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Primal Cassava Flour Pancakes

Happy Sunday loves!  It’s officially fall (y’all…) and I couldn’t be happier.  Sitting with a hot cup of coffee, windows cracked to welcome the cool breeze, pumpkin everything, and fall-scented candles burning… it is truly my favorite season.  Sundays are always days of rest in my home and today is no exception.  My tastebuds were craving something hearty, but also on the healthier side.. alas, the pancakes.  I love when pancakes are in the in-between of super fluffy and thin, and this recipe churns these flapjacks out in just the perfect consistency.  Okay, a secret?  I don’t like syrup.  It’s too sticky, and way too sweet for me, so I just devour these like caveman (kind of fitting for this recipe anyway..) and eat them plain.  Either way, they’re kind of amazing.IMG_4163

Let’s address the elephant in the room.. what the heck is primal?  Primal is a branch of Paleo-style eating, while Paleo doesn’t encourage dairy, Primal allows it!  I find a happy medium between the two and incorporate pasteurized, organic, and grass fed dairy into my diet when I can as there are benefits to it.   These pancakes are primal solely because this involves heavy cream.  Of course, I used cassava flour instead of almond or regular flour as this is one of the only flours that the taste doesn’t make me cringe.  Would you believe me that there are only six ingredients in this recipe? Yep, you heard me, SIX.IMG_4150

I start with adding the cassava four, baking soda, and salt to a bowl and whisk together.  Then, I add some pasture-raised eggs (3), avocado oil, and the heavy cream to a separate bowl and whisk together until the eggs are fully immersed.  Combine the two (adding the wet into the dry) and whisk until flour is fully blended.  The consistency should be thick, but not thick to the point where it’s hard to stir.  Ladle or spoon batter to a greased pan and add in your extras such as bananas and chocolate chips seen here – this totally reminds me of Jack Johnson’s Banana Pancakes song and if you don’t know this song, go listen right now!

Let sit on each side for 2-3 minutes, you will see the sides of the pancake rise up from the pan.. that’s when it’s ready to flip.  Serve immediately with butter, syrup, or just shove them into your gullet and enjoy 🙂 Nomaste!IMG_4164

Primal Cassava Flour Pancakes

Course Breakfast
Cuisine American
Keyword cassava, paleo, pancakes, primal
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 10 minutes
Total Time 20 minutes
Servings 3 people

Ingredients

  • 3 eggs preferrably pasture-raised
  • 3/4 cup cassava flour
  • 1/4 cup avocado oil
  • 1/3 cup heavy cream
  • 1 tbsp kosher salt
  • 1/2 tbsp baking soda

Instructions

  1. In a medium sized bowl, add the cassava four, baking soda, and salt.  Stir together

  2. In a smaller bowl, add the eggs, avocado oil, and heavy cream.  Whisk until filly blended.

  3. Pour the wet ingredients into the dry ingredients and whisk until flour is fully blended.  Consistency should be thick but not too thick.

  4. Heat a frying pan (or griddle) and spray with oil (or grease with butter).  Ladle a spoonful of batter onto the griddle.  Wait two minutes, the flip.  Repeat until batter is done

Recipe Notes

Add in your favorite extras like nuts, bananas, chocolate chips, etc.

Slow Braised Short Ribs in Bone Broth and Red Wine

Sundays are for lazy mornings with a cup of coffee, Fixer Upper on HGTV, and home-cooked dinners.  A few years ago, I stopped eating red meat because it made me feel super bloated and inflamed; I felt like I couldn’t digest the meat.  Fast forward to a little research, a bit of experimenting, and I am back on the saddle, chomping on buffalo wings and Bistecca Alla Fiorentina (I actually re-introduced meat back in my diet in Italy, 2015).   My findings told me that it wasn’t the meat itself per se, it was the quality and where the meat was raised and how it was treated. Ever since switching to Butcher Box meat or high-quality grass-fed/grass-finished beef, my stomach does bloat, I get a euphoric high (look it up – it exists!) from eating quality meals, and I feel stronger than I felt eating only plants. (disclaimer: no judgement if your body runs solely on plants, I love me some veggie meals as well, I just thrive more on meats and fats).IMG_3987

Anywho, I’ve seen restaurants whip up some bangin’ recipes involving short ribs.  I honestly never knew what they were or how they looked because they were always shredded or legitimately falling off the bone as I ate.  Short ribs are one of those cuts that is super tender when cooked correctly, and can easily turn chewy and tough.  My favorite way to make these babies is to braise them in (or on, in this case) the oven for 2-3 hours on a medium-low flame in broth and yes, lushes, red wine.  Red wine adds beautiful notes and aromas, also the meat itself turns a succulent red color #drool.  The best part?  It all gets cooked in a dutch oven.

Seasoning is super simple: salt, pepper, garlic powder, oregano.  I quickly pan sear the short ribs in some Kerrygold butter (a staple in my household), browning each side.  I added the red wine – I used Cabernet, but a Merlot works too – to deglaze the bottom.  After a few minutes of simmering, I add in two containers (each measured 1 pint) of bone broth and sprinkled some rosemary on top of the ribs.  This simmered for 2.5 hours on low.  I swear this was the most buttery, flavorful, and tender piece of meat I’ve had in a while, paired with my cheesy roasted broccoli I was a happy pup :).  Nomaste!

Slow Braised Short Ribs in Bone Broth and Red Wine

Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 2 hours 30 minutes
Total Time 2 hours 35 minutes
Servings 4

Ingredients

  • 3 lbs grass fed short ribs
  • 2 tbs grass fed butter
  • 1 cup dry red wine
  • 2 pints or two cartons bone broth, beef
  • Dried oregano
  • Garlic powder
  • Salt
  • Pepper

Instructions

  1. In a large pan or dutch oven, heat butter over medium heat.
  2. Season short ribs with dry seasonings, be generous here!
  3. Add short ribs to pan/dutch oven to brown, 3-4 minutes per side. Re-season if you need to. Add in cup of red wine to de-glaze the bottom of the pan. Turn short ribs over. Simmer for five minutes
  4. Add in bone broth and stir/turn the short ribs. Cover and let simmer for 2-3 hours on medium to medium-low heat (low is preferred). Meet may not fall off the bone, but it should be tender where you can fork off pieces rather easily.
  5. Serve with cheesy roasted broccoli, sweet potatoes, rice, etc. Enjoy!

Kale with Sausage and Onion

I’m one of those people that has a love-hate relationship with kale.  Sometimes I’m craving it, but other times I want nothing to do with it.  Kale can be so versatile: sautéed, steamed, made into chips, tossed with some oil and lemon, or layered in a sandwich.  My personal favorite: sautéed for sure.IMG_3808

This recipe is so delicious and perfect for lunch and meal prepped.  I’m totally one of those ladies who will #mealprep on Instagram and be all proud I took care of my food for the week, and this one never fails me.  For the sausage, I never skimp out – I always use pork, but it has to be good quality.  I like Niman Ranch or Applegate (or even Vermont brand has quality nitrate-free uncured sausage).  The snap that the sausage has on it when it’s cooked is great and takes seasoning very well.  I cut the links into 1/4in thick circles and chop the onion into slices as well.  The onion goes in the pan first and will cook until translucent and fragrant (who doesn’t love the smell of cooking onions in a pan?).  Then I add the sausage and sauté until the sausage browns on the sides.

I like a traditional Old bay seasoning, but didn’t have any so I opted with a Mexican blend.  It acted as a nice little twist to the dish.   After the sausage is pretty much browned on both sides, add in the kale and stir it in by layering the onions and sausage on top to wilt the leaves.  Continue to do this and add as much kale as you’d like!  I also added a bit more oil to saturate the kale and get things nice and seasoned.  This could be done with a varietal of foods like spinach instead of kale, chicken sausage, peppers AND onions (mind.blown), or stick to the recipe!  The choice is yours 🙂 Happy cooking!

Kale with Sausage and Onion

Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 30 minutes
Total Time 45 minutes
Servings 6

Ingredients

  • 1 pkg sausage
  • 2 bunches organic kale - rinsed; just the leaves
  • 1 medium onion sliced thin
  • 3 tbsp olive oil I used avocado oil
  • Seasoning such as Old Bay or your choice!

Instructions

  1. In a large sauce pan, heat the oil on a medium heat.
  2. Slice onions into long strips and set aside. Chop the sausage links into 1/4in thick rounds and set aside.
  3. Add onions to the pan and sauté until fragrant and translucent
  4. Add in sausage to the onions and begin to sauté until browned.
  5. Season the onions and sausage with choice of seasoning and stir.
  6. Layer in the kale and stir in as needed. Add in a bit more oil as desired.
  7. Serve immediately.

Recipe Notes

Swap out pork sausage for chicken as desired. Use spinach instead of kale if thats' what you prefer!

Teriyaki Chicken and Rice

Who doesn’t like teriyaki chicken?  I always think of a bento boxes or lunch specials when I hear the word “teriyaki.”  I’m a sushi girl, but the hubs isn’t a fan, so we compromise and get thai a lot of the time (or chinese food).  This time, I decided to step up my Asian cuisine game and make teriyaki chicken from scratch.  I cannot begin to say how easy (and delicious) this was.  It was literally four ingredients (ok, maybe five when you add in the butter to brown the chicken, but whatever) and made in a #paleo style – with coconut aminos.IMG_3813

“Morg, what the heck is that?”  Well, coconut aminos is a sauce derived from a coconut that acts as a substitute for soy or actual teriyaki sauce.  I don’t prefer soy products nor do I cook with anything made from soy, so this was a perfect fix!  The taste is spot on and is versatile.  I started with slicing and seasoning the chicken with sea salt.  Then adding the chicken to a hot pan with melted butter to brown the chicken.  After most of the chicken was brown, I poured the coconut aminos with some toasted sesame oil (for a nuttier flavor) to the chicken and simmered.

The chicken soaks up all the aminos and oils and turns such a beautifully burnt orange color.  Lastly, I add 1/2 cup of light brown sugar and turn the heat to low.  This simmers for some time to allow the sugar to emulsify and get a little thick.  Taste the sauce to make sure it isn’t too sweet – if so, add a dash of garlic powder (trust me, it’s hella awesome).IMG_3823

Scoop some jasmine or basmati rice aside of a heaping pile of this teriyaki chicken and have at it! Let me know what ya think 🙂 Nomaste

Turmeric Chicken with Peppers and Onion

Sometimes there are things that just come to mind the night before, or even the same night when trying to figure out what to cook for dinner.  This recipe is no exception.  I love cooking with and using turmeric in a variety of ways, as turmeric is great for inflammation and overall health.  This is a dish that calls for marinading the chicken the night prior so that all the great herbs and spices get fully absorbed into the chicken, leaving it nice and juicy when cooked.  I used garlic powder, turmeric powder, onion powder, salt, pepper, paprika, and chipotle powder.  I blended the spices in a Ziploc bag and let sit overnight.

I chose to use chicken thighs for this recipe.  What most people forget is that darker meat of a bird is actually more nutritious than the chicken breast.  The darker meat has loads of vitamins and essential fatty acids our bodies need to function and to stay healthy.  I love thighs because they are meatier than drumsticks, and cook for varied length of time (especially boneless).

To prep, I julienned (thinly sliced) the peppers (one orange, one yellow) and sliced the onion and let them start to sauté in a large pan in some oil.  After they started to get soft, I added the chicken and some butter and water.  I covered the chicken so it can cook in its own juices (instead of adding tomato sauce or a broth, it simmered in water and its own juices). This simmered for just about 45 minutes and was ready to serve with some rice on the side.  It was kind of awesome!

 

Turmeric Chicken with Peppers and Onions

Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 50 minutes
Total Time 1 hour
Servings 6

Ingredients

  • 1 package chicken thighs
  • 1 orange pepper 1 yellow pepper
  • 1 medium onion
  • 3 tbsp olive oil
  • 3 tbsp butter
  • Turmeric powder
  • Paprika
  • Chipotle pepper
  • Coriander
  • Garlic powder
  • Onion powder
  • Salt
  • Pepper

Instructions

  1. In a ziplock bag, add the chicken thighs with all spices and let sit overnight in fridge.
  2. Cut the peppers and onion in thin slices. In a medium pan, heat 3 tbsp of oil on medium heat and add the onion and peppers. Stir to coat and let sauté until soft.
  3. Add in chicken thighs and layer the peppers and onions on top of the chicken. Turn chicken over after five minutes to sear on both sides.
  4. Add butter and 1/4c water to the pan and cover. Bring heat to low and let simmer for 45 minutes, checking occasionally to ensure that chicken is beginning to get tender and fall apart.
  5. Serve with a side of your favorite rice, pasta, or potatoes and enjoy!

Recipe Notes

If you want to make a gravy from the leftover sauce in the pan from chicken:
-- Add a tbsp and a half of flour to the pan and whisk until thick
-- Layer on top of chicken