A Visit from Family and Salisbury Steak

**NOTE** I tried posting this a couple of weeks ago, and it did not go through. I am hoping that it will post today! Sorry for the delay!

I hope you all enjoyed your long weekend! I know I did! My mom came to Auburn and we got to have a girl’s weekend. We did nothing but shop, eat, watch movies, shop some more, watch a few more movies… needless to say, it was a lazy, fun weekend! We had a blast! I took her to a local spot to eat named Niffer’s Place where they have awesome burgers, Cajun tots, and corn nuggets! It was delicious. She had never been there before, so she was in for a real treat. Everyone we knew was so jealous! We also went to Hobby Lobby and got new coloring books and colored pencils, so that was a lot of fun! We watched several movies, War Room, which I HIGHLY recommend. It was amazing. If you have not seen it, go and rent it tonight! It will change your life. I want my own war room now. We also watched Ted 2, which I was disappointed in. There was so much language that was just not needed, there was no nudity until the end and it was uncalled for, and there was just not a good storyline. Disappointed is an understatement. My mom had not seen Trainwrecked, so we watched that, and then Saturday night we watched The Martian. It was excellent! It was nowhere as good as the book, but are they ever? The book is hilarious. I laughed and laughed at the book. The movie was just okay as far as humor went. But overall the movie was terrific. I thought they did a good job of portraying the novel. We both loved it. I cannot wait to watch it with my dad.

Last week I made a wonderful recipe. It was for Salisbury Steak. Now, the Salisbury Steak that I usually make or have eaten in the past has been slathered in a nice yummy gravy. This recipe was more like a tomato pasta sauce. But, it was just as yummy, maybe even more so! I am so excited to share this recipe with you. I did not follow the recipe exactly as it called for, and I will let you know what I did differently, but it turned out so terrific, that I will probably do it the same next time as well. I got the recipe from Laughing Spatula and their Salisbury Steak Whole30 compliant section. So, here we go!

Salisbury Steak

1 pound ground beef – I used 85/15

1 egg

2 garlic cloves, finely minced

Salt and pepper

1 thinly sliced yellow onion

1½ cups sliced mushrooms

3 tablespoons tomato paste

1 cup beef broth

Salt and pepper

Instructions
  1. Add beef, egg, garlic, salt and pepper together in bowl and combine well.
  2. Shape into 4 patties.
    1. I had patties that I had already made beforehand. I simply cooked them without the egg in the garlic with salt and pepper. That was one change I made.
  3. Heat non-stick skillet over medium high heat.
  4. Add beef patties to skillet.
  5. Cook 3-4 minutes per side until a nice crust forms.
  6. Remove patties from pan and set aside. (they will not be fully cooked but will continue to cook in sauce)
  7. Add onions and mushrooms to skillet – sauté for about 5 minutes.
    1. I used diced onions, not sliced. I actually liked them a lot better.
  8. Add tomato paste and beef broth to onion mushroom mixture.
  9. Stir until nice thick sauce forms.
  10. Season with salt and pepper.
  11. Add patties back to pan, cover and cook in sauce until cooked through. About 10 minutes.
  12. If sauce is to thin – you may uncover skillet until reduced to desired consistency.

Sadly, I do not have a picture because my photos got deleted off of my phone, but trust me… it was wonderful! This is a keeper! Have a wonderful day everyone!

~ A

 

 

World’s Best Chicken? Maybe Top 5

I hope you are all having a beautiful Friday! Mine is going wonderfully so far. I have had a good morning, I am getting a lot done, and I have a wonderful new recipe to share with y’all! I have actually got two recipes, but I will post the other one this weekend or Monday. I do not want to do it all at one time! How is everyone’s 2016 gone so far? Mine has been great, and I look forward to all the possibilities that are coming. I have wonderful news about my new year up to now! I weighed myself on Wednesday to see where I was starting out in the new year. I am getting back on Paleo, and wanted to see my starting weight. I was really nervous. “I am probably back up around my original weight,” I thought. With the beach, and Thanksgiving, Christmas, New Year’s, it just seemed inevitable that I was going to be back up to my highest weight or more. I anxiously stepped on the scales, and imagine my surprise when I weighed 23 lbs. less! I could not believe it! I had actually lost weight since my last weigh-in! Joy of all joys! I was so shocked that I weighed myself three times to make sure it was accurate, and then weighed myself again when I got home from work! But, it was right! I cannot tell you how happy I was. This makes me feel like I can lose the weight and keep it off. It makes me feel like I am a step closer towards my goal.

My sister would like to lose 30 lbs. by June. I think that is possible. That is just a little over 6 lbs. a month. If I add exercise, I feel that I can reach that goal. That would put me not too far from my first main goal. One thing that I think will help, is that I am going to do The Whole30 for the first time this month. For those of you who are unfamiliar with this idea, it is described as “Paleo on crack.” It is very similar to Paleo, but much stricter. There is no baking or making treats out of coconut sugar,  honey, or maple syrup to exchange for the treats you might normally eat. No, this is whole food eating. Eating clean. Eating without any kind of sugar at all. I am a little nervous because I am so limited on what I will actually eat. But, I think it can be done. The recipe I am sharing today is Paleo friendly, but not Whole30. It has maple syrup in it, so that is a no go. But, I am excited. I have a friend who has already said that she will do this with me, and that makes me feel better. I made a recipe last night that was Whole30 compliant, so I know one yummy thing that I can eat. I plan on making it again next week, so that makes me feel better. I will share that recipe tomorrow or Monday. We will just see when I am able to get back on here.

Today’s recipe is called “The World’s Best Chicken.” I will give in and say it is maybe Top 5 material. It tastes a little like Chick-Fil-A nuggets without the breading for those of you in the South. It is slightly sweet, but not totally sweet. It also required very little cleanup, prep time, and ingredients. I was able to mix everything in a small measuring cup, use a spoon to mix it, and pour it over in my baking dish. There is no marinating, so you do not have to do this hours in advance. I literally came home, whipped up the ingredients, poured it over my chicken, and put it right in the oven. So quick and easy.

Here is the recipe and the instructions. I found this on Rachel Schultz’s website for the recipe The World’s Best Chicken. The Recipe is as follows:

4 boneless, skinless chicken breasts

1/2 cup Dijon mustard

1/4 cup maple syrup

1 Tbsp. red wine vinegar

salt and pepper

fresh rosemary

Mix the mustard, syrup, and vinegar together. Pour over the chicken in the baking dish. Salt and pepper the chicken. She states to generously pepper the chicken, so I did exactly that. I baked this at 425 degrees for 40 minutes. You can add the rosemary to the chicken before you eat.

Note:  I forgot all about the rosemary and it was delicious. Also, I could not find the Dijon mustard no matter how hard I tried, so I substituted whole grain mustard. It was just as yummy!

Here are some pictures that show just how yummy it was. I hope you enjoy it as much as I did!

~ A

Chicken

Chicken

 

 

Best Chocolate Chip Cookies? I Think So!

It has been a while since my last post. I have been using my work computer to update my blog since I have not had a laptop in over 4 or 5 months, and lately the site has said that my software was not current and could not post effectively. Such a bummer. So… here we are. At least a month later. I have so much to catch up on!

I hope you all had a wonderful Christmas season. It was a mild winter here in Alabama to say the least. It was in the 70’s leading up to Christmas. I literally ate my lunch outside on our patio set at work. The week of Christmas it was yucky and stormy and rainy. If you look online there are pictures of Noccalula Falls in Gadsden, AL after all the rain we had, and that is where I am from! Many a romantic high school date were spent at those falls. I loved going and feeding the ducks.

We had a very merry Christmas and a happy new year so far! My sweet parents got my sister and I Cuisinart Food Processors. I needed one desperately to do all these amazing Paleo recipes, and so it was a welcomed addition into my kitchen appliance family. I was also lucky enough to get a new medium sized crockpot. I am ready to get to cookin! I also have to give a shout out to my mom and diddy for giving me one of the coolest presents… I finally got an American Girl Doll! She looks just like me, and comes with these little bangs that clip on. Adorable!

While I was away I was able to try out a new recipe. Who does not love a good chocolate chip cookie? They are one of many comfort foods. You might think that when you signed up for the Paleo diet you would have to give up on some of your favorite treats. That is not so! There are many alternatives out there that are just as yummy, and dare I say, this chocolate chip cookie recipe I am about to share may even be yummier than regular chocolate chip cookies? They were soft, chewy, sweet, and full of chocolaty goodness. The recipe could be a tad time consuming, and I did not follow it exactly to specifications (Do I ever?), and they turned out wonderful. I cannot wait to share this special recipe any longer.

Cookies, a friend once told me, was something difficult to find yummy recipes for with Paleo. She had tried many and only a few turned out worth the effort. I have been very fortunate to have found the Snickerdoodle recipe and now a Chocolate Chip Cookie recipe that will be a go-to snack in the future. And now you have it, the moment you have been waiting for… Chocolate Chip Cookie Heaven.

Paleo Chocolate Chip Cookies from Bakerita.com

Author: Rachel Conners
Serves: 15 cookies
Ingredients
½ cup coconut oil, room temperature
¾ cup coconut sugar
1 egg, room temperature
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
½ teaspoon baking soda
½ teaspoon salt
2¼ cups (9 oz.) almond flour (I recommend Honeyville blanched almond flour)
1 cup (6 oz.) chopped dark chocolate
Directions
  1. Preheat the oven to 350ºF.
  2. Beat together the coconut oil and coconut sugar until smooth. Add the egg and vanilla and mix until smooth.
  3. Add the almond flour, salt, and baking soda to the wet ingredients. Mix until well incorporated. Fold in the chopped chocolate. Cover with plastic wrap and refrigerate for at least an hour (can prepare up to 48 hours ahead of time).
  4. After refrigerating, use a cookie scoop to form cookies and press down slightly. Bake for 10 minutes or just beginning to turn golden brown around the edges.

To be honest, I was in a rush. I melted the coconut oil in the microwave to make it blend easier. I also used a cold egg instead of room temperature, and I did not refrigerate the dough before baking. These still turned out absolutely delicious. I did not have Soy-Free, Dairy-Free chocolate chips, and honestly I cannot afford them on my budget. I simply used the chocolate chips I had in the freezer on hand. Of course, they tasted fabulous, but it may not follow the Paleo diet as strictly as some would have it. I figured if I was just eating one or two, it would not be the most terrible thing in the world.

So there you have it. One of the best cookie recipes I have had in the Paleo world, and one of the best chocolate chip cookies ever. I hope you all enjoy this recipe as much as I did. Thank you so much to Rachel Conners for posting this recipe and letting it be pinned to Pinterest.

Here is the dough and final result! See how gooey that dough looks! See how soft, chewy, and chocolaty the cookies are! Just imagine out good they taste. Want to find out for yourself? Make them. Make them ASAP.

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Enjoy!

~ A