Sweet & Spicy BBQ Sauce

How many of you have stood in the condiment aisle at the grocery store looking for a BBQ sauce that didn’t contain sugar and only had ingredients you could actually pronounce? Yeah, pretty much impossible.  There is only one brand I have found that I will use in a pinch, but it contains agave nectar and I am not really cool with that. This recipe is super easy and will make you wonder why you never made your own BBQ sauce before.

Ingredients:

  • 1 tbs coconut oil
  • 3 cloves of garlic, minced
  • 1 tbs paprika
  • 1/4 – 1/2 tsp cayenne pepper (add per your preference)
  • 1/2 tsp chili powder
  • 15 ounce can of no salt added tomato sauce
  • 1/2 cup apple sauce
  • 4 tbs coconut aminos
  • 3 tbs apple cider vinegar
  • 1.5 tbs honey
  • salt and pepper to taste (I added about 1/2 tsp salt and 1/4 tsp pepper)

Directions:

  • Melt coconut oil in small sauce pan on medium.  Add in garlic and saute for about 30 secs.  Add in paprika, cayenne pepper, and chili powder and stir for about 30 secs.
  • After the spices start heating up and giving a nice smell, add in rest of ingredients and stir.
  • Allow the BBQ to simmer over low for about 30 minutes.  After this time the sauce should be reduced and thick.
  • Can be stored in refrigerator for about 2 weeks.

*If you are doing a Whole 30 leave out the honey and add 1/4 extra apple sauce.  It is will not be as sweet, but it will still be good.

Paleo Tzatziki Sauce & Lamb Wraps

Oh how I love Greek food, or the Americanized version of what I think Greek food should be. Gyros are amazing, with their perfectly sliced meat, warm pita bread, and oozing with tzatziki sauce, yum!  But pita bread and a yogurt based sauce is not really Paleo is it?  My version of lamb wraps will give you all the satisfaction of a traditional gyro but none of the guilt.

Paleo Tzakziki Sauce Sauce

Ingredients:

  • 1 clove of garlic, peeled
  • 1/2 of cucumber, peeled and cut into large chucks (will be putting in a food processor, no need to do to much work)
  • 1 ripe avocado
  • few springs of fresh dill
  • salt and pepper to taste
  • juice from half a lemon
  • 1/4 cup of evoo

Directions:

  • Put garlic and cucumber into food processor and pulse about 4 or 5 times.
  • Add avocado, dill, salt, pepper, and lemon juice to the food processor and process until avocado is creamy and ingredients are mixed.
  • Add in evoo and process until smooth.

Lamb Wraps

Ingredients:

  • 1 lb of grassfed ground lamb
  • 1 tbs of Rogan Josh seasoning, or make your own
  • salt and pepper to taste
  • head of bibb lettuce
  • red pepper, cut into 1/2 in pieces
  • cucumber, peeled and sliced

Directions:

  • Crumble meat into a hot saute pan on medium to high heat. Brown the lamb and drain fat if you wish.  Return meat to pan and add your spices.
  • Now just pile high on a piece of lettuce with red pepper, cucumber and a spoonful of tzatziki sauce and enjoy.

Easy Fried Egg & Pork Lunch

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I didn’t eat breakfast this morning, so I needed something quick to make for lunch.  I looked in the frig and I had leftover pulled pork, some baby greens (kale, spinach, and swiss chard), and pastured eggs from Yonder Way Farms.

So what is a girl to do…

Saute the greens in coconut oil and season with salt and pepper.

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Heat up the pork and place over the greens.

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Fry up an egg however you wish.  I fried mine in coconut oil, over easy.

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Enjoy!

Chili with Beef Liver

I really like the book Well Fed, it was one of my first “Paleo” cookbooks.  Before getting this I thought it was impossible to make good paleo dishes night after night. I felt like dinner was always the same, meat and veggies. But Melissa Joulwan does a great job of making tasty, easy to follow dishes and I love that every recipe in her book has a picture.

Melissa’s Chocolate Chili is a wonderful recipe, but I needed to make it my own.  For one she uses way to my chili powder for me and my husband, I cut it way down.  I also felt like it needed more tomatoes, and some pureed beef liver (I got to hide it in something so it might as well be something good, right?). You won’t go wrong making either of these recipes, but for an extra nutrient boost give mine a try.  Trust me, you won’t even notice the liver in there.

Ingredients:

  • 2 tbs coconut oil
  • 2 medium onions, diced
  • 2 medium bell peppers, diced, I used yellow and red
  • 5 cloves of garlic, minced
  • 2 lbs of grass fed ground beef
  • 1/4 cup grass fed beef liver, pureed by food processor or cut into small pieces
  • 1 tsp dried oregano leaves
  • 1/2 tbs chili powder
  • 2 tbs ground cumin
  • 1.5 tbs unsweetened cocoa powder
  • 1 tsp ground allspice
  • 1 tsp salt
  • 6 ounces tomato paste
  • 2 14.5 ounce cans of fire-roasted chopped tomatoes
  • 3 cups beef broth
  • salt and pepper

Directions:

  • In a large pot (I used a dutch oven), over medium heat add coconut oil and melt. Add onions and bell peppers, saute until soften. Add in garlic and saute for another minute.
  • Add in the ground meat and break up with a spoon.  Cook until almost all of the pink is gone and add in the beef liver. Cook until all of the ground meat is no lover pink. Drain off excess oil/grease if you desire, and add back into pot.
  • In a small bowl, combine oregano, chili powder, cumin, cocoa, allspice, and salt.  Add to the pot and stir for about 30 secs. 
  • Next add in tomato paste and stir to combine for another minute.
  • Now add in canned tomatoes and beef broth.  Stir well.
  • Bring chili to a gentle boil and simmer for about 2 hours.

Wild Caught Salmon with Apples & Onions

I am finally back with a new recipe.  If anyone was curious if I was ever coming back, rest assured that I am.  I was cramming studying for a licensing exam and now that it is over, I can get back to cooking and blogging.  Keeping my fingers crossed for the next 10 to 12 weeks in the hopes that I passed so I don’t have to go through that torture ever again.

Now on to the food!

Since it is apple season I thought I would try to incorporate them into everything including a salmon dish. I know what you are thinking…salmon, apples, cinnamon…but trust me it turned out wonderful.

Ingredients:

  • 4 Wild Caught Salmon Fillets without the skin on, about 5 ounces each
  • 1 tbs of olive oil
  • salt and pepper to taste
  • 1 tbs butter
  • 1 onion, sliced
  • 1 sweet-tart apple, cored and sliced, I used honeycrisp
  • 1/2 tsp cinnamon
  • 1 tsp white wine vinegar

Directions:

  • Heat a large skillet, I used stainless steel, to medium high heat.  Add evoo, then add salmon to pan. Sprinkle on some salt and pepper.  Cook for roughly 3 minutes than flip and cook for another 2 to 3 minutes. Remove from pan, set aside and cover with foil to keep warm.  The salmon might not be fully cooked yet and that is okay because it will be cooked some more soon.
  • Add butter, onions, and cinnamon to the pan. Cook for about 10 minutes until onions are soft and start to turn brown.  Add apples and cook for another 5 minutes.
  • Now add salmon to the top of mixture and cover pan with a lid. Cook for about 3 to 5 minutes. After this final steam your salmon should be cooked through.
  • Remove salmon from mixture and then add white wine vinegar.  Mix and then spoon mixture on top of salmon.