Bone Broth+

The thing about bone broth… is that there are a lot of things. All of the things in fact. It’s delicious on its own. Ridiculously versatile. Simple to cook, but it has its nuances, which make it a liiiiitle tricky. And it has a whole host of immune boosting, gut healing benefits that I’ll take <and give my kids> any day.

I make a very simple bone broth version because I use it in so many things. I even put it in oatmeal for the kids, so I don’t want it to be too too savory. Plus I find that the more I add to the broth pot, the more annoying it is to strain. And ain’t nobody got time for that!

My favorite type of bone broth is grass fed beef bones, but more often than not, I end up making chicken bone broth because it’s what I have on had from what I cooked- we do whole roasted chickens here probably once a week 👍🤤

Anyhow. For bone broth, you just take your bones from the meat- I usually use about 8 cups of water for 1 whole chicken. And I only use the larger bones/pieces. The smaller bones get really tough to strain. Place the bones and your water into a pot and add your seasonings. I typically use about a tsp of kosher salt, a tsp of ground turmeric, a 1″ knob of ginger, a bay leaf and a dash of pepper. That’s it!

I know a lot of people use carrots and celery etc, but like I said- it gets tough to strain and I like to keep mine very simple.

HERE’S THE TRICK TO BONE BROTH: once it starts gently boiling, you have to add about 1 tbsp of ACV and immediately reduce it to a gentle simmer. The ACV is what draws the collagen out of the bones and of you boil it, you’ll kill it!

Then, you just let it simmer for about 8 hours, strain it and pour it into glass containers and store in the fridge! Or you can also put it in bags and freeze it. It never lasts long enough here to freeze!

I usually reheat this in individual servings and add more of what I cooked it with- ie salt, turmeric, pepper and sometimes some crushed red pepper to make it nice and spicy 🤗. Whatever I’m feeling like really. I’ll even do a savory version sometimes and add honey, ginger and cinnamon! Add milk and it’s a bone broth turmeric latte! Sounds weird, but it’s sooooo yummy.

I also use this for immune boosters in soups, stocks, recipes and even oatmeal for the kids! I could go on forever, but that could get realllly boring… maybe some other time 🤣

Pesto

Let’s talk about pesto. Delicious. Versatile. Packed with antioxidants and vitamins. Bursting with flavor. Pretty much all things yummy.

But I feel like it gets a bad rap for being too expensive, ingredient exclusive and labor intensive to make. Orrr maybe I just gave it that rap 🤣

I remember making this with my aunt and cousins. It was a blast, but I remember literally plucking BUSHELS of basil, toasting bags upon bags of pine nuts, using gallons of olive oil and huge Costco containers of Parmesan. Then we would spend the entire evening whirring these ingredients up in a food processor. And I mean, we made quite a bit of pesto, but I remember being shocked at how countertops full of ingredients could be reduced to a few jars of <delicious> green paste.

It just seemed like making pesto, while a delicious and fun family project, would always be expensive and laborious.

And I’ve recently discovered that that isn’t always the case. I’ll admit that my summertime pesto always has basil because it’s so easy to grow, but my nuts and oils always vary to what I have on hand. Sometimes I even use avocados in place of some of the nuts/oils.

And my winter time pesto… I never know what’s gonna be in that. Sometimes it’s arugula. Sometimes it’s a mix of spinach and other herbaceous leafy greens. I’ve used kale.

And I think I’ve used every nut imaginable. The only ones I don’t recommend are peanuts and pecans… just too sweet and powerful, without being complimentary to the Parmesan and greens. I also highly recommend toasting. Adds an extra step, but really enhances the flavor. But if you’re in a pinch for time, not toasting them is still fine. Walnuts, macadamia, pine, Brazil and hazel- nuts all work well, in my opinion.

Anyhoo. I’m rambling. But I encourage you to play with pesto! It’s fun and Inthink you’d be surprised at the yummy combos you can make 🤗

Below is the recipe for the pictured pesto, and below are other yummy combos I’ve tried, with about the same ingredient ratios 🤗

Summer Basil Pesto

2c. Basil (packed)

2/3c toasted, then cooled walnuts

2/3c Parmesan cheese

1/2c EVOO

Juice of 1/2 lemon

Recipe:

Place basil on the bottom of a food processor/vitamix. Squeeze lemon over top. Add walnuts and Parmesan cheese. Pulse until ingredients are well incorporated. Slowly add oil until the mixture becomes pasty (you may have to play around with the amount of oil here).

Try not to eat it all with a spoon.

I love this on Pesto Zoodles. On crackers. With carrots. With pasta. In this pasta salad. With slices of tomato. Gosh just about anything I want to give a flavor boost really!

Here are some other combos I’ve really enjoyed:

Arugula-macadamia nuts-avocado

Basil-pine nuts-EVOO

Baby kale-walnut-EVOO

Parsely-pine nut-avocado oil

Ginger Lemon Tahini Dressing

This dressing deserves its own post… I had it hidden away here, but it bothered me. It’s just too good to stay buried!

Trust me. It needed its own post. It needs to be put in/on errrythang, not just 1 thing!! So here it is.

I’m guilty of eating this by the spoonful(s)

Ingredients:

1/4c Tahini

1/4c avocado oil or EVOO

1 tbsp braggs liquid aminos, coconut aminos or tamari

Juice from ½ lemon

1 tbsp minced garlic

½ tsp minced ginger

Directions:

  1. Combine all ingredients in a high powered blender (like Vitamix)
  2. Slowly add warm water until the dressing is thick, but pourable… I usually vary from about 1/3-1/2 cup because I like a thick, spoonable dressing. If you like a thinner, runnier dressing add more. It’s completely to taste.

Gorgonzola Broccoli and Cauliflower Casserole

THIS. This side blew.me.away. I couldn’t stop, it was so dang good. I adapted this from the 21 Day Keto Reset. I kept the same procedure, but omitted, subbed and swapped things like gorgonzola for gruyere (I don’t really like gruyere). And I took out the crushed pork rind topping because that sounded disgusting to me. But I definitely kept the same idea.

This was crazy good. It was rich, cheesy, creamy, crunchy and fresh all at the same time. I think next time I’ll add cayenne. Cuz I like it 🔥

Recipe:

Ingredients:

4c broccoli florets

4c cauliflower florets

2tbsp grassfed butter

3/4c sour cream

3/4c crumbled gorgonzola cheese

1tbsp Dijon mustard

1tbsp dry thyme

1tsp kosher salt

1tsp cracked black pepper

1/2c grated parmesan

Directions: Preheat oven to 375

  1. Chop the broccoli and cauliflower into smaller, more bite size florets.
  2. Melt butter in a large skillet and add broccoli and cauliflower. Let that sit for 2 minutes. Stir it up a bit and let the florets on the top grab some heat and butter from the bottom. Let it sit for 2 minutes again. Remove from heat.
  3. In another bowl, mix the sour cream, gorgonzola, salt and pepper.
  4. I just pour the cheese mixture into the veggies in the pan and stir it, but you could also add the veggies to the sauce if your bowl is big enough.
  5. Transfer the veggie mixture into a pyrex or casserole dish and sprinkle the parmesan on top.
  6. Bake for 20-25 minutes, until the casserole is bubbly on the edges and the veggies are cooked to taste!

Macadamia Crusted Mahi Mahi*

Note- you can use any white fish really. I’ve had this with haddock, halibut, tilapia and even cod! A thicker fish definitely works better because the crust is pretty flavorul and substantial.

I adapted this from the 21 Day Keto Reset as well. They served it with a brown butter sauce in the book, but my familiy didn’t really dig that, so I usually have this with the Arugula Pesto Zoodles, found here.

Ok, here goes.

Ingredients:

3/4C Raw Macadamias

3Tbsp Coconut Flour

S&P to taste (about ½ tsp)

½tsp garlic powder

½ Cup Avocado Oil Mayo

4 Fish Filets (6-8 oz ea)

That’s it! That’s all you need. Seems complicated at first, but when you break it down, it’s suuuuuper doable. Anyoo, onto the directions:

  1. Preheat oven to 425 and lightly grease a glass casserole dish and put the fish inside.
  2. Pulse the Macadamia nuts in a food processor until they’re crumbly, but not pasty. Add the coconut flour, salt, pepper and garlic powder and pulse until well mixed.
  3. Spread the mayo on the fish. Then take small handfulls of the nut crumble and coat the fish, gently press the crumble into the mayo. Bake for 25 minutes.

Keto Blueberry Rolls

These could easily be turned into muffins, but these bad boys hold their shape, so why dirty a pain-in-the-butt to wash muffin pan when an easy-to-clean sheet pan will do? I’m a big fan of Mom hacks. Nah, I’m just a big fan of keeping stuff simple. And, I know I’m partial, but I think they look just as good- no?

Again, I’m not a strict keto eater, but I’m excited at the prospect of finally learning how to cook with coconut flour! I adapted these from ketoconnects recipe for their rolls. So here goes:

Ingredients:

1/2c coconut flour

2tbsp psyllium husk powder

1/2tsp aluminum free baking powder

1/4 tsp fine ground pink himalaya sea salt

2 packets or 2tsp stevia

3/4c Water

4 eggs

4tbsp grassfed butter or coconut oil, melted

1/4c Wymans frozen blueberries

Directions

1. Preheat oven to 350 and lay a Silpat mat on a baking sheet

2. Mix all dry ingredients (first 5 listed)

3. Gently blend or mix water and eggs

4. Add butter while mixing/blending

5. Pour wet into dry and mix gently until incorporated.

6. Fold in blueberries

7. Form into rolls and bake at 350 for 25-30min- please don’t mind my dirty silpat mat 😬

Top with butter and enjoy!

Went ahead and made mini muffin versions for the heck of it… What can I say- I was curious 🤷🏻‍♀️

Arugula Pesto Zoodles

Another amazing recipe from Mark Sissons Book: The 21 Day KETO Reset. I often tweak the pesto ingredients, but the macadamia nuts work really well with the avocado and the zucchini I must admit! This dish is on repeat over here and I have it a lot with the Macadamia Crusted Fish, like this recipe here!

Ingredients:

2-4 Zoodled Zucchinis, (depending on how saucy you like your Zoodles

2cups arugula

Kosher Salt

1/4c Macadamia Nuts

2 garlic cloves, chopped or 2 tbsp minced garlic

½ small avocado

1/4c Romano Cheese

dash pink himalaya sea salt

dash black pepper

½ EVOO

Directions:

  1. Toss Zoodles with kosher salt and let sit in a strainer for 20 minutes, or longer. You can rinse or not, if you rinse them, you’ll have to dry them again in a towel. Sometimes I just don’t have time for this, so I just use as much Kosher Salt in the beginning as I want to season them with…
  2. For the Pesto: pulse arugula, garlic and macadamia nuts in a food processor or on low in a Vitamix until the mixture is coarse. You’ll probably need to scrape down the sides. Add avocado, cheese salt and pepper. Then add the EVOO slowly while the blender or food processor is running.
  3. Saute the zoodles with some butter or spray. I do this by creating a large layer of zoodles and letting them cook for 1 minute. Then I gently toss them and leave undisturbed for another minute.
  4. Remove from heat and add your pesto. Toss to make sure it all gets coated on there.

Again, this goes really really well with the macadamia crusted Mahi Mahi!!

Collard Turkey Wraps with Herbacious Tahini “Cole Slaw”

I got this idea from the 21 Day Keto Reset as well. I never thought of using Collards as a wrap before until I bought one at Whole Foods made by Eat Gud Whole Foods. I became obsessed with making a delicious lemony tahini dressing and making a delicious collard wrap. So this is a conglomeration of a lot of different things… it was also kind of hard to organize because I drew from so many different places. It might look painstaking and time consuming at first, but the different parts of this are very versatile and can be used for many different things!

IE, the tahini dressing can be used to taste here, on the herb salad and saved in the fridge for other things.

Recipe:

Ingredients:

4 Big Collard Leaves

4 slices organic turkey breast

1c Herbacious Tahini Cole Slaw

Directions:

  1. Use a knife to cut the thick unedible part of the collard stem… you should end up with a heart(ish) shaped leaf
  2. Place a slice of turkey breast onto the collard leaf and place ¼ cup herbacioud tahini cole slaw on top.
  3. Tuck the tails of the wrap in and roll the wrap. I like to leave the top open so I can add more dressing, but you can also close the top if you’d like!

Recipe for Tahini Dressing:

Ingredients:

1/4c Tahini

1/4c avocado oil or EVOO

1 tbsp braggs liquid aminos, coconut aminos or tamari

Juice from ½ lemon

1 tbsp minced garlic

½ tsp minced ginger

Directions:

  1. Combine all ingredients in a high powered blender (like Vitamix)
  2. Slowly add warm water until the dressing is thick, but pourable… I usually vary from about 1/3-1/2 cup because I like a thick, spoonable dressing. If you like a thinner, runnier dressing add more. It’s completely to taste.

Recipe for Slaw:

Ingredients:

1/2c fresh cilantro

1/2c fresh Italian parsley

1 small bag broccoli slaw, or just regular cole slaw

2c arugula*

1 avocado, cubed

*to me, the arugula has a really peppery taste. Sometimes I’m into it, sometimes I’m not. To me, this ingredient is optional. If I don’t use arugula, I usually compensate by adding more herbs or cole slaw.

Directions:

  1. Finely chop cilantro and parsley together, then add the slaw.
  2. Pour in desired amount of dressing and mix well
  3. Toss gently with the arugula, if using and top with avocado.

Super Easy Keto Crepes

Ok. So I am not a strict keto eater. Far from it in fact. I did dabble with it a bit and I liked a lot of aspects of it, to be honest, but I cannot commit fully to that lifestyle with my family without going insane. Thats just me. I know plenty of people do it, but not this mama. I felt like I had to try it though. I mean, if I’m going to speak intelligently about something, I should probably have tried it first…

That being said, there were a lot of things I loved about it. I felt like it really helped my relationship with healthy FATS. And, cooking this way taught me a lot of cool ways to use coconut flour.

One of them was in this easy keto tortilla recipe I found on wayyum.com and I tweaked them a bit to turn them into these really yummy, hearty, filling crepes. I flipping love crepes. Sometimes you just need to fill a yummy eggy wrap with some berries or Nutella, you feel me?

Anyhoo, this is what I did:

Recipe:

Ingredients:

– 1/2c coconut flour (I used Bob’s Redmill)

– 6 pasture raised eggs (I used Nellies)

– 1+1/4c almond milk

– 1/2tsp vanilla

– 1 stevia packet

– dash fine ground pink himalaya salt

Directions:

1. Whisk or blend wet ingredients on low until eggs and milk are homogenous.

2. Add vanilla and stevia and mix again

3. Pour wet into dry and mix well- you will have a very runny batter, but that’s how you want it. It will spread in the pan and cook up like a crepe!… here’s a link to the IG video I did to show what it should look like: Keto Crepe Video

4. Heat an 8″ skillet over medium heat and spray with cooking oil of choice (I used Trader Joe’s coconut oil spray)

5. Pour 1/4 cup-fulls onto your pan and swirl it until it coats the bottom

6. Cover with a lid and cook for about 2 minutes

7. Remove lid, flip, and cook covered for another 1-2 minutes

8. Repeat 12 times or until batter is gone!

9. Fill with berries, Nutella, whip cream, jam etc.

You’ll need a little syrup drizzle, let’s be honest…

And honestly, sometimes I prefer the stack!