Weekly Recipe Round-Up: Holy Crap, My Oven Works?

It appears this was the week I decided to use my oven again.

My oven is used so infrequently that I’ve considered simply getting rid of it, in favor of more storage and counter space.

There was an episode of Sex and the City where Samantha told everyone she used her oven for storing sweaters. I thought that was brilliant. The only thing holding me back from actually doing that myself is the knowledge that every rare once in a while I do actually use my oven, and, knowing me, I would turn it on to preheat, forgetting my sweaters were inside, and cause a royal mess.

That said, I’m fairly sure I used my oven once just before Thanksgiving, and not at all since then. My slow cooker, stovetop, and instant pot get used to death. The oven? Doesn’t happen.

Thus, it amused me to no end that I used my oven not once, but twice this week, and of course, it wound up being during a period of the hottest temps we’ve seen yet this year. Don’t ask me why I do these things to myself. I don’t have an answer.

Keto Low Carb Paleo Blueberry Muffins Recipe with Almond Flour

These came about because a generous neighbor has four blueberry bushes, all of which are going insane this year. He told me to pick as many as I wanted, which I did, but there’s really only so many plain, unadorned blueberries I could eat before thinking wistfully of baked goods.

Photo credit: Wholesome Yum

Is there anything better than a delicious bakery-style blueberry muffin? I created these low carb paleo blueberry muffins with almond flour as a tribute to the ones I used to love. And, dare I say it, they are pretty much just as good.

Wholesome Yum, Keto Low Carb Paleo Blueberry Muffins Recipe with Almond Flour

Dare I say it, these actually are just as good? They are moist, delicious, and, the best part, ridiculously easy to make. I actually already had all the ingredients in my cabinets and was able to go from “I think I feel like making blueberry muffins” to shoving one in my face in a little over half an hour.

My word, they’re delicious.

I might try the Wholesome Yum Blueberry Scone recipe tomorrow. I’m excited!

Beef Taco Casserole (Paleo/Whole 30)

This is one of those recipes that I saved a long time ago but somehow never was quite in the mood for whenever I was searching my collection for something to make. This week, though, I had made the 30 Minute Paleo Pumpkin Chili with turkey instead of beef and really missed the heft of beef in the recipe. And when I started craving beef, this Beef Taco Casserole was the first recipe that came to mind.

Photo Credit: Eat the Gains

All of your taco favorites combined into one healthy and comforting beef taco casserole! Great for a satisfying meal, meal prep, and paleo and Whole30 approved!

Eat the Gains, Beef Taco Casserole (Paleo/Whole 30)

WOW. What took me so long?

Granted, this experiment was probably helped along by the fact that I used bacon salsa (I found it at Safeway). The salsa is really the predominant flavor in this recipe, so I highly recommend using your favorite one.

I mean, putting a twist on recipes is kind of my thing. The bacon salsa was the least of it, though.

I substituted 3 jalapenos for some of the bell pepper. I weighed everything out so the total amount was what the recipe called for, but man, I love jalapenos so much the thought of missing this opportunity to use them hurt my soul.

Also, I used a whole packet of taco seasoning rather than the small amount of a homemade spice blend recommended. That part is mostly because I was lazy, though, and I happened to have taco seasoning in the cabinet.

Follow up: Egg Roll in a Bowl Deviation

I’ve mentioned my love of Egg Roll in a Bowl before. This week when the craving struck and I realized I actually had coleslaw mix in my fridge, I also noticed I had a ton of mushrooms and remembered I had put some of my shredded chicken in the freezer.

If you haven’t tried Egg Roll in a Bowl with a ton of chopped sauteed mushrooms before, I am here to inform you that you’re missing out. Also, leftover shredded chicken is a lovely protein in the recipe in place of the ground pork. I wasn’t sure how it would work, but it was just fine. (I tried using ground beef once and hated it, in case you were curious.)

That’s all for this week. What have you been cooking? Anything you think I should try?

Ah, I almost forgot to mention something important! I love the Mom Van Confessions blog for the hilarious stories and the writer’s terrific attitude while facing what often seems like a hug big wild world of chaos. I highly recommend checking it out, in particular for the recipes in this post.

And with that, I’m signing off. Have a terrific Saturday!

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