Sunday, January 21, 2018

"Fried" "Rice" AKA Cauliflower rice on a sheet pan

Neither Rice, nor Fried.

I got this from Whole30 Recipes on Facebook, posted by

In a bowl, mix:
24 oz. cauliflower rice (I used half cauliflower, half frozen sweet potato)
2 stalks celery, chopped
2 carrots, chopped
Garlic clove or garlic powder
3 Tbl coconut aminos
1 tsp fish sauce
1 Tbl oil  (I've used almond, avocado, and olive in the past)

Spread out on a parchment covered sheet pan, cook at 375 (F) for 10-15 min.
Whisk 2 eggs in a bowl, pour eggs over the cauliflower, mix around.
Put back in oven for another 10-15 minutes.

Food Cook-up.

In an effort to make a bunch of food for the week, do as few dishes as possible, and be efficient, I did this recipe group:

Things to do beforehand - mise en place the spices and what-not.

Turn on oven,
Put one tray of asparagus and one tray of green beans to roast with olive oil, salt, and vinegar.
25 ish minutes.

While that is cooking, chop and prepare the "fried rice."  (Baked cauliflower.)

Also, chop and prepare the White Chicken Chili Bake from

Both of these took longer to prep than I had planned, so the oven had a few minutes of down time.  Whoops.

In an effort to minimize dishes, and also time, I did not saute any of the vegetables.  In the final product, you could definitely tell the onions weren't sautéed, they were a little sharp.

The Baked Cauliflower takes about 25 minutes, the Chili Bake takes about 50.  I put in a tray of small fingerling potatoes to roast after taking out the baked cauliflower so no space was wasted.

After those 3 dishes were out, I made meatballs with sundried tomatoes based on this recipe and they were amazing:

I did half ground turkey and half bison.

While that was cooking (~ 25 minutes.), I prepped this in the instant pot:
Saute onions, garlic.  Add ginger, curry paste, broth, sweet potatoes, turmeric, some cayenne, salt, pepper, and coconut milk, set to 15 minutes, natural pressure release.


Thursday, August 31, 2017

Instant pot whole chicken:

Saute breast side down for a few minutes in avocado oil and spices- salt, pepper, cardamom
Saute other side for a few.
Add 1-2 cups water, high pressure for 32 min, natural release
Fall off the bone awesome!

Tuesday, July 25, 2017

The stunning return(ish) of the blog, Instant Pot addition:

Frozen chicken thighs (from Trader Joe's).  Still frozen.
A big blob of bbq sauce, and then another cup of water, just in case in needed more liquid.

18 min. pressure
NPR for 15 min, then QR

Removed chicken from pan, added a pile of zucchini/squash that had been spiralized, and the sweet potato strips from TJ's.

6 min. pressure

Both worked pretty well.


Friday, January 16, 2015

Braised Short Ribs

Cobbled together from various recipes:

Some beef short ribs
Bacon or Pancetta
Olive Oil
1 Onion, diced
3 carrots, diced
2 shallots, diced small
2 sprigs thyme
2 sprigs rosemary
2 cups broth
can of tomato paste
balsamic vinegar, ~ 1 cup (Blackberry flavored)

Sprinkle salt and pepper on ribs.  Set aside.
Heat oven to 350.
In a dutch oven, on top of stove, cook pancetta or bacon.  You're after the fat, not necessarily the bacon, so feel free to snack on the bacon while doing the rest of the cooking!

Add olive oil, sear ribs in grease.  Remove ribs.
Add carrots, onions, shallots, cook for a couple minutes.  Add broth, scrape bottom of pan to get the little browned bits off.

Add tomato paste, vinegar to just about cover ribs, more salt and pepper, and the rosemary and thyme.  Put the lid on and put in the oven for 2 hours.  Reduce heat and cook for 30-45 more minutes.

Pull out and let sit for 20 minutes with the lid on before serving.


Sunday, June 29, 2014

Smoky Crockpot Chicken Soup

This recipe is based off of The Freckled Foodie

Into a crockpot, put:
~ 3 lbs. chicken thighs (I shredded them after they were done cooking - they fall apart)
2 small onions, chopped
3 stalks celery, chopped
2 small sweet potatoes, chopped
spoonful of garlic paste
1 T dried basil
2 T tomato paste
2 T South African Smoke Seasoning from Trader Joe's.  (It's Paprika, basil, salt, and garlic.  And it's amazing.)
28 oz. can diced tomatoes (fire roasted)
Can of coconut milk

Cook for 8 hours.

It's delicious, but I didn't do well with the veggies/meat ratio.  I'll add more veggies to the leftovers.


Saturday, June 14, 2014

Sweet Potato Flatbreads

This recipe is from 21 Day Sugar Detox Cookbook by Diane Sanfilippo.

Mix together:
2 medium sweet potatoes
4 eggs
2 T gelatin (the kind that gels)
1/4 cup coconut oil
shake of salt
enough coconut flour to make it seem the right sticky-dough consistency

Divide into 16 little patties on parchment-lined sheets, cook at 400 F for 20 minutes, flipping them a little over half way through.

Really good with honey, which I'm pretty sure is not allowed if you're actually doing the sugar detox.