The Healthy Foodie http://thehealthyfoodie.com A Healthy Living Blog with a Strong Paleo Flavor! Sat, 28 Feb 2015 12:00:22 +0000 en-US hourly 1 http://wordpress.org/?v=4.1.1 Pork Medallions with Mushroom Sauce http://thehealthyfoodie.com/pork-medallions-with-mushroom-sauce/ http://thehealthyfoodie.com/pork-medallions-with-mushroom-sauce/#respond Sat, 28 Feb 2015 12:00:22 +0000 http://thehealthyfoodie.com/?p=3436671799 I think this time I nailed it! I managed to work both the “quick” and “easy” attributes into a very scrumptious, serve-it-to-your-guests-worthy, Whole30 compliant recipe. Now that don’t mean you have to be expecting company or doing the Whole30 to enjoy this dish, though… You can whip up these Pork Medallions with Mushroom Sauce anytime, in no time at all! For realz, […]

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I think this time I nailed it! I managed to work both the “quick” and “easy” attributes into a very scrumptious, serve-it-to-your-guests-worthyWhole30 compliant recipe.

Now that don’t mean you have to be expecting company or doing the Whole30 to enjoy this dish, though… You can whip up these Pork Medallions with Mushroom Sauce anytime, in no time at all!

For realz, you can expect this beauty to be on your table in about 15 to 20 minutes, tops!

Shall we time this, for fun?  continue reading

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Easy Sweet and Sour Chicken http://thehealthyfoodie.com/easy-sweet-and-sour-chicken/ http://thehealthyfoodie.com/easy-sweet-and-sour-chicken/#comments Thu, 26 Feb 2015 12:00:17 +0000 http://thehealthyfoodie.com/?p=3436671787 Okay, so I told you I was going to try and come up with more quick and easy Whole30® compliant recipes during this new round I’m currently doing myself. So far, I have more or less kept my promise. Looks like I’ve got the “easy” part down pat… it’s the “quick” that’s apparently a bit […]

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Okay, so I told you I was going to try and come up with more quick and easy Whole30® compliant recipes during this new round I’m currently doing myself.

So far, I have more or less kept my promise. Looks like I’ve got the “easy” part down pat… it’s the “quick” that’s apparently a bit harder for me to grasp.

I’ll have to work on that…

In the meantime, let’s at least enjoy some easy dishes. I think that this Easy Sweet and Sour Chicken is one of the easiest recipes I’ve shared so far, but I must admit that it does require a fair bit of time to cook. Plus, ideally, you want to let it marinate overnight, too. None of these things, however, will require that you spend “active” time in the kitchen.

The only things that this dish will ask of you is that you mix a bunch of simple ingredients together, get said ingredients to make friends with your chicken, send this happy party to spend the night in the fridge so they can get better acquainted, then let things heat up in the oven for just about an hour. That’s it. Then you’re ready to eat.

Not so bad, is it?

Okay, you’re probably gonna want to fix a side to go with that, but that doesn’t need to be complicated either. Steamed broccoli would work beautifully, but if you wanted to get a little fancier, this Ginger Sesame and Almond Broccoli would be stunningly perfect! That, or these Sauteed Zucchini and Mushrooms. Both come together in no time at all… continue reading

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Mexican Lamb Barbacoa – Nacho Style http://thehealthyfoodie.com/lamb-barbacoa-nachos/ http://thehealthyfoodie.com/lamb-barbacoa-nachos/#comments Tue, 24 Feb 2015 12:00:37 +0000 http://thehealthyfoodie.com/?p=3436671764 I chose to call these Lamb Barbacoa Nachos, for lack of a better name, but frankly, I’m not sure that they really have much at all to do with nachos. Sure, there are a few similarities with the popular Mexican dish… but in my mind, nachos are like a humongous pile of crunchy tortilla chips topped with LOADS […]

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I chose to call these Lamb Barbacoa Nachos, for lack of a better name, but frankly, I’m not sure that they really have much at all to do with nachos.

Sure, there are a few similarities with the popular Mexican dish… but in my mind, nachos are like a humongous pile of crunchy tortilla chips topped with LOADS of stuff like spicy ground beef, firey hot tomato salsa, sliced olives, black beans, fresh tomatoes, finely chopped jalapeno peppers and LOADS of melted Monterrey Jack cheese. Typically, they are served with a generous amount of sour cream and more firey hot tomato salsa.

Nachos are something that I’ve always considered to be a major treat, junk food at its best; but now that I think of it, I see that this old favorite of mine could very easily be turned into a healthy eating experience.

HA! This is something I will absolutely have to try sometime soon. But definitely not before my Whole30® is over…

But this course I’m offering today does not exactly deserve to be referred to as nachos.

Rather, this is a very simple dish that I created out of necessity. You see, I’d just whipped up a giant batch of this delicious Lamb Barbacoa and needed to come up with a creative way to use the leftovers.

I kind of caught a mental glimpse of a picture that I had come across a while ago, and it inspired me to lay some of that beautiful meat over a bed sweet potato slices, pan-fried to crispy perfection, and top it with a quick and easy guacamole.

The result was nothing short of spectacular.

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Lamb Barbacoa – Recipe from Make it Paleo II http://thehealthyfoodie.com/lamb-barbacoa-recipe-make-paleo-ii/ http://thehealthyfoodie.com/lamb-barbacoa-recipe-make-paleo-ii/#comments Sat, 21 Feb 2015 12:00:13 +0000 http://thehealthyfoodie.com/?p=3436671740 A couple of weeks ago, I was lucky enough to have the mailman bring me my advance copy of Haley and Bill’s latest cookbook: Make it Paleo II. I started flipping through the pages and before I was even done feasting on all the beautiful pictures, their recipe for Lamb Barbacoa caught my attention and I knew right then and […]

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A couple of weeks ago, I was lucky enough to have the mailman bring me my advance copy of Haley and Bill’s latest cookbook: Make it Paleo II.

I started flipping through the pages and before I was even done feasting on all the beautiful pictures, their recipe for Lamb Barbacoa caught my attention and I knew right then and there that I was gonna have to make it; the sooner the better!

As luck would have it, I’d just purchased a humongous boneless leg of lamb and was planning on throwing it in the slow cooker later that week. Only I was far from planning on using the kind of seasoning that Haley and Bill suggested in their book, though. It would never have occurred to me to use Mexican spices with lamb. I was intrigued!

The very next day, I was on it.

But before we actually start cooking, please let me tell you a little bit more about this real gem of a cookbook.

Make it Paleo 2

Make it Paleo II is filled with over 175 delicious grain-free recipes, each portrayed by an absolutely stunning, mouth-watering photo. Haley and Bill are not only ridiculously talented in the kitchen, they also happen to be outstanding photographers and their book really showcases the extent of their talent. Just take a quick glance at their book cover and you’ll see exactly what I mean!

Honestly, this book is beyond beautiful and so inspiring, it’ll probably have you want to empty your cupboards of every pots and pans you own and whip up each and every recipe that the book has to offer.

The best part is, most of the recipes you will find in Make it Paleo II are very accessible and fairly easy to make, too. We’re talking familiar and not so familiar dishes, like Honey Sesame Wings, Braised Brussels Sprouts, Salmon Cakes, Lobster Fettuccine Alfredo, Clam Chowder, Thai Fried Chicken, Pork and Apple Ravioli, Fried Wontons, Dairy Free Chocolate Mousse, Dark Chocolate Olive Oil and Sea Salt Ice Cream, as well as a great assortment of sauces, dressings and even beverages. Haley and Bill even shared a recipe for Pasta Dough, which looks so much like like the real deal, I just know I will have to give it a try.

The book also features a very handy guide to different cooking techniques that explains pan-searing, slow-cooking, steaming, grilling, warm smoking, pickling, fermenting, curing and much more. In the first section, you will also find some handy notes on grain-free baking, a practical guide to stocking up a paleo pantry, as well as a list of useful kitchen tools.

Oh, and did I tell you the photography in that book is spectacular? The photography in this book is spec-ta-cu-lar. It’s very well worth the expense, if only for that. continue reading

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Slow Cooker Pear and Raisin Pork Loin Roast http://thehealthyfoodie.com/slow-cooker-pork-loin-roast/ http://thehealthyfoodie.com/slow-cooker-pork-loin-roast/#comments Thu, 19 Feb 2015 12:00:19 +0000 http://thehealthyfoodie.com/?p=3436671709 Once in a blue moon, I’ll come up with a dish that will have me proclaim LOUD AND CLEAR to whoever is around and cares to listen (which is usually just my dogs, and I don’t think it bothers them all that much when I talk to myself) that I’m a true, profound, culinary genius. As soon as I […]

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Once in a blue moon, I’ll come up with a dish that will have me proclaim LOUD AND CLEAR to whoever is around and cares to listen (which is usually just my dogs, and I don’t think it bothers them all that much when I talk to myself) that I’m a true, profound, culinary genius.

As soon as I got my first taste of this Slow Cooker Pork Loin Roast, that is precisely what happened. These exact words came right out of my mouth, in spite of me.

To say that I LOVED this dish would be an understatement. I think I want to have this as my final meal… or at the very least, I need to add it to my list of serious contenders. Or maybe I should serve it at my wedding, instead. That’s IF I ever meet Mr. Perfect-Match-For-Moi and get married, that is…  The way things are going, it’s looking like the two events might very well coincide!

The best part about this Slow Cooked Pork Roast is that it’s not only super delicious, but it’s also stupid crazy easy to make. It doesn’t require that you attend to it, or so very little. Seriously. I could probably even be the one whipping it up it at my own wedding… Again… Mr. Right… you know, yadi-yadi-ya… 

Why am I posting so many pictures then, you ask? I think I just got trigger happy. It certainly is not because there are lots of complicated steps to follow. In fact, I think you could simply look at the pictures and make the recipe without reading a single word I wrote.

Or well, perhaps you can take this opportunity to practice your diagonal reading skills… continue reading

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Cottage Pie With A Twist http://thehealthyfoodie.com/cottage-pie-twist/ http://thehealthyfoodie.com/cottage-pie-twist/#comments Tue, 17 Feb 2015 11:00:00 +0000 http://thehealthyfoodie.com/?p=3436671675 I’m now on day 16 of my 60 day Whole30® challenge. So far, things are going fan-tas-tic. I keep forgetting just how much I loooove taking this challenge. I don’t know how or why it is that it does that to me, but it never fails to make me feel awesome and super inspired in the kitchen. You’d […]

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I’m now on day 16 of my 60 day Whole30® challenge. So far, things are going fan-tas-tic. I keep forgetting just how much I loooove taking this challenge. I don’t know how or why it is that it does that to me, but it never fails to make me feel awesome and super inspired in the kitchen. You’d think that restricting one’s access to some of their favorite foods and ingredients would tend to have the opposite effect on them, wouldn’t you?

Apparently, this foodie is different. Way different. After all, the Whole30® is what initially got me hooked on paleo!

Frankly, if you’ve never tried it, I strongly suggest that you give it a go. I say you won’t regret it.

And if you’re currently taking the challenge (or even if you’re not) boy have I got a spectacular treat for you today. I call it Cottage Pie With A Twist. Why with a twist? Well ‘cuz da zuke, itsa twisted, ya know. Okay, okay… I’ve come up with better ones before, I know. But even if my play on words leaves to be desired, I can guarantee you that the dish doesn’t.

I could go on and on, babbling about just how good this one tastes, but don’t think it’s all that necessary. Frankly, I think the pictures say it all, so I’ll let them do the talking if you don’t mind…

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Rolled Meatloaf – Stuffed with Sweet Potatoes, Mushrooms and Brussels Sprouts http://thehealthyfoodie.com/rolled-meatloaf/ http://thehealthyfoodie.com/rolled-meatloaf/#comments Sat, 14 Feb 2015 11:00:40 +0000 http://thehealthyfoodie.com/?p=3436671648 It seems like whenever I do a Whole30®, I get super crazy inspired in the kitchen. Maybe I should take the challenge more often! Now, I know, I said I was gonna try and come up with more quick and easy Whole30® compliant recipes during this current round I’m doing, but when I had a vision for […]

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It seems like whenever I do a Whole30®, I get super crazy inspired in the kitchen.

Maybe I should take the challenge more often!

Now, I know, I said I was gonna try and come up with more quick and easy Whole30® compliant recipes during this current round I’m doing, but when I had a vision for a Rolled Meatloaf, I just had to make it happen. It just HAD to become a reality.

So yeah… this one is a little labor intensive, a tad high maintenance even and will ask that you spend quite a chunk of time in the kitchen. But trust me, it’s ENTIRELY worth it.

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Beef Heart Stroganoff http://thehealthyfoodie.com/beef-heart-stroganoff/ http://thehealthyfoodie.com/beef-heart-stroganoff/#comments Thu, 12 Feb 2015 11:00:26 +0000 http://thehealthyfoodie.com/?p=3436671622 Aren’t you guys happy? We’re having beef heart again today! Now please, don’t hate me. I swear to god, once you’ve had a taste of this, you’re going to love me forever for having you discover this delicious (and very affordable, might I add) cut of meat. Plus, served “Stroganoff” style like this, swimming in a […]

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Aren’t you guys happy? We’re having beef heart again today!

Now please, don’t hate me. I swear to god, once you’ve had a taste of this, you’re going to love me forever for having you discover this delicious (and very affordable, might I add) cut of meat.

Plus, served “Stroganoff” style like this, swimming in a delicious, creamy sauce with big chunks of golden mushrooms and bits of smokey bacon, it becomes very approachable, and palatable, too!

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Now, before anyone comments on this, yes, the bacon that I am linking to in this recipe is the bacon that I used to make this Beef Heart Stroganoff recipe. Yes, I know, I used TWO whole tablespoons of pure evil sugar to make said bacon. Still, I consider this recipe to be plenty Whole30® compliant for me. Even if that bacon technically has sugar in its list of ingredients.

Hear me out. I used 2 tablespoons of sugar, which I then rinsed off, to make over 8 pounds of bacon. How many grains of sugar per slice does that leave behind? Surely a heck of a lot less than there are in a single sip of Kombucha. Yet, consuming Kombucha is allowed and even encouraged during a Whole30®. And don’t even get me started on Larabars

Personally, I would never even DREAM of so much as coming close to any of that stuff during a clean eating challenge. Not only does it contain way too much sugar for my liking, but Kombucha also contains alcohol, to some extent. Probably much more than pure vanilla extract ever will. Yet, vanilla extract is also off limits during a Whole30®. So yes, I guess you may say I have a couple of bones to pick with the official program rules, but that’s just me.

That said, if you are a real purist and consider my smoked bacon to be non-compliant, you can always make this exact same recipe and use bacon that meets the requirements.

As for me, I am far from considering that I sabotaged my Whole30® efforts by consuming that bacon. Again, that’s just me.

Now don’t get me wrong. I think the Whole30® is an EXCELLENT program and everyone should do it at least once in their lives, whilst sticking religiously to the original rules. Like Melissa and Dallas say, they had to draw a line somewhere, which is completely understandable.

I chose to move it by a hair for MY challenge, and I’m living perfectly well with my decision.

Alright, now that I got that off my chest, what do you say we actually get cooking? That Beef Heart Stroganoff isn’t going to prepare itself! continue reading

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Grilled Beef Heart http://thehealthyfoodie.com/grilled-beef-heart/ http://thehealthyfoodie.com/grilled-beef-heart/#comments Tue, 10 Feb 2015 11:00:16 +0000 http://thehealthyfoodie.com/?p=3436671606 Valentine’s Day being just around the corner, most bloggers out there are lovingly showering us with all kinds of mouth-watering sweet treats and desserts, among which numerous chocolate offerings can be found. Unsurprisingly, a vast majority of said treats are either shaped like a heart or related to a heart, in some kind of way. Please forgive my […]

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Valentine’s Day being just around the corner, most bloggers out there are lovingly showering us with all kinds of mouth-watering sweet treats and desserts, among which numerous chocolate offerings can be found. Unsurprisingly, a vast majority of said treats are either shaped like a heart or related to a heart, in some kind of way.

Please forgive my lack of enthusiasm in joining the parade, but since I’m currently doing a double round of Whole30®, I am in no position to offer you any such nomness… Besides, I’m not even certain that I’d have elected to do so anyways. I’m just so sincerely thrilled with today’s lovely offering!

You see, I too, am giving you heart. Only I’m not giving you heart shaped anything. I, am giving you the real thing! Oh yeah, baby! We’re making beef heart, today: Grilled Beef Heart!

Now please, don’t be all ewwwwww and yuck and run away from this place as fast as you can … I used to think exactly like that before I actually got to have my first taste of it. Let me tell you: beef heart was one of the rare new additions to my diet that turned out to be love at first bite.

HA! All the more reason for me to share a beef heart recipe with you today. Better than that, I’ve even got another one lined up for you! What can I say, I had an entire beef heart to eat by my lonesome. I figured I’d put it to good use. continue reading

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Salisbury Steak Kicked-Up a Serious Notch http://thehealthyfoodie.com/kicked-up-salisbury-steak/ http://thehealthyfoodie.com/kicked-up-salisbury-steak/#comments Sat, 07 Feb 2015 11:00:32 +0000 http://thehealthyfoodie.com/?p=3436671578 You gotta be grateful for the fact that when you order meat by the carcass (or half carcass, or quarter carcass even), you do end up with a fair amount of ground meat. And that holds especially true with beef! In that case, we’re talking about 50 pounds of ground beef for a quarter carcass. Frankly, though, […]

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You gotta be grateful for the fact that when you order meat by the carcass (or half carcass, or quarter carcass even), you do end up with a fair amount of ground meat. And that holds especially true with beef! In that case, we’re talking about 50 pounds of ground beef for a quarter carcass.

Frankly, though, I don’t think I could ever get too much of that stuff. I mean, ground meat is so versatile and lets you create like a million and two different dishes. Of course, meatballs immediately come to mind, or meatloaf, or beanless chili, or the [no longer] very classic shepherd’s pie

But if you ask me, nothing will ever beat one of those good old massive, substantial, meaty and juicy beef patty. Especially not if it gets to simmer for a long time in a thick and luscious tomato sauce with a bunch of caramelized onions and golden mushrooms.

This, my friends, is exactly what this Salisbury Steak Kicked-Up a Serious Notch is all about.

Trust me, when I say kicked up a notch, I really do mean that! This classic dish has just been elevated to a whole new level.

Don’t believe me? Why don’t you make it and see taste for yourself!  continue reading

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