Aussie Bites- Make Your Own

Do you enjoy the Organic Aussie Bites purchased at Costco? We do. They seem pretty healthy.

They are a little too sweet to me though. There are several forms of sugar in them: sugar, cane sugar, invert sugar and honey (not including the sugar from the dried fruit). At 130 calories for one bite, that seems a little steep. They have 16 carbs and 8 grams of sugar.  They also contain butter but some of my family is dairy free.

Can we improve upon this? I strayed from the original a bit. My final recipe had roughly 95 calories for one, with 12 carbs and 5 grams of sugar. No dairy. Continue reading “Aussie Bites- Make Your Own”

Brussels Sprouts “Parmesan” with Bacon

My family doesn’t like Brussels Sprouts much, actually… at all. However, I have gotten the thumbs up with these. My daughter did say she would eat them again. My husband said they really didn’t taste like Brussels Sprouts and he seemed to like them. This recipe is dairy-free Continue reading “Brussels Sprouts “Parmesan” with Bacon”

Beef Goulash

“You are the salt of the earth. But if the salt loses its saltiness, how can it be made salty again? It is no longer good for anything, except to be thrown out and trampled underfoot.”  Matthew 5:13

 

Beef cubes are browned and cooked in broth. You can cook the beef in water as well, but the broth gives a richer flavor.

The browner the meat, the more flavor your meat and gravy will have. I remember my dad saying it tasted best when my mom burnt the meat.

You need enough stock/broth to cover the meat.

The sauce is generally used as is, but I added gluten-free flour to mine to make it thicker.

Serve over rice, gluten-free noodles, quinoa or potatoes. I usually skip the starch. I just like a little on the side with a salad/vegetable.

 

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Beef Goulash

  • Servings: 8
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Ingredients

  • 2T  ghee or oil (dairy-free alternative)
  • 2 lbs beef cubes, trimmed, cut into about 1″ cubes (grass-fed, organic is best)
  • salt and pepper, to taste (to season meat before browning)
  • 3 yellow onions, chopped
  • 2T paprika
  • 1 1/2-2 cups beef stock/broth (can use water as well)
  • 1 clove garlic
  • 2t salt
  • 1/8t pepper

(if you like it spicy, you can add spicier pepper or other spices you like)

Directions

  1. In a large pot heat 1 T butter/oil. Season meat with some salt and pepper, to taste. Add 1/2 of the meat to the pot to brown on high heat. Brown the meat well on all sides. The darker it is the more flavor your gravy will have. Remove meat from pot and repeat with the remaining butter/oil and meat.
  2. In the same pot on low heat, add the onions and cook until onions are translucent, stirring occasionally.
  3. Add the meat back to the pot. Add the garlic, paprika and stock/broth. Add enough broth to cover meat. Stir to mix well.
  4. Cover pot with tight fitting lid. Simmer over low heat about 2 hours. Stir occasionally. Meat should be tender.
  5. Add salt and pepper to taste. Add any other seasons you would like.

Optional:  make thicker gravy, mix 1/2 cup cold water with 1T gluten free flour mix. Stir until dissolved. Slowly pour into the meat while whisking to avoid clumping. Bring back to a boil for a minute or two.

Serve over rice, gluten-free noodles, quinoa or potatoes.

Bone Broth

“The light of the eyes rejoices the heart,
And a good report makes the bones healthy.”  Proverbs 15:30

I’ve seen quite a few post about the health benefits of bone broth. This is made when you take chicken or beef bones and cook them with vinegar for an extended amount of time, usually 24 (chicken) to 48 (beef) hours. Are the health benefits really worth investing all that time? Continue reading “Bone Broth”

Cashew Chicken

This is a tasty, light but simple meal. You can enjoy it in a lettuce wrap for lunch, or if you want a more filling dinner, eat it over some brown or black rice.  Continue reading “Cashew Chicken”

Shepherd’s Pie (w/ paleo option)

“I am the good shepherd. The good shepherd lays down his life for the sheep.” John 10:11

A tasty paleo shepherd’s pie recipe. The carbs have been reduced by substituting Continue reading “Shepherd’s Pie (w/ paleo option)”

Tasty Mashed Cauliflower

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If you’re trying to cut back on the carbs of mashed potatoes, mashed cauliflower is a good alternative.  It makes a great side dish that doesn’t  Continue reading “Tasty Mashed Cauliflower”

Healthified Stone Fruit Crisp

Late summer is a perfect time for fruit crisp. There are so many recipes out there, however they are loaded with sugar! I was seeking a healthier fruit crisp that was low in sugar as well as being gluten and dairy free. This is the recipe I came up with. Less sugar with a few healthier additions as well. If you use fruit that is Continue reading “Healthified Stone Fruit Crisp”

Roasted Butternut Squash, Spinach and Mushrooms

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Roasting vegetables gives them so much flavor. This is one I love to cook in the fall, especially with squash from the garden. Ingredient amounts are approximate. I usually just eyeball it, but I tried to come up with quantities for those who prefer that. It’s really hard to mess up this recipe other than burning it. You can play with the spices you use if you like.

Cubing the squash is a good arm workout, like real life exercise.

DSC00375After tossing squash in oil, roast in the oven. Caramelizing gives a good flavor. You can even just eat it like that. Parchment paper is a wonderful thing. What a time saver and cookie sheet saver. Where have you been all my life?

DSC00384Brown the onion in a pan with the oil. Then add the mushrooms and cook down. The shiitake are drier mushrooms, not much liquid comes out of them, however the baby bella I’ve used cook more liquid out. You will want to let that evaporate so it is not soupy.Then add the spinach. It looks like a lot, but as you can see, it cooks down to nothing. You can even add more if you like more spinach.

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Toss the squash with the base and enjoy! You can probably add many different types of roasted vegetables to the base mix. However, my favorite is the butternut squash.

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Roasted Butternut Squash, Spinach and Mushrooms

  • Servings: 6 sides or 2-3 meals
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Ingredients

  • 1 good-sized butternut squash
  • 1 medium onion, chopped
  • 1 cup sliced shiitake mushrooms (any type is fine, I’ve also used baby bella)
  • 4 big handfuls of spinach
  • 2 T avocado oil + 2 T more
  • 1 t onion powder
  • 1/2 t garlic powder
  • 1/2 t sea salt
  • salt and pepper to taste

Directions

  1. Preheat oven to 400 degrees. Line large cookie sheet with parchment paper.
  2. Cube butternut squash.
  3. Take 2T avocado oil and stir in onion powder, garlic powder and salt. Pour over cubed squash. Stir until well coated.
  4. Lay squash on cookie sheet in single layer, spreading evenly. Cook squash roughly 40 minutes in the oven turning half way through. You may need to adjust the time depending on how much squash is on the pan. It should be nicely caramelized.
  5. While the squash is cooking, pour the other 2T avocado oil in a large pan. Place the onions in the pan and cook until caramelized. Stir frequently to avoid burning.
  6. Add mushrooms and cook them down letting any liquid from them evaporate. Add spinach and cook until reduced.
  7. Add roasted squash to the base mixture (onion, mushroom and spinach) Toss until well mixed.
  8. Add salt and pepper to taste.
  9. Enjoy!