carmelized onion & sausage stuffing

we’re not big fans of traditional stuffing so when i found this recipe, i really wanted to try it! warning: it doesn’t taste anything like thanksgiving stuffing…it’s way better!!!

ingredients:

  • 1 lb ground pork country sausage
  • 2 yellow onions
  • 1 container of mushrooms
  • 2 tablespoons of apple cider vinegar
  • 1 cup pecans
  • 2 eggs
  • 1/3 cup chicken broth
  • 1/2 tablespoon dried rosemary
  • 1/2 tablespoon dried basil
  • 2 tablespoons coconut oil
  • 1 garlic clove
  • salt and pepper to taste

directions:

  1. preheat oven to 375 degrees.
  2. in a large skillet, place one tablespoon of coconut oil, minced garlic, and roughly chopped mushrooms and cook. add salt and pepper to season.
  3. once everything is cooked, place in a mixing bowl.
  4. when mushrooms are done cooking, cook pork sausage in the same pan. continue to break down the meat with a spatula.
  5. while your pork is cooking, add one tablespoon of coconut oil and sliced onions in another large skillet and carmelize.  this part can take a while so be patient!
  6. while the pork is cooking, add whisked eggs, chicken broth, vinegar, chopped pecans, rosemary and basil to the mushroom-garlic mixture. mix together.
  7. when the pork is done cooking, add it to your concoction and mix.
  8. once it’s completely mixed, place it on a lined baking sheet and place in the preheated oven for 10 minutes.
  9. once your onions have carmelized and the sausage mixture has been baking for ten minutes, add the onions on the sausage mixture and bake for another five minutes.
  10. ….and then you can finally eat this! your home will smell amazing while you’re cooking this so you just want to eat the hell out of it. 🙂 it was really good with my thanksgiving turkey.

paleo pulled pork

i really wanted to use the crockpot today so i looked through my Pinterest pins to find something with the least amount of ingredients and chose paleo pulled pork!!! tom would always talk about how San Diego doesn’t know how to do bbq so i wanted to make good pulled pork.  it may not taste like the “real bbq” but at least it was delicious!

ingredients: 

  • 3 – 5 lb pork booty
  • 2 cups of bbq sauce — i cheated and used store-bought bbq sauce (with no added sugar) so it’s not 100% paleo.
    • if you want to be 100% paleo, paleo recipes can be found on: thedomesticman.com or paleodietlifestyle.com or any other paleo website. WARNING: making homeade paleo condiments take a long time..so most of the time i don’t think it’s worth it.
  • 1 red onion
  • 1 clove of garlic
  • 4 leaves of collard greens
  • bbq sauce

directions:

  1. cut red onion in 1/2 inch pieces
  2. peel garlic
  3. stick a narrow knife into the pork deep enough to stuff a clove of garlic in there — repeat until you insert all cloves from one whole head of garlic
  4. place pork booty in crockpot and spread bbq sauce all over the meat
  5. pour bbq sauce into the crockpot until you have about 1/4 cup of bbq sauce left
  6. spread onion on and around the pork butt butt
  7. place collard greens over the meat and sauce so that you only see green
  8. turn crockpot on — high for 6 hours. make sure the meat is tender and will be easily pulled
  9. place cooked meat in a large bowl
  10. use two forks and pull away
  11. add the remaining bbq sauce
  12. devour this delicious meat!…..with lettuce, with sweet potato…whatever your heart desires. 🙂

eggplant “lasagna”

i’ve been super excited to try this out. i found numerous recipes online but in the end i just made it own.

ingredients:

  • 1 lb ground meat — you can choose whatever animal you want. i used ground beef for this one.
  • olive oil
  • 1 large eggplant
  • onion
  • garlic
  • 1 can of diced tomatoes
  • 1 small can of tomato paste
  • salt
  • pepper
  • whatever spices you want to use to spice up your meat sauce

directions:

  1. preheat the oven to 350 degrees
  2. cut the eggplant in very thin and long pieces
  3. grease a baking pan and lay out eggplant slices so they are not overlapping
  4. put in the oven for 20 mins
  5. while that’s baking, heat up some olive oil in a pan
  6. add onions and garlic. at this point, it will smell delicious!
  7. add the ground meat and cook through
  8. add seasoning, diced tomatoes and tomato paste
  9. mix and simmer until it’s at the desired consistency
  10. when eggplant is done, layer the bottom of a casserole dish/pyrex baking dish with the eggplant slices
  11. layer on the meat sauce then more eggplant then more meat sauce. repeat process until you’re out of stuff
  12. put it back into the oven for another 30 mins
  13. devour it! soooo yummy!

The picture below probably won’t look as appetizing as it is.  we don’t have sharp knives so i’m embarrassed to show you our eggplant slices! haha

mmm..BACON!

i heart bacon! who doesn’t??? anyways, it’s not my favorite thing to cook though because it takes time to get the right crispiness..but doesn’t take much effort.  i’ve cooked it on my Foreman and on a pan but my ABSOLUTE favorite way to cook bacon now is in the oven. yes, i said it “in the oven!”. it produces the right amount of crispiness with little to no effort!

ok here’s the secret:

  • line your baking sheet sheet with foil for easy clean-up
  • lay out your bacon on the sheet — don’t overlap!
  • put the sheet in the cold oven
  • turn up the oven to 400 degrees and set your timer for 22 – 25 mins
  • put bacon on a paper towel to “degrease” it

…and there you have it — amazingly crispy bacon! OM NOM!

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