Sweet and Smokey Oven Baked BBQ Ribs

Friday, December 27, 2013

Hello everyone! Hope you all have been doing well. I have been enjoying Winter break from my college classes and spending time with my family and friends celebrating the holidays. I should have posted some baking recipes but lately some of them have been a disaster. I guess we all live and learn. I did find a pretty awesome recipe for coconut flour based "sugar" cookies.
Well it has been quite snowy here and C and I have been craving BBQ. Grilling is out the question because of were we live, I had to improvise. Those of you that can grill, especially year around, be grateful :).  C loves ribs, well why not bake them?! These ribs are pretty awesome. When shopping for these, we go through nearly every single package making sure they have a lot of meat on them and are marbled nicely. We have been pretty lucky so far for the most part. These ribs are so easy to make which makes them more appealing, to me anyway ;).

Don't these look delicious?! These are especially awesome with a potato salad that I concocted. I will post that recipe within the next few days, so keep an eye out because it is the BEST. 
Alright are you ready for some BBQ?!

Pick out a nice rack of baby back pork ribs. Rinse off and pat dry.

Now add a dry rub. This time I actually bought a rub from a local spice shop. I hardly ever measure spices but when I make it I add a mix of garlic powder, onion powder, pepper, salt, brown sugar, liquid smoke, smokey paprika, and a pinch of chipotle pepper. Now massage those spices in there!

Wrap your ribs in foil, meaty side down, and place in an oven at 250 F for about 2 hours. During this time you could make some sides like that potato salad I am going to post soon or some coleslaw with sweet potato tater tots. Yum!

Now take out, drain all the juices, flip to bone side down, up your oven to 350 F and starting applying the BBQ sauce. I applied a layer of BBQ sauce every 8 minutes about 4 or 5 times. Homemade BBQ sauce is probably the best but I like these two sauces if I am in a pinch (Weber's Original) Here's a recipe that I have used for homemade BBQ Sauce here, I would suggest instead of brown sugar using coconut sugar or even honey and sub the cornstarch for tapioca flour.

This the finished product! 

Sweet and Smokey Oven Baked BBQ Ribs
Cooking time:  2 hours and 40 minutes
Servings: about 5 servings

Rack of baby back ribs
Rub of your choice or a make a mixture of garlic powder, onion powder, pepper, salt, brown sugar, liquid smoke, smokey paprika, and a pinch of chipotle pepper. 
BBQ sauce- homemade is preferred, recipe here!

Cooking Instructions:
Rinse rack of ribs and pat dry.
Apply rub.
Cover with foil meat side down and put on a cookie sheet.
Cook at 250 F for 2 hours.
Drain juices carefully! It's hot!
Increase temperature to 350 F.
Apply a layer of BBQ sauce and cook for 8 minutes. Repeat this step four to five times. 
Cut and enjoy!

Hope you all will enjoy this recipe, especially if you are snowed in and want some summer inside the kitchen!! Please leave comments to let me know how you liked it or with suggestions or thoughts. Hope you all have a Happy New Year if you don't hear from me before than!

Dairy Free Pepper Ranch Dressing

Tuesday, December 10, 2013

I used to love ranch dressing and I would put it on everything. Fries, pizza, you know name it, I probably had ranch on it. Well since going to Primal/Paleo, I now make my own. I have tinkered around with it trying to find the best taste. Well I think finally found it today! It is on the peppery side but I like that with a grilled chicken salad. You can always half or just leave out the pepper all together. To me, this tastes pretty close to the real stuff and the extra pepper just makes it that much better.

Dairy Free Pepper Ranch Dressing
Cook time: 5 min.
Makes about 1 cup of dressing

1/2 cup of mayo- homemade mayo is preferred (healthier and no additives!) here's a quick and easy recipe for homemade mayo  here!
1/4 cup of milk- I like to use coconut milk (not canned) or almond milk works too
2 teaspoons of dried dill
1 teaspoon of garlic powder
1 teaspoon of lemon juice
1/2 teaspoon of pepper

Add all of the ingredients and whisk with a fork or if using a jar just shake it up until thoroughly mixed.
It seems pretty thin but it does thicken and the flavors really come together when it sits in the fridge for about an hour or so. I am not sure how long it will last in the fridge as we usually use it up the same or next day.
Hope you all enjoy it!!

I made a grilled chicken salad with it today for lunch. C thought it was the best salad he ever had! :)

 I used romaine, hard boiled eggs, onions, and dried cranberries.
 I grilled one chicken breast, let it rest, then sliced it, and let it cool, then added to salad.
Delicious lunch!!!
I am sure diced avocados, tomatoes, and bacon would go really with this too!
For an easy take to work lunch, make the chicken the night before, pack lettuce with eggs and other veggies, put ranch in a small separate container and you're ready for lunch!

General Tso Chicken and Cauliflower Fried "Rice"

Friday, December 6, 2013

I have been celebrating my birthday all week. Yesterday was officially my birthday and I had so much fun going to a delicious Indian restaurant with my mom and watching a whole season of Downton Abbey with my boyfriend. It was such a nice day.

Well I have been missing Chinese food and I found an absolutely awesome recipe for General Tso Chicken. I hate frying foods as I used to burn them or not cook things like chicken all the way through but burn the outside. I finally got frying foods best friend, a thermometer.  So if you do not have one and want to make this, I would suggest you do as knowing what temperature the chicken is. Ok, it tastes just like take out but it is gluten free and no bad additives in the sauce. This chicken goes so well with cauliflower fried "rice".

What I loved about this recipe was how easy it was. Just marinate the chicken in an egg white marinade and then add to a bowl of tapioca flour etc and then fry! The sauce is easy to make as well. I would suggest doubling the sauce recipe.

I found this wonderful recipe at Jan's Sushi Bar Blog. You can find the General Tso Chicken recipe here.

I did not get a chance to take pics of the Cauliflower Fried "Rice" but I will share my rendition of the recipe.
I like to do things the easy way and if I can add everything to my blender or food processor, I will. So I did and takes so much chopping out the way!

Cauliflower Fried "Rice"
Prep Time: 10 min.
Cook Time: 10 min.
Servings: About 3

3 tablespoons of coconut oil
1/2 head of cauliflower- stems removed
1/4 c. soy sauce
1 tablespoon of minced garlic
2 teaspoons of minced ginger
1 medium onion- quartered
1 cup of carrots- coarsely chopped
3 green onions- sliced
3 eggs- mixed

Add oil to pan and let it melt.
Add cauliflower, onion, and carrots to food processor or blender and pulse until everything is very coarsely chopped. The cauliflower will want to look like rice.
Add the veggies to the pan and saute.
Add the soy sauce, garlic, and ginger.
When nearly tender add the eggs and mix in pan to scramble.
Cook until tender.
Top with sliced green onions.

Hope you enjoy both recipes!

BBQ Chicken Pizza

Saturday, November 30, 2013

Happy belated Thanksgiving! Hope you all had a wonderful, tasty, and safe Thanksgiving. Now that we all are hungover from the such delicious food, I thought I would share something easy and lite! I am sorry for the lack of posts.. again.. My classes have been pretty hectic lately and have not had the chance to take a lot of photos and try new recipes.

Well I love pizza and this recipe that I found actually is not that hard. It has a nice crust and even bubbles a little without the wait of yeast. Trying to find the right combo of pizza toppings can be frustrating with the lack of cheese. Well I came up with a BBQ Chicken toppings to go with the wonderful pizza crust recipe from Feed the Clan Blog. To go check the crust recipe out go head on over there. It is a thin crust pizza and it is kind of crisp on the outside, it is rather chewy, in a good way. What contributes to the chewiness is the main ingredient of tapioca flour. Being on a budget, experimenting with tapioca flour is kind of nice since it is pretty cheap compared to coconut flour and almond flour.

To make the pizza:

Make your crust, recipe here.

Bake the crust for about 30-35 minutes

For the toppings for my BBQ Chicken Pizza:

I chopped one large chicken breast into small pieces. Sauteed til fully cooked. I also seasoned with a BBQ seasoning or you could sub with anything you think would fit best.

I made a BBQ pizza sauce by combining half of a small can of tomato paste and a 1/3 cup of BBQ sauce. ( I like Weber brand as it does not use HFCS).

I diced up some red onions.

I popped it in the oven for about 10 minutes.

Hope you enjoy this pizza as much as I did. I was thinking about maybe next time mixing it up and making a Mexican taco pizza.

Prepping the Menu for Thanksgiving

Sunday, November 17, 2013

Hello all! What is everyone doing for Thanksgiving? Making a big turkey? Leaving that for someone else to cook? Well I am not sure what exactly I am cooking for Thanksgiving but I have accumulated a list of recipes that I certainly want to try. I thought that I would share these recipes with you in case you are looking for something new or a substitute for a certain recipe. I know I am looking to try a healthier version of the green bean casserole. Yea I know legumes are not necessarily Paleo but c'mon it's Thanksgiving. The maple pecan pie filling that I posted is absolutely lovely and does not use refined sugars. Alright so let's get sharing!

Beverages and Appetizers- Ideas and sites

Soda water with lemon and lime juice mixed with cranberry juice
Apple cider in a slow cooker with cinnamon and some cloves

The Main Course
Turkey from the Primal Palate
Spinach and Cranberry Stuffed Pork Tenderloin by DJ Foodie

Apple-Cranberry Holiday Stuffing from the AutoImmune Paleo
Sugarless Cranberry Sauce by Wellness Mama
Gravy by Holistic Squid- this could be awesome over mashed cauliflower ( just boil, mash with some butter or coconut oil, season, and bam! low carb mash)  
Sweet Potato Casserole by Wellness Mama - I love how there's a marshmallow topping recipe with it too!
Grain Free Stuffing from Wellness Mama
Healthy Green Been Casserole from Wellness Mama

Cranberry Crumb Bars with Pecans and Rosemary by Real Food Kosher
Apple Cider Doughnuts from Paleo Spirit- Super yum dipped in apple cider!
Pumpkin Pie from Comfy Belly
Pecan Pie Filling 
Pumpkin Bars by Beauty and the Foody- boyfriend approved :)
Cranberry Orange Muffins by Healthy Living How To
Pumpkin Roll from Primally Inspired
Xylitol syrup- well I like honey and maple syrup, I sometimes try to keep it low carb by using Xylitol made from birch trees, here's a recipe that can be used as a substitute for maple syrup or honey without the aftertaste.

Chicken Artichoke Salad- while the recipe is with chicken, I am sure that leftover turkey would be delicious! Maybe add some cranberries! Yum!
My Creamy Kale Soup- Instead of sausage put in leftover turkey!

Well I hope this list was helpful and found some inspirations for your own Thanksgiving menu. Please share any recipes or ideas!

Paleo Creamy Kale, Sausage, and Sweet Potato Soup

Sunday, November 10, 2013

Hello everyone! Hope you all are enjoying the last day of the weekend. Since it has been so cool outside, I have been craving soup. I was inspired to make this soup that was based on an Olive Garden soup. Well this is a whole lot better for you than the soup from there and it is so easy to make and delicious, the drive to Olive Garden would be more work. So let's get to cooking and then we shall eat!
Here are the ingredients you will need.
Start browning your sausage. I chose savory sage flavor instead of regular or Italian.
Chop up your bacon and add that to your sausage when it is mostly browned or you can cook in a separate pan. :)
Add your veggies (onions, mushrooms, and sweet potatoes) to the 5 cups of water and two cups of chicken stock. Let that cook for 10 minutes while simmering then check the softness of the sweet potatoes.

Then add your kale and cook for a couple of minutes so it can wilt. Add your can of coconut milk and simmer. Then add your sausage and bacon. At this point I added some sage, garlic powder, salt, and pepper.

Paleo Creamy Kale, Sausage, and Sweet Potato Soup

Prep time: 10 mins
Cook time: 20 mins
Total time: 30 mins
Yield: 5-6  1.5 cup servings
  • ·         1 lb. ground sausage
  • ·         8 slices of thick cut bacon
  • ·         2  sweet potatoes- peeled and cubed
  • ·         1 medium onion- diced
  • ·         1 cup of mushrooms- sliced
  • ·         4-5 cups of kale- chopped
  • ·         5 cups of water
  • ·         2 cups of chicken stock
  • ·         1 can of coconut milk or 1 1/2 c of milk of your choice
  • ·         1 Tbs. of garlic powder
  • ·         Salt and pepper
 Cooking Directions:
1.      Start browning your sausage.

2.      Chop up your bacon and add that to your sausage when it is mostly browned or you can cook in a separate pan. When cooked, take off of heat and drain.

3.      Add your veggies (onions, mushrooms, and sweet potatoes) to the 5 cups of water and 2 cups of chicken stock. Let that cook for 10 minutes while simmering then check the softness of the sweet potatoes.

4.      Then add your kale and cook for a couple of minutes so it can wilt.

5.      Add your can of coconut milk (or choice of milk) and simmer.

6.      Then add your sausage and bacon.

7.      At this point I added some sage, garlic powder, salt, and pepper. 

8.      Enjoy!!!!

For the Love of Cheese, and Icecream!

Sunday, November 3, 2013

So sorry about the lack of recipe posts recently. I have not made anything to interesting the past few days. Well I did make C some pumpkin bars last night, but I was too tired to take pics of the recipe and my kitchen was a mess...

So cheese. I miss cheese. Goat cheese is great an all but I miss lovely gooy stringy cheese. Has anyone tried mozeralla goat cheese? I have thinking about getting it but its on the pricey side, maybe another day or week. I have tried numerous brands of vegan cheese and they just tasted super funky and had the weirdest consistency. We miss cheese. Cheese just makes everything better except our stomachs, woo our stomachs with dairy, not so nice. So I am trying to let my insides heal, so definitely no cheese. We miss ice cream too. There are a lot of dairy free  ice cream recipes out there but alas, they need an ice cream maker. :( Sad, maybe I'll save up for one. Coconut ice cream is great at the store but not a whole lot of flavors and its even more expensive then Ben and Jerry's ice cream. I am sorry but paying 7 dollars for some chocolate coconut ice cream is a little too much for just a little thing. :( If anyone has any great dairy free options, please let me know and share on here! Would love to hear all about them!

So I have been browsing recipes today and I have found some great ones that I will hopefully be trying out. There is one (actually two) that I am especially excited about that I am going to tinker with and I hope they turn out and if they do, most definitely going to be sharing it on here! So just be patient, more yummyness will be coming shortly, just have to wait.

Hope you all enjoyed your weekend. You'll hear from me soon and hopefully I will hear from you soon too!

Oh I did make some great sugar free brownies the other day for my grandma's birthday. For those of you that wanted the recipe here it is. http://www.foodiefiasco.com/amazing-low-carb-brownies/

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