Posted at 9:32 am , on March 31, 2015
When I think of comfort food my mind turns to chili. Chili is an incredibly versatile one pot dish. Pack in a thermos for a day trip, serve it to friends at a party or snuggle up and enjoy yourself while watching a movie. If you’re into sports, chili is right up there with nachos and pizza for essential game day eating. It feeds a large crowd for a reasonable price and provides excellent leftovers.
This chili is remarkably easy to make and can be cooked in a big batch. I think it’s perfectly balanced with just the right amount of spices, hearty chunks of meat, spiced tomato-y sauce and filling beans. If you’re looking for true Paleo version just forgo the beans and you’re set.
While it is sometimes considered a cold weather food, I enjoy chili year-round and you should to! It is one of my go-to meals for busy days because I can have a filling healthy meal that feeds my whole family (with leftovers) in about a half hour.
We are heading out with the kids today for skating lessons, followed by grocery shopping and then my husband’s soccer game. Can you guess what I’m throwing on to simplify dinner?
Hearty Chili Recipe
Posted at 9:22 am , on February 25, 2015
If there was an Oscars for food than root veggies would definitely get my vote for Best Supporting Dish. Roasted, boiled, steamed, or bbq’d it matters not – they always get thumbs up from me.
Strangely I never, ever get bored with sweet potatoes.
Another great way to enjoy sweet potatoes is to serve them up fry-style. These potatoes in my pictures are cut into fries and then baked. The spices can be easily customized (or you can simply season with sea salt). I’m partial to this version though as the spice mixture just adds that little something extra.
I’ve included a recipe for a creamy mayo-style dip that is egg and dairy free and packed with healthy avocado. A tasty dip adds to the fun, right? I think so.
Serve in a pail with some parchment paper and you will really look like you know what you’re doing. It makes me feel like I’m at some beach burger joint (which is especially nice to think about while I sit in subzero Canadian temperatures).
Sweet Potato Fries
Posted at 8:17 am , on January 6, 2015
Premade hummus is an expensive item at the grocery store. Also, the containers they come in are too small and don’t provide nearly enough hummus to satiate my family’s hummus requirements. When my family wants hummus, they want LOTS of hummus!
I much prefer to make my own though and you should too. Making your own hummus is ridiculously easy and is also ten times better than those pre-made versions from the grocery store.
The hummus on store shelves will often contain preservatives, stabilizers, and oils that I’d much prefer to avoid. Homemade hummus contains real ingredients like organic olive oil, fresh lemon juice, garlic and tahini.
The best news? You can make this hummus in 4 steps! It’s super creamy and tastes just like the hummus sold at my favourite Lebanese restaurant. It also very cheap to make.. especially if you opt for dried chickpeas. Continue reading
Posted at 11:33 am , on December 28, 2014
Are you looking for the techniques to guarantee a perfectly cooked pot roast each and every time? Better yet – success even without a recipe?
In this post I’ll describe how you can transform an average roast into a delicious, melt-in-your-mouth pot roast with a killer gravy to boot.
1. Choose a roast with lots of marbling throughout
- Lean cuts of meat are not made for pot roasting.
- The more marbling throughout the roast, the more flavour the finished pot roast will have.
- Marbling will melt down during the long cooking process, creating immense flavour.
- If you have a very lean cut of meat it’s probably best to consider another cooking method.
2. Always bring your meat to room temperature before cooking
- A room temperature roast will allow for much more even cooking.
- A cold roast will encourage steaming instead of browning when it makes contact with the hot pan. If you allow too much moisture to escape as steam you will not be able to achieve the desired golden crust!
Posted at 11:13 am , on December 2, 2014
Hi everyone! It feels great to be writing again after being out of commission for nearly a month with a vicious cold. I’m feeling much better now and fingers crossed, but I think I’ve finally turned the corner and I’m looking forward to getting active with the blog again.
In addition to being sick, I was also busy with finishing my remaining tasks for my cooking school. I’m happy to announce that I have completed the program and now have a professional cook certificate!
Last month, the Paleo Parents sent me a copy of their new cook book Real Life Paleo and I’ve finally had the chance to try out a few of the recipes and get some thoughts on the book written down. Continue reading