February 28, 2017

Asian Turkey Meatballs

I made these up ahead on a Sunday and tossed them in the oven to reheat on a Tuesday.  Dad was up here and we both agreed it was pretty tasty.  It was a bit salty so I'm cutting back the amount of tamari from the original recipe.  We both liked it though and it reheated well.  I made rice and some green beans sauteed in bacon grease to go with it.

Asian Turkey Meatballs

1 pound ground turkey
1 egg
1/4 cup coconut flour
1-2 teaspoon minced garlic
1/2 teaspoon ground ginger
1/2 teaspoon salt
Few cracks of pepper

1/3 cup tamari
1/3 cup water
1/4 cup apple juice (original called for orange juice, use what you's the "sweet" balance to the salty tamari)
1-2 teaspoon minced garlic
1/2 teaspoon ground ginger
1 heaping teaspoon arrowroot powder + 1 teaspoon cold water (mixed together)

Preheat your oven to 400 degrees. In a medium bowl add turkey, egg, coconut flour, garlic, ground ginger, salt and pepper and mix to combine completely. Divide into 16 meatballs and place them in an 8x8 inch pyrex. Set aside.

In a medium saucepan combine tamari, water, juice, garlic & ground ginger. Bring to a boil and add the arrowroot and water mixture. Whisk vigorously to keep from clumping! Pour sauce over the meatballs evenly and bake for 18-20 minutes.  

To reheat, I put it in a covered dish at 300 for 20-30 minutes while I cooked the rice and veggies.

January 19, 2017

Date Sweetened BBQ Sauce

Not a huge fan of most bbq sauces and I don't use a lot so being able to make it when I need it is super helpful.  I made this one last night and used about half the batch to cook country style pork ribs.  Boys loved it and Jill and I thought it was pretty tasty as well.  Decided I wanted to keep track of it for future reference.  I used to use the one out of the Joy of Cooking but misplaced it.  I did add a bit of chipotle Tabasco and a shot of lemon juice because I remembered that from the Joy of Cooking one.  May find it again and compare the two at some point.

Date Sweetened BBQ Sauce

Date Sweetened BBQ Sauce

1 (14.5 oz) can tomato sauce (no oil or sugar added) (I didn't have this so I used two 8 oz cans and it was fine)
9 deglet dates
1/4 cup apple cider vinegar
2 teaspoons yellow mustard
2 teaspoons garlic powder
1 teaspoon onion powder
1 teaspoon chili powder
1/4 teaspoon salt
couple splashes of chipotle Tabsco sauce
about a teaspoon or so of lemon juice

Place all of the BBQ sauce ingredients in a medium pot over medium high heat. Bring to a simmer stirring occasionally for 10 minutes. Transfer to a blender and blend until smooth.

January 11, 2017

Yeast Free Almond Flour Bread

 It is struggle city to find "bread" that doesn't have grains in it and doesn't taste like crap.  This recipe from was a hit.  I used almond milk instead of the coconut milk that they used.  I may try doubling the recipe next time and see if it will make a bit thicker loaf.  I'm thinking it's going to work for sandwiches!!!!

Yeast Free Almond Flour Bread
  • 2 cups almond meal
  • 1 cup tapioca flour
  • 2 tsp baking powder
  • ½ tsp baking soda
  • 1 tsp sea salt
  • 2 eggs
  • ½ cup dairy-free milk
  • ½ cup water
  • 1 tbsp raw apple cider vinegar
  1. Line an 8-inch loaf pan with parchment paper
  2. In a large mixing bowl, stir together almond flour, tapioca flour, baking powder, baking soda, and sea salt.
  3. In a separate bowl, whisk eggs, milk, water, and apple cider vinegar until they are mixed well.
  4. Pour the wet mixture into the dry mixture and stir together well.
  5. Pour the mixed batter into the lined loaf pan.
  6. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F while you let the dough sit for 10-15 minutes.
  7. Bake for 1 hour and 15 minutes, or until a toothpick inserted in the center of the bread comes out clean.
  8. Let cool for 30 minutes, then take out the bread by pulling on the parchment paper flaps.

June 30, 2016

Garlic Sauce

This garlic sauce was awesome.  The boys literally gobbled it up!  It's slightly adapted from Mel Joulwan's.

Garlic Sauce

2 cloves garlic
1/3 c light oil (olive or avocado)
2-3 green onions
3 T lime juice
1/4 tsp cumin
1/4 tsp red pepper flakes
1/2 tsp salt

Puree the hell out of this in your blender/miniature food processor.  Enjoy!

June 21, 2016

Chicken Adobo

I've made this off and on over the last couple of years and remembered I didn't want to lose the recipe.  I got it from What the Fork blog.

Chicken Adobo
3-4 lbs chicken drumsticks
1/2 c soy sauce
3/4 c white vinegar
3 cloves garlic, crushed
2 bay leaves
1 T whole peppercorns

  1. Place chicken, soy sauce, vinegar, garlic, bay leaves and peppercorns in a large pot and bring to a boil. Reduce heat and simmer for 30 minutes. Turn the chicken periodically in the cooking liquid.
  2. Remove the chicken from the pot and grill or broil for about 5 minutes.
  3. While the chicken is finishing cooking, continue boiling the sauce until it reduces by almost half. Place the cooked chicken on a platter, strain the sauce and pour over the chicken.

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