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10 Steps for Cooking the Perfect Steak

Posted by joe rigs on Wednesday, October 15, 2014, In : Recipes 

1. Remove steak from fridge and uncover about 15 - 20 minutes before cooking. You want your steak to be dry. This is vital. Pat with paper towel if necessary.

2. Preheat cast iron skillet on high/medium-high heat. Cast iron. Do not use some weird plastic coated not stick pan. Make sure pan is very hot before you put your steak in unless you like your steak gray. Trust me, you don’t want gray steak. You want a beautifully caramelized, crusty and richly browned surface.

3. Right before (and I...

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Red Wine Steak Stir Fry

Posted by joe rigs on Friday, March 14, 2014, In : Recipes 
So, I was in the mood for some steak stir fry the other night but wasn't in the mood for that typical soy sauce flavor. I decided to grab the bottle of organic red I had sitting on the counter to see what I could come up with. The result was this simple, super flavorful, savory and slightly sweet creation.


1 lb steak (I used grass-fed sirloin).
1 red pepper, sliced
1 orange pepper, sliced
2 cups broccoli florettes
half medium red onion, diced
about 3/4 cup red wine
2 Tbsp gluten-free soy sauc...
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The Best Mayo Recipe Ever!

Posted by joe rigs on Wednesday, February 26, 2014, In : Recipes 
Yes, mayo is back!

If you’ve recently (or not so recently) adopted a paleo-type of diet or are just eating healthier by removing foods like soy, processed sugar and vegetable oils, then you likely have given up mayonnaise. Oh the humanity! Chicken and tuna salads have never been the same.

I freaking love me some mayonnaise. I’ve tried just using salt and olive oil. It doesn’t work. I’ve also tried a few different “paleo” mayo recipes and they all seem to miss the mark.

Well, on a ...

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Zucchini and Sausage Pie

Posted by joe rigs on Monday, February 17, 2014, In : Recipes 
So, for some reason we ended up with an extra dozen eggs from the farm a couple of weeks ago. The good news for you is that I had to get creative and came up with this amazing recipe. This Zucchini and Sausage Pie is perfect for any meal or a quick gran and go snack. It's supper easy to make too. Enjoy!

• 2 cups sliced zucchini
• 1/2 cup coconut flour
• 1/4 tapioca flour
• 7 eggs
• 1/2 cup coconut milk
• 1 cup sliced sausage of choice
• 1/4 cup diced onion
• 1/2 tsp baking soda
• 1 t...

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Paleo Chicken Jalapeño Soup

Posted by joe rigs on Sunday, January 26, 2014, In : Recipes 
Thanks to everyone who voted for the next featured soup recipe! Your winner is below and it’s from Stacy at Paleo Gone Sassy. First, let’s meet Stacy. She’s has had remarkable success by going paleo. Check out her story!

Q. What's the name of your blog/website?

A. I blog under or on Facebook at

Q. What made you start this journey?

A. I started this journey through a detox with the direction from my trainer. I loved the way I felt on the...

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Easy Butternut Squash Soup [guest post]

Posted by joe rignola on Wednesday, January 22, 2014, In : Recipes 
Special thanks for Carolyn of Real Food Carolyn for the awesome recipe and guest post.

Before we get to the recipe, let's get to know her a little in a new feature on my blog I'm calling "5 Questions With..." (I know, super creative name right?)

Q: What's the name of your blog/website?

My blog is called Real Food Carolyn and you can also find me on Facebook at

Q:What made you start this journey?

My daughter's diagnosis of Celiac in 2008 and the...

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Clam Chowder [gluten and dairy free]

Posted by joe rigs on Wednesday, December 18, 2013, In : Recipes 

2 cans (6.5 ounces each) chopped clams in clam juice
1 cup chicken broth
1 1/2 cups coconut milk
1 onion, diced
2 medium white potatoes, cubed
3 tbsp butter
1/4 cup tapioca starch
1 tsp sea salt
2 cloves minced garlic
1/2 tsp paprika
1/2 tsp white pepper
1 tbsp chopped parsley

Melt butter in medium sauce pan and caramelize onions on medium heat. Add broth and stir to deglaze pan if needed.

Whisk in tapioca starch until well blended.

Add clams with clam juice and coconut milk.

Add potatoes and spiced.


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Coconut Chicken with Sweet Ginger Sauce

Posted by joe rigs on Sunday, October 20, 2013, In : Recipes 
This was one of those make-it-up-as-I-go recipes. Sometimes they turn out great, sometimes... not so much.

This one was definitely a great one!

Problem is, I forgot to write it all down (which I tend to do quite often).

I think I remember everything I threw in there thought. Give it a shot and let me know how it goes.

1.5 - 2 lbs chicken thighs
1 cup coconut flakes
1/2 cup coconut flour
1 tsp smoked paprika
2 tsp sea salt, divided
1/2 tsp white pepper
1 tsp parsley flakes
2 eggs
3 tbsp cocon...

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Chicken Apple Bacon Hash

Posted by joe rigs on Thursday, October 10, 2013, In : Recipes 


3-4 Free-range chicken thighs (or chicken breasts, whatever floats your boat)

1 Large organic apple

4 Slices pasture raised bacon

Salt and Pepper


This is about as easy as it gets. If you have some chicken leftover from last night’s dinner, it’s even easier.

Start by cutting up your bacon into about 1 inch pieces. Then chop up the chicken. Finally, dice up your apple.

Throw your bacon in a heated pan and when you start getting a little bacon grease, you can add the chicken. Let th...
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Chicken-Basil Mini Burgers with Plantain Fritters

Posted by joe rigs on Wednesday, June 19, 2013, In : Recipes 

Just came up with these little beauties and, for the love of all things pasture raised, they are amazing. 

Thought I'd share. The best part, other than the sensational flavor, is that from conception to eating was only about 25 minutes!

1 lbs. pastured ground chicken
about 1 cup fresh chopped basil
1/2 finely chopped onion
salt and pepper to taste

Heat coconut oil in a large pan over medium heat. 
Mix ingredients in a medium bowl and form into small burgers. 
Fry until nicely browned on b...
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Butternut Sqaush-Parsnip Soup [with bacon]

Posted by joe rigs on Wednesday, December 19, 2012, In : Recipes 
• 1 medium butternut squash, peeled and diced
• 4-5 medium parsnips, cleaned and diced
• 1 medium onion, roughly chopped
• 1/2 pound of bacon, cooked and diced into “bacon bits”
• Water and/or bone broth, enough to just cover squash and parsnips in large pot (about 4-5 cups)
• 3 cloves garlic
• 2 apples, diced
• 2 tsp. ginger
• 1 tsp. cardamom
• 1 tsp. paprika
• 1/2 tsp. cayenne pepper (optional and to taste)
• 1/2 cup coconut milk
• 3 tbsp. butter

In large pot, sauté onion ...
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Mason Cakes

Posted by joe rigs on Sunday, December 9, 2012, In : Recipes 
    So my son, Mason, absolutely loves to eat mashed sweet potatoes and liver. Can't get enough of them. In fact, liver was one of his first foods.

      Kids will naturally gravitate toward more nutrient dense foods when they start out this way. However, even older kids can be converted with some tough love, the right foods and about 24 hours of dealing of them complaining. I've seen plenty of families make it happen and it's worth the effort. They will thank you for it later. They will not ...
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Maple Cinnamon Crunch

Posted by joe rigs on Monday, November 26, 2012, In : Recipes 
I don't know about you but we've got leftovers for days in our house. I'm really getting creative with things like turkey and brussels sprouts. On top of that we inevitably forget to put something out for our guests to enjoy. Does anyone else do that? All your guests leave, you're packing away the food and cleaning up the mess, you open up the fridge or pantry and boom! You forgot to serve the apple cider or the veggies and dip of the macaroni and cheese (just kidding, we didn't have mac and ...

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Coconut Blueberry Crumb Muffins (grain free)

Posted by joe rigs on Friday, November 23, 2012, In : Recipes 

1 cup almond flour
1/4 cup coconut flour
2 eggs
1/3 cup shredded coconut
1 tsp. vanilla extract
1/2 cup Non-GMO brown sugar (or raw sugar or sweetener of choice)
1 cup blueberries
1/2 cup water
1/2 cup coconut milk
1/4 tsp baking soda

*Crumb Topping*
3 tbps. almond four
2 tbsp. shredded coconut
1 tbsp butter
1 tsp Non-GMO brown sugar
pinch of salt

Preheat oven to 350.

In a large bowl mix dry ingredients together well to remove clumps. Add eggs, vanilla, water, coconut milk and blueberries. Mix batter until...
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Salmon with Pineapple Salsa

Posted by joe rignola on Wednesday, November 21, 2012, In : Recipes 

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