Vegetable Pork Skillet Dinner

Serve over rice, baked sweet or white potatoes, or use as a burrito filling. Yum! -- The Nourishing Gourmet

Why cook up plain pork when you can add so much rich flavor with onions, garlic, mushrooms, and dried herbs? If desired, you can serve this over rice, quinoa, or sweet or white potatoes. I also think this would make a delicious burrito stuffing – just add salsa, avocado, or whatever you desire for toppings! Or eat it as is for a simple skillet dinner.

While I have to say I didn’t give this recipe a very snazzy name, the combinations of flavor are just lovely! I’ve been working on increasing my intake of vegetables, and it’s been a delicious choice as well as a healthy one.

Yes, delicious!

This simple skillet dinner is an example of how you can make a flavorful dish simply by combining a variety of vegetables and your choice of meat with a few spices and some garlic. The meat flavors the vegetables and vice versa for a more rounded flavor.

The other thing I love about skillet dinners is that they are very easy and fast to make, so they make perfect dinners for busy nights. Right now we have three evenings with soccer practice! Yup, it’s a busy time! To see why I am making vegetables a priority right now, read my post. Why We Should Eat More Vegetables. While you are there, sign up for the 10 Day Vegetable Challenge! I’m super excited about it! It will start on the 12th.

I’ve been trying to get in more sulfur containing vegetables. In The Wahls Protocol, Dr. Wahls has you eat 3 cups of sulfur-rich vegetables every day. She says, “Finally, I want you to eat 3 cups of sulfur-rich vegetables, which in addition to antioxidants, also have health-promoting sulfur compounds in them. Sulfur may not get the media attention that antioxidants do, but it is an incredibly important compound for health.” She goes on in her book to explain why sulfur is important for your connective tissue, joints, skin, hair, nails, skin disorders, arthritis, and blood vessel health, as well as being important for anyone with an autoimmune disease.

Sulfur containing vegetables include the cabbage family (such as broccoli and cauliflower), the onion family and the mushroom family. This dish has two of the three. But if you wanted all three, why not slice some cabbage to add to the dish!

Notes on the Recipe:

  • If desired, add a diced sweet bell pepper
  • The bacon is optional. We make it without just as often.
  • This is also delicious with a couple of thinly sliced zucchini cooked into the mixture. Yum!
  • This is the type of recipe that makes me LOVE owning a large saucepan. I personally favor my large cast iron.
  • AIP note: Leave out the pepper, and don’t use the bacon unless it’s AIP safe.

Vegetable Pork Skillet Dinner

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Ingredients:

  • 2 slices of bacon, or 2 tablespoons of fat/oil of choice (avocado oil, coconut oil, etc).
  • 1 large onion, peeled, cut in half, and thinly sliced
  • ½ to 1 pound of mushroom, ends trimmed and thinly sliced
  • 1 pound of ground pork (pastured, organic is best, if possible)
  • 2-3 garlic cloves, peeled and put through a garlic press
  • A generous pinch of dried oregano and dried thyme
  • Unrefined Salt
  • Freshly Ground Pepper.

Instructions:

  1. In a large saucepan or cast iron over medium heat cook the bacon, if using, until crisp and done. Flip to cook evenly. Remove from pan and set aside. There should be about 2 tablespoons of fat in the pan. If you had leaner bacon, you can add fat of choice to the pan to make up two tablespoons.
  2. 2. Add the onion and mushrooms to the pan and cook over medium heat if using cast iron, or medium-high, if using stainless steel. Sprinkle with salt and pepper, and stir as needed to cook evenly and prevent sticking. After five to seven minutes, when the vegetables are soft, add the pork, garlic, and oregano and thyme. Sprinkle with more salt and pepper, and cook, stirring, until the pork is thoroughly cooked through and the vegetables soft.
  3. Crumble the bacon on top, season to taste, and serve as desired.

Flourless Plantain Cake (Nut-free and Paleo)

Flourless Plantain Cake - It only takes a couple of ingredients! Nut-free, paleo friendly

This delicious recipe only takes a couple of ingredients, and it whirls up in your blender for a fast clean up. The end result tastes like a sweet egg-y banana bread, or perhaps banana bread pudding. It makes a lovely simple dessert or a sweet breakfast treat.

The plantains provide the starch instead of flour and they also sweeten the cake. The eggs help hold the cake together and add protein and nutrition (as well as flavor).

We’ve been trying out eggs again after years of avoiding them after finding out my daughter and I had a high intolerance to them. So far so good! Unfortunately this recipe is not AIP (Autoimmune Protocol diet) friendly because of the eggs, but once you’ve added eggs back in, make sure you try this out!

A couple of notes on the recipe (created by my friend, Lauren at Empowered Sustenance):

  • I used a full teaspoon of both vanilla and cinnamon in this recipe.
  •  I think a tablespoon of pure maple syrup would add not only a little more sweetness, but also a lovely maple hint in flavor.
  • My husband preferred this cold, I hot, so it’s a matter of preference.

Get the recipe here: Flourless Plantain Cake

If you try it out, let me know what you think!

How to Make Healthy Popsicles for Toddlers

How to make healthy toddler popsicles - So fun and easy and a great snack for little ones. -- The Nourishing Gourmet

You know what makes a great snack for toddlers? Mini sized popsicles! My youngest is about a year and a half, and she spends all day running after her two older sisters trying to do everything they do. It’s pretty cute.

One of the things I’ve been making for the older two are homemade popsicles (you can get some of my favorite recipes on this list here: 41 Recipes for a Sweet and Refreshing Summer). But I quickly realized that the normal sized popsicles are significantly too large for my littlest.

I did some research and ended up buying a baby popsicle mold, and I love it. I love it, because she loves it. Now when the older girls are eating their popsicles, she gets one too. It’s such a healthy snack too!

Here are a couple of quick tips for making toddler popsicle molds.

(Of course, always talk to your pediatrician about any dietary changes)

Buy a properly sized popsicle mold

How to make healthy toddler popsicles - So fun and easy and a great snack for little ones. -- The Nourishing Gourmet

It cuts down on waste and is made to fit their hand size. Also, be aware that there are mini popsicle molds that may not be safe for young children to use (for example, when they are in the shape of a small ball, it could be a choking hazard). This is the mold I use.

Perfect for little hands!

Perfect for little hands!

You Can Use Just fruit

If you are still introducing foods one by one, you can simply puree a single fruit with water and use in the mold. (These molds are for 6 months and up). If you have pumped breast milk, you can also use that in combination with the fruit. This is especially helpful if you are just starting to introduce other foods.

Cook the Fruit for Easy Digestibility

Some young children have difficulty digesting raw fruits and vegetables. Add fruit, such as frozen berries, into a small pan with added water, and cook until soft. This can then be blended with desired liquid for the smoothie.

How to make healthy toddler popsicles - So fun and easy and a great snack for little ones. -- The Nourishing Gourmet

Use the Smoothie Method

What I’ve been doing is making a giant smoothie so that we have leftovers to use in molds. They are usually a combination of coconut milk, kombucha or water, greens, and fruit. I love that I am killing two birds with one stone – I make part of our breakfast and a snack at the same time.

Make it Weston A Price Friendly

Weston A Price believed in feeding children a very nutrient rich diet. One way to do that is including especially nutrient rich proteins and fats. Use Coconut Cream (<< brand I use), or whole fat grass fed dairy, yogurt, kefir. You can even use cream! A nutritionist recently recommended adding cream to a friend’s toddler’s diet as she was underweight. Healthy fats help our kids grow strong and well, and we shouldn’t be afraid of it. Other possible additions include Avocado, greens, lacto-fermented beverages such as kombucha or water kefir.

Those are just a few quick tips for making toddler popsicles. Have you tried any of the above before? I’d love to hear!

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Golden Milk Ice Cream

Sweet and creamy coconut milk is spiced with turmeric, ginger, black pepper, cardamom, vanilla and cinnamon for a lovely chai flavor, and then sweetened with honey. It makes up a gorgeous smooth dairy-free ice cream. -- The Nourishing Gourmet

I know I’m a little obsessed with Golden Milk right now, but I promise that this newest addition it worth it. Sweet and creamy coconut milk is spiced with turmeric, ginger, black pepper, cardamom, vanilla and cinnamon for a lovely chai flavor, and then sweetened with honey. It makes up a gorgeous smooth dairy-free ice cream.

The added plus is that it’s made with such good-for-you ingredients, like all of those anti-inflammatory spices, and immune-boosting coconut milk.

As you may have noticed, I am working on getting more anti-inflammatory spices in my diet, with my traditional Golden Milk recipe, my savory Golden Turmeric Sipping Broth, and my Iced Golden Milk Latte with Cardamom. I think Golden Milk ice cream rounds up the list nicely.

AIP note: Make sure you use a gum-free coconut milk (like the one linked to below), and if strict AIP (autoimmune protocol diet) leave out the black pepper and cardamom.

This recipe won approval with four out of the five of us. My middle daughter thought it was too strong for her, but the rest of us enjoyed it.

If you wanted to make a single serving of this recipe, you could chill one of the golden milk recipes links to above, and then use this single serve ice cream maker!

Ingredients:

Supplies:

Sweet and creamy coconut milk is spiced with turmeric, ginger, black pepper, cardamom, vanilla and cinnamon for a lovely chai flavor, and then sweetened with honey. It makes up a gorgeous smooth dairy-free ice cream. -- The Nourishing Gourmet

Golden Milk Ice Cream (Dairy-Free, Egg-Free)

Ingredients:

  • 3 cups coconut milk or coconut cream
  • ½ cup of honey
  • Dash of Salt
  • 2 teaspoons dried and ground turmeric
  • ½ teaspoons dried and ground ginger
  • ¼-1/2 teaspoon ground cardamom (Replace with more ginger for AIP)
  • ½ teaspoon black pepper (leave out for AIP)
  • 1 teaspoon cinnamon
  • 1 tablespoon real vanilla extract

Directions:

In a large blender, blend all of the ingredients together until well combined. Freeze in your choice of ice cream makers according to manufacture’s directions. Eat right away, or freeze for a couple of hours before serving.

Note: If serving a day or more after making, leave out on the counter for 10-20 minutes to soften ice cream.

Golden Milk Ice Cream
 
 
Ingredients
  • 3 cups coconut milk or coconut cream
  • ½ cup of honey
  • Dash of Salt
  • 2 teaspoons dried and ground turmeric
  • ½ teaspoons dried and ground ginger
  • ¼-1/2 teaspoon ground cardamom (Replace with more ginger for AIP)
  • ½ teaspoon black pepper (leave out for AIP)
  • 1 teaspoon cinnamon
  • 1 tablespoon real vanilla extract
Instructions
  1. In a large blender, blend all of the ingredients together until well combined. Freeze in your choice of ice cream makers according to manufacture's directions. Eat right away, or freeze for a couple of hours before serving.
  2. Note: If serving a day or more after making, leave out on the counter for 10-20 minutes to soften ice cream.