Posts Tagged ‘recipe’

Recipes: Tuna Salad – Portobella’s – Carrots

I’ve made some tasty things recently and I want to get them down before I forget them.

Tuna Salad

I was looking for an alternative to my sugar/high fructose corn syrup laden sweet relish. I grew up eating tuna with mayo and sweet relish and loving it. It was bad enough that I had to give up my Miracle Whip in favor of Helman’s (The one made with Olive Oil as well as the other crap oils, because I can’t make mayo yet.) *cry* I had that “this isn’t good for me” in the back of my head every time I made tuna salad.

So, yesterday I got brave. I wanted to add some Vidalia onions, but I have a hard time with raw onions so I decided to saute them in some bacon grease along with two or three pepperoncini’s diced up. I added that to the tuna, along with some pepper and lemon pepper, (yeah, I like pepper!) and ate it off of large slivers of red pepper. DELISH! Definitely my new favorite way to enjoy Tuna Salad and now I just have to learn how to make mayo.

Hmmm…what else did I make? Tonight I made portabella mushrooms with a side of carrots/onions and a side of green beans. The portabella’s didn’t come out as good as I’d hoped. The flavor was a little too subtle for me, almost bland. I brushed them with an olive oil that I crushed up some herbs into earlier in the day, put thick tomato slices inside, baked at 400 for a while then covered with swiss cheese and put them under the broiler for a few minutes.

We have some ideas for making them more flavorful. Add bacon. Of course, I wish I’d thought of that while I was cooking! I had bacon in the fridge! I want to try roasted red peppers instead of tomato…or in addition to. Perhaps a different, more flavorful cheese. I don’t know if we got bogus tomatoes and cheese or what but the flavor just wasn’t there. I think only the last bite that I took actually tasted like swiss cheese. The rest of it tasted like gummy chewy…something. I don’t know. Not good.

I also think that some night I’m going to make the delish pot roast that I’ve been making and serve it over the portabella’s. Usually the Man has the ones that I made tonight with a bun and mayo. He said it just wasn’t the same, so I’ve got to figure out a way to make them flavorful enough that it doesn’t matter that there’s no bun.

I did find a new way to make carrots though. I did a rough, thick julienne and steamed them for a few minutes in the microwave just to soften them up (I was just trying to save time) then I threw them in the bottom of the pan that I was cooking the mushrooms on (on a rack on top) with half a stick of butter, along with some thinly cut onions (also steamed) with a few turns of the pepper grinder. WOW. I’m so making those to bring to the next family function!

I attempted to make cheese/bacon crackers today but I failed. They’re going to end up being used as breadcrumbs for something.

We bought a grill!!! A tiny gas grill to put out on our deck. I’m already looking forward to a nice steak and I’m dying to try these. The Man doesn’t dig jalapeno’s and I never thought to make them with pepperoncini’s! They sound nomalicious.

And…after a terrible, horrible, no good afternoon yesterday involving me not being able to find the health food store (for like an hour and a half) and a blown tire…I managed to finally procure shredded coconut. So, hopefully sometime this week I’ll be making these.

I think exploring new foods and trying to be creative in order to primalize old favorites is one of the funnest aspects of this lifestyle!

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Sick and ground beef recipe

That yuck that I was feeling on Monday turned into full blown sick by Monday night. Sore throat, aching joints, sensitive skin and a mild fever. I’m still not sure how I got sick, the whole thing’s just been weird. It’s also very frustrating that I’ve been doing so much for my health lately and come down with something like this because I almost never get for real sick. I had a sore throat a few weeks back, and that was weird too. Prior to that the last cold I had was around New Years and I absolutely knew where that one came from. 😉

To be fair though, there were two or three things that lined up on Sunday that may have contributed to lower immune functioning, so I just need to make sure that I’m focusing on that from now on.

I ate a lot of melon while I was sick, it made my throat feel better, and the Man brought home Chinese food which was far from primal but as comfort foods go…I ate the middles out of the crab rangoon he brought me, haha. He took me to Bob Evan’s for dinner the other night because I was starving and neither of us felt like cooking. Originally I was going to just get soup but then I had a taste for pot roast. Serious pot roast fail on their part. It wasn’t good. But, I did order it without the Texas Toast and we both managed to pass up all offers of tasty breads, crackers, and biscuits.

The Man observed that very little on their menu could even be made primal. I agreed, saying that it was a comfort food place. Comfort foods = carbs. We haven’t enjoyed the food the last few times we’ve gone anyways so Bob Evan’s is officially off our list of places to go from now on.

Last night though, I made a ground beef concoction that I came up with a few weeks ago that was tasty and primal. It’s been our cheap and easy go to meal. All ingredients are pretty much to taste as it’s just kind of thrown together.

Onions

Butter

Mushrooms (canned or fresh, I used canned)

Ground Beef

Spices (I used crushed red pepper, black pepper, sea salt, thyme)

Worcestershire sauce (not primal, at least not the brand that I’m using up the last of)

Diced tomatoes (canned or fresh)

Cheddar Cheese

Saute onions and mushrooms in butter. I added the crushed red pepper here to flavor the onions and mushrooms. Once the onions are soft, add ground beef. Cook until almost done, add rest of spices and Worcestershire sauce. Once meat is done, add tomatoes and cook until tomatoes are warm. Remove from heat, serve in bowl. Sprinkle cheddar cheese over it. I generally add cayenne to mine after it’s cooked as I like it spicy.

Plenty o’ protein and yummy fat! I don’t drain the meat and I thought it would be weird, the first time with that much grease in the bottom of the bowl, but the Worcestershire sauce, along with the juices from the veggies mixes nicely with it. Just mix it all up and eat!