Grass-fed Burgers

Whenever I pick my kids up from the babysitter’s place, I always ask them: “What do you want to eat for dinner?”  I usually get the same answers: “Chicken and rice!  Top Ramen with egg!” or the super gross: “MCDONALD’S!!”  I always tell them no, and I offer up alternatives.  I remind them that I will never take them to McDonald’s because that’s not REAL food.  They are saddened by this, but then perk up when I tell that that they’re going to help me make dinner.  They are always so very willing to help out in the kitchen and I love that.

So last night I sugested burgers for dinner and to my surprise they said yes.  My kids don’t normally like hamburgers.  They are more hot dog eaters and they very rarely eat sandwiches.  My girl would prefer to eat the meat separate from the bread, and my boy would rather eat the bread than the meat.  They’re weird, but whatever.

We stopped at Lucky’s for ingredients and to my happy surprise there was uncured bacon and grass-fed ground beef there.  YES!  They of course had organic vegetables so I put that in the basket as well.  15 minutes later and we were out of there.

Since my kids aren’t really on the Paleo Lifestyle like I am, I allowed them to have buns to hold their burger.  But not just any old boring buns!!  NOPE!!  I had made my own Garlic and Parsley Butter a couple of days ago and I spread it on some french bread slices and toasted it up.  Oh we fancy!!  😛

Here’s what you’re going to need for…




1 lb of grass-fed ground beef

3 strips of uncured bacon (diced)

3-4 cloves of garlic (minced)

1 egg

Montreal Seasoning and Onion Powder (I kind of eyeballed it.  A tablespoon total perhaps?)


1.  Put all of your ingredients in a bowl.


2.  Get your 6 year old boy to wash his hands and squish away!!

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He thought that it was the grossest thing ever, but the smile on his face shows me that he thought it was fun.

3.  If you have a grill then fire it up!  If you’re like me and don’t have one, then get a pan and put it on the stove on medium high heat.  Add about 2-3 tablespoons of butter and let it melt.

4.  So the size of the patty depends on you.  Want a 1/2 pound of burger then divide the meat into two.  Want a 1/4 pounder?  or…


HA!!  Well…  you get the picture.  Up to you!!

5.  When the pan/grill is hot, add the meat.  Let cook for 3-5 minutes on each side (or longer depending on how well you want it cooked.  I like mine rare.)


6.  You can use the time that the patties are cooking to prep your fixins.  I had an avocado, a tomato, and iceburg lettuce.


Now THAT’S a delicious burger if I ever saw one!!  I pretty much inhaled it.  It was juicy, flavorful, and of course Paleo friendly.  🙂

My kids enjoyed theirs as well.

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So again, it is entirely up to you what kind of fixins you want to add to your burger:   grilled onions or bell peppers, portobello mushroom, cheese (raw and unpasteurized if you’re Paleo), MORE BACON!  Up to you!  Make it your own.  I recommend serving this up with a side of sweet potato fries.  ENJOY!


Plantain Chips

I was at Trader Joe’s yesterday after the gym, which probably wasn’t a good idea because I was super hungry.  Everything at the store looked delicious and it all needed to make its way into my belly.  At the register there was a bag of plantain chips, but it was fried in sunflower oil and that’s not Paleo friendly.  PaleoJoe said that if I wanted plantain chips he would buy them fresh and make them at home.  SOLD!!  There weren’t any plantains at Trader Joe’s so we made a stop at Sprouts and picked some up.


Before I go any further…  what’s a plantain?  It’s a big starchy banana.  There’s a Filipino dessert called Turon where you roll it in sugar, wrap it in lumpia wrapper and deep fry it.  SO GOOD and SO BAD for you.  Not very Paleo friendly.  The plantain doesn’t taste very good raw.  I know, I’ve tried it.  It’s actually kinda gross.  So if you plan on trying a plantain, cook it first.

You might find a few of them at your local grocer next to the regular bananas, and you’ll notice that they are thicker than a regular banana.  The peel is also thicker and depending on how ripe it is, you may have some trouble trying to take it off.  I like to cut off the end, slice down the center and peel it that way.  Store them just like you would a regular banana.  You can get more info on plantains HERE or HERE.




Plantains (3-4 ripe plantains.)

Coconut oil (Enough to cover the whole frying pan.  If you have enough to submerge the fruit then cooking time will be a whole lot shorter)



1.  Preheat your frying pan and coconut oil.  Medium to medium high heat.

2.  Peel your fruit


3.  Slice your fruit as evenly as possible.



4.  Once your pan has pre-heated, put your chips in.


5.  Let it cook for a couple of minutes.  5-7 perhaps.  Just keep an eye on it.  When they are a nice brown on the side then flip.


6.  When they are cooked, put them in a colander with paper towel to soak up an excess oil.


7.  From here you can let them cool and eat them as is, or if you want you can add salt or sugar/brown sugar with cinnamon.  Entirely up to you!  Just put a little at a time, taste, and add more to your liking.


8.  Transfer to a serving dish/bowl and ENJOY!!

I am not sure how long these will keep for as we made them last night.  I would imagine a couple of days in an air tight container.  I would also like to note that the taste and texture is way better when they’re fresh.  Not to say that they weren’t amazing the next day, but still.  It’s tastier and crispier when it’s eaten the same day.  ENJOY!!