Local Chicken with Kalamata Olives, Roasted Red Peppers in a White Wine and Lemon Sauce

LOCAL CHICKEN WITH KALAMATA OLIVES, ROASTED RED PEPPERS IN A WHITE WINE & LEMON SAUCE 

This has grown into a favorite in our house and is now on regular rotation.  My kids absolutely flip over this especially over pasta with a touch of Parmesan.  This was a huge hit with my hubby too as he gave this a huge thumbs up.  I personally love it as it is super versatile as it can be served over pasta, over rice or on its own and can be adjusted to each person as you serve it.  It also can be adapted to be vegetarian by simply omitting the chicken and kept completely dairy free by omitting the butter and just adding an extra tablespoon of olive oil.  I will tell you the sauce alone is lick the pan worthy lol.  The most fabulous part is that this is a one pan dish that takes under 30 minutes to make which means little clean up. Yes!!  This is the most important part as we are all looking for yummy family dinners that don’t require a lot of time in the kitchen which means more time hopefully for gathering and connecting around the table.  I know personally as a busy momma of two beautiful babes, chef and business woman this is important.  My goal is to always help others find this.

EQUIPMENT:

Large Sauté Pan

Wooden Spoon

Measuring Cup

Measuring Spoons

INGREDIENTS:

1 tbs extra virgin olive oil (or 2tbs if you want it to be dairy free, simply omit the 1 tbs of butter)

1 tbs grass fed cultured butter

3 sprigs fresh thyme (1 tbs of dried thyme can be used is fresh is not available)  

3 cloves fresh garlic peeled and minced 

3 boneless skinless organic chicken breasts sliced 

3 tbs fresh parsley washed and minced 

Pinch of sea salt

Freshly ground black pepper

1 cup white wine

Juice of one lemon

1 cup roasted red peppers sliced (the red peppers from the jar in their juice)

1 cup kalamata olives

METHOD:

Take a large sauté pan and place the heat on your stove top to medium heat, then add butter and olive oil.  Once the butter begins to melt add fresh thyme.  Sauté for 1 minute to infuse the oil, then add garlic and continue to sauté for another 3 minutes.  Add sliced chicken, fresh parsley, sea salt and pepper.  Sauté 8 minutes till the chicken is mostly cooked then add white wine, lemon juice, sliced roasted red pepper and olives.  Bring the heat to high then once it begins to boil, immediately reduce to low and simmer for another 10 minutes till chicken is fully cooked and all the flavors come together.  This can be served on it’s own with a big salad or over pasta or rice with a sprinkle of Parmesan.

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Gluten Free Seasonal Apple Tart

Happy Fall!  I really love everything about this time of year.  The cool temps, crunchy leaves, the smell of the air, pumpkins and yes apples!!  Lately, I’ve been slicing apples and sprinkling them with cinnamon and a squeeze of lemon as an afternoon snack.  My kiddos absolutely love it too and it is so simple and yet absolutely delicious!  With all these beautiful seasonal apples in abundance right now, this morning it got me thinking about recipe ideas as the holiday season approaches that are easy, delicious and yet don’t require a lot of time and are also healthier!

I whipped up this easy tart this morning and it turned out really nicely and would be fabulous as dessert with a scoop of vanilla ice cream, a dollop of whipped cream or on it’s own with a cup of tea in the afternoon.  This also can be easily adapted to be vegan simply by adjusting the butter to a vegan option like miyokos kitchen cultured vegan butter.  The fruit can also be adjusted throughout the seasons for example fresh peaches or plums in summer.  I think it is important for a good recipe to have versatility so enjoy!

Gluten Free Seasonal Apple Tart

 

Tools:

Measuring Cups

Measuring Spoons

Tart Pan or 9 inch Cake Pan

Food Processor

Parchement Paper

Ingredients:

For Tart Dough:

2 cups gluten free oatmeal (I like Qia Oatmeal)

1 tsp ceylon cinnamon 

1 tsp sea salt

1 stick cultured grass fed butter cut into pieces

1 cup gluten free flour (I prefer Pamela’s Gluten Free flour)

1/4 cup real maple syrup 

For Apple Topping:

4 large honey crisp apples peeled, cored and sliced thinly  

1 tsp ceylon cinnamon 

1 tsp sea salt

1 tsp fresh nutmeg grated or ground nutmeg 

1 lemon juiced 

1/2 cup real maple syrup 

Method:  

Take a piece of parchment and cut into a round circle that is the same size as your tart or cake pan.  Then lay into the bottom of your pan.  Ideally use a food processor like a cuisinart (chef tip: fork and bowl can also be used if you do not have a food processor to combine all the above ingredients) and add oatmeal, cinnamon, sea salt, butter, gluten free flour and maple syrup.  Pulse in your food processor till it forms into a dough.  Once it forms into a dough, remove from food processor and use your fingers and press into your cake pan or tart pan approx. into a 1 inch layer.  Set aside briefly while you make the apple topping.

Now take apples and peel them, cut the cores out and slice them thinly.  Add sliced apples to a large bowl, then add cinnamon, sea salt, nutmeg, lemon juice and maple syrup.  Roll the apples and combine all the ingredients well.  If your short on time just pour the apples over the tart dough or if you have more time arrange in a fan like circular manner like the picture below.  Place on a cookie sheet and bake at 375 for 45 minutes till golden brown.  Once baked cool on a wire rack.

 

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Oaty Gluten Free Lemon Blueberry Bars

 

I woke up this morning craving blueberries and whenever my body does this, it is generally because there is some vitamin or nutrient that my body is seeking.  In Maine, our delicious local blueberry season runs through the month of August but for us it doesn’t end there.  For those of us who know what’s good for us, we freeze these babies in copious amounts so we can enjoy them all season long for a myriad of uses.  You can use regular blueberries for this recipe as well but if you can get your hands on some wild blueberries, I would go for it!  I know Trader Joe’s carries them in their frozen section.

I sweetened these naturally and made them gluten free but regular flour can also be used.  They are super versatile too as you really can add whatever fruit you are in the mood for.  Apples would be fabulous this time of year and peaches in summer so feel free to adapt this recipe and use it all season long.  I really enjoy this kind of treat in the afternoon with a cup of tea right before I have to get the kiddos of the bus.  It’s a little slice of heaven and me time just before the craziness of homework, after school activities and the rush of getting dinner on the table.

Oaty Gluten Free Lemon Blueberry Bars

Tools:

Mixing Bowls

Measuring Cups and Spoons

8 by 8 Baking Pan

Food Processor (optional)

Medium Sauce Pan

Parchment Paper

Ingredients:

3 cups frozen organic wild maine blueberries frozen or thawed.  Regular blueberries can also be used 

Juice of one lemon

Pinch of sea salt 

3 tbs nongmo corn starch 

1/2 cup real maple syrup 

1 tsp ceylon cinnamon 

For Crumble Top and Base:

1 1/2 sticks of cultured butter cut into 1 inch pieces  (I love organic valley cultured pastured butter)

1 1/2 cups Gluten Free Pamela’s Baking Flour (please add 1 tsp baking soda if NOT using Pamela’s flour)

2 cups gluten free oats (I love Qia oatmeal by Nature’s Path)  

2 tbs flax seed (optional)

Pinch of sea salt

1 tsp ceylon cinnamon 

1/2 cup real maple syrup 

Method:

Preheat oven to 350

Place blueberries, lemon juice, sea salt, corn starch, maple syrup and cinnamon in a medium size sauce pan and bring to a boil then reduce to low heat.  Cook approx. for 15 minutes till blueberries are tender and mixture thickens.  Once nice and thick, let cool while you make your crumble.

Place butter, gluten free flour, oats, flax seed, sea salt, cinnamon and maple syrup into your food processor (this can also be done by hand with a fork if you do not have a food processor) pulse till dough comes together.  Then take an 8 by 8 square brownie pan and line with parchment paper.  Take part of the dough and lay in the bottom of the pan evenly distributing for a 1 inch layer. Now use a spatula and pour blueberry mixture over the dough.  Once you’ve layered the blueberries over the bottom, take the rest of the dough and crumble over the top of the blueberries to make a crumble topping.  Bake at 350 for 40-45 minutes till golden brown. Remove from oven and let cool completely (this is an important step otherwise it will be difficult for them to set up and slice).  Once cooled slice into individual bars.  These can be stored in an airtight Pyrex glass container in your fridge for up to 5-7 days.  

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Here are also links to the products I used above that I love:

Gluten Free Flour:

http://www.pamelasproducts.com/products/baking-mixes/pamelas-baking-pancake-mix/

Cultured Pasture Butter:

https://www.organicvalley.coop/products/butter/pasture-butter/pasture-butter-cultured-1-lb-4-quarters/?gclid=EAIaIQobChMI-J7Rnv-c3gIVCNbACh3jkwChEAAYASAAEgLY4_D_BwE

Gluten Free Oatmeal:

https://www.naturespath.com/en-us/products/qia/creamy-coconut-oatmeal/

 

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Deconstructed Spring Roll Salad

Deconstructed Spring Roll Salad 

It has been so hot out there that the idea of even heating an oven seemed not only like a bad idea but not possible.  Up here in Maine we aren’t used to these warms temps but hey thank god for recipes like this!  Today was a typical crazy busy day between work, managing my children’s busy summer schedules, add the idea of cooking in this heat and I needed something quick, easy and delicious.  This magical deconstructed spring roll salad was born and viola, life was manageable again lol!

This was super easy to assemble, required zero effort from my oven (so all those who store their sweaters in their oven can put them back in there..you know who you are) and was so refreshing and delicious.  My kids really loved it to and I loved that there were leftovers that I could store in my favorite mason jar for my next days lunch.  Yes!  This would also make fabulous meal prep for your week as you could make multiple mason jars that you could grab on the go for lunches.  I also thought it looked so beautiful that it would be a fantastic show stopper for entertaining or for taking to your next BBQ or potluck.  Either way it is sure to please and I hope you enjoy it!

Serves 2-4

Equipment

Tea kettle for boiling water

One large bowl

One medium bowl

One small bowl

Fork or Whisk

Ingredients:

For Dressing:

1/2 cup rice vinegar

1/4 cup sesame oil

3 tbs fish sauce

Juice of one lime

2 tbs real maple syrup

Pinch of sea salt

Freshly ground black pepper

For Salad:

2 packages of bean thread noodles soaked in hot water for 5-6 minutes till tender

1/2 large napa cabbage washed and chopped

1 red pepper washed, cored and diced

1 1/2 cucumbers washed, peeled and sliced

1 avocado washed, pit and skin removed then sliced

1 bunch fresh cilantro washed, stems removed

3 carrots washed, peeled and sliced into matchsticks

1/2 cup cashews or peanuts crushed ( I personally love @grandyoats nuts) https://www.grandyoats.com

 

The Method

Take a small bowl and add rice vinegar, sesame oil, fish sauce, lime juice, maple syrup, sea salt and black pepper.  Whisk well and set aside briefly so flavors can come together.

Take your kettle and place your stove top to high heat till the water is hot but not boiling.  Take a medium size bowl and add bean thread noodles then pour the hot water over the noodles till just covered.  Let rest in the hot water for 5-8 minutes till the noodles become tender then strain immediately and set aside briefly.

Take your large bowl and add chopped Napa cabbage, then add red pepper, cucumbers, sliced avocado, fresh cilantro and carrots.  I like to lay the vegetables in bunches around the edge of the salad.  Then place the tender bean thread noodles in the center.  Now add crushed peanuts or cashews on top of the noodles.  Whisk the dressing one more time then pour over the whole salad.  Toss well.  Ideally let the salad marinate for 30 minutes so all the flavors can come together.  Serve immediately or store in individual mason jars which can be kept in the fridge for up to 3 days.

Enjoy!

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Organic Turkey Meatballs in Marinara Sauce

There is a reason why the saying “April showers brings May flowers” exists and we have definitely been experiencing that except I don’t think Mother Nature meant snow ha!  It has been cold and dreary so I’ve been taking to heart Mick Jagger’s “you can’t always get what you want” as I hold tightly to the promise of spring in our not too distant future.

This leads me to my turkey meatball recipe as I’m still in comfort mood mode as a result of all this cooler weather.  Trust me know one is complaining in our house either as this is one of my husband’s and daughter’s absolute favorite meals of all time.  I love it too as it is incredibly versatile as the meat can be adjusted to pork or beef and this can be served over spaghetti squash to make it grain free or paleo as well as served over pasta or even used to make meatball subs!  My family especially loves it over spaghetti!  Regardless, I’ve been making this recipe for years and it is about time I share with you all.  This can be a made a day ahead too and it will just get better and better with time.  You can make your marinara from scratch if you have the time but to be honest on busy days with the kiddos, I use a jar of Rao’s marinara.  It honestly is so delicious and no body will ever know!

 

Ground Turkey Meatballs

1 tbs extra virgin olive oil

1 small onion peeled and minced

3 cloves fresh garlic peeled and minced

1 tsp dried oregano

1 lb ground organic turkey

1 egg

1/2 cup gluten free bread crumbs (optional)

pinch of sea salt

freshly ground black pepper

3 tbs grated parmesan reggiano

1 additional tsp dried oregano

2 additional tbs extra virgin olive oil

2  jar Rao’s marinara

Take a large skillet with a lid and add olive oil, then place the heat of your stove top to medium.  Once hot, add minced onion and cook approx. 7-8 minutes till translucent then add garlic and dried oregano and cook 2 more minutes.  Remove from heat and let rest to cool.

Take a medium size bowl and add ground turkey, egg, bread crumbs, sea salt, black pepper, parmesan reggiano, dried oregano.  Now add the cooled cooked onion, garlic and oregano mixture to the ground turkey.  Using your clean hands, combine all the ingredients fully.  Then, proceed to roll the ground turkey mixture into individual meatballs.  Once you have rolled all of your meatballs, take your skillet and add the last 2 tbs of olive oil.  Bring your heat to medium and once hot, add the meatballs.  Cook approx. 5 minutes then using a spatula or tongs, flip the meatballs to the other side and cook an additional 5 minutes (meatballs should be golden brown on each side).  Now add both jars of marinara sauce (make sure to add a little water (approx. 1/2 cup) to the jars to get all the sauce out and add to the pot as well.  Bring the heat of your stove top up to high heat very briefly till the sauce comes to a quick boil, then immediately reduce to low and place the top on your pot.  Cook approx. 20-25 minutes on low to finish cooking the meatballs and allow all the flavors to come together.  Serve the meatballs over pasta, over spaghetti squash or I have made meatball subs with this recipe as well.  The options are endless and don’t forget to add copious amounts of sprinkled parmesan reggiano.  Any way you serve this, it’s absolutely delicious and your family will thank you.

Enjoy and don’t forget to tag me @chef_emery on Instagram! Oxoxox

All my love from my kitchen to yours!

Chef Emery

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School Lunch Box Doldrums

 

We are more than halfway through the school year yikes and many of you have asked me for lunch box ideas.  I’m officially announcing that by no means am I an expert at this and I struggle just as much as everyone else.  It seems to be an even more daunting task considering that we may very well be in school through July at this rate with the cold weather (at least anyone living on the East Coast) lol.  I’m joking but realistically, I think my children will get out late June as long as the weather starts to cooperate.  Spring where are you?!

Regardless, even though most of my days are always centered around food as on organic chef, lunch boxes have always given me a bit of anxiety!  Seriously, after a long busy work day trying to figure out what the heck to put in them can be a nightmare.  Luckily, my eleven year old is finally at an age where he can basically pack it for himself with a little assistant.  Key word assistance because if I wasn’t “assisting”, there would most likely be nothing remotely healthy in there.  Double ha!!

Anyway, I bought these yumbox lunch boxes because I thought maybe if the food was separated into adorable little sections, my children would be much more excited about eating their lunches!  I suspected correctly!  They have religiously been coming home with completely empty lunch boxes and I have even been more excited to pack lunches lately too.  Yes you heard that correctly.  Hey, I might even be having a bit of fun myself.  I’ve always likened lunch box packing to folding laundry or vacuuming which rank high on my pet peeve list and this has put a new spring in my lunch box step.

Well let’s move on and get to the facts of why I chose this particular box.  Yumboxes are BPA free and this is a completely reusable lunch box which eliminates waste or use of single use plastic which I’m a huge advocate for.  I always am trying to discover and use products that are earth friendly and are lowering our personal contribution to plastic use.  I also like that these boxes are completely leak proof!  Yes, you heard that correctly which means you can put yogurt, applesauce, cottage cheese and it will not leak or mix or combine with the other compartments.  Brilliant if you ask me!  I got the Yumbox Tapas which is the largest Yumbox they make as my children are ages 8 and 11 and I wanted it to be a box they could have for a long time.  I also bought a bag for them to carry it in along with some Yumbox ice packs to keep everything cool.

Now to the super exciting part, filling it!  If I’m totally honest, my daughter’s is much easier to pack then my son’s as she will honestly eat any cut up fruit or veggie so bento boxes are awesome for that.  Things we love are Apple Gate’s salami or rolled up ham or sliced smoked turkey, organic horizon string cheese or sometimes we cube raw sharp cheddar and add some crackers.  We love Annie’s bunny crackers, snack mix as well as their gummies and fruit roll ups.  The Yumbox is super fun because it has a little center spot which generally is assigned for a treat.  My kids absolutely freak over this facet and I honestly think it is what inspired their love affair.  My daughter really loves the mini kind bars in chocolate peanut butter and I found those at target.  There adorable and just the right size.  This along with Buddha Bowl organic popcorn.  All the flavors are amazing but they especially love the chedder.  I personally love the coconut oil one as well as the ghee.  Both my kids are huge fans of the Made Good rice crispy bars.  My children are not gluten free so they really like Dave’s Killer Bread which is organic and comes in a variety of flavors.  The message behind their bread company is pretty incredible too.  My kids also freak out over YumEarth products too and that is one of their favorite choices as the treat in the center of the box.  I try to put as many fresh fruit and vegetables as they will allow along with a few good solid proteins and then a few snacks/treats.  We vote with our dollars so choosing brands that are organic, hormone, antibiotic free as well as mindful of their care and treatment of animals and the planet is important to me.

Who knows how long this love affair will last but for now we are very happy.  I will provide links down below to all the websites that I have recommended.  Also, if your really feeling adventurous you can even decorate your lunch boxes daily with a variety of bento food picks and cut your sandwiches into funny little shapes.  Can you see my eyes rolling?!  I personally don’t have time for that but knock yourself out and big props to all the mommas out there that can do this.  I’m officially impressed and in awe.  Have fun with your lunch box adventures and tag me at Chef_Emery on Instagram as I would love to see your creations!  Lunch box packing can be much more fun than folding laundry and vacuuming!  I’m living proof of it, trust me!

Much love as always,

Chef Emery oxoxox

http://www.madegoodfoods.com/us/

http://YumEarth.com

Daveskillerbread.com

https://lesserevil.com

http://Applegate.com

https://www.organicvalley.coop

https://www.kindsnacks.com

http://www.annies.com

https://www.yumboxlunch.com

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Organic Cumin & Chili Veggie Burgers


“Cooking is a continual opportunity to connect with your senses.  When we touch, taste, smell and explore through the beauty of food, the soul is elevated and comforted.  I dare say it might be one of the most beautiful ways to extend love and nurture others”

I try to incorporate at least 2 to 3 plant based meals a week into our dinner rotation.  As a chef, it keeps my creativity in bloom as the opportunities are endless in terms of imagining ways of bringing a variety of vegetables into interesting, delicious meals.

When I created this recipe in particular, it stirred from a place of wanting a really delicious veggie burger that didn’t crumble or taste like sawdust. I hate to say that but many veggie burgers just fall short in terms of flavor and consistency.  This however is not your typical veggie burger and this recipe is a huge success in our house.  My kids absolutely love these and they are a lot of fun too as they can be dressed up in so many ways.  Think pickles, sauerkraut, roasted poblanos, cheese, red onion, lettuce, micro greens, sautéed onions and mushrooms.  The options are endless.  I also love that I can get two meals out of this recipe which is fantastic on busy days when you just need to get dinner on the table fast.

Chefs note ** You will need a food processor for this recipe.

2 tbs organic olive oil

1/2 half of an organic onion peeled and minced

2 cloves organic garlic peeled and minced

1 tbs ground cumin

1 tbs ground chili

1 tsp sea salt

freshly ground black pepper

1 cup raw organic walnuts

2 cans organic pinto beans or kidney beans drained

2 organic eggs

1 cup gluten free bread crumbs or regular bread crumbs  (please have extra set aside to reach proper consistenacy)

 

In a large skillet, place heat on medium and add olive oil.  Add onion, sea salt and black pepper and cook approx. 7-8 minutes till golden brown then add garlic, cumin, chili and walnuts.  Continue to cook for an additional 5 minutes.  Once cooked, set aside briefly.

Take your food processor and make sure the chopping blade is inserted in the center.   Add the drained canned beans, eggs and the walnut/onion mixture.  Purée on high until combined then add bread crumbs and continue to pulse till ingredients are fully mixed. Using a spatula, remove the bean mixture from the food processor into a large bowl.  Add approx. 1/2 cup additional bread crumbs till the mixture is not super sticky and you can form the mixture into individual burgers using your hands.  This recipe will yield a total of 8 burgers.  I double wrap the additional 4 burgers in eco friendly plastic wrap and place in the freezer.

Once your ready to cook the burgers.  Take a large skillet and add 1 tbs of oil, then place your heat on medium.  Brown on one side then flip the burger to the other side  (approx. 4 minutes per side).  Serve on buns or over a salad with your favorite fixings.

Enjoy! – Chef Emery oxoxox

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Organic Gluten Free Oatmeal Apple Banana Bread with Pecans, Sunflower Seeds and Flax

I tested this recipe the other day and it is super delicious!  The nutty crunch of the sunflower seeds, flax and pecans paired with the sweetness of the apples and bananas is really lovely.  This is especially delicious with some almond butter and a cup of tea!

While I was making this bread, it made me think of this quote that I love by Alice Waters, “It’s around the table and in the preparation of food that we learn about ourselves and the world”.  It truly captures everything I believe about cooking and what it can be.  My  daughter and I made this bread together and found great pleasure in the measuring, blending, smelling and tasting.  There are distinctive bonds formed when we gather to create delicious meals and enjoy them together.  It is in this gathering that I believe we find a piece of ourselves, our bond with others and nature.  I encourage you to do the same.

Please enjoy this recipe and if you love it share it and tag me on instagram@emery5

Ingredients:

7 packages of gluten free organic qia oatmeal
1 tsp baking powder
Pinch of sea salt
1 tsp real organic vanilla extract
1 tbs organic cinnamon
1 tsp fresh nutmeg
2 organic bananas mashed
1/2 cup real organic maple syrup
1/2 cup organic apple sauce
3 tbs organic grass fed ghee
3 local organic eggs
1/2 cup sunflower seeds raw unsalted
1/2 cup raw pecans
2 tbs organic flax seeds

Preheat oven to 375
Take a small bowl, add mashed banana, apple sauce, maple syrup, vanilla extract and eggs.  Whisk with a fork till fully combined then set aside briefly.  Take a high speed blender and add all 7 packages of oatmeal into the blender.  Place your blender on the high setting and blend until it forms into flour.  Add the oatmeal flour to a large bowl, then add baking soda, sea salt, cinnamon and freshly grated nutmeg and use a fork to fully combine the ingredients.  Now add the oatmeal flour mixture to the wet banana mixture.  Gently combine (do not over mix or bread will become tough) then add sunflower seeds and pecans ( save a few pecans and sunflower seeds for the top of the bread).  Gently mix the seeds and pecans through the batter then use a spatula and pour batter into a greased bread pan.  Then, sprinkle flax seeds and additional sunflower seeds and pecans on top. Bake at 375 for approx. 50 to 55 minutes till golden brown. Enjoy!

-Chef Emery Oxox ❤️❤️❤️

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Organic Tomato Bolognese


People often say to me that looks really delicious but I don’t have the time to cook like that or that will take me too long to make.  I truly believe that with a little organization, meal prep and consistency, we can all get there.  Trust me, as a very busy business owner, professional chef and managing two children’s very busy schedules, I get that it can be absolutely overwhelming.  I feel overwhelmed myself but I have specific daily tools that have really helped me such as a weekly schedule of what’s happening in my calendar, a free grocery app on my phone that helps me organize my weekly grocery shop list and then some meal planning.  I set one day out of the week to grocery shop and vaguely plan menu “ideas” and then I just commit to it.  There are some weeks I don’t even have time to plan menu ideas but because my fridge is organized and stocked with fresh real food, there is always something to quickly assemble and get on the table.

My hope is that these tips can help you get there too because when we take the time to sit down for a meal, slow down, connect with our family and make real food a priority everything just gets better.  The difference is startling and leaves me with more mental and physical energy for my job, mothering as well as for fitness.  We can all get there, it just requires a little focus and discipline.

Now onto this delicious easy recipe!!  This is super easy to do and especially delicious this time of year because it’s tomato season!!  My kids literally squeal over this and ask for it at least one a week.  It also can be made in larger batches and frozen so that you can get several meals out of it.  I love the versatility of it as it can accommodate varying diets.  For example,  I always put the kids over organic gluten free tinkyada pasta penne or spaghetti but sometimes for myself I will put this over sautéed seasonal zucchini ( another great way to use up that overloading seasonal produce this time of year ). Whatever way you like it, this is super easy to do and will get dinner on the table fast.  This can also be adapted to be vegetarian/vegan by simply omitting the meat which would be delicious as well.

 

Organic Tomato Bolognese

2 cans organic crushed tomatoes 28.2 oz or 9 large fresh organic seasonal tomatoes washed and cored

1 organic white onion washed, peeled and diced

2 cloves organic fresh garlic peeled and minced

2 organic dried bay leaves

1 tsp organic dried oregano

1 tsp organic dried basil or fresh basil can be used as well

1 tsp dried organic red pepper flakes ( optional ) sometimes I omitt this for kids as it makes the sauce slightly spicy

1 lb organic grass fed ground beef or ground turkey can be used

2 tbs organic olive oil

1 tsp sea salt

freshly ground black pepper

2 tbs organic tomato paste

2 cups of water ( I generally rinse the cans of crushed tomatoes  and then add the water to the sauce so there is zero waste ) ** you will need to add the water though if using fresh tomatoes

 

If using fresh tomatoes, you will need a high speed blender.  Wash and core the tomatoes then slice with a knife into smaller pieces.  Add to your blender until they are completely crushed.  Set aside briefly.

Take a large stock pot and add olive oil then place the heat on your stove top to medium.  Once hot, add oregano, basil, red pepper flakes and minced onion.  Cook approx. 8 minutes till onions are translucent then add garlic.  Cook another 2 minutes sautéing quickly so the garlic does not burn.  Now add ground beef or ground turkey and season with sea salt and black pepper and continue to cook approx. 8-10 minutes till the meat is fully cooked.  Now add freshly crushed tomatoes or the two cans of crushed tomatoes, bay leaves along with the tomato paste.  Then add water and increase the heat on your stove top to high and bring the sauce to a quick boil stirring frequently.  Once the sauce comes to a boil, reduce immediately to a low heat and let simmer with the top off the pot for approx. 30 minutes.  The liquid or volume of the sauce will reduce and thicken which is what you want.  Your sauce is ready!

The sauce can be served immediately or placed in airtight containers and be frozen once cooled for future use.  Optimally, this sauce gets better and better as the flavors come together so it can be made a day ahead then served the next day.  It is still fabulous the day of though and especially delicious with copious amounts of Parmesan Reggiano.    Serve over your favorite pasta or zucchini zoodles and dinner is served!

Xoxo -Chef Emery

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