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Solyanka

We have had some pretty cold and dreary weather lately, and this kind of weather always causes me to crave soup. This weekend, Brent was eager to experiment with something new. Brent discovered Solyanka, a spicy and sour soup that originates from Russia but is also popular in Germany and former Eastern Block countries.

Solyanka is traditionally prepared in three different varieties: meat, fish, or mushroom. When Brent shared our recipe development with our friend Russ, who you might know as The Domestic Man, his first question was “Meat, fish, or mushroom?” As someone who specializes in recreating traditional recipes, it was no surprise to us that he was already familiar.

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Tex-Mex Breakfast Bake

For the start of 2017, I’m trying something that I normally despise—eating breakfast. Most mornings, I don’t find myself particularly hungry and I get by with a cup of black coffee and wait until lunch. That said, it’s always been a hunger decision rather than a dislike of breakfast foods. You can see from our multiple breakfast recipes that we’re pretty keen on breakfast foods (although Heather is a much bigger fan of pancakes and waffles).

This recipe hits a number of must-haves for me: you can make it in one pot, it makes multiple servings, and you can make it spicy. This skillet dish reminds me a bit of chili, but the addition of cauliflower and the final step of baking the dish brings the texture closer to a breakfast casserole. And if you’re like me, and like things spicy, you can cover it in hot sauce with no regrets.

Without further ado, I hope you’ll enjoy this recipe for our tex-mex style breakfast bake.

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Cider-Braised Boneless Short Ribs With Figs

If you’re like us, you often put extra meat into the freezer and then promptly forget. We try to be good about this, but when we received a great selection of meats from Butcher Box, we could only use so much at once! One of the remaining cuts we had were these boneless short ribs. Boneless short ribs are not a regular buy for us, but we are now loyal converts. See for yourself how you can get high quality, sustainable beef, chicken, and pork on a regular basis without buying a full side of beef with Butcher Box.

We decided to braise these short ribs with raw apple cider vinegar, onions, and fresh figs. Our tree won’t stop producing these figs, so we keep using them. If figs aren’t your cup of tea, or are not in season, feel free to substitute figs for an equal amount of peaches, apricots, or plums. These tender, delicious short ribs will allow you to eat like royalty for the entire week, and smell fantastic while cooking. We know you’ll enjoy.

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Paleo Instant Pot Cowboy Chili

A couple of weeks ago, we finally hired a professional to come investigate, treat and seal our house against the mice that seem to have taken residence in our walls and attic. It turned out, they had also made themselves comfortable inside the insulation of our oven range. Gross! Plus, all of their nesting and rummaging around in there, broke the gas pipe connections in the range.

So, we bought a new oven! Something we’ve wanted to do but were putting off until the “right time.” Well, that time suddenly became now. Meanwhile, though, we couldn’t use our oven range. This week’s recipe ingenuity was born out of necessity. Thank goodness for our Instant Pot!

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Paleo Picadillo

Picadillo is a dish made with ground beef, tomatoes, and spices. Popular in many Spanish-speaking countries as well as the Philippines, this take on using minced meat is a flavor-filled option. The addition of green olives and raisins is something I would have never expected to work (like I felt about the sauce for my mom’s cocktail smokies), but was gladly proved wrong. You’ll enjoy this picadillo on its own, with cauliflower rice, or even mixed up into leftovers with eggs or additional sautéed greens.

We were inspired to do this recipe by the ground beef from Butcher Box in our freezer. Butcher Box is a 100% grass-fed meat subscription service. It’s an excellent way to get quality, healthy meat delivered to your door without breaking the bank or investing in a chest freezer. (Learn more here!) We typically just use ground beef to make chili or burgers, but we wanted to do something new with this grass-fed ground beef. We hope you will check out the Butcher Box website, get some great quality meats, and enjoy this recipe!

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