Sweet Potato/Chorizo Stew

Our 3rd meal in the eMeals Paleo Plan. This one wasn’t as good as the 1st or 2nd. For starters, the recipe said to thinly slice the Chorizo but the stuff that I bought had to be removed from the casing and all fell apart once it started cooking. Also, it was a little thin to be a stew. More like one of Rachael Ray’s “stewp’s.” And it was a little spicy for Mike. Also, to once again make the meal into a kind-of Paleo one, I added crushed tortilla chips to the top to give it a little crunch. I also served it with french bread instead of almond crackers like the recipe suggested. As far as the leftovers go, I mashed the sweet potatoes into the meat which thickened it up. I think I’ll melt some cheese on top and use it for a dip!

sweet potato chorizo stew

Real Chili

The chili I made tonight was, thankfully, NOTHING like the “chili”  they serve at Real Chili in Milwaukee. Nothing against that fine establishment. In fact, I’d like to congratulate any of my Milwaukee friends who have eaten there and lived to tell about it! By itself it was pretty good: ground turkey, kidney beans, tomatoes, tomato paste, onions and all the usual chili spices. But the toppings were what made it delicious: green onion, cilantro, black olives, cheddar cheese and sour cream. Yummm!

Chili Recipe from Midwest Living magazine

Lowfat Shellfish Gumbo

I’ve made this dish twice. Both times for Mike’s birthday dinner. It’s taken me at least 3 hours start to finish each time, so it’s definitely a labor of love. It’s so delicious, though, it’s completely worth it. Click here for the full recipe. Below are some step-by-step pictures I took:

Bake 1 1/3 c. flour for 1 hour 15 minutes at 350. If you've ever done this before, you know it doesn't smell that good.

This is what the flour looks like when it's done. Nice and golden!

Meanwhile, simmer 5 1/2 c chicken broth with shells from 1 1/2 lb peeled shrimp for 15 min then strain and keep broth warm.

Saute onion, celery, green pepper & garlic in some olive oil for a few minutes.Add sliced smoked sausage (saute 5 min), 2 T tomato paste and strained broth.

Whisk 1 1/2 c chicken broth into browned flower. Add to pot with veggies, sausage and broth. Simmer 1 hour.

This is what it will look like so far. Congratulate yourself by having a beer.

Add remaining 1 3/4 c chicken broth, okra and spices; simmer 5 minutes.

Add shrimp & crabmeat to gumbo. Simmer 10 minutes. Serve over hot rice.