Tag Archives: gluten free

Chicken and Fig Tagine

Having a tagine, or tajine, was always a lofty dream for us—it is a piece of cookware historically from North Africa, and is super cool looking. If you’d like a more in depth review of its history and use, check this out. Imagine our surprise when we received one for Christmas, and our dreams came true. We hadn’t asked for one, but it’s had good use since. You can use a tagine on your cooktop as well as in the oven, and it’s a great conversation piece when hosting dinner.

Do not fear, those of you who are tagine-less, you can cook similarly in a covered dutch oven or crock pot. There is some magic lost in the appearance and cooking process (the conical shape of the tagine collects and condenses steam back down the center), but you’ll still be able to enjoy this recipe. That said, if this is the impetus to go buy a tagine, DO IT! We guarantee you’ll enjoy this new way of making food at home.

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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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Arugula and Fresh Fig Salad

Did you know that figs are a flower, not a fruit? It’s actually the “infructescence” or “false-fruit” in which the flower and seeds are born. Fruit or not, I think figs are delicious! If you pick them a little green, they are plump, firm and almost savory or tart. Pick them once they’ve ripened to a deep purple, they are soft, luscious and incredibly sweet.

This salad plays the sweetness of the figs against the peppery arugula and subtly sharp red onion. The walnuts add a nice earthy flavor and crunch. The creamy, slightly cream-cheesy dressing rounds out the whole thing. I hope you love it as much as I do!

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Pork Spring (Un)Rolls Sauté

Spring rolls are a guilty pleasure that I could eat for days; thankfully, they only send a limited quantity when we occasionally order in. If this describes you, too, I recommend Russ Crandall’s Paleo Takeout to satisfy all your cravings. You can check out our review here.

We were inspired to add to the flavorful offerings, and this recipe was a result of our brainstorming. Pairing meat and cabbage is a great way to put together a one-pot meal (this one, too), and we think you’ll agree that this belongs in a regular rotation.

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Fig Coconut Yogurt

Have I mentioned that we have a fig tree? Two, actually! But one is still a baby. The mature one started bearing beautiful, plump fruit in mid-August and it keeps on giving. On Saturday of this past weekend alone, I picked 31 fresh figs! I gave most of them away to neighbors, but I experimented with some in our kitchen as well. (True story: My second experiment did not fare well but I hope to perfect it soon!)

Thankfully, this super easy treat was a success—it’s almost hard to go wrong with delicious, fresh fruit and coconut milk—you may  to our Meyer Lemon Chia Pudding. The orange zest, married with the slight tang from the skins of the fig fruits, along with a thinner consistency remind me of yogurt. So, that’s why I’m calling it a “yogurt.” Enjoy it as breakfast on-the-go, a refreshing snack, or light dessert. Whatever its name, whenever you eat it, I think it’s really quite good and I know you will, too!

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