Main Dish

Delectable Dolmas (Stuffed Grape Leaves)

This is not a recipe to provide complete instruction on the Middle Eastern art of creating amazing Dolmas; instead, this is How To Make A Delicious and Wonderful Filling for about 150 grapeleaves. Cookbook Google can provide you with instructions for rolling the dolmas - I will just add to the great information online that you can use tender, young, wild grape leaves without blanching them first!

2 onions, diced small
2 tbsp. salt
1/4-1/2 cup olive oil

Sauté gently for about ten minutes. Add:

1 bunch scallions, minced
4 cloves garlic, minced
1 bunch parsley minced

Our Best Liver Pate Recipe

Liver is so super healthy, and I'm always trying to find sources that are good-quality. We usually eat it once per week as prepared in this recipe, with plantain chips to dip, and maybe some good goat cheese and raw veggies on the side. I'm really pleased with this recipe (thanks to Kristen for the seasoning details! It tastes a little like liverwurst, which is more popular with more members of our family than previous recipes), especially because it is SO much simpler than other techniques, and quite delicious.

Quantities of ingredients may be adapted to taste.

Baked Chicken Romano

This delectable dish is based on the recipe below, with changes made for our dietary requirements (I also used goat butter), and to make enough for six people! The cheese provides just enough salt, the butter makes the sauce creamy, the chicken is super tender, and the lemon gives everything a fantastic burst of flavor. YUM!!

https://www.howsweeteats.com/2009/10/chicken-romano-w-lemon-butter-sauce/

2 lbs (6) boneless skinless chicken thighs
3 jumbo eggs
1 cup finely-grated Romano cheese
1/3-1/2 c. Cassava flour
3 T olive oil
2/3 c white wine
1/2 stick butter

Sourdough Cassava Waffles

I recently discovered an amazing blogger, and adapted this waffle recipe from one of hers: https://eatbeautiful.net/2017/07/09/cassava-flour-sourdough-waffles-grai...

2.5 c. cassava flour
2 c. brown rice starter http://www.lifeisapalindrome.com/recipes/gluten-free-sourdough-starter
1 tsp. salt
2/3 c. avocado oil
10 large eggs
1/2 c. water

1 tsp. baking soda
3 bananas or other fruit, cut into small pieces

Delicious Salmon Cakes

I adapted this recipe to feed our hungry family of 6 (and to exclude almond flour), from the excellent version found here: https://www.everydaymaven.com/paleo-salmon-cakes/ . They are super yummy, moist on the inside and crispy on the outside, and affordable too!

1 lb. cooked/mashed sweet potato
1 c. flour (I often use cassava)
1/2 c. chopped parsley or fresh dill
3 T. chopped onion
2 T. lemon juice
1 T. salt
2 tsp. cumin
1 tsp. ground black pepper
(1 T. paprika or smoked paprika, optional)
3 eggs
3 14-oz. cans salmon, drained
Coconut oil for frying

Beautiful, Tender, Fluffy Paleo Panckes

Green banana alone is too dry; cassava flour alone is too goopy. Together, they make a delicious, awesome pancake that is easy to mix up, holds together great, and yields a truly fluffy, delicious breakfast/lunch/dinner. If the mixture thickens up too much while you're cooking the first couple of batches, just stir in a bit more water.

Makes enough pancakes for six hungry eaters.

2 c. green banana flour
2 c. cassava flour
1/2 tsp. salt
1 Tbsp. baking soda (pour through a sieve into the bowl to remove lumps)
zest of one lemon
1 dozen eggs
1 can coconut milk (full-fat)

Super Easy, Inauthentic, But Delicious Thai Curry

After testing innumerable complicated, three-hour-prep-time, requiring-of-many-obscure-ingredients Thai Curry recipes, I decided to make up my own. And if I do say so myself, this is a very versatile technique more than a recipe, and many substitutions can be made if you wish (you can use chicken instead of fish, broccoli is delicious, but you can use another vegetable - etc.). And, it tastes really good, even without fussy sauteeing or parboiling, etc.

Susan's Fabulous Picadillo Cubano

Thanks to Sue for this awesomely spicy, savory, and sweet recipe! I only changed a couple of things, based on what was in my fridge at the time, but we all loved it. Such a great new way to enjoy a less-expensive cut of meat! :)

1/4 C olive oil (optional if using very fatty meat)
2 lbs ground beef
1/2 tsp cumin
1/4 tsp oregano
1 bay leaf
1 large onion, finely chopped
1 sweet pepper, finely chopped
2 cups grated or minced green cabbage
5 garlic cloves, crushed
Salt and pepper, to taste
1 jar crushed or diced tomatoes, approximately 18 oz.
1 C white wine

Perfect Pear Pancakes (Gluten-Free)

Make enough for 4-5 hungry people

This is the easiest way to use up leftover gluten-free sourdough starter! Just feed the starter (and measure, to make sure you'll have the right amount in the morning) so that it's very thick (and for even better texture, make the last feeding tapioca flour, white rice flour, sweet rice flour, and/or other gluten-free flours - the starter doesn't like this for regular use, but if it's the final feeding-before-it-gets-eaten, it works just fine).

Shannon Hayes' Shepherd's Pie

This is adapted from Shannon Haye's exceptional recipe for meaty deliciousness! I post it here so that I can reference the ingredients even when I'm away from her awesome cookbook.

4# potatoes
4-8oz Parmesan, shredded
4-8 T. butter
1/2 cup yogurt
~2 tsp. salt, to taste
1 clove garlic, minced or pressed
pepper

2# ground beef
2 T. fat of your choice
2 medium onions, diced small
1.5 tsp. salt, to taste
4 medium carrots, diced
2 c. green beans, chopped
1/3 c. white rice flour
2-4 c. meat broth
2 c. peas

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