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Sausage with Spaghetti Squash

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I have to admit, I’ve developed an aversion to chicken.  I NEEDED something different tonight.  A few weeks ago I purchased some Open Nature Nitrate-free Chicken Sausage and tucked them away in the freezer.  I threw this recipe together tonight:

2 pkgs of Open Nature Chicken Sausage

3 Tablespoons of Coconut oil

1 sliced onion

1/4 cup dehydrated peppers (soaked in warm water for about an hour or so.)

2 Tablespoons sliced dehydrated radishes (soaked in warm water for about an hour or so.)

1 head of broccoli chopped

1/4 head of cabbage chopped

1 spaghetti squash – cooked

Melt the coconut oil in a large frying pan, lay sausage in pan and cook until hot.  Add sliced onions, peppers and radishes.  Cook until onions are translucent.  Add 1-2 cups of water with broccoli and cabbage.  Cover.  Cook until the broccoli is tender.  Remove cover and cut up sausages.  Stir in spaghetti squash and toss.  Cook a few more moments to blend everything.  Remove from heat and serve.  Add salt and pepper to taste.  I also added a little bit of fresh butter once it was on the plate for a little creaminess.

I served this with pickled garlic and home canned pickled asparagus.




Bean and Bacon Soup – GAPS LEGAL!

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I’ve got tonights dinner in the process as we speak.  We had a rare treat of Bacon this morning.  I’m having a hard finding nitrate free bacon without sugar at a good price.  Feeding 10 people can create some economical and logistical issues.  So I cooked up all the bacon this morning and will use it through out the week in meals as well.   Here is a super easy recipe:

Bean and Bacon Soup

3 cups homemade chicken, beef, or lamb broth

2 cups water

8 strips of leftover bacon, crumbled into small pieces

6 cups of cooked navy beans 

3 cloves garlic, minced

4 Tablespoons minced dehydrated onions

1/2 cup of chopped dehydrated carrots 

Sea salt and pepper 

Mix everything together and let it simmer for a few hours or you could cook on low for 4 hours in your crockpot.

I’ll post pictures later!

Amazon sale on Excalibur Dehydrators

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Right now Amazon offering some great prices on the Excalibur Dehydrators.  Some are more than 60% off with free shipping!

If I could right now, I would purchase a second one.  These units are top notch quality.

Here is the link to check them out:

Amazon: Excalibur Dehydrator


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I’m a huge fan of my dehydrator.  I have an Excalibur Dehydrator – 9 shelf unit.  Before purchasing my Excalibur, I wasn’t so much of a fan.  My food came out “ok” at best.  This one is a dream.  So far everything has turned out perfectly.   In fact, I’m thinking about getting a second unit.  Dehydrated foods take up so much less space!  I do have a food saver but I have to say, I prefer to store in canning jars.  They look so pretty and at times the items can be a little sharp and puncture the bags. 

Tonight I am dehydrating Kale.  Tomorrow I will switch it out with Swiss Chard and beet greens. I will grind these in to green powder and add them to foods for more nutrition.   Then I have some peppers and onions that need attention.  After that I am hoping more strawberries and some blueberries.

I found a wonderful YouTube video that was very helpful to me when I began dehydrating:

How to Dehydrate

There are several parts and they are all so helpful.  If I have time this week I will upload a few videos of my own.