Sunday, October 21, 2012

Carbonara, Soup and Willy Wonka?

Wow! So much going on.... I just finished throwing my daughter her 5th birthday party!! It was a Willy Wonka party! Needless to say...there was A LOT of candy! But hey! You only turn 5 once!! Needless to say NONE of this candy was touched by me! It was a super fun time. And all the work that was put into it was worth it. Here are some pics if you are interested! SO FUN!

SO after that, I started have some health problems. I have since gotten the all clear, but it kinda rattled me! Hence the delay in my posts!! Sorry!!

Now onto some recipes!

Paleo Taco Soup

1lb grass fed ground beef
1 onion diced
1 green pepper diced
1 yellow squash diced
1 small can of diced green chili
2 cans diced tomatoes
1 can of tomato sauce
1 cup of beef broth (or more if you want it more soupy)
1 jalapeño diced (keep the seeds if you want the spice, omit if you don't)
2 tbs of chili powder
1 tbs of cumin
1 tbs of garlic powder
1 tbs of onion powder
1/2 tsp of paprika
salt and pepper to taste

So this is super easy. In a pot brown your beef. Remove the beef after it's done and put in the onion, green pepper, squash, and jalapeño. Cook until soft. Add the beef back in, and at this time add all your spices. Cook until the spices become fragrant. Now add all the rest of the ingredients. You are gonna simmer this for about 20 or 30 minutes. Now if you want the soup more soupy add more stock. I like mine a little thick. Like a stoup.... stew/soup. :) It is better the next day after all the flavors have come together even more. This would also be great with pork or shredded chicken and topped with some guac or sliced avocado!!

The next one is super easy too!!

Spagetti Squash Carbonara

1 md. roasted Spagetti Squash
6 slices of diced bacon
2 cloves of garlic minced
1 egg yolk
salt and pepper to taste
red pepper flakes (optional)

In a pan brown your diced bacon until crispy and when just about done, add your garlic. Make sure to keep moving it DONT want burnt garlic!!
Once bacon is nice and brown and the garlic is cooked and softened... add your spaghetti squash. When your spagetti squash is coated in the fat and heated through... take the pan off the heat!
Beat up your egg yolk and add it to the pan. The heat from all the food in the pan will cook the yoke. It should look custardy and thick. Make sure all the squash is coated. Now if your squash if giving off too much liquid you can put it back on a low heat.
I like to top my with lots of fresh cracked pepper and some red pepper flakes.

Thursday, October 4, 2012

Spicy Garlic Chicken Spaghetti (squash that is)

So I told you guys I was working on a yummy spaghetti squash recipe and I think I have found it. I asked my friend to taste test it before I posted and she gave me a big thumbs up. BTW go "like" Warrior Sistas on FB!! :) Anyway, here it goes...

Ingredients: Serves two good portions
2 small chicken breast or 1 large
3 cloves of garlic minced
1/4 cup of sliced cremini or button mushrooms (or whatever kind you like)
1/2 tsp of red pepper flakes
1 cup of your favorite organic sugar free marinara sauce
salt and pepper
olive oil
roasted spaghetti squash

Step 1: Season chicken with salt and pepper and over medium heat get the oil hot....Add your chicken and cook it till it is just about cooked through.

Step 2: Once it has good color on both sides, take it out of the pan and slice it thin. Don't worry if it isn't completely done. We will finish cooking it later. We don't want over cooked rubbery chicken here.

Step 3: With the remaining oil still in the pan toss in your garlic and pepper flakes and stir them around until fragrant. Then add your mushrooms and cook till they begin to get a bit brown. 

Step 4 : And your sliced chicken. This is where you will finish the cooking process on the chicken. Make sure it get nice and coated with the garlic and pepper flakes and that it is done!!

Step 5: Then add your sauce. (didn't get a pic :( sorry) Let the sauce simmer for a couple of minutes.

Finally: Place some of your roasted spaghetti squash in a bowl and top with your spicy, garlicky, sauce with chicken and then just do one more thing...... EAT IT!! 

Hope ya'll like it as much as I did!! :)

Tuesday, October 2, 2012

I love fall....and squash....

Let's talk about roasting squash. I love them! And I didn't know I loved them until I started eating Paleo. Thank you Paleo for introducing me to the winter squash.....acorn, butternut, spaghetti...whatever...I love them. Here is a pic tutorial on how to roast a spaghetti squash...just incase ya wanna know! :)

Step 1: Wash your squash...That is actually super fun to say!!

Step 2: Cut it in half and scrap out all the seeds

Step 3: Rub it down with some coconut oil or EVOO and season with salt and pepper

Step 4: Place cut side down on a baking sheet and throw in a 400 degree oven until tender and easily pierced with a fork. This took about 40 minutes.

Step 5: with a fork, scrap out the flesh. It will automatically shred up like spaghetti.

 Step 6: Eat it. This was a fairly small squash and I will end up with about 3-4 servings. Cost effective for sure!!

Need a recipe to go with your roasted spaghetti squash? I'm working on a pretty tasty idea right now. Stay tuned!!