Silky Sweet Potato Puree [AIP/Whole30]

 I cannot take full credit for this recipe because it was 100% inspired by an insane 3-course meal cooked by The Paleo Mom this weekend. It was a belated Valentine’s dinner party that had been postponed a few weeks. We joked it was Ballantyne’s Day after being served the schmanciest home-cooked meal I’ve ever had! Sarah is SO talented and any home cook could learn a ton from watching her for just one evening. 

On the menu was… 

Asparagus | Seared Scallops | Sturgeon Caviar (told you she fancy!)

Lamb | Blood Orange-Red Wine Reduction | Wilted Greens, Pork Belly & Pomegranate Salad | Celeriac Puree (the inspiration)

Plantain Pancake Stack | Honey-Sweetened Chocolate Ganache | Coconut Whip | Organic Strawberries

Sarah should obviously be telling chefs across America, “Paleo, what up!” and consulting with Jean Georges. In between books, podcasts, business meetings, seminars, mom duties, wifely thangs, and running multiple companies. 

For this recipe, I suggest using an Instant Pot if you have one to get the silkiest puree, but what is even more important is a properly flavored bone broth. I used a beef broth cooked from large grassfed marrow bones in my Instant Pot for 90 minutes with a big handful of elephant garlic. A high-powered blender like a Blendtec or a Vitamix is going to yield the best result but a good food processor can work just fine if you do not have either of those products!

Silky Sweet Potato Puree [AIP-Friendly/Whole30]

Serves 6 | Ready in 15-20 minutes

2 lbs white sweet potatoes, peeled and chopped into 1-inch cubes

1 1/2 cups beef or pork bone broth

1/2 tsp sea salt

1. Place sweet potatoes and bone broth in your Instant Pot. Set timer to 10 minutes and let pressure cook until potatoes easily break apart with a fork. Alternatively, you can steam the sweet potatoes by placing them in a steamer basket fitted in a pot with the bone broth. Bring to a low boil, cover with a lid, and let the sweet potatoes steam cook for 15 minutes. 

2. Pour sweet potatoes, broth, and sea salt into Vitamix, Blendtec, or food processor. Blend on medium speed for at least 30 seconds until a very silky puree has formed. 

3. Serve with your favorite prepared meat or seafood dish!

An AIP Guide to Atlanta

Moving to a new city is always tough, especially if you’re wishing it feels like home from Day One. I’ve moved around a good bit the last few years, and my top priority is to always figure out how to feel fulfilled with my daily routine. I like walking – so my grocery store, coffee shop, or gym, needs to be in walking or biking distance. I love a good trendy restaurant focused on locally-sourced foods made in a kitchen I can trust to always take my food allergies seriously. What is date night without a good date night spot?

And then there’s the shopping. I’m not a big shopper – I tend to get anxiety over high price tags. But I love to browse unique stores – mostly home decor, stationary, grocers, and bookstores. I’ve been in Atlanta a couple months to get the lay of the land, so I thought I would share some of my favorite picks from The Big Peach. 

FOOD/DRINK

Yeah! Burger: Grass-fed beef burgers served up as two thin griddled patties over a salad of local greens, sunflower sprouts, and avocado make a tasty fast food meal out. We hit this place up almost every weekend. Gluten free buns and sweet potato fries are available too! The fries are cooked in non-GMO canola oil, and I have found that splitting an order with my husband doesn’t cause my any issues surprisingly, but of course canola is not AIP. Cool California vibe and a great selection of beers & ciders too (for your friends)!

Octane: This coffee joint offers a comfortable, underground-feeling vibe. Decent loose-leaf tea selection – I especially enjoy their earthy and vibrant rooibos tea. My husband gets the Chai Latte, which he says is the best he’s ever had, but the only non-dairy option is soy milk. Boo! Because every time he gets it, I really want to sneak a sip! Located in a trendy neighborhood off Howel Mills – it’s walking distance to some great restaurants and stores like Bar Taco, Crafted Westside, Yeah! Burger, and Anthropologie. 

Atlanta Fish Market: A well-known hot spot for local celebrity sightings offering a huge selection of fresh catches paired with perfectly cooked vegetables and an impressive sushi and sashimi selection. I got a selection of oysters from both coasts, none of which disappointed, and a tuna/avocado/crab roll wrapped in thinly sliced cucumber. They were super accommodating with my allergies too – our waiter even told us to ask for him next time since he’s familiar with them now! The interior design leaves a lot to be desired – it’s sort of 70’s Gulf Coast of Florida retro, which is never a good look, but the quality and freshness of the seafood and the attentive services makes up for it!

SHOPPING

Your DeKalb Farmer’s Market: Over 400 varieties of produce from around that world at incredibly affordable prices | I do a weekly or every-other-week shopping trip here, stocking up on all types of produce like 5 lb bags of organic apples ($5), bunches of herbs ($2), fresh coconuts ($2), organic greens (varieties of kale, mustard, and chard from all over the glove). This is also where I find my favorite carob powder, guar-gum free coconut milk (Savoy brand), shredded coconut, and gluten free cereal for my husband! Be forewarned if you do not like crowds, it’s best to go during the weekday, or be engulfed by throngs of people asking you what you cook with that odd shaped hairy tuber from Costa Rica in your cart.P.S. They don’t let you take photos in there (???) so I cannot convey to you how insane this place is…

Crafted Westside: Should be renamed The Best of Etsy! Live! This store offers an eclectic mix of handmade jewlery and clothing and the kind of stationary you hate to give away. Almost every item in the store was crafted by a local artist – and it’s admirable that Crafted’s mission is to gain visibility for these talented folks. Beautiful home decor items like pillows and trinkets are uniquely displayed on gorgeous mounted shelving and rustic rolling carts. You’ll leave with a lighter wallet, but also a smile!

Sevananda Market: A small neighborhood organic co-op in Little Five Points, Sevananda offers all your favorite nutrient-dense convenience foods (kombucha, coconut oil, kraut, sushi, green juice, etc) plus an incredible selection of organic culinary and medicinal herbs and spices. The prices are competivie with Whole Foods, but Sevananda has more sale items. I was able to snag my Jason brand tea tree oil toothpaste for $3 less than the Whole Foods price! If you need a treat, their dried papaya is going to be right up your alley. 

Whole Foods Buckhead: This flagship WF store will definitely have what you’re looking for – large selections of organic produce, a juice bar, and one of the best hot bar/salad bars that I have come across. We eat here at least once a week and I’m always impressed with the variety and nutrient density of my meals here. They usually have 5-6 Paleo-labeled options at the hot bar (the rosemary roasted butternut squash is my fave), and I’ll get that with a big raw veggie salad and a piece of grilled salmon. 

Star Provisions: A food blogger’s dream… a goods and grocer focused on local, handmade and high quality products that also make great photo props and gifts! You can find unique cuts of meat here, fresh seafood, cheese (for your dairy-eating boyfriend), and beautiful handmade kitchen items. A fun place to browse even if you don’t have the money to spend. Be careful… it’s right next to a Jeni’s Splendid ice cream (the BEST ice cream you will ever try. not worth the flare though, I’ll be honest! I’ve done you the favor of testing it out.)

PARKS/RECREATION

Piedmont Park: The city’s most famous park by far… Piedmont is the place to go during nice days for long strolls, jogs, bike rides, and doggy play dates. You’ll find people playing all types of sports across the expansive park, sitting by the lakes chatting with that special someone, or strolling through the Saturday Farmer’s Market. It’s centrally located, and there is free street parking too! The park connects to the Belt Line, a bike & walker friendly path that connects the city via pedway. 

Chattahoochee River Trails: A series of trails located throughout the city center along the river that offer a variety of REAL hiking and biking for outdoor enthusiasts. These are my favorite trails around the city, and we often go on weekend morning for a 90 minute hike with our dog. Parking is $3 and monitored by the troopers, so bring cash! There’s some beautiful bamboo, steep hills for a butt burn, and plenty of friendly nature groups to chat with along the way. 

Amicolala State Park: Located about 90 minutes north of city center, this rural hiking spot can get pretty crowded but for good reason. A real, live, and very wet waterfall just outside a major U.S. city! It’s a fun hike up the 600 ft stair case and definitely a good workout. I suggest going either early in the morning or during the work week to avoid crowds of families and whiny children wanting to be carried up the stairs. There’s tons of different activities to do at the state park besides hiking, especially for kids (a big playground), and if you’ve always wanted to see the Appalachian Trail… you can access the beginning of it 8.5 miles from the park itself (trailhead starts near parking lot). 

Prosciutto Meatloaf Muffins with Fig Jam

 These mini prosciutto-wrapped meatloaves are so dang good, that they made my pescatarian sister wiggle her nose and my Jewish aunt asked for seconds and thirds. They’re a great make-ahead, full of flavor AIP entree that’s like a whole meal in one! Meat, veggies, and healthy fats combined into a hand-held meat treat. Head over to Autoimmune Paleo, where I guest post as a recipe contributor, for THE RECIPE. 

Honey-Lime Chicken & Strawberry Salad (Paleo, AIP, Whole30)

 

 

Spring has sprung and so have my cravings for light and refreshing meals. This salad is satisyfing combination of honey-sweetened chicken, tart, juicy strawberries, creamy avocado, and a flavorful Strawberry-Lime Dressing. I’ve never understood the people who say they don’t like salads… Get the recipe for Honey-Lime Chicken & Strawberry Salad over at Autoimmune Paleo where I guest as a recipe contributor each month!

 

He Won’t Know It’s Paleo Cookbook Review & Preview Recipe… and even if he does, he won’t care.

 

 

If you’ve spent at least one hour perusing AIP recipes online, then you have come across Bre’anna’s blog He Won’t Know It’s Paleo. Why? Because she knows how to tap into our nostalgic desires,  foodie yearnings, and (at least my) love of brownies. When Bre’anna told our crew of AIP bloggers that she would be releasing her own cookbook on Amazon within her first year of blogging, I was like “Well, duh, her recipes are always hits!” and “Dang, this chick has guts! Three kids, one on the way, and a husband, and she still somehow found a way to create 100+ AIP recipes so all you lovely people never feel deprived! Pretty selfless, if you ask me!

 

In my cookbook reviews, I always like to give you guys a better idea of the types of recipes offered. Each cookbook author has their preferred flavor profiles and cooking methods, some of which we really can identify and appreciate based on our own experiences. Bre’anna’s recipes are very family-friendly, using affordable and easy to find ingredients, and clearly inspired by her Texas roots. Meals can be batch-cooked and served as leftovers, brought to pot lucks or social gatherings, and don’t require complicated kitchen equipment.

 

[Honey Seared Pork Tenderloin- made with pork roast here]

 

One of the many recipes that speaks to me is the Nightshade-Free Red Salsa which looks just like the stuff I used to share with friends during late night Tex Mex, and the recipe only has one step! Served with her Queso and Plantain Chips for a Southwest-inspired gathering, you will be guaranteed “Best AIP Hostess of the Year” award by even your non-AIP pals.

 

If you’re missing sauciness in your life – you will get a kick out of the Condiments chapter full of your traditional American favorites like ketchup, mustard, butter, and BBQ sauce made creatively without any nightshades or dairy! And if you’re more into baking, you’ll enjoy tons of AIP renditions of pumpkin, banana, lemon, chocolate, blueberry treats and more.

 

[Breakfast Sausage on one of the AIP biscuits I’ve been testing]

 

I’m more of a main dish type of gal, so I couldn’t wait to dive into the pork recipes. I chose to try the Breakfast Sausage which couldn’t be easier to prepare and is made with AIP-compliant herbs and spices to add as much flavor to your morning meal as possible! I ate mine with my own recipe for biscuits, but will definitely be trying her biscuit recipe soon too. I next made the Honey Seared Pork Tenderloin.

 

My butcher didn’t have pork tenderloin, so I used a pork loin roast and increased the cooking time by 30 minutes to make sure it was cooked through. The exterior of the meat was full of caramelized bits of honey and pork fat, and the inside meat was tender and juicy from using a 2-step cooking method.

 

I will also be trying some of my pre-Paleo restaurant faves like the Bacon Wedge Salad with Ranch Dressing, Stacked Enchilada Chicken Verde, and Slow Cooker Baby Back Ribs. I don’t want to give away anymore though – it’s your turn to find out what else Bre’anna AIP-ified now!

You can buy He Won’t Know It’s Paleo: 100+ Autoimmune Protocol Recipes to Create with Love and Share with Pride on Amazon now ! 

 

Did that photo of her Chocolate Mousse Stuffed Strawberries get you licking your lips? Get the full recipe here!

Mint "Chocolate" Truffles (Paleo, AIP, Vegan)

 

It took me 3 tries to get the proportions of this easy to throw together AIP treat recipe correct! I kept adding too much peppermint oil, which actually turns bitter in strong amounts! I love how these truffles are made with avocado, a whole food, so even if “indulging” in these treats, you’re still getting some real food in ya! If you tolerate alcohol extractives like peppermint extract, you can that in this recipe, but be forewarned that it won’t be AIP-compliant. Since this is a no-bake treat, the alcohol in the extract does not “cook off” during the baking process.

 

This weekend was really fun – I got to spend lots of quality time with my husband and dog, hiking some really beautiful trails that are within city center limits! Atlanta has been a pleasant surprise so far… notably all the preserved natural areas and of course the DeKalb Farmer’s Market. I didn’t have a chance to go this weekend, and I was sharply reminded why I need to stop shopping at Whole Foods for all my groceries. Kills me how much I paid for 3.5 lbs of grass fed beef bones … $17!!! People get those for free from their farmers all the time. It’s just Luda. Yes that was a Ludicras reference… been listening to this old school 90’s hip-hop station since we moved here. I hate the radio but I never get sick of Biggie.

 

So these truffles are really addicting if used to be a mistress with Mint-Chocolate in your previous non-Paleo life like me. I especially love them the next day after they have been hardening in the freezer overnight! 1 or 2 is really satisfying. I will admit to emotionally eating 2 on my lunch break today after being a wee stressed at work, and I was able to return for an afternoon of smiles and cheery “How’d your weekend go!?!? Mine was SO MUCH FUN!” without having to fake it. Just some AIP Prozac getting me through the day, nothing wrong with that 😉

 

AIP Mint Chocolate Truffles

Makes 8-10 truffles | Prep Time 5 minutes | Freeze Time 45 minutes

¾ cup unsweetened medium shredded coconut

½ cup well-mashed avocado

¼ cup melted coconut oil

1 T honey (melted if solid)

6-7 drops peppermint essential oil

3 T coconut flour

¼ cup carob powder

Pinch sea salt

Extra carob powder for dusting

1. Mix all ingredients together in a medium bowl until combined. Roll 8-10  even-sized balls and place on a plate in the freezer to harden for at least 45 minutes. If you would like to dust the truffles in carob (shown left in picture), simply pour a few tablespoons in a small bowl and roll the truffles in the coating prior to freezing.

2. Store covered in freezer for a quick grab-and-go treat!

Cinnamon Honey Butter (AIP, Vegan)

 

 

I have two giant containers of Spectrum palm shortening taking up too much room in my pantry, so forgive the indulgence of this recipe. We recently had the Restaurant Steaks and Sauteed Apples from one of my favorite Paleo cookbooks Real Life Paleo. I was unaware that steak and apples were delicious together, but now I must re-make this with my own twist in the near future. We had leftover sauteed apples the next day, and my hub was craving a dessert. These went SO well together, and then we had lots of leftover fluffy whipped butter for him to spread on his disgustingly bland rice cakes all week. How the hell does he eat something that tastes like a fragrance free dryer sheet is beyond me.

 

I found the flavor of the Cinnamon Honey Butter really developed nicely overnight, so if you’re planning on serving this at breakfast, make it the night before! Also let it sit out at room temperature so the fluffy texture is preserved, otherwise the palm shortening will harden at refrigerator temps. It will be particularly good with these delightful AIP recipes: Pumpkin Spice Bread, Banana Muffins, and Banana Cinnamon Tea Cake!

 

I came up with, in my opinion, a really good idea tonight. Doggy cereal boxes filled with grain-free kibble. I’m thinking a giant picture of Rafael with his sloppy/cute tongue hanging out on a brightly colored cardboard box labeled “Doodle-Oh’s” or “Crunchy Poodle Puffs” would sell like hotcakes. You may see me on Shark Tank next week with that one.

 

Cinnamon Honey Butter

Makes 3/4 cup | Ready in 5 minutes

1 cup palm shortening, room temperature

3 T honey

½ tsp cinnamon

¼ tsp sea salt

  1. Using a hand mixer, beat  the palm shortening on medium speed in a mixing bowl for 90 seconds, stopping every 30 seconds to scrape down the sides of the bowl.
  2. Add honey to the bowl and beat for an additional 60 seconds. Now add cinnamon and sea salt and beat until combined.
  3. Store at room temperature in a covered glass container. The honey butter becomes lighter and fluffier if left on the counter overnight.

AIP Pita Bread (Paleo, Grain-free)

I teased this recipe for AIP Pita Bread on Instagram a couple weeks ago and finally had the chance to make it again! I am a huge fan of the pliability, texture, and taste of the final product! My husband says it tastes like vegetables (UH because it’s made from vegetables, Honey!!!) but I know my fellow AIPers are veggie hounds just like me. I love how easy it is to throw into the blender and whip up for a fun meal too! And so nutritious too – sweet potato, avocado, gelatin, olive oil – this is a crap free zone!

 

If you’re looking for some ideas on how to use the pita, I have been eating it with my AIP Hummus, olive tapenade, sliced cucumbers, and lettuce for Mediterranean Wraps which is SO GOOD.

 

I also want to experiment with using it as a Breakfast Wrap with breakfast sausage, avocado, and some melty Zucchini Cheese.

 

Next week, I’m going to make another batch to bring to work for Chicken Salad wraps with my Crunchy Slaw.

 

Okay,  I gave you 3 ideas. Now you have to tell me how you end up serving these wraps!

 

This grain-free pita is made just from real food ingredients!

 

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AIP Pita Bread

Preparation 00:05 2017-10-17T00:05:00+00:00 Cook Time 00:15 2017-10-17T00:15:00+00:00 Serves Makes 1 pita     adjust servings

Ingredients

Instructions

1. Preheat the oven to 350 degrees. Line a baking sheet with parchment paper.
2. Add all ingredients to a small blender or food processor. Process until a dough is formed, scraping down the sides as needed. Alternatively, you can hand mix the dough in a medium bowl, but it must be smooth, well mixed, and a thick dough consistency.
3. Spoon the dough onto the baking sheet and use your hands to form an oval shape approximately 4 inches wide and 8 inches long. Bake for 14 minutes until it can be easily peeled away from the parchment paper.

 

AIP Instant Oatmeal (Starch and Coconut-Free)

 

 

With the successful launch of 85 Amazing AIP Breakfasts, I realized how many people LOVE their morning meal. Like a deep, earth-rattling passion for your pancakes and cereal. I feel ya. Like I said in my post last week, it’s my favorite meal of the day even though life circumstances sometimes have me skipping it or postponing it to a time period called “lunch”. With my new early schedule, there won’t be much time for a proper breakfast, but I will definitely have 5 minutes to throw this together, which is why I wanted to develop an Instant Oatmeal recipe in the first place! Selfish motivations.

 

All of the AIP porridge recipes on the Web and in the e-book are made from coconut milk, starchy root veggies, or both! I know a lot of people following AIP have further restrictions such as GAPS, low carb, low FODMAP (replace honey with maple for low FODMAP), or starch-free diets, so this one is for you guys! If you can tolerate a little starch, there is also an option for you which will thicken up the oatmeal a bit. This recipe will make a thinner oatmeal (which is how I used to eat my Instant Oatmeal in college), which I enjoy as it doesn’t sit heavily in my tummy.

 

Feel free to play around with the flavors: apple cinnamon, cinnamon raisin, caramelized banana, carob, etc would all be super tasty here!

 

AIP Instant Oatmeal

Serves 1 | Ready in 5 minuets

2 Yellow Summer Squash, cubed

½ tsp Cinnamon

1/8 tsp Ground Cloves

2 tsp Honey

1 T Grass Fed Gelatin

Pinch Sea Salt

For serving: 1/2 cup Blueberries, 1/8 tsp Ground Cinnamon, 1 T Coconut Butter (optiona for coconut-versionl)

Optional Thickeners (Note: These contain starch or coconut): sweet potato flour (1-2 T), coconut flour (2 tsp), arrowroot starch (1 tsp)

  1. Place squash in a food processor and process for 30-45 second until the squash is broken down into the texture of wet oatmeal. A longer process time means thinner oatmeal.
  2. Bring the processed squash, cinnamon, and cloves to a low boil in a small saucepan set over medium-high heat. Remove from the heat and stir in the honey, gelatin, and sea salt. Serve immediately with blueberries, a sprinkle of cinnamon, and a tablespoon of coconut butter, if desired.
  3. Note: If you would like a thicker oatmeal and can tolerate starch, add one of the optional thickeners during step 2.