, asparagus and mushrooms.


Ingredients

  • 1 Celeriac Root
  • 10-12 stalks of Asparagus
  • 1 small Leek
  • 5 ounces Shiitake Mushrooms
  • 1 tsp salt (I use Himalayan or Real Salt)
  • 1 TB Coconut Oil or Grass-fed Butter
  • 1 TB of Olive Oil
  • 6 cups Water
  • Optional: 1-2 cups homemade beef or chicken broth (I used some beef broth, a little over a cup)
  • Optional garnishes: Spoonful of Chilled Coconut Milk, Roasted Pumpkin Seeds, Parsley or other Herbs

Directions

  1. Rinse, peel and chop Celeriac
  2. Melt oils, on medium heat, in large stock pot and add Celeriac
  3. While Celeriac is sauteing rinse and chop Leek, Asparagus and mushrooms.  Occasionally stirring Celeriac.
  4. Add Leeks, Asparagus and Mushrooms.  Saute and stir about 3-4 minutes.
  5. Add water and bring to a boil. Then cover and turn down to a low boil/simmer for about 2 hours
  6. After almost two hours add optional broth and simmer another 10 minutes
  7. Garnish with spoonful of coconut milk, parsley, pumpkin seeds or other favorite garnishes!
  8. TIPS – I will often add a cup or two of beef or chicken broth during the remaining 10 min – especially the broth that is saved from a roast.

Super easy - Steam pears for about 10-15 min top with Ceylon Cinnamon!

‘Pearfectly’ Steamed Cinnamon Pears

Yet one more delicious item from my Azure Standard order… We have two cases and my darling husband came up with this recipe!

Super easy - Steam pears for about 10-15 min top with Ceylon Cinnamon!

'Pearfectly' Steamed Cinnamon Pears

  • Servings: 2
  • Difficulty: easy
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'Pearfect' blend of cinnamon with delectable pears.


Ingredients

  • 4 small pears
  • freshly ground Ceylon cinnamon

Directions

  1. Rinse and peel pears(can leave peel on if preferred)
  2. Steam pears for about 10 minutes
  3. Sprinkle with Cinnamon
  4. Enjoy!

Easy Peasy Skillet Salmon w/ Lemon & Butter Sauce

Today was a very busy day!  Which is one of the reasons I love this dish so much.  It is super easy, no prep needed and provides us a way to get in those much needed omega-3s!

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Easy Peasy Skillet Salmon w/Lemon & Butter Sauce

  • Servings: 4
  • Difficulty: easy
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Savory Salmon with just the right amount of zesty lemon.


Ingredients

  • 4 Salmon portions – fresh or thawed if previously frozen
  • 2 TB +1 tsp Cold Grass-fed butter
  • 1/2 Lemon
  • Salt & Pepper – to taste
  • Dill(Optional garnish)

Directions

  1. Pre-heat skillet on medium heat
  2. Once skillet is hot spread 1 TB of butter around bottom of skillet to lightly coat skillet, it may take less than the 1 TB depending on size of pan.
  3. Place Salmon in skillet with skin side down (or if no skin the darker side where the skin was)
  4. Cook for about 5 minutes then add in about 1 tsp of butter before flipping. If using salt sprinkle salt on top of salmon just prior to flipping this first time. As you flip spread some of the newly melted butter so it will be under the flipped salmon.
  5. IF your salmon has skin, you can remove the skin at this point with a fork or two, peeling it off with edge of fork.
  6. Squeeze a bit of Lemon over the salmon while it is cooking. Let it cook for 3-5 minutes and check for any pink in the middle. If there is pink you can continue to cook or flip one more time.
  7. Once the salmon flakes and finished cooking remove from skillet and place on plates.
  8. In same skillet melt the remaining butter, once butter is melted squeeze most of the 1/2 lemon. As you squeeze allow the juice to drizzle around the pan. It should sizzle. Let it sizzle for about 30 seconds then drizzle the lemon butter on the salmon.
  9. Garnish with pepper and/or dill as desired.
  10. TIPS: I only use stainless or cast iron pans. To keep foods from sticking I will heat up my pans before adding any oil. When I do add oil I make sure the oil is cold. Cold butter or cold coconut oil seems to work best at keeping things from sticking.

Super easy, delicious Leek & Spinach stew

Scrumptious Leek & Spinach Stew

If you saw my post yesterday we made a fabulous leek dish which proved to be a hit with the family! I had a few more leeks and decided to see what I could come up with in the soup department… So with a few modifications I present Leek & Spinach Stew

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Scrumptious Leek & Spinach Stew

  • Servings: 3
  • Difficulty: easy
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Flavor packed soup that warms the tummy and satisfies the taste buds.


Ingredients

  • 3 Large Leeks
  • 3-4 cups Baby Spinach
  • 3 Cloves Garlic
  • 1 tsp salt (I use Pink Himalayan or Real Salt)
  • 3-4 cups Broth (I used homemade beef 3 cups plus 1-2 cups of water)
  • 1 TB Coconut Oil or Grass-fed Butter
  • 2 TB of Olive Oil
  • Optional garnishes: Parsley, Yogurt spice blend(Parsley, Oregano, Marjoram and Salt)

Directions

  1. Rinse and slice Leeks
  2. Melt Butter & Oil in stock pot, add in Leeks.
  3. Lightly saute while chopping up Spinach and Garlic
  4. Add Spinach, Garlic and Salt – continue to saute about 3-4 min
  5. Add broth, bring to boil then simmer for approximately 30-40 minutes
  6. Serve as is or garish individual servings with spices of choice or plain yogurt with spices.
  7. TIPS – I purchase big containers of fresh baby spinach and put the container directly in the freezer. The spinach freezes without sticking together and is very easy to crumble when I am ready to use it.

Leek & Spinach Egg Bake

This week has been filled with a variety of foods.  Leeks were one more of the exciting foods which arrived in my recent AzureStandard order.  And, once again, my search for a recipe began.  I came across this one at The Tasting Table which fit the bill for something unique to make.  As usual I made a few changes and the results were delicious!

Leek & Spinach Egg Bake - Fabulous combination of fall flavors!

Leek & Spinach Egg Bake

  • Servings: 3
  • Difficulty: easy
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A tasty combination of fall flavors.


Ingredients

  • 3 Leeks
  • 5-6 cups Baby Spinach
  • 2 Cloves Garlic
  • 1 small Kale leaf
  • ¼ cup Coconut Milk
  • 3 Eggs
  • 1/2 tsp salt (I use Himilayan or Real Salt)
  • 1 TB Coconut Oil or Grass-fed Butter
  • 2 TB of Olive Oil
  • Parsley (Optional garnish)

Directions

  1. Pre-heat oven to 375
  2. Rinse and slice Leeks
  3. Melt Butter & Oil in stock pot, add in Leeks.
  4. Lightly saute while chopping up Spinach, Garlic, Kale and Salt
  5. Add Spinach & Garlic, continue to saute about 3-4 min
  6. Add Coconut Milk and stir for 1 minute.
  7. Spoon mixture into individual large ramekins. Place filled ramekins on a baking sheet. Make a small indentation in the center for egg. Be careful to not break the yolk when cracking the egg.
  8. Place in oven and bake for approximately 15 minutes – until the egg whites are done and egg yolk still soft.
  9. Garnish with parsley, or other favorite herbs and enjoy!
  10. TIPS – I purchase big containers of fresh baby spinach and put the container directly in the freezer. The spinach freezes without sticking together and is very easy to crumble when I am ready to use it.
  11. I will often add a cup or two of beef or chicken broth during the remaining 10