Friday, June 8, 2012

Stretch the budget where you can... Coconut Oil Sale

I've received a couple emails and in-person questions lately about the affordability of the meat we eat, so I quickly want to touch on it as the opportunity has presented itself. We can't always afford the highest quality meat, however we do as much as we can to ensure we get the lowest toxicity meats we can.

For us, that means that while our red meats (mostly bison and beef) are almost always Grass Fed, our chicken is generally not (unless I find a phenomenal deal). Reasoning being, the majority of the toxins in meats are in the fat. We avoid most of the toxins by buying boneless/skinless chicken breasts and adding good fats to the meal to supplement what we are missing out by buying conventional.

Right now Tropical Traditions is having a great deal on one of our favorite ways to do this, Coconut Oil. The have their Expeller Pressed Coconut Oil (odorless and flavorless, so perfect for savory cooking) on sale Buy 1 Get 1 Free. Additionally, when you use Coupon Code 11126 you get free shipping! Because these are high quality, glass jar packaged, coconut oils they can be very expensive to buy and have shipped. By stocking up when they have a great deal like this I am able to feed my family well, and still stay within budget!

Monday, June 4, 2012

Crispy Primal Lasagna Bites

These turned out awesome! The pepperoni on the bottom got nice and crispy while the cauliflower and ricotta filling got crispy on the outside and nice and ooeey gooeey in the middle! This was a great way to squeeze lots of extra veggies into the kids (and adults). Try these as is, or dipped in your favorite marinara sauce. They are delicious!

*If you have never made your own Ricotta cheese I recommend you try to. It is so easy, much less expensive, and you know exactly what quality product you are working with!*

Crispy Primal Lasagna Bites
4 C Cauliflower- mashed (1 head)
1 C Mashed Sweet Potato
1 C Ricotta (I make my own, but you can find a good quality at several stores)
2 1/2 Tbsp Dried Oregano
2 Tbsp Onion Powder
1/2 tsp salt
2 Eggs
1/2 lb Nitrate Free Pepperoni (The large slice ones work better)- 1/3 of it diced up, 2/3 of it left in whole slices (about 30 slices left whole)

Preheat oven to 400.
In a large bowl, combine all ingredients except the whole pepperoni slices.

Place pepperoni slices on 2 cookie sheets (I used a silpat mat on one and one without and it didn't seem to make a difference).
Place a large dollop of the cauliflower mixture in the center of each pepperoni.

Place into the preheated oven for about 30 minutes or until crispy, rotating trays after 15 minutes.
Remove from oven  and enjoy!