This weekend we had our first snow storm of the season. Of course it couldn’t happen during the week for a snow day from school… but hey, that’s life.
Actually, it was pretty nice to be stuck inside. My brother and sister were visiting at the time, so we all got to bum around together, watch Westworld, and eat a bunch of food. And with the leftover roasted sweet potatoes, I was able to make some chocolate chip sweet potato bread today!
Sweet Potato Bread (Paleo)
1 1/2 cups cooked and mashed sweet potato
2 teaspoons vanilla
3 tbsp honey
1/2 cup coconut flour
1/2 tablespoon cinnamon
1 1/2 teaspoons baking powder
1 tsp salt
pinch of stevia
1/4 cup chocolate chips
Preheat the oven to 375°F and grease a bread pan with coconut oil. Combine all ingredients (except the chocolate chips) in a food processor and blend. Stir in chocolate chips and then spread batter into the bread pan. Bake in the oven for 45 minutes. Let cool before slicing. In my opinion, this bread tastes best the second day!
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 😉
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
10 organic chicken drumsticks, thawed
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.
This recipe was totally made on a whim with random ingredients. Braced for a total fail, I was pleasantly surprised how awesome these turned out! In addition to the sweet potato and curry taste, these puffs hardened in the outside while staying soft on the inside.
It kinda reminds me of a pierogi.
And, I “forgot” that my dad doesn’t like the taste of curry. Guess I get them all to myself now 😉
Sweet Potato Curry Puffs (Paleo)
1 and 1/2 cups cooked and mashed sweet potato
1 cup fresh spinach
1/2 cup tapioca flour
1 tsp curry powder
1 tsp cinnamon
1 tsp salt
Preheat the oven to 400 degrees and grease a baking pan. Combine all the ingredients in a food processor. Bake on for 25 minutes. Let cool and harden for 15 minutes before eating.
Yesterday, I got to meet and answer questions for the next group of college students heading out to India. I can’t believe its coming up on a year since I’ve gone!
I am so insanely jealous of them! But, I got to hear updates on one of the schools we helped out in and heard that they now have running water, which is awesome!
Anyway, the questions from yesterday naturally led to conversation on food. Which reminded me of how I lived on roasted almonds for several days (See here for info). And then I realized that I never posted that recipe for said nuts. So here you go!
Spicy Cinnamon Roasted Almonds (Paleo)
1/2 cup raw almonds
1/2 tbsp avocado oil
1/2 tsp cinnamon
1/4 tsp salt
1/8 tsp cayenne
Preheat the oven to 350 degrees. Combine almonds and oil in a bowl, and then add in the rest of the ingredients. Spread onto a pan and bake in the oven for 12 minutes. Hear that sizzling in? It means DON’T PLACE DIRECTLY IN MOUTH! (You learn from experience 😉 )
Pears kinda freak me out. There’s just something about them… I think it’s the texture. Every time I bite into one, I expect the crispiness of an apple and instead get this… grainy texture? I don’t know. Call me weird if need be.
But, when cooked down a bit, the texture issue goes away and sudden it’s like I’m eating apple pie/crisp. It’s amazing how much liquid comes out of pears when cooked down. I almost drained it all, but realized just in time that it makes for an awesome sauce for this dessert/snack -like recipe.
Balsamic Cinnamon Pears (Paleo)
1 tsp ghee
2 pears, peels and chopped into small pieces
1/2 tbsp cinnamon
1/8 tsp salt
2 tsp balsamic vinegar
Melt ghee in a small pot. Add in pears and cook until pear juice is released and the pears are heated (5 minutes). Add in cinnamon and salt and stir until all combined. Take off heat and mix in balsamic vinegar. Serve.