Homemade Organic Fresh Take Cottage Pie

Here’s What You’ll Need:

Here’s How I do it:

To Make the Mashed Potatoes:

  1. Rinse the potatoes thoroughly under cold running water; Chop the potatoes into cubes of the same size.
  2. In a stock pot, bring 4 quarts of unchlorinated and unfluoridated water to a boil; Add the cubed potatoes and cook for 20 minutes, or until fork tender then strain the potatoes reserving the cooking water.
  3. Place the cooked potatoes, butter, 1 cup reserved potato cooking water, and the cheese blend from the Homemade Organic Copycat Kraft Fresh Take Rosemary and Garlic recipe into a medium mixing bowl; Mash until well combined and smooth, adding additional potato water if necessary.

To Make the Beef Stew:

  1. Preheat the oven to 375° Fahrenheit.
  2. Meanwhile, start defrosting the meat mix:  Pour 1/4 cup water into a deep saucepan with lid; Add the frozen meat mix, carrots and onions.  Simmer for 15 minutes over medium heat, covered.  Uncover; break up the frozen chunks into smaller pieces.  Add the garlic (if using); Cover and simmer for an additional 5 minutes.
  3. Add the flour, salt, parsley, rosemary, thyme, ground peppercorns and sage to the beef mixture and stir until well combined.
  4. Add the peas, green beans, beef stock and vegetable stock, stir until thoroughly combined; Bring to a boil, then reduce to a simmer and cook until thickened and bubbly.

To assemble the casserole:

  1. Place the beef stew mixture in the bottom of an 8″ x 8″ casserole dish.
  2. Carefully top the stew mixture with the potato mixture.
  3. Sprinkle the breadcrumb and seasoning blend from the Homemade Organic Copycat Fresh Take Rosemary and Garlic recipe on top of the casserole.
  4. Bake at 375° Fahrenheit for 35 minutes, or until the casserole is bubbly around the edges and the breadcrumbs are a light golden brown.
  5. Enjoy!

 

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Homemade Organic Copycat Kraft Fresh Take Rosemary and Garlic

Here’s What You’ll Need:

For the Seasoned Breadcrumbs:

For the Cheese Blend:

  • 3 Tbsp. plus 1 tsp. strained and finely shredded organic mozzarella
  • 3 Tbsp. plus 1 tsp. grated organic Parmigiano Reggiano
  • 3 Tbsp. plus 1 tsp. finely shredded organic provolone
  • 3 Tbsp. plus 1 tsp. grated organic Pecorino Romano
  • 2 Tbsp. organic unbleached white flour

Here’s How I do it:

  1. Combine in a spice grinder the salt, crushed rosemary, granulated roasted garlic, granulated garlic, brown sugar, and sugar; Grind into a fine powder and combine with the paprika and turmeric until well blended.
  2. Combine breadcrumbs, olive oil, whey, and seasoning powder in a small stainless steel bowl; Set aside.
  3. Combine all cheeses in another small stainless steel bowl along with the flour until the cheeses are coated well with the flour; Set aside.
  4. This recipe yields 1-1/2 cups.
  5. Enjoy!

Homemade Organic Baked Chicken Nuggets with Herbs and Parmigiano

The seasoning blend is from Rachael Ray and it’s delicious; I adapted her recipe to make it organic and baked instead of pan-fried.

Here’s What You’ll Need:

For the breading:

  • 2 cups Homemade Organic Herbed Breadcrumbs
  • 1 cup freshly-grated organic Parmegiano Reggiano cheese
  • 1 Tbsp. organic dried thyme; OR 6 sprigs or stems fresh organic thyme leaves, stripped and chopped, 2 to 3 tablespoons
  • 1 Tbsp. organic dried rosemary; OR 6 sprigs fresh organic rosemary leaves, finely chopped, 3 tablespoons
  • 2 Tbsp. organic dried parsley flakes; OR 2 handfuls chopped organic flat-leaf parsley leaves
  • 1 tsp. organic granulated garlic; OR 4 organic garlic cloves, finely chopped
  • 1 teaspoon organic crushed red pepper flakes

For the nuggets:

  • 3 cups unchlorinated and unfluoridated water
  • 2 Tbsp. Real Salt
  • 6 organic pastured chicken breasts, skinned and boned
  • breading mix (see above)
  • 1 cup [1 stick] organic pasture butter
  • 1/2 cup organic schmaltz (or additional organic pasture butter)
  • Real Salt, to season chicken
  • freshly ground organic peppercorn blend, to season chicken
  • 1 cup organic unbleached white flour

Here’s How I do it:

  1. Preheat the oven to 450° Fahrenheit.
  2. Cut the chicken breasts into 1″ squares and place into a medium stainless-steel bowl with the water and 2 Tbsp. Real Salt; Allow to soak in the brine for 30 minutes to an hour, then pat dry before setting aside.
  3. Warm the butter in a small saucepan over medium heat; keep it on low to stay liquefied.
  4. Season chicken tenders with pepper; Wash hands thoroughly in warm-hot water.
  5. Place flour in a shallow dish.
  6. Keep the melted butter in the saucepan and use it as your second dish.
  7. In a third dish, combine the breading ingredients.
  8. Coat chicken in flour, then in the melted butter, then in the breading mixture.
  9. Place the nuggets onto a cookie sheet;  Wash hands thoroughly in warm-hot water.
  10. Bake the nuggets for 5-6 minutes; Flip the nuggets and bake for 5-6 more minutes, or until golden brown on each side.
  11. Wrap 20-25 nuggets in unbleached parchment paper, then once again in aluminum foil.  Write the date you made them on the foil in permanent marker and freeze for up to 3 months.
  12. Enjoy!

Homemade Organic Spicy Breakfast Sausage

I have adapted Alton Brown’s recipe to be organic and have the option use ground pork from the store or dried herbs.

Here’s What You’ll Need:

  • 2-1/2 lbs. pastured organic pork butt, diced into 1/2″ pieces (If you don’t have a meat grinder, use 3 lbs. pastured organic ground pork instead of the butt and fat.)
  • 1/2 lb. pastured organic pork fat, diced into 1/2″ pieces
  • 2 tsp. Real Salt
  • 1-1/2 tsp. freshly ground organic peppercorn blend
  • 2 tsp. finely chopped fresh organic sage leaves; OR 2/3 tsp. organic rubbed sage
  • 2 tsp. finely chopped fresh organic thyme leaves; OR 2/3 tsp. organic dried thyme
  • 1/2 tsp. finely chopped fresh organic rosemary leaves; OR 1/8 tsp. crushed dry organic rosemary
  • 1 Tbsp. organic light brown sugar
  • 1/2 tsp. freshly grated organic nutmeg
  • 1/2 tsp. organic cayenne pepper
  • 1/2 tsp. organic red pepper flakes

Here’s How I do it:

Using a Meat Grinder:

  1. Combine the diced pork with all other ingredients and chill for 1 hour.
  2. Using the fine blade of a grinder, grind the pork.
  3. Form into 1-inch rounds with your hands.
  4. Refrigerate and use within 1 week or freeze for up to 3 months.
  5. For immediate use, saute patties over medium-low heat in a non-stick pan. Saute until brown and cooked through, approximately 10 to 15 minutes.

Using Ground Pork:

  1. Combine the ground pork with all other ingredients and chill for 1 hour.
  2. Form into 1-inch rounds with your hands.
  3. Refrigerate and use within 1 week or freeze for up to 3 months.
  4. For immediate use, saute patties over medium-low heat in a non-stick pan. Saute until brown and cooked through, approximately 10 to 15 minutes.

How to Freeze Sausage Patties:

  1. Roll the raw sausage into a log that is 1-1/2 ” in diameter. (Alternatively, you can roll the sausage into 1-inch rounds with your hands and freeze them individually before proceeding to the next step.)
  2. Wrap the sausage in parchment paper; Wrap again in aluminum foil.
  3. Write the date  on the foil that you made the sausage.
  4. Unwrap the packaging and slice while frozen.
  5. Cook the frozen sausage patties

Homemade Organic Hamburger Helper Ultimate Fiesta Nacho

Here’s What You’ll Need:

Here’s How I do it:

  1. If using Homemade Organic Freezer Beef Mix:  Pour 1/2 cup unchlorinated and unfluoridated water into a deep saucepan with lid; Add the frozen beef mix, tomatoes, bell pepper, and onions.  Simmer for 15 minutes over medium heat, covered.  Uncover; break up the frozen chunks into smaller pieces and add the garlic.  Cover and simmer for an additional 5 minutes.  Proceed with step 4.
  2. Brown the beef in a saucepan until halfway done.
  3. Add the tomatoes, bell peppers and onions; Saute with the ground beef for 5 minutes; Add the jalapenos and garlic then saute until the beef is brown and the onions are clear.
  4. Pour in the beef stock, vegetable stock, whey, heavy cream and milk.
  5. Add the fusilli pasta, stir well
  6. Stir in the salt, chili pepper powder, parsley or cilantro flakes. paprika, turmeric and rosemary until well blended.
  7. Slowly bring the mixture to a boil then simmer, covered, until the noodles are al-dente, approximately 18-22 minutes.
  8. Stir in the cheddar, ricotta and Pecorino Romano and Parmigiano Reggiano cheeses and allow them to melt into the dish.
  9. Garnish with sprigs of organic fresh parsley, if desired.
  10. Enjoy!

 

Homemade Organic Hamburger Helper Ultimate Cheeseburger Macaroni

Here’s What You’ll Need:

Here’s How I do it:

  1. If using Homemade Organic Freezer Beef Mix or Homemade Organic Freezer Ground Pork Mix:  Pour 1/2 cup water into a deep saucepan with lid; Add the frozen meat mix and onions.  Simmer for 15 minutes over medium heat, covered.  Uncover, then add the tomatoes, mushrooms (if using), and garlic; Break up the frozen chunks into smaller pieces. Cover and simmer for an additional 5 minutes.  Proceed with step 4.
  2. Brown the meat in a saucepan until halfway done.
  3. Add the tomatoes, onions, mushrooms (if using) and garlic, then saute with the ground meat for 6 to 7 minutes until the onions are clear.
  4. Pour in the beef stock, vegetable stock, heavy cream, whey and milk.
  5. Add the macaroni or cavatelli, stir well.
  6. Stir in the salt, pepper, turmeric, cayenne (if using) and rosemary.
  7. Slowly bring the mixture to a boil then simmer, covered, until the noodles are al-dente, approximately 16-22 minutes; Stir occasionally.
  8. Stir in the  cheddar, ricotta and blue (if using) cheeses, allowing them to melt into the dish.
  9. Enjoy!

Homemade Organic Hamburger Helper Bold Firehouse Chili Macaroni

Here’s What You’ll Need:

Here’s How I do it:

  1. If using Homemade Organic Freezer Beef Mix:  Pour 1/4 cup water into a deep saucepan with lid; Add the frozen beef mix, and onions.  Simmer for 15 minutes over medium heat, covered.  Uncover; break up the frozen chunks into smaller pieces.  Add the garlic; Cover and simmer for an additional 5 minutes.  Proceed with step 4.
  2. Brown the beef in a saucepan until halfway done.
  3. Add the onions, tomatoes and garlic and saute with the ground beef for 6 to 7 minutes until the beef is brown and the onions are clear.
  4. Add the beef and veggie stock, stir well.
  5. Add the macaroni/cavatelli, and Homemade Organic Tex-Mex Beans, if using; Stir well.
  6. Add the chili pepper powder, chipotle pepper, paprika and salt; Stir well.
  7. Slowly bring the mixture to a boil then simmer uncovered until the pasta is al-dente, approximately 16-22 minutes.
  8. Top with the sour cream, shredded cheddar cheese, jalapenos, serranos, fresh organic cilantro, and/or green onions, if desired.
  9. Enjoy!