The Best Burgers You’ll Ever Have (GAPS & Paleo friendly!)

Best Burgers You'll Ever Have

Really good burgers are a must-have in life. I was a little hesitant about sharing this recipe, because maybe someday I’ll own a popular real-food burger joint. However, I think it might be a little criminal not to share!

Every single person who has been lucky enough to try this recipe has loved it, regardless of how they’ve used the patties. Some have had them on regular store-bought buns. Sometimes I make delicious sourdough buns. I usually enjoy mine as a part of the best salad ever. And we’ve varied the toppings, from simple romaine, tomatoes and additional onions to fancy schmancy with homemade guacamole, grass-fed cheddar, bacon, fermented pickles, homemade french fries on top or plantain chips on the side, etc. These burger patties are quite versatile, and did I mention how tasty they are yet? *big grin*

This recipe can be frozen before or after cooking to make life easier. It can also be cooked on the stove top. A cast iron grill pan works nicely for that, and works pretty well without additional oil. If additional oil is needed due to a lower fat beef or meat, tallow works very well.

This recipe is also very forgiving and you can adjust spices to suit your tastebuds. This is how we enjoy them most, and I do usually add a bit extra of everything other than salt since we Jamaicans LOVE LOVE LOVE lots of flavor!

SUPERFOOD TIP: Blend up a couple ounces of liver and mix in with your ground beef. It will give your burgers a more complex flavor and a considerable nutrient boost!

Best Burgers Ever GAPS Paleo Friendly

The Best Burgers You’ll Ever Have Recipe (Serves 4-6)

Ingredients
2 lbs ground beef
1.5 tsp salt (Buy Himalayan pink salt here)
1 tbsp freshly chopped parsley (or 1 tsp dried)
Leaves from 3 sprigs fresh thyme (or 1/2 tsp dried)
1 tsp dried oregano
1/2 a medium onion, minced finely
2-4 garlic cloves, minced finely
A shake or two of pepper, optional (I like white and crushed red peppers)

Directions

1. Add all ingredients to a mixing bowl and mix well. I find it easiest to just mix with my hands.

2. Form eight burger patties of equal size.

3. “Fire up the barbie”, grill to perfection and enjoy! (Hint: Click here for grill scrapers that will make clean up a breeze!)

What’s your favorite way to eat your burgers? I personally LOVE burger salad!

Creamy Arugula Pineapple Avocado Smoothie Recipe

Arugula Pineapple Avocado Smoothie

Florida summers are really hot. Some days we’re in the triple digits! It’s no wonder we like to have smoothies in my house this time of year to stay hydrated and boost our nutrition.

I like to choose ingredients that pack a great punch to put in our morning smoothies. The best way to start the day is with nutrients that satisfy our taste buds and provide energy.

Health Benefits of Arugula

Arugula is a cruciferous vegetable we should try to enjoy regularly. It’s a good source of beta carotene, vitamin C and K, calcium and it also provides some iron. It has a high water content so is great for staying hydrated in the summer months. It also has anti-inflammatory and detoxifying effects on the body, which is one of the reasons it increases energy. Recent studies have shown that the erucin found abundantly in arugula inhibits proliferation of cancer. The isothiocyanates found in arugula and other cruciferous vegetables work in a way similar to chemotherapy, and may stop the progression and/or migration of cancer without the toxicity. (Source)

Sweet, Sweet Pineapple

Pineapple is one of my favorite choices for naturally sweetening smoothies because of the digestive benefits it confers. Just one cup of pineapple provides all the vitamin C required for a day. It also provides potent antioxidants, and over 75% of the trace mineral manganese we need for healthy bones, teeth, skin, blood sugar levels and more! Studies show that those who consume at least 3 servings of fruit per day are 36% less likely to develop age-related macular degeneration, the leading cause of vision loss, than those who eat 1.5 servings or less. (Source)

Avocados & Its Healthy Fat

If there’s no fat with your vegetables, you are greatly reducing the amount of nutrients you are able to absorb (source). Choose the right type of fats to pair with your vegetables, such as avocado, coconut, olive, tallow, lard, etc. For smoothies, I like to use wholesome avocado and coconut as they impart the best flavors. The highest concentration of phytonutrients in avocados are closest to the peel. We tend to cut it in two lengthwise, then peel it with our hands. The nutrients found in avocado help with cardiovascular health, blood sugar control, insulin regulation, and fighting inflammation. Based on animal studies, it may also help prevent against arthritis! (Source)

Arugula Pineapple Avocado Smoothie

My son asks, “What did you put in it to make it sooo delicious?”

Creamy Avocado Pineapple Arugula Summer Smoothie Recipe (Serves 1-2)

Ingredients
1 Cup Frozen Pineapple
1/2 Large Avocado
2 Cups Arugula
1 Cup Liquid (We like to use water or water kefir)

Directions

1. Add ingredients to blender so heaviest ingredients are on the top. Since I use a NutriBullet, that’s frozen pineapple, avocado, arugula, then the liquid.

2. Blend, put in serving cups and enjoy!

Naturally Fermented Ajad (Thai Cucumber Relish)

I’ve been really quiet, I know. I have a good reason, well, sort of. Last year around this time, I returned to the world of working outside the home. It’s been a major adjustment. I haven’t adjusted. My heart is in the home, my heart is working on my blog. I won’t bore you to death, but, a few good things did come out of it. I went to a restaurant I would not have gone to had I not made friends who eat regular food. Not that I didn’t have friends who ate regular food before, but…well, you know. Anyway, I went to this restaurant, and I tasted the most delicious cucumbers ever. Thai cucumbers. I always thought I was not a huge fan of Thai food before I tried these.

So, I tried this cucumber dish and I thought, wow, this tastes SO delicious, I need to ferment it! So, I did just that. I have to share the recipe. It’s yummy!

Ajad - Thai Cucumber Relish

Naturally Fermented Ajad Recipe (Makes 1 Qt)

Ingredients
2 large cucumbers
4 small shallots (or 2 small onions)
1/2 of a chile pepper (use another hot pepper or garnish with red bell peppers if unavailable)
1/4 cup cilantro, chopped
1/4 cup raw honey
3.5% brine, about 8g salt per cup of water

Directions
1. Slice cucumbers thinly, then quarter and add to a mixing bowl.

2. Chop shallots, chile pepper and cilantro, then add to mixing bowl.

3. In a bowl or 2 cup measuring cup, mix 1 cup water with 8g Himalayan Pink salt, then stir in honey.

4. Add all ingredients to a 1qt jar.

5. Stir 8g salt with one cup water and add to jar. Repeat until vegetables are fully submerged.

6. Add a pinch of Caldwell’s starter if you’d like. Mix well.

7. Close jar, and allow to ferment for 12-24 hours. If your house is hotter than 76 degrees, you may want to refrigerate in the day to help retain crispness. Adding oak or grape leaves, liquid or powdered tannins are other options.

You can enjoy these as a side to almost any dish. I love them with chicken mostly. We also eat them as a snack. Yum!