Bluberry Balsamic Beef Roast

One of the first thing I noticed about paleo is the importance of grass fed beef.  I’d like to think this option would be a whole helluva lot easier stateside, but maybe I’m wrong.  There are some decent options here in Okinawa like I posted in 2012, but the problem with the off-base-grass-fed beef is: 1. the price (ouch) and 2. the size (the cuts of beef off base are made for Japanese families- petite).

One of my absolute favorite cuts of beef is the prime rib.  During my time in Klamath Falls I would visit my great grandfather who lived in Medford.  We would take long Sunday drives around the Rogue Valley where he would transform the land into the way he remembered it in the 1920s and 30s: majestic.  The area where Costco is now used to be my great grandfathers fathers farm.  Our timing was epically off.

After a few hours every Sunday we would find ourselves in Jacksonville, Oregon.  Nestled quietly in the Rouge Valley, Jacksonville, Oregon, is one of my most favorite places in the world.  Quaint, rustic and simple.  The Bella Union with its gourmet menu, gorgeous staff and stiff martini- is my favorite local restaurant.  My great grandfather and I would order the same thing every time: a gin martini and the prime rib.  Our dates together were filled with history lessons, memories of the olden days and talks of the future.

Since his passing in 2004 I have not been back to Jacksonville, however, during the holidays I attempt to make a prime rib he would be proud of.  This past Christmas season had me so far off the paleo bandwagon, I went with this recipe: Webers Prime Rib in a Blue Cheese Crust.  I know, beyond the shadow of a doubt, he would have approved!

After a soul satisfying Christmas Dinner, I bagged up the prime ribs and saved them for beef broth.  I used the recipe by eatyourbeets and went with the crockpot-for-8-hours option.

I’ve had the broth sitting in the fridge for a couple of days and finally found a recipe with sacred beef broth potential… here’s the recipe that was my inspiration: Mushroom and Blueberry Balsamic Pot Roast.

Blueberry Balsamic Beef Roast with Shrooms and Carrots

  • chuck roast “Chuck”
  • 2 plastic containers of mushrooms
  • 6 T fat of your choice
  • 1 package of fresh blueberries
  • 1/2 bag baby carrots
  • 1 onion, quartered, peeled and core removed
  • 1 c beef broth
  • 1/2 c balsamic vinegar (I used strawberry)
  • 1 can tomato sauce
  • 3 garlic cloves, roughly chopped

Turn your crockpot on low.  Remove Chuck from the fridge, wrapper and let him breath while you chop and brown.  Slice the mushrooms in halves, the onion into quarters and leave the blueberries and carrots be.

Heat a pan to just above medium heat, add 2 T of fat of your choice (I used ghee… next time, bacon grease).  Brown the onions, then remove the onions on both sides- place them on a plate.  Do the same with the carrots (they wont “brown”), then remove the carrots and throw them on top of the onion plate.  Add 2 more T of your fat (+some if you’re feeling frisky).  Brown the mushrooms and garlic.  The mushrooms will soak up the fat leaving you with darker colored shrooms, browned garlic and a dry pan.  Add the shrooms and garlic to the onion/carrot plate.

Add the last of your fat to the pan and salt and pepper Chuck.  Brown all sides of Chuck.  Once he is brown on all sides (yes you may have to hold him while you sear the ends) remove him from the pan and lay him ever so gently in the crockpot.

In the same hot pan add the broth, balsamic vinegar and tomato sauce; bring to a boil.  Turn down to a simmer until reduced by half.  Add the garlic, shooms, onions and carrots to the crockpot.  Tuck all those veggies around Chuck.  Once the sauce is reduced by half pour it over the Chuck and his friends.

Cook on low for 4-6 hours.

the sauce

the sauce

dinner

dinner

approved!

approved!

When you’re ready to eat, pour the sauce back into the pan and reduce it by half again.  While its reducing slice the roast against the grain, plate your veggies and prepare for tender, flavorful, rustic roast!  Pour the sauce over Chuck and his friends.  Enjoy!

Tootles.

jess

Butternut Squash

My dad used to tell me: You have to have a plan, even if it’s just to change it.  I take that piece of advice very seriously especially in the kitchen.  I hate coming home from work and having no idea what is going to be for dinner so I have started meal planning using Pinterest-smartest thing I have ever done!!!

Today I had planned on making a pork loin and butternut squash stew but the loin was still in the freezer.  Time to change the plan!  I had picked up some meat (and maybe some strawberry Kit-Kats) from the new San A by Kinser and thought I’d try the butternut squash in chili!  Perfect crock-pot meal and awesome for a typhoon day!

round pork mixed with ground beef

ground pork mixed with ground beef

Australian beef

Australian beef

1/2 butternut squash, peeled and diced

1/2 butternut squash, peeled and diced

Spices

Spices

meat mixture with spices ontop of squash... on low 6-8 hours

meat mixture with spices on top of butternut squash… on low 6-8 hours

Since I only used 1/2 of the butternut squash in the chili, I went to Google to figure out what to do with the other half.  Then I found this: Roasted Butternut Squash with Kale and Almond Pecan Parmesan.  I don’t understand the “parmesan” so this is what I did:

Roasted Butternut Squash and Kale:

  • 1/2 butternut squash , peeled and diced (yes I used youtube)
  • 3 cloves garlic, coarsely chopped
  • 3 leaves kale, diced and stems removed
  • 1 handful of almonds and pecans, chopped
  • salt n peppa
  1. Preheat oven to 400 while you dice away.  On a baking sheet (I used a Pampered Chef stone) add squash, garlic, olive oil, salt and pepper.  Cover with tin foil.  Poke holes in tin foil.  Don’t get too carried away.  Bake for 20 minutes.
  2. Decrease oven heat to 350.  Remove from oven and remove tin foil.  Give it a good stir.  The squash should be soft.  Add kale and nuts.  Stir.
  3. Put back in oven for 12 minutes.
  4. Turn off your oven.  Remove from oven. Add a sprinkle of salt and peppa and then try to wait until its cool.
Salmon from the San A and the Roasted Butternut Squash Kale

Salmon from the San A and the Roasted Butternut Squash and Kale

Tootles-

jess

 

Paleo Hot Wings and Ranch Dip

Damn you Pinterest!  I DONT have time for you!!!!  Ok, maybe just one minute.  One minute turns into an hour and now I’m damned and determined to find out if you can make hard-boiled eggs without boiling them. Have you seen this picture with the caption like this:

"For anyone that may not know, the BEST way to make hard-boiled eggs is in the OVEN! Place the eggs in a muffin tray so they do not move around, turn the oven to 325 degrees, pop in for about 25-30 minutes and remove! Not only are they tastier, but they also are much easier to peel!" Mind blowing.

“For anyone that may not know, the BEST way to make hard-boiled eggs is in the OVEN! Place the eggs in a muffin tray so they do not move around, turn the oven to 325 degrees, pop in for about 25-30 minutes and remove! Not only are they tastier, but they also are much easier to peel!” Mind blowing.

Challenge accepted!!!

Step one: Fill muffin pan with egg

Step one: Preheat oven to 325, fill muffin pan with egg and set timer for 25 min

Step 2: Hear loud popping sound at 19 minutes and open oven.

Step 2: Hear loud popping sound at 19 minutes and open oven.

Step 3: Ice bath

Step 3: Ice bath

Pintrest: 1

Pinterest: 1

 

Me:0

Me: 0

I hate losing.  But it was worth a try!  Here’s one that turned out a whole lot better.  This is from www.paleopot.com.  One of my favorite sites; both blog and facebook page.  I have done this recipe a couple of times and both times my super nanny had to finish it.  Both times there were no left overs!

Slow Cooker Chicken Wings

The first thing I noticed with this recipe is it calls for 4 oz of grassfed butter/ghee/coconut oil.  I don’t speak in ounces so I converted it: 1/2 cup!!  I thought that was a bit excessive… here’s what I did:

  • 1 bag of chicken wings thawed
  • 1 bottle of Franks hot sauce
  • 3 T organic butter

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Salt and brown your little chickies under the broiler.  I used my super very fancy salt:

Himalayan Pink Salt Crystals

Himalayan Pink Salt Crystals

On the stovetop, melt butter and stir in 1/2 bottle of the buffalo sauce.  Put slightly browned chicken and sauce in crockpot.

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Cook on low for 4 hours.  Take liquid in crockpot and the other 1/2 of the buffalo sauce and simmer on the stove top until it thickens up a bit.  Smother.  Be happy!

Finger lickin' good... I think!

Finger lickin’ good… I think!

Wondering what they taste like??!! Me too!!!  I also made some ranch dressing!

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ingredient round up

  • 1/4 c coconut milk
  • 1/4 c paleo mayo
  • 1/4 t apple cider vinegar
  • 1/4 t coconut aminos*
  • pinch of the following: salt, dill, paprika, granulate garlic & oregano

 

Mix and be happy!

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Not an exact, but it’ll do!

You win some, you lose some!

September started yesterday and I have started a September Squat challenge!  Starting September 1st complete one air squat.  Every day add one squat.  At the end of the month we should have 30 gorgeous-unbroken air squats!!

The air squat

The air squat

Here’s 25 ways to appreciate your body from gosupersisters.com!  #11 is beautiful to me: Remind yourself: your body is not a democracy — you’re the only one who gets a vote.  One because September 11th is my birthday and two: it’s something that I need to remember as I age oh so gracefully.  Enjoy!

Tootles-

jess

*from amazon.com

GMOs: Cereal. Killers.

GMOs.  What are they?!!?!?  Where are they?!?!?!  I’ve been learning a bit on GMOs since learning about them from my SIL.  Recently, I reflected on my high school biology career… I failed biology 2 years in a row.  Maybe this isn’t the topic for me. But, then again, you can get information in a video- and I LOVED movie day!

Dont have time for 2 1/2 hours of video?  No?  You’re in luck: heres pictures!

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gmo1

6 months ago in California Proposition 37 (required labeling of food products made from GMOs) was axed.  $47,000,000 (thats MILLION) was donated to oppose this measure.  There has been lots of pictures on facebook with lists of GMO users (the BAD GUYS):

This was sent to Stephanie by her Mom as a pamphlet.

This was sent to Stephanie by her Mom as a pamphlet.

Bad bad guys

snopes says these companies are not owned by “Monsanto” but these companies use products developed by Monsanto.

Potato: Potato.

Heres the happy list:

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Follow me here- I’m going out on a limb… I started watching a new show: The Following.  The show is about a serial killer, Joe Carroll,  who is the leader of a serial killing cult.

The Monsanto

The Monsanto

I have nicknamed Joe Carroll: The Monsanto.  Monsanto… cereal?!?!  Anyone!?!??  Watch the show, let me know what you think!!!

Ok, back to real life…

Both of my boys are playing organized basketball.  After every game a different parent is in charge of sending the kids home with a snack.  First off: why do we need a snack after 16 minutes of exercise and secondly: chips, Gatorade, doughnuts, and granola bars just doesn’t feel like an appropriate “snack”.  I’ve called on my facebook homies to help me out on a fun and healthy snack… more to follow!

Tootles.

jess