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20 Minute Meals / Dairy-free / Dinner / Egg Free / Gluten-free / Grain-free / Local Eats Project / No sugar / Nut-Free / Paleo

Pork Tenderloin, Pan-fried Parsnips & Shaved Brussels Sprouts

Pork Tenderloin, Pan-fried Parsnips & Shaved Brussels Sprouts Makes 4 servings. 1, 1-lb pork tenderloin, trimmed and cut crosswise into 12 medallions 6 parsnips, peeled and thinly sliced 1 cup brussels sprouts, finely shaved 1 cup red cabbage sauerkraut 2 tablespoons lard or olive oil, divided  1 teaspoon salt, divided Sprinkle each pork medallion with a bit of salt. Heat 1 tablespoon lard/oil over medium heat in a large skillet. Place the medallions into the pan in a single layer. Cook on each side for 2-3 minutes or to your desired doneness. I prefer mine a bit rare. Remove from pan and allow to stand for five minutes. Heat the remaining lard/oil over medium heat in the same skillet. Add the parsnips to the bottom of the pan in a single layer. Sprinkle on a bit of salt. Cook for 1 minute, then flip and cook on the other side Read More

Appetizer / Dairy-free / Dinner / Export / Gluten-free / Grain-free / No sugar / Nut-Free / Paleo / Side Dish

Greens Greens Greens

Greens, black eyed peas and pork are always eaten on New Year’s Day. In folklore, the Southern tradition goes back to the Civil War. Union troops pillaged the land leaving behind only black-eyed peas and greens. Southerners had to survive on these humble foods. Beans represent coins or closed circles signifying the end of one year and good luck in the next. Greens represent wealth and prosperity. And since pigs root forward as they eat, pork is eaten to symbolize a positive direction in the upcoming year. Black eyed peas can cause me a bit of stomach upset so I opted out of making a big batch this year. Instead I’ll eat just one for food fortune!  Wishing you all prosperity, good health and love in 2015. Makes 6 servings. 12 cups water 1 ½ lbs smoked ham hocks 1 tsp black pepper 1 tsp garlic powder 1 ½ tbsp Read More

20 Minute Meals / Dairy-free / Dinner / Egg Free / Gluten-free / Grain-free / No sugar / Nut-Free / Paleo / Side Dish

Fall Spice Pumpkin Chili

  On Sunday, I made my annual trip to the pumpkin patch and we came home with bushels of produce! There are still so many pumpkin recipes in the works and it was perfect inspiration. The best part is that the farm we visited uses organic standards for everything they grow. Hooray for no pesticides in our food! I created this pumpkin chili recipe in anticipation of chilly fall evenings around the corner. The ingredients are simple and I like to load it up with veggies to up the antioxidant benefits. Pumpkin adds creaminess and also balances out the acidity of the tomatoes.  Since I generally only cook for two, I froze more than half to whip out on a lazy week night. The flavors will only enhance the longer it sits so it’s an excellent freezer meal.In this dish, the pumpkin grabs your attention but the beef is the star Read More

20 Minute Meals / Appetizer / Breakfast / Dairy-free / Dinner / Egg Free / Gluten-free / Grain-free / How-To / No sugar / Nut-Free / Paleo / Side Dish

Fegato alla Veneziana (Liver & Onions)

It happened the first time while watching cartoons with my cousin. My grandmother brought us a huge plate of liver and onions. I was seven. Most kids my age would have turned up their noses. I was a strange kid though. I loved everything I was supposed to hate and vise versa. A few of my favorite foods included turtle soup and oysters. Pizza, french fries and ketchup were never on my plate. They just weren’t in my palate. I wanted the “adult’ food. So my grandmother made me liver and onions as a test. This was sadly to the detriment of my cousin who’s diet solely consisted of spaghetti o’s and chicken fingers. The liver and onions were all for me and I ate every last bite of that delicious dish. That was my one and only liver encounter for the next 20 years until I learned about the nutrient density of Read More

20 Minute Meals / Dairy-free / Dinner / Egg Free / Gluten-free / Grain-free / No sugar / Nut-Free / Paleo / Salad / Side Dish

Tuna Steak with Ginger Garlic Green Beans & Kohlrabi

We eat far more fish and seafood than meat. Since we’re still weaning ourselves off a mostly vegetarian diet, we only eat meat a couple times per week. Tuna is extra meaty so for now it’s the closest thing to steak cooking in our kitchen. Once I’m more confident in my meat cooking abilities I’ll post some recipes here. We did try a new vegetable though! I have this game where I like to go to the store, buy something interesting and then find out how to cook it later. This time it was kohlrabi. Kohlrabi tastes like a cross between a radish and a turnip. It’s more sweet than spicy so it pairs nicely with earthy vegetables. I had to use this helpful slideshow to find out how to cut up the odd shape. The most challenging part was the thin, tough rind on the outside. You have to use a Read More