Wednesday, May 22, 2013

Sun-dried Tomato & Pork with Balsamic Reduction Sauce

Dinner last night was fantastic!  A friend posted a link to and I got lost in looking at all the beautiful, new Paleo recipes.  I Dream of Protein's site has some great looking meals.  Last night we tried this Sun-Dried Tomato & Pork with Balsamic Reduction Sauce and it did not disappoint.

The pork and sauce were great.  I made her Macadamia Basil Pesto to go with it, which was delicious on its own, and great combined with the pork and glaze.  A little spring mix, some pear slices, and broiled zucchini rounds on the side - it was lovely and so tasty.  For the zucchini, I laid them out on a foil covered cookie sheet, dotted with Kerrygold butter, added salt and pepper, and broiled on low for about 6 minutes.

Excellent meal!  We loved it.

Meals: 21-23 May

I've only planned this week through Thursday since we start our CSA pickup that day (two weeks early!!).  My thought is that I'll look at our CSA box and plan Friday through the following Thursday so that I can be sure to incorporate all of our fresh-from-the-farm produce.  The farm is doing home deliveries today and they posted some pictures - beautiful, lush produce in beautiful, hand-crafted cedar crates.  I noticed kale, turnips, strawberries, salad mix; I'm so excited!

Sun-dried Tomato and Pork with Balsamic Reduction Sauce from I Dream of Protein - I already made the macadamia pesto to go with it and it's delicious.  Sophie and I had it on eggs for lunch.  I think I'll serve it on a bed of lettuce and maybe saute some zuchinni rounds to go with it.

3lbs ground beef taco meat, 2 bags romaine lettuce - Community Group night.  Taco bar!

spring mix with chicken sausage links - easy to have on the table quickly while I revel in our fresh farm bounty!

Wednesday, April 24, 2013

Spaghetti Squash with Meatballs

My aunt Stephanie and I are cooking together again!  She's still living a few states away, but we had another lovely visit recently (this time around the birth of baby Anya) and we chatted about nutrition and looked at recipes and meal plans and got to cook together; it was great!  We decided to keep it going by picking a recipe to make the same evening and compare notes, or in this case, we just decided on a common ingredient and made our own recipes.

Spaghetti squash.  So amazing.  When I'm not making this casserole I like to sub the squash in for pasta and then proceed with a spaghetti, meatball, and marinara dinner.  Steph and I decided to make our own dishes along these general lines and then compare notes.
Since these little sweeties are 2 years old and 2 months old I am a little out of practice at making meatballs from scratch.  I have been enjoying the ridiculously delicious Whole Foods pre-made meatballs.  
I had about 1.25 lbs of ground beef to use, so I didn't do half beef/half mild italian pork sausage (my usual flavor base and safety net).  These were straight beef.  I also had 2 red bell peppers to use ... sooner than later!  I mixed up the following, then worked the mixture through the ground beef using my hands.

-- 1/2 red bell pepper, minced
-- 1T onion powder
-- 1T chopped garlic
-- 1tsp dried basil
-- 1T dried parsley
-- 2tsp chili powder
-- salt and pepper
-- 1 egg
-- 2T almond meal
looks pretty yummy!
garlic and green onions sauteed in olive oil - ready for the meatballs
 I browned the meatballs for about 3 minutes per side before adding the sauce.  I bought a jar of tomato basil spaghetti sauce at Whole Foods - intentionally very simple so that I could add a bit to it.  I sauteed some green onions and garlic in olive oil, then added the meatballs.  Once they were browned, I added the jar of sauce, some salt and pepper, and about 1T each of dried parsley, dried basil, and onion powder.

meatballs simmering in sauce
 I used the rest of the bell pepper as a side dish, combined with some frozen leeks from Trader Joe's, and some spinach that I needed to use up.  I started with the leeks and peppers in some olive oil for about ten minutes, and then added the spinach and let it wilt.

The final dish.  Tim's was a pretty traditional serving of spaghetti squash with a few meatballs and some extra sauce.  I opted for the squash with pesto on it, and a few meatballs without extra sauce.  This was pesto from Trader Joe's, but I have a recipe for Paleo pesto that I'm hoping to try in the future.

Colorful and tasty.  The best kind of meal!!