Beef, Food, Lunch, News, Recipes, Vegetables

Kitchen Equipment and Today's Lunch

So, my site feels a bit foreign to me, and I feel as if I am intruding into someone else’s space!  With the original format suddenly gone, I feel as if I have lost an old friend. Please, a moment of silence for the old Everyday Paleo…. With that being said, do not get used to how things look now, we are searching for a better look for my site and hopefully we’ll have a more user friendly version up and running ASAP! I must give a huge shout out to my friend Dain S. who is the ONLY reason I ever figured out how to blog in the first place – he’s working his tail off trying to resolve our technical difficulties.  Thanks Dain!!

Now, back to the fun!  I often mention kitchen essentials that make paleo cooking a heck of a lot easier; such as a food processor, pressure cooker, and the oh so important slow cooker.  Check out this fun site for even more fun kitchen equipment!  My favorite suggestion is the fire extinguisher.  Now that’s some serious cooking!!

I would like to share with you today’s super easy lunch which includes my new favorite way to enjoy winter squash.

Today's Lunch
Today’s Lunch

Today’s Lunch

Just some good ol’ grass fed beef

2 lbs grass fed ground beef

1/2 red onion, diced

5 cups fresh spinach leaves, chopped

1 tablespoon coconut oil

1/2 tablespoon garlic powder

splash of balsamic vinegar

Sea salt and black pepper to taste

Saute the onions in the coconut oil until translucent.  Add the ground beef and brown. Add the spices and the spinach and cook for another 5 minutes or until the spinach is cooked down and tender.

Roasted Winter Squash

1 butternut squash

2 tablespoons coconut oil

Preheat oven to 400. Remove the skin from the squash with a potato peeler.  Cut the squash in half lengthwise and remove the seeds.  Slice the squash into very thin slices.  Toss with the coconut oil and spread evenly on a baking sheet.  Roast for 25 minutes. Check our Rowan in the pics below trying the squash raw!  He liked it much better when it was out of the oven…

Roasted Romanesco

I received a beautiful romanesco in my CSA share this week and I roasted it exactly like the squash, first cutting it into florets and then baking for 25 minutes.  I cannot even describe the incredible taste of this veggie, a mild mix of broccoli and cauliflower.  Jaden called it, “The Best Thing Ever!!” I have never seen romanesco in the grocery stores but roasting broccoli or cauliflower is just as tasty!


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Sarah Fragoso

Sarah Fragoso is an international best selling author of 6 books, co-owner of the Chico, CA based gym JS Strength and Conditioning, and founder of the Everyday Paleo franchise. Sarah is the co-host of the popular Sarah and Dr. Brooke Show podcast and she also conducts workshops and retreats on the subjects of nutrition, lifestyle and fitness.

Her message is from the heart and she carries a genuine desire to help other families looking for guidance. These attributes have contributed to her successes and provide the drive to keep the discoveries coming.

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  1. The roasted winter squash was awesome!

  2. Hi Sara,
    I visit your blog several times a week for meal ideas. My tween/teen kids have been gluten free for many years, but I asked them to do a “20 Day Paleo Challenge” between Halloween candy and Thanksgiving traveling. Wow! Within days my daughter reported she no longer has stomach aches. I didn’t know she was even having them. I think they were such a part of her life that when they were gone she realized a difference. Her eczema is improving and she reported the other day that her teeth don’t get yellow in between brushings with this diet. Awesome. Last night I made the pecan chicken, veggies and pumpkin pie. Everyone loved it. This is what I love about your blog. You give awesome recipes that work for real families. Plus, you expose us to a variety of veggies. We had never eaten parsnips until I made a recipe here. Loved them!

    Anyhow, I have one request. I know many of your recipes are for dinner and some for lunch. Is there anyway you can identify them in as “lunch” or “dinner”. I think the lunch recipes tend to be smaller in servings. I wish I could figure it out myself. The dinner meals are perfect size for two adults, one 12 year old girl and a 14 year old boy. That is the other thing I have loved about your blog. You make real serving sizes.

    Thanks so much for all you do. By the way, I like the photo of you in the “about”. I am working out a lot recently and seeing how your body has transformed is truly motivating. Maybe more photos in the future?


  3. cathy L (San Jose) says:

    You’re right – you never see Romanesco in the stores – they remind me of fairytale castles in a child’s picture book. I just bought my first lot of grassfed beef from the Miller family ranch. Your recipe will be perfect for it.

  4. Hi Cathy!
    Thank you so much for your feedback! I’ll let Dain know that having the option to categorize the meals into lunch/dinner options again would be optimal because usually I do make a little less for lunch since my two oldest are in school. Sometimes I make just as much so we can have leftovers so I’ll try to be more specific!! : ) So cool to hear about your daughter’s experiences after eating strict paleo. For kids her age, they really notice the differences themselves and often, like us, do not want to go back because they like feeling so good! We have been thinking about getting more pictures up too so that’s also on the list. Thanks again for your continued support!!!

  5. Deanna says:

    Hi Sara – you are such a joy to read – love your written voice! One of my favorite kitchen gadgets also is a Spirooli Vegetable Spiralizer & Slicer. I bought it when my sister went “raw” and was teaching me about raw foods but now with Paleo I use it at least once a week to do up some zuchini and make raw zuchini noodles like spaghetti or sautee them. Lots of hearty recipes that would be great over noodles but a little intense over nothing are super over spiralized zuchini. This little gadget was totally worth the investment!!!

  6. My mom used to make a similar beef recipe, but she would add eggs into the beef/spinach at the end. It came out like Original Joes and was very delicious!

    Sorry I originally commented on the wrong post. lol The new format threw me off!

  7. Any chance of reinstating the fulltext RSS feed?

    For me, I read a lot fewer articles if I don’t get the whole feed. I don’t bother to click through to the site unless an article looks really interesting.

    Just my 2 pence.

  8. -Fulltext RSS Feed reinstated.
    -Post Categories reinstated on homepage navigation.

  9. sarena says:

    Thanks. I like baked winter squash peel too, especially from kabocha!

  10. Hi Sarena,
    I have never tried roasting the peel, I’ll try that next time!! It’s not too tough to eat??

  11. I LOVED THE WINTER SQUASH!! I love your blog I would be stuck eating the same thing everyday if it weren’t for you. I spotted Almond cheese at my local health food store looks paleo friendly enough and does not taste bad I am thinking of throwing it on top of a paleo pizza and seeing how that turns out. Have you seen or tired this cheese before?

    1. Hi Becky,
      I have not yet tried it myself but I know a few people who have and have liked it. If you try it, let m know what you think. : )

  12. Sarah, I threw that Almond cheese on a mushroom sandwich today and it was amazing. the texture is just like cheese and it melted on top of my hot turkey bacon. I have yet to make the paleo pizza but I will keep you updated

  13. Jennifer says:


    What a great site! I “found” it through Robb Wolf’s book and I’m glad he mentioned it. It’s a FANTASTIC resource for simple meals.

    I’m transitioning from a generally low-carb diet to Paleo and I’m looking forward to seeing the results. I’m also moving our family into a more Paleo direction, hoping to rid my son of his eczema and my daughter of her dental problems.

    Keep up the good work. I look forward to buying a book of your recipes!

    Jen in Washington

  14. Jennifer says:

    oops – I forgot to mention that your bnut squash “recipe” inspired me to try it for the first time. We like it… but it seems kind of soft. I don’t know what I was expecting, but did yours come out soft, too? I served it with my take on puttanesca sauce and grilled chops. Quite good!

    1. Hi Jennifer! So glad you are finding my blog helpful! With the butternut squash, it will come out a soft, it really depends on how thick you cut it. I made it again today for lunch and a few of the thinner pieces were pretty crispy on the outside but still soft on the inside. : )

  15. I made the squash and beef tonight. It was super easy and delicious! Thanks again!

  16. Niki says:

    I was really excited by the title kitchen equipment. I sell Pampered Chef, and have found that the kitchen gadgets really help expedite the cooking process. Good pots and pans are essential too! I would love to hear more of your favorite kitchen gadgets!

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