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Paleo Comfort Food: Spaghetti Squash and Spicy Meat Sauce

24 Oct

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The weather is chilly and the season for comfort food is upon us! One of my favorite go to dishes this time of year is spaghetti squash with a meat sauce. This can easily be made with ground turkey, chicken or beef. If you are in a rush to get dinner on the table you can skip a few steps by buying a jar of ready made tomato sauce but it can be tricky finding one that does not have added sugars or other ingredients that are not Paleo friendly. There are a few good pre-made sauces out there, you just need to take extra caution when looking over the ingredient lists.

Spaghetti Squash with Spicy Meat Sauce

  • 1 large spaghetti squash
  • 1 1/2 tablespoons olive oil, divided
  • 1 medium sweet onion, diced
  • 2 garlic cloves, minced
  • 1 pound ground turkey
  • 1 tablespoon tomato paste
  • 1 28-ounce can crushed tomatoes
  • 2 teaspoons Italian seasoning
  • 1/2 teaspoon crushed red pepper
  • salt and pepper
  • dash of garlic salt
  • freshly grated Parmesan cheese (This is an optional ingredient depending on whether you eat dairy or not)
  1. Heat oven to 400 degrees. Slice spaghetti squash in half and scrape out the seeds. Brush 1/2 tablespoon olive oil onto the cut side of each squash and season with salt, pepper and garlic salt. Place cut side up on a large, rimmed baking sheet or in a glass dish and cook for 45 to 50 minutes, until the squash insides easily shred with a fork.  Be careful not to overcook as squash can become mushy.
  2. Heat 1 tablespoon olive oil in a large nonstick skillet over medium heat. Add onion and and cook for 2 minutes. Add turkey and garlic and cook until turkey is cooked through. Season with salt and pepper and add Italian seasoning.
  3. Add tomato paste and crushed tomatoes and stir well to combine everything. Reduce heat and simmer 5-10 minutes. Add red pepper flakes and more salt and pepper if necessary.
  4. Scrape out insides of spaghetti squash with a fork. Serve with meat sauce and enjoy!

Original recipe and photo courtesy of foodgawker.com

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Paleo Roast turned amazing Chili!

27 Aug

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So I found this new recipe blog, Civilized Caveman Cooking, and they have some really awesome stuff going on over there. Last night I tried a roast recipe from them and it was so good! Somehow mine did not quite turn out like a roast per say, but it ended up making a dang good chili. So here goes…

Ingredients
  • Chuck roast
  • 24 ounces tomato sauce
  • 1/2 cup red wine
  • 4 cloves garlic, minced
  • 1 onion, chopped
  • 3 carrots, peeled and chopped
  • 3 stalks celery, sliced
  • 1 tbsp oregano
  • 1 tsp thyme
  • 2 tsp salt
  • 2 tsp black pepper
Instructions
  1. Line the bottom of your crock pot with your mirepoix (onions, carrots, celery)
  2. Place your roast on top of your vegetables
  3. In a mixing bowl, mix your tomato sauce, red wine, garlic, and spices in a bowl and mix well
  4. Pour your sauce over your meat
  5. Cover your crock pot and cook on low for 8 hours
  • After the meat was done cooking which thankfully was just in time for me to get home from a brutal CrossFit WOD, I shredded the meat and mixed it all around with the tomato sauce, onions and carrots. Too exhausted to make a green veggie to serve on the side of this tasty little dish, I realized that the roast mixture was a perfect chili consistency. So, I heaped a giant pile into a bowl and added some extra sauce and a dash (just a tiny, sinful little dash) of cheddar cheese on top. Viola! Dinner is served ;0

Original recipe adapted from Civilized Caveman Cooking

Fast chicken and bacon bowl

12 Jul

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I love this recipe for two reasons. 1. Anything with sweet potatoes is pretty much a winner in my book. 2. It is super easy and super fast which is what I am looking for in my meals since I am pretty much useless in the kitchen post WOD.

Ingredients

-½ sweet potato or yam, cut lengthwise
-Rotisserie chicken, I usuallly cut off the breast meat and shred it
-2 slices of bacon
-salt and pepper, to taste

Instructions

Preheat oven to 400 degrees.
Place your halved sweet potato cut-side down on a baking sheet and bake for 20-25 minutes or until your sweet potato is soft to the touch.
When your sweet potato has about 6-8 minutes left to cook, place a medium skillet over medium heat.
Add your two slices of bacon.
Salt and pepper your chicken.
As soon as the bacon is done cooking, toss in the chicken to heat it up and to soak up some of the yummy bacon goodness.
Place sweet potato (peeled) in a bowl and top with the bacony chicken mix.
Grab a fork, mix it all together and go to town!
Top with a pinch of salt and pepper.

Recipe adapted from PaleOMG.com, photocredit: Juli Bauer