Sunday, January 24, 2010

Bison Meatballs

I had to keep myself from eating all of them in one go, so I figured NOT posting the recipe on this blog would be downright mean.

First off, when I make spaghetti squash I am on the hunt to find lots of things to mix it up in because usually there is an over abundance of the squash in my fridge for days. Lately, mixing it with ground meat seems to be really appropriate 1) because the small starch in the squash acts as a binder for things like balls, loaves, and patties 2) it adds a sweet flavor that melds in nicely with the savory of the meat.

However, bison is kind of gamey, no? I wasn't sure how the squash would hold up flavor wise with the bison, but figured, what the hell, the worst it could be was bland and I can deal with that. The outcome was delicious. DEEEE-eee-li-shus.

1lb Grass fed bison
appx 2c spaghetti squash (maybe less)
8 medium sized baby bellas
1 large shallot
1 tbs curry powder (I could have used a little more, taste got a little lost)
salt and pepper
1 egg beaten

I put the mushrooms and shallots into my food processor (which you should also have one by now) and diced them super fine. Don't make a pate with them, we just want them diced very finely.

Mix all the ingredients thoroughly into the ground meat and set a pan to medium with a little coconut oil. Ball 'em and put 'em in. Cook one side, then roll them onto another side. The whole process takes about 10-15 minutes.

I put them on top of diced cabbage, red and green, with green beans and artichoke hearts. Good stuff.

Monday, January 18, 2010

Almond Butter From Scratch

Almond butter is one of those foods that I hesitate to invite into my house because I am not responsible enough to eat it in moderation. One teaspoon becomes half a cup easily, and if it's at the end of a long and hard day, forggettaboutit. Whopping tablespoons right into my mouth, and then a horrible flood of remorse.

Do you have a food processor? If not, get one. Food processors really come in handy, both for convenience and saving money.

Yesterday I made my own almond butter. Two cups of almonds into the food processor and 2-3 minutes later, done! Now, I did not add salt, and it is more of a paste than a "butter" HOWEVER in spite of how simple it looks and tastes at first, it is extremely satisfying.

Next batch will have a bit of coconut oil added it to add a little more butter feel to the mix. I'll let you know how that goes...

BAM, just saved an additional $4.99/lb on my weekly groceries!

Monday, January 4, 2010

Steamed Broccoli with Kale and Tahini-Lemon Dressing

Steam a bunch of broccoli and kale, put in a bowl, drench* in tahini and the juice from one lemon then roll around on the floor, BECAUSE IT'S SO DAMN GOOD.

*Use your best judgment. Add spoonfuls until you reach a desired consistency.

Grass Fed Lamb Burgers

Over the break I watched Food Inc and became completely disgusted with large meat processing plants. In accordance with my new pledge to eat good, quality food I hit up Boggy Creek Farm in East Austin for some grass fed ground lamb that came from Richardson Farms here in Central Texas.

Grass Fed Lamb Burgers
-1 lb grass fed lamb
-1 beaten egg
-diced mushroom
-diced artichoke hearts
-lemon juice
-2 tsp ground fennel
-salt and pepper to taste

Mix all together and form patties! Grill! Enjoy! I paired mine with spinach and roasted brussels sprouts.... you should too!