We are just a day away from St. Patrick’s Day, and one of my few reasons why I love this day is because it means it’s almost Spring! That’s always a good thing to me because I just can’t wait for the warm weather. I know it’s so much colder and snowy in other parts of the country but I’m a summer girl and I’m the happiest under sunny warm skies.
And to celebrate almost-Spring, I made a SUPER easy and delicious one pot meal: Irish banger skillet! You literally just throw everything in a oven-proof skillet and bake it until it’s done. I love these kinds of meals because it’s so simple and you have less dishes to do. My favorite!
The traditional Irish bangers are usually pork sausage made with wheat flour. Since I can’t handle gluten, I made them with regular ol’ pork sausage which worked beautifully. This can also work with chicken as well. With cabbage, potatoes, and carrots, this Irish banger skillet makes a complete, budget-friendly meal your family will love.
If you need a yummy drink to go with your celebration of St. Patrick’s Day, make sure check out my paleo and vegan Shamrock Shake. It’s healthy and delicious, and taste GREAT with a bit of your favorite boozed mixed in as well.
Hope you imbibe safely and I wish you a giant pot of good luck and good cheer!
Can you believe Super Bowl is almost here? Those of you who aren’t into sports are probably like, “Yes, and I don’t give a fuuuuuuu—.” I get it. I don’t much care about the teams playing this year, but I do enjoy watching football with friends and it’s so exciting to get into a game that so many people care about.
If you don’t agree, then can’t we all at least agree that game day food is the best? Nachos, wings, dips, chili, finger foods… What’s not to love?
Today’s recipe was created out of my love for both spinach and artichoke dip and meatballs, and it’s the perfect game day food that won’t make you feel tired and sluggish afterwards.
I love these spinach and artichoke meatballs because they literally come together in 5 minutes and all you really have to do is throw them in the oven. And they are seriously so delicious! The meatballs are a bit veggie heavy so I didn’t think the fiancé would love them, but he gobbled them up and told me how amazing they were. I think the sauce really pulls all the flavors together so definitely definitely make the sauce! It adds the creaminess and tanginess that’s so amazing in a spinach and artichoke dip.
Whether you are hosting or going to a Super Bowl party, I know these meatballs will be a popular crowd pleaser. It’s so healthy (they are sugar detox-friendly!) but still so healthy and flavorful. I promise, you won’t miss the cheese but if you aren’t lactose intolerant like me, you can also replace nutritional yeast with some cheddar or parmesan. I hope you love these as much as we did!
I can’t believe I never posted a cauliflower rice recipe on the blog before! It’s one of the easiest and fastest dishes to cook, making it a common weeknight meal in our household. I do eat white rice frequently, but cauliflower rice has it’s own appeal when trying to keep things light and lower in carbs, especially if you are going through a sugar detox like the Whole30 or the RESTART program.
You can, of course, switch out the protein in this recipe but my favorite is pork fried rice. It’s probably because I’m obsessed with pork chops and will use any excuse to include it in a recipe. I just love how flavorful and fatty they are!
This recipe can also be easily modified to be AIP-friendly! My mom is still staying with us so that’s what I ended up doing. Just omit the black pepper and miso paste and the dish will still be very flavorful. I actually made this for her because she had mentioned how much she missed eating rice while on the autoimmune protocol.
The next time you are craving Asian fried rice, try making this version instead of getting takeout! The restaurant version is often filled with corn starch, sweeteners, unhealthy oils, and MSG, but you can avoid all those crappy ingredients by making this cauliflower pork fried rice at home. You’ll also find that making it at home is just as flavorful, and it’s a great way to fit in some extra serving of veggies!
If using a head of cauliflower, place the florets in the food processor and pulse until it becomes a rice-like texture and size. Set aside.
In a small bowl, whisk together coconut aminos, apple cider vinegar, miso paste, and fish sauce until the miso paste is dissolved. Set aside.
Season the pork chop cubes generously with salt and pepper and toss gently.
Heat coconut oil in a large skillet over medium high heat.
Add onion, garlic, and pork chop cubes and cook while stirring for 3 minutes, until the pork is browned on all sides
Add shredded carrot, green beans, and ginger and cook for 5 more minutes until the green beans are bright and tender. Stir frequently.
Add cauliflower "rice" and the sauce. Stir once, lower the heat to low, then cover for 4-5 minutes until the cauliflower becomes tender.
Stir everything together and garnish with cilantro leaves, if using, before serving.
*If avoiding soy, replace miso paste with extra coconut aminos.
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