Paleo Slow Cooker Rabbit and Cabbage Recipe

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Paleo Slow Cooker Rabbit and Cabbage Recipe

I realize my timing, of releasing this recipe, may be a little off.  I know Lent and the Easter season is upon us.  To release a rabbit recipe may be seen as a bit odd.  I don’t personally have anything against the Easter bunny. I think bunnies are cute, furry little creatures.

But, in an attempt to get back to my roots, I just couldn’t pass up the chance to cook up this rabbit I found at my local butcher.  He was just lying there, ready to go.  If I didn’t buy him, maybe no one would.  Then, he would never be able to serve a purpose.  He would have died in vain.  So, I bought him and brought him home.

Once home, I realized I had no idea how to cook a rabbit.  I had to dive deep into my memories to remember how my Ma used to cook them.  I can’t tell you how many mornings I looked into the kitchen sink, and saw a dead, skinless rabbit, looking back at me.  Okay, I know it wasn’t actually staring at me; but, it still was a shock to my system.

I remembered, she used to cook them in a large, stainless steel pot, for hours.  Why couldn’t I use my slow cooker instead?  And, what else could I cook to go along with it?  Cabbage!

So, I created this recipe with a distant memory, and some serious experimentation.  I am happy to report, it turned out pretty, darn good, if I do say so myself.  I hope you like it.

And, for anyone upset with the fact that I’m cooking and eating a rabbit, let me just explain the Cajun way a little bit.  In the wise words of my Cajun Dad, Wayne-O, “I eat anything that doesn’t eat me first.”

Paleo Slow Cooker Rabbit and Cabbage

1 Rabbit, cut into pieces

1 Tbsp coconut oil or ghee,Nutiva Organic Extra Virgin Coconut Oil, 15-Ounce Tubs (Pack of 2)rabbit Paleo Slow Cooker Rabbit and Cabbage Recipe ir t boanmo05 20 l as2 o 1 a B001EO5Q64
Grassfed Organic Ghee 7.8 Oz – Pure Indian Foods(R) Brandrabbit Paleo Slow Cooker Rabbit and Cabbage Recipe ir t boanmo05 20 l as2 o 1 a B0032RPLSY
1 Head cabbage, sliced in rounds

1 cup Chicken Broth,Pacific Natural Foods Organic Free Range Chicken Broth, 32-Ounce Containers (Pack of 12)rabbit Paleo Slow Cooker Rabbit and Cabbage Recipe ir t boanmo05 20 l as2 o 1 a B002FYJTCE

1 Onion, sliced

1 Tbsp Dried Basil

Salt and Pepper (AIP, leave pepper out)

Heat skillet or pan with oil on stove.  Season rabbit with salt and pepper.  Once pan is hot, add rabbit pieces  and brown on all sides.  While rabbit is browning, place all other ingredients in slow cooker. Remove rabbit from pan and place in slow cooker, on top of cabbage.  Add salt and pepper to taste. Cook on low for at least 4 hours.  Check to see if done.  Meat should easily come away from the bone.  If not tender enough, cook for an additional hour.   I typically cook mine for 5 hours. Serve rabbit pieces on top of cabbage.

Typically, I serve the leg, thigh, and shoulder pieces and reserve the meat from the back for use in another dish.  It really depends on how many mouths you have to feed.

Serves 4

Cook Time: 4 to 5 hours

I served my rabbit with a small bowl of Butternut Squash Soup.  Here is the recipe.

Paleo Butternut Squash Soup

1 Butternut Squash, cut into chunks

1 Leek, cleaned and sliced

2 Cups Organic chicken broth,Pacific Natural Foods Organic Free Range Chicken Broth, 32-Ounce Containers (Pack of 12)rabbit Paleo Slow Cooker Rabbit and Cabbage Recipe ir t boanmo05 20 l as2 o 1 a B002FYJTCE

½ Cup Coconut Milk, canned,Pacific Natural Foods Organic Free Range Chicken Broth, 32-Ounce Containers (Pack of 12)rabbit Paleo Slow Cooker Rabbit and Cabbage Recipe ir t boanmo05 20 l as2 o 1 a B002FYJTCE

Coconut Water Vita Coco 100% Pure Coconut Water, 11.1-Ounce Containers (Pack of 12)rabbit Paleo Slow Cooker Rabbit and Cabbage Recipe ir t boanmo05 20 l as2 o 1 a B000LL0R8I

Cinnamon and Salt

Combine squash, leek, and broth in saucepan.  Bring to a boil. Lower heat and cook until squash is easily mashed with fork.  Remove from heat.  Add coconut milk and salt.  Use immersion blender, or puree in blender until smooth.  If mixture is too thick, thin with coconut water. When you’ve reached desired consistency, return soup to heat.  Warm to desired temperature.   Ladle into bowls and sprinkle with cinnamon.  Serve.

Serves: 4

Cook Time: 30 minutes

The Paleo Approach One Month Results

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The Paleo Approach Results

Well, I’ve been following The Paleo Approach diet for an entire month, as of today.  Over the course of this past month, I’ve definitely had my ups and downs.  And, because not all my symptoms have disappeared, I’ve decided to continue on, without adding new foods into my diet.

Now, don’t get me wrong. I do feel much better, today.  But, three days ago, I didn’t feel so hot. I awoke with joint pain in my left hip and both knees.  In fact, my joints were so swollen, they popped when I moved them. This went on for two days.  I couldn’t walk without serious discomfort.  Kneeling in church yesterday, was excruciating.  Then, out of the blue, this morning, they were fine.

There is also the matter of my rashes and hives.  My worst rash, although much better, is still not completely healed.  And, I am getting the occasional hive breakout.  Plus, my allergy response is still pretty high, with sneezing and a runny nose.

All of this tells me that I am still in the process of healing.  To add foods to my diet that could bring on a reaction,  would not be helpful to my recovery.  So, I will continue on with my elimination diet, unchanged.

I have noticed significant improvement in all of my belly issues.  I don’t get heartburn, gas, and bloating anymore.  I also haven’t had diarrhea or been constipated all month long.  And, I’ve lost another 5 pounds.  It’s an awesome feeling when your gut is cooperating! I’ve added two supplements to my regimen that I believe are really helping to heal my gut.  The first is Probiotics.  These are the ones I take, Nutrition Now Pb 8 Pro-biotic Acidophilus – 120 Capsules (120)the paleo approach The Paleo Approach One Month Results ir t boanmo05 20 l as2 o 1 a B005P0NZVG
The second is OX bile.  If you’ve had your gallbladder removed, or if yours isn’t working the way it should, you may want to consider taking this supplement.  It helps your body to produce the bile needed to digest your foods properly.  I had my gallbladder out 15 years ago.  Since then, I never knew when something I ate would send me rushing to a bathroom.  I wish someone had told me about Ox Bile back then!  With these two little pills, I’m able to digest my foods properly, without suffering.  I use these, Ox Bile 125 mg 180 Capsulesthe paleo approach The Paleo Approach One Month Results ir t boanmo05 20 l as2 o 1 a B003GHA5GS
I actually have mine on scheduled delivery from Amazon, to be sure I never miss my dose.  I started by taking one with lunch and 2 with dinner.  Now, I take 2 with lunch and 2 or 3 with dinner, depending on how much fat I’m eating with my meal.  It’s best to start your dosage low, and then, increase as you see how your body deals with it.

My skin has also improved dramatically!  I have completely eliminated my butterfly rash!  Also, I have faded my facial discolorations from vitiligo to help them blend into my skintone better.  And, the rashes on my palms and fingers, are under control and much less noticeable.  In fact, unless you know they’re there, you wouldn’t even notice them.  I know diet has helped clear my skin.  But, I also know that changing my skincare products to only include non-toxic, natural products was necessary to help me heal.  I have a few products for sale that I created to heal my skin.  I sell them through my etsy shop, if you’re interested.  I know, not everyone is big on making products themselves.  That’s why I created these, Orange I Beautiful Vitamin C Toner, Orange I Beautiful Vitamin C Anti-Aging Serum, and Heal My Skin Lavender Salt Soak.  Each batch is made to order, to ensure the freshest product for you.  I priced them with a low introductory price so everyone could afford to try them.  What good are quality products, if the people who need them most, can’t afford them?  Also, if you purchase them at the introductory price, you are grandfathered in, at that price.   That means, your price never goes up!  These products worked great for me.  That’s why I wanted to share them with you.

Other than those couple of days of joint pain, I’ve noticed an improvement in my mobility.  My hands, in particular, are not as painful as they used to be.  I used to have so much pain in them, I could barely move my fingers some days.  My reaction, during those two days of joint pain, may have been caused by a change in weather or temperature. It was much warmer, on those two days, than it’s been in quite some time.  I do have significant, diagnosed arthritis in my left knee.  It’s completely possible that I also have it in my right knee and left hip.  It could be a totally different issue than my lupus.  Because I didn’t change my diet before the joint pain increased, I’m inclined to think it had more to do with the weather than my diet.

So, after only a month following The Paleo Approach, I can report great improvement.  I know not every day is going to bring lollypops and roses.  I know I still have a lot of healing yet to do.  But, I feel better!  And, that’s worth so much!

If you’re on the same journey as I am, you may have discovered the same results.  Many of your symptoms may have subsided.  But, you’re still dealing with the occasional flare.  Or, perhaps your symptoms have completely disappeared.  If that’s the case, congratulations!  I’m so happy for you!  Or, you could have noticed no change in your symptoms at all.  If this is you, please email me personally at tmoperillo@gmail.com.  I would love to work with you to see if we can figure out what’s going wrong. Maybe, I can help you to tweak things to get better results.

Although this elimination phase is pretty restrictive,  I haven’t really felt like I’m missing out on very much.  I’ve been working hard to create delicious recipes with AIP approved ingredients.  I’ve actually had some pretty amazing meals!  Hopefully, you’ve been able to enjoy some of my recipes.  I’m going to keep them coming to you.

I would love if you could share some of your results in the comments.  You could let me know what topics you’d like to see more information about.  In my next blog post, I will give you tips on how to keep eating paleo when your symptoms are still flaring.  I know, it can be difficult to stay on such a restrictive eating regimen.  I do it every day!  There is no cheating for us! Cheating means pain and suffering!  Hopefully, my tips can get you through it, when the going gets tough.

You can do this!  Keep going!  Be strong!  We WILL heal ourselves!





AIP Paleo Fish Tacos Recipe

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AIP Paleo Fish Tacos

Since it’s Lent, we now eat fish every Friday.  Luckily for me, I grew up cooking seafood.  I’ve never run out of ways to cook all types of seafood.  But, then I started eating AIP paleo.  So many of the spices and ingredients I was used to cooking with, were no longer an option.  I headed into the kitchen and created a whole bunch of new AIP approved, paleo seafood dishes.  Now, if you’re allergic to seafood, I can’t help you much with these recipes.  But, if you’re not, and you love seafood, have at it!  I’m going to feature a new seafood recipe every week.  Hopefully, I’ll post it early enough on Friday, so you can make it for dinner, if you like.

And, for those of you who are not AIP, I put some changes of seasoning in the directions for you.  These are some different options for you.

AIP Paleo Fish Tacos

1 pound tilapia, cod, or other white fish

1 Tbsp extra virgin olive oil or coconut oil,Nature’s Way Coconut Oil, 32-Ouncefish tacos AIP Paleo Fish Tacos Recipe ir t boanmo05 20 l as2 o 1 a B003OGKCDC

2 green onions, sliced, white and green parts

1 tsp dried oregano

1 tsp dried parsley

1 tsp turmeric,Organic Turmeric Powder Spice – Freshly Packed in Glass Jar – Pure Indian Foods(R) Brandfish tacos AIP Paleo Fish Tacos Recipe ir t boanmo05 20 l as2 o 1 a B00ENMZ6K0

6 butter lettuce leaves

Salt to taste

Chunky Guacamole

1 ripe avocado, cut in chunks

1teaspoon apple cider vinegar,Bragg Apple Cider Vinegar Organic Raw — 16 fl oz Each / Pack of 2fish tacos AIP Paleo Fish Tacos Recipe ir t boanmo05 20 l as2 o 1 a B00B7E2D9Y

1 teaspoon crushed garlic

½ small red onion, diced

½ cup fresh cilantro leaves, torn to pieces

1 Tbsp extra virgin olive oil

Salt to taste

I like to make my guacamole first to let it marinate for a while.  Usually, I’ll make it 10 minutes before I start cooking my fish. To make, put all ingredients in a large bowl.  Mix together with a fork, mashing some of the avocado chunks, to make it creamier.  Be sure all ingredients are mixed well.  Place in fridge until ready to use.

Next, pour olive oil into large fry pan or skillet, place on burner on medium setting.  As pan is warming, sprinkle fish filets with oregano, parsley,  turmeric and salt on both sides.  If I wasn’t making these AIP, I would use chili powder, oregano and cumin instead.  Once pan is hot, place seasoned fish filets in pan.  Allow outside to sear.  About 2 to 3 minutes. Flip filet.  Sear other side. Turn heat down to low. Add green onion slices to pan. Continue cooking fish, flipping occasionally, until done.  This can take anywhere from 5 to 10 minutes, depending on your stove. Do not overcook.  Once fish starts flaking, it’s pretty much done. If using large filets, split each up into three servings.

Arrange butter lettuce leaves on serving dish.  Place serving of fish on each leaf.  You should have enough for 6 tacos.  Remove guacamole from fridge, and spoon over each fish taco. Serve.  Enjoy!