GF Korean Beef Ribs with a Fabulous Sauce by Allison

While searching online for some happening things to do, see and explore, I came across some articles in the fall about “The Real Meat Society” butcher shop on Naplavni here in Prague. I paid a visit to TRMS in early January and what a gem it really is – stocked with hormone free quality beef and pork and knowledgeable butchers who obviously have a passion for tasty protein. I’ve been doing it all wrong, buying meat from the larger grocery stores and expecting good results. No longer. My weekly visit to TRMS often results in trying new recipes and methods as I learn how to cook high-quality beef with various methods and techniques. I thought I’d start out with Nom Nom Paleo’s Award Winning Korean Beef Short Rib recipe, as I’d been eyeing it for awhile. You just can’t go wrong with this dish, well unless you’re vegetarian or vegan, but if you’re a meat eater, you’ve gotta try this and soon!

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Nom Nom Paleo’s Korean Beef Rib Recipe

I wouldn’t change a thing about this recipe as it is just brilliant!

Enjoy!

Allison

Post Holiday Detox Tea

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In our Filipino/Spanish household, the festivities of winter should have officially ended on Monday, January 6th, where we wrap up the season with the celebration of Three Kings Day. Yes, that means more presents, candies and cookies! However, on the following day, a dear friend who I hadn’t seen in years, rolled into town for a short stay. That was a definite cause for a celebration!  At one of Prague’s finest cafes, we quickly caught up on the years over hot cups of rich chocolate and delicious pastries. Topping off our sweet bond fest, our late night girlie chats also included some left over Christmas chocolates. As I dipped my hand into a box of Belgian truffles for seconds, I  announced that my “eating vacation,” was soon going to come to an end.

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Yep, it’s time to boost up the system with a little detox from the holidays and although it’s not a New Year’s resolution (I normally don’t make them), it’s not a bad idea. I would like to add that I’m really thankful for jeggings. They sure got me through the holidays!

The new green tea?

The new green tea?

I researched a few detox boosting teas and Parsley tea came out the winner. It’s a very simple tea to prep. You simply chop up some fresh parsley and brew it for 5 minutes. The tea comes out green and basically tastes a lot like…(drumroll, please…) PARSLEY!  Here’s a slight warning about this hot beverage…besides flushing out toxins, you might end up with a craving for some tabbouli. I sure did!

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Parsley Tea
(Not to be used during pregnancy or during menstrual period. Check with your doctor.)

handful of parsley

 hot water

Chop up a handful of parsley and place into a tea strainer.

Dip your tea strainer into your favorite mug.

Pour enough hot water to fill up your mug.

Let it seep for 5-7 minutes.

Drink one cup a day for a week or up to a month.

Then say good-bye to those 2013 toxins!

It’s a colorful dish- Sausage and Peppers by Nikki

it is colorful despite the grey season

it is colorful despite the grey season

Do any of you use Pinterest? Let me tell you it is both amazing and somewhat addicting. It is very useful for digitally “housing” all sorts of information you find on the internet. I mainly use Pinterest for collecting and storing ideas for home, classroom, and kitchen projects. However, I also have boards titled as such: “workout ideas”, “I want that too” “My reading list” “places and spaces”, “for the love of yarn,” etc. You see, Pinterest let’s me keep all of these great ideas, things I like or would consider buying for my home, closet or kitchen, all organized into boards… and as long as it is not on a secret board, I  can search Pinterest and have access to other people’s pins a.k.a more good ideas from other people’s internet collections! So, why am I mentioning my love and addiction of Pinterest on our blog… well, because that is where I originally found this recipe. I pinned it some time ago onto my “food is love” board.

it's a one bowl job

it’s a one bowl job

 As you know from my last few posts, I have recently been cooking a lot of vegetarian meals. However, it is half marathon training season, and as I increase my running mileage, I also feel the increase in my body craving meat-based protein. I usually stick to chicken, fish, and occasionally, beef. But two days ago, I just wanted something different. Well, I was in the local grocery store and I had this craving for sausage. I stood there contemplating what to make with this and I remembered that I had “pinned” a recipe for Sausage and Peppers. So I bought the sausage, the onions and peppers and I went home to consult with my Pinterest board. This recipe calls for one regular potato, but I replaced that with a sweet potato and it worked. I like it when adaptations work! In fact, you could even use your favorite vegetarian “sausage” if you wanted. This recipe would be an easy, weekday meal. You can do the preparation one day ahead, wrap everything in foil and then pop it in the oven the next evening. Depending on your oven, it only takes 30-40 minutes for the potatoes and peppers to soften to perfection. Serve in individual bowls, with a little parmesan cheese sprinkled over the top… trust me, it goes well with a cold beer!   

colorful peppers and onions

colorful peppers and onions

Sausage and Peppers

adapted from the recipe One Pouch Feast on HyVee.com

 ingredients: half a yellow bell pepper, half a red bell pepper, half a green bell pepper, and half an orange bell pepper, one red onion, half a large sweet potato and 1-2 sausages (kielbasa in Polish, wurst in German, Kolbasa in Czech), olive oil, 1 teaspoon garlic salt, salt and pepper to taste

Directions: chop all the veggies and put into a medium size bowl.

Toss with one tablespoon of olive oil, garlic salt, and salt and pepper

Cut the sausage into round pieces and add to the peppers.

Mix until all ingredients are well coated.

Wrap in foil and bake in the oven for 40 minutes at 400 degrees F or 200 degrees C

Check the peppers and potatoes 30 minutes into baking time to see how they are softening…

When finished baking, let the mixture sit for 5 minutes then serve in bowls with a sprinkle of cheese and/or your favorite hot sauce.

Enjoy!

Yum!

Yum!