Saturday = Grilling Party!

So…remember that time when Seth was at sea and I tried to light the grill and almost blew myself up? Me neither. But I feel like my grilling skills are improving.

I decided last Saturday I’d try again. Grill lighting, went perfect, but even better was the food (crazy to think this is all for me, hahahaha). But hey, I’ve been eating leftovers for lunch and breakfast all week long…which makes life a whole lot easier. Plus, I get to be outside on a Saturday evening in my backyard (which is newly landscaped), with my awesome next door neighbors and their amazing kids! Sounds like a win for me 🙂

I grilled 4 veggie boats: 1 with purple potatoes, white onion and garlic; 2nd with eggplant and carrots; 3rd with tri-color peppers, mushrooms and garlic; and last, I decided to put the rest of the large bag of whole garlic cloves I had into it’s own foil boat and see how it came out. Hands down, the garlic became so sweet and slightly charred, I can’t wait to do that again. It also was really good smeared on my steak!! So I ate all of that, that night. Ooops.IMG_4690[1]IMG_4691[1]IMG_4696[1]IMG_4693[1]IMG_4728[1]

I also grilled a prime filet from a local butcher shop, Iowa Meat Farms (shout out for Iowa, my home state that I miss dearly!). I complimented that with a side of grassfed butter for “sauce.” Don’t fear the fat.

Avocado Kimchi Salad

My new favorite salad, full of flavor and health. One of my favorite things is a cold refreshing salad with light ingredients, and adding something steaming to it.

Avocado Kimchi Salad

  • Butter lettuce
  • 2 sliced avocados
  • 1/2 cup kimchi
  • 3 scrambled eggs (in grassfed butter)




Pizza Brussels Sprouts

Yup, I just used pizza and brussels sprouts in the same sentence-don’t hate me. I stumbled upon this easy dish last night, and had to share. Initially, it was just going to be shredded sprouts sautéed in grass-fed butter with garlic, because I wanted something tasty and quick. Then I thought I might add something else for flavor, and decided to cut some sun-dried tomatoes I had and let them cook in the butter to soften:photo 1 (13)

THEN it really smelled like pizza-so I tried a tomato, and sure enough, it tasted like tomato sauce/buttery crust pizza-ish. I almost, ALMOST added the rest of the tomatoes and just ate those, but then decided to stick to the original plan, and added the sprouts.

THEN, it tasted like a veggie pizza. What?! Must make again.

Pizza Brussels Sprouts

  • grass-fed butter (a decent chunk from a large bar, don’t be afraid)
  • 1/2 a bag of sun-dried tomatoes, cut into pieces (I use Melissa’s)
  • 1 bag of shredded brussels sprouts
  • Garlic powder
  • Oregano
  • Sea salt/black pepper

Start by melting the butter in a sauté pan, then cut (with kitchen shears, directly over the pan), the sun-dried tomatoes into the butter. Saute for about 10 minutes over low-medium heat, adding a good amount of garlic powder and oregano. It will smell heavenly. Then dump the bag of sprouts in and continue sautéing over medium heat until the sprouts start to brown. Season with a little salt and pepper! I ate it all by myself. 2 (13)

His and Hers Brunch

Seth and I typically go out for breakfast at least once on the weekends, it’s our catch-up/talky time, and we enjoy getting out early and having the rest of the day. A couple of weekends ago on a Sunday, I slept in for much-needed Zzzzs and Seth went for a run. When he got back, he made this excellent brunch and I’m patiently waiting for him to make it again.


His and Hers Brunch

Steaks (hers: filet w/grass-fed butter, his: NY Strip w/Worcestershire), one over-medium egg, sweet potato and pepper hash (that’s the first time he’s added bell pepper to his sweet potato hash, nomnomnom), and oven-burst campari tomatoes.

The steaks were marinated in Worcestershire, garlic powder, salt and pepper, then grilled. The hash is diced sweet potatoes cooked in reserved bacon fat with fresh garlic, diced mini tri-color peppers, salt and pepper. The tomatoes, super simple and fabulous (we’ll be doing this once we have more tomatoes than we know what to do with); simply toss the whole tomatoes in a little oil (of your choice), sprinkle with salt and pepper, and oregano (remember when I had more oregano than I knew what to do with, so I dried it in the dehydrator? Well, that’s what we’ve been using!), and roast at 450 degrees until they burst. The over-medium egg, well, he cooked them like we normally do, in bacon fat 🙂

Have some friends over and wow them with a super easy, flavorful and fulfilling brunch. Also be jealous my hubs cooks like this while I’m catching up on sleep 😀DSC_0952