Wednesday, September 28, 2016

Tuesday, September 27, 2016

Pesto Shrimp

Whole 30 somewhere.  Pretty good.

Sunday, September 25, 2016

Fresh Sauce with Sausage

What do you do with 40 pounds of tomatoes? Make sauce and give the rest away!  The standard delicious sauce.  With some sausage mushroom goodness over spaghetti squash and linguini.

Roasted Veg

Roasted some veg - broccoli, squash, potatoes, kohlrabi. Made some romesco sauce. Served with sausages.

Thursday, September 22, 2016

Tuesday, September 20, 2016

Crock Pot Carnitas

Served with slaw.


~6lb bone-in pork shoulder (sometimes called pork butt) (we use 3-4lb)
1 1/2 Tbsp table salt or 2 1/4 Tbsp sea salt flakes
2 tsp black pepper
1 Tbsp olive oil
1 Tbsp ground cumin
2 tsp smoked paprika
1 onion, finely diced
1 green bell pepper, finely diced
2 Tbsp minced garlic
3 oranges, juice of
2 bay leaves


Line slow cooker stoneware insert with a Reynolds Slow Cooker Liner.  You will be glad you did, but if you don't have any, this step is totally optional :)

Place your giant hunk of pork into the slower cooker and sprinkle with the salt and pepper, rubbing it around to coat the pork evenly.

In a small bowl, combine olive oil, cumin, and smoked paprika.  Pour that combo over the pork and massage it in, flipping the pork over and making sure the entire surface is coated.  Flip it back over so that the fat cap side is up.

Top the meat with the chopped onions, pepper, and garlic.

Squeeze orange juice over everything and throw 2 bay leaves into the bottom of the slow cooker.

Set your slow cooker to cook on low for 8-10 hours or on high for 6 hours.  I actually cooked it on high for 4 hours to get it going, then dropped it to low for another 3 hours until it came up to temperature.

At this point, the bone should come right out and the meat should be falling apart.  Internal temperature should be at least 195 degrees -- which is WAY above the safe eating temperature, but that's when the meat is really fall-apart tender.

Remove the pork from the slow cooker in large chunks, placing in a bowl to shred it with two forks.  Discard the bay leaves and reserve the broth.


Heat a drizzle of oil or ghee in a skillet over medium high heat.  Add some pork and DON'T TOUCH IT.  Let it cook, without stirring or moving it around, for a few minutes until the bottom is nice and crispy.

Pour some of the juices over to season the meat (the juices should be nice and salty). 
Enjoy however you wish.  In tacos, on a salad, in scrambled eggs, straight from the pan... we don't judge.


As you can tell, this makes a TON of pork.  If you want to freeze some, portion it out into freezer-safe plastic containers, add some of the cooking juices for flavor, allow to cool completely, then freeze.  To serve it later, just allow it to thaw out completely then re-heat in a skillet following the above instructions.

Even though this is a Mexican recipe (adapted), the meat ends up being super flavorful yet non-flavor-specific, so feel free to get creative!  I fried some up and ate it with sauerkraut and mustard and it was killer.

Sunday, September 18, 2016

Chicken Meatballs with fresh Tomato Sauce

Doubled the meatballs.  Made a fresh tomato sauce out of the book too - it was delicious, but not saucy enough.

Saturday, September 17, 2016

Chicken Veg Soup

Sauteed onions til soft, add garlic, celery, carrots, leeks. Saute til soft. Add broth, some water. Once veg are soft add shredded chicken.

Sunday, September 11, 2016

Cauliflower Fried Rice

Made this again. With green beans and a bit of cabbage. Served it with some tilapia fillets.

Tex mex casserole

Turned out pretty good. Made a lot.  Whole30 approved.

Tex mex casserole

Turned out pretty good. Made a lot.  Whole30 approved.

Tex mex casserole

Turned out pretty good. Made a lot.  Whole30 approved.

Thursday, September 8, 2016

Romesco Garlic Shrimp

Whole30, pg 244. Used 2 pounds of shrimp. Was delicious but not quite enough for two dinners. Zucchini noodles and rice for the grain-eaterd. The romesco sauce was delicious.

Tuesday, September 6, 2016

Chicken Primavera

Whole30, pg 338. Chicken, timaties, green beans, zucchini, fresh herbs.

Monday, September 5, 2016

Sausage and veg

Grilled some sausages with some veg.

Saturday, September 3, 2016

Chicken stir-fry

Based on whole 30 pg 340. Mushrooms, peppers, broccoli.

Pretty tasty.