Root Veggies, So Good!

 

sweet potatos and beets with sweet orange

Ingredients:

3 Sweet Potatoes
2 Raw Beets
1 1/2 tablespoons Olive Oil (light)
C & J Farms Salt & Pepper to taste
1 1/2 tablespoons C & J Farms Sweet Orange & Herb

Peel and cut Sweet Potatoes and Beets into 1″ pieces.  Mix in a bowl with the Olive Oil, Salt and Pepper and the Sweet Orange & Herb.  Roast in the oven at 450 degrees about 30 minutes or until fork tender.

This is a simple but delicious way to serve and eat vegetables.  You can use any root vegetables you like but we especially enjoy the sweet potatoes, beets, carrots, and cauliflower with the Sweet Orange & Herb seasoning.  It has a sweet orange flavor that brightens up the veggies.

Enjoy!

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Herbal Teas – Tasty and Beneficial

The more I garden and learn about herbs, the more I want to know.  I enjoy learning about herbs, spices and plants of all kinds.  Once this box got opened for me, there is no closing it.  It continually spills over and over again with more and more information. A beautiful spilling of floral, culinary, medicinal informational delight. Today I want to share a little information on Making Herbal Teas or more correctly; making an infusion.  An herbal tea is called a ( tinsanes =  /tɪ-zahn).  In reality, it is not a tea without one of the tea plants Camelia Sinensis leaves in it.  Instead they are infusions made from leaves, bark, roots, berries, seeds, and spices. I will continue to refer to them here as Herbal Teas or Teas.

Here is where the difference between herbs and spices kind of get thrown together.  As many spices are added to herbal teas too.  Some of those spices are cinnamon, ginger, turmeric which have been found as extremely beneficial for our health. The difference between and herb and a spice: Herbs come from the leafy and green part of the plant. Spices are parts of the plant other than the leafy bit such as the root, stem, bulb, bark or seeds. Examples of herbs include basil, oregano, thyme, rosemary, parsley and mint. Examples of spices include coriander, cinnamon, nutmeg, ginger, and turmeric.

Herbal teas can be as simple or complex as you want them to be.  Sometimes there is nothing better than a simple hot cup of steeped lemon grass.  This herb is a mild sweet citrus flavor that I find soft, pleasant and calming.

Most herbal teas are much more complex combining herbs and spices for flavor and health benefits.  Teas for fighting colds and flu, which by the way, really do make a difference!  Teas for cardiovascular health, blood pressure improvement, general immune system building.  Whatever flavor combinations you have or make to enjoy each and every component will have positive health properties.

Grow some Stevia plant’s to use as a natural sweetener.  This plant’s leaves are seriously sweet right off of the plant. Use your culinary Thyme, Sage, Rosemary, Lavender and so many more for brewing your favorite herbal delight.  Steep the leaves, roots, bark or flowers in hot water (not boiling) for 15 minutes to ensure all of the flavor and nutritional oils have been brought out.  Then enjoy it hot or cold, either way is great.

One more thing to make mention for you to consider – most all true Herbal Teas are caffeine free. The plant, Camelia Sinensis, has caffeine.

You can blend your own as easy as harvesting the plants you have or using dried herbs from your pantry.  Grab your tea ball or tea bags and get started.  Whatever your reason, to have an herb garden, to enjoy herbal teas for flavor or for health and wellness; there is much to enjoy.  If you have never tried an herbal tea, consider starting today.

We keep organic blended teas made and ready to go at the farm store here at C & J Farms.   Some of the herbal teas we carry are – Happy Tummy Tea, Cold and Flu Tea (this is so effective!!), Lemon Tea, Red Rooibos Tea, Earl Grey with Coneflower (this has caffiene), Blues Tea and more.  We offer lists of ingredients in each tea, tea kitchen accessories and a great conversation on herbs, spices and herbal teas.

If you want to know more about what we carry you will have to come by the store,give us a call, or contact us via our email.  We will be happy to help you find an herbal tea delight to suit what you might be looking for.

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PAN FRIED PORK CHOPS

Prep Time: 10 minutes

Cook Time: 30 minutes

Total Time:  40 minutes

 

Ingredients:
2 bone-in pork chops
3 cups room-temperature water
½ cup C&J Farms Garlic Salt
¼ cup packed light or dark brown sugar
2 tablespoons unsalted butter
4 sprigs fresh thyme
2 tablespoons C&J Farms minced garlic

 

Equipment:
Fork
Gallon zip-top bag
Large plate or baking sheet
Large cast iron skillet
Large spoon
Paper towels

 

Instructions:

  1. Tenderize the pork chops with a fork. Place the fork chops on a large plate or baking sheet. Place the pork chops on a large plate or baking sheet. Prick the chops with a fork, about ⅛ inch deep. Flip the pork chops and repeat pricking the other side.
  2. Brine the pork chops. Place the water, salt, and brown sugar in a gallon zip-top bag and store to dissolve the salt and sugar. Add the pork chops and seal the bag. Place the bag on a rimmed baking sheet and arrange so that the pork chops are sitting in a single layer. Refrigerate for 30 minutes up to 8 hours.
  3. Drain and pat the chops dry. Remove the pork chops from the bring and pat dry with paper towels.
  4. Heat a cast iron skillet over medium-high heat and sear.
  5. Continuing flipping and cooking for 8-10 minutes. Reduce the heat to medium. Continue to cook for 8-10 minutes more, flipping the chops every minute, until they register 135*F in the thickest part.
  6. Butter the baste off the heat. Remove the pan from the heat. Add the butter, thyme, and garlic. Use a large spoon to spoon the melted butter over the pork chops flip the pork chops and baste again. Let the pork chops rest in the pan until they reach 140 to 145*F, 5 to 7 minutes.
  7. Slice and serve. Slice the pork chops across the grain and serve with the butter sauce.

WHOLE30 ZUPPA TOSCANA, POTATO SOUP WITH KALE

Prep Time: 10 minutes

Cook Time: 30 minutes

Total Time: 40 minutes

 

Ingredients:
2 tablespoons organic beef tallow or ghee
1 lb. Italian sausage
1 large onion, chopped
3 tablespoons C&J Farms Minced garlic
1 tbsp. C&J Farms Italian seasoning
1 teaspoon C&J Farms Crushed Red Pepper, or more to taste if you’re brave!
6 cups chicken broth
7 medium red potatoes
5 oz fresh kale, chopped.
13.5 oz can full fat coconut milk
C&J Farms Salt and Pepper blend, to taste

 

Instructions:

In a large stock pot, melt the beef tallow or ghee

Add the italian sausage and cook on medium-high heat for 5-7 minutes until browned

Add the onion

Saute for 3 minutes

Add the garlic

Stir for 1 minute

Add the chicken broth and potatoes

Bring your soup to a boil

Reduce heat, cover and simmer for 10 minutes

Add the kale and coconut milk and simmer an additional 5 minutes until potatoes can be easily pierced with a fork and kale is tender

Add salt and pepper to taste

Mama’s Stuffing

Mama’s Stuffing Recipe:
– 8 chicken thighs (cover in salted water and cook till done + 1 teaspoons of C&J Farms Poultry Seasonings to water)
– 2 cans jellied cranberry sauce
– 2 stalks celery (2 bunches, chopped finely)
– 1 onion large (chopped finely)
– 2 packages of chicken gravy mix (add cooked giblets and 4 tablespoons of cooked celery and onion)
– 4 yellow cornbread mix (prepare 1 day ahead and let sit out to dry out some)
– 1 can biscuits (same procedure as cornbread)
– 2 or 3 tablespoons of sage to taste
– 1 1/2 tablespoons of poultry seasoning to taste.
– 3 eggs (beaten)
– 2 to 3 cups of chicken broth (approximately 2 cans)
– Roasted Garlic Salt from C&J Farms
– Cook chicken and de-bone, set aside.
– Add celery and onion to chicken broth – plus two cans of chicken broth (cook till Clery is tender)
– Crumble cornbread and biscuits in large turkey pan. Add seasonings, mix in beaten eggs, add onion and celery.
– Slowly pour broth over cornbread mix (stir mix)
– Now add cooked chicken. Stir in cooked chicken into your wet dressing.
– Place in oven at 375* for about 1 1/2 hour.

ENJOY, FRIENDS!

SLOW COOKER HAWAIIAN LUAU PORK WITH PINEAPPLE CILANTRO RICE

Prep Time: 1 minutes

Cook Time: 1 day

Total Time: 1 day 1 minute

 

Ingredients:

1 5-6 pound bone in pork shoulder

2 tablespoons C&J Farms Pink Himalayan Pink Salt

1 tablespoon Worcestershire sauce

 

Rice:
4 cups rice
1 bunch of cilantro
1 pineapple
¼ tsp C&J Farms roasted garlic salt

 

Instructions:

  1. Put pork in the slow cooker, fattier side up.
  2. Season with salt all over.
  3. Add Worcestershire sauce on top.
  4. Cover and cook on low for 24 hours.
  5. DO NOT ADD any water.
  6. If you aren’t going to be eating it right away, try and remove it in one piece after it cools and store in a pot with the cooking liquid.
  7. Heat gently in a 300 degree oven.
  8. Discard fatty liquid before serving.

 

Rice:

  1. Cook rice
  2. Prep and chop pineapple finely
  3. Chop cilantro
  4. Add pineapple and cilantro to cooked rice

 

Serve pork over a bed of rice.

Shrimp Scampi

SHRIMP SCAMPI

Prep Time: 5 minutes

Cook Time: 10 minutes

Total Time: 15 minutes

 

Ingredients:

4 tablespoons butter

2 pounds shrimp, frozen

2 tablespoons of C&J Farms minced garlic

¼-½ teaspoon C&J Red Pepper Flakes

1 teaspoon C&J Farms Paprika

2 cups water or chicken broth

1 cup half and half

1 cup parmesan cheese

C&J Farms Sea Salt, to taste

C&J Farms Pepper, to taste

 

Instructions:

  1. Melt the butter in the Instant Pot or saucepan.
  2. Add in garlic and red pepper flakes and cook until the garlic is slightly browned 1-2 minutes
  3. Add the paprika and then the frozen shrimp, salt, pepper, and noodles
  4. Pour in the broth. If using broth, don’t add salt above.
  5. Cook under pressure for 2 minutes and use quick release.
  6. Turn the pot to Saute, add in half and half and cheese, and stir until melted.

Throat Syrup

Inspired by @theintrovertedmom

If you’re in need of a recovery don’t forget the old honey trick! 🍯 I’m obsessing over this Lemon Honey from our Farmers Market. Here’s a simple throat syrup I love to make for the fam (over age one):

🍁2-3 tablespoons organic raw Honey (check locally or grab this one online!)

🍁2 drops YL Clove Vitality Oil (or Thieves Vitality)

🍁Teaspoon of organic Olive Oil

🍁Several squirts of fresh Lemon

Serve slightly warm but careful not to overheat because it breaks down the beneficial properties of the honey!

Avocado Dressing

Inspired by: @aketofullife

 

Homemade avocado dressing anyone?? Super easy

 

INGREDIENTS:

1/2 avocado

3 ish oz water start with one and go from there

Pinch salt

Pinch of pepper

Splash to a tsp of @braggsacvhealth apple cider vinegar

Pinch @cjfarmstx garlic pepper seasoning

Add all ingredients, 1 oz water to blender or bullet and pulse till smooth. Consistency is totally up to you, I like mine kinda thick. So I use about 3 oz water

#keto #ketogenic #ketolife #lowcarbhighfat #eatyourfat #fatisfuel #ketodinner #ketogenicdinner #ketodressing #ketogenicdressing #homemade #nohydrogenatedoil #saladsarelife #ketofoodie

Peaches, Pork and Sage with Gravy

Did you know Sage is a perennial plant?  It prefers cool weather and thrives but will survive even in Texas hot summers.  It is one of my favorite herbs.   The flowers make beautiful cut flowers in the summer time.

I was at the Farmers Market yesterday and there were fresh peaches everywhere and the scent was heavy in the air.  I picked up some to work on a few new Jam recipes but couldn’t resist them this morning.  They had made my kitchen fragrant.

We slept in so I was late getting started with preparing food to eat.  I decided this would be the main meal of the day.

Boneless pork chops were already thawed in the fridge, peaches were fragrant and I was looking at the rain revived sage in my garden out the window.

Ingredients:

4 Boneless pork chops
½ cup of cooking oil (your preference)
1 cup of flour
2 cup of milk
1 ½ tablespoon of fresh chopped sage (optional, you can use C & J Farms dried Sage instead)
Sage Square
2 tablespoon of C & J Farms Scarborough Fair (Sage, Parsley, Rosemary, Thyme) a bit extra as you go.
1 ripe peach
1 tablespoon C & J Farms Salt & Black Pepper mix

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Put 1 cup milk in a bowl for dredging the pork chops.
Put 1 cup of flour in a bowl for dredging .  Add one 1 tablespoon of C & J Farms Scarborough Fair seasoning to the flour and stir it in.
Seasoning the pork chops on both sides with C & J Farms Salt & Pepper then add more Scarborough Fair on top of the chops. Now put each pork chop in the milk then in the seasoned flour. Set aside.

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Put the oil in the skillet and get the oil hot at a medium high.  Once the oil is hot put the pork chops in and let them get a good crispy brown.  Approx. 2 minutes before turning. (You don’t want to over cook because the chops will get tough.) Then turn again another 2 to 3 minutes. Check for browning and doneness. Remove the chops cover and keep warm.

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Once done set aside some of the oil from cooking the chops (about 1 to 2 teaspoons) in a small skillet.

While the chops are browning, slice up your peaches. Set aside.
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Now the Sage Gravy:

In the oil the chops were cooked in (should be about 2 tablespoons in the pan, if not add some oil).  Begin to whisk in the seasoned flour mixture (you want this to still have Scarborough Fair seasoning in it) from the pork chop dredge, approx. 2 tablespoons. Add 2 cups of milk. 1 cup from the dredge and add one more cup.  Whisk the gravy and cook until thickened adding the fresh cut sage and a little salt and pepper (to taste) at the end. Remove from heat. Cover and keep warm.

Now sauté the sliced peaches in the skillet with the oil from the pork chops adding a bit more fresh chopped sage when they are soft. Once done, (this only takes about 1 to 2 minutes) add them on top of the pork chops.

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Scramble the eggs in the same skillet.  Plate everything up and enjoy.