Stir Fried Kelp Noodles Made With The Dregs From My Fridge

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Tonight, I decided to make stir fried kelp noodles again. Why? Because I’m at the end of my 7-night shift work week and I’m too damn tired to come up with something original and Whole30 approved. For this variation I added some anchovy fillets to fill the void left by the lack of fish sauce and some homemade chicken broth to help soften the kelp noodles faster.

(Yep, you read that right. I made my chicken broth from scratch using the bones I removed from the crispy sous vide chicken thighs a few nights ago. On my work week. Tells you how easy it is and how I should stop being so effing lazy).

For all stir fries, I just look in my fridge and pick some aromatics (shallots and garlic), a protein or two (eggs and ground pork), and some veggies that are wilting (broccoli slaw, shredded carrots, pre-washed baby spinach). Once everything is prepped and cut, you just sequentially throw it in your pan and you’re done. Dinner can be on the table in 30 minutes.

Here’s what I assembled for tonight’s dish:

  • 3 large eggs
  • 2 large shallots, minced in mini prep food processor
  • 2 garlic cloves, minced
  • 2 anchovy fillets packed in olive oil
  • 1 pound of ground pork
  • 1 package of kelp noodles, rinsed and drained
  • 6 ounce package of prewashed baby spinach
  • 1 cup of broccoli slaw
  • 1 cup of shredded carrots
  • 2-4 tablespoons of coconut aminos
  • 1 tablespoon of coconut vinegar
  • ¼ cup of chicken broth
  • 2-3 tablespoons of macadamia nut oil

Here’s how I got dinner on the table:

The first thing I did was make a thin scrambled egg omelet. I heated a tablespoon of macadamia nut oil in my 12-inch cast iron skillet on medium high and whisked the eggs with some salt and pepper. Once the pan was hot, I poured in the eggs making sure it was a uniform layer and turned the heat down to low.

Once the bottom set, I flipped it over with a spatula. I tore the omelet but I didn’t care because I ended up cutting it into strips.

Then, I added another tablespoon of macadamia nut oil to the pan and sautéed the shallots. When the shallots were softened, I threw in the anchovies and broke it up with my wooden spoon.

I added the pork and garlic, seasoned with some salt and pepper, and cooked the meat until it was no longer pink.

I added the kelp noodles (which I cut with some scissors) and chicken broth.

Then I seasoned everything with the coconut aminos and vinegar and covered the pan for about 5 minutes to soften the kelp noodles.

Once the noodles were soft, I added the broccoli slaw and shredded carrots and mixed that around.

Next, I threw in the baby spinach with some additional salt and pepper and stir fried until the leaves were wilted.

At the very end, I tossed in the sliced egg omelet.

Voila!

As a veggie side, I roasted some cauliflower seasoned with Dukka seasoning, Kosher salt, freshly ground black pepper, and thinly sliced shallots (400 F set at convection roast, 15 minutes covered and 15 minutes uncovered).

Here’s my plate.

The rest of the family also enjoyed some pork butt braised in Coca Cola and soy sauce that my mother-in-law brought over but I stuck to my guns and ate what I had prepared.

Not too shabby for a quick, well-rounded dish. I still missed the sweetness from fish sauce and/or oyster sauce but I’ll just deal with it for the next 23 days. Maybe next time I’ll add some red pepper flakes or chilis in place of the Sriracha I can’t use either.

Stovetop-Braised Cabbage and Leftover Brisket for Dinner

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I love having leftover cooked protein in my fridge. Specifically, my sister’s brisket is super delicious and I’m even more stoked that I also have a 3-pound portion of it frozen in my freezer.

I decided to serve the leftover brisket with some stove-top braised cabbage. I sautéed half a sliced onion in some ghee.

Then I added a whole, sliced cabbage and ¼ cup of chicken broth. I covered the pan and let it simmer on low for 8 minutes.

When the cabbage finished cooking…

…I took out my new bottle of coconut vinegar…

…and I added ~ 2 tablespoons of the vinegar along with some salt and pepper.

I nuked the leftover brisket and then I plated some on top of the cabbage and some shredded carrots.

Good eats.

Easy Paleo Frittata

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You can essentially turn any leftover meat into a frittata.  All you do is dice up the meat, chop up some veggies (frozen veggies are perfect), sauté them in an oven-safe skillet, add some eggs and dairy/coconut milk, and pop it all in the oven until it sets.  You can add herbs, sautéed onion, minced garlic, whatever! You can decide how fancy you wanna be. 

Here’s just one example of how you can throw together a simple frittata.

Ingredients:

  • 1 tablespoon coconut oil or fat of choice
  • 1 cup emergency protein (whatever cooked meat you have on hand)
  • 1 cup frozen broccoli (or any leftover or frozen veggies)
  • 4 large pastured eggs
  • 2 tablespoons coconut milk
  • 1 teaspoon kosher salt
  • Freshly-ground black pepper

First, preheat the toaster oven to 350°F and heat the coconut oil in an 8-inch cast iron skillet over medium heat. Then, add whatever protein you have on hand (here, I used some leftover spicy lamb merguez sausage and onions) to the skillet and stir-fry until heated through.

Meanwhile, place the frozen broccoli in a medium microwave-safe bowl, cover it with a wet paper towel and nuke it until it’s thawed. Use a pair of kitchen shears or a knife to cut the broccoli into bite-sized pieces.

Add the broccoli to the ingredients in the pan and mix to cook thoroughly.

Crack the eggs into a medium bowl, and add the coconut milk, salt, and a few grinds of pepper.

Pour the egg mixture into the skillet and cook for 3 to 5 minutes or until the bottom of the frittata is set.

Place the skillet in the oven. Cook for 10 to 15 minutes, and then crank the heat up to broil for another 2 minutes or until the frittata puffs up and is cooked all the way through.

Carefully transfer the frittata to a plate, slice, and serve.

The frittata is delicious cold so it’s perfect for leftovers!

Asian Ground Beef, Mushroom, and Broccoli Slaw Lettuce Cups

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I get 5 pounds of ground meat in my meat CSA pack every month so I always need to come up with inventive ways to dispatch with it so I don’t get bored.  Tonight, on a whim, I decided to make Asian flavored lettuce cups.  My recipe is pretty similar to the pork stir fry I made a week ago.

Assemble these ingredients:

  • 1 lb of ground meat (I used grass fed ground beef)
  • 1 lb of thinly sliced mushrooms (I used cremini)
  • 1 small onion, roughly chopped
  • 2 tablespoons of lard
  • 3 cloves of garlic, minced
  • 1-2 cups of broccoli slaw (I use the organic slaw from Trader Joe’s)
  • ½ cup of shredded carrots (I use the ones from Trader Joe’s)
  • 2 scallions, thinly sliced
  • a handful of cilantro, coarsely chopped
  • 1-2 tablespoons of fish sauce
  • 1-2 tablespoons of apple cider vinegar
  • 1-2 tablespoons of coconut aminos
  • Kosher salt and freshly ground black pepper

Here’s what I did with everything:

The first step was finely chopping my onion in my mini prep food processor.  Whenever I make grass fed ground beef, I like to really pulverize the onions.  This helps moisten the meat and it cooks so much faster.

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Then, I put the onions into my skillet with some melted lard and sautéed on medium heat until translucent.  Then, I added the sliced mushrooms and some salt and pepper.  When the onions and mushrooms had cooked off the excess moisture, I added the minced garlic cloves and stirred everything around for 30 seconds. 

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Next, I added the ground beef and stirred that around until there weren’t big clumps and it was no longer pink.   I added the fish sauce, apple cider vinegar, and coconut aminos and then tasted for seasoning.  I put about equal amounts of all three and then I cracked on some freshly ground black pepper.

Once the meat was cooked and seasoned, I added the broccoli slaw and shredded carrots and stirred everything around to soften the veggies a little.   I added the herby goodness (scallions and cilantro) last and mixed to distribute everything.

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I spooned the beef and veggie mixture onto red butter lettuce leaves (my favorite lettuce for this kind of recipe)…

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…and squeezed on some Paleo Sriracha sauce.