Archive for the ‘Dinner’ Category

Sweet Potato, Apple, and Beef Skillet

This is something I literally threw together on a whim. Probably why we have the odd pairing of beef and apples in this recipe… Oh, well. It was tasty so it’s getting posted! 🙂

Sweet Potato, Apple, and Beef Skillet

Sweet Potato, Apple, and Beef Skillet

Ingredients:

1 tbsp avocado oil

1 onion, chopped

2 garlic cloves, minced

1 sweet potato, peeled and cubed

1 lb organic, grass-fed ground beef

1 tsp cumin

1 tsp rosemary

1 tsp thyme

1/4 tsp chili powder

salt and pepper

1 apple, peeled and diced

Garnish: Shredded cheese and parsley

Directions:

Heat oil in a skillet over medium-low heat. Add in the onions and garlic and sauté until the onions begin to caramelize. Add in the sweet potatoes and cook for another 8 minutes. Add in the meat and seasonings and cook until the meat is completely brown. Make sure to break up the chucks of meat as it cooks! Afterwards, mix in your apple pieces and cook for another 5 minutes. If desired, top with shredded cheese and parsley before serving.

Pumpkin Coconut Beef Sauce/Soup (Paleo)

Last week, I had my annual Super Bowl Sunday Home-Alone-Cook-Off. Not going to lie, I’m no a football fan. I’ve tried watching games, but every time my mind begins to wander off to the 100 things I could be doing instead. And no, the Super Bowl is not the exception.

So every year, I have the house to myself and have my own party where I create my own recipes that I know my family would put their noses up to if they were around.

The arrangement works out nicely: I get to experiment in the kitchen and end up with a week’s worth of yummy food. I then eat while watching some Netflix with the game on in the background (for the halftime show and commercials).

Anyway, this was one of the end results:

Pumpkin Coconut Beef Sauce/Soup

Pumpkin Coconut Beef Sauce/Soup

Pumpkin Coconut Beef Sauce/Soup

Ingredients:

1 tbsp red palm oil (or avocado oil)

1 onion, diced

2 garlic cloves, minced

1/2 tsp sage

1 lb. organic, grass-fed ground beef

1 cup chopped carrots

1 (13.5oz) can of full-fat coconut milk

1 (15oz) can of pumpkin

2 handfuls of fresh spinach

salt and pepper

For soup version– add in 1 cup vegetable/chicken/beef broth (if you just want a sauce, omit)

Directions:

Heat the oil in a pot and add in the onion, garlic, and sage. Sauté for 5 minutes. Add in the carrots and meat and cook until the meat is entirely brown. Add in the coconut milk and pumpkin and bring to a boil. Add in the spinach and cook until wilted. Adjust with salt and pepper, to taste. If you are making the soup: Stir in your broth here. If not, serve over rice or cauliflower rice.

Butternut and Chicken Tomato Bake (Paleo)

First post of 2017! I’m expecting great things out of 2017:

  1. I’m finishing Student Teaching and college in the next few months
  2. I’m moving to Thailand to teach and travel!!!!!
  3. I’m planning to continue to post recipes until moving day (and maybe even while in Thailand).

Needless to say, I am very excited for upcoming events!

Now, onto food. This is something I served at my family’s Christmas Eve party. It was a definite hit and gobbled all up before the evening ended. Enjoy!

P.S- Results are in! My most popular post of 2016 (with 2,681 views): Shrimp and Chicken Fajitas! 

Butternut and Chicken Tomato Bake (Paleo)

Butternut and Chicken Tomato Bake (Paleo)

Ingredients:

4 cups butternut squash, cubed

2 tbsp avocado oil

salt and pepper

1.5 lb chicken thighs, cut into bite-sized pieces

1 onion, chopped

2 garlic cloves, minced

1 tsp dried thyme

1/2 cup whole fat coconut milk

1/2 cup tomato sauce

2 tbsp tomato paste

2 cups fresh spinach

1 egg

Directions:

Preheat the oven to 425°F. In a bowl, toss together the butternut squash, 1 tbsp oil, salt and pepper. Spread in a roasting pan and place in the oven for 20 minutes.

Meanwhile, heat the other tbsp of oil in a skillet. Add the chicken pieces, salt and pepper, and cook all the way through. Add in the onion and garlic cloves and sauté for 2 minutes. Add in the coconut milk, sauce, and tomato paste and bring to a boil. Let boil for 1 minute and then reduce to a simmer to thicken. Add in the spinach and cook until wilted.

Once butternut squash is finished, gently mix squash in with the chicken mixture. Transfer entire mixture into a baking dish. In a bowl, whisk an egg and then pour on top of mixture. Place mixture into a 350°F oven for 20 minutes. Let cool before serving.

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This year’s annual Christmas Eve Sibling picture (I’m the one on the left!)

Roasted Butternut Squash with Spinach and Tahini Dressing

Last minute Christmas recipe!

Roasted Butternut Squash with Spinach and Tahini Dressing

Roasted Butternut Squash with Spinach and Tahini Dressing

Ingredients:

6 cups raw cubed butternut squash

1 tbsp avocado oil

1 tbsp balsamic vinegar

salt and pepper

2 tbsp tahini

1 tbsp olive oil

1 tbsp water

2 cups fresh spinach

Feta cheese

Directions:

Preheat the oven to 415°F. In a bowl, toss together the butternut squash, avocado oil, vinegar, salt, and pepper. Spread squash in a roasting pan and place in the oven for 15 minutes.

Meanwhile, whisk together the tahini, olive oil, and water in a small bowl. Mix in a dash of salt and set aside.

In a serving bowl, combine the spinach, squash and dressing. Serve into individual bowls and top with feta cheese.

Jamaican Chicken (Paleo)

Hi all! I have some time on my hands for a post today! Shocker, I know. As student teaching starts wrapping up, I should be able to get back in the kitchen more and begin posting recipes more regularly again.

Until then, here’s another quick meal- Jamaican chicken. With the cinnamon, nutmeg, ginger, and allspice thrown in, you can double dip and make some holiday cookies at the same time 😉

Jamaican Chicken

Jamaican Chicken

Ingredients:

1/2 tbsp garlic powder

1 tsp onion powder

1/2 tsp cayenne

1/2 tsp paprika

1/2 tsp thyme

1/2 tsp parsley

1/2 tsp cinnamon

1/2 tsp nutmeg

1/2 tsp ginger

1/4 tsp allspice

Salt and pepper

Avocado oil

10 organic chicken drumsticks, thawed

Directions:

Preheat the oven to 400 degrees. Combine all the spices, salt, and pepper in a bowl and mix. Rub avocado oil on the chicken, sprinkle spice mixture all over the chicken, and place on a baking sheet. Place in the oven for 35 minutes. Afterwards, take out, flip the chicken over, and place in the oven for 10 more minutes. Serve.