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Cherry Barbequeue Boneless Shortribs with Honey Thyme Butternut Squash

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I swear, sometimes it’s so hard to make stew type things look good in pictures. Especially for me, I don’t set anything up special, the dishes are not in makeup for an hour before we shoot, I try to be very realistic, and stove-to-plate…..because that’s real life! Anyway, Here’s something a little different. I really love the Grass-Fed Boneless Short Ribs from US Wellness Meats. They are a perfect portion, and you get a good amount of meat with them since you don’t have to worry about getting one with a big bone. I had some left over wine (Not WLC Compliant alert!) , and I was on a cherry kick, so I decided to make a sort of “Cherry BBQ “sauce for the short ribs. As always, it doesn’t get easier than the slow cooker, producing beautiful, tasty, fall apart-melt-in-your-mouth meat. Super duper easy, and you can substitute the ribs for any good roast.

Ingredients:

  • 16 oz boneless short ribs (I get mine from US Wellness Meats)
  • 24 oz strained tomatoes
  • 1 onion, quartered
  • 1 carrot, chopped
  • 1 tablespoon stone ground mustard
  • 1/8 cup coconut aminos
  • 1/4 cup red wine (Cabernet Sauvignon)
  • 1/8 cup balsamic vinegar
  • A few tablespoons apple cider vinegar
  • 1-2 cups dark red cherries (I used organic, frozen)
  • a few dashes of nutmeg, Clove, Cinnamon, salt,
  • A good amount of black pepper, paprika, ancho chili powder, and  southwest seasoning

Throw everything in the crock pot, and cook on low for 8-10 hours. I put it in before going to work, and switched it to the keep warm setting when I got home.

Then while I was at the gym, I had a butternut squash roasting (350-375 for about 60-90 min depending on the size of the squash). Before getting into the shower, I cut it in half and removed the seeds. I lightly scored it, and then rubbed it with 1/2 a teaspoon of honey and a sprinkle of cinnamon and thyme per side, before putting it back in the oven for another 15 minutes. (Note: Don’t use honey if you are on the WLC as it is not compliant )

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All of this fit into my busy day very nicely, and made getting a delicious dinner on the table a snap. I love rich, fruity, BBQ flavors in the winter time. The ribs were so tender, and pulled apart very easily with a fork.

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Simple Pleasures

Sorry for the lack of quality updates, life has had me running in circles, and going crazy! I’m still eating compliant to the WLC but I’ve been just “whipping things together” and “winging it” most days. I have a few posts lined up, but I’m going to apologize right now for going back to iPhone photos. I’ve just barely had time to put anything together, and when I want to take a few quick pictures for you guys, It’s usually nearby. The first thing I wanted to share with you, is a dinner I put together one night last week. I know it’s no longer summer, and hot dogs are not what you really think of when It comes to eating healthy, but in a pinch I really love Applegate Farms brand hot dogs (Specifically, The Great Organic Beef Hot Dog…and the Chicken variety as well) , and if you look at the ingredients (No nitrates, no junk, no preservatives, no sugar), they’re WLC compliant! So whether you consider this a “Processed Food” or not, they’re great for a no frills, super quick, dinner or a summer BBQ.

Ingredients: Organic Grass-Fed Beef, Water. Contains Less Than 2% Of The Following: Sea Salt, Organic Spices, Organic Dehydrated Garlic, Organic Dehydrated Onion, Organic Paprika, Celery Powder. Spices: Paprika, Cayenne Pepper, Coriander, Mace, Ginger, White Pepper

And buns? Who needs buns when you have some nice leafy kale! Add a little organic and WLC compliant mustard, or some Tessemae’s Paleo BBQ sauce and you are good-to-go!

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As a side dish, I made a salad using Raddichio, Red Cabbage, Big Tomato Slices, Leeks, Capers, Olive Oil, and a squeeze of Lemon Juice. Simple, Raw and Delicious!

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So, I’ll have some recipes coming up soon, but in the meantime, this is just a reminder that you can keep it really simple, and still be healthy, on those hectic nights that cooking is just not an option! Still better than eating out!

 

 


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