Slow-Cooker Beef Bolognese Sauce - RECIPE - Gluten-Free

Slow-Cooker Beef Bolognese Sauce – RECIPE – (Paleo & Gluten-Free)

Mmm ever have a dinner that was just so damn delicious it amazes you that you even created it yourself? That was the case with this slow-cooker beef bolognese recipe that I am about to share with you. Once all of the initial prep work is done you are pretty much good to go! This meal was so hearty and delicious and a perfect meal for a cool autumn day. My husband ending up having two heaping platefuls and my family of 3 polished off the entire two-pound beef roast.

Slow-Cooker Beef Bolognese Sauce - RECIPE - Gluten-Free

Slow-Cooker Beef Bolognese Sauce – RECIPE – Gluten-Free

This is a wonderful meal that you can prep in the morning and have waiting for you when you get home from work. I love how you can just toss food into a slow-cooker and the slow-cooker does all the work for you. This is a no-fuss simple and easy recipe to create.

Slow-Cooker Beef Bolognese

Slow-Cooker Beef Bolognese

What Is Beef Bolognese Sauce?

A typical beef bolognese sauce consists of beef, carrot, celery, and onion with plenty of tomatoes. My Slow-Cooker Beef Bolognese recipe contains pretty much all of those ingredients. I did swap out the onion for shallots though because I feel that shallots lend the dish a more exceptional flavor. This sauce simmers low and slow for 6 hours and results in the most flavorful, fork-tender beef.

Also, instead of using ground beef to make the Slow-Cooker Beef Bolognese Sauce I used a two-pound chuck roast. The chuck roast lends this dish a heartier texture and gives the sauce a nice, rich flavor.

How To Create The Slow-Cooker Beef Bolognese Sauce

This recipe starts off with browning the beef roast meat in some ghee. At this time, the shallots, celery, and garlic are also added to the pan to soften them up before adding them to the slow-cooker. You are going to need some good quality tomatoes to create this dish. In my recipe, I used the Muir Glen Fire-Roasted Diced Tomatoes. Muir Glen is a brand that I trust and if you have been following along here for a while that is my go-to brand for all of my tomato need.


Gluten-Free Slow-Cooker Beef Bolognese Sauce

Gluten-Free Slow-Cooker Beef Bolognese Sauce

Slow-Cooker Beef Bolognese Seasonings

Every good pasta sauce needs those essential seasonings to take it to the next level and delight the palate. One of the obvious seasonings in an Italian pasta sauce is garlic powder. Garlic powder gives your meat a nice, robust flavor in addition to the minced garlic you will be adding. As I say, you can never have too much garlic! I am a huge fan of garlic in my recipes and always prioritize squeezing some in.

I also added some oregano and some basil to this sauce. You can also just use a shaker bottle of Italian seasonings in place of those. Those are the herbs that are going to give this beef bolognese sauce its Italian flavor. I also decided to add in a pinch of nutmeg to this pasta sauce. You can also do a tiny pinch of cinnamon as well (it is not listed in the recipe but it still goes well with the beef).

Choosing A Gluten-Free Pasta For the Beef Bolognese Pasta Sauce

There is a whole universe of gluten-free pasta available now for us folks eating a gluten-free diet. I am a big fan of Banza and their line of chickpea pasta. I found that if you undercook by a minute and give them a little rinse in a colander after draining, you will have a great gluten-free al dente noodle.

Banza has a variety pack of their pasta available on Amazon and it ships free with Amazon Prime.

I have found that Ronzoni also has great gluten-free pasta and it is also a very economical option. I find that this pasta often comes out al dente and has a great firm texture. I hate soggy gluten-free pasta. I never end up with soggy, sad pasta when I use Ronzoni.

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Halloween Candy Brownie Pizza

Halloween Candy Brownie Pizza – Gluten-Free – RECIPE

Halloween has come and go and now you probably have a gigantic bowl of Halloween candy. Am I right? Are you wondering what you can do with it? I had the most excellent idea to create a leftover Halloween candy pizza with some white chocolate “cheese” drizzled on top. I used Pamela’s Products gluten-free brownie mix to create this sensational, sinful dessert. Creating your very own leftover Halloween candy brownie pizza is simple to do and it will satisfy all of the chocolate candy lovers in your family.

Leftover Halloween Candy Brownie Pizza

Leftover Halloween Candy Brownie Pizza

Cheat Day waiting to happen!

If you are a regular follower of my blog then you will know my philosophy of eating:

Eat healthy so you can have dessert!

I eat primarily healthy most of the time. We try to eat as paleo as possible and feel that this diet benefits me the most. I also feel as though I do not want to deprive myself of the fun things in life so I do occasionally devour some sweets that are not on the spectrum of a Halloween diet. Halloween might bring out the worst in me. My daughter, Chloe, received quite a bit of loot this year and it sits in a big black cauldron. The temptation is always there to eat, eat, eat candy. It’s hard to resist and I give in and indulge often. No regrets here though. I know I will get back on track soon after the holidays are over.

Pamela’s Products Gluten Free Chocolate Brownie Mix

For my Halloween Candy Brownie Pizza, I went with Pamela’s Products Gluten-Free Brownie Mix. There were a few different brownie recipes on the back of the package and I went with the butter recipe and I used my 4th & Heart ghee in place of regular butter. The ghee gives it an incredible richness and makes for one excellent tasting brownie. This mix from Pamela’s Products results in a perfect batch of decadent, fudgy brownies that does not disappoint.

Halloween Candy Brownie Pizza before going in the oven

Halloween Candy Brownie Pizza before going in the oven


Using up all of that delicious Halloween Candy

If you are following a gluten-free diet, be sure to check those labels. Items like Kit Kats are not gluten-free and you will want to avoid using candies like that as a topping. M&M’s, Reese’s Peanut Butter Cups, and Snickers bars go great as brownie pizza toppings. I especially love topping this pizza with M&M’s because of the color that they give off.


Halloween Candy Brownie Pizza with Halo Top Candy Bar ice-cream

Halloween Candy Brownie Pizza with Halo Top Candy Bar ice-cream

Final thoughts

This was simple and easy to do. My daughter also enjoyed helping out with the toppings! You can have your whole family join in with the topping of the Halloween Candy Brownie Pizza. This brought pure joy to us when we chowed down on it. We were all ooo’ing’ and ahhh’ing. It is best served warm and topped with some ice-cream. We used Halo Top’s Candy Bar ice-cream.

 

Question time!

Does this recipe inspire you to make a Halloween Candy Brownie Pizza? Do you have any other creative ideas for using up leftover candies?

 

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Halloween Candy Brownie Pizza - Gluten-Free - RECIPE
Need to use up that leftover Halloween candy? Why not try out this decadent recipe for a Halloween Candy Brownie Pizza? This is something that I know your family will enjoy and it is also fun to create. Have your children assist with placing the toppings on it. Then finish it off with a drizzle of white chocolate "cheese"! It is totally optional but I highly suggest topping it with some ice-cream and serving the brownie pizza warm.
Halloween Candy Brownie Pizza
Course Dessert
Cuisine American
Prep Time 10 Minutes
Cook Time 13 Minutes
Servings
Slices
Ingredients
Brownie
White chocolate "cheese"
Ice-Cream (optional)
Course Dessert
Cuisine American
Prep Time 10 Minutes
Cook Time 13 Minutes
Servings
Slices
Ingredients
Brownie
White chocolate "cheese"
Ice-Cream (optional)
Halloween Candy Brownie Pizza
Instructions
  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
  2. Use a large bowl and place brownie mix inside. Slowly incorporate the other ingredients (coconut oil, ghee, egg, and water) and mix together until well incorporated. The batter will be thick.
  3. Spray a pizza pan with coconut oil spray and smooth the brownie mixture onto the pan.
  4. Place Halloween candies on top of the brownie mixture.
  5. Place the Halloween candy brownie pizza in the oven for 12-13 minutes.
  6. Using a small saucepan you will create the white chocolate "cheese". Place 1/2 cup white chocolate chips in pan with one tablespoon of coconut oil. Have burner on low-medium and stir until the chips are melted down.
  7. Drizzle the white chocolate onto the pizza.
  8. Using a knife or pizza cutter, slice your Halloween candy brownie pizza into 8 even slices.
  9. (Optional) Top with ice-cream
  10. Serve and enjoy your brownie pizza!

Ground Italian Sausage Gluten-Free Goulash - RECIPE

Italian Sausage Goulash With Banza Pasta- RECIPE (Gluten-Free)

Want your house to smell great? Did you say yeah? I have the slow-cooker recipe for you then! This recipe is for goulash made with ground Italian sausage and gluten-free Banza chickpea pasta. I know goulash is typically made with ground beef… I am fully aware. There are no rules when it comes to cooking. You can just make things up as you go along and do your own twist on a traditional recipe. That is exactly what I did here. I love the taste of ground Italian sausage and it is so much more flavorful than ground beef. Ground Italian sausage is so wonderful in any type of tomato sauce recipe and that is why I chose to use it for this crockpot full of goulash today.

Gluten-Free Ground Italian Sausage Goulash

Gluten-Free Ground Italian Sausage Goulash

Gluten-Free Goulash with chickpea pasta

This is an easy fix! Banza pasta swoops in to save the day with their gluten-free chickpea pasta. There are various shapes to choose from. I believe elbow pasta goes best with goulash but rotini would be a great choice too.

Ground Italian sausage makes everything better

I love ground Italian sausage. It has a much more potent flavor than plain ol’ ground beef. I chose this protein for my meal just based on the flavor of the meat. The ground sausage already has some seasoning in it. Goulash needs paprika though so I added a hefty amount to season it (one tablespoon). I also added some more Italian seasonings to the meat and peppers. A great goulash relies heavily on seasonings so don’t be afraid to bust out the seasonings!

Yummy bowl of ground Italian Sausage Goulash

Yummy bowl of ground Italian Sausage Goulash

Simplicity with the slow-cooker

I believe you will love the simplicity of this slow-cooker recipe. There isn’t too much work involved. The browning of the ground Italian sausage is one small extra step but it is so worth it in the end. While you brown that meat you also soften up the peppers and infuse the whole dish with flavor. Once that step is done you simply place it in the slow cooker with some fire roasted diced tomatoes and let it cook on low for 5-6 hours.

Cooking the pasta

I don’t cook the noodles in the slow-cooker… ever. I think they turn to mush and make the meal kinda starchy. So another simple step here is to just boil the noodles in a separate pot. Once my Banza is cooked and drained I give it a nice rinse with the water from the sink, give the colander a good shake, and then mix the pasta into the goulash and serve.

Final thoughts

This recipe is a sure people-pleaser. It can be created for 3-4 people, in my case only 3 because we each had a large serving of it. I went up for seconds, I just had to do it! The Banza chickpea pasta was perfect for this dish. Banza is definitely one of my go-to brands for gluten-free cooking. This dish also goes great with cheese! Any cheese will do. For my goulash, I went with a shredded Parmesan. I’m sure some shredded cheddar would also be a great addition.

Have you ever created goulash? Fill me in and let me know your secrets for a winning dish of goulash!

Scroll down the page for this simple recipe and I do hope you enjoy this meal!

Ground Italian Sausage Goulash

Ground Italian Sausage Goulash

 


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Dark Chocolate Raspberry Cheesecake Recipe (Paleo, Vegan, Gluten-Free)

Decadent. Dark. Vegan Dark Chocolate Raspberry Cheesecake recipe coming up for you! Did I forget to mention healthy? This dark chocolate raspberry cheesecake is full to the brim with an assortment of nuts and a mix of some frozen and fresh raspberries. This recipe is gluten-free, vegan, almost paleo, dairy-free, and does not contain any added refined sugars. Because fruit is also known as nature’s candy, the sweetness of this cheesecake is derived from the fruit and maple syrup rather than added sugars.

Vegan Dark Chocolate Raspberry Cheesecake Recipe (Gluten-Free)

Vegan Dark Chocolate Raspberry Cheesecake Recipe (Gluten-Free)

It all starts with a chocolate crust for this dark chocolate raspberry cheesecake

The base of this vegan dark chocolate raspberry cheesecake is going to be a chocolate crust made mostly with pitted dates, cacao powder, ground up almonds. There are a few other ingredients in the crust that you will need. This recipe calls specifically for cacao powder, not cocoa powder. There is a notable difference between the two. I did do a little write-up about the benefits of cacao powder awhile ago on my blog. Chocolate in its purest state (cacao) actually has numerous health beneifts. The darker the chocolate, the better health-wise!

I use the cacao powder by LivFit. A one-pound bag goes for around $8.00 on Amazon and this bag will last a long time and come in handy for many other recipes. I have been using this bag of cacao powder for months now and still have a decent amount left. A little bit of cacao powder goes a long way!

To make the chocolate crust you will also need some raw, unsalted almonds. These do not get completely ground up in my food processor and the almonds give the vegan dark chocolate raspberry cheesecake a great texture.

The chocolate crust of this vegan dark chocolate raspberry cheesecake will also need some pitted dates. The pitted dates will not only sweeten your crust naturally but will also help keep all of the ingredients together (dates are very sticky). I suggest soaking your dates in some hot water for a few minutes and chopping them up before proceeding with putting them in the food processor.

The raspberry filling… the heart of the cheesecake

The main component of the filling of this vegan dark chocolate raspberry cheesecake is actually raw cashews! Say what?!?!? Yes, I said cashews and you heard me properly. You will be using an entire pound of raw cashews for the filling that are soaked overnight to soften them up. You can get away with using more affordable, lightly-salted cashews but please steer clear of regular salted ones or you will make an ugly face when you take the first bite of your salty (ugh) cheesecake! This is a sweet cheesecake so please do avoid making it a salty one or else you will be sorely disappointed.

Give It A Whirl Girl with the Vegan Dark Chocolate Raspberry Cheesecake before the ganache

Give It A Whirl Girl with the Vegan Dark Chocolate Raspberry Cheesecake before the ganache

Obviously, you will be using a bunch of raspberries as well. I actually went with a bag of Kroger’s Simple Truth Organic Raspberries for the filling and it turned out to be a great choice. So, I used frozen raspberries for the filling and I used a pint of fresh for the topping. I don’t know about you, but I sure go crazy for anything that is dark chocolate raspberry. To me, those two ingredients when married together, result in a match made in heaven. I feel pure bliss and I feel like I am on Cloud 9 while consuming this combination.


Thick chocolate ganache to top it all off

For the topping of this vegan dark chocolate raspberry cheesecake, I used my favorite brand of dark chocolate chips from Enjoy Life Foods. Not only are their dark chocolate chips vegan-friendly but they are also free from several common food allergens. I always play it safe and use this brand in my recipes and their chocolate chips are a family fave. My daughter and I are actually known to just snack on them straight out of the bag, they are that great!

The ganache turned out pretty thick from using one cup of chips combined and melted down with a tablespoon of coconut oil. I used an 8-inch springform pan for the cheesecake and I believe you can cut down and use 3/4 of a cup for a thinner chocolate shell. That is just my presumption and guess though. You can always try that and add more if needed.

Vegan Dark Chocolate Raspberry Cheesecake

Vegan Dark Chocolate Raspberry Cheesecake

A nice slice of the Vegan Dark Chocolate Raspberry Cheesecake

A nice slice of the Vegan Dark Chocolate Raspberry Cheesecake

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Garlicky Greek Caulipower Pizza Recipe

Greek Caulipower Pizza With Primal Kitchen – Recipe (Gluten-Free)

If you are not a fan of garlic it might just be time to walk away from this post. Today I will tell you how I created a Garlicky Greek Caulipower Pizza using a blank crust from Caulipower and some Primal Kitchen Greek Vinaigrette. You can adjust this recipe to your taste with the garlic but the amount that is noted in here is for garlic lovers only. This is believe it or not, my first time ever having a Greek pizza. I love Greek food so I kind of had an idea in my mind that everything would turn out wonderful to me. Guess what? I nailed it and that is why I am sharing this recipe to you for my Greek Caulipower Pizza! This pizza does not contain any meat so it a vegetarian pizza and would be perfect for any veggie lover.

Garlicky Greek Caulipower Pizza With Primal Kitchen

Garlicky Greek Caulipower Pizza With Primal Kitchen

Caulipower Crust – The Greek Pizza All Starts Here

If you are looking at my post and my photos here and are drooling a bit and craving this Greek Caulipower Pizza then you are going to need your base to start with. This was my second time trying the Caulipower crust. I bought a veggie Caulipower pizza not too long ago and dressed it up with some additional toppings. This time I wanted to be the artist and the chef and create my own on a blank slate. The blank Caulipower crust pack contains two crusts and if you want you can double this recipe so that you have two Greek Caulipower Pizzas. The recipe has enough servings and slices for two people. That is of course unless you have a huge appetite and can eat an entire pizza by yourself.

The Power Of The Caulipower

Let’s talk a bit about why I love this Caulipower crust so much.

First of all, it is paleo friendly. If you do not add any cheese this pizza will fulfill your paleo diet needs.

Secondly, we all know that cauliflower crust is all the rage these days because it is low-carb. A cauliflower crust pizza is leaning in the guilt-free direction of things. You can take a peek at the nutrition facts below (source). A serving size is considered 1/3 of the pizza and considering this is pizza it only comes in at 17 grams of carbs. A regular pizza is at least twice that amount and averages about 36 grams of carbs for just one slice (source)!

Nutrition facts for blank Caulipower Crust Source: http://eatcaulipower.com/product/paleo-cauliflower-pizza-crust

Nutrition facts for blank Caulipower Crust

And third, this Caulipower crust is nice and crisp! Often times a cauliflower crust can result in sogginess from the moisture that can be found in cauliflower. If you ever make your own crust you really have to squeeze the moisture out. I made my own cauliflower crust last year and while it was good, the texture of it was mushy. I did not get enough of the moisture out. Caulipower takes the frustration out of cauliflower crust. These blank crusts have endless possibilities.

ngredients used for Garlicky Greek Caulipower Pizza

Ingredients used for Garlicky Greek Caulipower Pizza

Garlic. Garlic. And More Garlic!

There. I said it three times so you get the point. This Greek Caulipower Pizza recipe is chockful of garlic. I put three heaping tablespoons of it in the blender with my Primal Kitchen Greek Vinaigrette. When I need minced garlic I skip the knifework and I grab my Spice World Minced Garlic. My knife skills suck if I am going to be honest here and minced garlic can be tricky. I really need to improve in the knife department. Spice World does all of the work for you and they are my go-to brand. They do also have an organic minced garlic available and I often try to use that but my Kroger was out the last time I shopped so I just went with regular.

Bring On The Cheese Please

A Greek Caulipower Pizza would not be Greek if it weren’t for the feta cheese! No Greek pizza is complete without feta. For this recipe, I went with a blend of feta and a mozzarella. I used one small container of Kroger’s Simple Truth Feta Cheese and I used a handful of Tillamook mozzarella, which is my favorite shredded mozzarella cheese.

Greek Toppings

For the rest of the toppings on this Greek Caulipower Pizza, I used cherry tomatoes, sliced kalamata olives, pepperoncinis, and half of a slivered and sliced shallot. Next time I make a Greek pizza I am going to add some sliced beets to it. I think beets would have been awesome on this pizza, so now you know! You might just want to add them to yours.

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Pumpkin Spice Cheesecake – Paleo & Vegan – Gluten-Free Recipe

Ahhhh fall! It is definitely feeling like fall over here in Michigan and I have the perfect Pumpkin Spice Cheesecake recipe to make your heart and soul happy. Attention all pumpkin spice lovers… you will love the no-bake, gluten-free, paleo, and vegan Pumpkin Spice cheesecake that I created. I honestly do love and prefer this over your average pumpkin pie.

This cheesecake is chockful of healthy ingredients and does not contain any added sugars. In this recipe, you will be using quite a few almonds and cashews. Believe it or not, this method works to make a dairy-free cheesecake. That little bit of lemon juice that you will add magically transforms these ingredients into cheesecake heaven! This dessert would be perfect to serve after a Thanksgiving Day feast. I have confidence that it would please even the pickiest guest will be full of bliss devouring this tasty treat.

Pumpkin Spice Cheesecake - Paleo & Vegan - Gluten-Free

Pumpkin Spice Cheesecake – Paleo & Vegan – Gluten-Free

Paleo & Vegan Crust Is Your Base

First things first! You need to work on your crust for your Pumpkin Spice Cheesecake. This crust is a no-bake crust and it is gluten-free. You will need to have a decent food processor to create this recipe. You will also need some raw almonds for the crust.

You will also need some pitted Medjool dates. If you can not find the pitted dates you can purchase dates and remove the pits. For this crust recipe, I suggest soaking your dates in hot water to soften them. The pit will be easy to remove.

This crust will also need some almond flour. I suggest going with Bob’s Red Mill because they always produce an excellent, high-quality product. Even though you will not be baking this crust the flour acts as a binder.

This recipe will also require a good amount of extra virgin coconut oil. Nothing wrong with some healthy fats!

Speaking of healthy fats, you will need some finely shredded and unsweetened coconut as well. I also used Bob’s Red Mill for this. If you are not a coconut fan, fear not! It does not have a taste of coconut to it.


Some pure maple syrup will also be needed and this will be a big part of the filling as well. Since there are no added, refined sugars in this cheesecake recipe you will need to sweeten it with something.

Pumpkin Spice Cheesecake Spices

If you have a bottle of pumpkin pie spice on-hand you can use that to spice up your paleo & vegan cheesecake. If not there are only 4 essential ingredients and you probably already have them in your spice cabinet.

For the pumpkin spice seasonings, you will need some cinnamon, allspice, ginger, and ground cloves.

These spices will give you the essence of fall in your pumpkin cheesecake dessert. Both the crust and the filling will require these spices.

Pumpkin Spice Cheesecake Filling

Time to get nutty!

Here’s the part where will be getting really nutty! You will need four cups of raw cashews that are soaked overnight to soften them. This is an important step that will result in a smooth as silk filling. Raw cashews do tend to cost more. You can get away with using more affordable LIGHTLY SALTED cashews but the preferred ingredient to use here is raw. Cashews mimic the texture of a traditional cheesecake quite well. You will be surprised when you cut that first slice out of the cheesecake and give it a whirl!

Pumpkin cheesecake has to have pumpkin, right?

Obviously, you are going to need some pumpkin for the guts of this cheesecake. For the filling, you will need a can of pure pumpkin puree. Make sure there are no added ingredients. You just want to find a can of puree that is straight up pure pumpkin and nothing else. If you want to use an actual pie pumpkin just make sure you have two whole cups of pumpkin.

Let’s sweeten this up!

You will need some pure maple syrup to sweeten this recipe up. This filling uses nearly a cup of maple in the filling and you will get some autumn vibes from this natural sweetener. When I say pure maple syrup, this is not to be confused with a bottle of Aunt Jemima pancake syrup. In paleo cooking, you have to use the real deal straight from the try and not full of high fructose corn syrup.

Lemon juice is essential for a paleo/vegan cheesecake

It is strange how this works, but combining the cashews with a couple tablespoons of lemon juice will give you the cheesecake flavor that is found in a traditional cheesecake. Do not skip out on this part. You can either use a fresh lemon or lemon juice found in a bottle.

Pumpkin Spice Cheesecake - Paleo & Vegan

Pumpkin Spice Cheesecake – Paleo & Vegan – Gluten-Free

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Paleo Vegetable Beef Soup Recipe – Slow-Cooker- Gluten-Free

Paleo Vegetable Beef Soup

Paleo Vegetable Beef Soup

Heads up, everyone! It is officially autumn so do you know what that means?? It is soup season! It is also a great time for my slow-cooker to get a workout. I love to prep my soup in the late morning and let it simmer on low until dinner time. This recipe is for a paleo vegetable beef soup. Your slow-cooker will be full to the brim with meat and veggies. This recipe will produce a generous amount of soup and this soup eats like a hearty meal. You can also serve this as a side dish or appetizer but we love to just eat a huge bowl as our dinner. And the best part about this soup? Not only is it delicious but, most importantly, it is nutritious! No weird ingredients in this soup, just straight up meat and veggies… and LOTS OF VEGGIES!

Paleo, Primal Food

Meat! Ahhhh yes… meat! For this paleo (and gluten-free) vegetable beef soup, I went with a pound of beef stew meat. I browned it a bit in some olive oil before adding to the slow-cooker. This is an extra step but I think it lends more flavor to your meat. I think the few extra minutes I spend doing this is worth it in the end.

Vegetables galore

This paleo soup is all about clean eating. It is also focusing on health and wellness. Inside this soup, you will find the following vegetables: carrots, celery, broccoli, cauliflower, zucchini, yellow squash, onions, and garlic. I also used two cans of Muir Glen’s organic fire-roasted crushed tomatoes. If you follow my blog you would know that Muir Glen is my go-to brand for my organic tomato needs. So get your knives and chopping board ready because you are going to have quite a few veggies to chop.

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Chopped vegetables on the cutting board for Paleo Vegetable Beef Soup

Chopped vegetables on the cutting board for Paleo Vegetable Beef Soup

Gotta have those seasonings!

What is a soup without the right seasonings? Blahhhhh! In this soup, I have a fantastic blend of herbs and spices that will have your paleo vegetable beef soup bursting with flavor. I used 2 bay leaves, paprika, garlic powder, dried chives, parsley, basil, rosemary, and of course some garlic salt and pepper.

I do not have the exact measurements on the salt and pepper. I always just season my food with salt and pepper along the way and adjust it to taste. I start off with a small amount of salt and work my way up. Nobody likes an oversalted meal so I just prefer to add the salt as needed.

A soup that eats like a meal

I know people often just serve soup as a dish before the actual meal but over here in the Give It A Whirl Girl kitchen I like to create filling soups that are the actual meal for dinner time. Each and every bite of this plentiful soup will have either meat or veggies or both in it. There are no boring spoonfuls of just broth in this soup. You will always get a bite of something with this soup.

Paleo Vegetable Beef Soup and a big hunk of meat on the spoon!

Paleo Vegetable Beef Soup and a big hunk of meat on the spoon!

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Paleo Bison Chili With Tri-Color Peppers (Gluten-Free) Recipe

I have only had bison once in my life and it was a stew that I created. My little family of 3 was so pleased with it so I decided that this week I would purchase a package of organic ground bison from Kroger and create a chili with it. I also wanted this chili to be paleo so there are no beans in this chili and it is gluten-free as well.

One of the highlights is that it does have three colors of bell peppers in it: red, orange, and yellow. I love a chili that is chockful of peppers! My chili just has to have peppers in it.

I also had a chili seasoning packet from Spice Miser and I decided I would give that a whirl this week too. Spice Miser never disappoints. I picked up that spice packet on my last trip to Eastern Market. If you do not have access to get this Spice Miser packet I have modified the recipe to reflect the ingredients found in it.

Tri-Color Pepper Bison Chili - Paleo and gluten-free

Tri-Color Pepper Bison Chili – Paleo and gluten-free

Tried It Out Tuesday with ground bison meat in my paleo chili

This post is a day late for Tried It Out Tuesday because I was feeling a bit under the weather last night. I wanted to get around to posting it last night but I was just utterly exhausted and had too much brain fog to write after dinner. I enjoy doing my posts in the morning with a couple of cups of warm coffee by my side.

As I stated earlier, I have only had bison once before in my life and it was in a stew. I already knew I was going to enjoy this ground bison because I enjoyed the chunks that I had in my stew. Bison is not a meat that people typically eat. When I make a chili I usually go with ground grass-fed beef or some lean ground turkey.

When comparing the bison to ground beef it does have somewhat of a similar texture but the bison did seem slightly more tender than the beef. When comparing the ground bison to beef, the bison has a sweeter taste to it. It is not gamey at all, to me anyway. The bison does have a very rich flavor to it and I really did enjoy it in this batch of chili.

Bison nutrition

If you are looking for a good source of protein in your next chili, why not give bison a try? A typical serving (4 oz) of ground bison contains 17 grams of protein. That four-ounce serving is also pretty low in calories coming too in at around 124 calories. That bison meat is also a great source of iron with 2.3mg per serving.

The most perfect chili seasoning

The Spice Miser packet of chili seasoning that I picked up at Eastern Market this past weekend contains the following: allspice, clove powder, chili peppers, cumin, salt, oregano, and garlic. This all amounts to the greatest way to season the bison and the peppers. To me, these are some essential ingredients to chili that lends some great flavor to it.

Fire roasted tomatoes

I am a big fan of all the Muir Glen organic tomatoes. I went with the fire-roasted diced tomatoes for this chili. These tomatoes are low on salt and sugar. I like to go with low-sodium canned ingredients and add my own salt to taste. Muir Glen tomatoes also do not contain any added sugars. There are 3g of natural sugars per half-cup serving. You can go ahead and click the image below to stock up on these awesome tomatoes on Amazon.

 

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