I like jarred salsa, but sometimes I just want something fresh! My husband makes a delicious Pico de Gallo salsa, I also make an amazing salsa verde, but I wanted to try something new and make a red salsa with roasted tomatoes! A salsa that would be blended and not as chunky as the Pico de Gallo.
I made shredded carnitas tacos and used the salsa as a topping and served it up with tortilla chips. You can make this salsa as spicy as you like by scraping out all of the seeds of the jalapeño or leaving some seeds for a little kick.
Italian food is definitely one of my go-to’s for a simple and savory meal. I love making my pasta dishes with big chunky pasta more than using spaghetti noodles, something about the pasta flavor, and I love carbs 😂
I cooked up the meat and sauce in our Dutch oven on our stovetop, but you can use a deep skillet as well. I make the sauce in this dish using canned tomatoes, but feel free to use fresh chopped tomatoes if you like. If you’re on a low carb diet, instead of pasta, you can put the meat & sauce mix on top of a bed of zucchini noodles, spaghetti squash noodles, or cauliflower rice! This dish seems like it has a lot of steps below, but once you get going on adding and stirring everything, I had this ready to eat in 20 mins. I cooked my pasta while I was cooking the meat at the same time too.
First off, let me say these meatballs are the best. You can make these with ground sausage, beef, lamb, or turkey, but my favorite so far has been with sausage. The pics and recipe below are made with 1lb of ground sausage, but you can substitute with beef, lamb or turkey if you’re looking for something leaner. If you eat elk meat or moose meat, that works too! These are low carb and keto friendly because they are made with almond flour instead of bread crumbs.
I broil these meatballs in our toaster/air fryer/broiler combo oven and they are done in 10 mins. If you prefer to cook them up on your stove top, you can do that too! I serve them up in pita bread with freshly chopped tomatoes and tzatziki sauce, with a salad on the side. I’ve also made my yellow rice recipe to go with Greek dishes, this would go well with this too. If you are on a low carb diet, just sub the pita bread for a low carb spinach wrap or a lettuce wrap works too. All of these options sound delicious. I’ll put my tzatziki sauce recipe on the bottom if you’d like to make it with this dish too 😉 happy eating y’all!
We’ve been trying new recipes with boneless pork chops, and this has been the best so far! I chose boneless chops because they cook faster, but you can also use bone-in. You would just need to adjust the cooking time to a little bit longer. I cooked these up on our stove top in a cast iron skillet and all 4 fit perfect on there with extra room. The chops are cooked on each side for about 3-4 mins on medium heat, so this is a quickly prepared meal. We marinated the chops in our homemade marinade and they were juicy and delicious. If you’d like to make these in your air fryer or grill on your barbecue, you can use my marinade ingredients to get the chops nice and flavorful and cook them however you’d like!
For the sides, I sautéed up some veggies in a skillet and heated up pinto beans. To make this keto or low carb friendly, just serve up with some sautéed veggies like bell peppers, onions, jalapeños and zucchini. This time, I cooked up a red and yellow bell pepper, red onion, and minced garlic. I sautéed the veggies in olive oil and seasoned
It’s been a bit since I’ve posted a new recipe, so here we go! Last night I made Spicy Shrimp Pasta and we loved it. Super fast and easy recipe! I used frozen shrimp, thawed them and cooked them up. You can also use fresh shrimp, just one less step you have to do! It’s best to get the kind that are peeled, tails removed and deveined but if you want to do the work yourself, you can do those steps too. The frozen ones I bought had the tails on but were peeled and deveined. I just thawed them, rinsed and removed the tails prior to sautéing!
If you love shrimp but don’t want a dish that’s too spicy, use a little less red pepper flakes or just leave them out. If you want this low carb friendly, instead of using pasta as the base, you can serve the shrimp on top of a bed of zucchini noodles, spaghetti squash noodles, or cauliflower rice. This recipe makes 4 servings, also perfect for dinner for 2 with leftovers.
I haven’t made pork chops in ages so we wanted to try a new recipe and air fry them! We used boneless pork chops so they cook a bit faster than bone-in, but you can use bone-in for this recipe if you’d like. Also, if you don’t have an air fryer you can use my marinade in this recipe and cook up the pork chops on your grill, sauté on your stove top or bake them in your oven.
I definitely had some help prepping this dish! Our toddler wanted to help by stirring, pouring and supervising 😂 Something about mommy having all the fun up on the counters with food makes her want to “help.” It doesn’t always mean I get things done quickly but I appreciate her wanting to be a part of my recipes. And since we are using our slow cooker to cook the pork roast all day, it makes our meal time easy once it’s all done!
We’ve been craving carnitas tacos for a long time, and we needed to make them ASAP. For this recipe I used a 5 lb pork shoulder roast (sometimes they call it a butt roast at the store). I mixed up a few seasonings and rubbed them on it, chopped up a couple onions, a jalapeño & minced some garlic and added all that to the slow cooker. I used my 4qt slow cooker for this recipe. Then I squeezed a couple oranges on top and put the lid on it! Slow cooked on low for 10 hours and it was juicy! I also broiled the shredded meat in our oven to make it crispy at the end too. 😋
Our chicks and ducklings are growing like crazy! This past week we moved all the chicks over to our chicken coop. They had all of their feathers come in, so we moved them over gradually. We first moved our biggest chicks, the white leghorns. Then a couple days later we moved over our Red Sex Links, and this past weekend we moved over our Bantam Red Sussex chicks!
Our ducklings are getting huge btw, and their brooder bin kept getting wetter. We were out there changing out their bedding twice daily to keep up with their wet messes they made. Had to come up with a better option for the ducks, so I did some research and we moved them! In our carport area we have sand and it seemed like the better and drier alternative for the ducks. Since the bin would hold the water when it spilled, we needed to put them in an area that drained better. No more wet brooder bin! Plus the ducks have more room to move around too.
Have you ever used your Instant Pot on the slow cook setting? It’s pretty awesome! It saves having to sauté in one skillet and then transfer everything to your slow cooker or crockpot. You can sauté your ground turkey and veggies in the instant pot and then add all the liquid ingredients to start slow cooking.
I’ve made turkey chili in our instant pot before, but I wanted to update the recipe a bit! I also wanted to include the instructions if you’re going to cook it on your stove and transfer to your slow cooker. I used canned beans for my recipe, but you can also use dried beans. You would need to soak them overnight prior to cooking them in the chili.
Making pinto beans in my crockpot is so easy! Pretty much just dump everything in and let it slow cook all day. This time (and some other times too) I forgot to soak my beans overnight. I did a quick soak method on my stovetop and the beans still turned out great. So if you’re like me, and sometimes forgetful, the quick soak method is a great way to prep your beans to slow cook!
This recipe is made with a chicken bouillon cube, but you can also substitute and use vegetable broth. If you use vegetable broth, you would only add 2 cups of water to the pot. If you want to use chicken broth instead, you would do the same thing as with the vegetable broth and only add 2 cups water. If you do not like coconut oil, you can use olive oil instead. I personally love coconut oil! 🥥 For this recipe, I made it with 1 cup of dried beans so it ended up being 4 servings. Sometimes I like to make smaller batches that way we don’t have a ton of leftovers. This recipe is perfect for a dinner for 2 with leftovers or for a family of 4 and no leftovers. My Mexican brown rice recipe will be after the pinto beans recipe! ❤️
I made Mexican brown rice to go with the burritos, it just ended up being done later than I thought it would be. We had this as a side. Brown rice takes quite a bit longer to cook than white rice, so keep that in mind when you are timing everything. My white rice will normally take 20 mins to cook in the rice cooker, while the brown rice took about 45 mins! I have the recipe and pics for the rice below.