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 Pork Cacciatore
  • Time: 5-6 hours
  • Complexity: easy

Pork Cacciatore

Here is another amazing (if I may say so myself) one-pot Paleo Italian recipe!  OMG OMG OMG is all everyone was saying after each bite!  This is why I love to cook and entertain. We normally grill when we have company at the lake but I wanted to just relax in the sun with my girlfriend Pam and let the oven do the cooking.  What a big hit!  I served with sauteé spinach.

Cindy's Note: I used boneless pork shoulder and they came in 3 pound packages.   I picked up 2 because it really is better the next day!

To prepare on you BGE - Heat your grill to a medium temperature and set the covered pan in the center for 2 hours!

  • Time: 1 hour
  • Complexity: easy

"Yaki" Beef Stir Fry

I received a shipment of samples from Bone Suckin' and decided to use the Yaki first for a stir fry.  We were over the top happy with this Yaki "Teriyaki" and I am serious. This is the best we have ever had and it's gluten free.  

I did make 1 chicken breast for me as I am not a big steak fan!  Enjoy xo

 

5 ingredient Pulled Pork
  • Time: 6 hours
  • Complexity: easy

5 ingredient Pulled Pork

I need to thank Vinny from the meat department at Shop Rite, E. Hartford for the perfect pieces of pork shoulder fort his recipe and for my segment on Better Connecticut.  You are the best Vinny!  

I love making a simple pork shoulder and using it for several recipes!  I created this recipe for my Cook Once Meals or Week cooking segment for Better Connecticut.  

We are cooking this in the oven but you can use this same recipe in your slow cooker for 7-8 hours on medium.  

 

Artichoke and Chicken Sausage
  • Time: 30 minutes
  • Complexity: medium

Artichoke and Chicken Sausage "Cauliflower" Paella

I just love a great one-pot dish that makes everyone go "WOW".  I prepare, cook and serve right out of my beautiful braising pan.  You can also use your paella pan which I have two but decided to use this one!  

Thank you to D&D Market (the new Wethersfield, CT store) for the fresh ingredients to make this great recipe.  You will find this recipe on my cooking segment on Mass Appeal - March 11, 2015!

Note:  Using Cauliflower as your rice makes this dish a perfect Paleo side dish or main course!  This is also a stove to table dish without any mess in 30 minutes!

 

Asian beef with vegetables and herbs
  • Time: 30 minutes
  • Complexity: easy

Asian beef with vegetables and herbs

This is an amazing one-pot recipe.  I served over riced cauliflower but jasmine rice or roasted vegetables would be great too!

Go ahead and make it!

Note:  I love green onions and hate when they wilt in the refrigerator so I used the entire bunch.  

Enjoy Cindy xo

 

Baked Chicken Cutlets
  • Time: 30 minutes
  • Complexity: easy

Baked Chicken Cutlets

If you asked me what is  my favorite Italian dish - My answer is always the same.  Chicken Cutlets.  There are so many way to enjoy "Cutlets"  Check out my blog post on some of my tips and other recipes.  

Many recipes include frying your cutlets but I don't always want the mess of splatter to clean up so I love to bake them.  So easy and less mess!

Check it out.  I hope you try this recipe and enjoy.  This is also a 30 minute meal from start to finish :)

Cindy's Tip:  You can make many of these and separate in containers or sealable freezer bags then freeze to enjoy another time.  

Enjoy xo Cindy

Baked Chicken with Kale and Artichokes
  • Time: 30 minutes
  • Complexity: easy

Baked Chicken with Kale and Artichokes

Don't you love a romantic dinner to share with your spouse or friend?  Of course you do but without the long preparation and big mess to clean up!  This one-pot recipe is a perfect dinner for two and a big smile from the beautiful presentation and the smell will be sensational.

I added kale but you can use any green leaf such as spinach. If you want to add a little heat toss in chopped jalapeños or red pepper flakes.

 

Balsamic Braised Short Ribs
  • Time: 4 hours 30 minutes
  • Complexity: medium

Balsamic Braised Short Ribs

My husband loves short ribs and every time we go out to dinner and they are on the menu he wants to try them - just to check if they are better than mine!  I really wish he would stop doing that because he is always disappointed!  I try to tell him to order something else but he never listens...   

I have another great short rib recipe but made this one a little different and we really liked the balsamic glaze.

Tip: Buy a little extra as they are even better the next day!  Also, when at the butcher I like then a little smaller as they fit in the pan better.  If they only have the longer short ribs just ask them to cut in half and will gladly!

 

Basic Marinara
  • Time: 1-2 hours
  • Complexity: easy

Basic Marinara

I normally double or triple this recipe and freeze them in individual containers. I try to make it basic then depending on the recipe I can add more flavors such as wines or chicken broth. When making a marinara/sauce remember that dried herbs hold their flavor and color when slow cooking. If you are using fresh herbs don’t add them in until you are finished with the cooking process and just before serving. If you have fresh tomatoes then use them starting with 3 pounds.

**Cindy’s Tip!: Use with your favorite recipe or divide and store in your refrigerator or freezer. **

You can also find this recipe in my cookbook: Paleo Italian Cooking

 

 

Basic Zucchini Noodles
  • Time: 20 minutes
  • Complexity: easy

Basic Zucchini Noodles

As an Italian we grew up with zucchini in almost any dish.  From scrambled eggs and zucchini, zucchini bread, sautéed or even roasted.  Now I just love zucchini noodles.  They are great with just garlic, EVOO, salt and pepper or with your favorite sauce!  Any way you enjoy zucchini noodles it will be amazing!

#zucchini

 

Best Homemade Sloppy Joes
  • Time: 1 hour
  • Complexity: easy

Best Homemade Sloppy Joes

Remember childhood sloppy joes… This is so much better and perfect for after school snacks. You can just serve on your favorite buns, over spaghetti or grilled vegetables for a paleo option.  

Anyway you decided will be great.  Just double the recipe to feed a crowd.

Cindy's Tip!  Make ahead and just keep warm in your slow cooker to enjoy anytime.  We love to keep this on the counter at our lake house.  The kids can serve themselves when they are hungry!  Yummy

 

Best Paleo Sloppy Joes
  • Time: 1 hour
  • Complexity: easy

Best Paleo Sloppy Joes

At the lake during the summer it's easy to make a dish, get in the boat and head over to a friends house.  I get to have my granddaughter Brooke with me all summer so my dishes need to be kid approves.  

I decided to make sloppy joes then it was easy to wrap and just warm at our friends house.  These were a big hit and fed 5 adults and 6 kids.  There was about 2 tablespoons left in the pan!  

I love veal mixed with my meat as it really lightens up the texture and taste amazing.  You can also use pork or just all meat.  Of course, the kids just knew it was sloppy joes - They all loved it...  

My stomach does not do well with green bell peppers but you can certainly use them in this recipe.  I went for the red and yellow.  This is also a great dish to use your Cast Iron Pan!

Enjoy xo

 

Best Pan Seared Pork Chops
  • Time: 30 minutes (or 2+ hours)
  • Complexity: easy

Best Pan Seared Pork Chops

These pork chops were simply amazing.  Using my Cast Iron pan was perfect for our dinner.  Get it really hot to sear the chops then the oven will do the rest.  I did let the pork chops marinade for a few hours in the refrigerator seasoned with salt, pepper, fresh rosemary and thyme from my garden then olive oil.  

I made these for 3 of us!  I used the Center Cut Pork Chop Loin but you can use any cut for this recipe.

Enjoy xo

 

Bowtie Pasta with Shrimp and Spinach
  • Time: 40 minutes
  • Complexity: easy

Bowtie Pasta with Shrimp and Spinach

This is a great party recipe that will be enjoyed by all.  I love using frozen cooked shrimp for this pasta dish.  This pasta salad is great way to use up fresh vegetables you have cut up in your refrigerator.  Add your favorite fresh herbs!

 

Braised Italian Chicken and Vegetables
  • Time: 3-4 hours
  • Complexity: easy

Braised Italian Chicken and Vegetables

I was at our local Whole Foods staring at the meat case poultry.  I decided to get 2 bone-in chicken breast, 2 bone-in chicken thighs and 2 hot chicken sausage (for some heat).  I grabbed a bunch of vegetables and got home and started to cook.  I really didn't  have a plan and this recipe was created.

Feel free to add more ingredients to feed a family. This is a perfect recipe for 2. 

I roasted some chopped red potatoes and added them into the pot before serving.  I knew my husband would wants some carbs in the dish.  Totally optional. 

Go ahead and give this one a try!  I did a little video and put in on my Facebook Page and Instagram page.

Enjoy! 

Braised Lamb Shanks with Butternut Squash Puree
  • Complexity: medium

Braised Lamb Shanks with Butternut Squash Puree

A new butcher moved into town and it figures we are moving!  Glad we were able to try their American Lamb Shanks.  OMG this was an amazing dinner and we share this recipe with our friends Mike and D!

If you are in Connecticut be sure to check out the Lucky Goat!

 

Braised Short Ribs Bolognese
  • Time: 6 hours 30 minutes
  • Complexity: medium

Braised Short Ribs Bolognese

We love short ribs and making this Bolognese was amazing.  It was hearty and real paleo comfort food.  

You really need to give this recipe a try and enjoy over pasta, spaghetti squash or roasted butternut squash.

Enjoy!

 

Braised Tuscan Pork Chops
  • Time: 30 minutes
  • Complexity: easy

Braised Tuscan Pork Chops

This recipe has been a favorite for TV cooking segments when I share recipes from my new cookbook Paleo Italian Cooking!  Get your copy and check out the other healthy Italian recipes!

In Tuscan and Spanish cooking you will see the word sofrito in many recipes. Sofrito is the combination of tomatoes, onions, peppers, carrots, garlic and fresh herbs to create a sauce. I use a sofrito in many of my recipes and is a perfect way to enjoy this dish.

You can use some of the sauce and use over zucchini noodles or spaghetti squash. I love to grill vegetables and top with this sofrito.

 

Brick Cornish Game Hen
  • Time: 2 hours
  • Complexity: easy

Brick Cornish Game Hen

This is the perfect romantic dinner for two!  You can use this same recipe with chicken but the Cornish game hen makes a great dish and it looks adorable.

Butternut Squash Soup
  • Time: 45 minutes
  • Complexity: medium

Butternut Squash Soup

You always know fall is in the air when a pot of butternut squash soup is on the stove.  I love this one-pot soup is amazing and freezes really well.

I used my bialetti pot and niinja blender to make this comforting soup!

Butternut Squash Soup with Pear
  • Time: 1 hour
  • Complexity: easy

Butternut Squash Soup with Pear

My Butternut Squash Soup with Pear makes an annual appearance on Thanksgiving!  It has become a highly requested soup and enjoyed by all.

Enjoy!

 

Cabbage and Cauliflower Fried Rice
  • Time: 30 minutes
  • Complexity: easy

Cabbage and Cauliflower Fried Rice

Doesn't eating well make you feel so good!  I know we all like to sneak something bad then you hate how you feel.   So, why do we punish our bodies.  I love cooking my own food and enjoying the flavors.

This has become a favorite and it is so easy to make!  I hope you enjoy this dish too and try my Paleo Scallion Pancakes with this!  So yummy... xo

 

Canned Rasin Bread
  • Time: 1 hour
  • Complexity: easy

Canned Rasin Bread

I was watching the food network and caught this recipe.  I had the large 28 ounce cans from sauce and changed the recipe a little to accommodate the larger cans and make them more of an adult bread. 

From Cindy!  I don't like to open a package for just a portion of the ingredients.  Therefore I also wanted to use the entire container of raisins!

Cast Iron Pork Tenderloin with Vegetables and Bacon
  • Time: 1 hour
  • Complexity: easy

Cast Iron Pork Tenderloin with Vegetables and Bacon

It's Friday night and we are in Massachusetts for December therefore it's all about comfort food in my house. I wanted to use my favorite cast iron pan and make a one pot meal perfect for the 2 of us.  It does take a few steps but I actually served from this pan and the flavors were amazing especially the bacon!

This is a perfect dinner for 2 with maybe some left over for lunch the next day for 1 of you..   Enjoy :)

Chefs Note:  You will find below that I want you to remove the pork at 140 degrees.  You don't want it over cooked and when you continue cooking after adding in the vegetables then let rest a few minutes and slice.  The pork will continue cooking.  

 

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