Quick Spinach and Mushroom Sauté

Do you struggle to get enough vegetables into your day? I have been following a pretty strict ketogenic diet for the past 6 weeks, and vegetable intake has been a struggle. My appetite has been low and I’m feeling great, but I haven’t been hungry for vegetables. That said, the need for mushrooms hit hard and fast this weekend.

In turn, we decided to put together a super easy side dish that would satisfy my craving. The ghee we used is Salted White Truffle from 4th & Hearth. The combination of truffle, spinach, and mushroom makes for an umami explosion you won’t want to miss. This didn’t last in the house long enough for us to serve it as a standard side, but I bet it would go great with just about any protein you choose. Enjoy!

Green Bean Casserole

Green bean casserole is a holiday tradition. When we went paleo, it fell off the list for a couple of reasons. It wasn’t the main attraction on our table growing up, nor was Heather jumping to figure out how to recreate it without all of the pre-made, preservative-laden ingredients (I’m looking at you condensed soup). This year, however, I wanted to make it happen. Using a homemade cream soup as a base, we crafted a paleo green bean casserole.

One thing to note is that we made our cream of celery soup with homemade pork stock—it was what we had in the refrigerator. Its savory, gelatinous consistency took everything to a new level. If you are looking for a go-to resource for making stock at home, this guide from Real Everything is the answer.

The one thing we didn’t add to the mix was the French’s Crispy Fried Onions. These aren’t a must-have for us, but if you’d really like to give them a try, we made fried onions for our Western Meatloaf. An extra step, but if you’ve got to have them, go for it! Just add them to the top of the casserole for the final 10 minutes of baking.

Sour Cream and Chive Cauliflower Mash

It’s hard to believe that it’s Thanksgiving week again; in the past 6 weeks we’ve gotten married and put in an offer on a few houses(!!). This past weekend we had amazing time with our friends Matt and Stacy of Paleo Parents and Nicole of Merit + Fork to celebrate Friendgiving. There was a gigantic spread of food, and you have to check out the Thanksgiving roundup! If you’re doubtful, check out the amazing prime rib that Matt cooked.

Savory Chicken Gizzard Pate

If you would have told me 3 years ago I would enjoy cooking or eating a chicken gizzards, I would have bet you good money to call your bluff.  You would have been victorious, however, because I am now a big fan.  Beyond the nose (or in this case, beak) to tail movement, I’ve found that offal meats are actually quite delicious.  This is also a fairly easy recipe that your whole family will enjoy (trust me).  We made this with our homemade applesauce, and that is a great treat as well.

This recipe uses both chicken hearts and gizzards, and is served as a pate you can scoop up with your favorite vegetables.  We have also stuffed mushroom caps with this pate, and it’s scrumptious.  I’ll add the directions and photos for the stuffed mushroom caps as a bonus how-to next time we get a chance to make this.

Spinach Soufflé

We eat a lot of spinach. It’s one of our favorite vegetables. We eat sautéed spinach as a side with at least a few breakfasts, lunches, or dinners each week. As delicious as sautéed spinach is, sometimes we need a little variety.

So, in the excitement of all the holiday cooking, I decided to try my hand at spinach soufflé. How hard could it be, right? Honestly, it’s not that hard–if you have a mixer. I can whip egg white by hand, but the mixer makes it so much easier! The real trick, is patience. Be patient with your egg whites and you shall be rewarded. Give this recipe a try. You’ll see what I mean.