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.

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!

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!

Lomo Saltado (plus FREE bacon)

Lomo Saltado is a Peruvian dish that resembles both a stir fry and steak and potatoes. Often served with rice as well, it consists of marinated steak, onions, spices, and french fries. We were excited to try this recipe because we love hearty home-cooked meals from around the world, and it was an opportunity to try out some amazing meat from Butcher Box.

Balsamic Flank Steak

Of all the vinegars in the world, there’s something really special about balsamic vinegar. It’s great with proteins, vegetables, even many fruits. It can be used in salad dressings, marinades, sauces, and more. One of the easiest ways to enjoy this dynamic condiment is on steak.

Prepare this recipe the night before, and you’ll have most of your dinner cooked in 10 minutes or less! We recommend you serve the flank steak over lettuce greens for a salad, or with our oven-roasted brussels sprouts for a delightfully quick and easy to prepare dinner that won’t disappoint!