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Main Course

on February 28 by

Crockpot Roast in Ancho Chile Sauce

Roast. Salt. Onion. Aaand a few other things. But yeah, that’s pretty much it. Did I mention that active prep time is only 10 minutes?

IMG_8858-002Ultimate Beef & Liver Chili

There IS a way to get your family to eat liver and  like it! Just last night I whipped up a batch to photograph for today’s post and – even though he knows there ALWAYS is – Daddypotamus asked if there was liver in the chili. Yep, really.

Zesty Shrimp Creole

If you’ve never savoured the deep, buttery base of a creole as it gives way to a bold, zesty tomato kick now is the time. Ready, set, geaux!

Spicy Cilantro Lime Shrimp

A simple dish with just the right amount of heat and tanginess!


 Grain-Free Chicken Fried Steak

These chicken fried steaks are like a great big ole southern hug with country-style gravy on top.


 Grain-Free Homestyle Gravy

Slather this gravy over chicken fried steak, cauliflower mashed fauxtatoes or pumpkin, bacon and chive biscuits for the ultimate experience in grain-free comfort food!

Copycat Whole Foods Salmon Dip {GAPS-Friendly}

Every time Daniel and I go to Whole Foods we immediately check for samples of their delicious smoked salmon spread. This is our homemade knockoff using wild Alaskan salmon, fresh dill, homemade mayo, cracked pepper and lemon juice. Yum!

Blackened Salmon With Pineapple Mango Salsa

Succulent, flakey fillets of blackened salmon topped with zesty pineapple salsa.


Grain-Free Mini Pizzas {GAPS-Friendly}

If you’re trying to find a way to get more veggies into your kids tummy give this a try. It’s actually healthier and less work than the homemade pizzas I used to make! Win win!

Mediterranean Pasta with Basil, Sundried Tomatoes and Capers

This recipe was created when my pregnancy cravings were on a bold and zesty kick. Basil, sundried tomatoes, capers and aged parmesan tossed in olive oil over rice pasta. Yes, please!

IMG_8575-0018 Layer Dip

Rich, flavorful black beans and grass-fed beef are the mainstays of this dip, but the magic is in the other six layers. Buen provecho!

Pecan Crusted GrouperPecan Crusted Grouper

Grouper is rich in selenium and oh-so-delicious when rolled in a crispy pecan crust.


Summer Chicken Salad

I’m  not sure how I managed to grow up in the South without discovering chicken salad. Now it’s one of our favorite spring/summer meals.

Chicken Salad With Sweet Dill Relish

This simple southern dish is loaded with high quality protein and omega-3 fatty acids. Serve as a sandwich or over a bed of greens for a quick, nutrient dense meal!

Jalapeno Cheddar Quiche W/ Butternut Crust

Breakfast, lunch or dinner, this recipe is sure to put some sizzle back into your menu.

Peruvian Roasted Chicken {GAPS-Friendly}

Citrus, garlic and paprika combine for a savory, authentic Peruvian meal.


Kale Nachos

A unique twist on a family favorite!



Salmon Lox

A delicacy that even my 20 month old appreciates, so don’t think it is too hoity-toity for the dinner table!


How To Cook A Pasture-Raised, Free-Range Turkey

You may want to consider preparing your turkey in a brine like most chefs. Here is a basic recipe to get you started.


blackened-shrimp-fondue-recipe-682x1024 Blackened Shrimp And Scallop Fondue

I’ve paired blackened shrimp, sweet scallops, wild mushrooms and tender spinach. Everything is folded into a white wine cream sauce, then topped with melty cheese. Yummo!



chicken-pot-pie-recipe-1024x682Homemade Chicken Pot Pie Recipe

I make this recipe for my husband and myself throughout the year; it is packed with delicious pastured chicken, cream, and has an easy-to-digest sprouted flour crust!

Steak Sewer 2 Smashed Steak Skewers + Cherry Barbecue Sauce

They say that books can take you places you never dreamed of  but they can also transform the place you already are. This recipe is making my kitchen my happy place all over again.

Spicy Scallop Rolls 2

Spicy Chipotle Scallop Rolls

The mild sweetness of scallops perfectly complements the smokey finish of Chipotle peppers, and the rice/cauliflower rice adds a layer of texture that reminds me of my junk-food burrito days of yore.



Risotto alla Milanese with Herbs

Risotto is a dish that is typically eaten prior to the main dish and is almost always associated with high end restaurants, but in reality it is the quintessence of Italian home cooking and comfort food. A good risotto nourishes the soul.



Slow-Cooker Pineapple Pulled Pork

Nothing says summer like a hearty pulled pork meal! Did you know that you can make some stellar pulled pork right in your very own kitchen with little to no effort?


paleochickenfajitaburgers-2-1 Paleo Chicken Fajita Burgers

I got creative and turned my favorite Mexican dish into Chicken Fajitas Burgers. These are simple and delicious and you can get as creative as you like on the toppings.


10 Responses to Main Course

  1. Andrea says:

    Heather, I am trying to access the recipie on grain free gravy but keep getting an error message. Could you do something about this or give me the site address so I could access it directly?

  2. Kris says:

    I am wondering if your DIY dishwashing detergent or laundry detergent uses borax. I have heard awful things about borax and it seems so common in the DIY recipes.

    • Heather says:

      Hi Kris, here is an excerpt from my book that explains why I don’t use borax in my recipes:

      “Ingredients You Won’t Find In This Book

      You may notice that the recipes in this book omit two very commonly used homemade cleaning ingredients: borax and grapefruit seed extract. The omission is purposeful. Here’s why:


      Want to start a debate in the green cleaning world? Mention borax – it is by far one of the most hotly debated ingredients! Borax – also known as sodium borate, sodium tetraborate, or disodium tetraborate – is a natural mineral compound that is mined from the earth. It is often used as a water softener in homemade laundry detergent, all-purpose cleaner, fungicide, insecticide, herbicide, additive to personal care products, dessicant, and ingredient in making ‘slime.’31
      Some say it is no more toxic than common table salt,32 while others believe it poses significant risks. The European Union requires that pure borax be labeled with warnings such as “may damage fertility” and “may damage unborn child,” while in the U.S. it can be found in diaper creams.33

      So what does the Environmental Working Group have to say about borax? Here are their thoughts:

      ‘[Borax] has a very ‘green’ look to it and plenty of recipes for ‘green’ homemade cleaners require it. But we won’t be fooled, and we hope you won’t be, either. In short: EWG does not recommend using borax to clean your home.

      . . . Borax and its cousin, boric acid, may disrupt hormones and harm the male reproductive system. Men working in boric acid-producing factories have a greater risk of decreased sperm count and libido. According to EPA’s safety review of these pesticides, chronic exposure to high doses of borax or boric acid causes testicular atrophy in male mice, rats and dogs.

      Animal studies reviewed by the EPA indicate that while the female reproductive system is less sensitive to borax, exposure to it can also lead to reduced ovulation and fertility. Borax and boric acid can cross the placenta, affecting fetal skeletal development and birth weight in animal studies of high-dose exposures.
      In its 2006 review of the safety of borax pesticides, the EPA declined to perform a risk assessment that included exposures from cleaning supplies, cosmetics and other consumer goods along with professional and consumer pest-control products. As a result, it’s difficult to assess the level of risk that may be involved in using borax to clean your home. In light of the reproductive effects reported in both animal and worker studies, we suggest that you avoid borax in homemade or store-bought cleaning supplies.’34
      What do I think? Honestly, I don’t really know. It may be perfectly safe, but since it’s possible to formulate effective homemade cleaners without it I’ve chosen to omit it for now as a precautionary measure.

      Grapefruit Seed Extract

      Grapefruit seed extract is sometimes used as a natural mold and mildew killer, but it’s actually a synthetic chemical made from grapefruit seeds that have gone through through a 7 step refining process. The end result, diphenol hydroxybenzene, contains benzene, which is anything but natural.”

      • Erin says:

        Just wanted to add my 2 cents on Borax…I used to live near a Borax plant in the Mojave dessert and visited it with my family once. We lived in California City, CA, not too far from the town of Hinkley which you may recall rose to some fame after becoming the center of the Erin Brockovich movie. (I think ALL the water in that valley is bad.) At that time we used Borax in our laundry and didn’t know it was controversial. But about a year ago we took in some homely animals and we became infested with scabies or some other invisible bug. At one point I read Borax killed these little critters so I took a really hot bath to which I added a cup of Borax and soaked for a half hour. When I got out of that bath my lower left back was in such pain! It subsided by the following day but apparently a large dose of Borax is NOT good on the body, living proof for me. We now avoid it so thank you for using alternatives your in your recipes.

  3. Brandee says:

    Hi Heather, I love your blog! I cannot get the link for the chili to work.

  4. Lily says:

    Hi Heather,
    Thanks for your site! I have a question for you. I am 13 and often blood sugar issues. Because I am 100% gluten free and don’t even eat gluten free or sourdough bread because of the reaction I get, I take fiber supplements. I can’t swallow pills, so I usually break open a capsule and take the powder in yogurt. I was wondering if you know of any alternatives that would be easier, maybe foods that are high in fiber, something that wouldn’t involve taking a pill but would steady my blood sugar. I try to eat lots of protein and healthy fat, but for some reason it just doesn’t cut it. Any suggestions? Thanks!!

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