sauteed kale with bacon and onion

hi!! haven’t blogged in quite some time…it’s definitely overdue. a lot of things happened since the last time i was on here…definitely good changes. 🙂 the bf is now coaching at an amazing box and we LOVE our new CrossFit family! everything happens for a reason…..anyways, we are participating in a nutrition challenge to get back on the paleo lifestyle so of course i’m going to try new recipes! i received two paleo cookbooks for Christmas: Paleo Slow Cooking by Chrissy Gower and Practical Paleo by Diane Sanfilippo. these books are not only filled with delicious recipes but they have a lot of information on the lifestyle. thanks mama kerins!! ❤

kale,bacon,onionso….i made this DELICIOUS side dish — kale with bacon and onion. i actually found this recipe in multiplies paleo websites and recipe books since it’s a common paleo side dish. i regret not cooking this sooner!

ingredients:

  • a bunch of kale — i used the 10 oz bag from TJ. it was already cleaned and cut!
  • 8 strips of bacon
  • 1 medium-sized onion

directions:

  1. cube the bacon.
  2. dice the onion.
  3. in a heated non-stick pan, place the bacon and start sauteeing them. depending on how crunchy you like your bacon bits, that’ll determine how long you keep it on there. i like mine crispy!
  4. when the bacon turns into the color you like, add the diced onions.
  5. keep stirring the bacon and onions until the onions become translucent.
  6. add kale. because too much kale for my small pan, i had to add my kale in bunches. i had to wait until some kale would wilt before adding more.
  7. take a fork and ENJOY that sucker. it’s a perfect side dish for everything!

the sweetness from the onion and the saltiness from the bacon adds an amazing touch to the kale…this is definitely going to be a favorite in our household!

bacon and chive sweet potato biscuit

you had me at the name of this dish! i love bacon, chives and sweet potato so imagine all of together….yup! it’s that good.

ingredients:

  • 1 large sweet potato
  • 3 tablespoons coconut flour
  • 3 eggs
  • 6 strips of bacon
  • bacon fat
  • 3-4 tablespoons chives
  • 1 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon garlic powder
  • salt and pepper to taste

here’s what i did with those ingredients:

  1. bake or microwave your sweet potato. whatever you please to get it mashable.
  2. peel and mash sweet potato in a bowl.
  3. preheat oven to 375 degrees.
  4. place diced bacon in a skillet and brown it.
  5. place bacon on a paper towel (and plate) to drain excess fat. don’t throw away the bacon fat. you will use it shortly.
  6. mix whisked eggs and mashed sweet potato. then add bacon fat and mix.
  7. add dry ingredients: coconut flour, baking powder, garlic powder, and salt and pepper. mix.
  8. mix in diced, cooked bacon and thinly diced chives.
  9. on a lined baking sheet, use a large spoon to drop mixture, shaping if needed.  this recipe is enough for twelve biscuits.
  10. bake for 22-27 minutes.
  11. let rest.
  12. add whatever the hell you want…but it’s pretty tasty on its own.

spaghetti squash

directions for the spaghetti squash:

  1. cut spaghetti squash lengthwise
  2. fill half with water and put the other half on top as if to make it whole again
  3. put in a container that will hold it upright in place
  4. microwave for 10 mins (longer if it’s bigger)
  5. let cool for bit because it’ll be HOT!
  6. pour water out and scrape out seeds
  7. using a fork, string out the insides of the spaghetti squash. it should like spaghetti.

baby broccoli

when i was prepping for my figure competition, my coach put me on a broccoli and chicken diet. it was awful and because of that, i’m sick of broccoli! ….until we discovered baby broccoli aka broccolini.  it’s a good side dish for ANYTHING!

ingredients:

  • broccolini
  • coconut oil
  • garlic powder
  • salt
  • pepper

directions:

  1. grease a pan with coconut oil — heat oil on high
  2. cut the broccolini in thirds
  3. once the pan is hot, add broccolini
  4. add garlic powder, salt and pepper
  5. keep mixing until you see the broccolini is getting soft.
  6. take out of pan and enjoy

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roasted brussels sprouts

this is a current favorite for the bf and me. VERY simple to make:
 
  • wash and cut. cut the “butts” off and cut in half.
  • preheat the oven to 400 degrees.
  • drizzle oil and spices on the sprouts in the pan.
  • bake/roast for 20 mins.

(if your oven is amazing like ours, then you’ll end up with some brussels sprouts chips too!!)

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