Saturday, May 9, 2020

Slow cooker pulled pork (or chicken)

3-4 lb pork shoulder
1 onion, chopped
5 garlic cloves, roughly chopped
1/4 cup apple cider vinegar
2 TBSP soy sauce
2 TBSP honey
1 tsp chili powder
2 TBSP lime juice
2 chipotle peppers in adobe sauce (canned) optional

Sprinkle pork generously with salt & pepper.
Add the onion, garlic, 1/2 cup water, vinegar, soy sauce, honey, chipotle peppers, and chili powder to the slow cooker. Stir to combine and submerge the meat in the liquid.
Set your slow cooker to high for 5 hours or low for 8 hours (chicken cooks faster than pork and can be ready in 3 hours on high).
Shred the meat and add the lime juice. Serve in a bowl, tacos, nachos or on your favorite bun with bbq sauce!

Purple Cabbage Slaw
Yogurt dressing:
1/2 cup whole milk yogurt
3 TBSP minced shallots
2 TBSP Extra-virgin olive oil
1 TBSP apple cider vinegar
3/4 tsp fine sea salt
1/4 tsp ground black pepper
5 cups thinly sliced purple cabbage
1/2 cup cilantro leaves, chopped
Whisk all dressing ingredients together. Add in cabbage and cilantro and stir to coat. The longer it sits, the better it is!

BEET Smoothie

(From: Run Fast, Cook Fast, Eat Slow)
1 small or 1/2 large cooked beet, peeled
1 C frozen blueberries
1 frozen banana
1 C unsweetened almond milk
1 C coconut water
2 Tbs unsweetened cocoa powder
1 heaping Tbs peanut butter
If you have a Vitamix blender, you don’t need to cook the beet. I just scrubbed it real well with the Norwex veggie and fruit scrub cloth! No need to even peel it! 

Sunday, April 5, 2020

Annette's Protein Balls



1 cup nuts and seeds (walnuts, almonds, pumpkin seeds, sunflower seeds, etc. – whatever you prefer) (Annette usually does ½ c walnuts and ½ cup almonds. I usually do 1/2 C cashews and 1/2 C walnuts cuz that's what I usually have.

1 cup dates (make sure they are pitted)

1 ½-2 cups plain whey protein powder (in the bulk section at Winco) -chocolate protein powder works too :)

1/3 cup honey

3 cups (Adams 100%) natural peanut butter

1 cup dark chocolate chips or raisins


Layer the nuts, dates, and protein powder in a high power blender or food processor (having the dates by the powder helps to coat them so they don't get sticky going through the blades. Once blended, scoop into a bowl and add peanut butter, honey and stir until well mixed. Add chocolate chips or raisins. Make into 30 balls. Put in the freezer. Once flash frozen you can place them all together in a gallon ziplok or storage container.

Tuesday, November 26, 2019

Brussels Sprout Salad with Cheddar, Hazelnuts, and Apple

Brussels Sprout Salad with Cheddar, Hazelnuts, and Apple

Instead of roasted Brussels sprouts, we wanted a light, bright, raw preparation that was just as delicious. Shredding the Brussels sprouts super-thin is key, and letting them sit in the dressing for at least 30 minutes softens them fully and seasons them deeply. To flavor the salad, we chose a simple lemon vinaigrette, rounded out with shallot and mustard. Sweet fruit, crunchy nuts, and creamy cheese are the finishing touches.

3 tablespoons lemon juice
2 tablespoons Dijon mustard
1 small shallot, minced
1 garlic clove, minced
  Salt and pepper
6 tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil
2 pounds Brussels sprouts, trimmed, halved, and sliced very thin
4 ounces sharp cheddar cheese, shredded (1 cup)
1 Granny Smith apple, cored and cut into 1/2-inch pieces
½ cup hazelnuts, toasted, skinned, and chopped

Slice the sprouts as thin as possible. Shred the cheddar on the large holes of a box grater.
1. Whisk lemon juice, mustard, shallot, garlic and 1/2 teaspoon salt together in large bowl. Slowly whisk in oil until incorporated. Toss Brussels sprouts with vinaigrette, and let sit for at least 30 minutes or up to 2 hours.
2. Fold in cheddar, apple, and hazelnuts. Season with salt and pepper to taste. Serve.

You can use the slicing disk of your food processor or slice the sprouts with a chef’s knife. Follow these steps to do the latter safely and quickly.

1. TRIM: Trim the stem end of each sprout and then cut each sprout in half through the cut end.
2. SLICE: With the flat surface on the cutting board, thinly slice each half. (We use the mandolin attachment on our blender)

Tuesday, July 30, 2019

Beef, Bean, and Barley Stew

1lb beef chuck or other stew meat
1 tsp salt
1/4 tsp black pepper
1 onion, diced
4 celery ribs, diced (include the leaves)
4 C water
1 can diced tomatoes (14.5 oz)
1/2 C barley, uncooked
1 can kidney beans
8 C chopped swiss chard
1 tsp dried rosemary
1 tsp dried thyme

Preheat oven to 325 F
In a large ovenproof pot with lid or dutch oven, heat oil and brown meat while on the stovetop. Salt and pepper to taste.
Add remaining ingredients and bring to a boil. Cover with lid. Place in the oven and bake for 1 hour.

Wednesday, April 3, 2019

Lasagna Soup

1 lb ground turkey
1 large yellow onion, diced
5 garlic cloves, minced
4 cups chicken broth
2 jar of Hunts Garlic and Herb spaghetti sauce
1 3/4 tsp dried basil
3/4 dried oregano
1/2 tsp dried rosemary
1 Tbsp dried parsley
1 box Whole wheat elbow maccaroni
1 1/4 c shredded mozzarella
1/2 c finely shredded fresh Parmesan cheese
8 oz ricotta

Brown ground turkey, season with salt and pepper.

Heat 1 Tbsp olive oil, add onions, sauté about 3 minutes. Add garlic, sauté for about 30-45 seconds longer.

Add in chicken broth, pasta sauce, basil, oregano, rosemary, parsley and ground turkey. Season with salt and pepper to taste.

Bring just to a boil, reduce to a simmer for 20 minutes.

Cook pasta according to package instructions.

Add 3/4 of the pasta to soup, cook for about 5 minutes. (more if you want too, but this is about how noodley we like it!)

Mix together all the cheese. Serve soup and top with the cheese. 😁

Thursday, November 8, 2018

UPDATED Shepherd's Pie -High Protein!

Growing up, Shepherd's Pie was my favorite meal! I requested it often for my birthday dinner! The first night we had this version I had my kids try to name ALL the veggies in this meal! It was a fun quiz! ;) And I dare say I like this version EVEN MORE than the one I grew up on! YUM!

1 head of cauliflower
1 large onion, cut into 4ths
2 cloves garlic
1 medium fennel bulb, cut into 4ths
2 carrots, peeled and cut into chunks
8 ounces mushrooms, chopped
1 lb ground turkey
1 1/4 tsp salt
1/8 plus 1/4 tsp ground black pepper
6 ounces canned tomato paste
2 C frozen green beans
Dash of cayenne (optional)
1 can cannellini or other white beans
Monteray Jack Cheese, shredded

Steam Cauliflower. Once soft, drain then return to the pot and add the drained can of white beans, 1/4 tsp pepper and 1/4 tsp salt. Then smash together (this is your "mashed potatoes" for the top)
Meanwhile, in another pan on the stovetop brown ground turkey. Add mushrooms. Once cooked through add the tomato paste and green beans.
In a blender place the onion, garlic, fennel bulb, and carrots. Pulse until finely chopped! (Or blended is fine too) Pour this mixture into the ground turkey mix on the stovetop. All of this will be poured into the bottom of a 9X13 pan. Top with mashed cauliflower blend, then monteray jack cheese.
Bake at 375 for 20-30 min!