Reduction Sauce: Easy Broth-Based Topping for Meats and Veggies


GAPS Paleo Reduction Sauce

“Everyone loves meatballs and this reduction sauce! If I feel like my kids haven’t been eating enough protein lately, this is what I always feed them.”  I explained to my friend as her family joined us for dinner one night.  Well, they proved me wrong, and their kids did not like the sauce ;) But, really, most children do! My kids absolutely adore it, and all the adults that we’ve had visit us love it as well.

What I love about this sauce is that it uses the same pan that we pan-fried the meatballs in (recipe here) and is ready in a few minutes – AND it’s full of health-benefiting ingredients like bone broth, apple cider vinegar, and ginger.


1 tablespoon apple cider vinegar

2 broth cubes plus 1/4 cup water OR 2 cups bone broth

1/2 teaspoon sea salt

1/2 teaspoon ginger, garlic, black pepper, or seasoning of choice

2-3 tablespoons honey

making reduction sauce



Keep the shallow pan used to pan-fry meat over medium heat and add apple cider vinegar and water or 1/4 cup of the bone broth.  Use a fork or whisk to whisk deglaze the pan, lifting up all the flavorful burnt on bits.  Add the broth cubes or remainder of the broth, sea salt, seasonings, and honey and reduce heat to a simmer.  Simmer the sauce while whisking occasionally for 10 minutes, or until reduced by half.

Spoon over meat and vegetables and serve.

Reduction sauce infographic


Simple and Delicious GAPS-Friendly Tacos in Butter Lettuce


lettuce wrap tacos


Tacos in Lettuce Wrap


1 pound ground beef (find grassfed beef here)

1-2 teaspoons homemade taco seasoning (see below), to taste



1 tomato, chopped

¼ cup red onions, chopped

¼ cup black olives, sliced

8-10 butter lettuce leaves

Guacamole dressing (see below)

Cheese, shredded (optional)

Yogurt (optional)

Lacto-fermented salsa (optional)



Brown beef in a large frying pan. Add taco seasoning. Wrap tacos in butter lettuce and top as desired.


Guacamole Dressing

Reserve some for tomorrow



2 ripe avocados, peeled, pitted and sliced

½ teaspoon sea salt

½ cup homemade mayonnaise

½ teaspoon cumin (find organic herbs and spices in bulk here)

2 cloves garlic, crushed

Juice of 1 lemon



Blend all ingredients until smooth in a food processor or blender.


Homemade Taco Seasoning


2 tablespoons chili powder (find organic herbs and spices in bulk here)

1 tablespoon cumin (find organic herbs and spices in bulk here)

2 teaspoons salt (find organic herbs and spices in bulk here)

¼ teaspoon black pepper (find organic herbs and spices in bulk here)

1/8 teaspoon cayenne pepper (find organic herbs and spices in bulk here)



Combine all spices in a small glass jar. Store in a cupboard and use as needed. Add fresh, minced garlic to meats and beans when using this seasoning.


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