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Celery Seed Cabbage Slaw

Making salads has become a new hobby for us in recent months because we’ve trying to increase our vegetable intake without buying the same 3 salad blends from Costco. While we took initiative and recreated one of those staple Costco salads at home, we were still running thin on ideas. Enter: Savoy cabbage.

Growing up, I didn’t think there was any more than one type of cabbage, and I was perfectly fine having nothing to do with it. Ham hocks and sauerkraut and corned beef were the only times in my life I smelled or saw cabbage, and it did not appeal to me. Thankfully, my palate (or stubbornness) evolved and now these are among my favorite foods. This creamy celery seed cabbage slaw is a refreshing and light salad that has a slight tang. It’s been just what the doctor ordered this summer, and we think you’re going to love it. Let us know in the comments how you like to prepare your cabbage!

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Roasted Mustard Brussels Sprouts

Roasted vegetables are some of my favorite side dishes, especially at wood-grilled restaurants where the vegetables are both roasted and smoky. It’s no secret on this blog that we are crazy about Brussels Sprouts. While they’re great on their own, a slow roast with seasoning is a treat.

These Roasted Mustard Brussels Sprouts are great on their own sprinkled with sea salt, or paired with the protein of your choice. We think you’ll love this recipe and hope you’ll add it to your meal plan this week.

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Amatriciana Sauce with Miracle Noodles

Browsing the halls of Whole Foods, or other natural markets, we’ve often come across Miracle Noodles, which seemed weird and probably out of science fiction. For those of you who are unaware, these “miracle noodles” are actually Shirataki noodles or yam noodles, and advertise as EVERYTHING-free: gluten, soy, carbohydrate, and calorie. Sounds too good to be true, right? While they work for us on occasion, they’re probably not the best everyday staple. Sarah Ballantyne did a write up on the subject recently, and I recommend it as a good primer on the noodles and their potential up- and downsides. That having been said, we picked these up on a whim and decided to make a sauce to try them.

Amatriciana sauce is an Italian pasta sauce traditionally made with cured ham, cheese, and tomatoes. We’ve taken some liberties with the recipe, including basil, red pepper flakes, and always more garlic than you might find in other recipes. If you tolerate cheese, feel free to use a high quality parmesan to top your pasta and sauce, and feel free to substitute these miracle noodles for something more up your alley, like homemade zoodles or sweet potato noodles. However you choose to serve this sauce, we think you’ll enjoy it. Also, if you sign up for Butcher Box, you can get a free pack of paleo bacon delivered to you to make this recipe!

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ABC² Pesto

Months ago, there was outrage and chaos when the internet suggested we add peas to guacamole. We might have a similarly sacrilegious recommendation when it comes to pesto. Pesto, traditionally defined, is: pesto ˈpestō/noun, a sauce of crushed basil leaves, pine nuts, garlic, Parmesan cheese, and olive oil, typically served with pasta. We’ve made some different pestos in the past, and you can find them here on the blog, but this version is a bit more controversial.

First, we’ve added clove. Basil and clove might sound like a strange combination, but the sweet and spice of each play off of each other really well. Also, we’ve substituted pine nuts for raw cashews. We completely skipped the cheese, and instead added a ripe avocado. You heard it here, folks. Avocado added to pesto is absolutely amazing. It makes for a creamy sauce that is to die for. Follow the recipe below and you’ll see how to make it yourself.

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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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