Caldo De Res and Introducing Massa Natural Meats!!

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A few months ago I posted on my Facebook page, a picture of our freezer full of grass fed beef and many of you wanted to know who my “supplier” was!  I was eager to fill you all in on my secret but the awesome little company that I had purchased my beef from was only selling locally at the time. Now for the good news – my little local supplier is shipping their amazing beef nationwide!  I am happy to introduce Massa Natural Meats, offering pasture raised beef from start to finish and I must say that their product is by far one of the highest quality and most amazing tasting beef I have ever eaten. I also appreciate that you can order either by the cut OR you can have them custom butcher and send to you your choice of an 1/8, 1/4, 1/2, or a whole cow! Finally, Massa Natural Meats will soon be offering all natural, pasture raised, heritage pork and grass-fed lamb!  Please visit Massa Natural Meats to see all that they have to offer and let me know what you think of their product! I’m sure you will be impressed.

Now on to the recipe!!

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Paying homage to Trader Joe’s Salsa Verde.

I have recently discovered that Trader Joe’s Salsa Verde makes just about anything rather delicious so this is my homage to the wonderfully inexpensive and tasty green concoction:

Salsa Verde over eggs:  Pour it over scrambled or over easy eggs and top with diced avocado.

Salsa Verde as a dressing:  Toss left over chicken with some salad greens, green onions, diced tomatoes, cilantro, and diced bell peppers.  Use the Salsa Verde for a refreshing taco salad-ish dressing.

Meat cooked in  Salsa Verde: I have made this several times, my two favorites have been Pork Loin and Chicken.

Pork Loin:

Place entire pork loin in the crock pot.  Sprinkle the loin with some sea salt.  Add two cans of diced green chilis and two jars of Salsa Verde. Cook all day on low.  Make lettuce tacos or serve over kale, chard, or whatever greens you might like.

Chicken:

Put a whole chicken in the crock pot.  Add 3 chopped carrots, 4 chopped celery stalks, and 1 sliced red onion.   Pour in two jars of salsa verde and one can of diced tomatoes.  Cook all day on low.

Salsa Verde for tacos: Brown 1 lb of grass fed beef, season with cumin, chili powder, garlic powder, a little cayenne, and a little sea salt. Pour in a jar of Salsa Verde and bring to a simmer.  The possibilities of this mixture are endless: Lettuce tacos, taco salad, serve the meat over sliced purple cabbage, scramble the meat mixture with eggs, it’s all good!!!!

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Five minute rounds…

When life gets tough, I often think about those few epic CrossFit WODS that have been permanently burned into my memory banks, and I think, “Well, if I can get through THAT, I can get through anything.”  I also think about the resiliance of children and how they often tackle challenges with the bravery and optimism of warriors.  For example, back in September we had our annual Fight Gone Bad fundraising event and our kids class participated in a separate heat at the end of the day.  I was so impressed with the determination, willingness, and spirit the kids portrayed!!  In fact, after the workout, I even heard one kid express how much fun he had!!  What a great lesson.  Even when the challenges we face are really really hard, we can look for the good, we can make it fun, and we CAN make it through.  This was one of those challenging weeks –  and I thought a lot about my life and how lucky I am to have three healthy kids, a kick-ass amazing husband, and a wonderfully supportive group of friends, and I realized that focusing on the positive and finding my own resilience made this week bearable.  Just like those epic 3 five minute rounds, they really suck but we get through it alive and maybe even a little better for it… 

Here are a couple of quick and easy  meals that helped us get through this rather hectic week:

Chicken Sausage, Shrimp, and Kale:

Saute two sliced red bell peppers and one medium yellow onion in olive oil

Add 1 package of gluten free chicken sausage and one bag of frozen shrimp

Stir in one jar of marinated artichoke hearts and 2 big spoonfuls of sun dried tomatoes

Serve over a pile of steamed kale

Dinner in five…

Brown 2lbs of grass fed ground beef

Season beef with a little sea salt, ground black pepper, and garlic powder

Pour in one jar of Trader Joe’s Organic Marinara sauce and one can of organic diced tomatoes

Add in 5 sliced zucchinis and simmer together until zucchini is tender.

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