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Roasted Green Beans with Cherry Tomatoes and Raw Parm

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I stumbled into writing this recipe on accident. I’ve learned that those are the recipes that are often-times the very best and the ones I go back to over and over again!

A little insight into me: I love french fries (hang with me here…) – many days after school when I was in, I don’t know, let’s say 1st grade through 5th or 6th grade, my mom would stop and let me get french fries and a coke or chocolate milk shake for a snack… Yes, you read that right. 🙂 My parents actually used to joke that I was going to turn into a french fry, I ate so many of them! Ha! And I would not go near a vegetable – except broccoli, which my grandmother always called “trees” – which she would make Italian style with good olive oil and lots of garlic… That’s the only way I would eat it. But put greens in front of me or carrots even… I was having none of it!

Obviously, as my taste-buds have changed (through a lot of work I’ve done on my own through my nutrition – I’m here to tell you, just because you were raised eating a certain way does NOT mean you have to give in to that way of eating as an adult – I’ll save this for one of our Health Episodes Podcasts 🙂 ) I do not eat near as many french fries as I did when I was growing up. That is not to say that I don’t crave them and full confession – I have my share of sweet potato fries about once a week at our favorite Dallas restaurant: Origin Kitchen + Bar

What I try to do now is create things that allow me to have the same process of eating as if I had a bowl of french fries in front of me. Meaning: french fries are a finger food – they are a little crunchy and salty and they just satisfy, you know? So, I’ve found that when I roast green beans or even asparagus and allow myself to eat them with my hands as I would french fries – it truly satisfies that craving in my brain and in a far healthier way.

Okay, so back to THIS recipe and how I stumbled upon it… I was craving something salty and wanted that unctuousness… But I try to keep my french fry indulgence to once a week or less… So I thought, “Green beans!!!” I had intended to make roasted chicken with a side of salty roasted green beans and a side salad of baby greens, roasted cherry tomatoes and grated raw parmesan. But when I started cooking, the salad just didn’t sound as good anymore – I just wasn’t that hungry anymore, but I had already blistered the tomatoes for the salad… So I thought well, I’ll just pour them in with the green beans and grate some of the parm over the green beans and tomatoes – that way nothing goes to waste.

Whoa! Best. Audible. EVER! Mo and I started eating and looked at each other and decided this should be my new go-to side dish for any occasion! The acidity of the tomatoes cuts through the salty green beans and the cheese adds so much flavor. Gah! It is so good! I could eat a whole recipe by myself, I think! That said, it is great as leftovers for lunch the next day too! And SO easy to double the recipe and use it as a food-prep item that you keep in the fridge to eat through the week.

Hope you enjoy as much as we do!

Roasted Green Beans with Cherry Tomatoes and Raw Parm

Serves 4-6

Ingredients:

  • 2 pounds fresh green beans, trimmed
  • 1 tbsp avocado oil
  • 1 ½ tsp sea salt
  • ¾ tsp black pepper
  • 10oz cherry tomatoes
  • 4oz block raw manchego or parmesan

Directions:

  • Preheat oven to 425 degrees F and line a large baking sheet with foil or parchment, spray with avocado oil cooking spray and set aside.
  • Make sure green beans are dry and then spread onto the lined sheet pan. Drizzle with avocado oil and sprinkle with salt and pepper. Toss well to coat the green beans.
  • Roast approx. 20 minutes, tossing halfway through. They are done when slightly browned.
  • While green beans are roasting, make sure tomatoes are dry and then place them into a large, dry nonstick skillet over medium-low heat for 10-15 minutes, tossing occasionally. They are done when they are browned in spots and the skin is slightly blistered. (You might hear them pop a little – that’s okay!)
  • When green beans and tomatoes are done, pour the tomatoes over the greens beans while still on the sheet pan. Grate desired amount of cheese over the top and toss well to combine. Serve!

Notes:

  • You can roast the tomatoes in the oven with the green beans if you prefer. I’ve found that when doing so they release their juices due to the steam and it creates a bit of sogginess. It’s not bad – just better when done separately and the tomatoes are kept dry.

 

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  1. Preheat oven to 425 degrees F and line a large baking sheet with foil or parchment, spray with avocado oil cooking spray and set aside.
  2. Make sure green beans are dry and then spread onto the lined sheet pan. Drizzle with avocado oil and sprinkle with salt and pepper. Toss well to coat the green beans.
  3. Roast approx. 20 minutes, tossing halfway through. They are done when slightly browned.
  4. While green beans are roasting, make sure tomatoes are dry and then place them into a large, dry nonstick skillet over medium-low heat for 10-15 minutes, tossing occasionally. They are done when they are browned in spots and the skin is slightly blistered. (You might hear them pop a little – that’s okay!)
  5. When green beans and tomatoes are done, pour the tomatoes over the greens beans while still on the sheet pan. Grate desired amount of cheese over the top and toss well to combine. Serve!
Recipe Notes

You can roast the tomatoes in the oven with the green beans if you prefer. I’ve found that when doing so they release their juices due to the steam and it creates a bit of sogginess. It’s not bad – just better when done separately and the tomatoes are kept dry.

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Primal Zucchini Gratin with Goat Cheese and Rosemary

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Tis the season for comfort food.

I think the typical notion is that comfort food leaves you feeling heavy and full. Not my Goat Cheese Zucchini Gratin. It is warm and creamy and bubbly and the perfect side-dish to any meal. It will give you all the feels of comfort — satisfied, warm, a little decadent and rich – but it won’t leave you feeling heavy and full.

If you’re not a fan of tomatoes, you can leave them off — I add them because, well, we LOVE roasted tomatoes with just about anything! But also because they add a beautiful pop of color and acidity that cuts through the goat cheese.

This is a SUPER easy dish to prepare. But if you have a Japanese Mandolin, it is even easier! If you don’t have one – BUY ONE NOW! You will use it a ton once you realize how easy it makes your life!

This would be a great new-addition to your traditional Christmas dinner or something easy to make for the family or just yourself 🙂 on a busy weeknight! The leftovers are great for lunch the next day!

Hope you enjoy this as much as we do!

Primal Zucchini Gratin with Goat Cheese and Rosemary

Serves 4-6

Ingredients:

  • 4 medium zucchini, cut into approx. ¼” slices
  • sea salt and black pepper
  • 2 tbsp arrowroot flour
  • 1 cup canned coconut milk (light or full fat)
  • 1 tbsp grass fed butter
  • 4oz spreadable goat cheese or goat cheese log, room temp
  • ½ tsp garlic powder
  • 2 sprigs fresh rosemary, finely chopped
  • ¼ – ½ cup low sodium chicken/vegetable stock or filtered water
  • 10-12 cherry tomatoes
  • 4oz raw goat cheddar, or manchego, grated
  • ½ cup chickpea breadcrumbs or almond flour
  • fresh chives, finely chopped, for garnish

Directions:

  • Place a large dish towel onto your countertop and lay zucchini out in a single layer and sprinkle with salt – leave for 30-45 minutes.
  • Preheat the oven to 400 degrees F.
  • Using a paper towel or another dish towel, press gently over the top of the zucchini to absorb some of the moisture. Repeat this a few times to get as much moisture off as possible.
  • Spray an 8×8 casserole dish with cooking spray and arrange ½ of the zucchini slices in several overlapping rows. Sprinkle with black pepper.
  • Combine the arrowroot and coconut milk in a small bowl and whisk well to combine/until smooth.
  • Then, add the butter to a medium saucepan over medium-low heat. Once melted, add in spreadable goat cheese, garlic powder and a pinch of sea salt and black pepper. Heat for a few minutes stirring frequently, until the goat cheese melts and the mixture is smooth. Pour in the coconut milk/arrowroot mixture while whisking. Continue to whisk until the mixture is completely incorporated. Turn the heat to low and allow to simmer 3-4 minutes, until the sauce thickens/coats the back of a wooden spoon. Add in the stock/water in ¼ cup increments, if the sauce is too thick.
  • Add in the rosemary and stir to combine. Pour ½ of the mixture evenly over the zucchini and spread ½ of the raw goat cheddar/manchego on top. Then layer the remaining zucchini, sauce and top with remaining raw cheddar/manchego and tomatoes.
  • Cover and bake for 25 minutes. Uncover and top with chickpea breadcrumbs or almond flour. Bake another 15 minutes, until the cheese and breadcrumbs/flour is golden brown and tomatoes are roasted.
  • Garnish with chives and serve.
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  1. Place a large dish towel onto your countertop and lay zucchini out in a single layer and sprinkle with salt – leave for 30-45 minutes.
  2. Preheat the oven to 400 degrees F.
  3. Using a paper towel or another dish towel, press gently over the top of the zucchini to absorb some of the moisture. Repeat this a few times to get as much moisture off as possible.
  4. Spray an 8x8 casserole dish with cooking spray and arrange ½ of the zucchini slices in several overlapping rows. Sprinkle with black pepper.
  5. Combine the arrowroot and coconut milk in a small bowl and whisk well to combine/until smooth.
  6. Then, add the butter to a medium saucepan over medium-low heat. Once melted, add in spreadable goat cheese, garlic powder and a pinch of sea salt and black pepper. Heat for a few minutes stirring frequently, until the goat cheese melts and the mixture is smooth. Pour in the coconut milk/arrowroot mixture while whisking. Continue to whisk until the mixture is completely incorporated. Turn the heat to low and allow to simmer 3-4 minutes, until the sauce thickens/coats the back of a wooden spoon. Add in the stock/water in ¼ cup increments, if the sauce is too thick.
  7. Add in the rosemary and stir to combine. Pour ½ of the mixture evenly over the zucchini and spread ½ of the raw goat cheddar/manchego on top. Then layer the remaining zucchini, sauce and top with remaining raw cheddar/manchego and tomatoes.
  8. Cover and bake for 25 minutes. Uncover and top with chickpea breadcrumbs or almond flour. Bake another 15 minutes, until the cheese and breadcrumbs/flour is golden brown and tomatoes are roasted.
  9. Garnish with chives and serve.
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Grass Fed Burger Salad with Caramelized Onions and Paleo Honey Mustard Dressing

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It is a running joke in the Brossette house that we always have “A Big Salad” for dinner! …well, not “always” per se – but, it is one of my favorite things to eat, so we do end up with that for dinner quite often. Thankfully though, I make salads really hearty – so one of MY salads for dinner is not what you think of when you think “salad for dinner!” Should we say “salad for dinner” one more time just for fun? LOL!

This particular salad has become a go-to for us! Mo’s favorite thing in the WHOLE ENTIRE WORLD is a burger! But, he doesn’t like to eat them all the time because he doesn’t like the way he feels afterward. So, I came up with this recipe and it is like eating a big, juicy hamburger but a much cleaner version – one that won’t weigh you down or make you want to take a nap afterward. I’ve combined all of the flavors of a burger and put it into, well… A big salad! It’s AWESOME!

When you get a bite of a blistered tomato with a piece of the grass fed beef and a little sliver of caramelized onion and a sourdough crouton – all coated in the honey mustard dressing and melted goat cheese – WHOA! I mean, who needs a burger anymore?

It is a great weeknight dinner, as it can be thrown together in 30 minutes or less! But sometimes I’ll make it on the weekends, and I’ll serve it with my Sweet Potato Fries (recipe coming soon – stay tuned!) – it’s literally like we’re having a hamburger and french fries. So, it’s super easy to make, but feels like a treat to eat it! We have this at least once a week!!

Hope you enjoy! …and if you missed our Facebook Live “How To” video, check out the link below and you can follow along as we make this salad at home!

Here is the link to our Facebook LIVE “How to” Video!

Grass Fed Burger Salad with Caramelized Onions and Paleo Honey Mustard Dressing…

Serves 2

Ingredients for the Salad:

  • ¾lb ground bison or grass fed beef
  • 1 ½ tsp ground cumin
  • ½ tsp smoked paprika + more for croutons
  • ½ tsp dried oregano
  • ¼ tsp garlic powder
  • ¼ tsp ground turmeric
  • 1/8 tsp ground cinnamon
  • 1/8 tsp cayenne pepper (optional)
  • sea salt and black pepper, to taste
  • 1 cup cherry tomatoes
  • 1 red onion, thinly sliced
  • 1 tsp coconut sugar
  • 4-5 handfuls fresh baby spinach or ½ large container
  • ½ bunch cilantro, leaves only (optional)
  • 1/3 cup goat cheese crumbles or Kerrygold Grass Fed Cheddar, grated
  • 1 fresh jalapeño, thinly sliced (optional)
  • 1 avocado, diced
  • 2-3 pieces good sourdough bread, cut into cubes or for gluten/grain free: 2-3 Ezekiel sprouted corn tortillas, halved and cut into strips

Ingredients for the Dressing:

  • 2 tbsp Primal Kitchen brand avocado oil mayonnaise
  • 1 tsp raw/local honey
  • ½ tsp yellow mustard
  • 1 tbsp dijon mustard
  • 1 ½ tbsp grain mustard
  • 1 ½ tbsp honey mustard
  • 2-3 tbsp Bragg’s apple cider vinegar

Directions:

  • First, make the dressing by placing all dressing ingredients into a medium bowl and whisking well to combine. Cover with saran wrap and place in the fridge until ready to use.
  • Then, turn your oven to broil setting – 450-500 degrees F.
  • Next, caramelize the onions by spraying a medium nonstick skillet with coconut oil cooking spray and place over medium heat. Once warm, place the onions in with a pinch of sea salt and the coconut sugar. Toss well to combine/coat the onions. Cook until softened, stirring occasionally. Once softened, turn heat to lowest setting and leave while you prep the remaining ingredients. Stir every once in a while to be sure they don’t over-caramelize.
  • Now, start the tomatoes – cover a small/medium sheet pan with foil and spray with cooking spray. Place the tomatoes on top and into the oven on the top rack. Set a timer for 2 minutes. You want them slightly browned on top and beginning to crack. Toss them once and place back in the oven for 1-2 more minutes. Remove from the oven and set aside. Keep oven on broil setting.
  • Then, spray a large skillet with cooking spray and place over medium heat. Once warm, place the bison/beef into the skillet and begin to break up. Let it brown on one side for 2-3 minutes, turn and allow to brown another 2-3 minutes. Place all seasonings into the skillet, with a couple of pinches of sea salt and one pinch black pepper. Stir well to combine. Turn heat to low.
  • Now line a small sheet pan with foil and spray with cooking spray. Place sourdough or tortilla strips in an even later. Spritz with a little cooking spray and season with a little sea salt and smoked paprika. Place on top shelf of the oven for 1-2 minutes – watch closely so they do not burn.
  • While the croutons are crisping up, prep the salad. Place the spinach, cilantro, goat cheese, jalapeño (if using) and avocado into a large salad bowl. Pour the dressing over the top.
  • Place tomatoes, onions and bison/beef on top of the salad. Toss well to combine. Place croutons on top, toss again and serve!
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  1. First, make the dressing by placing all dressing ingredients into a medium bowl and whisking well to combine. Cover with saran wrap and place in the fridge until ready to use.
  2. Then, turn your oven to broil setting – 450-500 degrees F.
  3. Next, caramelize the onions by spraying a medium nonstick skillet with coconut oil cooking spray and place over medium heat. Once warm, place the onions in with a pinch of sea salt and the coconut sugar. Toss well to combine/coat the onions. Cook until softened, stirring occasionally. Once softened, turn heat to lowest setting and leave while you prep the remaining ingredients. Stir every once in a while to be sure they don't over-caramelize.
  4. Now, start the tomatoes - cover a small/medium sheet pan with foil and spray with cooking spray. Place the tomatoes on top and into the oven on the top rack. Set a timer for 2 minutes. You want them slightly browned on top and beginning to crack. Toss them once and place back in the oven for 1-2 more minutes. Remove from the oven and set aside. Keep oven on broil setting.
  5. Then, spray a large skillet with cooking spray and place over medium heat. Once warm, place the bison/beef into the skillet and begin to break up. Let it brown on one side for 2-3 minutes, turn and allow to brown another 2-3 minutes. Place all seasonings into the skillet, with a couple of pinches of sea salt and one pinch black pepper. Stir well to combine. Turn heat to low.
  6. Now line a small sheet pan with foil and spray with cooking spray. Place sourdough or tortilla strips in an even later. Spritz with a little cooking spray and season with a little sea salt and smoked paprika. Place on top shelf of the oven for 1-2 minutes - watch closely so they do not burn.
  7. While the croutons are crisping up, prep the salad. Place the spinach, cilantro, goat cheese, jalapeño (if using) and avocado into a large salad bowl. Pour the dressing over the top.
  8. Place tomatoes, onions and bison/beef on top of the salad. Toss well to combine. Place croutons on top, toss again and serve!
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