Main Dishes Archive

Stuffed Winter Squash

  This simple recipe marries winter squash, late season spinach, and some grass fed ground beef to create a tasty dish in a fun package! I used some red kuri squash that came in my produce box, but it would work equally well with acorn or any

Ropa Vieja: Cuban Shredded Beef and Peppers

“Ropa vieja” is a Cuban dish that literally translates to “old clothes.” You can see why when you look at the picture: the beef is shredded and simmered with sliced peppers, onions, and tomatoes and has the look of something that has been around the block a

Grassfed on a Budget: Cinnamon Beef Stew with Butternut Squash and Mushrooms

This recipe for cinnamon beef stew with butternut squash and mushrooms is yet another installment in my “grassfed on a budget” series. We get stew meat as part of our grassfed beef larder order, but I also snap it up when I see it on sale at

Grassfed on a Budget: Pot Roast with Root Vegetables

This pot roast is probably the ugliest meal I have ever made, but also one of the tastiest. I decided not to even try to gussy it up for the photograph. No sense in trying to present it as anything other than what it is, which is

Roasted Chicken with Squash and Broccoli

This easy recipe for roasted chicken and vegetables applies the two most important lessons I  learned when I revamped my cooking and eating to embrace more real food: 1. Fat equals flavor. 2. Roasting makes everything taste better. I have always been a pretty good vegetable eater,

Easy Shepherd’s Pie (Gluten & Dairy Free)

Shepherd’s pie is the epitome of humble food. Hearty meat and gravy, seasonal vegetables, topped with basic mashed potatoes and totally comforting on cool fall days. But it is kind of a pain to make at home… no matter what recipe I consulted, it seemed to have

Pork Chops with Grapes and Herbs

Why is it that pork tastes so delicious with fruit? One of my favorite and first recipes I posted on this blog was for roast pork with a cherry rhubarb sauce. Fruit is a great way to dress up humble pork cuts, especially when you are following

Roasted Chicken with Potatoes, Kale, and Lemon

My vague menu plan one day last week was to prepare chicken drumsticks, potatoes, and kale in some configuration. I have been slow to jump on the kale bandwagon and really only know one preparation method (steam sauteed in a big skillet), but life got busy and

Braised Chicken and Vegetables

I have come full circle. When I was a kid, my sister and I fought over the drumsticks. Then at some point, I decided the chicken breasts were the more grown up option and switched my allegiance to the white meat. In recent years I have seen

Grassfed On a Budget: Rosemary and Garlic Braised Oxtail Recipe

Why oxtail? It is becoming easier to find humanely raised, healthy, grassfed meats these days; but paying for them on a tight budget is tough. Filet mignon from my local farmer costs $27 a pound and even the more economical cuts like brisket and sirloin are nearing
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