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Ranch Dressing

Ranch Dressing

Here recently I have been doing a ketogenic diet.  This is an extremely high fat low carb diet that has to be done with clean real food and healthy fats.  This ranch works perfect for that. I actually call it my keto ranch.

Ranch Dressing

 

ham salad w ranch dressing

Whisk together all ingredients. Store in refrigerator.

I use 2 Tablespoons at a time usually, but I eat fairly large salads.  Pictured above is 3 cups spinach, 2 oz nitrate, nitrite free ham, 1/2 oz shredded carrot, 1 oz raw cheddar, and the ranch.  Pictured below is 3 cups spinach, 2 oz shredded chicken, 3 slices of nitrite, nitrate free bacon, 1/2 oz shredded organic carrot, 1 oz raw cheddar, 1/5 tomato, and the ranch.  Other salad favorites to add are boiled eggs, avocado, black olives, mixed greens.

Chicken bacon salad with ranch

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Frittata: Asparagus, Ham and Cheddar

Frittata Asparagus Ham Cheddar

Frittata: Asparagus, Ham & Cheddar

(what I used in parenthesis)

6   eggs, beaten (farm fresh, free range)

1/2 c   cheddar (raw)

1/2 t   black pepper (organic)

dash   sea salt

1 TBS   butter (grass fed, organic)

1/2 c   ham pieces

1/2 c   cooked asparagus pieces (organic, fresh)

1/4 t   dried parsley (organic)

Turn oven on broil.  Combine eggs, cheese, pepper and salt with a fork.  Place oven safe skillet over medium heat and add butter, once butter starts to bubble, add asparagus and ham and saute for 2-3 min.  Add eggs, stir gently, continue cooking 5-6 min or until eggs are set up on bottom.  Sprinkle parsley on top and place in oven and broil for another 5-6 min, until brown and fluffy.

OR… if you are like me and do not have an oven safe skillet (yet), you can cover the frittata as it is cooking on the stove and pull up the edges every so often letting liquid slide under and cook until the top is set…. fauxttata… 😉 you’re welcome.

 


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Basil, Tomato & Mozzarella Skewers

Basil Tomato Mozzarella skewers

 

Basil, Tomato & Mozzarella Skewers

  • Mozzarella balls
  • Cherry or Grape tomatoes
  • Fresh basil leaves
  • Olive oil
  • Sea salt
  • Pepper

VERY simple appetizer!  Cut your mozzarella balls in half, cut your tomatoes in half, slice your basil into about 1/2-1 inch squares.  Slide basil, tomato and mozzarella onto skewers (alternating) then drizzle with olive oil and sprinkle with salt and pepper to taste 🙂 Very yum, very fresh and lite!


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Pulled Buffalo

Pulled Buffalo

Pulled Buffalo

First combine salt, pepper, garlic powder, chili powder, parsley and turmeric in a bowl.  Cover roast in this dry rub (you can sit back in fridge for 20 min or continue to next step)  Pour chicken broth into crock pot and place the roast in. Cook in crock pot on low for 5-6 hours or until meat is done and easily pulled apart.  Once meat is done, remove roast and pour the roast juices into a bowl and sit aside.  Shred meat and put back into the crock pot.  Add a 1/4 – 1/2 cup of the reserved juices and the BBQ sauce. Cook in crock pot on low for an additional 1/2 – 1 hour.  We served these on dinner rolls.

I bought my buffalo at a local farm here in AZ called Adam’s Natural Meats.  All my seasonings were organic, my chicken broth was grass fed organic and the BBQ Sauce is my all natural homemade bbq sauce.  You can try this recipe with a pork or beef roast, cooking times may vary.


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Sweet Joes with a Kick

Sweet Joes with a kick

 

Sweet Joes with a Kick

Brown the beef with the minced onion and garlic, add remaining ingredients and bring to a boil. Reduce heat and simmer on low for 10 min. Serve on Dinner Rolls for awesomeness!


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Chocolate Chip Coconut Cookies

Chocolate Chip Coconut Cookies w/ Whole Wheat and Oatmeal

  • 2  1/4 c of flour (soft white, milled on pastry setting)
  • 1 c oats (old fashioned)
  • 1 t baking soda
  • 1 t sea salt
  • 1 c softened butter
  • 1  1/2 c sugar (raw caneevaporated cane juice etc)
  • 1/4 c raw honey
  • 2 lg eggs (free-range)
  • 1 T vanilla
  • 12 oz chocolate chips (I used enjoy life)
  • 1 c coconut, shredded

Preheat oven to 350. Mix sugar and honey in a bowl and sit aside. Put flour, oats, baking soda and salt into a food processor or blender and blend about 30 secs. In your mixing bowl beat butter until creamed or until lighter in color. Add your sugar and honey mixture, eggs and vanilla and mix until incorporated. Mix in flour mixture and then finally add in the coconut and chocolate chips.

Shape cookie dough into 1″ balls and place on cookie sheet. Bake 10-11 min. Let cookies cool slightly before moving them from the cookie sheet to a cooling rack.


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Homemade Chicken Noodle Soup (GF)

     Homemade Chicken Noodle Soup

  • 16 oz bag noodles, cooked and drained (I used Gluten Free Spirals)
  • 32 oz Free Range Chicken Broth
  • 1/2 lb chicken meat, cooked and shredded
  • 1 cup thickly shredded carrots
  • 4 celery stalks, chopped
  • 4 c broth from cooking your chicken
  • 2 T Italian seasoning
  • 2 t minced onion
  • 1 t chives
  • 1/2 t garlic powder
  • 1/4 t Turmeric
  • sea salt & pepper to taste, we use LOTS of pepper 🙂

Combine all ingredients (excluding chicken and noodles) in crock pot and turn on high while you cook your chicken.  While chicken is cooling, prepare your noodles.  Add chicken, broth and noodles to crock pot and cook on high for approx. 2 hours or until flavors are well incorporated and veggies are tender.