Wildcrafted Roasted Dandelion Tea

I'll admit it. I'm in love with this drink. Not only because it tastes so earthy and creamy and healthy... but because it comes straight from our yard and I worked for it.  Perhaps it's a bit like mule deer or elk hunting for Ryan.  There is satisfaction is knowing how much work, I, and the plant, put into making this amazing drink.  Don't just take my word for it,  after reading this go out and find that patch of irritating dandelions and get started, within days you could be enjoying it with me! 

Seared Venison Steak

It's true, it can be hard to cook a good peice of wild game if you don't know how. I've eaten many a tough deer roast or steak after cooking for too long without adequate marinating or liquid. This spring however, Ryan began doing all our steaks, roasts, and thicker cuts of meat with a super tasty technique that keeps the juices in the meat and with a watchful eye- and doesn't over do it! 

The searing technique is very easy but is requires that you pay attention and that you love butter! This meat makes excellent sandwiches for our daughters lunch- tender and tasty!  

Montana Venison before

Montana Venison before

Easy steps:

  1. Preheat oven to 500 degrees.
  2. Choose a fresh or unfrozen peice of venison, wash and apply to stainless steel cooking rack. This will sit on top of a glass baking dish to catch fluids while cooking.
  3. The steak can either be marinated or not- this works both ways.
  4. Apply spices of liking to entire cut of meat, and then apply slices of butter to top.
  5. Once oven is hot, add meat on rack and baking dish, and cook for 10-12 minutes. (It could be a few minutes longer with a thicker cut) 
  6. When the timer goes off, turn off oven completely, and then allow meat to cook in oven for another 20 minutes. Continue to check on it, and if you like it rare or medium rare it will take less than that. 
  7. Once done, remove, and slice while hot.

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After searing 

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Makes excellent sandwiches with sunflower sprouts!  

Refreshing Citrus Aloe Spritzer

Refreshing Citrus Aloe Spritzer

Our daughter Pailey loves making "fancy" drinks, and so we do lots of experiments. This last week it was pretty warm for the PNW, so it was perfect for making a spritzer. These drinks are wonderful with a sparkling water and can be enjoyed by everyone in the family!  We also love adding herbs we grow, and even plants like Aloe that we have growing in our kitchen. Aloe is an amazing healing food, so make sure to learn more about it here! 

Wild Roasted Sweet Potatoes with Dandelion Root and Nettles

Wild Roasted Sweet Potatoes with Dandelion Root and Nettles

OK, I know this dish sounds a little "crunchy", and I'll admit is quite earthy, but cooking with wild foods is so fun!  Besides what is amazing about Nettles and Dandelion, Sweet Potatoes are one of the best complex carbohydrate foods to bring sweetness and satisfaction in a meal.  Besides harvesting your nettles and dandelion roots, this meal is easy to throw in the oven and combine with a protein such as the Elk and Nettle Meatloaf Muffins.  

Broccoli Leek Soup

Broccoli Leek Soup

Ryan has huge leeks growing in the garden right now that inspired me to blend up this soup!  Leeks are less offensive than onions, and have a unique taste themselves, but don't always go good in a complicated blend, so I like to use them as a main ingredient especially in soups.  Broccoli accompanies leeks well, and with fresh young herbs such as basil and dill popping up in the greenhouse, making this soup was so much fun!  

Cleansing Mint Smoothie

Cleansing Mint Smoothie

Mint is one of our favorite herbs in the garden.  It's fragrance and beauty are one of the marked plants of summer.  A great way to add more mint to your life is to put it in smoothies. Peppermint is strong by itself, but when mixed with other foods, it adds a nice fresh taste!  

Elk and Nettle Meatloaf Muffins

Elk and Nettle Meatloaf Muffins

OK, I know this dish sounds a little "crunchy", and I'll admit is quite earthy, but cooking with wild foods is so fun!  Besides what is amazing about Nettles and Dandelion, Sweet Potatoes are one of the best complex carbohydrate foods to bring sweetness and satisfaction in a meal.  Besides harvesting your nettles and dandelion roots, this meal is easy to throw in the oven and combine with a protein such as the Elk and Nettle Meatloaf Muffins.  

GF Coconut Protein Pancakes

GF Coconut Protein Pancakes

We admit it...we love pancakes.  Over the years, we have come up with so many ways to make pancakes healthier that it's become a challenge to see how many nutritious foods we can get stuffed into one pancake.  We tend to do gluten free (GF) pancakes, using a little flour as possible, but this one has a special twist with added coconut flour and hemp seeds.

Poor Gal's Pasta

Poor Gal's  Pasta

 This is literally the very first dish Hillary cooked for Ryan way back in the day. It's cheap to make, quick, and packed full of garlic, which is a favorite in the Sthealthy garden and kitchen. It adds a flair of Mediterranean flavor with pepperoncini peppers, extra virgin olive oil, garlic, and parmesan.

Wild Game and Vegetable Cauliflower Crust Pizza

Wild Game and Vegetable Cauliflower Crust Pizza

As discussed in our HHH Food Friday Episode #14, we really like making pizza crust with cauliflower.  It makes the base of a wonderful pizza that we like to add wild game, veggies, and cheese too.  This recipe is 100% grain free, but is not dairy free, because we like cheese on our pizza!  Removing the heavy breaded crust allows you to enjoy this recipe without the bloat!  

Make your own Kombucha

Make your own Kombucha

Today, kombucha is frequently seen in most grocery stores throughout the country. Originally known as a "hippie" drink,  kombucha is now more accepted and is a great way to get beneficial probiotics into your diet. If you want to save money and have kombucha ready to drink whenever, you can make your own kombucha easily and affordably. Let's go over a few of the very important  ingredients and rules to brewing your own kombucha.

Wild Game Nitrate Free Summer Sausage

Wild Game Nitrate Free Summer Sausage

In the HHH Episode #11 we talk all things meat prep- getting your wild game out of the mountains, home, and then how to make things like summer sausage yourself.  This is a simple way to enjoy your deer or elk, AND knowing what exactly is going into it!  

Opposites Attract Smoothies

Opposites Attract Smoothies

In our house we absolutely love smoothies. They are a great way to get large amounts of complex carbs, fiber,  healthy fats, and protein in one meal. Our kids also love them, it's a great way to get foods into them that they might not normally like.