Taco seasoned meat

I love taco seasoning on just about everything but I have to make my own to ensure that there is nothing nasty in it. My favorite thing to put it on is ground beef. My favorite time to eat my seasoned beef is morning. So I pair this with eggs and veggies to create a yummy and filling breakfast 😊

Taco seasoning

1/4 cup chili powder (the kind that is purely ground chiles-no fillers)
1/2 cup onion powder
1/4 cup cumin
2 Tbs garlic powder (the granulated kind)
2 Tbs paprika
2 Tbs salt (the pink kind like Redmond’s real salt)

Mix all ingredients well in a ziplock bag or bowl and spoon into a bottle or store in ziplock bag. Also try it on sweet potatoes and chicken

Taco seasoned meat
2 Tbs coconut oil
2 lbs extra lean ground beef (12-15% fat)
Approx. 3-4 Tbs taco seasoning
Approx. 2 oz. water

Heat the oil in a skillet over medium heat then add beef and brown it and crumble it. Once meat is browned, reduce heat to low and add water and seasoning. Stir well and simmer 5-10 minutes. Taste and adjust seasoning accordingly. Try adding lime juice and hot sauce at the end. Enjoy!

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Chili fries

Mmmm! I heart chili fries 🙂

Chili

I doubled Juli’s recipe adjusting the amount of spices to my liking which ends up bring a lot less of the spices because I don’t like my chili quite as spicy as she does. I also used pork instead of beef because that’s what was in my fridge. Follow the link below for the original recipe 🙂

http://paleomg.com/sweet-potato-chili-fries/

Fries

I love sweet potato fries 😍
I always make these as a side or a snack. You can season em with just about anything but my favorite is salt! I use Redmond’s real salt. It’s the pink type and tastes great!

1 sweet potato
Olive oil
Salt, to taste

Preheat oven to 400 degrees. Cut sweet potato into fries by cutting off the ends first, then cut off all four sides of the potato lengthwise until you have a rectangle. Then, cut in thin rectangles lengthwise. Then, cut those into thin strips and you should have fries. Toss in a bowl with olive oil and a lot of salt until evenly coated. Spread on a cookie sheet in an even layer. Bake 25 minutes at 400 degrees. Take out salt and flip fries and return to 400 degree oven for about 5-10 minutes more until golden and crisp to your liking. Taste and salt more if needed.

Top fries with chili and you have chili fries!! Enjoy 😊

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BBQ burgers with sweet potato spears and asparagus

BBQ burgers

2.5 lbs ground beef
Garlic powder, to taste
Onion powder, to taste
Smoked paprika, to taste
Salt and pepper to taste

Mix a ingredients together in a large mixing bowl. I use about equal amounts of all seasonings except I a little less pepper than the other seasonings. Form into 8 equal size balls and form into burger patties. BBQ turning once and cook to 160 degrees internal temperature.

Sweet potato spears

3 sweet potatoes
Olive oil
Garlic powder
Onion powder
Salt
Cayenne pepper
Chili powder
2 tablespoons lime juice (about the juice of 2 limes)

Cut sweet potatoes in half lengthwise then cut the halves in half lengthwise also so you have 4 long spears. Place in ziplock bag and drizzle in enough olive oil to generously coat the sweet potatoes and season to taste with rest of ingredients. Go easy on the cayenne pepper and chili powder if you don’t like spice. BBQ on top rack of BBQ or on low heat turning once cooking until soft when you poke them. Sprinkle with lime juice.

Asparagus

Asparagus
Olive oil
Salt and pepper, to taste
Garlic powder, to taste

Add desired amount of asparagus to a mixing bowl and add enough olive oil to coat asparagus generously. Season to taste with salt, pepper and garlic powder to taste. Mix asparagus well to coat with oil and seasoning. Wrap up asparagus in 1-2 layers of foil. BBQ in foil turning once cooking until softened to your liking. Remove from foil when you take it off BBQ or it will keep cooking in foil.

Serve together and enjoy 😊

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Jenny burgers

My favorite kind of seasoning on burgers. Try it!

Ingredients
4 ground beef patties
Worcestershire sauce
Granulated onion to taste
Granulated garlic to taste
Salt and pepper to taste
2 small tomatoes
1 yellow onion
4 leaves of romaine lettuce
Olive oil for cooking

Instructions
Heat large skillet over medium heat and add some olive oil
Slice onion and add to pan with some salt
Stir occasionally until caramelized
Sprinkle the tops of the burgers with Worcestershire sauce and all the seasonings to you liking
Remove caramelized onions from pan and add a little more olive oil if needed
Add burgers to pan seasoning side down and season the other side in the pan
Cook on both sides for about 7 minutes per side
Place burger in lettuce leaf top with onions and wrap it up. Enjoy!

Dijon burgers

Don’t be afraid of new meat. Substitute pork or beef if you prefer.

Ingredients
1 lb ground veal
1 Tbs Dijon mustard
1 tsp dried sage
Garlic powder, salt and pepper to taste
1 egg

Instructions
Mix all ingredients together and form into 4 patties. Pan fry or grill for 5-7 minutes per side over medium heat.

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Jen’s pork chops

This recipe is super simple and really delicious hot or cold 🙂

Ingredients
Pork chops
Apple cider vinegar
Salt and pepper to taste
Granulated garlic to taste
Dried Sage to taste
Dried parley to taste
Olive oil

Instructions
Preheat oven to 375 degrees
Put all the ingredients in a bowl and mix well. As far as amounts go, I don’t measure. I just drizzled enough olive oil to coat all the meat and splashed in a little vinegar because a little goes a long way. I sprinkled plenty of salt and garlic powder because pork can use a lot of flavor. I add a little bit of pepper, sage and parsley and that’s it. When is all coated place in a foil lined pan and bake until internal temperature reaches 165 degrees (about 20 minutes). Serve with a salad and enjoy!

BBQ bacon chicken pizza

For the BBQ sauce
Coconut oil
Dried minced onions
2 cloves garlic, grated
1-6 oz can tomato paste
1/2 cup apple cider vinegar
1/3 cup water
1 Tbs stone ground mustard (the kind in a jar look for it by the yellow mustard in the grocery store)
Onion powder to taste
Salt and pepper to taste
A few dashes of cayenne pepper
A dash of cinnamon
A few splashes of hot sauce

For the cauliflower crust
1 1/2 lb frozen cauliflower florets
2 eggs
Onion powder to taste
Garlic powder to taste
Smoked paprika to taste
A few dashes of cayenne pepper
A dash of mustard powder
Salt and pepper to taste

For the toppings
3 large chicken breasts (I would actually use 4 but I only had 3 on hand) seasoned with the following: olive oil, onion powder, garlic powder, smoked paprika, salt, black pepper, cayenne pepper, mustard powder, cinnamon, and hot sauce
1/2 red onion sliced thin
10 or so slices cooked crispy bacon crumbled

This recipe uses a jenny-fied version (that is pretty much the same) of juli bauers recipe (from paleOMG) for paleo BBQ sauce. To make it, heat up a small sauce pan and toss a tablespoon or two of coconut oil and melt it over medium low heat then add enough minced onions to fill the bottom the of the pan in a single layer. Brown the onions then add the garlic. Once the garlic becomes fragrant add the rest of the ingredients and reduce heat to low. Stir to mix well. Heat on low for about 10-15 minutes stirring occasionally. Taste and adjust seasonings to your liking. Set sauce aside to cool.

Preheat oven to 375 degrees.
Put the chicken in a bowl and drizzle with olive oil. Add seasonings to your liking. I used about the same amount of the garlic powder, onion powder, smoked paprika and salt. More is better than less is my motto. I only put a few dashes of the cayenne, mustard powder and cinnamon. I just put a few splashes of hot sauce. Mix everything up with your hands until evenly coated. Bake in 375 degree oven for about 20 minutes until internal temperature reaches 165. Cover with foil for about 5 min then remove and let cool. Turn up oven to 400 degrees.

To make the crust, heat your frozen cauliflower then finely chop by hand or in a food processor. Add to bowl with eggs and seasonings. Mix well. Spread on baking sheet and bake at 400 degrees for 10-15 minutes until a little brown on edges and/or on top.

Cut chicken into bitesize pieces and toss with BBQ sauce. Cover crust with chicken, bacon and onions. Put back into oven for about 10 minutes. Let cool a bit before serving. Enjoy!

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