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Beef Chuck Braising Ribs

I saw these at the store the other day. And I really had no idea what to do with them. But for some reason they were very cheap… like I’m talking 4$ for 4 of them. So I figured, why not. Ill bring them home and cook them, and if they taste like garbage… well that’s only a dollar each so no big deal.

So as you saw the other day, I made the Jalapeno BBQ Sauce. And because it was date night, I didn’t actually get to use it… which is too bad, because its pretty tasty.

So today, I thought lets toss those little suckers on the bbq and slather them with bbq sauce. WELLLLLLL… YUM! they were tasty morsels in my mouth. I wish that I had more. I guess I will just have to keep an eye out for them the next time I am out grocery shopping.

nomnomnom!

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I like sausage

Well if that title didn’t get some attention.. I’m not sure what will.  Since this is not a crazy exotic blog, I can only mean one thing! FOOD. Nomnomnom!

Have you ever read the packaging for breakfast sausages? There are so many added ingredients. I used to think it was basically pork in a tube… but they are full of sugar, soy protein isolate, wheat etc! why do you need wheat in a sausage? FILLER!

So today, I am going to attempt to make my own sausages. Just meat and spices!

Since I really have no idea how to make them on my own, I set out to Google and based on the picture and if i had most of the ingredients, I have chosen to follow the following recipe as seen on PrimalPalate.com

Ingredients for 4ppl

  • 1 lb Ground Pork
  • 1 tsp Fennel (i do not have any fennel… so hopefully its OK without it)
  • 1 tsp Garlic
  • 1 tsp Paprika
  • 1/2 tsp Black Pepper
  • 1/2 tsp Sage
  • 1/2 tsp Salt
  • 2 Tbsp Coconut Oil, Organic
  • 1/4 tsp Cayenne Pepper ( I’m using hot sauce instead because I thought i had some… but don’t :(… close enough right? )
  • 1/4 tsp White Pepper

Directions

  1. Combine pork, garlic, and all spices in a mixing bowl, mixing until it reaches an even consistency.
  2. Form pork mixture into 2-ounce patties (approximately 8 patties).
  3. Heat a skillet to medium heat with 1 tablespoon of coconut oil per 4 patties.
  4. Cook the patties for approximately 3–4 minutes per side.
  5. Each side should be golden, and the center of the patties should no longer be pink.

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As you can see by the large amount of sausage patties… not only did I make them a bit smaller ( I really like things that are bite size) but i also double the recipe so I could freeze some for easy breakfasts… or snacks 😀 They are pretty good. I really like sausages with ketchup… I guess i need to make some Paleo ketchup soon!

XXOO,

Mira

Jalapeno BBQ Sauce

One of the harder things to live without when changing over to the paleo way of eating, is sauces. The mass produced, readily available sauces are full of nasty ingredients, and while they ” taste so good” they are not very good for you.  So a few months back, you might remember the post I made on preparing my own ketchup ( click here for the post). It was a big success in my house, I loved it, and my ketchup hating hubby also liked it!

So now I am going to attempt Jalapeno BBQ Sauce as seen on Paleo Pot.

Ingredients

  • 1 cup of tomato sauce. 
  • 1/2 cup of beef stock.
  • 3 jalapenos, chopped or slice. Remove seeds and stems to reduce the heat level. ( I only bought two as I have never bought… and i got scared and only used 1 1/3 of them)
  • 1 small red onion, diced.
  • 1/3 cup of apple cider vinegar.
  • 1 small can of tomato paste, about 1/3 to 1/2 cup.
  • 1 tbsp of Spanish smoked paprika. ( i only have regular, so hopefully that works too!)
  • 3 cloves of garlic, chopped. (I also substituted some garlic powder for this)

Directions

  1. Combine all of your ingredients in a medium sauce pan and stir well. 
  2. Bring mixture to a boil then reduce heat to a very low simmer.
  3. Simmer for 30 minutes, stirring occasionally. For a thicker sauce, reduce/simmer for longer.
  4. Blend your sauce in the pot using an immersion blender, or just use a regular food processor or blender.
  5. Enjoy!

So, I started making this. The hubby came home, and asked if I was still up for date night?! EEEEEKKKK! I forgot we were going out! But thats ok, I have enough time to whip up some bbq chicken ( with other bbq sauce) and some salad for dinner all while finishing up this bbq sauce. What this all means is that I will just have to BBQ again tomorrow! I will never complain about that!

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XXOO,

Mira

Paleo Ribs

Who doesn’t enjoy a good rack of ribs? exactly. I LOVE ribs, slathered in BBQ sauce, falling apart in my mouth… Mmm.
I spent a while online today trying to find a Paleo BBQ sauce that both looked delicious and I actually had the ingredients to make. No success. But that doesn’t mean that I cant have juicy delicious ribs.
Really its easy peasy, I have lots of spices in my cupboard. Lets make a dry rub!

So, to make my ribs just follow these steps.
1. preheat the oven to 250
2. in a bowl, combine the following spices:

  • 1/2 Tbsp. sea salt
  • 1Tbsp. Chili powder
  • 1 Tbsp. paprika
  • 1 Tbsp. garlic powder
  • 1 Tbsp. onion powder
  • 1 Tbsp. Chipotle powder
  • 2 tsp. ground black pepper

3. Rubs the stuff all over the runs.. toss in the oven… wait about 2 and 3/4 hours and voila YUM!

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Home Made Blueberry Muffins

Today I wanted to bake something. I don’t know why… I usually don’t eat anything that I bake…. I think perhaps i just enjoy the baking part. So what could i make?!

Yesterday I got a bunch of free books off Amazon, so i looked through those. Blueberry Muffins…Darcy likes those! so we had a winner!

It was relatively easy. And the recipe, i just got out of an online kindle book called 30 Delicious Paleo Guilt Free Desserts…. I think it might be by someone called Cheerful Chef…. but im not positive. LOL

Darcy told me that they taste different than wheat flour made muffins, but he really liked them… took a bunch to work with him!

So, basically for today, I will just post the recipe below as I took screen shots of it ( the only alteration I made was instead of Ghee, I used melted butter) and a few photos of today’s preparation. Enjoy 🙂

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Hot Wings… I’m still drooling over these!

Last Monday I made Lemon Pepper Chicken Wings. Today, I was in the mood for spicy.  So, what’s better than hot wings? Not much!

So last time when i made the wings I learned a lesson. line the bottom tray with foil, so you have a bit less scrubbing to do when its time for clean up.

Otherwise…

– Toss the chicken onto a wire rack over a lined baking sheet, and toss into a pre heated oven ( 400 degrees F)

– Cook for 20 minutes, turn over and cook another twenty minutes

– in the meantime.. melt a two tablespoons of butter and mix with about a 1/3 cup of franks red hot. ( all depending on how many wings your making… i made 20 with this)

– Once the wings are cooked toss them in the sauce, grab a drink a bunch of napkins and chow down!

NOMNOMNOM

These were seriously the easiest and best wings I’ve had in a long time. Why would I want to go out, and spend 20 bucks for this… when I can eat it in the comfort of my own home, for a fraction of the cost, but so much tastier?! I wish I had made more! seriously, they are all I can think about! im just staring at the photo below… and still drooling…

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Lemon Pepper Chicken Wings

I wanted wings a few days ago, but with life being busy I didn’t have time until today to make them. When i went online to find a recipe, I just couldn’t find one that suited me.  so i did the only logical thing…

I made it up as i went along.

 

I don’t have exact measurements, only estimations because i didn’t measure anything in the making of these wings.

Heat oven to 400

Place chicken wings on a wire rack over top a baking sheet to catch the drippings.

place in oven and cook for 15 minutes, turn and cook another ten minutes.

In the meantime, in a bowl mix the following – pepper, half a lemons worth of juice, some lemon zest just for kicks, and a few tablespoons of melted butter( or your alternative if you aren’t lacto paleo). Mix it all up!

brush it all over your mostly cooked wings and cook for another 5 minutes, turn and brush on the mixture to the other side of the wings and let cook for a few more minutes.

Your wings should be done!

 

Now if you read my other post, you would know that I feel pretty crappy today, so i only had a few of the wings. They were good. Darcy however ate most of them, and he just kept going on and on about how juicy and tasty they are. He kept asking me if I could make them again exactly the same. So I think i did a good job on these.  WooHoo!

So here is a picture of the wings, I didn’t take more, but really, who wants to look at pictures of raw chicken… the finished product is where its at!

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