My Favorite Kitchen Tools

One thing that struck me as I started to cook more was the necessity of good quality tools in the kitchen. While there are certainly many fun “gadgets,”  depending on the space you have, I would focus on quality over quantity.  Find items that can serve many purposes rather than items that are only good for one use.  Here are some products that I can’t live without:

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Whole Pork Loin

During a recent trip to Costco, I came upon the deal of the century on whole pork loin.  I Their pork loin is usually a great deal ($1.99/lb), but on this particular day, they had an additional $8 instant rebate!  Therefore, this nearly 8 lb pork loin was just under $8. I usually just buy pork tenderloin at Trader Joes, but at this price, I figured I would give this cut a try.  I did a little research and realized I could butcher the piece of meat pretty easily to make a few meals.  I found inspiration for this here.


I decided to make two roasts and eight boneless pork chops out of the whole loin.

 

So far, I used the first roast to make the Carnitas from Against All Grain’s Celebrations Cookbook and they. were. delicious.  I highly recommend the recipe, but most importantly, I recommend giving the Costco pork loin a try.  If you have suggestions for the other roast or the pork chop, let me know 🙂

 

Paleo Meatloaf

Yesterday was the first snowfall in Milwaukee and the first snowfall for little miss Charlotte.  It is hard to believe that we made it to December 4th before seeing snow!  (I’m not complaining on the delay!)  The cold, blustery weather called for comfort food for dinner. We love meatloaf in this house.  Growing up, we always had the Lipton Onion Soup Mix meatloaf recipe.  It always yielded a delicious meatloaf!  However, through the years, I had to modify it to be gluten free and now paleo.  The new version is still delicious and is clean.. a win win!  I paired the meatloaf with the Roasted Garlic Mashed cauliflower from Against All Grain’s Celebrations Cookbook.  We made this for Thanksgiving and it was such a delicious hit that I have been waiting for the opportunity to make it again.  I hope you enjoy it as much as we do!


Paleo Meatloaf

Ingredients:

  • 2.5 lbs ground turkey
  • 3/4 cup almond meal
  • 2 eggs
  • 1/3 cup paleo friendly ketchup or tomato sauce
  • 2/3 cup water (use a little less water if you opt for tomato sauce over ketchup)
  • 1/2 yellow onion, minced
  • 1 Tbsp minced garlic
  • 1/2 tsp ground pepper

Instructions:

Preheat oven to 350 degrees.  Combine all ingredients in large bowl.  Form mixture into a large rectangular loaf in a 9 x 13 baking dish.  Bake for 60-70 minutes, or until golden brown.  Let set for 5 minutes after removing from oven and enjoy!

 

 

Avocado Turkey Burgers

These turkey burgers are easy to make, moist (which isn’t always the case when using ground turkey) and simply delicious.  They are also one of those recipes that you will usually have all the ingredients on hand (if you’re like us and always have 100 avocados!)  Thanks to the almond meal, they are also paleo 🙂

We served them this time with sesame oil roasted broccoli and a delightful Tomato Watermelon Basil salad from Danielle Walker’s new book Celebration’s Cookbook (It launches on September 27th, pre-order it today!) You can read my review on her new book here.

Ingredients:

  •  1.25 lb ground turkey
  • 1 to 1.5 avocado, cubed
  • 1 Tbsp garlic, minced
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • 1/2 tsp pepper
  • 2 Tbsp almond meal

Instructions:

Pre-heat grill to medium heat. Mix together all ingredients, making sure the avocado is evenly distributed throughout the mix.  Form into four patties.  Grill until turkey reaches 165 degrees (usually 8 minutes each side for us, but will depend on your grill!)

{As you can see, we make these A LOT}