Sauerkraut, straight up

Sauerkraut. You either have fond memories of dancing the Polka at Oktoberfest or your grandma opening up a can (with a can opener) of the most foul-smelling concoction you’ve ever let your nose experience. What if I told you that the canned stuff, the stuff we’ve become accustomed to isn’t the same stuff that our ancestors ate… and that what they ate actually tasted good? Well, I’m telling you. It’s delicious. And the probiotics are even better than what you can get in yogurt (which only has a few strains, wild fermentation has many many more stains of good bacteria in it). See? Here’s a fancy chart to illustrate it:

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I’ve had a hankering for some good Polish hunter’s stew. Unfortunately, the main ingredient is sauerkraut and I have none… so this hankering is going to have to wait. Oh well – in a few weeks, you’ll see a post for the best stew that will get your blood flowing again. Seriously. It’s that good. And it has 3 kinds of meat in it – mostly bacon.

I outlined the necessary supplies on my fermented red potatoes post so check that out before you start. If you want more information about why sauerkraut is good for you, check out my Latin American sauerkraut recipe. Also, when you go and buy your cabbage, don’t waste your money on the organic stuff – cabbage is one of the Clean 15. Going to WinCo or some other bargain grocer and spending $.50 per pound is perfectly acceptable and it’s what I do! That makes two liters of finished sauerkraut cost me about $5 total. I can buy a pint and a half of raw sauerkraut at the store for $10. Umm – yea. I’ll take my deal any day.

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Sauerkraut

  • 2 heads cabbage, washed and shredded, with two whole leaves set aside
  • 3 tbsp sea salt, non-iodized (iodine kills bacteria… which is not what we want)
    1. In a large bowl sturdy bowl (I use a massive stainless steel bowl), mix all of the ingredients.
    2. Now comes the fun part: Pound with a wooden pounder or meat hammer for about 10 minutes, until the cabbage starts juicing well. You will see it becoming more and more wet as the time goes on and when it is finished, you will be able to squeeze some in your hand and have the juices run between your fingers.
    3. Place in 1- or 2- quart, wide mouth mason jars and press down firmly until juices come to the top of the cabbage. Do this in small increments, making sure to have all of the air bubbles pressed out.
    4. Stuff one of the saved whole leaves down around the cabbage, being careful not to rip the leaf, to get out all air bubbles and to keep the mash down below the juice level.
    5. Using a clean, round and flat river rock (not bigger than the mouth of the jar) or a glass dunker, place on top of the whole leaf and push down. This will keep the mash below the juice level for the whole fermenting process. It is okay if the top of the rock or dunker is above the juice a little bit.
    6. With a clean rag, clean the lip of the jar and place the lid on the jars and let sit on the counter for 14 days (after three days, there will be bacteria growth and after 14 days, there is a more complete panel). A cool place (65 degrees Fahrenheit) is best as the warmer temperatures help bad bacteria grow.
    7. Place in the refrigerator and let sit for an additional week – do not open during this time. So, your kraut will have fermented for three weeks total.
    8. Open jars once a day during the sitting-on-counter phase to allow gas to escape. 
    9. Sauerkraut will keep indefinitely in the fridge. Enjoy!

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    Note: If the sauerkraut doesn’t smell sour, pickle-y, or kraut-y or is growing black sludge, toss it out! You’ll know if it smells bad (as in going to kill you). Lacto-fermentation, what this process is called, is very very safe. However, there are times where the tools are not clean and bad bacteria gets in. The best way to prevent this is to use a clean workspace and a clean jar. As always, wash your hands thoroughly prior to beginning.

Taco Seasoning Mix

I recently purchased a bunch of grass-fed beef and the cow is in process so… I have to clean out my freezer. Which means I eat my older beef as quickly as possible. Makes a lot of sense, doesn’t it? This morning it was taco meat. I ate it with some scrambled eggs and guacamole for a delish high-fat/high-calorie meal (it’s cold, windy and rainy over here in Western Oregon). I guess you could say I’m jonesing for more tropical climates… or San Diego. Which ever is cheapest.

Okay. So, here’s my super easy recipe. I make a whole bunch of it up at once and buy my spices organic and in bulk. There are probably places that you can do this from wherever you live. Here in Portland, we have Bob’s Red Mill over in Milwaukie. They have bulk organic spices and really reasonable prices. I buy my own spice jars and have cute labels. Heck. I even alphabetize my spices. Don’t judge me. You know you do it, too. First and second letter. I need a life. 😛

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Okay, so once I’ve made a mega batch of taco seasoning mix, I dump it in a half-pint mason jar and put a lid on it. I mark on the lid my ratio – 1 ½ tbsp mix (sometimes I feel like having a bit more zip and throw a bit more in) to a half cup of water. Below is the recipe for a single batch and is for a pound of beef. If cooking more beef, simply double, triple, etc the recipe. When I make my large quantities, I usually make 6 batches at once – those are included in the parenthesis. Enjoy!

Taco Seasoning Mix

  • 1 tbsp chili powder (6 tbsp)
  • 2 tsp dried minced onion (4 tbsp)
  • 1 tsp sea salt (2 tbsp)
  • 1 ½ tsp ground cumin (3 tbsp)
  • ½ tsp red pepper flakes (1 tbsp)
  • 1/8 – ¼ tsp cayenne pepper (¾ tsp to 1 ½ tsp)
  • ¼ tsp dried oregano (1 ½ tsp)
  1. Mix the seasoning and seal in a air-tight container.

To make taco meat:

  • 3 tbsp taco seasoning mix (may be a bit scant if you are using less cayenne pepper)
  • 1 pound lean, grass-fed organic ground beef
  • ½ cup water
  1. Brown 1 lb beef in a medium-sized skillet over medium heat. Drain fat if desired. (I leave it in, personally.)
  2. Toss in taco seasoning mix and water and stir until incorporated.
  3. Simmer on medium-low until water is evaporated.
  4. Serve immediately.

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Note: I included the tag for nightshade-free because spices affect most people differently than the actual fruit or vegetable. If you are still sensitive to peppers and this includes spices, disregard this recipe.

Fermented Garlic

I’m a few days late and I missed a few posts… but I was busy trying not to get sick and working long hours (never a good combo). Here’s what I managed to jot down in my free time. 🙂

This stuff. This stuff right here is going to be our savior from the impending vampire apocalypse. Okay. Maybe not. But when my roommate’s fiance saw the massive crock of garlic fermenting on the kitchen counter, he did ask me if I was getting ready to ward off vampires. Without blinking an eye, I replied, “Of course I am.” haha! And if by “vampires”, he meant flu season, than I really wasn’t lying.

Fermented garlic is about the easiest thing possible. But it takes three months to make. That’s right. And you can’t touch it or open it. It’s brutal. The end result makes it all worthwhile – you have a product that tastes like garlic, but isn’t hot like usual raw garlic. In fact, garlic in and of itself is pretty amazing.

It’s a natural antimicrobial. Here’s the study from the National Institute of Health if you don’t believe me. The abstract:

Allicin, one of the active principles of freshly crushed garlic homogenates, has a variety of antimicrobial activities. Allicin in its pure form was found to exhibit i) antibacterial activity against a wide range of Gram-negative and Gram-positive bacteria, including multidrug-resistant enterotoxicogenic strains of Escherichia coli; ii) antifungal activity, particularly against Candida albicans; iii) antiparasitic activity, including some major human intestinal protozoan parasites such as Entamoeba histolytica and Giardia lamblia; and iv) antiviral activity. The main antimicrobial effect of allicin is due to its chemical reaction with thiol groups of various enzymes, e.g. alcohol dehydrogenase, thioredoxin reductase, and RNA polymerase, which can affect essential metabolism of cysteine proteinase activity involved in the virulence of E. histolytica.

In normal speak, there’s a compound called allicin which is contained in raw garlic. It has four main antimicrobial activities when used in its pure form, i.e. raw. First, it is effective in fighting e.coli. Second, it’s an anti-fungal and some people will put it on fungal infections on the skin or, ingested, it will help with a candida overgrowth. Third, it’s a natural anti-parasitic. And, finally, it’s an antiviral. That last point – I’m digging it. Next time the doctor says you have a virus and there’s nothing you can do, go home and eat some garlic. I don’t like the heat of raw garlic and cooking it makes you lose the qualities… so a few months ago, I started fermenting some.

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There’s more health benefits associated with garlic and I’ll post those later. I’m lazy. And on my lunch break. 🙂

Fermented Garlic

  • lots of heads of garlic – enough to fit in the desired jar you’ll be using
  • A jar with a lid, make sure it’s clean – I wrote about which kinds of jars I like when I posted the South American Sauerkraut recipe
  • 33 grams Kosher sea salt (NO IODINE!)
  • a scale that will weigh the sea salt
  • 1 qt water, left on the counter for 30 minutes without a lid (so the chlorine evaporates off)
  1. Remove the garlic paper/peels, bruised spots, and any green shoots.
  2. Weigh out salt and add to water. Stir until dissolved.
  3. Place garlic in the jar, arraigning it so it’s packed in.
  4. Slowly pour the salt water over garlic and carefully work any remaining air bubbles.
  5. Place a dunker in the jar (a clean rock or glass plate), seal the lid and let sit. This stuff with foam and leak! Place it in a dish and “burp” it a few times a day at the onset.
  6. Let sit on the counter for about one month and then place in the fridge and let it sit for another month or two.

Feel free to sample a garlic clove to test for “doneness” – the clove should no longer be hot and you should be able to eat lots and lots without burning your mouth. If it is still hot, seal the jar back up and let it sit in the fridge for a bit longer. Also, if the brine starts to look cloudy with small white particulates, that’s alright – you’re doing it correctly. If it starts to grow mold, dump it out.

Latin American Sauerkraut

If you had asked me six months ago if I thought I would be fermenting my own sauerkraut, I would have looked at you like you were crazy. Now I find myself fermenting sauerkraut and loving it. It’s delicious. And fresh. And so so so different from the crap you buy in a jar at the grocery store. Imagine that! Fresh sauerkraut is crunchy, tangy, and not overly vinegary. And, most importantly, it’s easy. Oh, and it’s good for you. Like, really really really good for you. In case you haven’t caught my drift, here’s one more “really” to get my point across: REALLY.

And it tastes really good. As in my friends who were lamenting that they “hate sauerkraut” and “how could you make this” blah, blah, blah, LOVED it. In fact, they loved it so much, they might have eaten the rest of my lunch.

Now, if you’ve never had fresh fermented foods: be cautious. Too much could cause die-off and no one wants that. Seriously. It’s not fun. Die-off is caused when the bacteria and yeast in your gut die off and start releasing their toxins into your system. The result: what looks like, acts like and feels like the flu. But really isn’t the flu. Try telling that to your body. Which means…

  • muscle aches
  • fever
  • chills
  • headaches
  • skin rashes
  • brain fog
  • excess mucus production
  • increased GI problems – it gets worse before it gets better
  • and a whole myriad of other issues

So now that I have you all terrified, here’s the good news: you have to eat a whole lot to cause it. When you first introduce sauerkraut or other fresh lacto-fermented foods into your diet, do it in small quantities. A small portion of sauerkraut, like a ¼ cup will suffice. And increase from there. You may notice a bit of stomach gurgling after you eat it the first few times – that’s okay. That would be the good bacteria waging a war the likes of the movie “300” on the bad bacteria. 

A few notes before we get started – cabbage is one of the Clean 15 and does not need to be organic. You will need a jar that you can burp. I write about which jars I like in my Fermented Red Potatoes post. And, finally, you will want to put the sauerkraut somewhere where you don’t mind a little stank while it ferments. Some of the juices will leak out and it can be mildly smelly. Not too bad. Make sure you place a pie dish or something under it so you don’t have a huge mess to clean up on your counter.

Latin American Sauerkraut

  • 1 head cabbage, washed, cored and shredded 
  • 1 cup grated carrots
  • 2 medium onions, quartered lengthwise and very finely sliced
  • 1 tbsp dried oregano
  • ¼-½ tsp red pepper flakes
  • 2 tbsp sea salt (no iodine!!!!!!)

  1. In a large bowl sturdy bowl (I use a massive stainless steel bowl), mix all of the ingredients
  2. Now comes the fun part: Pound with a wooden pounder or meat hammer for about 10 minutes, until the cabbage starts juicing well. You will see it becoming more and more wet as the time goes on and when it is finished, you will be able to squeeze some in your hand and have the juices run between your fingers.
  3. Place in 1- or 2- quart, wide mouth mason jars and press down firmly until juices come to the top of the cabbage. Do this in small increments, making sure to have all of the air bubbles pressed out.
  4. Place the lid on the jars and let sit on the counter for 14 days (after three days, there will be bacteria growth and after 14 days, there is a more complete panel). Place in the refrigerator and let sit for an additional week – do not open during this time.
  5. Open jars once a day during the sitting-on-counter phase to allow gas to escape. 
  6. Sauerkraut will keep indefinitely in the fridge. Enjoy!

Recipe from Nourishing Traditions by Sally Fallon.

Chicken Fat

Today’s blog post will probably go against everything that you’ve ever been taught about how to eat. I suggest you sit while you read it. I, probably like many of you, grew up under the notion that consuming animal skin was bad for you. There was so much fat and fat and more fat that it was just no bueno. Ready to have your world rocked?

Wrong-o.

Consuming chicken skin isn’t bad for you. Nor is rendering the fat from it. Only one caveat: not all skins are created equal. Meaning that if we’re talking about our “normal bought at a conventional store” product, probably not the best idea. The skin and fat stores things – like toxins, excess self-produced hormones (chickens are not allowed to be fed/injected with hormones in the US, if you buy chicken because it’s “hormone-free”, you’re being duped) and other icky stuff you really don’t want in your body. 

Conventional chicken skins are raised in a mass barn, where the chickens are crammed in with each other, often walking on dead chickens, with no sunlight and crappy feed. Mmmm… I don’t know about you, but if I were being raised that way, I’d probably be pretty sickly, not grow well and be nutrient deficient. The same goes for the birds – if they’re raised in a crappy environment, they’re not going to produce the same quality of meat which means you’re not going to get the same nutrient panel from them. So, moral of the story: eating organic, free-range humanely raised chicken isn’t just a Portlandia joke, it’s really really much better for your health.

Now to talk about chicken feed. There’s a newish movement to feed chickens vegetarian feed. When you see that, think chemical shit storm. Seriously. While chickens aren’t allowed to be given hormones, they’re allowed to be given soy…. which acts an an estradiol. Which means… they’re being given a nutrient that works to create excess hormones in their body. See where I’m going with this?  mmmm – excess estrogen ingested into our bodies. Sign me up for none of that, please.

Further, chickens don’t eat soy. Nor do they eat a vegetarian diet. Like most birds, they’re foragers. And they eat bugs. They’re actually really good at bug population control – especially ticks and mosquitos. Those bird brains LOVE to eat them. A chicken that eats a natural diet is going to yield more healthful nutrients in its skin – like high levels of vitamin D3 and gut-healing properties. So… what does all of this have to do with chicken skins?

I buy my chicken skins from New Seasons here in Portland. A few times a year, I give the butcher at my local store a ring and request some of the organic, free-range chicken skins. He quotes me at $.99/lb and I tell him I want 5 pounds. It’s pretty easy. As he processes the meat, he throws them into a bag and puts it in the deep freeze. I get a call after a few days saying that my skins are ready and I drive over to pick them up and get a few weird looks/questions while I’m at it. You can set up a similar scenario at your local organic/natural foods store – but the prices will vary from store to store so go with what your butcher tells you. 🙂 I portion the skins out and freeze them into quart bags. I’ll process one pound at a time – it usually renders around a pint and a half. If any of you are good at math, that’s super cheap.

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Okay – so enough rambling. Here’s what I do to render the fat and eat the skins.

Chicken Fat

  • 1 pound chicken fat, washed and cut into smaller pieces (check for boney pieces and cut them out)
  • ½ cup of water
  • a large stock pot and a splatter screen (those things pop!)
  1. Layer the chicken skins on the bottom of a deep skillet or a dutch oven (I prefer the dutch oven, personally.)
  2. Dump the water in the pot and turn the stove top on to medium-high heat.
  3. Mix occasionally.
  4. You will start seeing golden fat float to the top along with some pieces of skin – it it looks more like skin and less like fried crispy goodness, keep going. Also, if you still see bubbles coming up from the bottom of the pan, keep going. This indicates water is still at the bottom. And when you use the fat, it’ll pop and you’ll get burned with hot oil. Again, no bueno.
  5. When the bubbles stop rising and the skin is completely golden and crispy, you’re done.
  6. Let the fat cool for a minute or two and prepare a fine mesh colander with some cheesecloth (this strains out the cracklings and small pieces). Place in a bowl and pour the fat through it.
  7. Allow to cool for a few minutes before transferring it to your glass storage container. Label and place in the fridge. Fat will last for a long, long while.
  8. With the cracklings, sprinkle some sea salt or pink salt and let cool – they make a healthy and delicious snack. Enjoy!

I use the fat to cook everything from eggs to smothering it between the skin and meat of a whole chicken to pan frying my broccoli to sauteing just about any vegetable.  Also, if you need more fat in the pan while you’re cooking, don’t be afraid of glopping it in. The uses are endless. Enjoy!

Adobo Sweet Potato Fries

I had you at sweet potato, didn’t I? If there is one vegetable that I can binge on, and really, there are many, it would be a sweet potato. I mean, seriously. They’re glorious. I’ve been on a sweet and spicy kick lately and have been craving chocolate with cayenne peppers or sweet and spicy chicken (I really need to paleo-ize that) or… you get my drift.

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Just a quick note: Sweet Potatoes aren’t part of the Dirty Dozen. In fact, they’re really low on the pesticide scale so you don’t have to buy organic. (And the Environmental Working Group, link above, has a great app you can download on your smartphone to help you remember!) They are not a GMO product so feel free to save a few dollars and buy conventional on this one.

Also, I make my own adobo seasoning blend and use it in just about everything. I’ll make it in large batches and store it in a pint sized mason jar with the ingredients and measurements written on the lid. The recipe for the adobo seasoning is below.

Enjoy!

Adobo Sweet Potato Fries

  • 5 small Sweet Potatoes, scrubbed and de-eyed, sliced into thin strips (no more than 1/2” x 1/2”)
  • 2-3 tbsp Adobo Seasoning (see below for seasoning mix)
  • 3 tbsp Coconut Oil, melted
  1. Preheat oven to 400 degrees Fahrenheit and place a sheet of parchment paper onto a jellyroll pan.
  2. In a large bowl, toss the sweet potato strips, coconut oil and 2 tbsp adobo seasoning until well coated.
  3. Lay out in a single layer on the prepared pan and toss with the remaining adobo seasoning – or as much as you see fit.
  4. Bake for 15 minutes, remove pan from oven and toss, and bake for another 10 minutes or until desired.

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Adobo Seasoning

  • 1 1/2 tsp salt
  • 1 tsp paprika
  • ¾ tsp ground black pepper
  • ½ tsp onion powder
  • ½ tsp dried oregano
  • ½ tsp ground cumin
  • ¼ tsp garlic powder
  • ¼ tsp chili powder

Mix together and store in a sealed container (I use a mini mason jar or a clean and empty spice jar).

PIZZA!!!!!! (and it’s paleo!)

A few months ago, I tried to make paleo pizza dough but it was an abysmal failure. After scouring Pinterest (yes, I’m addicted to that as much as I am to running), I decided to modify a recipe and lose the cheese.

Apparently you really do need cheese sometimes – it was barely palatable to say the least.

This last week, the cravings for carbs and protein hit like none other thanks to my new attempts at CrossFit (I look like a flailing goat or some other highly pathetic animal but I plan on mastering it). Grocery shopping was not in the gameplan – it’s the end of the month which equals time to get creative, make mistakes (hopefully they taste good), and only get messy enough that I don’t destroy my kitchen…. oh, and not spend any money.

The pizza was delicious and both paleo and non-paleo roommates enjoyed it thoroughly, with a request to make it again soon. If the non-paleo likes it,  you know it’s good!

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Paleo Pizza
For the crust:

  • ½ head of caulflower, “riced”
  • 2 ½ tbsp coconut flour
  • 2 eggs, beaten
  • dash of salt

Toppings:

  • 1 bottle Trader Joe’s Artichoke Antipasto Pesto (or whatever it was called – it’s not paleo because of the oil type but it was on my shelf from who knows when and I wanted to get rid of it) OR you can do my Tomato-Free “Tomato” Marinara
  • ½ medium Onion, sliced very thinly
  • 5-6 cloves of Garlic, sliced thin
  • a few handfuls of Arugula
  • ½# Ground Chicken sauteed with 3 cloves minced garlic, salt and pepper
  • A handful of Organic Grape Tomatoes, halved (omit if on SCD or anti-inflammatory diets)
  • Kalamata Olives, halved and pits removed
  • salt and pepper
  • Seriously. Whatever you have in your fridge.
  1. Preheat oven to 425 degrees Fahrenheit.
  2. In a food processor, process small amounts of cauliflower until they are the size of small tapioca, scraping down the sides as needed. You may need to remove any large pieces and put them in the next batch so you don’t juice your cauliflower. Remove and dump into a bowl. Repeat until all cauliflower has been riced.
  3. Mix in remaining ingredients (you could put some herbs in for some extra something).
  4. Line a pan with parchment paper and pat out a crust. Precook for 15 minutes, or until the sides of the crust are starting to turn golden brown.
  5. Remove from the oven and place toppings on. Place back in oven for 15 min, or until the bottom of the crust is a light golden brown.
  6. Let cool for a few minutes, cut and serve! Note: This is an"eat with fork and knife" crust – I haven’t perfected the crunchy crust quite yet but am working on it!image

They say good things happen to those who wait. If that’s the case than my latest concoction won’t be ready for another 24 hours.

What is it I’m making?

Broth. Amazing, down-home, the-best-broth-of-your-life, broth.

My mother recently took a broth making class here in the Portland area and, upon returning home, apologized for not having made us good broth growing up. So what makes blasé broth amazing? Time. And ingredients. But mostly time.

Instead of going out and buying new veggies, save the scraps of organic carrots (except the stem ends), celery, fennel, onion peels (the paper and ends), and whatever else you may want to add. Also, save everything from the chicken – and I mean everything. If your butcher has cleaned chicken feet, throw a few in as well. If they have chicken skins, throw a bit of those in, too.

Have fun with the spices – I enjoy fresh thyme, rosemary, juniper berries (only 4 or 5 in a pot), pepper corns, and bay leaves. Add a bit of raw apple cider vinegar (about 2 tbsp). Brag’s is a great option. Throw everything in a stock pot, top off with filtered water and simmer on low for about 15 hours, or until the bones can be broken between your fingers. (Beef bones may be a bit longer.)

Strain the broth using a fine mesh colander and a cheese cloth. Toss the veggies in the trash – don’t compost them due to the meat product in them. Also, don’t toss the fat layer on top – it has gut-healing properties, wonderful for people with a leaky-gut. The broth won’t be a light color at all but a deep amber so don’t be worried. Season with sea salt toward the end of cooking or the saltiness will be overwhelming.

And enjoy! I drink it out of a mug, add it to my (fresh) veggies when I roast them, and make paleo soup. The stock will be highly concentrated so a little bit will go a long way.

Leek and Lemon Roasted Chicken

I have a confession to make.

I ate too much for dinner. It was delicious. Beyond delicious.

Why didn’t I ever think to use leeks for a chicken before?! (Okay, my mom did this and I stole it and now I’m marketing it as mine.) Regardless, I’m looking forward to leftovers. Moreover, I’m looking forward to the pan drippings for future gravy, rendered fat, and soup stock that this chicken will give me. I also froze the liver for future use. I’ll save all of the bones and skin as I eat the chicken and use them for soup stock – the meat will be picked off first and frozen separately. I’ll have a how-to for chicken stock in a few weeks – I just need to collect some more bones.

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So, here’s what I did. And I apologize if you’re loosening a belt buckle or two at the end of your meal. I know I sure feel like I need to. 🙂

Leek and Lemon Roasted Chicken

  • 1 whole 4-lb chicken, pasture-raised, organic, soy and corn-free
  • 1 organic lemon, cut into ¼-inch thick slices
  • 1 organic leek, thinly sliced – both the white and the green parts
  • ½ stick organic grass-fed butter, cut into tbsp increments or rendered chicken fat
  • kosher salt
  1. Preheat oven to 275 degrees Fahrenheit.
  2. Place the thinly sliced leek at the bottom of an 8-inch or 10-inch  cast iron skillet, top with 1 tbsp butter (I cut it into smaller pieces on top of the leeks).
  3. Remove any remaining feathers from the chicken and remove any innards in the chicken. Put the liver in a storage container and throw it in the freezer. 🙂 It’s super healthy.
  4. Throw the neck in the freezer for broth later on. Might as well kill two birds with one stone. Pun intended.
  5. Separate the skin covering the breast from the meat and rub the remaining butter in between.
  6. Tuck the chicken legs and wings in so they’re not hanging out of the pan.
  7. Place chicken in the oven and cook at 275 degrees Fahrenheit for three hours.
  8. Increase the heat to 375 degrees Fahrenheit and cook for an additional 45 minutes, or the juices run clear and the internal temperature is 165 degrees Fahrenheit. Remove from oven and let it sit for 5-10 minutes (until the juices are set) and then carve.
  9. Serve with the drippings poured over the chicken for extra deliciousness and enjoy!

Salmon Patties and Paleo Tartar Sauce

I was craving salmon the other day and since I’ve gone on this diet, my cravings have shifted – where I once craved chocolate, I still crave chocolate. Okay. Bad example. Where I once craved salt and vinegar potato chips for my salt intake, I now crave pistachios. The other thing I’ve started doing – listening to my cravings.  It’s my body’s way of telling me I need more of a mineral or vitamin. But, back to the salmon.

It’s possible that salmon just might be the best fish ever. And I’m not talking farmed salmon, I’m talking about wild-caught Pacific Northwest salmon. And if you’re looking for a quick and easy dinner on a hot night, this is perfect. (Such as tonight if you’re in NW Oregon.)

I used canned salmon. It’s quick, it’s cheap, and it’s there. A little note about the salmon, it’s canned in its skin and with bones. Simply remove the skin as you remove the salmon from the can. As for the bones, squish them and add them to the mix. They’ll fall apart quickly and are a great source of calcium. That and it’s kind of fun to feel the spine pop. Yes, I’m aware that’s gross. But it’s what you do.

The patties go together well enough. And toss in a few key ingredients and you’re there. Served on a bed of fresh greens and it’s a perfect hot night dinner item.

Enjoy!

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Salmon Patties

  • 1 15-oz can canned Pacific Northwest or Alaskan Wild Caught Salmon, drained
  • 2 Tbsp (to 1/4 cup) coconut flour
  • 2 eggs, slightly beaten
  • 2 ribs celery, diced
  • ½ red onion, diced
  • 1 Tbsp dill seed
  • ¾ tsp dried lemon peel (it was all I had around)
  • ¼ tsp kosher salt
  • ¼ tsp black pepper
  • Coconut Oil (for the skillet)
  • Tartar Sauce (see below)
  • Butter lettuce or your favorite salad greens
  1. In a bowl, mix the salmon and the celery and onion.
  2. Add the spices and mix.
  3. Add the eggs and mix until blended.
  4. Add the coconut flour a little bit at a time, stirring until the mixture isn’t too moist or too dry. You should be able to form a ball and flatten it without it falling apart.
  5. Shape the mixture into patties – patties should be between 2 and 3″ wide and place in a skillet with 2 tbsp coconut oil over medium heat.
  6. Cook both sides until golden brown, roughly 3-5 minutes each. Put in an oven-safe container and keep in the oven to stay warm.
  7. Serve with tartar sauce or lemon juice and on a bed of butter lettuce (or greens of choice).

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Tartar  Sauce

  • 1 cup Homemade Mayo
  • 1-2 Tbsp honey
  • 1-2 Tbsp lemon juice
  • 3 raw and probiotic dill pickles, minced
  • ¼ tsp kosher salt
  • few cranks of the black pepper

Mix all ingredients and enjoy! You may have to play around a bit with the recipe to get your desired taste but, that’s the joy of homemade condiments! Serve atop your favorite fish.

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