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Pickled Vegetables, Two Ways: Home Fermented and Quick Pickles

Backyard gardens are putting forth the last of their bounty, and late summer vegetables are at their peak of freshness. To squeeze every last drop out of your harvest, give fermentation a try. Fermented vegetables date back hundreds of years. Back before we had freezers, people had to preserve food somehow. Somewhere along the line, someone figured out that salting food and letting it sit for a week creates a crunchy, tangy pickled vegetable that tastes better than what you started with. A lot of people find home fermentation to be intimidating. And it can be, at first. As long as you sanitize your cutting boards, jars, and tools with boiling water before you start, there’s a great chance you’ll end up with a beautiful pickle at the end. Here’s how to do it. Home Fermented Vegetables: Pickled Giardiniera Recipe Serves: 10-20, depending on serving size Time in the kitchen: 15 minutes, plus 5 days hands-off fermentation time Ingredients 1-2 heads cauliflower, cut into small florets 6-7 carrots 5-6 stalks celery 1 red bell pepper 1 large leek 1 lb. green beans 1 tsp. black peppercorns 3/4 tsp. mustard seeds 4 bay leaves 4 cloves garlic, smashed 1 small bunch oregano 3/4 tsp. red pepper flakes (or 1-2 sliced jalapenos) Water Salt Directions Using boiling water, sanitize whatever vessel you plan to use for your fermenting. Use care not to burn yourself! Wash all of your veggies and chop them. Double wash your leeks as they’re notorious for being very sandy. We recommend a 3.5% salt solution for your fermenting. To figure out how much salt you need, weigh your crock or jar on a small kitchen scale. Tare the scale while the empty jar is on it so the weight reads as 0g. Fill the jar with water until it’s a few inches from the lip of the jar. Record the mass of the water and then multiply the amount by 3.5% to find out how much salt you need. Pour the water out and add the appropriate amount of salt to the jar. Then, subtract the amount of salt you added from the total mass of the water that fits in the jar. This will give you the mass of water you need to add to the jar. At this point, pour the salt solution you created out into another jar, you’ll need it in a minute. Layer your crock or jar with all of the chopped veggies, the peppercorns, mustard seeds, bay leaves, oregano and red pepper flakes. Pour enough of your salt water solution into the jar so the vegetables are fully submerged. Alternatively, you can keep the salt water solution. Add a few crock fermentation weights to the top which will keep all of the vegetables submerged. Cover your jar with the appropriate lid. We used an airlock lid kit, which has a small hole in the lid that the airlock attaches to. Fill the airlock with the appropriate amount of water based on your … Continue reading “Pickled Vegetables, Two Ways: Home Fermented and Quick Pickles”

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Creamy Golden Milk Turmeric Tea Recipe

To call this beverage tea might be a little misleading. “Creamy Mug of Cozy, Warming Deliciousness” is more accurate. It just plain feels good to drink this lightly sweet, vibrant blend of heated almond (or coconut) milk, turmeric, ginger, cayenne and honey. Turmeric tea will perk you up in the morning, calm you down at night and soothe sniffles and sore throats. It’s also a really pleasant way to end a meal.

At first glance, the ingredients might not sound like a combination you’d want to drink. Something magical happens in the mug, though, and the result is richer than regular tea, less intense than coffee and oddly delicious. Turmeric is the dominant flavor and admittedly, one that takes a little getting used to. Although not spicy itself, turmeric’s slightly bitter, earthy flavor is the perfect backdrop for other spices, which is why it’s a main ingredient in curry powder. The ginger and cayenne in this tea aren’t overwhelming because they’re floating in creamy, turmeric-infused milk that’s been lightly sweetened.

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Better S’Mores [Primal, Gluten Free, Paleo, and Keto]

There’s nothing like sitting around the fire in the fall, sipping on something warm in your mug. And where there’s a fire, there are s’mores.

If you’re eating closer to the way your ancestors did, you probably politely pass when the s’mores come out. Now, you can join in the fun. You’ll never be left wanting for campfire s’mores again thanks to these Paleo graham crackers and homemade gooey marshmallows.

Making your own crackers may be intimidating, but it’s easy. The dough comes together quickly and is fun to roll and cut out. They would be a great activity to do with kids or friends, and the dough is egg-free so you can taste it before baking.

If you have time, we highly recommend making your own marshmallows. We’ve linked a few great recipes below. If you’re in a bind, there are also some decent pre-made options for marshmallows, like Smashmallow® brand.

Here’s how to do it.

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Keto Completo Hot Dog Recipe

The sun may have set on summer, but fall grilling is just getting started. Today, we’re putting a keto spin on a Chilean favorite, the Completo Hot Dog.
What Is a Completo Hot Dog?
What is a keto completo? It’s two things. First, it’s a fun tongue-twister (say “keto completo” five times fast).

More seriously though…

A completo hot dog is the South American interpretation of the loaded hot dog. You start with a warm hot dog roll, add a frank hot off the grill, then stack it with ingredients that take it from a humble hot dog to a next-level “complete” meal that fits in your palm … barely.

The Keto Bread is fantastic with this hot dog. The batter will fill about 5 hot dog molds, but will depend on the mold size. Make sure the molds are well greased (we like to spray them with Avocado Oil Spray), and then fill the molds 1/2 to 2/3 of the way. If you want to skip the bread, you can also wrap the hot dog in large leaves of butter lettuce.

Let’s get to it.
Completo Hot Dog Recipe
Serves: 5

Time in the kitchen: 15 minutes plus time to bake the keto hot dog rolls, if using

Ingredients

1 batch Keto Bread, baked in hot dog mold trays
5 grass-fed or pasture raised beef hot dogs
2 small to medium avocados
Juice from ½ lime
1/2 cup sauerkraut (bought or homemade)
1/4 chopped red onion
2 chopped tomatoes
Avocado oil mayo, to drizzle on top

Directions
Preheat your oven to 350 degrees Fahrenheit. Prepare the Keto Bread recipe based on the instructions and pour the bread mixture into 4-6 hot dog molds, depending on the size of the molds. Bake at 350 for about 18 minutes, or until the buns are firm and golden.

Preheat your grill to medium high heat. Once hot, place the hot dogs on the grill. Flip them every 30 seconds or so until they are hot and have nice grill marks.

Cut the avocados and scoop out the inside, discarding the pit. Mash the avocado with the lime juice.

Carefully slice the sides of the hot dog bun just enough to be able to place the hot dog in them, but not enough that they split. Nestle the hot dog in the middle.

Spread some of the avocado mixture on top of the hot dog. Add the chopped onion, tomato and sauerkraut on top.

Place some of the Primal Kitchen Mayonnaise in a squeeze bottle or piping bag and drizzle it all over the top of the hot dog. Repeat with the remaining hot dogs. Enjoy immediately!

Nutrition Facts (assuming recipe makes 5 hot dogs, without the mayonnaise):
Calories: 766
Total Fat: 69g
Total Carbs: 15g
Net Carbs: 6g
Protein: 25g

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Fudgy Keto Zucchini Brownies Recipe

It’s the tail end of zucchini season. After you’ve grown tired of zucchini noodles, zucchini bread, and all the other zucchini creations, what’s left? Zucchini brownies are a great way to use up the last of your zucchini, while sneaking in some veggies into your dessert.

Here’s how to make them.

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5 Bento Box Lunch Ideas for Adults with Recipes

When was the last time you made yourself a nice lunch for a work day? If you’re like most people, lunch is a bit of a scramble. That’s why we came up with 5 bento box lunch ideas for adults, so you can take a breather in the middle of the day with a meal that’s enjoyable and satisfying. We hear it a lot here at Mark’s Daily Apple: Breakfast is easy, and I make dinner for my family so that’s automatic. But lunch? Most days, I just wing it. I’ll skip it sometimes just because my day is underway, or I’ll eat something that’s quick – which isn’t always the best choice. Sound familiar? We hear you. Making yourself a nice meal smack in the middle of the day just isn’t tenable for most people. Prep for lunches doesn’t have to be an elaborate chore thanks to these adult lunch options. Perfect for on-the-go, these lunches utilize leftovers, basic ingredients, and quick-cooking items. When paired together, they create the perfect balanced Primal lunch. The best part? Most of these options can be made ahead and enjoyed throughout the week. Easy Italian Bento Lunch Ingredients Sausage of choice Mozzarella Roasted squash Italian dressing Cherry tomatoes Basil Roast and slice your favorite sausage, using a little avocado oil spray (optional) to prevent sticking. Slice up roasted zucchini and summer squash (or your favorite veggies), toss them in Italian dressing and roast on a sheet pan until golden. Assemble your lunch with the sliced sausages, mozzarella, the roasted squash, sliced tomatoes and garnish with fresh basil. Easy Burger Lunch Ingredients Burger of choice Roasted sweet potato rounds Avocado oil mayo Spicy mustard Raw veggies Whip up some burgers on the grill or stovetop (or better yet, use leftovers) for this lunch. Slice your favorite potato or sweet potato (or for a lower carb option, you can use rutabagas or turnips) and toss them in avocado oil. Roast them on a sheet pan at 400 degrees for 15 minutes, then flip them over and roast until they’re golden. Make burgers by using the sweet potato slices as “buns” and top your burgers with sliced tomato and red onion. Use your favorite Primal Kitchen condiments like Pesto Mayo, Dijon Mustard, and Spicy Ketchup to put on top. Serve with your favorite raw veggies. BIG Mason Jar Salads   Ingredients Romaine lettuce Tomato Carrot Cucumber Nuts or seeds of choice Chicken breast or thighs Dressing of choice No tiny salads here! Use a 32oz or half gallon mason jar and fill with your favorite salad items. To prepare this salad, we marinated chicken (you can use breast or thigh) in your favorite dressing for a few hours. Roast the chicken on a sheet pan at 375 degrees until the internal temperature reaches at least 165 degrees Fahrenheit. Shred or chop the chicken, then layer it in your mason jars. For very large jars like this, we recommend pouring the salad into a large bowl before … Continue reading “5 Bento Box Lunch Ideas for Adults with Recipes”

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