Morning Garden Elk Frittata

Morning Garden Elk Frittata

Fresh eggs are plentiful with our hens laying every day.   Egg dishes are good any time of the day, but mornings of course are our favorites.   Throwing together veggies from the garden, fresh elk hamburger,  and eggs, makes this an easy, fast nutritious breakfast!

Seared Venison Steak

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! 

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! 

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 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.

Sthealthy Backcountry Bars

Sthealthy Backcountry Bars

For the last few years, we have been experimenting with making our own healthy snacks.  Protein bars are good for quick energy, but they can be expensive and full of binders, sweeteners, and poor quality proteins.  So we started making our own.

Bone Broth- Liquid Gold

 Ox tail bone broth with some yummy fat...recipe adapted from  Natural Solutions for Digestive Health. 

Ox tail bone broth with some yummy fat...recipe adapted from Natural Solutions for Digestive Health. 

In our household, we call bone broth "liquid gold".  It's a wonderful way to get healthy and healing compounds into the gut to help restore and heal the lining.  You can make your bone broth out of the following bone types:

  • Beef bones (or we call ox tail)  preferably from grass fed cows.
  • Wild game of any kind, if you are so lucky to get them out of the backcountry!
  • Poultry, chicken or turkey - use the neck, skin, and all bones.
  • Seafood, heads, tails, and bones of fish, fish heads.  

To make your broth, place the bones of choice in a 6-7 quart slow cooker/crock pot.  Cover completely with COLD water and then 2 tbsp of apple cider vinegar or red wine vinegar. (this helps bones release collagen- very important step!) 

For more flavor, add vegetable such as onions, carrots, celery, garlic, greens, garlic, herbs.  

Cook overnight or 8 hours, and then strain out all solids, pouring the "liquid gold" into glass jars, or ziploc containers for the freezer.  Once it is totally cool, skim off the fat and then store immediately in 2  to 4 cup portions.  

Use for all soup bases, or eat alone.  This is the best gut healing food around!