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Don’t throw out ANY food! Eat your leftovers!

Leftovers

In this time of the Corona virus its important to use your food efficiently so you eat up those leftovers and don’t throw anything out. Hopefully, the hoarders who bought excess food will do the same. It would be a shame if any of it went in to the dumpster!

So we just got done with St. Patrick’s Day. I cooked a small corned beef I got at Costco, but for two people it was still quite a lot. So here’s what I did with the leftovers.

The Corned Beef cost $14.36. I got lots of meals out of it!

My wife and I had two meals like the above.

Then we split two Reubens for two other meals. I had some fresh, raw sauerkraut that I also bought at Costco. Good stuff! That left me with some cabbage, potatoes and a little corned beef. So I made corned beef hash. We also bought a rotisserie chicken from the local food store, so after a meal of that I made Curry Apple Chicken Salad and I made a small pot of Chicken vegetable soup. I used the bones to make a broth that I then added some chicken bouillon to. Here we go!

I went through the fridge and found all these leftovers and some mushrooms that I hadn’t started using for anything yet. So, some are going into the soup. First, I’m making the corned beef hash.

Saute some onions with a little bit of olive oil. You’re going to get a lot of fat from the corned beef, so don’t go overboard in the beginning.

Add the leftover, chopped up corned beef.

Add the leftover potatoes and cabbage chopped up.

I didn’t cook it much because I wasn’t going to have any at this time. I had my mind set on a bowl of soup. Let’s make some chicken soup!

I boiled the bones for about 30 minutes, but then I did add some chicken base to the broth (its like a bouillon cube, but not as salty.

Sauteing the veggies before adding them to the broth brings out the sugars in them and adds more flavor to the soup.

My wife doesn’t like seaweed, but I do. So I just break up a piece into my soup just before I eat it.

Mmmmm Mmm good! Now on to the chicken salad.

This is the chicken salad dressing. Mayo, lemon and lime juice, salt, a squeeze from the tube of cilantro (you can use fresh cilantro if you have it), curry powder and Major Grey’s Mango Chutney. Whisk it up!

Add the salad stuff! The diced chicken, diced Granny Smith Apple, grated carrot and chopped celery. Mix it up!

I served it on top of chopped iceberg lettuce and garnished with cashews. In the restaurant I would also add red seedless grapes, but this was good. Maybe some chopped scallion would have made it more visually appealing, but it sure tasted good! Let’s make some soup.

Good luck! Eat those leftovers and stay healthy!

 

Some of the #LCHF #Primal Food I Ate in June 2019

I go to this Thai Restaurant every now and then and have pretty much the same thing. I start out with a salad. Since they don’t have traditional salad dressings they put peanut sauce on the salad. That’s not 100% OK because peanuts are actually a legume and they’re not all that good for the gut, but every now and then they’re OK if you can handle it. I then have the Crispy Shrimp with a medium red curry sauce and vegetables with white rice. The breading on the shrimp probably has cornstarch in it or some other starch, so that’s not the best. The curry sauce and vegetables are OK, but the rice is not recommended. I don’t eat much of the rice. All in all, not the best meal to eat out, but I invoke the 80/20 rule! So there!

Who doesn’t love sauteed red onion and mushrooms?

I made a batch of Oopsie Rolls so I could have a lchf “bread” bun for sandwiches!

My first “sandwich” was a Egg Salad Sandwich.

Sauteed Shrimp with Herbed Cauliflower Rice!

A sandwich with salami, cheese, greens and Primal Mayo. Pickles are good!

Another sandwich! This one is my favorite Breakfast Sandwich with sausage, cheese and egg!

I want my baby back, baby back, baby back, RIBS! These were the Best Ribs Ever!

Ribs with just a little more sauce. Make sure its a low sugar BBQ sauce. Broccoli is ALWAYS a good choice!

Another one of my favorite breakfast sandwiches.

Another salami sandwich, this time with raw organic beet and cabbage kraut! Fermented foods are ALWAYS a good choice.

Man o’ man! I guess I really like those breakfast sandwiches!

I made some Chicken Liver Pate. Guests coming over! Use crackers made with almond flour for dipping.

I made a “Liver Sausage Sandwich” using my pate!

Made some Cauliflower “Mac and Cheese” as a side dish for my Lake Perch that I sauteed.

I buy Lake Perch Fillets and other fish from a company called walleyedirect.com Watch out for those shipping costs! In the summer time I have them ship over night mainly because I’m in hot Arizona. But in the winter time, 2 day ship would be ok. Just make sure its all frozen solid when you open the box. The dry ice works pretty well. (Haven’t had a problem… yet!)

Sauteed Lake Perch, above. Below, Cauliflower Mac and Cheese redone a couple days later in the air fryer. Eat your leftovers!

I eat a lot of bacon and eggs. Make sure you take a Fish Oil pill to get your Omega 3s and 6s in balance!

I’m making a nacho type mixture above. Once I wilt the vegetables, I’ll add Organic Ground Beef and some salsa from Costco and spice it with cumin, coriander, chili powder and cilantro.

Had my Nacho Meat mixture with eggs for breakfast.

Wife gave me fresh peas from her garden, so we had a little Asian Stir Fry. I used some canned bamboo shoots and I did use a little of my nacho meat mixture, so it was a little Asian Mex Fusion! Don’t be afraid to experiment and play with your food!

I had some ripe avocados that I had to use before they went bad. So I made a batch of guacamole with them, then scooped it out with an ice cream scoop and placed them on a baking sheet which I then put in the freezer. Once frozen, I put the little guacamole balls in a container and saved them in the freezer. I use them to thicken up smoothies! I like that… no waste!

That’s a good Polish sausage I got from Costco. I heated it up in my air fryer and served it with some organic, raw beets and cabbage kraut, also from Costco. Here’s a pic of the Polish Sausage pack.

Yep, more bacon and eggs!

Yep, more Lake Perch. This time with Asparagus.

Crab legs with asparagus and melted butter. It seems lately that every time my wife and I go to Costco we get one serving each of crab legs. They are good! Cost for that crab leg up above is about $13. So we get two of those for about $27. Lots of meat. My wife usually doesn’t finish hers and has a second meal from it. If I had any self control, I would do that too!

Quick Sandwich #1

Salami Sandwich

If you have some good Primal sandwich ingredients laying around you can make a sandwich in less than a minute. Anyone can make a sandwich! Right? This one is going to be a salami sandwich because that’s what I got laying around. I also had made a batch of oopsie rolls the day before, so I had my “bread” all set to go!

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Everybody knows how to make a sandwich, but this one is a good Primal sandwich. No normal breads made with wheat flour. Mayonnaise made with avocado oil instead of the dreaded canola oil or soybean oil. Its low carb high fat, no grains, no gluten which is unlike any other “normal” sandwich. My blood sugar didn’t budge at all after eating this! And I stayed in Ketosis!

Lots of sandwiches can be made with leftover ingredients. Just make sure you stay Primal. If you’re Paleo, no dairy products! You can use oopsie rolls as the bread in just about any kind of Primal sandwich. Make a batch and keep them in the fridge.  There even good as burger buns! Cheese sandwiches, fish sandwiches, southwest chicken sandwiches, etc, etc. I even made some Reubens!

I love this mayo

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Food for Thought – Leftovers

Food for Thought – Leftovers!
Don’t ya just love leftovers! I had a grass fed beef flat iron steak and had a lot left over. This was one of my favorite meals from it. Romaine lettuce leaves, with the steak sliced thin, peppers, cheddar cheese, fresh cilantro and a horseradish mayonnaise. Tasty! Share pics of your leftover meals.

Food for Thought – Leftovers and Bone Broth

Food for Thought – Leftovers and Bone Broth

I hate throwing food out. Food is money, especially the organic, farm raised stuff. If I cook a whole chicken, when I’m finished eating, I take the meat off the bones and save it for meals later in the week. If I’m feeling industrious, I take the bones and make bone broth by simmering them with carrots, onion and celery. A little dash of apple cider vinegar in the broth as its cooking helps extract the minerals out of the bones. You can then eat the resultant broth on days when you fast! When I do this I take my supplements because I hate taking pills on an empty stomach. You can do this with any kind of bones from beef and chicken to duck and lamb, even fish! My favorite is making oxtail soup and cooking them down so they fall apart. The leftover broth will be loaded with collagen and after you refrigerate it, it looks like beef jello! This is chicken bone broth. When you strain the solids out of the broth be sure to press down on the solids while they’re in the strainer to get the juice out of the solids. It will make your broth a little cloudy, but it will have lots more flavor!

Pacific Rim Chicken

Pacific Rim Cream of Chicken – Dairy Free
Leftover cooked Chicken and Vegetables
Chicken Broth
1/2 can of coconut milk
1 tsp ground coriander
1 tsp ground ginger
1 tsp ground cumin
2 tbls chopped fresh cilantro
Put broth, chicken and any leftover vegetables in a pan and bring to a boil
add coconut milk and spices
Reduce until thick
Enjoy
Note: I don’t tell you how much broth to use and I finish the recipe by telling you to reduce the liquid until its thick. A quicker way to thicken your meals with lots of liquid and still stay Primal is to use arrowroot. Arrowroot is like cornstarch or like using a flour and fat roux to thicken a sauce. Just take some arrowroot, mix it with water or white wine, and stir into your broth. Bring the broth back to the boil and your broth should thicken. I’d start out with a tablespoon of arrowroot and enough water to dissolve it. Make sure you mix your broth while you’re adding it or it may clump!

Creamed Chicken Recipe

Creamed Chicken

What to do with leftover chicken? The possibilities are endless. We’re going to take some of your leftover chicken and make Chicken Tacos in tomorrow’s recipe. Yesterday you made a sandwich. Today we’re going to make Cream of Chicken with it or you can go Pacific Rim with coconut milk, ginger and coriander if you want to. Of course, you can eat the Grape Picker’s Dinner leftovers as is, or use the chicken in other dishes and eat the broth with the vegetables. You can make a variety of chicken salads, or a variety of salads and put some chicken on top, with bacon! And you can use some with the Oopsie Rolls you made to make another sandwich. Whatever you do, post a pic! We want to see your creations!

Cream of Chicken
Leftovers from Grape Picker’s dinner, or the Roasted Chicken dinner
1 cup heavy whipping cream (or cream of coconut to go dairy free)
Put broth, leftover chicken and vegetables in a pan and bring to a boil
add heavy whipping cream (or coconut cream)
Reduce until thick
Enjoy
Note: I don’t tell you how much broth to use and I finish the recipe by telling you to reduce the liquid until its thick. A quicker way to thicken your meals with lots of liquid and still stay Primal is to use arrowroot. Arrowroot is like cornstarch or like using a flour and fat roux to thicken a sauce. Just take some arrowroot, mix it with water or white wine, and stir into your broth. Bring the broth back to the boil and your broth should thicken. I’d start out with a tablespoon of arrowroot and enough water to dissolve it. Make sure you mix your broth while you’re adding it or it may clump!

Leftover Pork Tenderloin


Pork Tenderloin is pretty inexpensive and can be used to make a big variety of different meals. You can go Italian and make Pork Saltimbocca or picatta, go German and make schnitzel, go Mexican and make tacos or go Asian for stir fries. You can make these dishes fresh from scratch or use leftover roasted pork tenderloin. Very flexible. More cooking videos and recipes are in my LCHF Fun Foods Challenge.

Quick Tacos with a Cheese Tortilla

I had some leftover chicken I roasted from the other day, so I thought I’d make some chicken tacos. Had an onion and some green peppers from the wife’s garden and tomatoes too. Since I’m Primal I can’t eat corn or wheat, so no traditional tortillas for me. So I made tortillas by melting grated cheese in a cast iron skillet until it formed a pliable “tortilla”. Then I sauteed my veggies in the cast iron pan spicing them up with chili powder, cumin, salt, pepper and a little dried cilantro flakes. I piled the filling on my cheese tortillas and topped them with some sour cream and salsa. No need for cheese because my tortillas were made of cheese! Very tasty!

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