ButcherBox REVIEW – A Trustworthy Source Of Top-Quality Meats Delivered To Your Doorstep Each Month

Today I would love to spread the word about how fantastic ButcherBox is in my special ButcherBox review on this Tried It Out Tuesday! If you love to cook with top quality meats like 100% grass-fed and grass-finished beef, free-range organic chicken, and heritage breed pork then ButcherBox is going to blow your mind! ButcherBox only ships out the best high-end meats. I will be sharing with you some ways to use the beef that you receive from ButcherBox. I included a way to use the beautiful 36oz chuck roast, also a great way to serve up the gorgeous ribeye steak, and how I served the ButcherBox flat-iron steak with eggs.

The ButcherBox meat delivery service keeps up to their promise of delivering quality, convenience, and value. ButcherBox is a trustworthy source of meat to satisfy all of your carnivore cravings.

 

Standard disclosure: I was sent a ButcherBox free of charge for review purposes. All statements and opinions in this ButcherBox review are my own.

 

ButcherBox REVIEW – A Trustworthy Source Of Top-Quality Meats Delivered To Your Doorstep Each Month

My Honest ButcherBox Review

 

How does ButcherBox work?

  1. Choose your ButcherBox – Choose the Classic Box for small families and the Big Box for larger families.

  2. Delivery to your doorstep – ButcherBox takes great care in their shipment.

  3. Cook with confidence when you order from a trustworthy source!

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ButcherBox allows for customization with their meat delivery service. The ButcherBox’s that are available are listed below. For this ButcherBox review, I will be sharing my first-hand experience with the ButcherBox All-Beef Box.

The items shown below in each box are last month’s cuts that were sent out and are shown for example purposes only. Your shipment will vary. This is only shown for example.

  • Custom Box – The custom box is completely customizable and you can choose from over 20 different cuts of beef, chicken, and pork. The Custom ButcherBox gives you total and complete control over the meats you will receive.
  • Mixed Box – With the Mixed ButcherBox you will receive a mix of meat that totals anywhere from 8.5-11lbs. The Mixed ButcherBox includes the following meats: 2 lbs of Ground Beef, 2 NY Strip Steaks, 4 Top Sirloin Steaks, 1lb of Whole Pork Tenderloin, and 3lbs of Boneless Skinless Chicken Breast
  • Beef & Pork Box – 2 lbs of Ground Beef, 2 NY Strip Steaks, 4 Top Sirloin Steaks, 4 Boneless Pork Chops, 2 lbs of Whole Pork Tenderloin
  • Beef & Chicken Box – 2 lbs of Ground Beef, 2 NY Strip Steaks, 4 Top Sirloin Steaks, 3lbs of Boneless Skinless Chicken Breast, and 3 lbs of Chicken Drumsticks
  • All Beef Box – 2 lbs of Ground Beef, 2 NY Strip Steaks, 1lb of Premium Steak Tips, 2+ lbs of Chuck Roast, and 4 Top Sirloin Steaks

 

Want to add some extras to your ButcherBox?

You are in luck if you want to add some extra items to your ButcherBox shipment. You can click HERE to see them all. Here are just a few of the available add-ons: salmon, bacon, and breakfast sausage.

My first impressions of ButcherBox

I received my first delivery on Wednesday, May 1st. My order was shipped out the day before, so my first shipment of meat did arrive the next day. I was really happy with the speed of delivery. I could not wait to see what was sent to me in my first box. Opening up this package gave me flashbacks of Xmas morning!

My first ButcherBox arrived quickly and in great shape!
My first ButcherBox arrived quickly and in great shape!

I opened up my first ButcherBox shipment and everything was packed really well. All of my meats were frozen solid and the box was insulated quite well.

Everything was frozen solid and packed really well with my first ButcherBox.
Everything was frozen solid and packed really well with my first ButcherBox.

What was inside my ButcherBox

Right off the bat, I could see that I did receive one meat that I was really hoping for and that was my chuck roast. I was hoping to make another Mississippi roast next week and the gorgeous hunk of meat that was sent will be absolutely perfect for that dish! The chuck roast that I received in my ButcherBox came in at 36 oz and it will be the perfect size to feed my family. This piece of meat was quite honestly, the most impressive looking beef roast I ever had to pleasure to cook with. I usually get my meat from the grocery store. The grocery store that I shop at has this cut of beef on sale often at buy-one-get-one-free but it never looks as nice as what ButcherBox has to offer!

I also received two 10 oz ribeye steaks, which will be perfect for a special Sunday dinner this week. Ribeye is my favorite steak cut of meat. It is a very simple steak to cook with simple ingredients. I create an herbed ghee mixture and rub it on the meat and cook it for a few minutes per side in a cast iron pan. I cook my steaks medium-rare and I am really thrilled to give ButcherBox’s meat a whirl.

Everything that I received looks completely and totally super duper fresh! I was really impressed with the gorgeous red hue of all the meat and the marbling on everything.

The other cuts of beef that I received in my first ButcherBox were the following: 2 lbs of grass-fed ground beef (in one pound packages), 2 6 oz flat iron steaks, 2 packages of sirloin tips (1 lb packages), and a package of ButcherBox’s very own bacon!

My first ButcherBox shipment was the All-Beef box
My first ButcherBox shipment was the All-Beef box
My first ButcherBox contained meats with a gorgeous deep red hue and nice marbling
My first ButcherBox contained meats with a gorgeous deep red hue and nice marbling
The 36 oz beef chuck roast in my ButcherBox shipment - Beautiful cut of beef!
The 36 oz beef chuck roast in my ButcherBox shipment – Beautiful cut of beef!
Grass-Fed Beef Ribeye Steak from ButcherBox
Grass-Fed Beef Ribeye Steak from ButcherBox
Ground Beef (grass-fed beef) from ButcherBox
Ground Beef (grass-fed beef) from ButcherBox
ButcherBox offers a wide variety of different meats! I chose the All-Beef Box!
ButcherBox offers a wide variety of different meats! I chose the All-Beef Box!

 

 

Here is what I did with meat from my ButcherBox

ButcherBox Chuck Roast

For the chuck roast that was sent to me from ButcherBox, I immediately knew what I wanted to create with it… my Paleo Mississippi Roast. This is a really awesome recipe to use with a nice piece of chuck roast meat. The recipe tells you how to create your own ranch seasoning rub for the meat and how to create this set-it-and-forget-it beef dish. The chuck roast that I received from ButcherBox was the best chuck roast I had ever seen. I had the most perfect red hue and great marbling on it. This chuck roast did not have much fat on it and the meat came out extremely juicy and tender!

This ButcherBox chuck roast sure made for one memorable meal with lots of ooo’s and ahh’s at the dinner table!

 

ButcherBox 36oz Chuck Roast
ButcherBox 36oz Chuck Roast

 

 

Paleo Mississippi Pot Roast made with a BUTCHERBOX Chuck Roast
Paleo Mississippi Pot Roast made with a BUTCHERBOX Chuck Roast

 

Paleo Mississippi Roast Melt In Your Mouth Meat Recipe (Slow-Cooker) (Gluten-Free)
Paleo Mississippi Roast Melt In Your Mouth Meat Recipe (Slow-Cooker) (Gluten-Free)

 

 

 

ButcherBox Ribeye Steaks

Sometimes simplicity is best! For the ButcherBox ribeye steaks, I simply cooked them in a cast iron pan with a bit of oil, salt, and pepper. This was a very easy approach but it results in big flavor and a juicy, unforgettable meal. I served my ButcherBox ribeye alongside some ButcherBox bacon-wrapped asparagus. The ButcherBox bacon was the perfect addition to this paleo, primal meal!

 

ButcherBox Ribeye Steaks seasoned with salt & pepper
ButcherBox Ribeye Steaks seasoned with salt & pepper

 

 

 

Oooh yeah check out those ButcherBox ribeye steaks on the cast iron pan! This will satisfy your primal cravings.
Oooh yeah check out those ButcherBox ribeye steaks on the cast iron pan! This will satisfy your primal cravings.

 

ButcherBox Ribeye Steaks are big on flavor! Served with ButcherBox bacon-wrapped asparagus
ButcherBox Ribeye Steaks are big on flavor! Served with ButcherBox bacon-wrapped asparagus

Steak & eggs

Here is another simple way to use your ButcherBox meat. My husband has never had steak and eggs so I decided to serve up this for dinner last week. We call it brinner when we eat breakfast for dinner. It doesn’t get any easier than this folks! To cook the ButcherBox flat-iron steak I simply warmed up some avocado oil (you can use olive oil too) in a cast iron pan and seasoned the steak with some steak seasoning on both sides. I got a nice sear on each side of the steak, let it rest a few minutes, and then sliced and served.

Can you see that I like my steak still mooing? lol!

 

Steak & eggs served with ButcherBox flat iron steak
Steak & eggs served with ButcherBox flat iron steak

 

 

The ButcherBox flat-iron steaks are perfect for steak and eggs! How do you like your steak cooked?
The ButcherBox flat-iron steaks are perfect for steak and eggs! How do you like your steak cooked?

 

 

 

Final thoughts on my first ButcherBox shipment

I am really thrilled that I had the opportunity to review this subscription box and give these top-quality meats a try in the Give It A Whirl Girl kitchen. I hope that you enjoyed this ButcherBox review and that it will inspire you to give it a whirl soon! ButcherBox was perfect for our small family and we completely and totally enjoyed our shipment of beef, and trust me when I say that we enjoyed it! It was love at first bite! It’s not hard to see that ButcherBox only ships out the finest of meat. Every single meal that had ButcherBox incorporated into it had tender, juicy, and flavorful beef! Certainly was the best beef we ever had and it sure beats the stuff that you get at your local grocery store.

 

Ready to sign up and get your first ButcherBox?

Click HERE to see pricing available options for your ButcherBox, and to sign up for your first shipment of top quality meats!

 

Current offers at ButcherBox

Ready to sign up and receive your very own ButcherBox? Simply click the link below or the image below to get started. They are currently offering 2 free pounds of Wild Alaskan salmon with your order.

Join ButcherBox today and get 2 lbs of Wild Alaskan Salmon free!

 

Or you can claim a free BBQ Bundle with your next order by clicking HERE.

The BBQ Bundle includes babyback ribs, 2 pounds of ground beef, and 2 NY Strips.

 

Question Time! Which ButcherBox would you love to give a whirl first? Will you choose the all-beef box, beef & chicken, beef & pork, mixed box, or will you be going with a custom box? Leave me a comment and let me know how you like your steak cooked as well! Would love to hear your thoughts.

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Huge Mozzarella Stuffed Meatballs RECIPE (Slow-Cooker) Oozing With Melty Cheese (Gluten-Free Option)

 

I have a special recipe to share with you all today! This past weekend I invited my mom over for a special Sunday dinner. I love having family over and preparing a tasty dish for them. So today I am sharing my Mozzarella Stuffed Meatballs recipe to my loyal readers. This recipe is a family favorite and this meal will surely fill you up! These meatballs are stuffed with oozy mozzarella cheese pearls and they are mighty huge meatballs! This Italian meatball recipe might just become a family favorite in your home too. There is a gluten-free option for my gluten-free readers.

Mozzarella Stuffed Meatballs RECIPE by Give It A Whirl Girl
Mozzarella Stuffed Meatballs

Mozzarella Stuffed Meatballs RECIPE

This mozzarella stuffed meatball recipe is the perfect meal to whip up in your slow-cooker. Once you do all of the work to prepare the meatballs it is smooth sailing after that. The meatballs should take about 15-20 minutes to create. I have also included a pasta sauce recipe for these mozzarella stuffed meatballs, but you can feel free to skip that part and use the pasta sauce of your choice. I often avoid the jarred pasta sauces and create my own sauce with some crushed tomatoes.

If you want a great jarred pasta sauce I highly recommend Rao’s. They make an excellent marinara and if you like bit of heat in your sauce, Rao’s has a fabulous Arrabiata Sauce.


The pasta!

The best pasta to go with these mozzarella stuffed meatballs is the spaghetti noodle. You can go thick or you can go thin. We went thick!


The Mozzarella Stuffed Meatballs homemade sauce

You have to have a great pasta sauce to go with your mozzarella stuffed meatballs. I have included a great pasta sauce recipe to go with the meatballs. The pasta sauce is simple and easy to create. If you want a sauce that tastes great you have to use good tomatoes. I used DeLallo’s crushed tomatoes and they were some of the best I ever had. Muir Glen is also another great brand to go with.

And a blend of ground beef and ground Italian sausage is essential to this dish. The mix of meats is going to give you a flavorful, zesty meatball. Ground Italian sausage always lends awesome flavor to Italian pasta sauces.


Gluten-Free Options

If you are following a gluten-free diet and still would like to enjoy this mozzarella stuffed meatballs recipe, simply swap the breadcrumbs out for some gluten-free breadcrumbs. You would then serve the meatballs over the gluten-free pasta of your choice.



Mozzarella Stuffed Meatballs (With Gluten-Free Option)

This recipe is for my famous mozzarella-stuffed meatballs… a family favorite! These hearty meatballs are stuffed with mozzarella pearls. When you dig into these meatballs you will love the oozing melty cheese! This is a slow-cooker recipe that serves approximately 8 people. Serve with the pasta of your choice. We love spaghetti noodles with this recipe!

Meatballs

  • 1 pound Ground beef (I use grass fed beef)
  • 1 pound Ground Italian sausage
  • Mozzarella pearls (You can stuff each meatball with 1 or 2 pearls (depending on how large you make the meatballs))
  • 1 1/4 cup Italian breadcrumbs (Use gluten-free breadcrumbs if you are gluten-free)
  • 2 Eggs
  • 2 tablespoons Italian seasoning
  • 2 tablespoons Minced garlic
  • 1/4 cup Milk
  • 1/2 tablespoon Garlic powder
  • 1/2 tablespoon Onion powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon Salt
  • 1 teaspoon Black pepper
  • 2 tablespoons Extra virgin olive oil

Pasta Sauce

  • 28 ounce Can of crushed tomatoes (I used DeLallo)
  • 6 ounce Can of tomato paste (I used Muir Glen)
  • 2 tablespoons Minced garlic
  • 2 Shallots (Diced)
  • 1 1/2 tablespoons Italian seasoning
  • Salt (To Taste)
  • Black pepper (To Taste)
  • 1 tablespoon Extra virgin olive oil

Meatballs

  1. Use a large mixing bowl for the meatballs. Place all ingredients (except for the olive oil) for the meatballs into a large mixing bowl. Use clean hands to mix and incorporate all of the ingredients. 

  2. Form large balls (approx 2 – 2 1/2 inches across) and stuff the meatballs with either one or two mozzarella pearls. Make sure the meatballs are tightly formed so the cheese does not melt out of them. Set aside the meatballs on a large cookie sheet.

  3. Warm two tablespoons of olive oil in a large saute pan. Once the oil has warmed place the meatballs in the pan and brown all sides of the meatballs.

  4. Set aside the meatballs while you prepare the pasta sauce in the next step.

Pasta Sauce

  1. Warm a bit of olive oil in a saute pan and then add your minced garlic and diced shallots. Cook until translucent and fragrant. Add to the slow-cooker.

  2. Add the rest of the pasta sauce ingredients to your slow-cooker. Stir well.

  3. Place the meatballs in the slow-cooker and cook on low for 4 hours.

Final preparations

  1. Prepare the pasta of your choice. Spaghetti noodles work best with meatballs.

  2. Serve, eat, and enjoy your meatballs!

If you are gluten-free, sub the Italian breadcrumbs for a gluten-free breadcrumb. Serve over gluten-free pasta.

A big plate of mozzarella stuffed meatballs served over spaghetti noodles
A big plate of mozzarella stuffed meatballs served over spaghetti noodles
Mozzarella stuffed meatballs oozing melty cheese!
Mozzarella stuffed meatballs oozing melty cheese!




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Final thoughts about the mozzarella stuffed meatballs recipe

These mozzarella stuffed meatballs were loved and enjoyed by all of us at the dinner table! You just can’t go wrong with a recipe like this. This recipe is a keeper! This is a fabulous meal to create when you have guests over for dinner. Because you use two pounds of meat to make the mozzarella stuffed meatballs there is a lot of food to go around! And these meatballs are huge! I could only pack in two of these gigantic mozzarella stuffed meatballs. How many will you eat? 3 might just be the limit with this dish. A lot of meat!

 

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Paleo Root Vegetable Pot Roast RECIPE (Gluten-Free, Slow-Cooker)

I think you are all going to fall in love with this simple and easy slow-cooker paleo root vegetable pot roast recipe! This is pure comfort food right over here! This dish was created with a chuck roast, carrots, parsnips, and one really huge turnip! This paleo pot roast gets its fabulous flavor from one of my favorite seasonings, Herbs de Provence. Not only is this meal pure comfort food on a plate, but this paleo & gluten-free dinner is simple to create at home.

Paleo Root Vegetable Pot Roast RECIPE by Give It A Whirl Girl
Paleo Root Vegetable Pot Roast

Roast preparations

First things first though. Let’s discuss this Root Vegetable Pot Roast from the beginning. The meat is the highlight of the meal after all. The first thing I do for a slow-cooker roast is salt and pepper that slab of meat, throw it on a hot saute pan with olive oil, let it sizzle and brown. When you brown your meat you lock in the juice of the meat and your meat will be so tender when dinner time rolls around. I used a small 2 pound roast for this recipe but I believe you could use any chuck roast up to three pounds. If you are looking for a great deal on a chuck roast, I have had great success with shopping at Kroger.

Chuck roast for the paleo pot roast with root vegetables
Chuck roast for the paleo pot roast with root vegetables


Soften & season up the vegetables

Once you get a beautiful sear on all sides of the meat it is time to soften and season veggies. This recipe includes carrots, parsnips, and a turnip. What you need to do is slice the carrots and the parsnips. With the turnip, you are going to chop it up into little square or rectangular pieces.

Root vegetables in my paleo pot roast
Root vegetables in my paleo pot roast
My huge turnip for the paleo root vegetable pot roast
My huge turnip for the paleo root vegetable pot roast


Season it up with Herbs de Provence

This paleo root vegetable pot roast was seasoned with Herbs de Provence from Spice Islands. I honestly do not know what the exact ingredients are in this blend. It only says “spices & lavender” on the back label. No clue on why it is so top secret but it is. I wish I could fill you in on the exact seasonings that go into this blend. I read the label on another Herbs de Provence label and it had the following ingredients: marjoram, savory, thyme, rosemary, basil, fennel, sage, lavender.

This is a very fragrant and aromatic spice. It is not a seasoning that I use often but I do enjoy seasoning a big hunk of meat with this.

Herbs de Provence for the pot roast
Herbs de Provence for the pot roast

The Instant Pot Aura

This paleo pot roast can be cooked with a regular slow-cooker but I would love to let you know exactly how I cooked my meal. I just recently gave the Instant Pot Aura a whirl and published a review on my blog. I have been using this small appliance in my kitchen for about one month and I am head over heels in love with it! The Instant Pot Aura is a 6-quart multicooker that is a 10-in-1 small appliance for your kitchen. Instead of using a saute pan AND a slow-cooker the Instant Pot Aura is capable of both browning the meat AND slow-cooking it.

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Paleo Root Vegetable Pot Roast in the slow-cooker after prepping

 


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Final thoughts on this Paleo Root Vegetable Pot Roast

If you are looking for great comfort food, this Paleo Root Vegetable Pot Roast recipe will hit the spot! My little family of three chowed down and there were some mmm’s and ahh’s going on at the dinner table! Not only is this slow-cooker pot roast recipe simple but it is very healthy as well! You will not find any gluten lurking around in this paleo recipe… just savory meat and vegetables. This is a meal that you can feel good about eating and you can enjoy this paleo meal without all the guilt!

 

Question Time! What are your favorite ingredients in a pot roast? Leave me a comment and let me know what ingredients you enjoy in yours! 

 

Paleo Root Vegetable Pot Roast For Your Slow-Cooker (Gluten-Free)

This paleo root vegetable pot roast recipe is a simple and easy recipe for your slow-cooker. This dish is pure comfort food and this meal is also gluten-free.

  • 2 pound Chuck roast (You can use slightly larger)
  • 3 Carrots (Sliced)
  • 2 Parsnips (Sliced)
  • 1 Turnip (Diced)
  • 14.5 ounces Fire Roasted Tomatoes (Drained)
  • 2 tablespoons Minced Garlic
  • 2 Shallots (Slivered)
  • 1 1/2 tablespoons Herbs de Provence
  • 1 Bay Leaf
  • 2 tablespooons Virgin Olive Oil
  • Salt (To taste)
  • Pepper (To taste)
  1. Slice and dice your vegetables.

  2. Warm the olive oil in a saute pan. Salt and pepper the meat. Place the meat in the saute pan and brown the meat on all sides to get a browned crust on the outside of the beef.

  3. Add in the garlic and shallots and cook until translucent.

  4. Add in the vegetables (carrots, parsnips, and turnip). Saute until slightly softened.

  5. Place the meat and vegetables into the slow-cooker. Add in one can drained diced fire roasted tomatoes.

  6. Add in your bay leaf and herbs de provence. Stir until well incorporated. Salt and pepper the mixture. 

  7. Place the slow-cooker on low for 5-6 hours.

  8. Once 5-6 hours have passed you can remove your meat and cut into small chunks. Place it back in the slow-cooker and give it a good stir.

  9. Serve, eat, and enjoy.

It is best to go light on the salt and pepper and season to taste depending on the size of your chuck roast. You can always add more as time goes on.

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Hosting Thanksgiving At My Home – My First Time Wrap-Up!

Thanksgiving has came and went. Whew! This was my first year hosting the Thanksgiving Day holiday at my home. I gotta say that I was probably nervous about the whole situation for the month leading up to it. I know that a lot of work and prep goes into pulling off this festive day. Our feast that we had here was perfect and excellent from start to finish. I was satisfied with how every single element of it came out. No complaints whatsoever here! I hope all of my readers also had a great holiday and enjoyed their big plate of food!

Here is a look at my dinner plate from Thanksgiving! I have a little bit of everything on my plate: roasted turkey, redskin mashed potatoes with French butter, Brussels sprouts, wild rice stuffing with mushrooms and cranberries, White Castle stuffing, Clean Bean (green bean) Casserole, ambrosia, sweet potato casserole, and my favorite~ Everything But The Kitchen Sink Cranberry Sauce! I am hoping to do a recipe post soon for my famous cranberry sauce. I can turn any cranberry-sauce-hater into a lover! So far it has worked with two haters in my family.

Thanksgiving Holiday Platter
Thanksgiving Holiday Platter

Today I will be discussing Thanksgiving and how we pulled it off. I could not have possibly made this day possible without the help and support of my family. My mom, Kathie, was a huge help. She purchased the turkey and a great majority of the food that was served. Money is super tight right now with my family so I was very grateful that she pitched in (big time) to help me create this feast.

My mom bought the 19-pound turkey and an electric roaster to cook the turkey in. I spotted the roaster when we took a trip over the Costco and I thought it would be a great idea to cook the turkey in there so we could free up the oven space for the side dishes that needed to be warmed up. Turned out to be the best idea ever!

My stepmom, Evelyn, was also a huge help. She came over early on Thanksgiving to help my mom and I prep. Evelyn brought over an appetizer and a side dish to pass as well. The appetizer that she brought was unique. They were bacon-wrapped water chestnuts. Sounds strange, doesn’t it? Well, they were delicious. These got gobbled up pretty quick. For a side dish, she brought her famous sweet potato casserole. My stepmom was incredibly helpful with the kitchen clean up as well. That helped me tremendously.

 

Prepping for the Thanksgiving holiday

 

Paleo & Vegan (Gluten-Free) Pumpkin Spice Cheesecake

The day before Thanksgiving, I did what I could to prep for the big day. The first thing that I did was I created my Pumpkin Spice Cheesecake. This is my favorite fall dessert at the moment. I wanted to get that done early because the cheesecake needs to set for at least six hours. I gave it plenty of time to set by creating it the morning before the holiday. I have a recipe for this paleo/vegan cheesecake on my blog. I did modify the recipe just a tad bit. Obviously, I did something different for the topping. Instead of creating a whipped cream with coconut cream I topped this cheesecake with a ton of walnuts and pecans. I wanted to make it extra nutty. I purchased a can of non-dairy, almond milk whipped cream to top it with. Instead of using the spices individually I used a jar of pumpkin pie spice.

Paleo & Vegan Pumpkin Spice Cheesecake topped with walnuts and pecans
Paleo & Vegan Pumpkin Spice Cheesecake topped with walnuts and pecans

Paleo cranberry sauce

I also busted out my slow-cooker the day before Thanksgiving to make my paleo cranberry sauce in advance. This is one of those set-it-and-forget-it recipes. I love cranberry sauce and my cranberries have the power to turn cranberry sauce haters into lovers! My husband never eats cranberry sauce. Guess what? This year he did! And I know that he enjoyed it because he helped himself to some for his leftover plate. This cranberry sauce is simple to make. I call it my Everything But The Kitchen Sink Cranberry Sauce! There are many ingredients that go into it but it is very easy to create. There are no refined sugars in this cranberry sauce. I use an entire bottle of pure maple syrup to sweeten it. I also use fresh-squeezed orange juice, orange zest, two ambrosia apples, walnuts, and pecans to create the sauce. The apples are a nice, welcome addition and the nuts give it a great texture. The sauce is heavily seasoned with pumpkin pie spice. I picked up a bottle of the Spice Hunter’s Pumpkin Pie Spice at Nino Salvaggio’s in St Clair Shores. This pumpkin pie spice seemed like a wonderful blend of spices. It worked out well in my Pumpkin Spice Cheesecake too, so the funds I spent on it was a great investment.

Ingredients Cinnamon, ginger, lemon peel, nutmeg, cloves, cardamom, star anise, fennel, black pepper

You can pick up a bottle of this awesome pumpkin spice seasoning on Amazon. I highly recommend using this Spice Hunter blend for all of your fall flavored foods.

Everything But The Kitchen Sink Cranberry Sauce
Everything But The Kitchen Sink Cranberry Sauce

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Best Christmas Gifts For The Home Kitchen – A Gift Guide

Can you believe that it is already November? Christmas sure is approaching us so quickly. Yikes! I don’t know about you but I do love to get my shopping started as early as possible so I don’t have to stress out right before the holiday. It is never a good idea to procrastinate when it comes to the holidays. I put together this Christmas gift guide of kitchen items to make that foodie in your life happy on Christmas day.

As a foodie and home chef, I know that anything on this gift guide would bring me some happiness and joy on Christmas day. Anything here would be the ultimate gift. I have searched high and low on Amazon to compile this list of kitchen favorites. I even included a few gift cards at the end. Gift cards for Christmas are always a great idea. I know I sure do love to spend them.

Everything on this gift guide is available for free 2 day shipping with Amazon Prime. Not a Prime member? No problem! Sign up for a free 30-day trial.

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Instant Pot DUO60 6 Qt 7-in-1 Multi-Use Programmable Pressure Cooker, Slow Cooker, Rice Cooker, Steamer, Saute, Yogurt Maker and Warmer

At the time of publication, this Instant Pot Duo 60 6 quart pressure cooker is on sale for $69.95! The regular price of this Instant Pot is $99.95. This is an incredible deal to snag one of these for yourself or a Christm as gift for the home chef in your life. I am starting to think that maybe every kitchen should have an Instant Pot inside it.

This little contraption is a big-time multitasker in the kitchen. It has the capabilities of a pressure cooker, slow cooker, rice cooker, steamer, yogurt maker, a warmer, and you can saute your food with it. This is great for cooking meats, soups, stews, poultry, beans, and more! The sky is the limit with this Instant Pot and there are recipes all over the place for using this. Also available:

Instant Pot DUO60 6 Qt 7-in-1 Multi-Use Programmable Pressure Cooker, Slow Cooker, Rice Cooker, Steamer, Sauté, Yogurt Maker and Warmer
Instant Pot DUO60 6 Qt 7-in-1 Multi-Use Programmable Pressure Cooker, Slow Cooker, Rice Cooker, Steamer, Saute, Yogurt Maker and Warmer


NuWave Brio 6 Quart Digital Air Fryer With Accessory Kit

All aboard the air fryer train! This is a must-have essential small appliance for the modern day kitchen. I love my air-fryer from NuWave. This is hands down the best way to create a healthy batch of fries for your family. Who doesn’t love fries!? Healthy fried chicken too?? That is something I can be on-board with. This NuWave air-fryer would make an excellent Christmas gift and the recipient of this gift will love you forever.

NuWave Brio 6 Quart Digital Air Fryer – Black with NuWave Brio Air Fryer 3 Piece Gourmet Accessory Kit - 6 Quart
NuWave Brio 6 Quart Digital Air Fryer – Black with NuWave Brio Air Fryer 3 Piece Gourmet Accessory Kit – 6 Quart


All New 2nd Generation Echo Show With Alexa, 10-inch screen, premium sound

The all new Echo Show is a great addition to the home kitchen to assist with recipes and recipe videos. This Echo Show would be an excellent Christmas gift to assist the home chef that you love and adore. You can ask Alexa anything and she will most likely give you the answer. I have asked Alexa several questions while cooking and I am grateful for Alexa’s help.

The ultimate kitchen companion! Watch recipe videos, set timers, and alarms, and also add items to your shopping list. You will wonder how you ever survived without this once you have the conveniece of an Echo Show in your kitchen.

All New 2nd Generation Amazon Echo Show
All New 2nd Generation Amazon Echo Show


Keurig K475 Single Serve K-Cup Pod Coffee Maker with 12oz Brew Size, Strength Control, and temperature control, Programmable, Black

Here we have another kitchen necessity. No kitchen is complete without a good coffeemaker. The great thing about the Keurig coffeemaker is that you can brew single cups. In the morning here I start out with a full pot of coffee and have a few cups in the morning. The Keurig would be great to have when all you want is a single cup.

 

Keurig K475 Single Serve K-Cup Pod Coffee Maker with 12oz Brew Size, Strength Control, and temperature control, Programmable, Black
Keurig K475 Single Serve K-Cup Pod Coffee Maker with 12oz Brew Size


Rachael Ray Cucina Hard Porcelain Enamel Nonstick Cookware Set, 12-Piece

Cookware always makes an excellent Christmas gift. This is one thing that I feel I can never have too much of. The colors available from Rachael Ray’s line of cookware are outstanding!

This cookware set includes the following items: 2-Quart Covered Saucepan. 5-Quart Covered Dutch Oven, 5-Inch Mini Skillet, 8-1/2- and 10-Inch Skillets, 11-1/2-Inch Covered Skillet, Slotted Turner, Slotted Spoon, Solid Spoon.

 

Rachael Ray Cucina Hard Porcelain Enamel Nonstick Cookware Set, 12-Piece, Lavender Purple
Rachael Ray Cucina Hard Porcelain Enamel Nonstick Cookware Set, 12-Piece, Lavender Purple


Ninja Smart Screen Blender with 1000-Watt Base, 4-Auto-iQ Programs, Touchscreen Display, Total Crushing Pitcher, Recipe Book (CT650), Black

Know a foodie that needs a kickass blender in their life? Here is the perfect Christmas gift for them. This Ninja does it all with its intuitive design. Take your next smoothie to a whole other level with this Ninja blender.


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Mindblowing Smart Home Products For Your Kitchen – Shopping Guide

What a time to be alive right? It’s 2018 and there are so many smart products on the market today. These smart home kitchen devices are just mindblowing to me. Their capabilites are astounding. This shopping guide has everything that your kitchen needs for next level, smart cooking. These products are intelligent and will help you cook with ease and peace of mind.

These smart kitchen products can all be found on Amazon. Click the links or the images to shop. These items ship with Amazon Prime 2-day shipping. If you are not yet an Amazon Prime member be sure to sign up for a 30-day FREE trial.

Smart Home Kitchen Shopping Guide

Crock-Pot Wemo Smart Wifi-Enabled Slow Cooker, 6-Quart, Stainless Steel

This is a product that I would be thrilled to have in the Give It A Whirl Girl kitchen. This smart slow-cooker would be especially perfect for this time of year for me since that is when I use my slow-cooker the most. I love making roasts, soups, and chili in my slow-cooker. My current slow-cooker is not smart though and this one is! Cook time and temperature is controlled through the Wemo app so you can control everything with the convenience of your phone. This smart slow-cooker has three available heat settings. This would be a fabulous gift for Christmas this year for someone who is passionate about cooking. How about me? Hint! Hint!

Crock-Pot Wemo Smart Wifi-Enabled Slow Cooker, 6-Quart, Stainless Steel
Crock-Pot Wemo Smart Wifi-Enabled Slow Cooker, 6-Quart, Stainless Steel


Mealthy MultiPot 9-in-1 Programmable Pressure Cooker 6 Quarts with Stainless Steel Pot, Steamer Basket, instant access to recipe app

This is one heck of a smart kitchen product!

9 APPLIANCES IN 1: Cook meals in mere minutes & in less than half the time also get instant access to recipes!

  • Pressure cook
  • slow cook
  • saute
  • steam
  • make cakes
  • pasteurize
  • make yogurt
  • cook rice,
  • and warm, all in ONE electric appliance.

This pressure cooker also has several different cooking programs to choose from:

14 EASY-TOUCH COOKING PROGRAMS

  • Poultry
  • Meat/Stew
  • Bean/Chili
  • Soup
  • Saute /Simmer
  • Cake
  • Rice
  • Multigrain
  • Porridge
  • Steam
  • Slow Cook
  • Keep Warm
  • Yogurt
  • and Pressure Cook

Another neat thing about this pressure cooker is that you can gain instant access to a database of recipes that would be compatible with your pressure cooker. See the informative video below if you would like to learn more about this smart pressure cooker.

Mealthy MultiPot 9-in-1 Programmable Pressure Cooker 6 Quarts with Stainless Steel Pot, Steamer Basket, instant access to recipe app
Mealthy MultiPot 9-in-1 Programmable Pressure Cooker 

Ninja Blender/Food Processor with Intelli-Sense Touchscreen, 1200-Watt Smart Sensor Base, Spiralizer, 72oz Pitcher, 64oz Bowl, and 24oz Cup

This smart blender by Ninja has a touchscreen and several different options for the food you are preparing. This blender will lend a big hand in the kitchen with its capabilities:

  • Smoothie (total crushing pitcher)
  • Frozen drink
  • Ice cream
  • Snowcone
  • Puree (precision processor)
  • Chop
  • Dips
  • Dough
  • Smoothie (high-speed blender cup)
  • Extract
  • Refresher
  • Dressing
  • Spaghetti (spiralizer blade)
  • Fettucine

I have never seen a blender device that had a spiralizer option so this is truly a first for me! It comes with an Auto Spiralizer attachment so you can whip up a batch of fruit/vegetable noodles.

Ninja Blender/Food Processor
Ninja Blender/Food Processor

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Paleo Mississippi Roast Melt In Your Mouth Meat Recipe (Slow-Cooker) (Gluten-Free)

Meat so tender and juicy it just melts in your mouth. Mmmm! This is what I will be discussing today… my Paleo Mississippi Pot Roast recipe! I will fill you in on how I made a gluten-free Mississippi Pot Roast without any seasoning packets. We DIY over here! I included my recipe for both the seasoning and the roast. This slow-cooker recipe requires minimal prep and then you load the meat into your slow-cooker and it does all of the work for you… set it and forget it! This is a simple way to ensure that you will have a mouthwatering meal waiting for you after a long, busy day at work.

PALEO MISSISSIPPI POT ROAST RECIPE by GIVE IT A WHIRL GIRL - GLUTEN-FREE
PALEO MISSISSIPPI POT ROAST RECIPE
Skip the ranch seasoning packet and make your own ranch seasoning!
Paleo-friendly recipe right here!

If you are a seasoned cook (pun intended) you should already have all, if not most, of these ingredients, stashed away in your pantry for this Paleo Mississippi Roast. I had everything on hand so I experimented here and created this ranch-flavored seasoning to coat my meat with.

Ingredients for ranch seasoning:

Directions for ranch seasoning:

Simply mix all of these ingredients together in a small bowl and set aside. You will rub this completely on your roast. You likely will not need all of it but at least half and the other half can be reserved for a future use. Keep reading to see how I used the rest of my seasoning.

Homemade paleo friendly ranch seasoning for Mississippi Roast

Ingredients for Paleo Mississippi Pot Roast
Ingredients for Paleo Mississippi Pot Roast
Ranch rub for Paleo Mississippi Pot Roast
Ranch rub for Paleo Mississippi Pot Roast

 

Paleo Mississippi Pot Roast recipe

This recipe will feed 4-5 people if you go with a 2 1/2 lb roast like I did. If you need to feed more, simply purchase a larger roast.

Ingredients for roast:

  • You will need a good sized chuck roast or any other roast of your choosing. I used a 2 1/2 pound chuck roast
  • Homemade ranch seasoning (recipe above)
  • Pepperoncinis (as many as your heart desires)
  • 1 cup beef broth
  • 2 tablespoons minced garlic
  • 5 tablespoons ghee – (2 tablespoons for browning meat and 3 tablespoons to top the roast with)

Directions for roast:

  1. Rub your roast with the ranch seasoning that you created.
  2. Warm 2 tablespoons of ghee in a large skillet or frying pan. When the pan is warm and ghee is melted place your roast in there and brown on all sides.
  3. Once meat is browned place in slow-cooker.
  4. Add two tablespoons of minced garlic
  5. Add one cup of beef broth to slow-cooker.
  6. Top meat with 3 tablespoons of ghee. It will melt down on the meat and infuse it with flavor and juiciness.
  7. Top the roast with pepperoncinis. I ended up using half a jar.
  8. Cook on low for 6 hours.
  9. Remove meat from slow-cooker and place on platter to slice and serve.
  10. Eat and enjoy! Serve with your favorite side-dish or use my suggestion below for roasted ranch potatoes.

 

 

Brown your Paleo Mississippi Pot Roast with 2 tablespoons of ghee
Brown your Paleo Mississippi Pot Roast with 2 tablespoons of ghee


DeLallo Pepperoncinis for Paleo Mississippi Pot Roast
DeLallo Pepperoncinis for Paleo Mississippi Pot Roast


Paleo Mississippi Pot Roast topped with Organic Valley Ghee and DeLallo Pepperoncinis
Paleo Mississippi Pot Roast topped with Organic Valley Ghee and DeLallo Pepperoncinis

Looking for a way to use up that ranch seasoning that you created?

I had quite a bit of ranch seasoning leftover so what I did was tossed some potatoes with some extra virgin olive oil and coated them with the ranch seasoning. I roasted these potato halves in the oven at 400-degrees for approximately 25-30 minutes and they came out fork-tender. This potato medley is the perfect accompaniment to your Mississippi Pot Roast. If you want to keep your meal totally paleo be sure to use roasted sweet potatoes since those fall within paleo guidelines. In the photo below, I used one small bag of multi-colored mini potatoes and fingerlings. I sliced them all down the middle for quicker roasting.

Use the remainder of your ranch seasoning to roast a big batch of potatoes
Use the remainder of your ranch seasoning to roast a big batch of potatoes
Tender & juicy Paleo Mississippi Pot Roast ready for serving
Tender & juicy Paleo Mississippi Pot Roast ready for serving
Tender & juicy Paleo Mississippi Pot Roast ready for serving along with a roasted medley on potatoes
Tender & juicy Paleo Mississippi Pot Roast ready for serving along with a roasted medley on potatoes

 

Paleo Mississippi Pot Roast made with a BUTCHERBOX Chuck Roast
Paleo Mississippi Pot Roast made with a BUTCHERBOX Chuck Roast

 

Mississippi Pot Roast (Paleo and Gluten-Free) made with a BUTCHERBOX Chuck Roast
Mississippi Pot Roast (Paleo and Gluten-Free) made with a BUTCHERBOX Chuck Roast

 

 

Tender & juicy Paleo Mississippi Pot Roast along with a roasted medley of potatoes
Tender & juicy Paleo Mississippi Pot Roast along with a roasted medley of potatoes

 

Mississippi Roast (Paleo, Gluten-Free) Chuck Roast From My ButcherBox
Mississippi Roast (Paleo, Gluten-Free)

 

 

 

 

Skip the butter and go with Fourth & Heart Ghee. Shop on Amazon. This is one of my go-to brands of ghee.



My mother and step-dad stopped over for dinner last night and this was what I served. We sure polished this meal off. There was nothing left and we all joined the Clean Plate Club. This is the type of dinner that I love to serve to guests of my home. It is great comfort food and it is a filling dish. We all had to leave some room for dessert though! I created a vegan matcha and chocolate cheesecake and that was our dessert. I am currently working on a recipe post for that and hope to post it soon.

Does this look like a recipe that your family would enjoy? If you do decide to make this dish let me know how you like it. Leave me a comment and let me know.

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PALEO ROOT VEGETABLE POT ROAST RECIPE (Slow-Cooker)

Paleo Pot Roast With Parsnips (Gluten-Free, Slow-Cooker)
Paleo Pot Roast With Parsnips (Gluten-Free, Slow-Cooker)
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Paleo Pot Roast With Parsnips RECIPE Gluten-Free, Slow-Cooker – When Comfort & Simplicity Collide

Paleo Pot Roast With Parsnips (Gluten-Free, Slow-Cooker)
Paleo Pot Roast With Parsnips (Gluten-Free, Slow-Cooker)

The fall weather is approaching and that means meals like pot roasts and soups will be in full swing in my kitchen. For cool weather meals, I also like to bust out my slow-cooker. The slow-cooker is a perfect tool to use for when you want a meal with minimal effort. It is great for busy workdays or school days. All you need to do is a little prep, set it, and forget it. Today I will share with you how I made my paleo pot roast slow-cooker and the recipe for it.

The meat and veggies are the stars of the show. Simple ingredients and effortless steps to obtain an incredible meal.

This was our first time trying out parsnips. I wanted to be adventurous with this roast and add something new to it so we went with that. My daughter, Chloe, actually loved them and my husband was on the fence about it (he is somewhat picky). I really enjoyed them and would continue to use them in my roast recipe. I would actually probably add another one or two next time I make pot roast with them.

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