SAUSAGE & KALE SOUP
3 links sausage, sliced & cut in half (I used hot chicken sausage from t-joes)
6 small potatoes, cubed - (I used 1 sweet potato, in Blair's original recipe, she prefers purple ones for those of you who want to try it!)
1 large onion, chopped
4-5 cloves of garlic, chopped
2 cups chicken broth
4 cups beef broth
healthy pinch of dried red pepper flakes
3/4 of a large bag of kale
In a stock pot with some olive oil, heat the sausage on medium until cooked (or if already cooked, just heated through).
Add the onion, garlic, potatoes, red pepper flakes & salt/pepper.
Stir occasionally until the potatoes are getting tender and the olive and onion are cooked.
Add the broths and de-glaze the bottom of the pot (that means scrape the dried seasoning up off the bottom of the pot with your wooden spoon)
Add the kale, turn to low and cover
Stir occasionally for 5-10 min and you're done.
You can add more or less broth depending on your personal broth-level preferences:)
So, I used 2 links of chorizo, forgot the rest of the onion at Hank's, garlic powder (mainly cause I'm lazy), only beef broth (3 cups- I didn't have a big enough pot at my house), no red pepper flakes so I used cayenne pepper (it was a spicy soup!), and I had about a 1/2 cup or so of crushed tomatoes left so I threw those in with the broth as well. It is so yummy. Thanks Blair, I loved it and I'll make a closer version sometime soon. I love that I posed this challenge, I have a recipe waiting from Ginny & Brandy too- can't wait to try them out.
I also baked a dessert item I made up- and I am so excited about it!
PALEO FRUIT TART
crust: 2 cups of almond flour, 1 heaping tbsp of almond butter, 1 egg (I meant to add nutmeg, forgot that as well!)
fillings: 5-7 or so blueberries, 4-6 tiny slices of banana, topped with coconut milk whipped cream (click for recipe) whipped with lots of cinnamon
Directions: (Bear with me I don't know all the baking lingo, ha)
Combine the crust ingredients in a bowl and mix with your hands, once mixed take a tablespoon of the crust mixture and spread it across the bottom and just a tad up the sides of a muffin liner- you should be able to make close to 15 crusts.
Place liners with crust in a muffin baking pan, and bake for about 15 maybe 20 minutes (I just watched it and guessed), take out and let cool for a few minutes.
As far as the filling goes, you could probably mix the ingredients together if you want or do what I did, place the blueberries and bananas in the tart and top with about a tbsp of the whipped cream- add more cinnamon. You could maybe add honey to the fruit, although I don't know if its needed?? Would depend on how much of a sweet tooth you had. Sometimes they stay together and other times it helps to dump on a plate.
I brought my creation into work to test on my co-workers-- and they loved it! (Unless they were lying, but I am pretty sure they were being honest. :)...) Hank loved it too (I can tell when he is lying, I hope.) Its actually hard not to eat a bunch of them- while its very healthy I doubt I am supposed to eat like 5 at a time (I've only had two at a time, and I've had two today but I really want the last two, trying to have willpower to save them for tomorrow.)
I also made paleo almost oatmeal for breakfast yesterday- it was good but it was actually pretty rich, had left over meatballs & spaghetti squash for lunch- snacked on a larabar and some almonds. Workout at Crossfit Brigade was the following (I'm deciding just to paste the workouts- including the warmups for y'all to see):
Today's meals: smoothie (instead of Greek yogurt I used coconut milk, I also added a tablespoon of almond butter and a couple tbsp's of unsweetened applesauce-- all ingredients from the almost oatmeal), had a little leftover soup for a snack, then we had a celebration lunch at Taziki's and I ordered the lamb salad with no feta & no dressing. Dinner was pre-made paleo hamburger, greens & sweet potato fries. Larabar for dessert.