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Turkey Kielbasa With Onions, Peppers & Sauerkraut

October 23, 2013

This is a quick and easy one but very tasty:

1 turkey kielbasa (no hormones/antibiotics or any crap)

1 chopped onion

1 chopped red pepper

1 chopped yellow pepper

1 chopped green pepper

1/2 cup of sauerkraut (I prefer high quality organic stuff but that’s just a preference any will do)

Garlic and Basil based on your tastes

1/4 cup of chicken broth

Pour the chicken broth into a pan and put the chopped kielbasa in, letting it brown. After it browns add in the peppers, onions, basil and garlic, cook until peppers are tender but still crisp. Once that is cooked up add in the mostly drained sauerkraut which you will only need to really warm. Serve over spinach or mixed greens to add some more nutrition.  Enjoy!

 

Turkey Kielbasa w/ peppers

Turkey Kielbasa w/ peppers

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The GREATEST Breakfast Recipe EVER! Okay Not Really, Just Eggs & Tomatoes

August 20, 2013

I don’t know what the love affair with eggs that all the cool Paleo people have is all about but they’re pretty tasty. I’ve cooked eggs in just about every way imaginable but some mornings there’s just nothing like some simple fried eggs except when you add tomatoes! I first did this over an open wood fire and it was exceptional but I was lazy this morning and wasn’t cooking anything else so I didn’t want to go starting a fire just for a few eggs and a couple tomatoes so I did this one over the stove, still good though. Enjoy!

3 Incredible Edible Eggs (clever huh? Preferably free range, clean fed hens, etc)

1 tomato

salt, pepper, garlic powder

coconut oil

 

Fry the eggs to your liking (I prefer over medium) in the melted coconut oil and season to taste, flip once. Once they’re flipped drop two slices of tomato in the skillet and get them nice and warm, seasoning to taste. Serve eggs over tomatoes. Couldn’t be simpler.

 

Eggs & Tomatoes

Eggs & Tomatoes

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Tuna & Crab Salad in Avocado Cups

August 19, 2013

I have seen SOOOOOOOO many variations of this, most just tuna salad with avocado cups or crab salad in the same but you know what? Basically tossing in some mayo and onions for variety. However I’m a rebel, so I decided, “why not BOTH?!?” I know, totally living on the edge. Anyway, sometimes I like to have lunch and even more times I like to have tuna with my lunch and some days I even like a warm lunch so this is a win. Pretty much every step of this can be omitted or altered so have fun with it. Enjoy!

 

2 Avocados

1 can of tuna (in water, wild caught or whatever the cool thing is now)

1/2 cup of cubed lump crab meat

2 Tablespoons of mayo (homemade or Hellmans with Olive Oil)

Diced onions

Diced red, green, yellow peppers (yeah I know I have a problem)

Coconut oil

Garlic Powder

Salt & Pepper

Paprika

Sautee the onions and peppers in the coconut oil until they’re tender but still crispy, toss in the tuna and crab meat just to warm them up a bit. In a mixing bowl spoon out the innards of the avocados, leaving the shells intact (I popped the shells in a toaster oven for a few minutes to warm them up) and add in the mayo, garlic powder, salt & pepper to taste. Once the tuna/crap/onion/pepper mix is ready add it into the bowl as well. Mix it all together, now here is where we might have a philosophical disagreement. Some people like to really mash up the avocados but I like to leave it a little chunky, again, I’m a rebel, do what you like. Anyway, once mixed to your liking scoop heaping spoonfuls into the, now toasted, avocado shells, top with paprika and enjoy. In case you’re wondering, yes, I had a lot of fun with this recipe.

Tuna, Crab, Avocado Salad

Tuna, Crab, Avocado Salad

 

 

 

 

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Kielbasa & Sauerkraut Sauteed With Peppers & Onions

August 18, 2013

Dinner this evening was very good and easy. Enjoy.

When you’re buying kielbasa, or any kind of sausage really, try to know where the sausage comes from, buy local whenever possible. I’m not sure there are any real health benefits to buying stuff locally (though I’m sure some would argue) but it does make good common sense especially with stuff like sausage. There is just something about being able to point to a map and say “I’ve been there” when you’re eating, I dunno what it is. Anyway, I live in Ohio and lucky for us we are rich in sausage making ethnicities so finding great local sausages is usually pretty easy. The kielbasa I used in this dish was local and delicious, I hate sounding cliched but you could almost “taste” the freshness. Anyway….

1 kielbasa (about 1/2 lb or so)

1/2 each diced red, yellow and green peppers

1/4 diced onion

1 Tablespoon of coconut oil

1 Tablespoon garlic powder

2 – 1/2 cups natural/organic sauerkraut, drained

Cut up the 1/2 lb or so of kielbasa and start browning it in coconut oil. Once it is browned add in the tri-color peppers and onions and garlic powder. Once the onions and peppers are cooked down add in the sauerkraut and cook until the sauerkraut is done which should take less than five minutes or so. That’s it.

 

Kielbasa & Sauerkraut

Kielbasa & Sauerkraut

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Is Fruit Really Bad For You?

August 18, 2013

I have read so many conflicting things about whether or not fruit is really bad for you. Some folks say most fruit passes right through you or digests in 90 minutes or so while other foods take much longer so that’s supposed to be good. Other people say it is nothing but sugar and should be avoided at all costs because sugar is bad. I’m having a hard time fighting the cultural beating-in of the notion that, well, fruit is good food. I’m really looking for some comments here, I certainly feel better when I have some fruit in my diet (bananas and pineapple specifically) but I really don’t want to sacrifice all the weight loss work I’ve done by eating stuff I think is good for me but really isn’t.  Thoughts? Am I just being overly obsessive here? Probably.

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Taco Spinach Salad

August 18, 2013

Yum!

1/2 pound of ground beef (grass fed, no antibiotic/hormones, all that jazz)
1 Tablespoon of chili powder
1 Tablespoon of cumin
1 cup of spinach
1 cup of diced tomatoes
1/2 cup of diced onions
1/2 cup of diced peppers (tri-color)
1/2 Tablespoon of cilantro
1 Tablespoon of coconut oil
1 Tablespoon of Wholly Guacamole or make your own

A little cheese if you can handle it. I can handle a very little of it so I added some to mine.

Toss the peppers and onions into a skillet with melted coconut oil and wait until the onions start to brown a little. Add in the ground beef, mashing it up into little bit along the way. Add in your seasoning and mix it thoroughly. When the meat is browned, drain the skillet, add in the tomatoes and cilantro. Serve over the spinach and top with the guacamole and cheese (optional). Enjoy.

Taco Salad

Taco Salad

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Paleo (but tasty) Chocolate Banana Pancakes

August 18, 2013

I’m not a great pancake maker (my wife can attest to this) but I am learning (my tastebuds can attest to this) and this morning I wanted some pancakes. After figuring out I’m not actually allergic to bananas I have begun using them in all kinds of recipes, this is the yummiest of them so far though. Enjoy! 

1 banana (you can pre-mush it if that makes you feel better) 

3 eggs

2 Tablespoons coconut flour

1 Tablespoon caocao powder (I prefer raw organic) 

1 teaspoon Coconut sugar (optional I think but worth it)

1/4 teaspoon vanilla extract 

1/4 teaspoon maple syrup (this is also optional but I feel like it added…something)

1 Tablespoon of ground cinnamon (you can shrink this amount but I ❤ cinnamon) 

Mash, grind, mix all that junk together until you get a batter-like substance, then put some coconut oil on a hot griddle and a use a tablespoon of batter, cook until they’re brown or as done as you like them. I served with just a bit of coconut oil and a 1/2 teaspoon of maple syrup drizzled over them. I wouldn’t recommend eating this every day or anything but it is pretty high fiber and, mostly low carb (mostly anyway). Oh yeah don’t forget the bacon! 

 

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