Salad & pan seared okra

Salads can be simple or complicated. I choose SIMPLE!
-Grab your lettuce, arugula, spinach, or any other greens you like.
-Top it with cooked meat like ground beef, chicken, steak, or even ground breakfast sausage. In this photo, I mixed ground beef and breakfast sausage because it was leftover from other meals. Ha!
-Add an apple, pear, or grapes if you like a little sweetness.
-And in this recipe, I even added pan seared okra and onions. YUM!
-Choose a salad dressing (or not) and there you go. Enjoy!
The way to keep it simple is to use what you already have. Mix it up and you’ll create yummy salads! salad-with-okra

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Tuscany Porkchops

2-4 pork chops
3 tbs oil (olive, coconut, butter, ghee)
4-6 cloves garlic, chopped
1-2 cups fresh tomatoes chopped or 1 can of tomatoes
1 onion
2 tsp orgegano
1 tsp sage
1 tsp basil

Heat oil in a large pan. Brown pork chops on each side. Reduce heat to medium and add onions. Stir onions and flip pork chops after 2-3 minutes on each side. Add tomatoes, garlic, oregano, sage, and basil. Simmer until tomatoes are soft and sauce has set up. Serve on a bed of pasta or zucchini noodles.
(cooking times vary depending on thickness of chops)

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Meatballs ‘with a twist’

1 pound ground beef
1 pound mild pork sausage
2 eggs
1 cup chopped onion
1/4 cup flour or almond meal (optional)

Mix all ingredients together. These meatballs can be fried on the stovetop or baked in the oven at 350.
We like to add the meatballs to a sweet & sour sauce made with grape jelly, chili sauce, and a splash of lemon juice. Add sauce and cooked meatballs to crockpot for an easy make and take.

Or if you prefer a more southern style meatball and gravy, here’s a gravy recipe: Remove fried meatballs, add 1-2 tbs flour to your pan drippings and mix while on medium heat. Add 1 cup cold milk and continue stirring until desired consistency. The gravy will thicken as it warms.

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Egg and Vegetable Frittata

6-12 eggs
vegetables (onions, peppers, squash, kale, collards, spinach or whatever you have on hand)
oil or lard
milk or cottage cheese (optional)
cooked sausage, bacon, ground beef, etc (optional)

Preheat oven to 350
Heat oil in skillet. I prefer an iron skillet because I can transfer it directly to the oven to bake the quiche. If you don’t have an iron skillet, use what you have, but keep in mind you will need to transfer everything to an oven dish.

Saute the vegetables in the oil. While the veggies are cooking, in a separate bowl, whisk the eggs. Add milk and cottage cheese to the eggs, if desired. These will make the quiche “fluffier” and will make more (if you have kids who are going to gobble it up). The number of eggs you need will depend on whether or not you add milk or cottage cheese. You can also add grated cheese to this mixture.

Once your veggies are cooked, make sure there is still a little oil in the pan. Add the cooked meat and toss. Pour the egg mixture into the hot oiled skillet on top of the veggies and meat. Turn the temperature to low and allow the egg mixture to set for a moment.

Next, place your skillet in the oven and allow the quiche to finish cooking for about 20 minutes. Depending on the amount you have made, it may take a little longer. Generally the veggies and meats rise to the top of the quiche.

OPTIONAL PERSONALIZED MUFFIN METHOD
Pour the egg mixture into the muffin pan, then add the veggies and meats to each muffin.

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Ground Pork with Cabbage and Carrots

1 pound ground pork
1 cabbage, chopped
6 carrots, shredded
1 onion, chopped
1 clove garlic, minced
Optional items: red pepper, soy sauce or coconut aminos, rice

In a large skillet or wok, brown ground pork with 1 chopped onion and 1 clove of garlic. Drain fat. Add 2 cabbage and carrots. Reduce heat to low and simmer until the vegetables are cooked, about 10 minutes. Salt and pepper to taste. Add red pepper, soy sauce, or coconut aminos (a soy free sauce), if desired. Serve alone or over rice.
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