Monday, December 19, 2011

Curried Venison (or Beef) Stew

I was concocting dinner one night and stumbled upon this creation. It was so tasty, my family gobbled it up.

1 lb ground venison or beef
1 medium onion, roughly chopped
1 lb carrots, chopped
1 head cauliflower, chopped
1 lb frozen peas
14 oz can whole tomatoes in juice, roughly chopped
1/4 cup coconut oil
2 Tbl Curry Powder
1 tsp sea salt
2 tsp Chili Powder
1 tsp cumin
1 cup coconut milk
chopped green onions, raisins, chopped nuts for garnish

Saute onion and carrots in oil until onions become translucent. Add ground meat and stir to break up. Add cauliflower, peas, tomatoes + juice.

Cover and cook over medium heat until cauliflower is soft and beef is cooked through.

Add seasonings - and more, if needed - to taste. Just before serving, add coconut milk.

Serve with chopped green onions, raisins and chopped nuts.

Barely serves 4 - but over rice, it would probably serve 8.

Tuesday, December 6, 2011

Corn Bread

This turned out dense, moist, and delicious. My six nephews & nieces, two children, and everyone else who graced our Thanksgiving table kept asking for more. It requires 31 hours of prep time, so plan ahead. But the end result is more than worth it! Serve with grass-fed butter. No one will even think about honey or molasses.

31 Hours Before Baking

Soak for 7 hours
5 cups cornmeal in
2 1/2 cups lime water

24 Hours Before Baking

Soak the lime-soaked cornmeal in
2 cups whole milk yogurt OR
2 cups almond milk/coconut milk (for dairy-free)

When Ready To Bake

4 large, pastured eggs
3/4 cup melted grass-fed butter or coconut oil (for dairy-free)
1/2 cup raw honey
1 1/2 TB aluminum-free baking soda
2 1/2 tsp sea salt

Preheat oven to 400F.
Butter a 9x13 pan plus a 9x9 pan.
Blend soaked cornmeal and egg mixtures. just until combined.
Pour into prepared pans.
Bake 20 to 25 minutes, until center is just set and edges are slightly browning.

Monday, January 24, 2011

Spinach/Rice Souffle

Very nourishing, but not so frugal, this makes a tasty brunch entree. It also works fabulously as lunch. (Ben takes it to work and reheats two pieces in the toaster oven.) If you have a husband who doesn't think that real men don't eat quiche, you can also serve it for dinner.


12 large eggs
1 1/2 cups cottage cheese
1 tsp salt
1/4 tsp black pepper
2 tsp rubbed sage
16 oz bag of frozen chopped spinach
1 cup grated cheddar cheese
1/2 tsp ground mustard (optional)
4 grated carrots (optional)
4 slices of cooked bacon, crumbled (optional)
3 cups cooked brown rice (made with 1/2 chicken stock + 1/2 water)

Preheat oven to 350F.
Butter a 9x13 glass baking dish.
Beat eggs, cottage cheese and seasonings together in mixer. Add remaining ingredients. Mix gently until all incorporated.
Pour into prepared dish.
Bake 45-60 minutes until bubbling minimizes and eggs are "set."
Remove from oven and allow to rest for 10 minutes before cutting into 16 pieces.