Paleo Plantain Gnocchi with Savory Short Ribs |

Plantain Gnocchi with Savory Short Ribs

Plantain Gnocchi with Savory Short Ribs takes a bit of attention, but the results are well worth the work.

Life can take so many interesting twists, can’t it? In one of my recent recipes, I wrote that I had planned to post a recipe a week for the whole year, but that plan crumpled. Fast forward to this week, and I’ve hardly taken any time to work on recipes or this blog. Multiple amazing opportunities have presented themselves, and I’d be foolish to put them off.

That’s starting with the positive. On the not-so-great side of things, my oldest cat Loki has been sick…very sick. He seems to be on the up and up, but we’re still not sure if he’ll be with us much longer.

Frankly, it’s a perfect time for some comfort food. Where else to turn but pillowy plantain dumplings and meaty, saucy short ribs?

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Flourless Paleo Plantain Empanadas |

Flourless Plantain Empanadas

Flourless Plantain Empanadas just made dinner mobile (and tasty AF).

After hours of working with plantains to craft my favorite tortillas, I started dreaming up all the other ways I could use the smooth, pliable dough that a boiled and blended plantain makes. Of course, I’ve seen a few other recipes online that take advantage of one ingredient plantain dough, so I knew it would be a success.

Instead of trying to dream up a new flavor combo, I went the traditional route—a simple savory ground beef empanada filling.

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Springtime Shrimp & Radish Salad |

Springtime Shrimp & Radish Salad

Spring is finally here! Let’s celebrate with a light, citrusy, crunchy shrimp & radish salad.

I’m looking forward to green grass, fresh air, ample sunlight and (eventually…) farmer’s markets. Every winter, despite my best intentions, I cocoon myself indoors, only venturing out for necessities like work and groceries and the gym. You could say I fully embrace the “hygge” trend. Or you could say I don’t like dealing with the cold or driving on ice so I revert to extreme introvert mode. Both would be true, depending on perspective.

Anyway, when the grass turns green and it’s warm enough to keep the balcony door open all day, I crave everything bright and fresh. Bring on the big ass salads and grilling. Less hiding, more hiking. I wake up when the sun rises, unprovoked, energized and ready to soak in the day.

Okay, enough romanticizing. I love this season. Can you tell?

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Braised Cabbage & Sausage |

Braised Cabbage & Sausage

A heaping plate of hearty braised cabbage & sausage is ideal for those with a meat-and-potatoes background (like me) who thrive on simple, slow-cooked one pot recipes.

That’s a mouthful. But here’s the deal: this recipe is awesome for those still-chilly days. You know the ones. When you don’t want to put a great deal of effort into cooking but going out and facing the cold isn’t an option. When you’re craving some warm comfort food.

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