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.

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