Monday, July 30, 2012

Justin's Spicy Italian Chicken Sausage with Fire Roasted Tomato Sauce and Vegetable Medley

This is a recipe Justin created that is amazingly delicious, easy and inexpensive to make. It also satisfies any pizza or Italian food craving you might have. Spicy chicken sausage pairs well with garlic and fire roasted tomatoes. Zucchini, mushrooms and kale are the perfect vegetables to soak up the bold sauce. Soon you will be craving this on a regular basis!

1 pound fresh spicy Italian chicken sausage (removed from casing)
1 small bunch fresh kale (stems removed and torn into small pieces)
1 cup sliced crimini mushrooms
1 can organic preservative free petite diced fire roasted tomatoes
1 small sweet onion sliced
3 small cloves fresh garlic minced
1 medium zucchini diced
1 small can no salt added tomato sauce
1 teaspoon dried basil
1 teaspoon dried oregano
Sea salt and black pepper to taste

1.) Place 1 tablespoon EVOO in a large cast iron skillet. Add onions and garlic. Sauté over medium high heat for 5 minutes or until onions start to carmelize.
2.) Add in sausage, mushrooms, basil, oregano, sea salt and pepper to skillet. Continue cooking until sausage is no longer pink (about 10 min).
3.) Mix together in skillet zucchini, diced tomatoes, tomato sauce and kale. Reduce heat to low, cover with lid and simmer for 5 minutes.
4.) Remove from heat and serve.

BBQ Grass Fed Beef Brisket

BBQ is a delicious way to prepare meat that is perfect for entertaining or a simple week night meal. Beef brisket is full of flavor and becomes fall apart tender when cooked for hours over low heat. Serve the brisket with all natural BBQ sauce or a selection of sauces with different flavors for everyone to experiment with. Enjoy!

2.5-3 pounds grass fed beef brisket (score the meat on both sides)
1 small onion chopped
3 cloves garlic diced
1 teaspoon liquid smoke
1/2 cup Scotch or dry white wine
Sea salt and fresh ground black pepper
Paleo BBQ Sauce or organic preservative free BBQ sauce

1.) In a large crock pot place onions, garlic, Scotch and beef in a single layer. Season with liquid smoke, sea salt and black pepper. Cover with lid and turn on low.
2.) Continue cooking brisket for 8-10 hours on low or until tender.
3.) Serve with BBQ sauce.

Sunday, July 29, 2012

Grass Fed Ribeye with Garlic Asparagus

Nothing is more satisfying than rich grass fed fat marbled through a ribeye steak and cooked to perfection. A grill is not needed to cook a steak if you have the right equipment in the kitchen, a.k.a a cast iron skillet. This dish truly reflects what Paleo is all about...delicious quality meat paired with a savory vegetable side. Simplicity and elegance all in one!

1 pound grass fed Ribeye steak
Sea salt
Fresh ground black pepper

1.) Lay steak out on plate at room temperature for 30-45 minutes prior to cooking. Coat steak with fresh ground pepper on both sides to taste. Season steak with sea salt right before cooking.
2.) Pre heat broiler. Next heat 1/2 teaspoon of EVOO in a cast iron skillet over medium high heat. Once skillet in smoking hot, add in steak. Let cook for 4 minutes. Flip steak and cook an additional 4 minutes. Flip steak again and place under broiler.
3.) Broil steak for 1-2 minutes per side until the desired wellness is reached.
4.) Let steak rest 5-10 minutes before serving.