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Cucumbers are one of those summer garden monsters that produce more than most people can reasonably be expected to chop up and put in a salad.  That's why I am glad my family loves Tzatziki!  It's a mix of yogurt, herbs, garlic and lemon that perfectly compliment a couple nice sized cucumbers!

 

We use it as a salad dressing, a side dish, a condiment on many meats, and the best mayo-substitue for chicken salad I have ever had!

 

  • 2 medium cucumbers, seeded and chopped
  • Juice of 1 lemon
  • 1/2 teaspoon dried Mint (or several fresh leaves, chopped)
  • 1/2 teaspoon dried Parsley (or a handful, minced)
  • 1/2 teaspoon dried Chives (or about 6 tablespoons fresh, minced)
  • 1/2 teaspoon dried Oregano 
  • 1/4 Red onion, minced
  • 1 tablespoon salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon black pepper
  • 4 cloves garlic, minced (or more, if you are brave)
  • 1.5 cups of Greek Yogurt (full fat!!!)

 

  1. In a bowl, place the mint, parsely, chives, oregano, garlic, red onion, salt, pepper, and lemon juice.  Allow this to sit and mingle for 20 minutes.
  2. Add the cucumber and yogurt, stirring to incorporate.
  3. Refrigerate overnight to get the full flavor!
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Last Updated on 2014-05-20
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meatballI changed the way my family eats about 3 years ago.  But I am not a perfect Paleo master.  Around the holidays, I often fall completely off the deep end for a couple weeks or more!  Sometimes, out of no where, I have to have pizza.  Fortunately, I have lost the taste for pasta as it seems like some weird glue to me now.  

One of the ways I come back to eating right, is the glorious meatball.  First, nothing stops my hunger like beef.  Ground beef, steak, roast beef... when I eat those, I get full and stay that way for some time.  Add some good fat on top of that, and I can easily slide back into good eating habits.

 

  • 2lbs Grassfed Ground Beef
  • 1 tablespoon fresh ground Black Pepper
  • 1 tablespoon Salt
  • 4 tablespoons dried Oregano
  • 4 tablespoons dried Basil
  • 4 tablespoons dried Parsley
  • 1 tablespoons Garlic Powder
  • 4 tablespoons dried Chives
  • 2 Eggs, beaten
  • 4 tablespoons Coconut Aminos
  • 2 tablespoons good Tomato Paste (no sugar or other additives) 

 

1.  Mix all ingredients until incorporated then let the mixture sit for 30 minutes.  

2.  Lightly olive oil a sheet pan.  Pre-heat oven to 400 degrees.  (Yeah, I bake em hot).

3.  Make meatballs that are about the size of a large shooter marble, but smaller than a ping pong ball.

4.  Arrange them in rows on the oil sheet pan, about 2 inches apart from other meatballs.

5.  Lightly drizzle olive oil over the rows and bake for 15 minutes.  I used to turn them once during cooking but I no longer do.  I am not fancy.

 

Once they are done, I let them rest.  You can leave them plain and make dipping sauces from tomato, hot sauces, tzatziki, herbs and oil, etc.

Often, I make my Red Darkness Tomato Sauce for this purpose.  I have even made a mustard sauce and served them with The Amazing Slaw.  

 

Now, we can change this recipe to make them completely different!  Stay tuned for more!

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Last Updated on 2014-03-10
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After listening then re-reading a recent program on NPR about how “Crunch-Time” between the end of the school/work day and bedtime makes healthy meals extremely difficult, I felt the need to write this response.  

Our family is typical of many American families of two working parents and two kids in school.  We used to suffer from the same “pressed for time” cooking issues.  Which is how I ballooned to more than 300lbs and my entire family did likewise.  That lead to back problems, fatigue, high blood pressure, and more issues.  Besides just being damn unhealthy.

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Last Updated on 2014-03-10
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I have no problem killing an animal and eating it.  I would eat nearly every part too!  My problem is that I have to get a hunting license to do that, take a safety course, learn to use a bow effectively (as I like that idea better than a gun because there are too many idiots in the woods with beer and a gun during hunting season), and then take time away from work to go and hunt.  Oh, and hope I am smart enough to find the animal and kill it.  


This is asking a lot, but I am already on my way to making it happen.  Still, I want wild meat now!  

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IMG 5713I am a consistent Redditor (http://www.reddit.com) and I tire of having people crap all over the diet I eat myself and feed my family.  Standard American Diet eaters, Cardiologists, Personal Trainers, Vegans, Vegetarians, China Study Correlationists, Armchair Quarterbacks and many others will rant and rave about the lack of scientific evidence and how eating bacon will put you in your grave by 40.  

 

I feel for them because they have been educated to believe what the government says. what educational systems say is true, and to never believe something that is directly contrary to those beliefs.  I get that.  I get that high-fat, high-protein diet is scary because of the cultural pressures we face as Americans.... hell, as Westerners.  

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