Paleo, Gluten Free, CROCKPOT, Thanksgiving!


Don't get me wrong, I love stuffing as much as the next guy - but this was delicious, easy, and ready when I got home from work!  What's better than one Thanksgiving a year?  

More than one!

One you don't have to prepare for!

One that's ready after a day of work!

Wahoo!







Paleo, GF, Crockpot, Thanksgiving!
We use organic, fair trade, and or local ingredients
4 big carrots peeled and cut in big pieces
4 ribs of celery cut in big pieces
1 butternut squash cut into big pieces
2 apples cored and cut
1 bag of cranberries
2 cups of liquid (stock or water)
2 tbs apple cider vinegar

(next time I might add more different kinds of squash – yes there will be a next time before Thanksgiving!)

Your favorite spices!  We used:
Rosemary
Thyme
Garlic Powder
Onion Powder
Nutmeg
Paprika
Salt and Pepper

1 smallish turkey breast (the smallest one I could find was 5 pounds) – any bigger and fitting it all would have been a challenge.

Cranberry Topping!
1 bag of cranberries
4 apples peeled, cored and cut
2 tbs raw honey
1 tsp cinnamon
1/4 tsp nutmeg
1 cup of water

Put everything in the crock pot but the cranberry topping supplies.

Cook.

(I always put everything but the meat in the crockpot the night before and pop everything into the crockpot before I leave for work.  This time I had to take everything out of the crockpot to fit the turkey in… it was a messy business).

Like I have said before – how long depends on your crockpot.  Mine is done, no matter what is in it, in less than 4 hours (even on low).  You know your crockpot better than I do.  When you get home, I promise, your house will smell like Thanksgiving!

For topping (none of that canned, artificially dyed crap please!):

Put ingredients in a sauce pan.

Cook on med-low till they’re saucy J (maybe 30 minutes). 
Enjoy!






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Toppah's Meatballs


I have been using my dad's recipe for meatballs since I moved out in 2000 and went to college.  I used to make them for my roommates in college, my husband's roommates in college, my friends after college, and now enjoy them with my family, especially when the weather starts to get cold.  They are best served after cooking all day in some homemade sauce.  Something you can find cooking in my kitchen most Sundays during the winter.  Mmmmm.

The only thing I changed from the original recipe is the fact that I sautee the vegetables first.  Since making the switch to grass-fed meat, I have found this to make things taste better and not dry out.  See what you think!!  I hope you enjoy them as much as we do!!



Toppah’s Meatballs
We use organic, fair trade, and or local ingredients
1 lb of meat of your choice (a mix of beef, pork, and veal is good, turkey is fine, just plain beef is fine too!)  for this I used 1 lb of grass-fed, local beef – yum!

Olive oil
Half of an onion, diced
1 clove of garlic, minced

3/4 cup of breadcrumbs*
1/4 cup of pecorino-Romano (or parmesan) cheese
1/2 cup whole milk

1 tsp garlic powder
1 tsp onion powder
1 tsp basil

Salt and Pepper

*I use gluten free bread crumbs in mine – I make them using the heels of gluten free bread, dried in the oven (with just the light on for 24 hours), put them in a zip lock bag, crush them up.  They work beautifully, and don’t look like that weird rice powder that the store is trying to pass off as breadcrumbs.  We use Udi’s bread which responded to me quickly when I asked that they were in the process of going GMO free.





Sautee chopped onion and garlic in olive oil.  I have found that this step counteracts the natural dryness that less fatty meat has.  When you use turkey or grass-fed meat – you might find it to taste differently or be less fatty.  When you sautee the veg going into the meat (as in the case with chicken burgers) it keeps everything moist.

In another bowl put the rest of the ingredients. When the onions are translucent, put them into the bowl with the rest. 

Mix everything gently, the less you have to mix the better.  When the ingredients are equally distributed you’re finished.

Roll the mixture into whatever size meatball you prefer.  We like smaller ones.

Put them on a lined broiler pan that has been drizzled with olive oil.  Broil meatballs until they are brown on top, then turn them over, and brown them on that side. 

Remove them from the oven and put them in sauce to complete the cooking process!


Enjoy!




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Scig Sauce


I'm not sure how much pinterest traffic I am going to get from something called "Scig Sauce" - but that's what this is.  

Growing up everyone in my house was referred to (by our friends, respectively) as "Scigs" or "Scig."  It's part of our long, Italian, last name.  This is the sauce that could be found simmering... in our house then... or in our houses now.  It has changed some - but I promise it won't disappoint!!


For best results you will need some "secret Italian spice."  This... sorry... but you can't get just anywhere... and I'm almost out.  When we were on our honeymoon in Italy, my husband and I bought spices everywhere... and add a small bit to sauce when we make it... seems like another trip is in order because we are almost out!!  Perhaps I could find something online... 



On to the recipe...

Scig Sauce
We use organic, fair trade, and or local ingredients
Olive oil
1 small onion
2-3 carrots, peeled
2-3 celery stalks
5+ cloves of garlic
1 can of tomato paste
1 tsp of secret spice mix
1 tbs+ more of basil
1 tsp garlic powder
1 tsp onion powder
1 cup of red wine
8 tomatoes
48 oz of tomato puree or strained tomatoes

Salt & Pepper
Sautee chopped onion, carrots, celery, and garlic in olive oil.  Add salt, pepper and secret spice mix. 

When veggies are almost soft, add tomato paste (a whole small can of it).  Fry tomato paste until it starts to stick to the pan.  Deglaze pan with wine and sir until the mixture becomes saucy.

Add tomatoes, puree, and the rest of the spices.

Cook.  The longer you cook it, the better it is!

If you’re into meat… add some meatballs and cook all day J

Serve over pasta, polenta, on pizza, or anywhere else you would enjoy marinara sauce! If I am using it for pizza I typically would add oregano… otherwise I leave it out.  That is a pizza only spice!


Enjoy!



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Harvest Your Health

Are e-books even really books?

Do people buy them?

I mean I guess they do.  I love books though.

The real kind. 

Specifically the really old kind.  
That they sell at flea markets.
Filled with history, writing... and mildew :) 

However... 
This week I have been a part of something great.  




Lots of foodie bloggers... getting together... and offering lots of books for flea market prices.

If you haven't checked out what's included the list is below... I haven't read (or even downloaded) every one of them yet - but I have yet to be disappointed... I highlighted the ones I love so far this week on the blog... but I am working my way through the huge bundle still.

The logistics made me a little nervous... perhaps you're too a little leery to buy a bunch of books through the air...  I promise it works.  Basically - you pay through paypal/credit card - and you get a link to a page (like the one below kind of) that lists out all the books as links... and they are all pdfs.  You download them one by one.  I downloaded them to my iPad and sent them to my kindle app (you can also send them right to iBooks).  They read like any other digital book.  I promise... no viruses or rip offs... just lots of books for super cheap!  

I hope you'll consider it!  Check out what you're getting below.  There is also a huge giveaway on the HYH website when you click through to buy.  Enter that at the very least!  EVERYTHING below is included (there is a buy button after each section... but EVERYTHING in the whole list is included for $37).



Cooking/Preparing Paleo Food

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Cooking/Preparing Real Food

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Meal Plans

  • 3 months of Paleo Meal Plans ($29.97) by Deliciously Organic
  • 4 months of Plan to Eat Meal Planner ($19.80) by the Plan to Eat team
  • 2 months of PrimalPal Membership ($19.98) by Chad and Chris (with several contributors)
  • 6 weeks of Paleoista meal plans: choose any ($59.99) by Nell Stephenson
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Personal/Home Care

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Fertility & Motherhood

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Meal Planning


Do you know about meal planning?  

I'm sure you already do.

I didn't.



I went out and bought myself a cute little notepad of the week - and when I went back to work, I started meal planning. 

WOW!!!

This is life changing people.

LIFE.CHANGING!

I mean my sister told me about how great the fresh 20 was at least 2 years ago... I just really liked grocery shopping... but honestly who has the time?!

Every weekend I plan what we are going to have for dinner each day of the week.  I plan out leftovers (ie: chicken soup the day after chicken) and I grocery shop once a week.  The wild card is organic meat.  If it is discounted (meaning it needs to be frozen ASAP) I buy it even if it isn't on the list! 

We waste SO much less.

I also make a point to clean out the fridge every weekend when I come home from the grocery store.

I have also been MUCH more effective at using our meat from the farm (from the freezer).  

Give it a go for a week!!! You won't be disappointed.  Here is a sample week - in OneOrganicMama dinner recipes :) 


Monday
Tuesday
Wednesday
Thursday
Friday

I always let D choose one day.

He always chooses breakfast for dinner haha!

I used to grocery shop EVERY day - and honestly this has totally changed my life!!

I hope it helps you too :) 

If you need some meal planning inspiration (including subscriptions to some pretty cool meal plans!) check out the sale below! It's quite a deal and I have pulled lots of inspiration from the cookbooks!  The meal plans themselves are worth $69.75.  With the bundle you get them PLUS 71 e-books... and lots of discounts on things like the squatty potty... look it up people!  Here's the info on the meal plans:


Meal Plans




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