No Bean Chili ๐ŸŒถ

Today we tackled a classic fall staple: Chili ๐ŸŒถ
While this dish is typically not suitable for our diet, we modified it so that we could enjoy this #comfortfood ๐Ÿ˜
The problem in a typical chili is the corn and the beans. Although they are considered vegetables, they are starchy and still cause a release of insulin and a blood sugar spike. Another problem is that beans and corn often times contain mycotoxins and are genetically modified due to the way they are processed.
The recipe is simple and also a good way to use any leftover vegetables, we opted for fresh tomatoes, green onions, garlic and bell pepper and spiced it up with dried chili flakes, cumin, and bay leaf in addition to salt and pepper ๐Ÿซ‘๐Ÿ…๐Ÿง„๐Ÿง…๐Ÿฅ˜
We decided to use a mixture of ground pork and ground beef (1:1) but this can easily be done with any type of ground meat like turkey, chicken, venison or maybe even lamb!

No Bean Chili:
2 lbs of ground meat (we used pork and beef from @uswellnessmeats)
2 bell peppers
2 bunches of green onion
8 medium sized tomatoes
1 clove of garlic
@raoshomemade Marinara Sauce
Cumin, salt, pepper, bay leaf, chili flakes from @burlapandbarrel

  1. sautรฉ the ground meat in a pot using the fat of your choice (lard from @fatworks is a good choice)
  2. Stir in the vegetables and spices
  3. Lastly, add a splash of marinara sauce to emphasize the tomato flavor
  4. Let simmer on low heat, the longer the better
  5. To serve, you can top it with avocado๐Ÿฅ‘ (@avocadoorganic) and cilantro (@farehousefarms) and/or with almond flour tortillas from @sietefoods or @unbunfoods tortillas ๐ŸŒฎ
    For those who can tolerate dairy, you could add some shredded raw grass-fed cheese but that is not necessary and we will not be doing that although I may top mine with my beloved @lewisroadusa butter ๐Ÿงˆ๐Ÿฅบ

Super Yummy Lasagna

Healthy Lasagna? Yes Please ๐Ÿ˜๐Ÿ˜‡

We had to do some playing around because my mom and I canโ€™t have dairy so the one on the left is a dairy free option while the others use @alexandrefamilyfarm milk and cream as well as @lewisroadusa butter

To go #grainfree and #glutenfree we opted for @cappellos lasagna sheets but those could easily be exchanged for zucchini or heart of palm slices. I donโ€™t tolerate almond very well so I would be substituting those ๐Ÿ (although I did sneak some of my moms lasagna inโ€ฆso good #shhh)

All lasagnas contained the basic beef Bolognese/Ragu recipe using @uswellnessmeats ground beef and @raoshomemade marinara sauce:
We sautรฉed the ground beef with onions and garlic (the beef could be substituted for pork,chicken, veggies, etc). Next we add the marinara sauce, and let it simmer. If you want to enhance the flavor you can also add in some diced up carrots or celery but this is optional and we didnโ€™t do that this time. Make sure to cook the sauce on low for an hour. If you like oregano you can also add that (it has some hidden health benefits too๐Ÿ˜‰).

My dads lasagna also had a white sauce:
This is a low carb, grain free version of a Bรฉchamel sauce and was a bit trickier to make clean. We used heavy whipping cream with the traditional seasoning: salt, pepper, garlic and the secret super star ingredientโ€ฆfreshly ground nutmeg!!! Let the sauce simmer but make sure it does not separate. To make it even tastier we added some grassfed butter and raw cheese ๐Ÿง€๐Ÿ™Œ๐Ÿป

Instead of the white sauce my mom used condensed almond milk from @bluemountainorganics (swirled on top) and that tasted very good as well, we just didnโ€™t have the traditional burnt cheese effect ๐Ÿฅบ

Lastly, assemble the lasagnas to your liking, my dad got some shredded cheese on top and bake at 350 degrees for 30 minutes and get ready to feast ๐Ÿฅฐ๐Ÿ˜‹ (no leftovers here)

Gulasch

When the weather gets Fall like my family loves to go back to our German heritage and make a nourishing Gulasch ๐Ÿ˜๐Ÿฅ˜

This gave me the opportunity to try out @uswellnessmeats 100% grass fed beef stew meat, and I must say that the meat did not disappoint. The Gulasch turned out to be super tender and juicy, falling apart in the mouth ๐Ÿคฉ๐Ÿ˜‹

Here is our family recipe:
1) 3 pounds Beef Stew Meat cut into cubes (@uswellnessmeats is a great option)
2) beef tallow to sautรฉ the meat and vegetables: we used @epicbar
3)fresh onion and garlic to taste
4) smoked paprika and dried bay leaf from @burlapandbarrel (the spices are key for a proper Gulasch ๐Ÿ˜‰)
5) salt and pepper to taste

To make, simply heat up tallow in a pot and sautรฉ the meat with the spices and bay leaf, when the meat is browned, add the garlic and onion and let it simmer until the meat falls apart. We usually cook it for at least 2 hours depending on how tender the meat is. The more fall apart you want it, the longer you cook, itโ€™s just important to make sure it doesnโ€™t go dry ๐Ÿ‘ฉ๐Ÿปโ€๐Ÿณ

Traditionally it would be eaten with potatoes or noodles but we make it #paleo by eating it with mashed cauliflower and plenty of @lewisroadusa butter or @cappellos pasta. If not everyone in your family eats primally, this could easily be modified so that everyone can enjoy the meal ๐Ÿ‘จโ€๐Ÿ‘ฉโ€๐Ÿ‘ฆโ€๐Ÿ‘ฆ

Beef and Pork Mince with Riced Broccoli ๐Ÿ˜‹๐Ÿฅฆ

Recipe:
1) fry ground beef and ground pork (we used 2 pounds of beef 1 pound pork) on medium heat ๐Ÿท๐Ÿฎ you can also use lamb ๐Ÿ‘
2) add 1/2 diced onion and a large red bell pepper, also diced. More to taste. If you would like to add garlic ๐ŸŒถ๐Ÿง„๐Ÿง…
3) Season with salt pepper and paprika to taste, also add a couple of bay leaves
4) Let simmer until veggies are soft. Some liquid will develop
5) add tomato sauce to taste or alternatively tomato paste ๐Ÿ…
6) Reduce until you like the consistency of the sauce
7) I added basil from @farehousefarms but you can also add crushed pepper flashes for a kick

Alternatively, enjoy with capellos grain free noodles, rice cauliflower or other vegetables ๐Ÿ˜๐Ÿคฉ

Buttery Mashed Cauliflower with Fresh Parsley

This buttery delicacy is a wonderful substitute for mashed potatoes and goes well with meat and fish alike.

The dish is quickly made and only requires 5 ingredients:

  • 1 cauliflower head (as big as you are hungry)
  • Butter to taste
  • Parsley to taste
  • Salt and Pepper to taste

Boil the cauliflower until fork tender, add salt, pepper and parsley and purรฉe using an immersion blender.

Stir in butter and enjoy!