Fall temperatures arrived early here in Minnesota this year, and I’m getting a serious itch to cook allllllll the things. Craving nachos one night but not really wanting to eat corn, I decided to use a couple sweet potatoes we had on hand and whip up some sweet potato nachos. Sweet potatoes are one of my favorite versatile vegetables for replacing grains in recipes.
I thinly sliced two sweet potatoes and tossed them in avocado oil, salt and pepper so they were generously coated and roasted them at 400 degrees until starting to brown (about 20-25 mins with one flip half-way through). Then I sprinkled shredded cheese and bacon bits on the tray of roasted sweet potatoes and popped them back in the oven to melt the cheese just a couple minutes.
Having previously prepped toppings, I let individuals make their own like a “nacho bar” style. Toppings included green onion, black olive, sour cream, etc. Really easy, and a big hit!
Clearly, I am not reinventing the wheel here, but nonetheless I receive enough public and private questions about the food that I share on social media, so I’m just going to blog about it! Bonus, this is a super easy meal.
Taco Tuesday was yesterday, except I’m not eating corn anymore (doing a Whole 30), but still love the flavors of tacos (duh) so I decided to make all the fixings for lettuce wrap tacos. Then when I had everything prepared I was like who even needs a lettuce cup, just throw everything in a bowl! We total scarfed, and nothing was leftover! Here is how I made them!
1 1/2 lbs chorizo sausage
1 small yellow onion, diced
2 TBSP minced garlic
1 1/2 TBSP coconut oil
Crushed red pepper
Fresh diced jalapeno
Diced red onion
Sliced green olive
Saute the diced onion and garlic for about 2-3 minutes in the coconut oil, then add the chorizo. Continue sauteing cooking meat evenly, and add all of the spices for the homemade taco seasoning. It’s up to you how much you use. I really like paprika and cumin so I was a little more generous with those. Once meat is cooked, turn to low heat to keep warm.
Dice all of the garnishments you’d like to add to your taco, wrap, bowl, etc. It’s really up to you! I love the flavor and spice of fresh jalapeno with cilantro and the sweetness of pineapple. Avocado and raw onion are a must for me. The green olives, not typically thought of but our favorite local Mexican restaurant, the chef adds green olives to tamales, salads, nachos etc. and they’re awesome (side note, he’s from Mexico City and cooks his grandmother’s recipes). P.S. I didn’t even miss the corn or cheese.
I’ve been buying zoodles of all types to use in cooking lately – a way to eat more vegetables without the blood sugar spike of pasta, and the heaviness that comes with eating grains. I have a spiralizer, but for some reason buying them pre-spiraled just works better for me right now, plus they literally pack them in so tight there are a ton in each container! Currently in the fridge I have butternut squash, zucchini and beet zoodles!
I was wanting something warm and comforting the other night so I decided to make zoodles with marinara – simple, and tasty. I opened up my organic sugar free jar of marinara (good until August 2017), and there was what looked like a giant slimy booger on the inside of it…which later I think I determined was a “mother” that had grown? Still, not 100% sure what it was I tossed it and had to improvise. I ended up with an almost alfredo creamy garlic sauce with Italian flavors, and it was so good. Rich, hearty, full of healthy fats and there was none leftover.
Italian Zoodle Alfredo
1/2 stick grassfed butter
1 medium white onion, mince
2 TBSP minced garlic
6 oz heavy whipping cream
8oz chicken broth
Butternut squash zoodles (eyeball it – maybe 2 cups?)
Zucchini zoodles (same as above, use as many as you’d like!)
1 TBSP dried basil
1 pkg crespone (or any uncured salami), cut up
1 TBSP tapioca starch
Full disclosure, I had random things in my fridge I wanted to use up which is how this came about (the heavy whipping cream leftover from the holidays – still if I have any dairy in my fridge it’s usually the full fat stuff). Add the 1/2 stick of butter to a pan and melt, saute the diced onion and two TBSP of minced garlic for about five minutes, then add the heavy whipping cream and stir. This thickened pretty quick, which is why I ended up adding the 8oz of broth. Add the butternut squash zoodles and saute for a couple minutes, then add the zucchini zoodles and saute for another five minutes. Sprinkle with the dried basil, cut the crespone with kitchen shears directly into pan, add the TBSP of tapioca starch (it was a little too thin after the 8 oz broth, so I thickened it back up – if you don’t mind more of a soup texture feel free to leave this out or use less broth) and season with salt and black pepper. Continue stirring until everything is well heated, serve!
Working my way back to blogging (and a whole lot of other things, slow and steady wins the race, right?)…I have a laundry list of so many things I want to write about. Travels, food, life, animals, diabetes, friendships, etc…it’s just finding the time to do so, to where I don’t feel rushed and write just to write.
Over the last year there has been a move, lots of travel and exploring living in a new area – fun, but that means I spend less time in the kitchen because we’re always trying new local restaurants the Twin Cities has to offer (A TON!). Fun to be a foodie here, but I miss the kitchen, cooking, experimenting and writing about it – if it turns out 😉 Anyway, returned home from another brief travel stint and had a hodge podge of ingredients in the fridge that needed to be used – and I’ve really been focusing on being less wasteful and not letting things go bad before we get to them. Here was the result!
Everything Egg Bake
3 white onions, diced
1 large jalapeno (1/2 deseeded), finely diced
2 TBSP minced garlic
1/4 cup avocado oil
4 cups spinach
1 cup halved cherry tomatoes
1 1/2 cups diced ham
1 dozen eggs
1/4 cup Gorgonzola cheese
Saute the onions, jalapeno, minced garlic in the avocado oil on medium heat until onions start to brown, about seven minutes. Add the saute to a large mixing bowl. Add the spinach, tomatoes, diced ham and season with salt and pepper (to your taste). In a separate bowl break 12 eggs and beat well until whites and yolks are incorporated, add eggs to mixture. Mix together and gently toss the Gorgonzola cheese into the mixture. Pour mixture into a buttered 8×8 glass baking dish. Top with 4-6 small dollops of grass-fed butter. Bake in a preheated oven at 375 for about 30 minutes or until the top is starting to brown and edges are crusting. Make sure the eggs in the middle are solid. It’s a beautiful dish!
Seth’s been eating it for breakfast and I’ve been having it for breakfast and lunch. It reheats quick, is full of nutrients and very filling. Enjoy 🙂
Finally getting around to blogging about this creation after a really busy Easter weekend! We had a random spring blizzard that came through Minnesota last week with non-stop snow from noon until 10pm at our house, white out conditions and a sudden craving for something warm and comforting. Since we were getting ready to head out of town I decided to make something out of what I had on hand and needed to be used. This might be one of my favorite recipes in a while – packed with nutrients, flavor and easy to make. It reheats really well – I’m having it for lunch today and it still tastes great 5 days later. Low glycemic, dairy free, grain free, gluten free – YAHOO!
Carrot Cilantro Bisque
10 larger carrots, washed and cut into 3-4 inch pieces
1 large white onion, chopped
4 cups water
2 cans full fat coconut milk (I use Natural Value, I buy on Amazon prime by the case)
1 large bunch fresh cilantro
1 tsp ground ginger
3 TBSP fresh minced garlic
Fresh black pepper
Start by boiling the carrots and onion in the 4 cups water, stirring occasionally. The water boils down, but the heat still softens the vegetables. Once they’re mushy use an immersion blender in the pot to puree them, I still had some chunks but that’s okay because once you add the coconut milk there is more liquid to blend with. Add the 2 cans full fat coconut milk and 1 tsp ground ginger, stirring until the coconut milk fat melts. Add the bunch of cilantro (I used the entire bunch stems and all, just tearing by hand directly into the pot). Blend again with the immersion blender so the cilantro is fine and any remaining chunks of carrot and onion are pureed. Season with salt and pepper (I usually go lighter with the Himalayan salt as it is saltier in taste) and the 3 TBSP of minced garlic and stir. Let simmer for 10-15 minutes and serve.
A note about the garlic: I added it toward the end because I wanted a really good garlic flavor, without it getting mushy. You know when garlic is cooked, but not overcooked? It was like that, just enough time so that it wasn’t overpowering/bitter but still firm.