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Bacon Squash Stir-Fry

I will admit that bacon is not healthiest meat option, but everything in moderation. This is my partners favourite way to eat spaghetti squash, so I always just make sure to add as many veggies as I have and everything balances.
Ingredients:
bacon
onion
mushroom
garlic
ginger
red pepper
broccoli
hot pepper
Spaghetti Squash
Directions:
Turn your oven to 350 to bake the spaghetti squash. If it is really tough to cut in half, poke holes in it with a fork and put it in a pan with small amount of water that covers the bottom of the pan and put it into the oven as it’s heating for 5-10 minutes. Remove, cut in half, scoop out the seeds. Rub olive oil onto the squash, salt and pepper, place it face down on a baking sheet, bake for about 30-40 minutes or until it is soft. Cut your bacon in to bit size pieces and fry in a large frying pan on medium heat. Add the onions, garlic and ginger, mushrooms, then red peppers. Add the broccoli once everything else is mostly cooked. You can put whatever veggies you want or have into this. Once the broccoli is bright green, scrape the spaghetti squash into the pan. Pour some sauce over it if you want or eat it as it is, there will be loads of flavour with the bacon and veggies. Enjoy!
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Homemade Hummus

This is a really simple and plain recipe for homemade hummus, you can add just about anything to give it more flavour; roasted peppers, sweet potato, any herbs and spices. I’ve seen some awful additives and preservatives in the grocery store hummus, this is easy and then I know what I’m eating.
Hummus
Ingredients:
1 can chickpeas
3 tablespoons olive oil
pinch garlic salt
pinch of pepper
juice from 1/2 lemon
Directions:
Add all the ingredients into a mixing bowl and use a hand blender to blend together until smooth. Enjoy!
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SQUASH AND APPLE SOUP WITH MAPLE

serves 4-6

Ingredients:
2             onions, chopped
IMG_25651 tbs       butter (I used coconut oil instead)
1            Large Butternut Squash; peeled and cubed
2            Apples; peeled, cored and cubed
2            cloves garlic
4 cups    vegetable broth
t tsp        fresh thyme
1 tsp       salt
1/4 tsp    pepper
3 tbsp     maple syrup
1/2 tsp    pumpkin seeds

Directions:
In a large pot, cook onions in butter over medium heat until soft, about 5 minutes. Add squash, apples, garlic, broth, 1 cup of water, thyme, salt and pepper: bring to boil. Reduce heat, cover and simmer for about 20 minutes or until the squash is tender. Let cool slightly, blend, an immersion blender is easiest. Stir in maple syrup and nutmeg, serve garnished with pumpkin seeds.

This is a really nice fall soup when squash and apples are in season. Double or maybe even triple the batch and put left overs in your freezer for when you want it again. Make it your own, change up the ingredients as you see fit, I’m going to try ginger and garlic next time, because I love ginger and I have a really nice organic chunk of it that I got recently.

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My First Backyard Chicken Butcher

I killed, cleaned and ate my first chicken from my backyard, in total it took about an hour. It was much better not having to do it alone, my brother Anthony and I watched a few How To videos on You Tube. We had been talking about it for a couple of weeks, it had to be done as soon as possible.

We had 11 chickens and 5 of them were Roosters. I’m brand new at raising backyard chickens, my best friend wanted to hatch chicks with her kids so we agreed on 2 dozen eggs, knowing they would not all hatch. They brought us 13 chicks at 4 weeks old. We lost 2 the first day, that’s a long story.

Last week a couple of the roosters ganged up on one and killed a rooster. That’s when we really thought it was time to deal with the roosters. The hen’s are old enough to lay eggs and they haven’t started yet, I think it’s because of the mean roosters, they pick on them too.

We prepared ourselves to butcher the roosters. We picked an area out of the way and set up a table, ran the hose, found a big pot, and Anthony made a cone out of metal and tape and drilled it to a tree. It seemed the easiest way we saw in the videos to slit the throat and let the blood drain.

We were chasing chickens in every direction in the back yard, it was the meanest chicken I really wanted to get. Cornered him and caught him, he gave up really easily. He laid on ground when there was no where else to go and once I grabbed his feet and carried him upside down to the site the struggle was over, he was calm.

The cone wasn’t really the right size, his head didn’t come out the end like it was supposed to. Anthony loosened the cone until the head stuck out. We both said thank you for the sacrifice. Anthony cut the throat, from the front. Once the cut was made the body jolted around with enough force to bust through the tape holding the cone together, but it wasn’t that secure since we were adjusting the size. Anthony picked it up and just held it over the a bucket, he asked me to cut the head off the rest of the way.

My heart was beating really hard. We had done it, now we had to prepare it to eat. It was also our dinner plan.

I boiled the pot of water on the stove, it was still too hot. 145 degrees F is what we wanted, to not burn ourselves while pulling the feathers. We added water from the hose until the temperature was right. Dunked the whole body for 10 seconds, shook the water off gently, dunked it again for another few seconds, started pulling the feathers. They came out real easy, there is just a lot of them. When you think about eating it, there is more desire to do a good job and really clean it up.

The actual butchering was the hardest part. Disconnecting the feed sack was a real challenge, everything feels slimy inside and we didn’t really know what we were feeling for to loosen it up and disconnect. The videos made it look really easy. We made all the right cuts, until it came to the rear end, the very first slice cut the poop tube. The thing the video said not to do. We just cut more around it and reached further down to pull it out, without contamination. I reached in and pulled all the guts and organs out, Anthony said he couldn’t fit his hand in, I could just get my hand in and it was tight and the body was warm. I scrapped and pulled the best that I could, identifying the organs as they were coming out.

We tuned on the BBQ and cut it into pieces, figuring it would be best to cook it in pieces so we can get inside and see how we did. I did pretty well at getting the insides out, but not perfect there were still some unidentifiable guts inside, but all the organs had been removed.

We ate our BBQ chicken with roasted potatoes from our garden and a salad with greens all from the garden.

I never appreciated a meal more. The chicken was amazing and I felt good about doing this myself. This chicken lived its best life, and followed its natural course. I thought about some of the people who told me they could never actually kill and butcher a chicken, but they eat meat. That doesn’t seem fair. I feel like I just earned my right to eat good well taken care of chicken.

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