Barefoot Provisions Holiday Giveaway and Discount! Deliciousness for You and Yours this Holiday Season!!!

FINAL PALEO HOLIDAY KIT

Happy Holidays – the big day is right around the corner and I don’t know about your town, but MY town is currently a gridlocked, cranky-pants, wet with rain, rage filled crazy driving, crying children in cart, long-lined, INSANITY FILLED TOWN at the moment. Don’t you DARE run out of toilet paper right now because you will have to go to your local store and face the madness. This is why I love shopping online this time of year and this is why Holidays for our family is about good food, good wine (for us, not the kids), good music, and good fun. Long ago my mom made us all focus on each other during the Holidays (hard to do when you are 13, yes, but I’m so glad she made US the priority and not STUFF the priority because the tradition of each other and love and music and food is still strong in our family.)  Yes, we do give a few gifts, but we don’t go nuts and I try super hard to not get caught up in the madness, because we all know what stress does, and it just isn’t worth it.

So, when an awesome, wonderful, amazing company like Barefoot Provisions goes to the trouble of creating a nifty little Holiday Kit of scrumptiousness that I can choose from to give to folks in my life or just have around my house for my visitors to happily munch on – I am ECSTATIC with joy and cheer and you should be too – no going out in the madness to shop but instead, just a few mouse clicks and a smile and your goodies are on their merry way to your front door.

Even better?? Barefoot Provisions is giving to one of my readers a FREE Holiday Kit!!!!  That’s right – you can WIN all the goodness you see on this page and that’s pretty dang awesome!! All you have to do is head over to the Barefoot Provisions Facebook page and “Like” them and simply comment on this blog post that you did so and tell me which item in the Holiday Kit looks the yummiest to you and why! The winner will be randomly selected at 11:59pm PST on Wednesday the 17th and announced on Thursday the 18th via email or Facebook!

Another gift from Barefoot Provisions for ALL of you – between today, December 15th – December 22nd my readers can use the coupon code BAREHOLIDAY10 for 10% off your order from anything you decide to purchase from this, their Holiday Collection at checkout!! Now that’s the Holiday Spirit in action!  Enjoy!

FINAL PALEO HOLIDAY KIT

 

Mushroom Meatballs with Easy Tomato Sauce

mushroom meatballs

This recipe comes from my book Everyday Paleo Around the World Italian Cuisine.  With December in full swing, easy recipes that nourish your family on cold winter evenings are an absolute must and this recipe fits the bill. My family loves this recipe and I hope yours does too! Remember when you are holiday shopping that all the Everyday Paleo books make wonderful gifts for those that you love. I’ll be back soon with more deliciousness but in the meantime, I hope you enjoy!

Mushroom Meatballs with Easy Tomato Sauce

polpette di funghi in salsa al pomodoro

Succulent meatballs swimming in a sea of easy-to-make tomato sauce! This is comfort food at its finest. Frying the meatballs first will seal in the flavors, and the brightness of the fresh basil at the end ties it all together.

Meatballs
1 pound white mushrooms, finely diced
1 pound ground beef
2 garlic cloves, minced
½ cup Italian parsley, finely minced
2 egg yolks
2 teaspoons sea salt
1 teaspoon black pepper
1-2 tablespoons lard, butter, or ghee for frying the meatballs

Sauce
1 28-ounce can San Marzano whole tomatoes (or other tomatoes of your choice)
3 tablespoons extra virgin olive oil
1 cup fresh basil, chopped
Sea salt and black pepper to taste
1. In a large mixing bowl, use your hands to combine the mushrooms, beef, garlic, Italian parsley, egg yolks, salt, and pepper.
2. Shape the meat mixture into meatballs that are slightly larger than a golf ball.
3. In a large sauté pan, heat the lard, butter, or ghee over medium-high heat. Add the meatballs to the hot pan, and brown them on all sides.
4. Remove the browned meatballs from the pan, and set them aside.
5. Make the sauce by adding the tomatoes, olive oil, basil, and salt and pepper to taste to the same pan used for the meatballs. Cook over medium heat, and bring the sauce to a simmer, stirring occasionally.
6. Add the meatballs to the simmering sauce, cover, and simmer over low heat for 15-20 minutes or until the meatballs are cooked all the way through.

Prep Time: 45 minutes

Cook Time: 30 minutes

Serves: 5-6

Butternut Squash Chili

butternut squash chili

butternut squash chili

I love fall and I love chili and the two go hand in hand! A dear friend of mine recently gave me an abundance of butternut squash so with squash as my inspiration, this afternoon I threw together some scrumptious chili using the butternut squash and ground bison that I happened to have on hand. Of course you can use whatever ground meat you want, or cubed steak, or even chicken. This recipe is similar to the Everyday Paleo Chili recipe in my first book, Everyday Paleo with just a few minor tweaks.

Here’s the recipe – super easy and delicious!!

Butternut Squash Chili

2 lbs ground bison (or other ground meat of your choice)

2 tablespoons butter, coconut oil, lard, or ghee (I used butter)

1 yellow onion, diced

3 garlic cloves, minced

1 small butternut squash, peeled and cut into small cubes (about 6 cups of cubed squash – use more or less if you like)

4 celery stalks, diced

2 tablespoons cumin

2-3 tablespoons chili powder

2-3 tablespoons Italian seasoning

2-3 teaspoons dried red chili flakes

1 bay leaf

2 cups chicken broth

18 ounces of diced or crushed tomatoes (about 2 cups) – (I purchase my diced and crushed tomatoes from Tropical Traditions)

Sea salt to taste

1. In a large soup pot, melt the butter or other fat of your choice over medium heat.

2. Add the onions and saute until translucent.

3. Add your ground meat and cook just until browned.

4. Add the minced garlic, cubed butternut squash, and celery and mix well.

5. Add all the spices except for the bay  leaf and mix well.

6. Add the chicken broth and tomatoes and stir, bring to a simmer and add the bay leaf.

7. Turn down to low and let simmer for 25-30 minutes or until the squash is fork tender.

8. Taste and adjust the seasoning as needed.

Enjoy!

 

 

 

Jaden’s Flan

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*Note from Sarah (the mom): I’ve been homeschooling my two youngest sons, Jaden and Rowan, going on our second year now. This is not a post about homeschooling but I mention it because it’s pretty cool what types of projects are considered “lessons” when you DO homeschool, and for Jaden one of his projects has been making dinner for the family. It doesn’t sound like something school related; however it’s a full on production for Jaden and offers amazing life experience with a lot of learning involved. He first will research and plan what he wants to make, creates a shopping list, helps to do the shopping as I just push the cart, and then he does pretty much all the prep work and cooking himself. The only help we offer is when he asks us for specific help and it’s usually related to cutting something up but last time he made dinner, I didn’t even need to do that! At 10 years old this kid is kicking some serious culinary butt and has made amazing dinners for us ranging from carne asada to steak with creamy mushroom sauce and most recently, an asian stir fry that started with a cucumber salad with his own asian inspired vinaigrette. I can see handing the Everyday Paleo reins over to Jaden someday, I really can….

As many of you know, we don’t go to great lengths around here to make dessert and if we want a treat, we usually leave the house to get it or if we do end up making something at home it’s super simple, easy, and affordable like frozen blueberries and almond milk or now and then the occasional treat that you’ll find in my books like my Pumpkin Muffins from the Everyday Paleo Family Cookbook or on the weekend, the pancakes from Paleo Pals. My favorite types of treats to eat when we do indulge are the creamy, fatty, not too sweet kind and Jaden hit it out of the ball park with his Flan. He made it the night that he made us carne asada and fresh salsa and it was the perfect way to end the meal. (By the way, that evening it was not just for us that Jaden prepared the meal for, but for our friends as well who also have a family of 5 and this Flan makes enough to feed a small army so be aware!) Jaden looked at several flan recipes on the internet and came up with his own version after realizing that everything he found used sweetened condensed milk or tons of sugar.

This is his own recipe and it’s mind blowing good, easy, and as far as dessert goes, pretty darn nutritious!

Thank you Jaden for sharing your recipe with our readers and to all of you, I hope you enjoy!

Jaden Flan

(Jaden contemplating his next creation.)

*Note from Jaden: While making this flan, I thought “Oh boy, I sure hope this turns out as good as I intended!”. My mind never came close to thinking that this would be on my mom’s blog. I’ve got to admit, this is pretty cool. Like my mom said, I found a recipe online, and it was basically canned sweetened condensed milk, sugar, and eggs. It’s been pretty fun making dinner and setting the table all fancy, and making sure everybody wears pretty dresses and drinks with their pinky out!(Please note that I was joking about dresses and pinkies!) I do love to cook, so it’s cool to be able to share my “creations” with other people. It was pretty hard to make this flan, yet really quite fun. No matter what my mom says, her, my uncle Mark, and my dad always help me in the kitchen. So put on your dress, stretch out your pinky, and enjoy!!

Jaden’s Flan

Serving size for this particular recipe is 12, feel free to cut ingredients in half as needed. Warning – you might have to blend half of the ingredients at a time if you do not have a GIANT blender!!! 

3 cups full fat coconut milk

2 cups heavy cream (or use 5 cups total coconut milk if you do not eat any dairy)

8 eggs

1/2 tablespoon vanilla extract

1/4 cup honey for flan

1/4 cup honey to caramelize

Squeeze of lemon juice

1 tablespoon water

  1. Combine coconut milk, heavy cream, eggs, honey and vanilla into a blender and blend until all ingredients are mixed.
  2. Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
  3. In a small saucepan put in 1 tbsp of water, a squeeze of lemon juice and 1/4 cup of honey over low to medium heat. Stir occasionally until mixture is golden brown, remove from heat immediately (note: don’t stir too much because honey will crystallize).
  4. Then take a glass baking dish (we used a 3 quart glass baking dish) and another glass baking dish that is slightly bigger. Pour the caramelized honey into the smaller baking dish and spread out with a spatula, be sure to cover the entire dish, and then place the honey basted baking dish into the larger baking dish.
  5. Pour into the larger baking dish about an inch high of hot water.
  6. Pour the blended flan mixture into the smaller baking dish over the caramelized honey and bake uncovered in the preheated oven for 50-60 minutes or until the middle has set into a custard like texture. Let the flan cool for at least 30 minutes in the refrigerator before serving.

As always, enjoy!

 

Zuppa di finocchi e crema di carote (Creamy Carrot Fennel Soup from Everyday Paleo Around the World Italian Cuisine)

creamy carrot fennel soup

I’ll keep this short and sweet. I’m making this recipe tonight from my Italian Cuisine book. The Creamy Carrot Fennel Soup is, well, it’s awesome. I happen to have a lot of carrots thanks to my CSA so BAM. Done. Decision made. If you don’t have my latest book, I’m going to be super nice and give you this recipe because it would be mean and nasty of me to eat this delicious soup without you, so I invite you to join me in the goodness that is Zuppa di finocchi e crema di carote!!!! [Read more…]

Delmonico’s Ribeye Steak

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If you are a meat eating human like myself and you have not made an attempt to find the best steak possible, I suggest you start right now by checking out the following recipe that originated way back in 1837! I came across this about 10 months ago while trying to find a classic American recipe that had some originality and flare. I have always loved cooking outdoors over a wood fire. When I learned about Delmonico’s steak and the simplicity of this recipe thats over 150 yrs old I knew I had to give it a shot.  Delmonico’s Restaurant is world famous and over the years they have served several distinguished guests including Abraham Lincoln whose supposed favorite was the Nutmeg Potatoes and Ribeye Steak. This legendary steak has a great concept using a choice cut of meat seasoned with salt, basted with butter while flame grilled over a wood fire. The steak is served with a clear gravy and mashed potatoes seasoned with nutmeg. [Read more…]