Chorizo!

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Mama’s Breakfast!

I could never continue my life without the occasional chorizo breakfast burrito. Fortunately, I don’t have to! With a whole food natural diet, you do not have to give up any food that you love. You’ll just change up how you make it a little bit.

Chorizo usually contains sodium nitrate, which is an icky thing we should not put in our bodies. I do not know why it’s typically added, nor do I really care. Because I can make my own in just a couple quick, easy steps and skip it.

For this chorizo, I’ve used ground goat meat. Ground goat meat is awesome in recipes calling for ground beef or pork. It has more protein and iron than beef or pork, yet is more lean than chicken (even when compared to chicken without the skin) all while maintaining the flavor and texture you want from red meat.

I purchase goat meat directly from a farm via a farm co-op. Farm shares and co-ops are all over. Get on Google and find one in your area. When you buy direct from a farm, you are supporting small, local farms, which are better for our economy and environment. You are also eating products that taste better and that are better for optimal health.

Most small, local farms raise animals on a pasture, which is far more ethical than raising animals in tiny cages or in large warehouse-type buildings. More than likely, animals will be grass fed, which is a far more natural diet than grain fed, leading to more nutritious and tastier meat and dairy products. They will be free of antibiotics, added hormones, and other weird things we shouldn’t be putting in our food. Give it a try. You’ll discover what food is supposed to taste like!

I was recently asked by a friend, “Doesn’t that cost more?” Well, yes, it does. In the short term, anyway. But, considering it reduces your risk of disease, increases your energy, and supports sustainable, ethical farming, I’m not sure it costs more in the long run. There is more to the decision of what to buy than which item has the lowest price tag. Those super low price tags usually come at a very high cost.

The typical American diet includes far too many animal products than is healthy. When we eat a more appropriate amount of animal products, we can afford to pay more for these products simply because we are purchasing less of them.

You can use ground beef or pork in this

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Yummy and nourishing!

recipe if you prefer. Just know that this obviously changes the nutritional information, so be sure to adjust for that if you are keeping track.

Also note that I recommend tortillas made by a company called Food for Life. Their products are all natural, multi-grain, whole grain, delicious and filling. I warm the tortilla on an open flame just prior to serving, and they are just divine. Food for Life products are found in the frozen section of various grocers.

And, by the way, buy your seasonings and spices in their whole form when possible and grind them just before use. The taste is incomparably better, and they will also retain more of their unique health benefits. I just throw mine into a coffee grinder. The amounts listed are for whole spices except the paprika and cayenne pepper. Bear in mind, seasonings and spices are suggested amounts only. Learn to tailor recipes to your tastes. If you like your chorizo on the hot and spicy side, increase the cumin and cayenne pepper in this recipe. One of the joys of cooking yourself is making food that is perfect for you!

Ingredients:

  • 1 lb ground goat meat
  • Garlic (as little or as much as you want!)
  • 1 Tbsp cumin
  • 1 tsp coriander
  • 5 cloves
  • 2 bay leaves
  • 1 inch cinnamon stick
  • 1/2 tsp oregano
  • 1/2 tsp thyme
  • 1 tsp sea salt
  • 5 peppercorns
  • 2 Tbsp paprika
  • 1/2 tsp cayenne pepper
  • 3 Tbsp apple cider vinegar
  • 10 eggs
  • 2 cups black beans (purchased dry and prepped according to package directions…make a lot at once and freeze them in 1-2 cup portions for future use)

Directions: Place all the ingredients from the cumin to the cayenne pepper into a coffee grinder and finely grind. Some people prefer to use a mortar for this, but I’m too much a fan of a convenience. The coffee grinder suits me fine.

12271417_10153168653772414_1497638051_oIn a medium sized bowl, place the goat meat, garlic, apple cider vinegar and spices from the coffee grinder. Mix together very well with your hands, squeezing and working the spices into the meat. It is very important you mix these ingredients in this manner rather than stirring with a spoon. You can use gloves if you want to avoid getting spices on your hands. I don’t and wash my hands immediately afterward and have never had an issue.

Cover and refrigerate for 8 hours or overnight. You want these flavors to meld together, and that requires time.

12250478_10153168653722414_1945091403_oOnce the meat and spices have sat for at least 8 hours, whisk the eggs and set aside. Heat a large skillet over medium-low heat. Add the meat and continue to cook over medium-low heat, stirring frequently, for 5 minutes. Add the eggs and beans and continue to cook, stirring frequently for another 5 minutes.

Serve with freshly warmed tortillas and the toppings of your choice. I usually like mine with just a little cheese.

A half cup of this breakfast chorizo mixture contains 143 calories, 15g protein, 6.5 carbohydrates, 2g fiber, 6g fat, 40mg calcium, and 2mg iron.

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Bradley’s Breakfast!

Bradley’s breakfast consisted of 1/4 cup of the breakfast chorizo mixture and a Food for Life tortilla pictured above for 151 calories, 10g protein, 17 carbohydrates, 3g fiber, 4g fat, 40mg calcium, and 2mg iron plus some fruit and goat milk for blending and added nutrients. Mmmmmm!!!

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