Homemade Organic Ground Pork Taco Meat

I have greatly adapted the recipe from John D Lee.

Here’s What You’ll Need:

Here’s How I do it:

  1. Pour 1/4 cup unchlorinated and unfluoridated water into a deep saucepan with lid; Add the frozen pork mix and simmer for 15 minutes over medium heat, covered.  Uncover; break up the frozen chunks into smaller pieces, add the onion and minced garlic, then cover again to simmer for an additional 5 minutes.
  2. Add the stock and jalapeno brine to the skillet and stir to mix well.
  3. Pour in the seasonings and mix until well combined.
  4. Over medium heat, uncovered, simmer until most of the liquid is evaporated and the meat mixture thickens.
  5. Enjoy!
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Homemade Organic Hamburger Helper Cheesy Enchilada

Here’s What You’ll Need:

For the Enchilada Skillet:

For the Cheese Sauce:

  • 3 Tbsp. organic unbleached white flour
  • 2 Tbsp. organic pasture butter
  • 3/4 cup grass-fed organic whole milk
  • 1/4 cup Homemade Organic Sweet Whey
  • 3/4 cup shredded organic cheddar cheese
  • 1/4 cup Homemade Organic Ricotta Cheese
  • 2 Tbsp. organic blue cheese crumbles
  • 1/2 tsp. Real Salt
  • 1/4 tsp. organic freshly ground white pepper

Here’s How I do it:

  1. Prepare the Rice:  Place the rice, home rendered tallow/organic pasture butter, 1 tsp. Real Salt,1-1/2 cups of vegetable stock and 1-1/2 cups of beef stock into a 1 quart saucepan with lid; Cover, bring to a boil then immediately reduce the heat and simmer on low for 45 minutes.
  2. If using Homemade Organic Freezer Ground Meat Mix:  Pour 1/2 cup unchlorinated and unfluoridated water into a deep saucepan with lid; Add the frozen meat mix, onions, bell pepper and tomatoes.  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 5.
  3. Brown the ground meat in a saucepan until halfway done.
  4. Add the onions, bell pepper, tomatoes and garlic and saute with the ground beef for 6 to 7 minutes until the beef is brown and the onions are clear.
  5. Add 1/2 cup beef stock, 1/2 cup vegetable stock and 2 Tbsp. tomato paste; Stir well.
  6. Add the taco seasoning, paprika, chili pepper powder, red pepper flakes (if using), turmeric and 1-1/2 tsp. salt; Stir well.
  7. Slowly bring the mixture to a boil then simmer, covered, until the brown rice is fully cooked.
  8. While the dish is simmering, make the cheese sauce:  In a chef’s saucepan, warm the 2 Tbsp. butter until bubbly; Add the flour, 1/2 tsp. salt and 1/4 tsp. pepper; Cook for 1-2 minutes over medium heat.  Pour 3/4 cup milk into the flour mixture and stir until well combined; cook over medium heat for 5-10 minutes, or until it begins to thicken.  Add the cheeses to the thickened mixture a little at a time while stirring to blend; Make sure to stir often or the sauce will try to burn. Cover and leave on lowest heat setting to keep warm until needed.  (DO NOT cook on higher than a medium temperature!)
  9. Add the cooked rice to the skillet and stir to combine.
  10. Drizzle the cheese sauce on top of the rice mixture.
  11. Top with Homemade Organic Pickled Jalapenos and/or green onions, if desired.
  12. Enjoy!

 

Homemade Organic Pasta Puttanesca

Here’s What You’ll Need:

  • 1/2 lb. dry organic spaghetti
  • 2 tsp. Real Salt (plus a pinch for the spaghetti)
  • 2 Tbsp. organic olive oil
  • 1 organic garlic clove, minced
  • 1 medium organic tomato, diced
  • 1/2 cup pureed Homemade Organic Olive Tomato Sauce
  • 1/4 cup sliced organic Kalamata olives
  • 1/4 cup sliced organic green olives stuffed with garlic
  • 1/4 cup sliced organic peperoncini (optional)
  • 4-6 wild caught anchovy filets, chopped
  • 2 tsp. organic capers
  • 1/2 tsp. freshly ground organic peppercorn blend
  • 1/2 tsp. organic red pepper flakes (optional)
  • 1/4 cup chopped organic fresh parsley; OR 2 Tbsp. organic dried parsley flakes

Here’s How I do it:

  1. In a large stock pot, bring 4 quarts of water to a boil with a pinch of salt; Add pasta and cook for 8-10 minutes, or until al dente.
  2. In a large skillet, cook the olive oil over medium heat until warm and bubbly; Add the minced garlic and saute for 30 seconds.
  3. Add the tomatoes, olives, anchovies, capers, peperoncini (if using), red pepper flakes (if using), and black pepper.
  4. Bring the mixture to a boil, reduce heat to medium low and cook, uncovered, for 5-6 minutes, or until slightly thickened, stirring occasionally.
  5. Spoon sauce over spaghetti and toss to coat; Sprinkle with parsley.
  6. Enjoy!

Homemade Organic Hamburger Helper Lasagna

Here’s What You’ll Need:

Here’s How I do it:

  1. If using Homemade Organic Freezer Meat Mix:  Pour 1/2 cup unchlorinated and unfluoridated water into a deep saucepan with lid; Add the frozen mix, and onions.  Simmer for 15 minutes over medium heat, covered.  Uncover; break up the frozen chunks into smaller pieces and add the tomatoes and garlic.  Cover and simmer for an additional 5 minutes.  Proceed with step 4.
  2. Brown the beef in a saucepan until halfway done, or warm up the Italian sausage with some water, if using.
  3. Add the tomatoes and onions, then saute with the ground beef for 5 minutes; Add the mushrooms and saute until the beef is brown and the onions are clear.
  4. Pour in the beef  or pork stock, vegetable stock, whey and milk.
  5. Add the broken lasagna noodles or farfalle pasta; Stir well.
  6. Stir in the salt, sugar, basil, paprika, oregano, turmeric and red pepper flakes (if using) until well blended.
  7. Slowly bring the mixture to a boil then simmer, covered, until the noodles are al-dente, approximately 18-22 minutes. Stir in the ricotta, cheddar (if using), and Parmigiano Reggiano cheeses and allow them to melt into the dish.
  8. Garnish with sprigs of organic fresh parsley, if desired.
  9. 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 Slow Cooker Spaghetti

Here’s What You’ll Need:

Here’s How I do it:

  1. Add the beef and sausage mixes to a deep frying pan with lid; Pour in 1/2 cup water and bring to a boil.
  2. Once boiling, reduce the heat and simmer for 15 minutes; Break up any large chunks, cover, and simmer for an additional 5 minutes.
  3. Add the meat mixes to a 5-6 quart slow cooker, along with remaining ingredients (except raw spaghetti).
  4. Heat in slow cooker on LOW for 6 to 8 hours, or on HIGH for 3-5 hours.
  5. Approximately 30-40 minutes before the end of cooking time, cook the raw spaghetti in boiling water (with a pinch of salt) until halfway cooked, approximately 8-13 minutes.
  6. Serve the sauce over the spaghetti.
  7. Enjoy!

Homemade Organic Freezer Italian Ground Sausage Mix

Use one pint of this mix instead of 1 lb. loose Italian sausage in recipes.

Here’s What You’ll Need:

  • 3 lbs. organic pastured ground pork
  • 3 organic pasture eggs
  • 1 Tbsp. organic red wine vinegar
  • 1 tsp. Real Salt
  • 1 tsp. organic freshly-ground peppercorn blend
  • 12 sprigs organic Italian flat-leaf parsley, finely minced OR 1 Tbsp. plus 1-1/2 tsp. organic dried parsley flakes
  • 1 small organic garlic bulb, peeled and minced [ approx 9-12 organic garlic cloves]
  • 3 Tbsp. minced organic fresh basil leaves OR 1 Tbsp. organic dried basil
  • 1 Tbsp. organic ground paprika
  • 2 Tbsp. organic red pepper flakes
  • 1 Tbsp. organic fennel seeds
  • 3/4 tsp. organic brown sugar
  • 3/4 tsp. organic dried oregano
  • 3/4 tsp. organic dried thyme
  • 2 cups Homemade Organic Soft Bread Crumbs
  • 1 cup chopped organic celery
  • 1 cup chopped organic yellow onion
  • 1 cup chopped organic carrot
  • 1 cup chopped organic green bell pepper

Here’s How I do it:

  1. In a large mixing bowl, beat eggs slightly.
  2. In a large stainless steel mixing bowl, combine the ground pork, red wine vinegar, eggs, ground peppercorn blend, parsley, minced garlic, paprika, brown sugar, red pepper flakes, fennel seeds, brown sugar, oregano, and thyme; DO NOT smash the meat as it will make it a weird texture, instead pull the meat apart gently and mix carefully with your fingers.
  3. Cover and refrigerate the sausage mixture for 24 hours.
  4. Gently mix in celery, onion, carrot, bell pepper and breadcrumbs into the sausage mixture.
  5. Cook half of the mixture in a large skillet or the bottom of a wide stockpot until the meat is lightly browned; Repeat with remaining half of mixture.
  6. Allow the mixture to cool; Measure into 2-cup portions (wide-mouth pint jars with tight-fitting lids) and freeze.
  7. Yields 7 pints of mix.
  8. Enjoy!