Sustenance

October 30, 2012

In case you were ever curious, this is what a freezer looks like after a successful hunting season.

Before & After:

Sustenance

In the before shot the upper shelf contains the last of FIVE deer we processed last year, I will have that used up in the next month or so. The drawer contains some spring turkey, doves from september, and a few leftover duck breasts from last winter.

The after includes the addition of 143 lbs of de-boned processed elk and about 10lbs of bones we cut up for stock.

Took my husband and I about 11 hours to prepare and package the cow (female) elk this year. He had skinned and quartered it in the field, so probably another two hours work there as well (and of course hauling it out of the woods in a pack frame, thats where friends come in very handy).

Hunt
(Colorado elk country, quite a workout when hauling out 200lbs of elk)

We cut up the back straps into large portions that we can use for steaks and such, a few rump roasts, and some shanks to use in stock or other recipes. The rest we cleaned up, cubed, and then ground.

The packaging technique we use has worked REALLY well for us over the years. I wrap tightly in plastic wrap first, and then snugly in freezer paper. We have opened up meat upwards of two years old with no signs of freezer burn (rarely is anything ever in there that long).

So there you go, how to fill up your freezer in just a day :)

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Summer Zucchinis!

August 12, 2012

I have been getting A LOT of zucchini’s lately from a friends garden, so thought I would link up a few recipes I have been using to wade through these monsters.

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Lasagna

Zucchini Lasagna

Zucchini Lasagna is a huge favorite of ours. It is more of a weekend or company dish due to the prep time, but it is DEFINITELY worth the effort. Any guests I have made it for always ask when they can come over for the next round.

I have now tested pre-cooking and freezing batches with great success. I have done both full batches or just cutting them up into single servings. Great for a work lunch or in my case when the hubby is off on another trip.

Be sure to degorge your zucchini especially if you plan on freezing, and I don’t use the center seed sections on the super large squash. This is not a dairy free recipe I am afraid, but a great gluten free low carb dish.

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Goulash

Paleo Zucchini Ribbon Goulash

An easy one pot dish that is dairy free is Zucchini Ribbon Goulash. This can be made in about 30 minutes or less, provides plenty of leftovers, and a great way to sneak in veggies for picky kids (or significant others..).

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Pancakes & Fritters

Grated zucchini pancakes/fritters are quick, versatile and easy as a dinner side or even breakfast.

For 1-2 servings, I scramble one egg, 1-2 teaspoons coconut oil, combine with a cup of grated and well squeezed/drained zucchini, add a dash of salt and then sprinkle enough coconut flour in just to bring it together. Cook like a small pancake in ghee, butter or coconut oil. In the batter you can add various herbs, spices, onions, scallions, whatever flavors you like.

I top them with a bit of butter myself, but you can use salsa, diced tomatoes, or if you do dairy goat cheese, greek yogurt sauce with herbs, sour cream and so on.

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Paleo Muffins!

I used grated zucchini and almond butter to make these paleo muffins the other day and they came out great.

These are really filling with the nut butter, great addition to say a hike or travel where you want a portable higher fat snack.

Baking at high altitude and grain free has been a serious challenge for me, but for some reason my almond butter concoctions have worked better then anything. Who knew almond butter equals light and fluffy baked goodness?! I currently have several of these in my freezer, will have to see how they hold up when thawed.

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Freezing

Grating and freezing zucchini is pretty much the only long term storage I have found that works for these guys. I have tried slicing, blanching and freezing but all I end up with is mush in the end.

I clean and grate my raw zucchinis, skipping the center sections for the large pithy guys (peel on optional). I then squeeze the shredded zuchs REALLY well using a tea towel. I measure it out in one and two cup servings and wrap in wax paper. Place on a cookie sheet in the freezer until solid, then I place in labeled gallon freezer bags. I use these mostly for pancakes/fritters, but that new muffin recipe is likely to come around a time or two.

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Hopefully that gives you an idea or two if you are battling the summer zucchini overload. If you have any additional ideas for paleo or primal recipes please add to the comments!!

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Surviving Miami Beach

May 23, 2012

With some frequent flyer miles saved up I decided to get my mom out of town for Mothers Day. I asked her where she wanted to go. She said warm, beach but where she could shop and be in the middle of it all. SO….we headed to Miami beach. Oh what an adventure. Sort of […]

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Still Here!!

April 10, 2012

Hey folks, just wanted to toss up a quick post to say I am still around!! I have been doing daily videos instead of writing (vlogs), but I have not been keeping them up to date on the website. I am working behind the scenes on redesigning the site, so in the meantime, look at […]

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Week In A Wrap – Vlog 2.4.12 to 2.10.12

February 15, 2012

After an overwhelmingly busy week I finally just had to compile all videos into a quick wrap up for the week. Probably the most positive thing during a stressful week is that being primal or paleo, I can easily skip meals when busy with little side effects. I managed to avoid all junk food and […]

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Vlogging Updates

February 15, 2012

So I have been posting daily vlogs fairly consistently, but I have not always been keeping them up to date here at Nourishedmeadow.com. So below are links to the vlogs since my last posting here. I will start getting them uploaded at the site on a daily basis, or you can subscribe directly to my […]

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How To Breast Out A Wild Bird

January 28, 2012

Time for a how to video, today we will look at breasting out a wild bird. Breasting out wild birds allows for quick processing when you have a high number of birds and no mechanical plucking machine available. The hunter of the house along with his buddies are usually quite successful on the duck front […]

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Guess The Ingredients – Vlog 1.21.12

January 23, 2012

Always, and I mean ALWAYS, check your ingredients. You would be surprised quite often the odd items companies add to what might appear to be a very simple product. (I am not referring to the kombucha in the video pic below by the way) (direct link to video) Link to duck breasting how to video […]

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Killing Cravings – Vlog 1.20.12

January 22, 2012

All afternoon the other day I had some MAJOR cravings. Sweets, alcohol, you name it. I finally realized I was just hungry, so I promptly made a giant dinner which helped tremendously. I find when I cut my carbs back my hunger goes WAY down along with my normal hunger cues. Apparently I just need […]

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Cheesecake Self Control Powers – Vlog 1.19.12

January 21, 2012

I avoided all sweet treats while out at the mall today, which seemed to be a daunting task. Between eating lunch at the Cheesecake factory and then the Ben & Jerry’s stand located in the mall as well, I just had to focus and keep a zen like mind (ha). But I was good, made […]

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