Perfect Basil Pesto (THM S)

Wondering what to do with that beautiful, blooming (overflowing?) basil? Pesto is one of my favorite ways to preserve fresh basil. It uses a TON of fresh basil at once, and pesto can be used in a myriad of ways.

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Red, Wine, & Bleu Burgers (THM S)

Burgers are a staple in my household. Husband loves them. Kids love them. I love them! Plus, they are ridiculously easy to make.

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This whole recipe (burgers plus a sauce topper) is less than 10 ingredients. Unbelievable, I know, but this recipe packs in the flavor with just a few ingredients.

I seasoned up 2lbs of ground beef sirloin with sliced scallions, salt-free all purpose seasoning, Worcestershire sauce, and dry sherry.

It probably sounds weird to “season” burgers with wine before cooking, but trust me the flavor is *amazing*. The sherry adds a beautiful depth of flavor while keeping the burgers nice and moist. I cooked my burgers to a strong medium (warm, pink center) and there was no trace of raw alcohol.

Mix the burgers with your hands until just combined, score with the side of your hand into sections (for even patties – I got about 7 big burgers out of this), and form into patties.

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My best burger tip is to always make these slight dents in the center of your patties prior to cooking. The centers rise as they cook, so instead of them rising and you ending up with cylindrical burgers they rise to the height of the outsides, making it flat.

Before tossing your burgers onto the grill or sauté pan, season each one with a little extra salt and pepper on the outsides. This helps to ensure they’re seasoned well.

I cooked these burgers in a cast iron skillet for about 4-5 minutes on each side, turning only once.

While the burgers are cooking, make the bleu cheese sauce.

Place the sour cream into a small bowl with the bleu cheese crumbles, a few dashes of hot sauce, salt and pepper, and a touch of half and half or heavy cream to slightly thin the sour cream.

When the burgers are done, top each one with a generous helping of bleu cheese sauce. I served my burger alongside some fresh celery sticks and Trader Joe’s parsnip chips (which are seriously amazing, by the way. 1g of net carbs per serving and they’re a real chip!).

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You can serve the burgers atop lettuce (red or green leaf would be a great choice), or stuff it into half a Joseph’s pita. Either way, it’s delicious!

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The burger itself really is incredible – the sherry keeps it moist while adding a slight red wine flavor and the dry seasoning adds a punch of different herbal notes (citrus, parsley, rosemary, etc.) with a little hint of onion from the scallions.

The bleu cheese sauce makes it rich and a little tangy from the cheese. [Really, I think beef and bleu cheese were put on this Earth to be best buds because they certainly rock together.]

These burgers would be perfect for a holiday party! With a burger this good, your guests will be knocking down your door for the recipe.

 

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Red, Wine, & Bleu Burgers (THM S)

  • Servings: 4-6
  • Time: 15 minutes
  • Difficulty: Easy
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Credit: Erin Murray, My Fling with Food

Ingredients

    For the burgers:
  • 2lbs ground sirloin
  • 3 scallions, thinly sliced
  • 1 1/2 Tbsp salt-free all purpose seasoning
  • 2 tsp Worcestershire sauce
  • 1/2 c dry sherry, or other dry red wine
  • salt and pepper
  • For the bleu cheese sauce:
  • 1/4 c sour cream
  • 1/4 c bleu chesse crumbles
  • 4-6 dashes hot sauce
  • salt and pepper
  • half and half or heavy cream to thin slightly (about 1-2 Tbsp)

Directions

  1. Preheat a large skillet or grill over medium-high heat.
  2. Combine all ingredients for the burgers in a large bowl, and use your hands to incorporate everything together gently. Score the meat with the side of your hand into even secitons, then form patties. Make a slight dent in the center of your burgers for even cooking, then season the outsides with salt and pepper before cooking.
  3. Cook for about 4-5 minutes on each side, turning only once.
  4. While the burgers cook, prepare the bleu cheese sauce.
  5. Combine all ingredients for the bleu cheese sauce in a small bowl and set in the fridge until serving time.
  6. When the burgers are finished, top each one with a couple generous tablespoons of bleu cheese sauce. Enjoy as a lettuce burger, or stuff it into a Joseph's pita.

Creamy Cauli Grits (THM S)

Let me tell you about one of my new favorite sides – cauliflower grits!

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Cauliflower is a super food that can take on many roles – mashed cauliflower, roasted cauliflower, cauliflower steaks, and dairy free Alfredo sauce, just to name a few.

I’ve tried these grits a few times, but this recipe really hit it out of the park. They were creamy, flavorful, and a perfect breakfast or dinner pairing. This recipe actually went with my Southern-Style Shrimp and Grits, but I also ate the leftovers as a lovely breakfast side a few days later.

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The best part is that these come together in under 10 minutes, and all you need is a microwave and a food processor.

Start by roughly chopping a small head of raw cauliflower. Toss it all into your food processor, and pulse until it’s finely minced. [Do not rinse out the raw cauli bits after pulsing. It helps add texture to your grits, so leave ’em.

Place the minced cauliflower into a microwave-safe bowl and cover with heat-safe plastic wrap. No water, nothing added to the cauliflower – just cover it. Throw it into the microwave on high for 6-7 minutes. My microwave is aging, so it generally takes longer whereas newer microwaves will take less time to cook the cauliflower. It won’t be completely soft – it will still have an al dente “bite” to it, but that’s what you want!

Carefully peel back the plastic, then place the (hot!) cauliflower back into your food processor (with the raw bits), add the butter, nutritional yeast, cream cheese, cheddar cheese, a few shakes of hot sauce, and the cream/half and half. Pulse a few more times until the grits are creamy and all the ingredients are incorporated. Season liberally with salt and pepper, and serve right away.

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You won’t believe how easy it is to make these cauli grits. It’s one of those low-maintenance sides you can throw together in minutes while your main dish simmers.

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And can we talk about TASTY?! The texture alone was just dreamy. You hear cauli grits and think, “OK, just more cauliflower mush.” NOPE. They have texture and depth of flavor – you get a little heat from the hot pepper sauce and creaminess from the butter, cream cheese, and sharp cheddar – it’s the perfect balance.

Try these with your low carb breakfast or for dinner (Shrimp and Grits, HAY). They’re perfect any time!

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Creamy Cauli Grits (THM S)

  • Servings: 4-6
  • Time: 10 minutes
  • Difficulty: Easy
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Credit: Erin Murray, My Fling with Food

Ingredients

  • 1 small head of cauliflower, roughly chopped
  • 1/3 c grated sharp cheddar cheese (bagged or fresh grated is fine)
  • 3 Tbsp nutritional yeast
  • 2oz cream cheese
  • 3 Tbsp unsalted butter
  • 2-3 Tbsp heavy cream or half and half
  • 8-10 dashes hot sauce
  • salt and pepper

Directions

  1. Add the raw cauliflower to a food processor and pulse until finely minced.
  2. Place into a microwave-safe bowl, cover with plastic wrap, and microwave on high for 7-8 minutes. (Newer microwaves start on the lower time. Don’t rinse the raw bits of cauliflower out of your food processor.)
  3. Carefully remove the plastic and place the hot cauliflower back into the food processor.
  4. Add the remaining ingredients and pulse to combine. Taste for seasoning, and adjust as needed. Serve immediately.

Crockpot Mexican Shredded Beef (THM S)

If you can believe it, this was my first time EVER making a beef roast. Trust me when I say this shredded beef is easy, flavorful, and versatile!

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I love using my Crock Pot for various reasons, but overall it makes dinner insanely easy and it cooks without heating up the kitchen. Between preschool drop off, working, and getting my daughter to and from karate (right before dinner, no less) dropping something in the crock pot is definitely the easiest part of my day. The best part is coming home to a fully cooked dinner!

Let’s get to the nitty gritty of the recipe – start with a 2.5 – 3lb boneless beef roast.

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Next, throw the dry spices together in a small bowl: chili powder, cumin, ground coriander, smoked paprika, cayenne, oregano, salt and pepper. Stir them up, activating the spices by rubbing them gently between your fingers.

Season the whole roast on both sides, massaging the spices into the meat.

Into the bottom of your crock pot, stir together the broth (any variety is fine), lime juice, tomato paste, onion, garlic, jalapeño, and Fresno chili. Fresno chilis look like red jalapeños and are similarly flavored. You could also use another jalapeño, Serrano pepper, Anaheim pepper, or a different pepper of similar heat level.

For the peppers, you can remove the ribs and seeds or leave them. I seeded half of my peppers, and the beef remained moderately spicy. I sliced everything straight across, because the crock will cook everything down to falling apart texture and tiny cuts aren’t needed.

Lay the seasoned beef roast on top of the veggies, place the lid, and set it on low.

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Let it go low and slow for 8-10 hours until it’s falling apart.

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After it’s done cooking, shred the roast between two forks. I say shred, but really that roast cooks up so tender that you could touch it with a fork and it just falls apart. Serve it right up, any way you like it. I put it over a big bowl of greens with some salsa, avocado, and fresh cilantro with a low carb tortilla on the side. My family enjoyed the beef as tacos with sliced avocados.

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The beef is incredibly soft and tender. You get a hint of lime juice and a little smoky, spicy kick from the spices and peppers. All in all, it’s the perfect, casual way to enjoy a roast.

The leftovers could be used for salads or burritos later in the week. You could even throw them into a breakfast hash, because WHY NOT.

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Crock Pot Mexican Shredded Beef (THM S)

  • Servings: 4-6
  • Time: Prep, 5 minutes; Cook, 8-10 hours
  • Difficulty: Easy
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Credit: Erin Murray, My Fling with Food

Ingredients

  • 2-3lb boneless beef roast
  • 1 medium red onion, sliced
  • 1 jalapeño pepper, (seeded or not) sliced
  • 1 Fresno pepper, (seeded or not) sliced
  • 2 garlic cloves, minced
  • 1/4 c broth (any variety, I used chicken)
  • juice of 2 limes
  • 3 Tbsp tomato paste
  • 1 1/2 Tbsp chili powder
  • 2 tsp ground cumin
  • 1 tsp ground coriander
  • 2 tsp smoked paprika
  • 1/8 tsp ground cayenne
  • 1/2 tsp dried oregano
  • salt and pepper
  • Toppings of choice: avocado, salsa, sour cream, fresh cilantro, cheese, etc.

Directions

  1. Combine the dry spice mixture in a small bowl, grinding it lightly between your fingers to activate the spices.
  2. Season the beef with the entire spice mixture, massaging it all over the meat.
  3. In the bottom of your crock pot, combine the tomato paste, broth, lime juice, onions, peppers, and garlic.
  4. Lay the beef roast on top of the veggie mixture, cover, and set on low for 8-10 hours.
  5. After 8-10 hours, shred the meat between two forks and serve immediately.

5-Minute Hot Fudge Sauce (THM S)

You will not believe that you’re only 5 minutes and 6 ingredients away from rich, decadent hot fudge.

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I haven’t had hot fudge in years, and I either forgot how good it was or homemade just blows everything else out of the water.

I decided to try an easy method using ingredients I already had on hand: cocoa powder, butter, cream, and sweetener. I simply combined the cocoa powder and sweetener with heavy cream in a small skillet, whisking until the cream became hot (but not bubbling). I then whisked in a stick of cubed salted butter (normally I do unsalted for baking, but this was all I had and it worked perfectly), vanilla extract, and caramel extract. Keep whisking until the sweetener dissolves, and the mixture is nice and smooth.

You may be thinking that the caramel extract is weird, but trust me when I say it makes the sauce. I had the sauce made without it, and thought, “It’s missing something. More cocoa powder? Vanilla?” Kept thinking, and eventually came to caramel extract. It’s a small amount, so it doesn’t taste of caramel, it just adds a nice background flavor and depth.

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Don’t skimp on the cocoa powder here, make sure you use something good [because, hello, this is a chocolate recipe]. The brands I’ve tried and really enjoyed are Guittard, Ghiradelli, and Pernigotti.

To store the hot fudge, just cool it and store in a pint mason jar, or any container with a lid. It will harden in the fridge, but that’s to be expected. I played around with reheating it, and the best method I found was to reheat a few tablespoons in a small sauce pan on the stove. You can try it in the microwave, however in my testing it didn’t reheat well in the microwave (my best guess is that it scorches the chocolate, causing the mixture to separate).

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This sauce is glorious – it’s thick, rich, gooey, chocolaty. Frankly, it tastes like a liquid brownie and it’s the most fantastic thing in the world. Put it on ice cream, a spoon…cardboard, and it will taste amazing.

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Try it over my Fat Bomb Vanilla Bean Ice Cream for an easy, extra special treat!

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5-Minute Hot Fudge Sauce (THM S)

  • Servings: Multiple; Makes about 1 pint
  • Time: 5 minutes
  • Difficulty: Easy
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Credit: Erin Murray, My Fling with Food

Ingredients


Directions

  1. Whisk the cocoa, sweetener, and cream in a small sauce pot over medium-low heat until the cream is hot, but not bubbling.
  2. Whisk in the cubed butter and extracts.
  3. Continue whisking over low heat until the sweetener is fully dissolved.
  4. Cool slightly and store in the fridge. Reheat single servings on the stove as needed.

Vanilla Bean Fat Bomb Ice Cream (THM S)

Call me crazy, but vanilla bean is probably the best flavor of ice cream there is. Yep, I said it! It’s the backbone of many tasty desserts: ice cream cake, shakes, floats, sundaes, and it’s the essential topper for warm baked goods.

This no-cook ice cream is the quickest, easiest ice cream you’ll ever make!

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This ice cream base is my absolute favorite [mostly because I can make it in my blender without the whole headache of making and cooling a custard], and it’s unbelievably creamy.

The base consists of good-for-you-fats like MCT oil, coconut oil, eggs, and raw cacao butter. I also use heavy cream in the base, but you could make it dairy free by using unsweetened vanilla almond milk or canned full fat coconut milk (if you opt for coconut milk, skip the step of adding ice cubes and just add it straight to your ice cream machine.)

Simply whip together all the ingredients except for the ice cubes in a high-speed blender until creamy and slightly thickened. Begin adding the ice cubes one at a time, blending well for about 10 seconds between.

Transfer the mixture into your pre-chilled ice cream machine and churn for approximately 15 minutes, or until it reaches soft serve consistency.

Place the ice cream into a long, shallow freezer-proof dish, cover, and freeze for at least 1 hour before serving.

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Perfectly soft and creamy ice cream with gorgeous flecks of vanilla bean throughout. [Can you tell that I’m a lover of ice cream?]

This base is my favorite because it doesn’t become a rock in the freezer – it’s like grocery store ice cream texture, scoopable straight out of the freezer.

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If you’re feeling like some extra decadence, go ahead and top that beautiful ice cream with some of my easy 5-Minute Hot Fudge [spoiler alert – it tastes like a liquid brownie. SO. GOOD.].

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Vanilla Bean Fat Bomb Ice Cream (THM S)

  • Servings: Multiple
  • Time: 30 minutes, plus freezing time
  • Difficulty: Easy
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Credit: Erin Murray, My Fling with Food

Ingredients


Directions

  1. Combine all ingredients, except for the ice cubes, into a high-powered blender and whip until creamy and slightly thickened.
  2. Begin adding the ice cubes, one at a time, blending well for about 10 seconds between.
  3. When the mixture is thick and slightly chilled, transfer it to your pre-frozen ice cream machine and churn according to manufacturer’s directions.
  4. Transfer to a shallow, freezer-safe dish and freeze for at least one hour before serving.
  5. *NOTE: If you’re using coconut milk for the dairy free version, SKIP the ice cube step and transfer the base straight to your ice cream machine.