Recipes

Collagen Bars
Articles on the benefits of consuming collagen have been ascendant recently, and probably for good reason. What we know of ancestral eating habits suggests that people consumed more of every animal than we typically do today. That means that in addition to lean meat people ate more of the other animal parts too - organ meat, connective tissue, cartilage, fat. Now if this doesn’t have you salivating, then maybe there’s another way for you to balance your lean meat intake and increase your sense of well being.* Enter Collagen Hydrolysate. Unlike gelatin, collagen hydrolysate (or collagen peptides as some brands label them) dissolve in water and can be heated without congealing. I order Pasture Raised ‘Great Lakes’ Collagen Hydrolysate from Thrive Market online, but you can find it on Amazon and from the company directly. It’s versatile - you can put it in nearly anything from tea to smoothies - but I prefer to use it in these delicious bars. These are what you want an energy bar from the store to taste like. They taste fresh and bright, firm but not dry, and are a real treat regardless of the fact that they contain no refined sugar. BONUS - this recipe is compatible with the Specific Carbohydrate Diet (SCD), so go share them widely...if you can. Garth and Ellis could eat an entire batch of these in three sittings. * If you’d like to know more about collagen, here’s a well written synopsis: https://www.marksdailyapple.com/collagen-benefits/
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Pork Chops with Maple-Mustard Sauce
This is a super fast preparation, but the result is a deliciously cooked pork chop with a complex, classy, pan sauce.
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Hamburger Rice
Growing up Garth and Ed's grandma would make this for lunch each Friday. It is about as simple and quick as a weeknight meal can get, but it can be modified in an endless number of ways, and even picky kids usually like it.
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The BEST Chocolate Muffins
There are many chocolate muffin recipes floating around out there that also claim to be the 'best' but I'm here to tell you that if you haven't made this one, it's time to find someone with a birthday (or even just a mouth) and set to it. This recipe will likely make you change your terminology. Not only do these muffins have a rich, chocolate intensity unparalleled by other rival recipes, they are also Paleo (wink-wink - we can both agree that our hairy ancestors were not swapping chocolate muffin recipes by the fire, right?) and gluten-free. Lard will make them rise the highest, but if you are out of our lard you can substitute high quality butter or coconut oil for the dairy-free.
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