Quick Lamb Chops

Lamb chops with kale

Lamb chops with kale

When I think spring, I think lamb!

Marinating lamb is lovely, but sometimes you just want to eat NOW! The prep for this is under 5 minutes, and cook time is less than 10 – it doesn’t get any quicker or easier than this. If you pick a fast (or make-ahead) side dish, you can have dinner on the table in less than 20 minutes, start to finish.

I like this method for another reason, too… I can make mine extra spicy and let the rest of the family have theirs without the heat! Here’s … Continue reading Quick Lamb Chops

Oven Roast Beef

Roast Beef

Roast Beef

Normally, we just throw a roast in the crock pot with some seasonings, caramelized onion, and some beef broth. Set it on Low and forget about it for the rest of the day. It’s Sunday, though, so I decided to do something a little fancier. Since I was home all day, I decided to oven roast the beef since I’d be here in case the oven blew up (not that it ever would).

Roast Beef with Sweet Kale and Horseradish Mayo

This recipe makes fancy roast beef – like the prime rib you see at buffets where the … Continue reading Oven Roast Beef

Taco Salad

Taco Salad

Taco Salad

Taco salad is a nice quick meal that our kids love. Each person can have it their own way, so there are no complaints. If you’ve been on the GAPS intro, it’s got a novel combination of flavors and textures.

This is also what I make when I forget to pull the ground beef out of the freezer to defrost soon enough! The kids wish I would make it every day, though. It’s super easy.

Taco Salad

Ingredients

Lettuce

2 lbs Ground beef (20% fat is good) 1 small onion Real salt Chili powder or seasoning of … Continue reading Taco Salad

Round Steak in Rhubarbecue Sauce

Round Steak in Rhubarbecue Sauce

Round Steak in Rhubarbecue Sauce

Round steak is one of those cuts of beef that I was scared of.

It’s cheap for a reason – if you don’t treat it right, you might as well try chewing tires. But all it takes is a little bit of pounding a nice low slowcooking to get something amazing. Our kids love how lean round steak is, and love the sweet, tangy sauce in this recipe.

Round Steak in Rhubarbecue Sauce

Ingredients: 1 pint Rhubarbecue Sauce 2 round steaks (about 4 lbs each) salt

Directions Pound the steak with a meat tenderizer, on … Continue reading Round Steak in Rhubarbecue Sauce

Make Your Own Beef Jerky

Rolling out the ground beef

Beef jerky is one of those snacks I used to think of as terribly unhealthy. I didn’t see how it could come from anything but a plastic bag full of CAFO meat and synthetic dyes and flavors. Add to that, it seemed ridiculously expensive. Come to find out, healthy beef jerky is really easy to make. It’s a high protein, nutrient-dense, portable, cost effective snack that takes about 5 minutes of prep time!

Rolling out the ground beef

Ground Beef in our Nesco Dehydrator

Beef Jerky Ready to Eat (the white spots are fat)

Beef Jerky

Ingredients: Ground beef … Continue reading Make Your Own Beef Jerky

Transforming Leftovers: Beef & Broccoli

Beef & Broccoli Leftovers Transformed

Beef & Broccoli Leftovers Transformed

I am all about leftovers. Even if they don’t look like much or I’m tired of a dish or didn’t like it much the first time, I save them. They can be transformed!

This time, we had rosemary pot roast leftovers. Now that was a delicious dish to start with, but by the time we were finished with it the first time all that was left was the onion gravy, some carrots, and a tiny bit of the meat, some bones and cartilage. It was really mushy and hardly a meal in it’s own right. … Continue reading Transforming Leftovers: Beef & Broccoli

Pepper & Garlic Broiled Rib Steak

Rib Steak with Garlic and Black Pepper

Don’t worry, I didn’t eat this all by myself! Kelsy and I shared.

What’s more satisfying than a gorgeous rib steak? An affordable, grass-fed, locally grown rib steak! We have the luxury of pasture-raised steak on a regular basis, since we bought a whole cow at once.

Here’s an easy way to cook it up.

Ingredients: rib steak garlic salt black pepper ghee or other saturated fat

Directions: If it’s frozen defrost your steak. Turn the oven on to Broil. Chop the garlic finely, and rub the salt, garlic, fresh ground pepper, and ghee all over your steak. Heat … Continue reading Pepper & Garlic Broiled Rib Steak

Minestrone

These Kids Love Minestrone

These Kids Love Minestrone

This soup is a warming fall favorite in our house and a ray of sunshine during cold winter months!

Minestrone serves 6 1 T ghee 1 medium onion, chopped 1 qt homemade beef stock 2 cloves garlic, minced 1 T dried basil or 1/4 c fresh basil, chopped 3 stalks celery, sliced 3 carrots, peeled & sliced 1 qt crushed tomatoes with juice, canned in glass salt & pepper to taste 1 lb ground beef, 10% fat (see note) 2 c green beans, frozen or home canned 2 c cooked lima or navy beans

Melt … Continue reading Minestrone

Rosemary Pot Roast

Rosemary Pot Roast on a Plate

Rosemary Pot Roast on a Plate

Pot roast is one of the easiest, most satisfying dishes you can make, and the variations are endless.

Last night I decided to make it with a rosemary flavor. Our 4 lb (bone in) roast disappeared in minutes. We were hoping for leftovers, but all we’ve got left now is some of the delicious broth and melted onions! The kids are either headed for a growth spurt, or it really was that good!

Rosemary Pot Roast

Ingredients

Beef Pot Roast

Pot roast cut of beef 6 Large carrots – other root vegetables are … Continue reading Rosemary Pot Roast

Meatball Soup

meatball soup in bowl

Breakfast!

I’m back on GAPS and feeling much better already! It’s only been 3 days since quitting my gluten challenge and for the first time in ages I didn’t wake up with a stomach ache.

The core of GAPS is soup. It doesn’t have to be complicated. Here’s what I’m having for breakfast today:

Meatball Soup

Ingredients:

Meatball Soup Cooking

Homemade beef stock Broccoli florets Dried tomatoes We have some from last summer that Kelsy dehydrated. I don’t recommend store-bought. Tomatoes are a nightshade veggie which can be inflammatory. Many people wait to introduce nightshades. When we first … Continue reading Meatball Soup

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