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These cute potatoes are simple to make, and probably get you some attention in the form of eye-rolling from your social media-savvy kids – right before they eat them all up!
Start with 6-8 small potatoes, scrub them and cut them in half lengthwise to give you the flattest cut surface area. Use your knife to score the cut side of the potatoes into the hashtag (tic tac toe) sign.
Preheat the oven to 400 degrees. In a bowl mix together 2-3 Tablespoons of olive oil, 3/4 teaspoon smoked paprika and 1/2 teaspoon sea salt. Dip the potatoes into the bowl of seasoned olive oil coating all sides but especially the cut side. Place the potatoes cut side up on a baking sheet or baking dish. Bake at 400 degrees for 30-45 minutes or until tender on the inside and golden brown on the outside.
Here’s another great post from Amy, the other half of Well Fed Family. I will forgive her description of me in the morning because this recipe is so yummy!
Getting Creative with Breakfast
After my sister went gluten free, she began coming up with very creative breakfast ideas. These often involved shredding various vegetables and slowly sautéing them in bacon grease, then topping them with a fried egg. Lee is not a morning person, and moves very slowly in the morning. This means that it takes her a while to cook her breakfast, especially when we’re in vacation-mode at the lake. Something about this method of slowly cooking brightly colored vegetables, combined with the mouth-watering aroma of bacon, makes my sister’s gluten-free breakfasts very appealing. Is it the way she stands at the stove, patiently sautéing? Or is it the visual appeal of the bright vegetables? Maybe it’s the heavenly smell of the whole thing. Or maybe it’s all of that plus the relaxing atmosphere of the lake? I don’t know, but after spending Christmas together and watching Lee prepare more Paleo style breakfasts, I found myself back home scouring the fridge for something more colorful and exciting than the same old bacon and eggs.
Everything’s Better with Bacon
On that particular day, my fridge was found wanting of pretty squash and beautiful greens, but I did have a bag of Brussels sprouts needing to be used, and a big bushel box of sweet potatoes from a recent bulk foods delivery. There was just one thing missing, and that was in the freezer: BACON! I immediately knew what to do, and produced a breakfast that made me the envy of my family. First I cooked a few slices of bacon, then sautéed some shredded sweet potato and Brussels sprouts in the grease. When that was done, I crumbled bacon on top and set it aside while I fried an egg. I ate the egg on top of the potatoes and Brussels sprouts. It was divine! And it was so delicious that I made it again for dinner for my oldest daughter and me, then again the next day for the family! A few days later, I increased the quantities and took it to a potluck. Yes, a legend has been born. This is our new favorite dish.
You can adjust this recipe to serve just one or two people, or to make enough as a side dish for a full meal. The amounts given here make a nice sized side dish that will provide leftovers, but you can use just one sweet potato, a couple slices of bacon and a handful of Brussels sprouts to make enough for one or two people. A food processor makes preparation quick, but if you are just making enough for one person then it is no trouble to just use a hand grater and a knife. You can chop the sprouts as coarsely or fine as you like. Finely shredding the sprouts makes their flavor less bold for those finicky eaters in your family.
Sweet Potato, Brussels Sprouts and Bacon Saute
1 package bacon, preferably antibiotic-free, nitrite-free
1 package Brussels sprouts, washed and stems and outer leaves trimmed
2 or 3 sweet potatoes, peeled (optional) and shredded sea salt and freshly ground pepper to taste
Cook the bacon in a heavy-bottom skillet until somewhat crisp. Remove the bacon to a paper towel to cool, and reserve the drippings in the skillet. While the bacon is cooking, chop or shred the Brussels sprouts and set aside. Add the sweet potatoes into the hot bacon grease, slowly sautéing over medium heat until tender. Add the chopped Brussels sprouts, continuing to sauté until they are cooked to your liking. Crumble the bacon and mix it in. Taste for salt and pepper, and add if needed. Serve immediately!
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People have a love/hate relationship with Brussels sprouts. I happen to be in the love camp. We were in Auburn, AL, recently and went out to eat for my daughter’s birthday. They had Brussels sprouts on the menu. They were crispy, salty and smoky and I’ve been thinking about them ever since. I’ve come pretty close to the flavor with this recipe. This is so simple, really, that it’s hardly a recipe.
I started with a pound of fresh Brussels sprouts which I washed, trimmed off the bottoms and outer leaves, and sliced in half. The sprouts went in a big bowl, and then I melted about 2 Tablespoons of bacon grease. Yes, I save bacon grease – and you should too! Lard and bacon grease are stable fats for cooking, have a nice balance of monounsaturated and saturated fats, and if your pigs lived outdoors they’re also a source of vitamin D. Anyhow, back to the recipe – I sprinkled a couple of teaspoons of Smoky Salt Blend over the sprouts, drizzled on the bacon grease and tossed it all together. Everything got dumped into a stoneware pan (a cast iron skillet would work too) and roasted at 425 degrees for about 25 minutes until they were caramelized on the outside and tender on the inside.
I made sure there were a few Brussels sprouts leftover and had myself a Paleo-style breakfast this morning. I fried up one slice of bacon, reheated the sprouts in the pan and crumbled the bacon over top. Then fried up one of the eggs from my recent farm delivery over easy on top of the whole thing. I love veggies and eggs for breakfast!
To say my daughter loves this menu would be an understatement. Whenever she sees me meal planning she begs me to include these burgers. When she noticed me pulling out the recipe to blog she asked hopefully, “Can we have these tonight?” And I agree they are delicious. We’ve served them to company because even though it’s casual fare it’s still enough of a flavor carnival in your mouth you feel special just eating it.
A couple of notes about the ingredients: Sriracha sauce is a very spicy Thai sauce made from hot chili peppers, vinegar and garlic. It’s easy enough to find in most grocery stores BUT it’s important to read the labels because most of them have chemical preservatives in them – don’t ask me why because there’s nothing in hot chilis, vinegar, garlic and salt that needs extra chemicals! So anyhow, look for a sauce without preservatives. Lee Kum Kee makes one and so does Shark Brand. The red curry paste is another ingredient that needs label reading. Red curry paste should be just a mixture of flavorful herbs and spices including lemongrass, galangal, Kaffir lime, and chilies. But sometimes you will find msg or chemical preservatives, too. I like Thai Kitchen’s red curry paste, but I’ve read good things about Mae Ploy brand and both of those have good ingredients.
To get this all on the table at the same time here’s the order I do things: First I mix up the Lime Mayo sauce and refrigerate it, then I mix up the slaw with the dressing and let it marinate. Then I like to get the burgers all mixed up and shaped into patties on a tray. The burgers will absorb all the flavorful ingredients as they sit. Lastly I slice up the sweet potatoes and get them into the oven so they will be done when the burgers are grilled. If you don’t want to heat the kitchen at all you can actually make the sweet potato fries on the grill, too, but you’ll need to get them started before the burgers since they take a little longer. Once the potatoes are going I grill the burgers. Poultry burgers must be fully-cooked, no medium or rare with these guys! I use an instant-read thermometer to check that they are done. A minimum of 165 degrees is recommended.
For the Lime Mayo sauce: Combine everything in a small bowl and set aside.
For the Slaw: Combine the vegetables, stir in the remaining ingredients and toss well to coat with the dressing. Set aside.
For the burgers: Combine the ground chicken, scallions, soy sauce, honey, sesame oil, curry paste and garlic mixing well in a large bowl. Divide the mixture into eight 4oz patties. Grill over medium-high heat about 4-5 minutes per side. Burgers are done when they reach an internal temperature of 165 degrees Fahrenheit.
For the sweet potato fries: Slice the sweet potatoes lengthwise into wedges about 3/4″ thick, at least 8 wedges per potato. Toss the slices with melted coconut oil and sprinkle liberally with sea salt. You can roast them in a cast iron or stoneware baking pan at 425 degrees for 25 minutes, or you can grill the wedges on a medium-high grill for about 12 minutes per side. If they begin to burn on the outside before they are tender in the middle, move them away from the direct heat and allow them to continue cooking.
Hot sunshine on the back of my neck. The smell of peaches and cantaloup in the fruit bowl on the table. Fragrant gardenia blossoms in a vase. Watermelon, baked beans, grilled hamburgers and my mom’s homemade potato salad. The sound of the diving board followed by a splash. All of these mean summer to me. And when it comes to that potato salad no one makes it better than mom!
Whenever we gather for family cookouts we always need potato salad. Make a big bowl full and hope for leftovers for lunch the next day. Bring it to your next summer gathering because it’s easy and tastes even better when you make it ahead of time.
I love the look of the multi-colored potatoes in this recipe, but if you can’t find them you can use new potatoes of any color. Red Finn and Red Thumb are two varieties that actually have rosy colored flesh. Purple Peruvian has a striking blue flesh all the way through that intensifies when cooked. Yukon Gold is creamy colored. The standard red-skinned potatoes are also delicious.
*a note about mayonnaise: the very best mayo to use is a homemade (and fermented) one such as this recipe or this one. If you aren’t making your own then please read the labels on the store brands and buy one made from safflower, sunflower, coconut or maybe grapeseed oil. Just avoid the ones made with GMO soy, corn and canola.
Amy and I are visiting mom and dad in east central Alabama; it’s time for our annual Cousins’ Camp. The kids have been looking forward to this for months – and so have the grownups because who doesn’t love to spend a week swimming in the lake, water skiing, hiking in the woods and just relaxing in the hammock?!
This week of Cousins’ Camp always signals the beginning of summer to me and some of the things that make it feel that way aren’t the sunshine or swimming. It’s the scent of the freshly cut gardenia blossoms from the front yard filling mason jar vases around the house. It’s the first peaches and cantaloupe of the season ripe and fragrant gracing bowls and baskets in the kitchen. It’s also the abundance of fresh vegetables from the local farm markets. I especially love the summer squashes mom gets from her CSA.
Sauteed squash and leeks with feta and basil
The CSA is with Randle Farms on the outskirts of Auburn, AL. The 200+ acre family-run farm grows blueberries, blackberries and other fruits; seasonal vegetables; and they raise sheep, cattle, pigs and chickens which are rotated on the green pastures and used to improve soil fertility all over the farm as well as provide meat, eggs and dairy for farm customers.
This week we are feasting on Zephyr Squash, onions and leeks. This morning I’m dicing up some onion and a small squash and sauteeing them in a little bacon grease for about ten minutes, then frying an egg over easy and serving it on top of the sauteed vegetables for an easy Paleo breakfast. Mom likes to halve the squashes lengthwise, steam them and top them with some grassfed butter and sea salt. Here’s another recipe that uses both squash and the leeks from the CSA box together with fresh summer herbs.
Casablanca, Marrakesh, sultans and belly dancers, spice markets, and people wearing fezzes before fezzes were cool – Morocco brings an exotic flavor to all sorts of things including this great little salad. Savory and spicy, cool and tangy, very fragrant with lots of crunchy textures this salad is like a little travelogue for your mouth.
Make this Moroccan Quinoa and Chickpea Salad ahead of time and let the flavors mix and mingle. Take it to a Memorial Day picnic or pack it in your lunchbox. It’s very portable, you could even take it in your carry-on bag when you fly saving you from having to eat those little packets of processed bits they hand out during in flight service. Quinoa and chickpeas give this salad quite a protein punch while the almonds and olive oil add good fats making for a satiating dish. If you soak and cook your own garbanzo beans from dried you’ll make this dish even more nutritious and, because quinoa is not a grain but really a seed, it qualifies as a grain-free and gluten-free recipe!
I love tabbouleh. I had to look up how to spell it; apparently it can be tabouli, tabouleh, and a few more variations. Makes sense since the salad itself has several variations. Traditionally it is made from bulgur wheat, parsley, onion, tomatoes, lemon juice and olive oil. But bulgur wheat (which is made by taking grains of wheat, steaming or partially boiling them and then drying and cracking them up ) has gluten in it. Bad for me as gluten gives me a tummy ache so I avoid it whenever I can. But what’s a girl to do when she still craves the lemony fresh green taste of a good tabbouleh?
Quinoa to the rescue! Quinoa (keen-wa) is a pseudo-cereal meaning it’s not really a grain since it doesn’t come from a grass-type plant. Instead it is more closely related to beets or spinach, so it doesn’t contain gluten. I buy quinoa from the bulk bins at my local health food store which saves a couple dollars per pound over the grocery store packages, but either way you will probably still need to rinse it before you cook it. Quinoa has a naturally bitter coating, so I just put the quinoa in a wire mesh strainer and rinse it for a few minutes in cold water before draining it and then cooking it. Sometimes you can find pre-rinsed quinoa so you can skip that step. Either way, quinoa is cooked like rice. 1 part quinoa to 2 parts water plus a little salt and butter, bring to a simmer, stir, cover and cook on low for about 30 minutes or until the water is absorbed. Cool, fluff and serve.
This tabbouleh recipe makes enough for a side dish for a family of four. It can easily be doubled or tripled to make more for a crowd. It keeps for a couple of days in the refrigerator so you can make extra and take the leftovers for lunch.
Fresh green beans are overflowing the farmer’s market tables and produce bins. These aren’t the thick, heavy pole beans in need of lengthy simmering, but rather the long, thin, bright green snap beans perfect for quickly steaming served glistening with deep yellow spring butter. Or pair them with the first early tomatoes and make this party-worthy side dish.
This recipe is a family favorite and makes about 5 servings, but you can easily double it to serve a crowd for Easter dinner. The flavors go well with a beautiful roast leg of lamb or golden turkey.
The weather here in Central Florida has been spectacular this week – blue skies, fluffy white clouds, temps in the mid-70s to low 80s, cool breezes in the palm trees – it’s like living in a vacation postcard 🙂 The mint in my yard is growing like crazy, I picked enough peppermint to dry and use for peppermint tea, and I’m using the English mint in a great salad recipe that I can’t wait to share with you today! Grapefruit season stretches on at least through the end of this month and it’s getting to that time of year where people are tired of it and are leaving bags of it in the back hall at church or on people’s front porches. My avocado tree is already blooming, getting ready for next year, but I did find a big bag of five avocadoes for $4 at Sam’s Club.
I love all the different tastes and textures in this dish with juicy tart grapefruit, creamy rich avocado, and the mojito magic of the lime and mint all come together to create a salad that makes its own dressing. I’ve used spring mix, and I’ve used different kinds of head lettuces, but I also think arugula might be good with its peppery bite. Sturdy Romaine holds up well if you want leftovers. Peel and supreme the grapefruit right over the bowl you will use for the salad so you catch all the juices. Never supreme a grapefruit? It’s easy, but you need a sharp knife! Just peel the fruit including the white pith, then use the sharp knife to slice out the individual sections and tossing the membrane (but not before squeezing out any remaining juice into the bowl!)