When in doubt, serve it on a stick! That’s a classic mom-trick for getting your kids to try new real food recipes that normally look pretty similar to other meals they’ve had before. This
If you’ve given up some of your favorite restaurants because the chemical-laden food “hangover” just isn’t worth it anymore, I get it. I’ve been there, and though I definitely felt better, I also missed the smorgasbord of tantalizing flavors I once loved.
They say that books can take you places you never dreamed of – and that’s true – but they can also transform the place you already are. Nom Nom Paleo: Food for Humans is doing just that for me. It’s making my kitchen my happy place all over again.
Michelle has graciously given me a recipe to share with you guys today – amazing smashed steak skewers in a cherry barbecue sauce. But first I want to tell you why the Nom Nom Paleo cookbook made my top picks.
5 Reasons I ♥ this paleo cookbook
1. There are cartoons.
CARTOONS, y’all. I used to love Sunday morning funnies, and this book just brings it all back.
2. Last night I made Michelle’s Crab + Avocado Temaki (aka California Hand Rolls) for dinner.
They were quick, easy and delicious – how had I never thought of that before?!?! I guess I thought some recipes were for 5 star chefs only, but Michelle makes things super easy for plain Jane cooks like me.
3. Though they’re off the beaten path, these recipes are things my kids will actually want to eat.
And should they need a little persuasion from time-to-time, there are lots of photos of Michelle’s boys chowing down with big, bright eyes and radiant faces.
4. There are tons of gorgeous photos + lots of visual step-by-step instructions
. . . For those of us who grasp things better when we see them.
5. It can double as a defense weapon against rapid ducks.
Hopefully Daddypotamus and I are the only ones who will ever find the need to use a book in such a way, but either way, this thing is MADE TO LAST. Sturdy stitch binding, thick, glossy paper, and a nice, super thick cover. Everything about it exudes quality.
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Smashed Teriyaki Steak Skewers Recipe
- meat pounder or small cast iron skillet
For Cherry Barbecue Sauce
- 2 tsp ghee (or fat of choice)
- ½ cup shallots (minced)
- 1 clove garlic
- 1 piece fresh ginger (peeled and finely grated - about 1 tbsp)
- 1 tbsp tomato paste
- Kosher salt
- ¼ cup coconut aminos
- ¼ cup balsamic vinegar
- ¼ cup apple juice
- 10 oz dark sweet cherries (fresh or frozen, pitted, and roughly chopped)
- ground black pepper (to taste)
Cherry Barbecue Sauce:
- Melt the ghee over medium heat in a small saucepan.
- Add the shallots and a pinch of salt and sauté until translucent, about 5 minutes.
- Stir in the garlic, ginger, and tomato paste, and sauté for 30 seconds until fragrant.
- Add the coconut aminos, vinegar, apple juice, and cherries, and bring the ingredients to a boil.
- Lower the heat and simmer for 10 minutes or until the cherry mixture is thickened. While the sauce is simmering, stir occasionally and smush the cherries against the side of the pot.
- Season the sauce with salt and pepper to taste. Transfer the sauce to a bowl and set aside.
Smashed Steak Skewers:
- Cut the steak in half lengthwise (along the grain). Then, slice the steak in half across the grain, then in fourths, and finally in eighths. You should end up with sixteen rectangular pieces of meat. Carefully stab each chunk of meat through the center with a skewer.
- Now comes the fun part: grab a hefty meat pounder or small cast-iron skillet, and smash each steak skewer until it’s about ½ inch thick. Season the beef with salt and pepper, and brush both sides with melted ghee.
- Fire up your backyard grill, and cook over high heat for 1-2 minutes on each side.
- Rest the meat skewers for 5-10 minutes before brushing on the cherry barbecue sauce.
- A garnish of fresh scallions is optional, but it can instantly transform this rugged plate of skewers into a more refined dish.
- Serve immediately.
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