I was so excited to drive out to the mountains for a lunch at Iron Goat Pub and Grill that I completely forgot my camera. [Makes for a great excuse to return!]
I was so excited to have the gluten free fries and chicken wings, that I forgot to sprinkle salt on top.
I was so excited to have the grass-fed bison burger with caramelized onions and chili mayo in a rice bread tortilla, that I forgot to add ketchup.
I was so excited to finish the meal off with a gluten free chocolate torte, that I forgot I had to pee before getting in the car for the 1.5 hour drive home.
My day was full of so much excitement that I slept all the way home. [Also a great tactic for when you really, really need to go! ooOOoo]
Needless to say, I had the best Valentine’s day!
Side note: My workouts have been updated – I’m now sprinting a couple of miles a week! woot!
Cranberry Barbecue Beef Oven Stew
Gluten free, Dairy free
Throw it in the oven and forget about it! This dish is full of flavor – from the deep cranberry taste, to the sweetness of yam, mixed with the satisfying taste of organic beef. Perfect for weekday family meals, served with toast, tortillas, or socca.
- 1 butternut squash, peeled and chopped into 1/2 inch cubes
- 1 yam, unpeeled and chopped into 1/2 inch cubes
- 2 potatoes, unpeeled and chopped into 1/2 inch cubes – I used white, but red would work as well
- 2 carrots, unpeeled and cut into discs
- 1 yellow onion, sliced
- 1 lb stewing beef – I used grass-fed and finished, free range beef
Cranberry barbecue sauce:
- 2/3 cup cranberry juice – I used 100% cranberry juice so had to add 1 tablespoon sugar – demerara sugar, or sucanat would work
- 1 beef bouillon cube – I used GoBIO! Organic Beef Bouillon Cubes
- 6 oz. can of tomato paste
- 1 tablespoon balsamic vinegar
- 1 clove garlic, minced
- 2 tablespoon blackstrap molasses
- 1/2 teaspoon salt
- pepper to taste
- Preheat oven to 300F
- Combine all barbecue sauce ingredients in a small saucepan. Bring to a boil, then reduce to medium low heat. Cover and simmer for 10 minutes.
- Meanwhile, combine all vegetables and meat in a large bowl. Stir to combine, then drop into a 2.3L [or larger] casserole dish.
- Pour barbecue sauce over the prepared vegetables.
- Cook with lid on for 2.5-3hrs or until potatoes can be cut through, but still hold form. [Mine took 2hrs and 45minutes]
Nutrition stats [1/2 cup]: calories 300; fat 5.5g; saturated fat 2g; carbohydrates 35g; dietary fiber 5.5g; sugars 11g; protein 28g
Makes 5-6 servings.
Vegan, Gluten free, Dairy free
Lightly adapted from: Katlyn’s Kitchen
- 1 cup chickpea flour
- 1 cup + 2 tablespoon filtered water
- 1/2 teaspoon sea salt
- 1/4 teaspoon ground cumin or thyme – I’ve tried it both ways and they’re both fantastic!
- 2 tablespoon olive oil + more for brushing cast iron pan
- pepper to taste
- Combine all ingredients in a medium sized bowl, stir to combine, then pop a lid on a the bowl and allow to sit at room temperature for 1 hour.
- Set oven to high broil and move oven rack to highest position in oven.
- Oil a cast iron pan with 1 teaspoon olive oil and place under the broiler for 2 minutes.
- Remove cast iron from oven and pour 1/4 of the batter into the pan.
- Return to the oven for 3-4 minutes. [I found our socca was better at the 3 minute mark - after the first try you'll know what works best for your oven]
- Place finished socca on cooling rack, and repeat with remaining batter.
- Serve with hummus, stew, or dipped in cashew Caesar dressing.
Makes 4 – 7inch soccas.
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