The Easiest Beef and Broccoli

Beef and broccoli is a favorite but it is hard to get the beef (especially grass fed beef) tender enough. I use grass fed ground beef to make the process simple, healthy and tasty.

1 lb grass fed ground beef

1/3 -2/3 cup liquid aminos or Tamara (this is up to your taste)

2-3 cloves minced or pressed garlic

1/2 inch fresh garlic, grated

1/2 teaspoon sesame oil

1 teaspoon rice vinegar

1 head organic broccoli, florets chopped

Chicken Nuggets (VERY Kid and Picky Adult Friendly)

I personally like chicken coated in an almond flour and spice mix because they come out juicy and delicious. (see recipe here). However, these little nuggets are crowd favorites because they resemble fast food nuggets. Keep in mind, I NEVER recommend eating fast food nuggets at any time but for people trying to transition themselves or their kits to healthier versions of their favorites, these are amazing.

Serve them with some mustard, sugarless barbecue sauce, or sugarless ketchup.

Give them a try and comment on how you and your family liked them. 🙂

Advanced and Core Plan

Serves 4-6

18-20 ounces organic shredded chicken (you can pre-cook organic breasts or buy organic canned chicken to have on hand

4 organic eggs

1/2 cup almond flour

2/4 cups organic shredded parmesan

1/2 teaspoon black pepper

1/2 teaspoon paprika (I liked smoked)

1/2 teaspoon granulated garlic

Preheat oven to 400 Degrees

Mix everything together and shape into tablespoon sized balls. Put on a parchment lined or greased baking sheet and press down slightly to make a nugget shape.

Lightly brush the tops with avocado oil.

Bake at 400 Degrees for 10 minutes then flip over and cook another 5 minutes or until crisp.

Hearts of Palm “Lobster”

I morphed this recipe from several I found online as a substitute for lobster. First, I am not vegan or vegetarian and believe animal products pack a ton of quality nutrition so I incorporate meat into my diet frequently.

However, I do not eat pork or shellfish for many reasons including: they are both highly inflammatory, highly acidic and prone to parasites.

I love the taste of lobster, I just choose to stay away from it, so this concept intrigued me.

I do eat a ton of vegetables and enjoy preparing them many different ways. I use hearts of palm in salads and as a pasta substitute but this is a brand new way of enjoying them. I added a splash of fish sauce to help mimic the taste of lobster which is missing in the vegan recipes.

This makes a lovely appetizer, lunch or light dinner. Double, triple or quadruple the recipe to serve a crowd.

Advanced and Core Plan

Serves 1

1 can (14.5 oz) hearts of palm

2 tablespoons olive oil

1-2 cloves garlic, minced

1/4 teaspoon paprika

1/4 teaspoon Old Bay seasoning

splash of fish sauce (I use Red Boat)

salt and pepper to taste

2 -3 tablespoons grass fed butter

Parsley, for garnish

Cut the hearts of palm int o 1 inch chunks. Add the olive oil, a clove of garlic, paprika, old bay seasoning, fish sauce, salt and pepper. Cook on medium (do not let the oil smoke) until heated through. Meanwhile, gently melt the butter and add more garlic if desired.

Serve warm, sprinkle with fresh parsley and dip in warm, melted butter.

Kung Pao Chicken

This is a popular dish that is usually loaded with unhealthy oils and sugar but this healthier version is just as spicy and delicious. You can serve it with any stir fried vegetables you like and over cauliflower rice or mung bean noodles to keep it Advanced Plan.

Sauce

  • 1/2 cup free range chicken broth or water
  • 1/4 cup liquid aminos
  • 2 cloves garlic, minced
  • 1 teaspoon sesame oil
  • 1 teaspoon rice vinegar
  • 1 teaspoon chili garlic sauce (check ingredients)
  • 1/2 teaspoon ginger, microplanes
  • 1 tablespoon monk fruit or erythritol sweetener 

Chicken Stir Fry

  • 2 tablespoons coconut oil for stir frying 
  • 1 1/2 pounds free range, organic chicken thigh meat, cut into 1 inch pieces
  • 1 bell pepper, diced
  • 1/2 onion, diced
  • 3 dried thai red chiles
  • 1/4 cup peanuts or cashews

Whisk the sauce ingredients together in a small bowl, and set it aside.

Heat coconut oil in a large non-toxic skillet or griddle to medium/high heat. Add the chicken, and let cook for about 3 minutes on each side until browned.

Add the bell pepper, onion, peanuts and dried Thai chiles in with the chicken and cook for a few more minutes until the chicken is cooked through and the bell peppers and onions are slightly tender. Pour in the sauce and stir together.   Simmer for a few minutes to let the sauce caramelize and thicken.

Stir fry any other veggies you like to serve with the Kung Pao Chicken

Remove from heat and serve on top of mung bean noodles or cauliflower rice if desired.

Advanced Plan ‘white bread’. (keto)

This is an easy, Advanced Plan quick bread that comes out very well.  It holds up to toasting as well.  It uses a dozen egg whites so be sure to use the yolks for another purpose like hollandaise sauce.  

NOTE:  this bread does not rise so it makes very small slices.  Never fear though…it tastes amazing.  Pictured below is the bread used as a grass-fed burger “bun”.  

1 cup Almond Flour

1/4 cup Coconut Flour

2 teaspoon aluminum free baking powder

1/4 teaspoon Sea salt

5 tablespoons grass-fed butter, measure while solid then gently melt

12 large free-range Egg whites (~1 1/2 cups, at room temperature) ((Use the egg yolks to make some hollandaise sauce))

1 1/2 tablespoons monk fruit sweetener or erythritol

1/4 teaspoon Xanthan gum

1/4 teaspoon Cream of tartar 

Instructions:

Preheat the oven to 325 degrees F.

Line a loaf pan with parchment paper, with extra hanging over the sides for easy removal later.

Combine the almond flour, coconut flour, baking powder, erythritol, xanthan gum, and sea salt in a large food processor. Pulse until combined. Add the melted butter. Pulse, scraping down the sides a few times.  

In a separate, very large bowl, use a hand mixer to beat the egg whites and cream of tartar until stiff peaks form. This takes a while so be patient. Add 1/2 of the stiff egg whites to the food processor. Pulse a few times until just combined. Do not over-mix!

Carefully transfer the mixture from the food processor into the bowl with the egg whites, and gently fold until combined.  DO NOT STIR- FOLD to keep the egg whites fluffy.

Transfer the batter to the lined loaf pan.

Bake for about 40 minutes or until the top is golden brown. Tent the top with aluminum foil and bake for another 30-45 minutes, until the top is firm.  Cool completely before removing from the pan and slicing.

Recipe modified from the original at https://www.wholesomeyum.com/recipes/easy-paleo-keto-bread-recipe/

Moroccan Kefta

This is an easy, flavorful dish that is popular street food in Morocco.  Served with spicy harissa, it is a unique dish that can be served with almost any side.  You can also form the meat around skewers for a kebab-type option.

  • 1/2 lb grass fed ground beef
  • 1/2 lb ground lamb
  • Juice of 1/2 lemon
  • 1 small onion, quartered
  • 2 cloves garlic, peeled
  • 8 pitted green olives
  • 1/4 cup chopped fresh cilantro or parsley
  • 1 tablespoon ground cumin
  • 1/2 teaspoon sea salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon freshly ground pepper
  • Harissa,  for serving (check label)

Place beef, lamb and lemon juice in a large bowl. Combine (don’t over mix). Marinate in the refrigerator for 30 min to 1 hour.

Place onion, garlic and olives in a food processor and pulse until coarsely chopped. Add to the marinated meat along with parsley, salt and pepper. Gently combine until evenly incorporated.

Oven option: Preheat broiler with rack at upper third of oven. Line a large rimmed baking sheet with parchment and set a wire rack on it.Using about 3 tablespoons of the meat mixture for each, form 12 thin patties, about 1/4 inch thick. Place on the wire rack. Broil the patties until brown and cooked through, about 8 to 10 minutes.

Grill option:  preheat grill and heat to high.  Grill patties about 3-4 min per side.  

Serve with harissa, if desired.  This is the brand I use. https://amzn.to/3r5k85l