Back in October, my friend, ess, rescued this little beared dragon from a very neglectful situation. Reptiles have very specific things they need in their environment to be healthy. He didn’t have them. He wasn’t being fed properly so he was starving and as a result was severely under weight. He didn’t have anything in his cage to rub on so there were wounds on his body where the shed skin he couldn’t rub off literally tore his skin.
Ess and I took the beared dragon, now named River, to the vet and discovered that River dodged the metabolic problems reptiles get when the don’t have a proper home environment but our little dude was still a sick little guy. Bearded dragons have a fungus on their scales. When they are healthy and have the things they need in their environment they naturally keep this fungus in check. River wasn’t healthy so the fungus was taking over. When the fungus gets to the stage it was with River it gets in the blood stream and is usually fatal.
Ess decided she wanted to try treating him. We found out on Monday, after 8 months of treatment and regular visits to the vet, River is now cured. He is completely healthy. I could just cry. I am so happy.
Hamburger Salad With Mustard Vinaigrette
Adapted From Paleo Scaleo
1/2 lb ground beef
3 TBS lightly beaten egg
1/2 tsp oregano
1/4 tsp mustard powder
1/8 tsp red pepper flakes
1/4 tsp salt
1/4 tsp black pepper
1 TBS almond flour
4 cups salad greens
2 roma tomatoes, sliced
1/4 small red onion, sliced
4 TBS olive oil
1 TBS balsamic vinegar
2 tsp Dijon mustard
pinch salt and pepper
Combine the ground beef, egg and spices in a medium bowl. Using the hands, thoroughly mix the ingredients together. Add the 1 tablespoon of almond flour to the mixture and mix with your hands again. Divide the meat and shape into two patties. Use your thumb to make an dent in the middle of the patties. Place the patties in the fridge. Next, combine all the dressing ingredients in a small bowl and whisk to combine, Place a skillet over medium-heat, once hot, place the patties in the in the pan. Cook 4-5 minutes per side or until the preferred doneness. Divide the greens between two plates. Top with tomatoes and onions, add a burger and drizzle with the mustard vinaigrette.
Yesterday was my first day of working from home. I am very blessed to be able to do so but I am finding it does present a unique set of challenges.
Apparently, working from home makes you forget how to dress as I got half way through my day and discovered I had my sweatshirt on inside out and backwards. Score one for me. Good thing I am not on video calls.
I added tuna to this recipe to bulk it up to make it a main meal instead of a side dish. The sauce would be good on any veggies, cold or warm.
Cold Veggie Noodle Salad
From The Made Whole Made Simple Cookbook
1/2 large carrot, shaved into ribbons
1 medium zucchini, shaved into ribbons
1 green onion, sliced on the bias
1 clove garlic, sliced
1 tsp sesame seeds, plus more for garnish
For the Sauce:
2 TBS unsweetened sunflower seed butter
1 TBS Dijon Mustard
1 TBS toasted sesame oil
2 tsp coconut aminos
In a medium bowl, toss the carrot and zucchini ribbons with green onion, garlic, and sesame seeds.
In a small bowl, whisk together all of the sauce ingredients. Then pour the sauce over the veggies and toss to mix. Garnish with sesame seeds and serve right away. Store the sauce and veggies separately in the fridge for up to three days.
“Something magical happens when food is cooking — the rest of the world melts away, and nothing exists except what’s in the skillet in front of you–and it talks, it breathes, and lives. The sounds, aromas, textures, flavors and the heat of the kitchen–even the occasional searing burn– feel good.” David Link
People ask me all the time why I like cooking. I never really had a good answer. Its just something I really enjoy doing. This quote from David Link comes as close to explaining it as I can get.
From The Frugal Paleo Cookbook
1 bunch broccoli, cut into small florets
1/2 cup craisins
1/4 cup almonds, slivered or chopped
1/4 cup finely minced red onion
1/4 cup sunflower seeds, or more almonds slivered or chopped
1/2 cup mayonnaise
1/4 cup red wine vinegar.
5 slices bacon, cooked and crumbled
Salt and pepper
In a large bowl, mix together the broccoli, craisins, sunflower seeds, onions and almonds.
In a seperate small bowl, combine mayonnaise and apple cider vinegar.
Pour the dressing over the broccoli and mix in the bacon. Season with salt and pepper. Refrigerate until ready to serve.
I have a love/hate realationship with America’s Test Kitchen magazines, like Cook’s Illustrated and Cook’s Country. Every time I sit down and read the magazines, I learn something new. The recipes I have tried have always been good. But OMG!!! They can take a simple recipe and add so many ingredients and steps to it makes me want to just give up before I even get started and I am a fairly experienced cook.
Every so often, however, America’s Test Kitchen publishes a recipe that is perfect in its simplicity.
Pickled Cucumber And Onions
Adapted From Cook’s Illustrated
1/4 cup apple cider vinegar
2 TBS water
1 TBS sugar
3/4 tsp salt
1/4 tsp pepper
8 oz cucumber, peeled, cut in half lengthwise and cut into thin slices
1/2 cup thinly sliced onion
Whisk vinegar, water, sugar, salt and pepper together in a small bowl. Add the cucumbers and onions. Toss to combine. Cover and refrigerate for at least one hour before serving to allow the flavors to meld. Can be refrigerated up to 3 days.
I don’t know what is up with Word Press today but this recipe has disappeared on me twice so today there will be no witty and clever talk with this recipe. I just want to get it posted. SIGH!!!!!
Big Mac Salad
Adapted From Twosleevers.com
6 TBS mayonnaise
2 tsp mustard
1 TBS diced dill pickles
1 1/2 tsp white vinegar
1/4 tsp paprika
1/2 lb ground beef
1/2 tsp salt
1/2 tsp ground black pepper
2 cups salad
1/4 cup diced onion
2 TBS diced dill pickles, I used Vlassic
1/4 cup cashew cheese, It is allowed as of 2018
Throw all the sauce ingredients into a small bowl and mix well.
In a frying pan over medium heat, cook the ground beef, salt and pepper until the beef is cooked through.
Meanwhile, chop your onion.
Place your salad in a bowl. Top witb cheese, onion, pickle, hamburger and sauce. Enjoy.
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