Sweet Potato Cheese Dip

I hope you all had a wonderful Thanksgiving this year! It felt so nice to have some time off and see my family:

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Sister-brother bonding time

Since my family eats at home for Thanksgiving, we have LOTS of leftovers each year. My favorite food to eat? Sweet potatoes! And with so much leftover sweet potatoes, I enjoy making this each year!

Sweet Potato Cheese Dip

Sweet Potato Cheese Dip

Ingredients:

1 and 1/2 cups of roasted and puréed sweet potatoes

1 and 1/2 cups water

1 cup shredded cheddar cheese

2 tbsp ghee

1/2 tbsp brown mustard

1/2 tbsp apple cider vinegar

1 tsp garlic powder

1 tsp onion powder

1 tsp salt

Directions:

Combine all ingredients in a food processor and blend until smooth. Transfer to a pot and cook over medium-low heat until hot all through. Serve.

 

 

Jamaican Chicken (Paleo)

Hi all! I have some time on my hands for a post today! Shocker, I know. As student teaching starts wrapping up, I should be able to get back in the kitchen more and begin posting recipes more regularly again.

Until then, here’s another quick meal- Jamaican chicken. With the cinnamon, nutmeg, ginger, and allspice thrown in, you can double dip and make some holiday cookies at the same time ;)

Jamaican Chicken

Jamaican Chicken

Ingredients:

1/2 tbsp garlic powder

1 tsp onion powder

1/2 tsp cayenne

1/2 tsp paprika

1/2 tsp thyme

1/2 tsp parsley

1/2 tsp cinnamon

1/2 tsp nutmeg

1/2 tsp ginger

1/4 tsp allspice

Salt and pepper

Avocado oil

10 organic chicken drumsticks, thawed

Directions:

Preheat the oven to 400 degrees. Combine all the spices, salt, and pepper in a bowl and mix. Rub avocado oil on the chicken, sprinkle spice mixture all over the chicken, and place on a baking sheet. Place in the oven for 35 minutes. Afterwards, take out, flip the chicken over, and place in the oven for 10 more minutes. Serve.

Green Zebra Cakes (Paleo)

I cannot believe that my last post was almost a month ago! Honestly, I’ve been too busy to keep up with life outside of student teaching. Come mid-December, I promise to make it up to you. Surprisingly, I had a little time this weekend, so I was able to work on this post! It’s kinda Halloween-ish, right? Well, it’s a green and black treat if that makes a difference…until next time!

Green Zebra Cakes

Green Zebra Cakes:

Base:

1 ripe banana

1/2 avocado

1/4 cup coconut butter

1/2 tbsp vanilla extract

1/2 tsp salt

Chocolate Drip:

1/2 tbsp coconut oil, melted

2 tsp cacao powder

2 tsp honey or maple syrup

Directions:

Combine all base ingredients in a food processor and blend until smooth. Spoon into silicone cupcake liners and place in the fridge for 1 hour. Afterwards, pop the cakes out of the cupcake liners and place on a plate.

In a small bowl, whisk together the chocolate drip ingredients. Drizzle over cakes. Upon contact with the cold cakes, the drizzle should harden up. Place in the fridge  until ready to serve.

Power Balls (Paleo)

Sorry for my disappearance as of late! Student teaching has quiet literally sucked the life out of me. And I mean this in the best way possible. I don’t think I’ve been so excited for school days since I was in 2nd grade. In fact, I’m starting to hate my weekends now. That’s when I do all my lesson plans😛

Anyway, to help power my way (as well as yours) through another week, here’s a snack recipe!

Power Balls (Paleo)

Power Balls (Paleo)

Ingredients:

1 cup nut/seed butter

1/4 cup honey

2 tbsp shredded coconut

1 tsp vanilla extract

1 tsp baking soda

1/2 tsp salt

pinch stevia

2 tbsp coconut flour

Optional: chocolate chips and/or raisins

Directions:

Combine all ingredients (except coconut flour and chocolate chips/raisins). Once mixed together, add in the coconut flour and chocolate chips/raisins and roll dough into balls. These can be stored on the counter or in the fridge.

Artichoke and Lemongrass Sauce over Summer Squash Noodles

One last summer recipe before the start of fall recipes! Since fall doesn’t officially begin until next week, I feel that I’m still within reason to post a recipe with summer squash in it🙂

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Artichoke and Lemongrass Sauce over Summer Squash Noodles

Ingredients:

1 summer squash

1 tbsp ghee

2 garlic cloves, minced

1 tbsp lemongrass paste

1 handful of fresh thai basil, chopped (you can use regular basil instead)

1 can artichokes, drained and chopped 

2/3 cup full-fat coconut milk

1/4 cup feta cheese

salt and pepper 

Directions:

Use a vegetable spiralizer to make summer squash noodles. Place noodles in a bowl and sprinkle with salt. Set aside.

In a deep skilled, melt ghee over medium-low heat. Add in garlic and sauté for 2 minutes. Add in lemongrass paste, basil, and artichokes and cook for another 3 minutes. Add in coconut milk, cheese, noodles, salt, and pepper and bring to a boil. Reduce to a simmer and cover with a lid. Allow to simmer for 20 minutes. Garnish with more fresh basil and serve.