Well, I’m finally back from a week long vacation from Hawaii. I didn’t think I would love Oahu this much, but it was so beautiful and fun. We hiked a bunch, explored, ate local cuisine, and hung out at the beach pretty much everyday. It’s amazing how different one side of the island is from another and they are all so pretty and unique in their own way. It was everything I look for in a vacation and I’m back fully recharged. Check out my Instagram and Facebook page for some of my travel photos because I posted a ton!
No matter how relaxing a vacation is, flying is a bit tough for me and I can feel the intense stress of it every time, so I feel a bit worn out from the 5 hour flight last night. Not worry though, because bone broth to the rescue! I LOVE how quickly I can whip up a meal in my Instant Pot and I did just that with this spicy beef stew recipe.
Feel free to adjust the hot sauce if you don’t like spicy foods. I loooooove spicy so I tend to go overboard a bit. However, C (who usually can’t handle too much spicy foods) went back for seconds, so I think it’ll be just fine. Also, if you don’t have an Instant Pot, feel free to throw everything in the slow cooker. You can read the notes section of the recipe to find out how to do just that.
I love incorporating bone broth into recipes. It’s an easy way to consume all the beneficial minerals and nutrients without even thinking about it, especially when your fiancé refuses to drink it straight on its own. I’m such a trickster, but the one that tries to get you to eat healthy. It’s like sneaking in organ meat into recipes, but this is so much less detectable for those with sensitive palates. If you need a filling, healthy recipe that’s also comforting and warming, be sure to make this spicy beef stew recipe. You are gonna love it!
Set your Instant Pot to Sauté setting and add avocado oil.
Add the meat and stir until the meat is browned.
Add and stir in the rest of the ingredient, except salt.
Close the lid, and make sure the pressure valve is set to "sealing."
Set the Instant Pot to Meat/Stew.
Once finished, about 40 minutes, the Instant Pot will beep. If you are eating right away, hit "Cancel" then release the pressure valve, making sure your hand is away from the opening where the steam escapes. If not, the Instant Pot will automatically switch to the "Warm" setting for the next 10 hours and the pressure will slowly lower on its own.
Taste and salt, if necessary.
Don't have an Instant Pot? You can place everything in a slow cooker and cook on low for 7-8 hours or high for 3-4 hours!
Hi friends! I feel like I’ve been traveling SO MUCH recently. Last weekend, C and I visited Denver and Boulder, and it was such an amazing trip. For someone who loves to hike and eat good food, they offered the best of both. I kept talking about how we would move to Boulder if it was warm all year round and if it was next to the beach. Looks like we’ll be staying in California, but nevertheless, I absolutely loved both cities. The mountains were so breathtakingly beautiful, and it was so easy for me to find gluten-free, dairy-free EVERYTHING!
As much as I enjoyed all the food and adventures, I’m so happy to be back to cuddle with my dogs and eat home-cooked meals. No matter how delicious and healthy restaurant foods are, my digestion and body work and feel so much better eating at home. And I actually thought about these meatballs while I was there!
If you decide to make these Moroccan meatballs, it’s EXTREMELY important you make the sauce as well. I mean, the meatballs are yummy on their own, but the creamy dipping sauce seriously makes it STELLAR. I know I sound a bit dramatic (what else is new?), but I’m serious! I made extra of the sauce and ended up putting it on everything I ate until it ran out.
Also, these meatballs taste great grilled as well. I’ve cooked them both ways: on the grill and in the oven, and I think I actually like the grilled version better! Keep in mind that they may lose their round, circular shape if you do decide to grill them. If you don’t care about that like me, then this recipe is a good one enjoy at a barbecue!
If you know me at all or follow me on Snapchat, you know that I love our little pooches like they are my babies. I do my best to use the best quality ingredients when it comes to cooking and eating at home, and the same goes for our dogs. I have posted before about how we feed our dogs a raw meat diet, and while I believe this is still the ideal diet, this has changed because C and I love to travel so much and it was too much of a hassle to worry about while we were away. Also, it wasn’t working great for Sally, our shih tzu, so we have switched it up to high quality grain-free dehydrated raw kibble while still supplementing with eggs, bones, liver, and raw meat occasionally.
When it comes to treats, I’ve found that there are also many great quality products that we can buy but they are quite expensive if you want the ones with just 1 ingredient in them (high quality meat) without any kind of fillers and grains. I realized that making them at home is a much better option that’s both healthy and economical. Luckily for us, our local farmers market has a meat vendor that sells ground up grass fed raw food for dogs which includes beef meat, bones and various organs like hearts, livers, and kidneys. I’ve bought them previously to supplement their food, but I realized I could use them to make homemade beef jerky for them!
If you can’t find a mixture like this one, you can just use ground beef or make your own mix after buying the parts separately. All these various parts contain different nutrients that are so beneficial and the dogs go crazy for them. Just like humans, it’s important for the dogs to eat all parts of the animal for the maximum nutrient profile. You don’t always need to get grass fed, but if you have the option and the means, I think it’s worth getting. After all, the dogs give us so much happiness in our lives, why wouldn’t we want to give them the best stuff so they can be healthy even as they get older?
Just a warning, these treats will induce those hard-to-resist “please, may I have some more??” faces (case in point: photo below). It makes me happy that even if I do give in and give them a few extra pieces of the jerky, they are eating a nutrient-dense and healthy treat that supports their development and nutrition. Just like humans, the food the dogs eat matters so much for their well-being!