This is our third week of waking up on Sunday morning to a box full of goodies from Arganica Farm Club. We’ve been pleased with our deliveries so far. The first week, I ordered the standard mix of produce for $25. Weeks 2 and 3, I ordered custom items, and this week we added meat to the mix, receiving 1 1/2 pounds of frozen pork loin from a farm near Harrisonburg. The big challenge has been to use every bit of our purchase so that I can justify the cost. So far we have wasted one over-ripe Avocado.
Last evening I prepared a meal using some of the contents of our Sunday delivery – Pork Loin Marsala made with Cremini Mushrooms, steamed Spinach, and boiled Carrots drowned in butter. Everything was delicious.
Pork Loin Marsala
Mix salt and oregano in a bowl.
Coat pork loin or tenderloin with mixture.
Heat butter and olive oil in a large skillet over medium-high heat.
Add pork to skillet and brown well on all sides.
Add garlic and sliced mushrooms to skillet and stir.
Stir in wine, scraping the skillet.
Cover and simmer 15 minutes. Internal temperature of pork should be 145 degrees - if you're in doubt, use a meat thermometer.
Last night’s supper consisted of Bourbon Salmon from Fresh Market and mixed vegetables on the grill, watermelon and blackberries, and my favorite squash recipe.
To get the squishy consistency I like in my squash, I usually cook it for hours in a frying pan. To see if I could speed up the process and retain the flavor, I tried the pressure cooker. It worked – delicious squishy squash in less than an hour!
Pressure Cooker Squash
Start cooking the bacon in the bottom of the pressure cooker with the lid off while chopping the vegetables.
Add squash, onion, salt and pepper to the pot.
Cover, bring to pressure and cook 15 minutes.
Stir and serve immediately, or transfer to a stovetop pan and continue cooking until juices are reduced.
I’m obsessed with my pressure cooker. This is the third day I’ve cooked a savory main dish with a cook time of 15 to 25 minutes. Sunday, it was chili. Monday, it was Thai chicken (I’ll post on that later). Last night was beef stew. I adapted this recipe from food.com. It’s fun to find a recipe and modify it for Paleo. I’ve put an asterisk * next to my modifications.
The savory beef stew was delicious, filling, and the stew beef was fall-apart-on-your-fork tender.
Pressure Cooker Beef Stew
Cut beef into 1 inch chunks. Heat oil in bottom of pressure cooker until hot, and add meat. Brown for about 5 minutes, stirring.
Add chopped garlic and stir for 1 minute. Add chopped garlic and stir for 1 minute. Add onions, carrots, celery, turnips, salt, pepper, parsley, beef broth, and wine.
Bring to pressure over high heat.
Let pot cool on its own, and serve.
This was pretty good served with a glass of red wine. Next time, I’ll try pizza sauce instead of tomato sauce, replace the oregano and garlic with mint, and top with goat cheese along with the feta.
Sauté onions and garlic in olive oil.
Mix meat, egg, onions, garlic and spices in a large bowl.
Spread meat mixture thinly in the bottom of a large pan.
Bake meat ‘crust’ for 10 minutes at 450. Crust will shrink to approximately 50% of its original size.
Spread tomato sauce, then add toppings. Sprinkle liberally with feta and bake for 5-8 more minutes.
I made this yesterday, and everyone liked it, including the kids.
Crock Pot Beef Stew
Chop the onion and garlic. Peel and cube the turnips and parsnips.
Brown the stew beef in olive oil and remove to crock pot with drippings. Add a bit more oil to the pan and saute onion and garlic for a few minutes. Add 1/2 c red wine to frying pan and heat, then add contents of pan to crock pot.
Add remainder of ingredients to crock pot and cook on high for 6 hours.