Thursday, June 19, 2008

Roasted Turkey with Caramelized Vegetables

serves 2

2 carrots, cut into chunks
1/2 a medium onion, sliced
1 small fennel bulb, sliced
fronds from the fennel bulb, minced
1/4 cup EVOO
2 8-oz turkey breast tenderloins
2 tsp mustard
1/2 tsp paprika
salt and pepper to taste

Preheat the oven to 425. In a large pyrex dish, toss the carrots, onions, and fennel bulb with the EVOO and a small pinch of salt. Roast for 15 min.

While it's roasting, trim the turkey if necessary. Sprinkle with salt and pepper. Coat one side of each turkey breast with mustard, and sprinkle with paprika.

Take the veggies out of the oven and stir them. Push them to the sides of the dish and add the turkey to the center. Return to the oven for 15 min.

Remove from the oven and stir the veggies. Roast 15 more min.

Remove the turkey to serving plates. Stir the reserved fennel fronds into the roasted veggies. Serve veggies.


The turkey was a little dry, but the flavors were really good, especially if you ate a bite of veggies with a bite of turkey at the same time. I served this with a small green salad made with spring mix, cucumbers, and walnuts and an EVOO dressing.

* I used this recipe as a loose guide:

Tuesday, June 17, 2008

Non-meat, non-egg, paleo breakfast

Does such a thing exist?! Yep, and I've eaten it for the past two days.

A coconut muffin made with almond flour, dried unsweetened coconut, and agave nectar. Sliced strawberries. Earl grey tea.

I'll do a muffin post soon because I have several different recipes to share.

Stuffed Zucchini

serves 2

2 large zucchinis
1 lb ground bison/buffalo (ground beef will work too, but you want a very lean meat...otherwise it will give off too much liquid and your zucchinis will be swimming)
1/2 a large onion, minced
salt and pepper to taste
dash of cayenne pepper
1/2 tsp of oregano
1 8oz can tomato sauce
1 T tomato paste (optional)
1/2 cup chopped olives or olive tapenade (I used tapenade from Trader Joe's)
1 egg
coconut oil

Cut the zucchinis in half longways. Scoop out the insides to form a large trough in each zucchini.

Heat coconut oil in a skillet and saute the onion and the scraped out zucchini insides. Caramelize it and make sure all the water cooks out. Remove the zucchini/onion mixture to a large bowl.

Add the meat to the skillet and brown, along with some salt and pepper to taste, the cayenne, and the oregano. Drain it if there's a lot of liquid after the meat is done cooking. Add the tomato sauce and paste and stir to combine.

Add the meat/tomato mixture to the bowl with the onion/zucchini mixture, along with the olives. Mix well and make sure it's slightly cool. Beat the egg and mix it in.

Mound each zucchini half with the mixture and put in a large baking dish with a little water on the bottom. Bake at 400 for 40 min. You can make the filling and stuff the zucchinis in advance and hold them covered in the fridge until it's time to bake them.