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Pork Chile Verde Stew (Whole30/Paleo friendly)

Last Tuesday was cold and snowy (unusual weather for Charlotte!) and I was in the mood for soup. I was thinking I’d try a Paleo/Whole30 version of chicken posole but couldn’t think of a great replacement for hominy. And I didn’t have any thawed chicken, ha. So I scraped together some random veggies, bone broth, and leftover kalua pig for this loose interpretation of my mom’s White Chicken Chili.

(Apologies for the picture! It was a last-minute snap just before we started eating.)


Pork Chile Verde Stew
Serves 6
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140 calories
15 g
5 g
7 g
6 g
1 g
290 g
369 g
5 g
0 g
5 g
Nutrition Facts
Serving Size
Amount Per Serving
Calories 140
Calories from Fat 61
% Daily Value *
Total Fat 7g
Saturated Fat 1g
Trans Fat 0g
Polyunsaturated Fat 1g
Monounsaturated Fat 4g
Cholesterol 5mg
Sodium 369mg
Total Carbohydrates 15g
Dietary Fiber 4g
Sugars 5g
Protein 6g
Vitamin A
Vitamin C
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet. Your Daily Values may be higher or lower depending on your calorie needs.
  1. fat for cooking (i used lard; olive oil or ghee also work well)
  2. 1/2 white onion, chopped
  3. 2 cloves garlic, minced
  4. 8 oz. canned green chiles
  5. 2 tsp. ground cumin
  6. 1 1/2 tsp. dried oregano
  7. 4 cups chicken stock or bone broth
  8. 2 medium turnips, chopped
  9. 4 cups cooked pork shoulder, shredded
  10. 4 oz. frozen spinach (or a few handfuls of fresh)
  11. avocado, for serving
  1. Sauté onion in fat until translucent.
  2. Add garlic, cumin and oregano and sauté until fragrant.
  3. Add chiles, broth, turnips, pork, and spinach and bring to a boil.
  4. After stew boils, reduce to a simmer for 15-20 minutes, until turnips are cooked through.
  5. Serve with chopped avocado.
audrey steinbach

Asparagus and Shallot Risotto

Risotto is one of my favorite foods. Like a grown-up version of macaroni and cheese, it’s warm, flavorful, and incredibly comforting. It can be varied almost infinitely and makes a great “pantry meal” to use up whatever random ingredients you might have in your fridge. Many people are turned off by the long and somewhat involved preparation time, but that’s one of my favorite parts. On a day where nothing has gone right, the simple act of standing in front of the stove and stirring the rice, adding liquid, and stirring some more is a manageable, controlled aspect of life. (Yes, I have control issues. Yes, that’s probably a large part of the reason I love cooking so much.) This particular risotto variation includes asparagus and shallots. Here’s what you’ll need: butter, olive oil, a shallot, a green onion, stock, rice, asparagus, and some good parmesan. And yes, I forgot to put the green onion in this picture. I’m deeply sorry.

First, melt your butter and oil together in a nice big pan. Emphasis on “big.” Use a bigger pan than you think you’ll need. Trust me. While the butter melts, chop up your shallot and green onion and then sauté them for a few minutes. It’s best to have your stock warm, so if you’re using canned or refrigerated stock this is a good time to pour it into a stockpot and heat it.

After the shallot and green onion are tender, stir in the rice and mix well. This is one of the unique aspects of risotto- before getting cooked, the rice is toasted in the butter/oil mixture for extra flavor.

Give it a few minutes, then add in your first 1/4 cup of liquid. Many recipes call for white wine at this point- feel free to use that if you’re so inclined. After you add the liquid, stir the rice until the liquid is absorbed.

After that first 1/4 cup of liquid is absorbed, pour in 2 more cups of liquid and stir until absorbed. It’s not necessary to stir the entire time the risotto is cooking, but stirring is an important part of the process so you’ll want to stir it for almost the entire cooking time. I stir for a few minutes and then take a quick break to chop asparagus or grate parmesan.

Once all the liquid is absorbed, add two more cups and continue stirring until you’ve added all the liquid. When you’ve added about half the stock, go ahead and mix in the asparagus.

If, in the course of this process, you discover that your pan is a bit too small, feel free to switch it out for a bigger one. I won’t say ‘I told you so,’ but only because that’s exactly what happened to me.

Keep adding liquid in 2-cup increments and stirring until your risotto looks about like this:

You’re almost there! See the lovely, creamy sauce that’s begun to form? Grab yourself a fork (or a spoon) and give it a taste. You’re checking for just the right texture here- the rice should be cooked but not mushy. If there’s still a little bite to the rice, add more stock and keep going. If the texture is just right, you’re done! Add salt and pepper as needed; then sprinkle a good handful of parmesan over the top to finish.

This makes a great side for fish or chicken. You can also top with a poached egg for a vegetarian meal.

The sky’s the limit when it comes to risotto variations!  Think of that creamy rice goodness as a blank canvas over which you can paint any number of delicious flavor combinations. Try it with green peas, pumpkin purée and crab meat, goat cheese and herbs, or black beans and salsa.

Asparagus and Shallot Risotto


  • 2 tablespoons olive oil
  • 2 tablespoons butter
  • 1 small shallot, diced
  • 1 green onion, diced
  • 2 cups rice (Arborio is best but Jasmine or plain white rice will do)
  • 1/4 cup white wine (optional)
  • 6-8 cups chicken or vegetable stock
  • 1/2 pound asparagus, cut into bite-sized pieces
  • 2/3 cup Parmesan cheese
  • salt and pepper to taste


  1. Melt butter in a large pan over medium-high heat; add olive oil. Add shallot and green onion; cook until tender. Heat stock to a simmer. Pour in rice and stir until coated with butter/oil mixture, let cook for a few minutes. Pour in 1/4 cup of stock (or white wine); stir until liquid is absorbed.
  2. Add about two cups of stock to pan, stir until liquid is absorbed. Continue adding liquid and stirring. After about half of the stock has been added, pour in the asparagus. Continue to add stock and stir until the stick is all added and/or the rice is tender.
  3. Sprinkle parmesan cheese over top; add salt and pepper to taste. Serve immediately.

Serves 4 as main dish, 6-8 as side.

The Only Breakfast Casserole Recipe You’ll Ever Need


I realize this title makes a lofty claim. But I’m certain that, once you try this recipe, you’ll agree. It’s my go-to breakfast casserole and I’ve never been disappointed. Unlike cheap pizza stones, disappointing iPhone releases, and cans of pureed orange squash that masquerade as “pumpkin”, this casserole won’t let you down. I promise.

This recipe was born out of the combination of two delectable dishes. I have a half-formed theory that in general, a truly great recipe must be a combination of at least two other recipes. Don’t ask me to prove it, because I can’t- but I’d wager that 9 times out of 10, my absolute favorite recipes include ingredients or techniques from multiple recipes. This one is a combination of Pioneer Woman’s Sleepin’ in Omelette and a fabulous ham strata that one of my mom’s best friends makes- with a few tweaks by yours truly.

One of our favorite office traditions involves the celebration of birthdays. Each time a birthday rolls around, we all bring food to our Tuesday staff meeting. Nothing says “you are loved” like a table full of delicious breakfast food! I usually try to bring something savory because, after all, muffins and coffeecakes are a dime a dozen in the breakfast world. And don’t get me wrong- I love me some muffins and coffee. But a warm, savory dish that includes bacon, sausage, bacon, eggs, cheese, and/or bacon? That’s the breakfast that really shines in my book.

A few preparation notes: If you’re like me, you probably won’t look at this recipe with enough time to bring your cream cheese to room temperature. No problemo- it’s just a little easier to mix with the sausage if you do. Microwaving it for a few seconds will also do the trick. Just make sure you unwrap it from the foil first. (What? I’m the only one who’s ever accidentally microwaved foil? Figures.) If you don’t have dry mustard, a small squirt of regular mustard will do the trick. With chives, this casserole is delicious. Without chives, this casserole is delicious. You can also use whatever random bread (even if it’s slightly stale) that you happen to have lying around if you don’t have onion rolls, although it’s significantly better with them. Just makes sure you have enough bread chunks to cover the bottom of the pan and then some. If you don’t have cheddar, use provolone. Or mozzarella. Or whatever other kind of cheese happens to be lurking in your refrigerator.

What I’m trying to say here is this: do not allow the list of ingredients to keep you from making this casserole. Make it anyway. You’ll thank me later.

6 whole Onion Rolls
1 lb Sausage
1 cup Grated Cheddar Cheese
8 ounces Cream Cheese, room temperature
1 stick Butter
10 whole Eggs
2 cups Milk
1 teaspoon Chopped Chives
1/2 teaspoon Dry Mustard
1/2 teaspoon Salt
a few grinds fresh Black Pepper
1 dash Cayenne Pepper
Brown sausage, then drain. Generously butter a 9×13 baking dish.
Tear onion rolls into chunks and place them in the bottom of the baking dish. Sprinkle with cheddar cheese. Combine sausage and cream cheese; drop by spoonfuls on top of bread and cheese. Cut 1 stick of butter into pats and place over the top.
Mix remaining ingredients and pour over the top of bread/cheese/sausage mixture. I like to leave a few bread chunks- especially around the edges- sticking up out of the liquid so they get a little bit crusty, but that’s completely up to you. Cover with foil and refrigerate overnight.

The next morning, preheat your oven to 325 degrees and bake, covered, for 45 minutes. Then remove foil and continue baking at 350 for 10-15 minutes. Let cool for at least ten minutes before serving.