Making Popcorn on the Stove:
Things you need:
Large pot with lid
3 tablespoons coconut oil (virgin coconut oil gives the best flavor)
1/2 cup popcorn kernels
very large bowl
3 tablespoons melted butter
fine ground sea salt
2 medium-large serving bowls
Start heating pot with oil over medium-high heat. Drop three kernels in the oil and cover the pot. When you hear all the kernels pop (meaning the oil is hot enough), add the rest of the popcorn and swirl it around to get it all coated in the hot oil and let the kernels settle into an even layer. Put the lid back on the pot and when the kernels start popping, start shaking the pot back and forth a little. Once the popping really starts going, I crack the lid a little to allow steam to escape (but not enough to allow oil and kernels to come flying out at me!) and hold it in position while continuing to shake the pot. I suggest wearing pot holders while doing this. Once the popping slows to where you can count several seconds between each pop, dump the popcorn into a large bowl. Drizzle popcorn with melted butter, sprinkle with salt, and toss to coat. Divide popcorn between two serving bowls and enjoy the show!?
Sausage with Cabbage and Apples
This is a great way to use your cabbage in a tasty main dish.
½ head green cabbage, shredded
2 granny smith apples, cored and thinly sliced
¼ cup pecans
¼ cup dried cranberries
1 tablespoon fresh sage, chopped
1 tablespoon fresh thyme, chopped
½ cup chicken stock
1 tablespoon apple cider vinegar
¼ teaspoon Kosher salt
¼ teaspoon fresh ground pepper
4 to 6 sausages
Preheat oven to 400F. In a large casserole or baking dish, place and spread the cabbage along the bottom of the dish. On top of the cabbage, evenly scatter the apple slices and then the pecans and cranberries.
Sprinkle the sage and thyme over the cabbage and apples.
Next, pour the chicken stock and apple cider vinegar over the cabbage. Sprinkle with salt and pepper.
Lay the sausages over the cabbage and apples, pressing down lightly. Sprinkle with salt and pepper. Cover tightly with foil and place in the oven. Bake for 35 to 45 minutes until the sausages are cooked and the cabbage is soft.
Remove foil and serve.
Sweet Potato Sheperd’s Pie
This recipe is based off of Paleo Comfort Food's Farmer's Pie, The mashed sweet potato recipe is from Food Lover's Kitchen. You can substitute dairy milk for coconut milk if you'd like, and add or subtract any vegetables to your liking!
2 lbs ground beef (preferably grass-fed)
4 cloves garlic, minced
1 medium yellow onion, chopped
2 carrots, chopped
8oz of mushrooms, sliced
16 oz peas, frozen or fresh
6 oz tomato paste
2 tbsp balsamic vinegar
1 Tbsp fresh rosemary, chopped
2 tsp fresh thyme
4 to 6 medium sweet potatoes
½ cup coconut milk
1 Tbsp butter plus more for the pan
sea salt and pepper
Preheat your oven to 350 F.
In a large skillet, brown the meat with the cloves of garlic in butter.
Once the meat is browned, remove it from the pan, and cook the onions, carrots and mushrooms until carrots are soft and onions are translucent.
Add the meat back to the pan, add the tomato paste, balsamic vinegar, rosemary, thyme and salt.
Cook until all of the excess liquid has cooked off. Stir in the peas.
Pour the meat mixture into a large baking dish-- 9X13" works well.
Bake your sweet potatoes: place the sweet potatoes on a foiled lined baking sheet and bake until soft-- about 40 minutes depending on the size of your sweet potatoes. (You could also do this step while you are cooking the meat on the stove top).
Allow the potatoes to cool for a few minutes, then peel and place into a medium-sized bowl with coconut milk, butter, sea salt and pepper.
Mash the sweet potatoes into a paste, and spread on top of your meat mixture.
Bake the shepherd's pie for 15 to 20 minutes, or until the sides are bubbling and the center is hot.
Oven Fried Pickles
If you want an alternative way to use our zesty pickles, try this fun, mouthwatering appetizer!
1 jar pickles, slices
1?3 cup flour
1 tablespoon Worcestershire sauce
1 teaspoon hot sauce
1 teaspoon garlic powder
1 teaspoon cajun seasoning
1 teaspoon pepper
1 1?2 cups panko breadcrumbs
ranch dressing, and hot sauce for dipping
Turn oven broiler on high.
In a medium bowl, whisk together eggs and flour.
Add Worcestershire sauce, hot sauce, garlic powder, Cajun seasoning, and pepper. Mix well.
Place panko bread crumbs in a shallow dish.
Dunk each pickle slice into the egg mixture, than dredge it in the panko bread crumbs.
Place coated pickles on a rack set above a baking sheet and sprayed with non-stick cooking spray.
Place pan in the middle rack of the oven. Broil for about 3 minutes on each side.
Serve with Ranch dressing and a dash of hot sauce.
Popcorn Snack Bars
The combination of popcorn, coconut, almonds, raisins and apricots is the perfect blend of salty and sweet in these popcorn snack bars.
1/2 cup unsweetened shredded coconut
3/4 cup almonds, chopped
8 cups plain popped popcorn
2 cups rolled oats (do not use instant)
1/2 cup raisins
1/2 cup thinly sliced dried apricots
3/4 cup honey
3/4 cup packed light brown sugar
1/4 teaspoon salt
Preheat oven to 350ºF. Spread coconut on an ungreased baking sheet and bake until lightly toasted, stirring once or twice, about 5 minutes. Transfer to a bowl to cool. Wipe off baking sheet and spread almonds on it. Bake until golden brown and fragrant, 5 to 7 minutes, stirring once or twice. Transfer to bowl with coconut to cool.
Mist a 9-by-13-inch baking dish with cooking spray. In a large bowl, combine popcorn, oats, coconut, almonds, raisins and apricots; stir well.
In a small pan over low heat, combine honey, brown sugar and salt. Cook, stirring, until sugar dissolves, about 5 minutes. Pour honey mixture over popcorn mixture; stir until all ingredients are well-coated and there are no dry spots. Transfer mixture to baking dish. Using lightly moistened palms, firmly press mixture into baking dish. Refrigerate for at least 30 minutes before cutting into bars.
Chinese Stir Fry
This recipe is easy and versatile. You can use your frozen stir fry mix, cabbage, carrots, and even top with sunflower shoots. If you bake up a whole chicken beforehand, you can use any leftover meat in this dish.
300g vegetables, finely shredded e.g. cabbage, carrots, mushrooms, peppers
2 tablespoons vegetable oil
350g lean pork, turkey or chicken, shredded
1 tablespoon soy sauce
2 teaspoons Chinese 5 spice
2 onions, thinly sliced
2 cloves garlic, crushed
½ red chilli or pinch chili flakes or cayenne pepper
2 tablespoons water
Prepare all the vegetables and set aside.
Heat a wok or large frying pan over high heat and add 1 tablespoon of the oil. Once hot, add the pork and stir-fry for 3-4 minutes. Remove the pork from the wok and put into a bowl, then add the soy sauce, sprinkle with the Chinese 5 spice, mix well and set aside.
Heat the remaining oil in the wok and add the onions. Stir-fry for 2 minutes then add the garlic and chili and stir 1 minute.
Add the mixed vegetables and return the pork to the wok, stir for 2 minutes, add 2tbsp water, cover with a lid and cook for a further 1 minute. Mix well and serve immediately with rice or noodles.
Parmesan Thyme Popcorn with Browned Butter
If you're looking for a savory popcorn snack, this is a great bet!
2-3 tbsp. unsalted butter
1 clove garlic, grated (or finely minced)
½ tsp. fresh thyme leaves, minced
1 tsp. olive oil
1/3 cup popcorn kernels
2-3 tbsp. grated Parmesan cheese
Salt and pepper, to taste
Place the butter in a small skillet over medium heat. Melt the butter completely. Continue to cook, whisking frequently, until the butter foams, bubbles slightly, and begins to brown. Continue whisking until the butter is evenly browned, being careful not to burn. Just before it is finished, stir in the garlic and thyme. Remove from the heat and let cool slightly.
In a popcorn popper or large pot, heat the olive oil over medium high heat. Add the kernels to the pot, cover, and cook until all the kernels are popped. Remove from the heat, add in the browned butter mixture along with the grated Parmesan and stir well to coat evenly. Season with salt and pepper to taste, and stir once more.