October 25, 2014

Featured Ingredient: Saffron

My sister told me she didn't care what I made for dinner; the only specification I had was that she was sick of ground beef. So, that led me to this Saffron Chicken with Parsley & Lemon recipe that I've been wanting to try, and it was great! This was my first time ever using Saffron, so obviously I felt super sophisticated. My aunt gave me some this summer, and it traveled to Pennsylvania and back with me.

I served mine with Saffron Cauliflower Rice (clearly, we needed to use more Saffron) and Garlic Green Beans.

For the Saffron Cauliflower Rice, I heated ~1/8 cup chicken broth in the microwave and dissolved a pinch of saffron in it and then combined that with the cauliflower rice, further sauteeing the "rice" until it was fairly dry.

For the Garlic Green Beans, I boiled fresh green beans and then strained them. Then, I tossed the green beans with ~1 tbsp. ghee which was mixed with 1 pressed clove of garlic and 1/4 tsp. onion powder. Yum!

October 24, 2014

Herbed Turkey Meatballs (Easy Weeknight Meal)

Herbed Turkey Meatballs
Serves: 1, 30 minutes 
3 tbsp. olive oil
1/4 lb. ground turkey
2 tbsp. chopped yellow onion
1/8 tsp. sage
1/8 tsp. chili powder
1/4 tsp. cumin
1/2 tsp. rosemary
1/2 cup beef broth
  1. Combine the ground turkey, chopped onion, and spices in a bowl. Form into quarter-sized meatballs.
  2. Heat olive oil over medium-high heat. Add meatballs. Cover and let simmer for 2-3 minutes.
  3. Flip meatballs. Cover and simmer for another 2-3 minutes.
  4. Repeat #3 until the meatballs are at least browned on the outside.
  5. Add the beef broth to the pan. Reduce heat. Simmer uncovered for another 10-15 minutes. The beef broth should reduce and the meatballs should almost caramelize. This will give them a lot of flavor!
I enjoyed mine with Sweet Potato Hash (Recipe Book) and sauteed kale which I tossed with Sicilian Lemon White Balsamic Vinegar from Smashing Olive, a local olive oil and balsamic vinegar store that a friend recently introduced me to. My poor bank account.

October 23, 2014

Mid-Day Creations: Coffee-Marinated Burgers & Creamy Coleslaw

There's something about cooking in the middle of a weekday that makes me so happy. It's like a grown-up version of the feeling you got as a kid going through the fast food drive-thru with your parent for lunch on a day you got to skip school for whatever reason. It's away from your routine and fun, but you're not doing anything wrong. I just love it!

My sister needed help with a school assignment, so I took the opportunity to make lunch: Burgers & Coleslaw. Coleslaw mix was BOGO this week at the grocery store. Of course...

This "Best Creamy Coleslaw" Recipe from the Paleo Mom is fabulous! Rather than the separated veggies, I used the coleslaw mix. I used a whole package and eyeballed the sauce measurements. My batch required more than the recipe because I had a lot of veggies to cover. Also, I used regular mayonnaise because I didn't have time to make paleo mayo.

Quick & Easy Coffee Burgers:
0.5 lb grass-fed ground beef
1 clove garlic, pressed
1 tbsp. minced onion
1/2 tsp. chili powder
black pepper
1/2 cup strong-brewed coffee
coarse sea salt
  1. Mix everything but the coffee and sea salt together. Form ground beef into two patties. Marinate the burgers in the coffee for 15 minutes. Sprinkle with coarse sea salt.
  2. Heat 1/4 cup olive oil in a large skillet. Place the burgers in the oil. Flip after 5-7 minutes. Cook until done.
  3. Top with sliced avocado, turkey bacon & onion... and anything else you want. :)
P.S. Welcome, Turmeric, to my spice cabinet!

October 19, 2014

How to: Pomegranate

My roommate got a gift basket that included a pomegranate, something I had never used before. I knew there were seeds inside that are super healthy but had no idea how to get to them or what to expect when this beautiful fruit was opened.
 A quick Google search and Youtube video helped tremendously. I'll summarize and illustrate the process here.

1. Score the skin (exterior) of the pomegranate with a fruit knife, about 3-5 times length-wise.
Step 1
After Step 1

2. Cut off the top. Some seeds will probably be exposed.
After Step 2
3. Peel away the skin, using the score lines as your guide. Do this over a container, as the seeds will start to fall away from the membrane.
Step 3
4. Continue to peel and push the seeds away from the membrane until all of the seeds are removed.
Step 4
Mix them in coconut yogurt (Trader Joe's or SO Delicious) or with paleo ice cream (Recipe Book)! Or, just enjoy them on their own!!