Tuesday, September 10, 2013

Spicy Sausage, Chicken and Summer Squash Slop

This is a slop.  

Slop is a technical term in our house for "Sarah had a bunch of random stuff that she just threw in the crockpot and it's not quite a stew, it's not quite a curry and it's not quite anything specific but it's dinner so just eat it already."

I guess this slop would be sort of like a gumbo, if you made a gumbo with the excessive amounts of summer squash that keep coming in your CSA share.  (WE GET IT, SQUASH.  YOU LIKE TO GROW HERE.  WE GET IT.)  It's spicy and it's a bit soupy, but it would be good just plain or served over cauliflower rice, plain white rice or even polenta. (It's okay.  We eat rinsed white rice or polenta sometimes.  I won't tell the Paleo Police if you don't.)

As for the squash called for in this recipe, use what you have on hand.  Several squash.  Throw in some mushrooms if you want to.  Use an onion instead of a shallot.  No peppers?  No problem.  Use some green chiles if you have those instead.  It's a slop, people.  You get to throw whatever you have in there and call it dinner.


The Tools:

6 qt. crockpot

1.5 lbs chicken breast (or skinless, boneless thighs)
12 oz. spicy sausage of some kind
1 14.5 oz can of diced tomatoes
6 oz. roasted bell peppers
1 large zucchini, chopped
2 small patty pan squash, chopped
1 large shallot (or onion)
3 large cloves garlic, minced
1 TBSP oregano
1 tsp basil
1 tsp sea salt
1 tsp black pepper

The Process:

If you're prone to heartburn like I am, saute your shallot/onion and garlic before adding it to the crockpot.

Chop up your sauages, slice your chicken and chop your veggies.

And then just dump it all together and mix it up.

Cook on LOW for 8 hours.


Sunday, September 8, 2013

Weekly Menu

Good afternoon!
Here's our plan for this week.

eggs, kale, salsa
or banana blueberry egg muffins
coffee w/ creamer

grilled chicken burgers (from Costco)
carrots or veggie chips w/ homemade sour cream ranch
dill pickles
apples w/ sun butter

Kids' snacks:
fruit leather & string cheese
full fat yogurt w/ blueberries

Sunday - leftovers
Monday - crispy carnitas w/ avocado, salsa, cilantro (in a salad bowl or w/ corn tortillas for the kids)
Tuesday - chocolate chili, avocados
Wednesday - pulled pork, BBQ sauce, salad w/ dressing, sweet potatoes
Thursday - grain free pizza
Friday - leftovers
Saturday - tbd
Sunday - grass-fed beef burgers, broccoli, sweet potatoes

frozen grapes

Just 'cause I get some questions: Dairy is not paleo. We eat mostly paleo. That means we sometimes don't eat paleo. Dairy is one of those those non-paleo things we sometimes eat. I don't believe we need it. I used to buy some incredibly delicious raw milk straight from the farm. Now, I treat dairy mostly as a condiment - 100% sour cream - or as a convenience food for my kids - full fat yogurt or cheese.

Have a good week!

Gluten Free Recipe Roundup via Musings of a Housewife

Saturday, September 7, 2013

Coffee-Braised Beef Roast with Cinnamon and Orange Zest

My three year old looked out of her bedroom window the other morning and said the following:

"Oh!!  Wow!!!  It's CLOUDY outside!!!"

Yes, it's almost that time again in Seattle.  Summer has been amazing, but the endless days of sunshine and perfect 75 degree afternoons have to soon come to an end.

The good news is that fall foods can come back!  Squash, apples, cinnamon, roasts, stews... if you've been around this blog or my kitchen for any length of time, you know that's what we love to eat.  I could eat butternut squash, applesauce and beef roast every day and probably never tire of it.

This particular roast recipe is adapted from here, using what I had on hand.

The Tools:

6 qt. crockpot

2-3 lb. beef roast
1 large shallot
3 garlic cloves, minced
1 1/4 cup dark coffee (I used an Americano, because we're coffee snobs here in Seattle)
2 T orange zest
1 cinnamon stick
2 T maple syrup
black pepper
sea salt
olive oil

The Process:

Heat up olive oil in a saute pan.  Season beef roast with salt and pepper and sear roast on all sides with tongs.  Plop roast in the crockpot.

Saute shallot for several minutes in the same oil, until soft.  Add the garlic and cook for another minute or two.

Add coffee, orange zest, cinnamon stick and maple syrup to the pan and scrape the bottom to remove any tasty tidbits of shallot or garlic.  Let the mixture come to a boil and then simmer for a few more minutes.

Scrape mixture into crockpot, coating the beef roast well.  Cook on LOW for 7-8 hours.

Friday, September 6, 2013

Almost the weekend...

How can a beer commercial can make me cry?

My apologies to the congenial shaggy haired employee at Costco. I'm afraid I was a bit tight-lipped yesterday in response to your friendliness because I was inwardly seething and trying not to lose it. It wasn't you, it was me. My just turned 4 year old was coming off a sugar high that was entirely my fault. (Yes, I gave my overtired child crappy ice cream on an empty stomach.) I know better! We just needed to get out of there. Asap.

Today was my sleep-in day. And by that I mean get woken up by my phone at 8:12am.

When people say they are obsessed with pumpkin, I think they really mean that they are obsessed with pumpkin + sugar.  I won't deny it,  that combo tastes good, and I may indulge occasionally this fall. Sometimes I almost feel like my insulin could spike just from looking at all the pumpkin + sugar overload on Pinterest, though... Anyone else feel like it's seriously out of control? But the idea-loving person inside of me doesn't mind. People can be quite creative with what they come up with.

Who are these guys?? I like their talent, especially on the fiddle.

These eclectic Friday posts are becoming a habit.

Go soak up some sun and fresh air while you can. Give your body what it needs. It's a great time of year for feeling good.  Happy weekend!

Sunday, September 1, 2013

Weekly Menu

sausage & sweet potato hash
add peppers & onions like a skillet breakfast
maybe some kale, too
add eggs if available
coffee w/ creamer

grass fed beef burgers
nitrate free hot dogs
fresh vegetables or veggie chips
cashew babies

Monday - high pockets chicken, salad w/ dressing
Tuesday - greek salad (w/ beef & seasoning)
Wednesday - leftovers
Thursday - creamy crock pot chicken tomato soup
Friday - homemade pizza from Primal Cravings (affiliate link)
Saturday - tbd

This is old but worth reading if you haven't yet: Spread the Strength.
It reminds me of how glad I am that I played sports growing up where performance (heart + skill) were valued over body type.  And that as an athlete, my parents told me these 6 important words.

sharing food ideas here...
Gluten Free Recipe Roundup via Musings of a Housewife