Whole 30 Recipe Round Up

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The most common question I get when I talk about the Whole 30 is “what do you eat?”.  I usually say “Damn good food” and show them my blog.  I have posted over 60 Whole 30 compliant recipe adaptions since I did my first Whole 30 in April.  I have tons more in my draft pile for me to work on in the coming weeks.  The thing that surprised me, as well as most people I talk about the Whole 30 to, is how much food you can eat when you eliminate so much.

Here are a few of my favorites.

  1.  Magic Mushroom powder
  2. Beef Stew
  3. Salisbury Steak
  4. Teriyaki Chicken
  5. Pan Fried Sardines
  6. Tuna Salad, 2 Ways (Whole 30)
  7. Turkey and Cranberry Meatballs
  8. Sloppy Joes
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Magic Mushroom Powder (Whole 30)

 

IMG_4446This recipe may be one of the most tasty things I have ever put in my mouth. It, literally, makes everything you put it on a little better. Okay, I haven’t tried on cake yet but everything else, WOW!!! I have used it as a rub for steak and pork chops, I have sprinkled it on vegetables, both raw and cooked, eggs and I am sure I will use it on other things as I think of it.

So far my favorite way to use Magic Mushroom Powder is to cut up some compliant polish sausage and saute in some olive oil. Just before the sausage is done, I toss in a couple handfuls of coleslaw mix and a big pinch of Magic Mushroom Powder and heat it through. So easy and so good.

Magic Mushroom Powder


From Nom Nom Paleo Food For Humans
1 oz dried porcini mushrooms
2/3 cup kosher salt
1 TBS red pepper flakes
2 tsp thyme
1 tsp ground black pepper
Place the dried mushrooms in a spice grinder and grind into a fine powder. Let grinder sit a minute before opening and pouring the powder into a small bowl. Add the remaining ingredients and gently combine. Store in an airtight container for several months.

Spice Blend Round Up

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Yesterday, a lady who was in  my line started telling me  “hey, look at the bird.  Look at the bird.”  I thought she was a customer who had heard me tell others I had parrots and was kidding around with me.  I looked where she was pointing and sure enough, there was a little sparrow sitting underneath the cart.    It flew off so I yelled at one of my coworkers to watch were it went and make sure no one stepped on it or bothered it till I could get there.   For some reason the first instinct is to run and get a broom and try to sweep it out.  Then after that doesn’t work, there next step is to come and get me because I have parrots I must know how to deal with wild birds too.

In this case, I do but it’s mostly just common sense.  A bird who feels threatened is going to fly up and stay high to get away.  A bird who isn’t feeling threatened is going to stay as still as possible so as not to attracted a predators attention. When the bird goes still is when you can find  a way to gently pick the bird up and take him outside.   That’s what I did.  I took off my vest and gently approached the bird, telling him I just wanted to help.  As soon as I got close enough I gently dropped my vest over him and scooped him up and headed for the door.  I am sure people thought I was nuts walking around talking to my cupped hands but I just wanted to reassure the little guy I meant him no harm and was taking him somewhere he would be safe.  I put him down in the bushes.  He looked at me then flew away.  I felt like I had done a good thing.

I have been making a lot of spice blends to give as gifts lately.  It’s a pain looking through about 350 recipes to find the recipes I need ( I found some of my recipes are not indexed.  I am working on that.) so I thought I would gather them all in one place.

 

 

 

 

 

Everything Bagel Spice (Whole 30)

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I would like to introduce you to the newest member of my flock, his name is Jonas. He is a little blueish grey parakeet. He came to live with me last Monday.  It is always fun to get to know a new animal but it has been a long time since I got a new bird and an even longer time since I got such a young bird.  I had forgotten how much work the little ones are.

Slowly, Jonas is revealing his personality to me.  I have already learned Jonas is pretty fearless.  When I took him out of the box he came home in, he immediately jumped on the big cage and introduced himself to everyone.  Instead of needing a few days in a separate cage to get used to eveyone else, Jonas just climbed inside the big cage and took over a perch. Jonas  is  starting to let me pick him up and hold him without having to chase him around the cage.  I should be able to start finger training him and training him to stay where I put him soon.

 

Everything Bagel Spice

1 TBS dried onion flakes

1 TBS sesame seeds

2 tsp poppy seeds

1 tsp garlic powder

1 tsp salt

pinch black pepper

pinch red pepper

Using a spice grinder or mortar and pestle, gently grind the spice mixture.  You just want to break up the onion flakes a bit not grind it into powder.  Use it  anywhere you need a bit of spice.  

Homemade Taco Seasoning

It has been brought to my attention that I didn’t link to my homemade taco seasoning recipe in my pressure cooker taco soup recipe.  I went to link to it only to discover, I have never posted my taco seasoning recipe at all.  I guess after almost 3 years of blogging and 300 recipes I am allowed to be a little forgetful.  Ha. Ha.Ha. So here at last is my taco seasoning recipe.

Taco Seasoning

8 tsp dried onion flakes

2 TBS chili powder

2 tsp cornstarch

2 tsp garlic powder

2 tsp cumin

1 tsp dried oregano

1/4 tsp cayenne pepper

Mix all ingredients together.  Store in an airtight container in a cool, dry place.

To use:   Brown 1/2 pound of ground meat until no longer pink.  Drain the grease.  Add 1 -2 TBS taco seasoning and 1/4 cup water.  Cook 10 – 15 minutes until the meat is cooked through and the sauce thickened.