Apple Bacon BBQ Pulled Pork

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Mouthwatering. Savory. Sweet. Rich. Awesome. These are some of the things you will be saying after eating this pork! Serve on some soft bread and with a drizzle off BBQ sauce, with coleslaw on the side. Double for a crowd 🙂

 

4 strips of diced bacon
1 chopped onion
1 chopped apple
1.5 pounds of pork loin
1/4 cup of apple cider vinegar
3 tablespoons each of molasses, raw sugar, and basalmic vinegar
2 tablespoons of smoked paprika
2 teaspoons of garlic powder
1 teaspoon of freshly ground black pepper

 

1.  Brown bacon in a skillet. Add apple and onion. Once onion softens brown pork loin. Tip into slow cooker. Place on low.

2. Add tomato sauce, vinegars, molasses, sugar, and spices to skillet. Simmer until slightly thickened. Pour into slow cooker.

3. Cook on low for 4-6 hours. Remove pork, shred with 2 forks, return to slow cooker and toss with cooking liquid. Enjoy!

Curried Butternut Squash Soup w/ Fig Chutney and Spiced Yogurt

Butternut Squash Soup w/ Fig Chutney and Spiced Yogurt

I am bananas crazy for butternut squash soup! I love it American style, Thai Style (recipe is coming this fall!), and now Indian Style. This hearty soup is comforting and full of flavor! A very good warm-me-up and cheer-me-up dish. I hope you enjoy good soup, if not we can no longer be friends. I take it back, we can still be friends even if you don’t like soup. Just not best friends! Ha! 😉

For the spiced yogurt (can be made the day before):

  •  1 cup of greek (strained) yogurt
  • 1/2 tsp chili powder
  • 1/4 tsp salt
  1. Stir chili powder & salt into the yogurt. Refrigerate until ready to use.

 

For the chutney (can be made the day before):

  • 1 pinch celery seeds
  • 1 tsp gram masala
  • 6 grinds of pepper from a pepper mill
  • 1 T oil (olive or coconut)
  • 1/2 medium onion, finely chopped
  • 1 chile pepper (I used a Thai red and removed the seeds, it wasn’t very spicy)
  • 1/2 cup dried figs, stemmed and finely chopped
  • 2 garlic cloves, minced
  • 1/2 cup of apple cider vinegar
  • 1/2 cup of water
  • 2 T of raw sugar
  • Salt to taste
  1. Heat saucepan to medium, add spices to saucepot and toast until fragrant, add oil and onion. Stir occasionally until onion has softened. 
  2. Add all other ingredients. Simmer until thickened, about 20 minutes. Remove from heat. Refrigerate leftovers promptly.

 

For the soup:

  • 1 medium butternut squash
  • 1 1/2 T curry powder
  • 1 T oil (olive or coconut)
  • 1/2 medium onion, chopped
  • 2 carrots
  • 4 garlic cloves, minced
  • 1 quart of chicken broth
  • Salt, to taste
  1. Pre-heat oven to 350 degrees.
  2. Cut squash into 4 pieces, remove seeds, rinse and place on cookie sheet lined with parchment paper cut-side down. Bake until softened, about 35 minutes.
  3. In a large stockpot toast the curry powder until fragrant. Add oil and onion. Stir occasionally until onion has softened. Add chicken broth, carrots, and garlic. Simmer until carrots are soft. 
  4. Blend soup in batches in blender. Return to a simmer. Season with salt to taste.

To serve: Ladle soup into bowls, carefully top soup with the chutney and yogurt close to the surface so they don’t sink to the bottom of the bowl. Serve with gluten free naan or toast. Enjoy!

 

Creamy Garlic Cauliflower with Spicy Southwestern Sausage

Hi everyone! Is it chilly where you are? Well this stew will warm you right up!

Creamy Garlic Cauliflower with Spicy Southwestern Sausage | Gluten free

The creamy cauliflower puree is filled with mild garlic and the topping of spicy southwestern sausage? Delightfully contrasting. I loved taking a bite of sausage and tomato, and then a sip of the puree to balance the heat.
Creamy Garlic Cauliflower with Spicy Southwestern Sausage | Gluten free

Simply delicious and ready in under 15 minutes! What could be better?

 

Directions

Saute 4 minced garlic cloves in 1 Tablespoon of olive oil until golden in a small pot, remove from heat. Steam 1.5 pounds of cauliflower florets until tender. Combine the garlic (leaving the oil behind in the pot), florets, and 3 ounces of herbed goat cheese in a blender. Blend until smooth adding a little milk if needed to blend easily. Salt to taste. Keep warm.

Meanwhile, return the small pot to the stove and heat to medium. Add 1 cup canned diced tomatoes with green chiles, 1 finely chopped roma tomato, and 2 coined southwestern style sausages. Simmer for 5-7 mins to blend flavors.

To serve

Ladle 1/4 of the cauliflower puree into a shallow bowl, carefully ladle 1/4 of the sausage/tomato mixture in the center, sprinkle with sliced green onions.

Spiced Pumpkin Creamcheese Bars

Spiced Pumpkin Bars

These are the type of bars that will make you friends with the first bite! It takes elements of pumpkin pie + pumpkin cake + cheese cake to make insanely moist, mildly spicy, and creamy conversation starters. Enjoy these easy to make bars!

 

 

Makes 2 dozen bars.

For pumpkin base:

 

    • 8 oz creamcheese, softened
    • 1/2 cup of raw sugar
    • 1 tsp vanilla extract
    • 1 egg
    • 1/2 cup of butter, melted
    • 1 cup of raw sugar
    • 2 tsp each pumpkin pie spice & cinnamon
    • 2 cups pumpkin puree
    • 2 eggs
    • 1 1/3 cup of gluten free flour
    • 1/2 tsp xanthum gum
    • 1/2 tsp salt
    • 2 tsp baking soda

For cream cheese topping:

    • 8 oz cream cheese, softened
    • 1/2 cup of raw sugar
    • 1 tsp vanilla extract
    • 1 egg
  1. Prep: Soften cream cheese, butter a jelly roll pan (15.5″ by 11.5″), melt butter and let cool, and preheat oven to 350 degrees.
  2. In a medium sized bowl stir butter, 1 cup of sugar & spices together until smooth. Add in pumpkin puree, 2 eggs, gluten free flour, xanthum gum, salt, & baking soda.
  3. In a small bowl blend cream cheese, 1/2 cup of sugar, vanilla extract, and 1 egg until smooth.
  4. Pour pumpkin mixture into jellyroll pan, smooth top of batter, spread on cream cheese mixture.
  5. Bake 25-30 minutes until until a toothpick comes out clean. Let cool completely before chilling in the refrigerator. Cut into 2 dozen bars.