Homemade Spicy Green Chile Salsa

If you’ve been reading this blog for long, you know I am originally from New Mexico and that I use green chile a lot. Like – a whole lot. I love it and when I can get a big quantity of it I’m all in. I found this 3 lb. bag of it recently and tucked it away in my freezer for just the right occasion. I woke up last weekend craving a big bowl of green chili salsa, so I figured the time was right. The heat of this salsa obviously depends on how hot your green chili is, and it can really vary. I usually find that it is not as spicy as a jalapeno or a chipotle salsa, but if it’s too spicy for you, it can be tamed by cutting it with a can of tomatoes or some roasted tomatillos for a true salsa verde. My recipe is pretty basic and goes well with everything. This made enough to fill several jars at my house, so it’s great if you want to make someone a homemade gift or freeze some. I did link to the exact green chili I used in this recipe and it is an affiliate link.

Ingredients:

  • 3 lbs chopped and peeled green chile (Click here for the kind I used)
  • 2 large onions
  • 3-4 tablespoons avocado oil
  • 2 tablespoons salt
  • 2 tablespoons garlic (or about four to six cloves)
  • Juice of two limes

Directions:

Chop the onions finely and saute them in the avocado oil in a heavy bottomed pan on low heat for about ten to fifteen minutes, until they are very soft. Add the green chili (defrosted if yours was in the freezer like mine). Bring the mixture to a simmer and allow it to cook for at least 25 minutes, or until the chilis and onions are soft and most of the liquid is gone. About ten minutes in, add the garlic and the salt. Once it is cooked thoroughly, add the lime juice and stir.

This would go great with chips but we liked it as a veggie dip. This salsa shines when you put it on top of eggs or on a baked potato, too!

One pan green chili salmon burger dinner

Sometimes you just need a quick and easy weeknight meal that’s also healthy and good. This one fits that bill. The salmon burgers are satisfying without being heavy, and the green chili cumin combo really sets off the flavor of the fish. The freshness of the dill with the potatoes and the simplicity of the green beans combine to make this one of my favorite easy meals.

Ingredients:

For the salmon:

  • One pound salmon filets, dried on a paper towel and skin cut off.
  • One half a white onion, diced
  • 1/3-1/2 cup green chili from a can or jar
  • 1 tsp salt
  • 1 tsp cumin
  • 1/2 tsp cracked pepper
  • 1 egg
  • 1/2 cup almond flour

For the potatoes:

  • Four medium Yukon gold potatoes, pre-baked for about three minutes in the microwave (bake them all together, not separately).
  • 3-4 tablespoons melted butter
  • 2 tsp salt
  • Cracked pepper to taste
  • A large handful of fresh dill

For the green beans:

  • One 12-oz bag of green beans
  • Two pats butter
  • 1 tablespoon avocado oil
  • Salt and pepper, to taste

Directions:

View this video for the full how-to:

Collagen mocha (aka grown-up hot chocolate)

It’s snowing here, and on days like today you just want a good hot drink without having to venture out. My kids got their Swiss Miss fix this morning and I was a little jealous, but didn’t want all the sugar, so I put together a caffeinated hot chocolate for myself. This one is nourishing and can be a breakfast on its own (but goes really nicely with a piece of gluten free toast).

Ingredients:

Directions:

Bring water and coconut milk to a boil in a saucepan. Whisk in all other ingredients until they are fully combined. Turn off heat. Move the pan to a non-heated surface and place on top of a hot pad. Using an immersion blender’s whipping tool, beat the mixture until a froth forms. (You can also whisk it more in the pan, this will just make it frothier). Pour into a large mug and enjoy!

Herb and garlic savory sweet potatoes

This sweet potato dish goes perfectly with a roast chicken, but would also be great for breakfast with an egg. It’s versatile and easy and if you prefer your sweet potatoes savory can make an excellent holiday dish too.

Ingredients (makes about four large servings):

  • 3 medium to large sweet potatoes
  • Four tablespoons avocado oil or duck fat
  • About a half a cup finely chopped herbs, your preference. I used sage, parsley, marjoram and oregano.
  • 1/2 tsp sea salt
  • 1/4 tsp white pepper
  • 1/4 tsp black pepper
  • 2 cloves garlic or a tablespoon of garlic paste

Instructions:

Peel and chop the sweet potatoes into bite sized cubes. Add the oil, garlic, herbs and spices and mix well. Prepare a baking dish with parchment paper if cooking these by themselves. Place them into the oven, preheated to 400, for about 20-30 minutes, depending on how soft you like them. I added these to a chicken I had roasting for the last 30 minutes.

Air Fryer Rosemary Duck Fat Fries

A couple of weeks ago on Instagram I asked a question in my stories, “do I need an air fryer?” Well, my mom had one she didn’t use so she brought it over. I’ll admit I’m not a fan of the cabinet space it hoards, but there is no question that our fry game got better that day. So I came up with a very simple recipe for duck fat fries. I also recently became accepted as an affiliate for Fatworks, so the timing couldn’t be better!

Ingredients:

  1. Four to five medium sized yukon gold potatoes (I always go for organic potatoes if I can find them), chopped into french fry sized pieces
  2. Two tablespoons Fatworks Duck Fat
  3. Two sprigs rosemary, plus about a tablespoon of finely chopped rosemary
  4. 1 teaspoon (or more to taste) fine pink Himalayan sea salt

Add the chopped potatoes, oil, chopped rosemary and sea salt to a bowl and mix, coating all of the potatoes with the fat. Place them in the air fryer’s basket (we have one similar to this, and love it). Place the rosemary sprigs on top, gently. I cooked these for about 25 minutes at 400 degrees and they came out perfectly! Different fryers have different cooking directions, so pay attention to that.

This was a version I made without rosemary, but they were definitely better with it.
Kid approved!

The easiest and best paleo chili

Years ago my husband and I owned a CrossFit gym. We decided to host a “paleo challenge” for our clients, which means, everyone basically cuts out processed foods and follows the paleo diet for 30 days and at the end we hosted a big potluck and handed out prizes. This was when I first discovered how food makes us feel, and that I have a pretty significant sensitivity to gluten. We’ve since added lots of foods back into our diet, especially since we had kids, but we’ve kept many of those clean recipes in our rotation. One of them is a good, classic and easy sweet potato chili. Below is a very easy way to prepare this dish, which has enough for two or three family dinners during the week. This takes less than 15 minutes to prep and can simmer for as little as 30 minutes and as much as 3 hours.

Ingredients:

  • 1 tablespoon avocado oil
  • 1 large yellow onion, diced
  • 2 lbs grass fed ground beef
  • 3 tablespoons chili powder
  • 2 tablespoons cocoa powder
  • 2 tablespoons cumin
  • 2 teaspoons (more or less to taste) sea salt. I start with one teaspoon and work up after that.
  • 1 teaspoon white pepper
  • 1 teaspoon garlic powder
  • cracked pepper, to taste
  • 2 large cans Italian Style tomatoes, either whole or diced (with the juice)
  • 1 small can of green chilis, diced (heat level is up to you, I use hot!)
  • 1 bag of cubed sweet potatoes (16 oz). You can dice your own, but this makes it so easy.
  • 1/2 cup brown sugar, but only if you don’t care if it’s paleo! If you are a paleo person this can be omitted.
  • Cilantro, for garnish
  • Chopped red or green onion, for garnish

Heat the oil in a large pan or dutch oven. Add the onion and saute until soft, about two to three minutes. Add the beef and chop it down to small chunks. Add the spices, and stir for three to four minutes, chopping the meat to small chunks all the while. Add the tomatoes, green chilis and sweet potatoes and let simmer about ten minutes on medium. Taste and correct for salt and pepper. If you don’t care if it’s paleo, you can add about a half a cup of brown sugar at this point for extra richness. Cover the pot and simmer on low for at least 30 minutes and up to three hours. Serve in bowls and garnish with chopped cilantro and onions of your choice. I also like to add a little bit of goat cheese cheddar.

This chili topped with crispy roasted Brussels sprouts

“Breakfast for dinner” gluten-free egg casserole with lamb

This dish is something that has evolved in my house over the years. It’s our “kitchen sink” dish — the dish you make when you need to use up some potatoes or the last couple of eggs, or if there is leftover taco meat in the fridge. A friend of ours used to make a Puerto Rican dish called Piñon, and this iteration is about 10 recipes removed from that one — though it still tastes similar. This version has a bit of Moroccan flavor thanks to the ras el hanout spice mix I found on a Whole Foods trip this weekend, and a bit of luxurious holiday flavor since I used ground lamb and sweet potatoes. This dish is gluten free, and could be converted easily to paleo if you omit the cheese.

Not the most photogenic dish, but delicious.

Recipe:

  • Three to four large sweet potatoes, peeled and sliced into the thinnest rounds you can make
  • One onion, finely diced
  • Three large cloves of garlic, finely diced
  • One pound of ground lamb
  • One 12 oz can of diced or stewed tomatoes
  • One 7 oz can of peeled and diced green chilis
  • One tablespoon ras el hanout
  • 1 tsp pimenton
  • 1/4 tsp white pepper
  • 1 tsp garlic powder
  • One 8 oz package of shredded goats milk cheddar (sub regular white cheddar if you can’t find it, but the mild goats milk flavor really does make a difference)
  • One 5 oz package of goat cheese crumbles
  • 6 eggs lightly whisked with a pinch of sea salt

Prep a 13×9 inch Pyrex baking dish with some cooking spray. Place one layer of the peeled and sliced sweet potatoes on the bottom of the dish.

Sauté the onion and garlic together in a skillet. Add the lamb and break up into small pieces. This tool is amazing for that. Just before the meat is completely cooked, after about five minutes of sautéing, add the spices. Add the tomatoes, and turn down to a simmer. Taste it and add spices if necessary. Allow to simmer on low for up to 20 minutes.

Once it’s cooked, add about half of the meat mixture in a layer on top of the first layer of potatoes. Then add a handful of the goats milk cheddar, spread evenly. Add another layer of the sweet potatoes, another layer of the meat mixture (this will be all of it), another layer of cheese. Then finally, the last layer of sweet potatoes on top. Take the bowl of salted, whisked eggs and pour over the casserole. Add the remaining cheese and the crumbles on top.

Bake in an oven preheated to 400 degrees for about 30 minutes, until the cheese is slightly browned. When you remove it, all of the egg will be cooked but it will need to sit and rest for at least 5 to ten minutes before serving.

Enjoy! I served this with some Brussels sprouts cooked with bacon, and it paired well.