Spicy Almond Burgers

Say whaaaat?!

Weird, right? Almonds…in a burger? I thought it sounded weird too, when I first red that in a “Caveman Feast” recipe! But…when something sounds weird…I usually have to try it! Plus, as some of you may recall…Mr. Rodgers is crazy about almonds. So really, I didn’t have a choice. As soon as I read it, I knew that almond burgers were in our future!

No, these are not burgers made solely of almonds. They are normal, yummy, beef-filled burgers with almonds in them!

I was so surprised at how much I loved them! Yes, there was still a bit of a crunch, but not a hurt your teeth, “this is awkward in the middle of tender beef” sort of crunch. The heat softened them ever so slightly so that it was the perfect texture addition! And the flavor was great too! I changed the original just ever so slightly to add a couple new flavors…and I must say the end result was beautiful. Sooooo…

Here’s what you need:

 

  • 1 lb Grass Fed Beef
  • 1/2 C Raw Almonds
  • 3-4 Jalapenos
  • 3-4 Cloves Garlic
  • 1 Egg
  • Salt and Pepper
  • 2 Green Onions, Minced
  • Handful Fresh Cilantro, Minced

 

And here’s how you do it!

  1. Place the almonds in a food processor and pulse until they are just a little bigger than the size you want…I would go for a rough minced” sort of texture, like I usually leave my garlic at.
  2. Add your garlic and jalapenos and pulse again until everything is blended.
  3. Mix everything together in a large bowl and form into 4-6 even patties.  I always put an indentation in the middle to help them not shrivel.
  4. Grill or pan fry over medium heat for about 8 minutes.
  5. Top as you wish…lettuce, cucumbers, condiments, etc…  But really the fantastic flavor stands on it’s own!

Let me know what you think of burgers with almonds in them!  Yummy!

 

Peectures!

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Almonds, garlic, and jalapeno minced, and cilantro and green onion chopped and added…

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Everything else added….

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Formed into patties…

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Grilling grilling grilling (that’s my thermometer in the back one…I promise I’m not making a burger lollipop)

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Don’t they look amazing with those grill line?!

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Yummy!!

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And here is one beside my new favorite cauliflower side dish that I just can’t wait to tell you about!  And those pesto green beans I shared with you not too long ago!  We had a wonderfully complete meal!

 

Yay for fun ways to spice up burgers!!!

 

 

 

Smokey Bacon Asparagus Wraps

Yeah. Isn’t that title enough to make you drool already?! I’m drooling. Really. Two of my favorite things in the world? Asparagus. And bacon. Hallelujah!

This is a little gem from Abel James! The spice rub gives it a “barbecue” feel, the bacon adds that smokey flavor, and of course the asparagus gives you your greens! Not to mention it is probably the best vegetable. Ever. Can I get an amen?!

Whoo. Calm down Rodgers. Apparently this recipe makes me go gospel. PRAISE THE LORD! For bacon is delicious and His love never fails!! 😀

ANYWAYS! Back to the recipe! I used turkey bacon, because I am still up in arms about pork. I love pork. But does it love me? I just don’t know.

So, here’s what you need:

 

  • 1 lb Asparagus, tough ends popped off
  • 8 to 10 Slices Turkey Bacon
  • 1/2 tsp each of: sea salt, pepper, garlic powder, onion powder, and paprika (optional, add a dash of chipotle chile powder for a kick!)

 

And here’s how you do it:

  1. Preheat your oven to 400 degrees, and cover a baking sheet with foil.
  2. Combine spice mixture in a small bowl.
  3. After your asparagus is trimmed, separate it into 8 to 10 even piles, with 4-5 pieces each.  Obviously this will depend on the size of your spears ;).
  4. Wrap the bacon around each bundle, taking care to not overlap too much, as you don’t want the bacon to be too thick or the bottom layer will not cook all the way.
  5. Lay your bundles on the baking sheet, with seam down.  Sprinkle each bundle generously with your spice rub.
  6. Slide into your preheated oven and cook for 20 or more minutes, until asparagus is tender crisp and the bacon is cooked through.
  7. Serve along side a protein and be happy!  This is most definitely a man pleaser!  Even for a man that loves vegetables like my Mr. Rodgers…they always look more alluring when wrapped in bacon, haha!!  Let me know how you like it!

 

Peectures:

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Here’s my little bundles, all wrapped up and ready to go!

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Then they got their spices!

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And cooked…oh yummy!

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Is your mouth watering yet?

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It surprised me how much the spice rub acgtually did taste like barbecue!

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And serve with your protein!  This was with a lovely roasted chicken!  And we actually got to sit down at the dinner table together and eat!  It was amazing!!  And then Mr. Rodgers did the cutest thing!  His computer was sitting on the table, and he pulled up a video of a crackling fire place while we finished our dinner…it was so romantic!!  I hope you guys have a memory just as sweet to go with this asparagus, hehe!

Beans and Franks!

How can this be possible, you ask? I am a health food blogger after all…so how can I be blogging about beans and franks?!

Well, I have some very exciting news!  Mr. Rodgers and I were browsing the aisles in one of our favorite grocery stores, and for some reason (DESTINY!), we found ourselves looking through the cooler of hot dogs and bacon and such things.  Absently, he reached up and grabbed a pack of hot dogs and started scanning the label.  Lo and behold…it was Applegate, my favorite bacon brand!  We got even more excited when we realized these were not only all beef hot dogs…but they were GRASS FED!!  With no nitrites!!  Isn’t that the best news anyone has ever heard?!  I can tell you…summer barbecues are now easier because we know we can just grab a pack of those and still be able to eat with our friends!!

But here is another super easy, super satisfying idea I wanted to share with you!  Great for when you want something packed with protein that still has the feel of comfort food!  Beans and franks!

 

So, here’s what you need:

  • 2 Applegate Grass Fed Hot Dogs
  • 1/2 Small Onion
  • 1 Clove Garlic
  • 1-2 Tbsp Grass Fed Butter
  • 1/2 Can Pinto Beans
  • Red Pepper Flakes to taste

 

And here’s how you do it!

  1. Heat up a grill pan and slap your hot dogs down on there.  Alternately, you can cook them in a normal pan, I just wanted the dish to have that “grill” feel.
  2. Melt butter in a small pan.  Add onion and cook for about 5 minutes, until starting to get tender.  Add garlic, stir, cooking an additional minute or so.
  3. Add beans and stir in.
  4. Slice hot dogs into slices and stir in with beans and sprinkle with red pepper flakes, cooking everything for a minute or so.  Just long enough for everything to be warm, and those flavors to be infused with each other. 🙂
  5. Dump into a bowl, and devour!!  So incredibly comforting!

 

 

Peectures!

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Cooking, waiting, yummy….

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Doesn’t get much better than that!

 

Cowboy Coffee Roast

Have I mentioned how much I love pot roast? I LOVE POT ROAST! I don’t think I could ever get enough.  It’s just so easy.  It’s pretty hard to mess up.  It makes your house smell so good.  And tis probably the most satisfying thing you could put in your mouth ever.  For real.

I am always searching for new flavor combos for a pot roast.  The possibilities really are endless.  But sometimes we just need a little inspiration.  So I was scrolling through the “beef” category on my Caveman Feast app, and nearly dropped the phone when I read “Coffee Roast.”  I have scanned those recipes so many times, how had I missed that?!  Of course I had to try it right away!  I slightly adapted this one…I added butter, hehe.  Cause I have my grandma’s Oklahoma blood in my veins.  And my husband regularly drinks coffee with butter blended in.  Sounds weird, I know.  But its creamy and delicious.  So I wanted to add that creamy delicousness!

My only regret is that I didn’t have better coffee!  It was delicious, as expected.  Tender  I used my mother in law’s morning coffee…she takes it a little weak, and I’m pretty sure it’s instant.  So I KNOW that if I still had some Peet’s left, or some of my husband’s potent, organic “Bulletproof” coffee, it would have been mind blowing!!  I can’t wait to try it again with said, high-quality coffee.  But at the end of the day, it was still a wonderful, mouth watering pot roast so I have to share!

 

So, here’s what you need:

  • 2-3lbs Roast
  • 2 Cups Strong, Fresh Brewed Coffee
  • 4 Tbsp Grassfed Butter
  • 5 Cloves Garlic
  • 10 oz Mushroom, Sliced
  • 1 Onion, Sliced
  • Salt, Pepper, and Mrs. Dash

 

And here’s how you do it:

  1. Brew your coffee!  Whisk butter into coffee until melted, combined, and frothy.
  2. Make slits deep into your roast for your garlic cloves.  Shove them far into the meat.  Season to taste with salt, pepper, and Mrs. Dash.
  3. Place roast and veggies in your crock pot and dump in the coffee/butter mixture.
  4. Cook on low for 8-10 hours.

 

 

Peectures:

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Prep!

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Brew your coffee and whisk in the butter.

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Cut slits into the roast, and shove in the garlic.  Season with salt, pepper, and Mrs. Dash.

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Put it all in a crock pot, cover, and cook for 8-10 hours on low. 🙂

 

Pesto Green Beans

I have been meaning to make these for a very long time!  But if you read my last post, you know that the requirement for fresh herbs and the effort it takes to make pesto has always caused me to put it off till “next time” because I live a busy life and run out of time or my herbs go bad.

But I have finally hacked the system!  Check out my Super Easy Cheater Pesto post to see how I can now make really fast pesto!

I finally made pesto green beans!  Happy dance!!  They were full of flavor, and something new on the veggie front!!

 

So, here’s what you need!

  • 1/4 – 1/2 C Pesto (Depending on how “saucy” you like it.  Baha.)
  • 1 Small Onion, Cut into chunks
  • 1 lb Green Beans, Cleaned and Trimmed
  • 1-2 Tbsp Olive Oil
  • Salt and Pepper to taste

 

And here’s how you do it!!

  1. Preheat your oven to 400 degrees.
  2. Place green beans and onions in a bowl.  Drizzle with just enough olive oil to coat and toss.
  3. Season with salt and pepper and toss again.
  4. Slide into your pre heated oven and cook until teder crisp and starting to brown, about 15 minutes or so.  Just keep an eye on ’em.
  5. When browned and tender crisp, remove from oven, return to a bowl, and toss with pesto.  Serve and enjoy!

 

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Toss with olive oil, salt, and pepper!

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Roast until starting to brown and tender crisp!

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Put back in a bowl and add pesto.

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Toss to coat!

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And enjoy!  Yummy!  I had a bowl of this for a quick lunch!!

Super Easy Cheater Pesto!

Pesto.  I lived so much of my life without it.  It is a travesty I am trying to correct by sharing it’s beauty with the world in my adult years!

My love for pesto is deep.  But being limited on time, and having many heart breaks over fresh herbs gone bad by delayed plans…I have not made it nearly as often as I’d like.

But lately, I’ve had pesto on the brain.  And then I had an idea.

LIGHTBULB!! (Insert Gru voice here)

Because of the constant fight to use my fresh herbs in time, I have lately been converting mostly to herb pastes.  Easy to use, stay good for weeks, taste the same (just herbs with a little oil!), and can be stirred into pretty much anything.  So as I sat, wishing for pesto, the thought occurred to me that the two main ingredients of pesto are herbs and oil.

In my fridge, I have herb pastes that are made with what again?  Herbs and oil.

A couple of minutes of research later, and I realized my life was about to get much easier, and much pesto-ier.  🙂

So here ya go.  Super easy cheater pesto!

 

Here’s what you need:

  • 1/4 C Basil Paste
  • 1/4 C Parsley Paste
  • 1/2 tsp each of dried: mint, oregano, and thyme
  • 1/4 C Pine nuts
  • 2-4 Tbsp Olive Oil
  • 1 Clove Garlic
  • Salt and pepper to taste…it doesn’t take much!

And here’s how you do it, easy peasy:

  1. Put everything but oil in a food processor.
  2. Blend until smooth.
  3. Stream in olive oil until you have desired consistency.

 

YOU’RE DONE YOU’RE DONE YOU’RE DONE!  Note:  we stay away from dairy so we don’t use parmesan, but feel free to add it if that’s how you roll!

 

Peectures!

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Step one…

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Step two…

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Step DONE!

Now tell me…what is your favorite use for pesto?!  I’ d love some inspiration!