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Top Recipes // July

I’m a bit late – I wanted to post this for July since August will be the month of limited cooking as we’re in transition (I packed up pretty much everything kitchen related yesterday). But here it is! My favorite recipes for last month!

As I mentioned in a previous post, I am looooving this grain-free sandwich/burger bread/bun. It really comes out like it does in that picture. It can be a bit dry, but I guess that also means it’ll last longer? We wouldn’t know. One batch makes 4 buns, I’ve doubled it to make 8.

This bread is also good – a delicious almond & flax seed mix. It’s a nice breakfast bread, and it’s essentially an excuse to get a good serving of Kerrygold butter.

This buffalo shrimp & cabbage salad was SO refreshing. Typically our lunches consist of kale, nuts, avocado (if we have any to spare), olive oil/balsamic vinegar, and some type of meat…sometimes. Needless to say, while I enjoy it, the repetition gets to be a bit much. So when we venture into new territory, it’s exciting. I’d had a head of cabbage in the fridge for…a while, but that’s why I love cabbage. It lasts long, it’s packed with nutrients, and it provides way more servings than you think it will. We also had frozen shrimp in the freezer and kinda improvised with a lot of other ingredients. But all in all, it had the essence of this recipe. It lasted several servings and was super tasty.

Paleo nachos. No explanation needed. This was the inspiration, but we’ve taken it every which way since. And I have not looked back. We always have sweet potatoes on hand, the rest of the ingredients vary. But it’s just.so.good.

Anything with eggs is always a free for all, but Kevin says my sweet potato quiche is the best quiche I’ve ever made – eggs, sweet potatoes (sautéed for a bit), arugula, bell peppers (sautéed with sweet potatoes). And topped with just a bit of sour cream.

My special homemade granola! Reasons I love living by Trader Joe’s – super inexpensive nuts & seeds! Which makes for an awesome grain-free granola. Cashews, pecans, walnuts, sunflower seeds, coconut flakes…smash it all up, add some maple syrup, coconut oil, and salt, and bake for 12 minutes at 350. It’s so good. The perfect snack for me.

And lastly – let’s not forget the buffalo popcorn. A simple & fun snack for hanging out with the husband and watching a movie or playing a board game. Literally, just make some popcorn (pre-bagged or on the stove), heat up some butter & buffalo sauce…mix. Boom.

I’d like to thank pinterest for expanding my horizons.

 

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Grain-free & Dairy-free Shepherd’s Pie

I hope everyone had a wonderful St. Patrick’s Day and remembered to honor the Saint who we celebrate! I didn’t have much time to do anything super special, but we woke up to Celtic music, had Irish Soda Bread, enjoyed shepherd’s pie (below) for lunch, and then Kevin was able to go the Cathedral for midday Mass and get our annual St. Patrick’s Day shamrock! I also listened to the Celtic Pandora station all day at work…so that was a little treat.

If you’re wondering why I was so determined to make Shepherd’s Pie while completing a Whole 30, please read here (where there is also a recipe for compliant Irish Soda Bread).

Bottom line: Shepherd’s Pie is delicious and comforting and, when using the right ingredients, moderately healthy and nutrient dense. So all the Irish and Irish-wannabes enjoy!

Shepherd's Pie

Grain-Free & Dairy-Free Irish Shepherd’s Pie

Filling

  • 1 lb. pastured, organic ground beef
  • 4 organic carrots (chopped 1/4 inch thin)
  • 2 organic celery stalks (chopped 1/4 inch thin)
  • 1 medium onion (diced)
  • 3/4 C organic beef broth
  • 3 Tbsp. organic tomato paste
  • 4 tsp. arrowroot powder (or just thicken to your liking)
  • 1 Tbsp. garlic powder
  • 1 Tbsp. paprika
  • 1 tsp. pepper
  • 1 tsp. salt

Topping

  • 1 cauliflower head
  • 1/4 C coconut milk (full fat)
  • 1 Tbsp. Ghee
  • 1 Tbsp. Garlic Powder

Preheat the oven to 400 degrees (F). For the filling, cook the ground beef in a large pan (very technical terms). Once the meat is cooked through and you’ve added your seasoning, add the chopped carrots, celery, and onions and sauté. Alternate adding the tomato paste, beef broth, and arrowroot powder until you get a nice and thick consistency. Put off to the side. Boil water and throw in the roughly chopped cauliflower (I did this part the night before so I didn’t have to worry about the topping). Once it is soft enough to mash, drain the cauliflower and mash it, mixing in the remaining ingredients. Pour the filling into a lovely 8X8ish dish, and then spread the cauliflower mixture on top. Bake for about 15 minutes and then if you’re feeling daring you can broil it for another 5 minutes to get a nice browned top.

This amount filled me and Kevin for three full meals (with a little side of cabbage and arugula). Super delicious and loaded with flavor, so I don’t feel like I’m missing the dairy that I love so much. So enjoy! And keep it on hand for a festive occasion!

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A few of my favorite things.

It’s funny that my last post was on the joys of winter. I spoke too soon!! The past two weeks here in New England have been crazy in terms of the weather. I thought we were having a nice, mild winter and then the parade of snow storms started! Now, I’m trying to give Boston some credit…trying. I get it, it’s a super tiny & congested city, so at some point, too much snow is just too much snow. But my goodness! A two hour commute to work that should be 30 minutes?!?! It’s ridiculous. And they want to host the olympics?!?! They be mad. Bottom line: I’m over it.

It’s so easy to start feeling down in times like this when I don’t get my Vitamin D exposure, my rides to and from work are painful, and then quality time at home is limited. But I want to be happy! So I’m going to think about the things that bring me tidbits of joy!

Lattes. I will never be bashful about liking a good latte. Can I always slash ever afford one? Umm, not really. But they are delicious and they comfort me. And when my monthly spending allowance is low, I will make my own! Some good mystic monk espresso classico, frothed whole milk (or almond if it’s on hand!), tasty caramel sauce, and a dash of cinnamon! And voila – day. made.

Candles. Kevin and I are big on candles in our apartment. And when we find a super good smelling one like we did recently (it’s been in our closet for months!), we love to just let that thing burn all evening.

Soups! I’ve been making homemade soups lately – a lot less difficult that I thought – there’s just the time to cut up the veggies and then having to wash the blender afterwards. But the batches make large portions and a cozy dinner (topped with bacon and cheese when possible). We’ve done butternut squash soup, a super loose version of this cauliflower soup, and I’m hoping to try a kale & sweet potato soup this week. #lovinit

Romantic Comedies. In the past week, I’ve watched Notting Hill (oh to be back on Portobello Road!), 27 Dresses (aka a glimpse into my life), and Leap Year (if only just for the beauty of Ireland!). Thank the Lord for Netflix and Amazon Instant Video.

Long socks. Gosh, I love socks so much. And I have a few pairs of thigh-high socks and I LOVE THEM. They are so comfy and awesome to wear around the apartment when I’m in pajama shorts or something. Although…I did wear a black pair to work over my tights this week hoping that nobody would notice (just had to keep making sure my dress covered them!). Nobody did 🙂

Thrive Market! I got wind of this great site from Wellness Mama and it’s essentially Amazon Prime but for natural and sustainable products. Obviously, the selection is small(ish), but my first order I got 15% off and free shipping because it was over $49. But it’s awesome because I got products that I would normally buy at Trader Joe’s or order on amazon, but in bulk and at wholesale prices! Bam. Check it out!

And then there’s the blogosphere slash podcasts. I’ve been reading so much online content and listening to some awesome interviews. In terms of podcasts, I’ve really enjoyed a couple of episodes of Fountains of Carrots, especially the one with Hallie Lord. What a great interview on marriage! Also, Wellness Mama – she is the bomb. I’ve gotten to many awesome tips from her, and listened to some great podcasts on hormonal health, fertility, and thyroid issues.

Well, that’s my Wednesday!

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