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Sweet and Simple Beef and Cabbage

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I love when extremely simple things end up being incredibly tasty. I have also decided I love allspice. I often use whole berries to flavor my dishes (lately anyway), and apparently after cooking for a while, they aren’t really hard and kind of lightly crumble when you bite them….hooray for not being afraid to break a tooth on a sneaky allspice berry! Really though, It’s a great spice, especially in the fall, and is almost a mixture of cinnamon, clove, and nutmeg…..but more subtle.

I had a rather large head of cabbage in my refrigerator, so I decided to use it with some ground beef I had just defrost. All the seasonings were relatively light, just a few shakes. It came out really nice, with a sweetness and a comfort factor.

Ingredients:

  • 4 oz vegetable broth
  • 1 onion
  • 1 lb grass-fed ground beef
  • 1/3 head of cabbage, sliced
  • 2 tablespoons duck fat
  • Salt, pepper, allspice, cinnamon, paprika, sage, thyme

Start by heating duck fat or other cooking fat in a pan. Add the cabbage and cover. In a couple of minutes add the broth and onion. Season and cover until the cabbage cooks down. Add the ground beef. Cover and occasionally stir to break up beef.


Chicken Paleoindaloo

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Ok, so the name needs a little work. Open to suggestions!

Fairly often, one of my flavor cravings is indian food. So I decided to make something with a bit of spice and indian flair, my way. It’s not a particular dish, but the heat build up reminds me of a clove heavy vindaloo, which is one of my favorite dishes. I like cloves, which is why I added more than normal, but not everyone does, so you may want to cut back a little if you’re not sure. The heat definitely builds on this one – so keep that in mind if you are sensitive to spicy food.

I didn’t measure anything – so any spices in bold, I used GENEROUS amounts of. I apologize in advance if some of the pictures aren’t as nice as usual…I usually don’t photograph the cooking process (because I’m busy focusing on cooking), and didn’t have special lights to set up over the kitchen while dodging tomato splatter ha!

Ingredients:

  • 1 lb Chicken Breast
  • 3 large shallots
  • 3 large cloves of garlic
  • 2 yams or sweet potatoes – peeled and cubed
  • 1 28 oz can Cento Brand crushed tomato
  • 1 can Trader Joe’s light coconut milk
  • 2-3 cups sliced okra
  • 2 stalks celery
  • 2-3 tablespoons unsweetened cocoa powder
  • 4 whole allspice and cloves – smashed
  • Cardamom
  • Red cayenne pepper
  • Ginger
  • Hungarian paprika
  • Coriander
  • Tumeric
  • Cumin
  • Cinnamon
  • Salt

Put all spices in a ziplock with chicken and rub around as a dry rub – let marinate for 1-2 hours

Cut up and cube 2 yams or sweet potatoes and chop 3 large cloves of garlic and 3 large shallots

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garlic and shallots

Heat 2 tablespoons duck fat.

DuckFat In Pan

Using a kitchen scissors cut the chicken I to cubes or chunks and cook for a minute or two before adding the garlic and onion. Then throw them in and stir.

Chicken

After a minute add the sweet potato and stir.

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After a few minutes add the canned crushed tomato (28oz Cento brand) and coconut milk (Trader Joe’s) and stir. Cover and simmer for 5 minutes, stirring once or twice

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Add more of the spices you used earlier and 2 bay leaves, cover and let simmer. After it starts simmering hard, turn the heat down to medium – add a little lime juice.

Chop and add 2 stalks of celery and 2 cups (or 5 handfuls) frozen sliced okra.

Cover and continue to simmer and occasionally stir for 20 or so minutes until it starts to thicken as the sweet potatoes soften.

Add 2 tablespoons unsweetened cocoa powder, stir, and turn off heat.


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