Recipes

Beef. It’s what’s for dinner. Or Fish. Or Chicken.

I get asked a lot for recipes for simple things like steak, chicken or fish. Most weeknights I shoot for a 30-45 minute dinner prep. There is a standard formula for dinner. Protein + 2 veggies + optional salad. I don’t reinvent the wheel here people it’s all pretty basic. What you’ll need is a couple different seasoning blends, butter/ghee/coconut oil or a steamer. When we first started the food plan we had to clean out our pantry of everything that was off limits. This not only included processed foods and grains, but we had to clean out our spice cupboard as well. Many of the rejected items had sugar or msg in them. No thanks! We kept everything that was safe, and we’ve switched or replenished with organic options.

We get the, “So what do you eat?!” question a lot. When we say we eat a lot of salmon we get varied reactions, but almost always someone will say how salmon is too fishy. I LOVE the salmon I cook, but I rarely order it when we are out because it’s either bland or too fishy. Here is the secret: 
Blackened Redfish Magic it is all natural, no preservatives, msg and gluten-free, plus it’s Kosher. This seasoning makes just about everything taste amazing.

Blackened Salmon

Salmon filets cut into individual portions. Leave skin on
Blackened Redfish Magic
Butter/Ghee to cook with

DIRECTIONS

  1. Preheat oven to 430°F
  2. Sprinkle Blackened Redfish Magic onto one side of the fish. Both sides if it is skinless. (This blend can be quite spicy, so you may want to start off with a little and work your way up)
  3. Heat a cast iron or oven-safe skillet over medium to med-high heat.
  4. Add 1-2 tablespoons of butter or ghee to pan
  5. When fat has melted and before it starts to smoke add fish skin side up to pan. (Make sure you have your hood fan on and open a window if you have used a lot of seasoning. It will cause some smoke.)
  6. Cook for 2-3 minutes on this side. Flip over and cook another 2-3 minutes.
  7. Put the whole skillet into the oven until your preferred level of doneness.
  8. If you do not like to eat the skin it will stick a little to the bottom of your skillet making it super easy to insert the spatula right above it and gently lift the fish off.

You can substitute steak or chicken for the fish for the same results. I would definitely use ghee for those options though as it will cause less smoking, and therefore less fire alarms. Usually though I use The Meat House‘s New England Garlic Pepper for steaks, and Kirkland’s Organic No-Salt Seasoning (from Costco) for chicken. This is a great blend for Roasted Chicken. Stuff it with a lemon and a head of garlic, and sprinkle this inside and out. Yum! The Meat House is located in Brea next to Mother’s Market.

These are all seasonings I have found and experimented with on my own. I am not getting paid to talk about them here. The links above will take you to the respective online stores where you can purchase them if you would like.

I then cook 2 different kinds of veggies, steamed broccoli or cauliflower, carrots, butternut squash, green beans, roasted radishes or Brussels sprouts, sautéed asparagus or mushrooms. All quick and easy! Cullen and I like to have salad with dinner, but I’m having a hard time finding a good dressing. Most blends have sugar, and honey has such a distinctive flavor that I worry it will not go well with Italian seasonings. My father-in-law makes a bomb Stinky Salad dressing with olive oil, garlic, vinegar and italian seasoning, but I have failed making it every time I try it. I guess I’ll just have to have him make a gallon of it when he comes to visit.

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Lemon Squares – Grain-free & dairy-free

I have been experimenting with baked goods, and outside of the actual GAPS cookbook there are not a lot of recipes that are “legal” for our food plan. I’ve tried muffins and they are a little on the dry side, and don’t feel like a treat, although they are great snacks. I won’t even go in to the whole bread debacle (I have given up bread, it’s not gonna happen). Lemon squares were one of my favorite things growing up, and I hoped that without the need for baking soda I could tweak my recipe to be legal. After several attempts.. Mission accomplished.

Lemon Squares

CRUST
2 cups blanched almond flour*
1/2 teaspoon sea salt
2 tablespoon ghee OR virgin, cold-pressed, unrefined coconut oil (melted)**
1 tablespoon vanilla extract (gluten-free, organic)
1 pastured egg

TOPPING
1/4 cup virgin, cold-pressed, unrefined coconut oil (or pastured butter if tolerated)
1/4 cup raw honey
3 large eggs
1/2 cup freshly squeezed lemon juice (I like to use Meyer lemons) Usually about 3-4 lemons.

DIRECTIONS

  1. Preheat the oven to 350°F.
  2. Grease a 9×13″ baking dish with ghee or coconut oil.
  3. To make the crust, combine almond flour and salt in a Food processor and pulse briefly. Add ghee, egg and vanilla extract and pulse until mixture forms a ball. Press the dough into prepared baking dish. The crust will be only on the bottom, it will not extend up the sides.
  4. Bake for 15-17 minutes, until lightly golden.
  5. While crust bakes, make the topping. In a blender combine the coconut oil (or butter), honey, eggs and lemon juice. Blend on high until smooth. Remove crust from oven and pour topping over hot crust.
  6. Bake for 15-20 minutes until the topping is golden.
  7. Cool in baking dish for 30 minutes, then refrigerate for 2 hours to set.
  8. Cut into bars and serve.

OPTIONAL
I have added a raspberry puree to these for a slightly more tart version and it was delicious. It’s a great option when raspberries are in season.

RASPBERRY PUREE

1 package of raspberries
2 tablespoons raw honey
1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract

  1. Puree raspberries in a blender until smooth.
  2. Pour through a medium-fine strainer to remove the seeds.
  3. Discard the seeds and place the raspberries into a saucepan over medium heat.
  4. Add honey and vanilla extract. Stir and raise heat to medium-high to bring mixture to a rolling boil stirring frequently for 3-5 minutes. Be careful not to burn the honey.
  5. Remove pan from heat and place in refrigerator for 10 minutes.
  6. After you have poured the lemon topping into hot crust, pour raspberry puree into the lemon mixture. It should keep mostly separate so drizzle all over. Continue steps above for baking.

*Honeyville has the best almond flour. Bob’s Red Mill is too coarse and leaves a grainy texture in baked goods. Honeyville is less expensive too, so order it online and store it in your fridge.
**Coconut Oil is solid at room temperature most of the time. My grandma brought back a jar from Arizona and it had completely melted. It has not solidified again, and I am using it for baking as it is so easy to pour into measuring cups and incorporate. It is the Spectrum brand, so I am not sure if it is always liquid or if this was just a fluke.

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Jambalaya

I modified Rachael Ray’s Everything Jambalaya recipe to fit our food plan. I’m not sure if this still counts as jambalaya if it doesn’t have rice or pasta. If you need something to soak it up I imagine that spaghetti squash might be a good option. All of my ingredients are organic, nitrate-free and free range, uncured or wild caught. I have added langostino lobster in sometimes as well.The time is all in the prep for this dish.

Jambalaya

2 tbsp butter/ghee/coconut oil
1 lb boneless chicken, cubed (can be white or dark meat, with skin or without)
1 lb Applegate chicken andouille sausage (uncured, nitrate free, organic) sliced
1 lb raw, medium shrimp, deveined and peeled
1 onion, chopped
2 celery stalks, chopped
1 green bell pepper, chopped
1 bay leaf
2 pinches cayenne pepper (if you use my chili powder recipe then reserve the extra cayenne for your tastes, the chili powder alone is a lot of kick).
1 tsp cumin
2 tsp chili powder
1 tsp poultry seasoning
2-3 tbsp nut flour (almond or coconut)
1 140z can diced tomatoes in juice
2 cups homemade chicken stock or broth
Celtic sea salt and fresh ground black pepper
Chopped scallions and fresh thyme for garnish, optional

DIRECTIONS

  1. In a skillet over medium heat add butter to pan. Add chicken until brown, about 3 minutes. Add sausage and cook for 2 minutes. Add onion, celery, bell pepper, bay leaf and cayenne and/or chili powder. Cook for another 5 minutes
  2. Sprinkle flour and cook 1-2 minutes. Add tomatoes, broth, cumin and poultry seasoning. Bring to boil.
  3. Add shrimp. Simmer 5 minutes until shrimp is pink and firm.
  4. Ladle into bowls and sprinkle with salt, pepper, scallions and thyme as desired.

Total time: 30 minutes
Serves: 4
Level: Easy 

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Chili Recipe – GAPS friendly, Gluten & Dairy Free

I get asked all the time for my chili recipe. It’s the bomb, but I was sworn to secrecy by the person who gave it to me. However, since switching to the Page Food Plan and moving into the GAPS diet I’ve had to make some slight adjustments to the recipe and therefore see no reason I can’t share the modified recipe. The new version is equally delicious and is totally ok with our diet. Feel free to mix it up for your own use. Be forewarned that this makes an enormous amount of chili, you can freeze half and still feed the whole neighborhood. (Not really, but close). I have tried to “cut it in half” but it doesn’t taste the same. I think a big batch is part of the magic. Prep time is therefore quite a while. I prep all my veggies before I start cooking anything.

Then I make my own chili powder

Chili 

4 lbs of ground meat 
1 lbs bell peppers, chopped – Usually 3-4 large peppers.
1 1/2 lbs onions, chopped – Usually 3-4 med-large onions.
2 heads garlic, finely minced
5 cups diced tomatoes, drained – Usually two 28oz cans of tomatoes.
8-10 carrots, diced
1/2 cup fresh parsley, chopped
1/2 cup butter
1 1/2 tbsp butter
1/3 cup chili powder
1 1/2 tsp cumin
2 tbsp salt
1 1/2 tsp black pepper

DIRECTIONS

  1. Saute bell peppers, onion, garlic and parsley in 1 1/2 tbsp butter until soft and fragrant.
  2. Saute meats in 1/2 cup butter until browned. Do not drain.
  3. Add vegetables and remaining ingredients.
  4. Bring to boil and simmer for 3-4 hours.
  5. Top with diced onions and serve.

Notes:
Meat: I like to use organic grass fed-beef and ground lamb, typically in equal amounts or 3 lbs beef to 1 lbs lamb. Nitrate-free, organic, free-range turkey or chicken works well too. Pick 2 types of meat to use.
Bell Peppers: Any color, I like using 1 of each color, because it looks pretty.
Onions: Again, any color you prefer. I typically use yellow or brown. 
Tomatoes: I use canned organic tomatoes in juice. I don’t have the time to steam, peel and dice whole tomatoes.
Parsley: I have substituted parsley flakes in the past, but fresh is better.
Butter: I use unsalted, pastured butter. Pastured meaning from cows that are grass-fed. The package should say 100% grass-fed otherwise it was probably finished in a feed lot with grain/corn.

But there’s no beans in this chili!! Nope, there’s not. We don’t eat beans. I’ve substituted carrots for beans instead. You can add beans, subtract carrots, you can even add a head of broccoli. (I like the broccoli in it, but none of the boys did).

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Chili Powder Recipe

I use this in Taco Seasoning and in my chili. It’s got a nice kick (said from someone who’s not BIG on spicy food), feel free to use less cayenne if it’s too hot for you. I’m of course only using organic spices with no additional additives. I mix up two batches at once and store in my cupboard in an air tight container. It makes a little over 1/3 cups.

Chili Powder

3 tsp paprika
6 tsp ground cumin
6 tsp garlic powder
3 tsp oregano
3 tsp cayenne pepper

Total Time: Less than 5 minutes
Yields: Between 1/3 and 1/2 cups, Approximately 7 Tablespoons

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