Tuesday, April 22, 2014

Roasted Asparagus 

With Ham and Soft Boiled Egg

This recipe is 
*Grain Free *Lactose Free 
100% delicious

Servings: 2
Prep: 5 minutes       Cook: 10 minutes
Expert Level: Easy 
boneless ham steak
4 pasture eggs
roughly 20 organic asparagus spears
2-3 tbsp melted organic ghee
1tsp Herbamare 

Ingredient Spotlight: GHEE 
Ghee is a form of clarified butter. The milk protein and sugar has been removed, therefore it is a casein and lactose free alternative. Purity Farm's Ghee is certified organic and is made from the cream of pasture raised cows. 

Ingredient Spotlight: Herbamare
Herbamare is a natural fine sea salt infused with organic fresh herbs and vegetables. It is one of my favorite seasonings and goes on just about everything. 

Preheat oven to 425 degrees. 
Prepare asparagus by breaking off the tough ends. They should easily snap in the correct place, usually about an inch from the end.
Place asparagus on a baking sheet and top with melted ghee and Herbamare. Toss the asparagus to make sure all spears are coated evenly. 
Cube the ham steak into small pieces and add to the baking dish. Roast for 10 minutes.

A mixture of green and purple asparagus make a beautiful presentation on the plate! 

While asparagus is roasting add 4 eggs to a sauce pan with cold water. Once water boils, turn off heat and cover. Let eggs sit for 3 minutes and then remove them from the pan and rinse with cool water. 

To plate: 
Pile ham and asparagus on plate. Very gently peel eggs (I found it worked best to peel half and scoop the rest out of the shell with a spoon) Place on top of the roasted asparagus and ham. 
Serve immediately and enjoy! 

 Minted Peas with Green Onions

This recipe is 
*Vegan *Lactose Free *No Sugar Added *Grain Free 
100% Delicious

Peas are a wonderful spring time vegetable and taste even fresher paired with mint leaves. This recipe is super easy and quick, making it a perfect side for any week night meal. 

Servings: 2
Cook: 15 min.
Expert level: Easy
1 cups frozen organic green peas
1/2 tbs organic unrefined coconut oil
2-3 green onions, cut into 1/4 inch pieces
sea salt and organic black pepper to taste
roughly 6 mint leaves

Ingredient Spotlight: Coconut Oil

There are many options when looking for coconut oil, and almost everyday I have someone ask how to pick one that is high quality. Here are a couple of key words that I think are important to look for on the label. First off, make sure the coconut oil is organic. Secondly, it is important that the coconut oil is "unrefined", this could also be labeled as "virgin" or "extra virgin".  During the refining process of coconut oil, many of the vital nutrients are removed. It is important to note that unrefined coconut oil is not suitable for extremely high heats. 

In a skillet, melt coconut oil over medium heat. 

Add chopped green onions and cook until soft

Add frozen peas along with salt and pepper to taste. Stir frequently and cook for around 3 minutes. It is important not to overcook. Peas should have a nice "pop" when eaten, not be mushy. 

 Remove peas from heat and top with chopped fresh mint leaves. 

Serve immediately and enjoy! 

Recipe adapted from The Good Housekeeping Step by Step Cookbook "Sauteed Peas with Green Onions"