Sweet Potato Pancakes

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This is one of the most requested breakfasts at our house. Orange pancakes. The kids and I love them and my husband says they are the best paleo pancakes I have made which is awesome. *Note He still loves my old buttermilk pancake far better but those only come out on super rare occasions.

Since going Paleo in September I have been looking for a good pancake recipe because they are a weekly staple in our house. I had tried them with almond flour and coconut flour but for me they consistency wasn’t great. I tried the all banana recipes and it was overwhelming for us. So one day I tried sweet potato puree and banana and it was great. To make them a little more pancake looking I make this in my food processor. You could do it in a blender or by hand but make sure you really mash the sweet potatoes and bananas or you’ll have chunks in your pancakes. I like to make a double batch and the leftovers are great for on the go snacks.

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Sweet Potato Pancakes

This recipe feeds my family of 2 adults and 2 little kids. You can easily double this recipe but if you double it I would only do 6 eggs.

1/2 c. sweet potato puree

1 ripe banana, mashed (2 Tbs.Real Maple syrup)

4 eggs

1 tsp vanilla

1 tsp. cinnamon (or more depending how much you like cinnamon)

1 tsp. pumpkin pie spice

1/4 tsp. baking soda

1/2 tsp. salt

2 Tbs. melted ghee, coconut oil, or butter Plus some for greasing the griddle or pan.

Preheat your oven to 400 degrees. Wash a sweet potato and poke it all over with a fork. Put in the oven and bake til done. Depending on the size it can take anywhere from 45 minutes to over an hour. Take out of oven and let cool.* I usually cook a couple and puree them and freeze the puree so I can whip these up quick.

Preheat griddle to 375 degrees and grease. Once cool take the sweet potato, cut it in half and scrape the insides out into a food processor and puree til smooth.  You’ll need a half cup of puree. You can freeze the rest for later. Blend or whisk the sweet potato, banana, eggs, and vanilla together til smooth. Add the cinnamon, pumpkin pie spice, baking soda, salt, and melted oil and blend til well mixed.

Once the griddle is heated pour batter onto griddle. Let cook for a few minutes. I wait until bubbles have formed and pop to flip them. Then cook the other side. Serve.

My family likes them with maple syrup. I love them with homemade almond butter and sliced bananas. Leftovers? Freeze them and they reheat really well.

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How to: Roast Tomatoes

I love tomatoes. I have always loved tomatoes. I like them sliced, diced, broiled, or baked. Sauced, blended, and marinated. I do not, however, like tomatoes in January. They are typically bland, pale, and blah. In my Bountiful Basket the other week there were some tomatoes in there and instead of throwing them out I remembering seeing a recipe for marinara sauce using roasted tomatoes. Now to figure out how to roast them. It was easy to research tons of ways ut I wanted a very simple way with simple ingredients and here it is.

Preheat the oven to 400.

Cut the tomatoes in half and take the core out of them. Lay them out on an foil-lined pan.

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Drizzle some olive oil over tomatoes and sprinkle with salt and pepper.  Bake for 45 minutes to 1 hour.

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You want them to be nice and roasted. Sometimes mine get a little brown on top. That equals yumminess. Take the tomatoes out of the oven and you’re done.

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Now you can use these any way you want or you can freeze them until you need them.

Now you can enjoy the goodness of using your bland tomatoes but I can’t wait until summer and I can try it out on ripe ones.

My Whole30 Challenge

I started my Whole30 challenge at the same time I started this blog. I figured it would be a great way to hold me accountable. Even though I have dropped the ball on the blog a bit I did not drop the ball on my Whole30 challenge.

Before the Whole30 I ate fairly paleo. I had more treats than probably necessary especially since I started in January. My eating was 50/50 for the month of November and December which is a huge improvement from previous years. There may have been a few weeks that I made almond roca (6 batches) and had a significant amount from each batch. It was delicious though but I noticed my energy sagging, my moods changing, and the slight bloated feeling come back. I had attempted a Whole30 before but left the dairy in knowing that I need it to help with my digestion but this time I wanted to go all in. What I learned from my Whole30 challenge is invaluable to me.

I learned about my relationship with food. I knew I enjoyed making treats for my family and to share with others but I didn’t find them necessary this month. I did make my jerky which felt like a treat and I dried some apples and bananas. It was nice to spend some time in the kitchen (my favorite room in my house) but it was exciting to spend more time with the kids or reading.

I learned I eat when I’m bored, happy, sad, annoyed, and hungry. Cutting down to three meals and some times an afternoon snack really helped me realize how often I was eating. I wasn’t hungry and the only thing I was missing were some of the extra calories I would get from snacking.

I learned how to listen to my body. This was huge! There were some days I would eat more because I was hungry. Sometimes I would eat less. Sometimes I need more carbs (sweet potatoes are my best friend). Sometimes I needed more protein and sometimes I just needed some water.

I was lucky because for me it wasn’t as hard as I was expecting and the benefits were great. I was hoping for more physical changes but I am learning that there are some things that can’t be undone (having kids) and that some times we just have to learn to love how we are.

I’m excited for the next step. People have been asking me what I’m going to have for my first meal after the Whole30. Honestly my cravings are gone. A couple of weeks ago it would have been frozen yogurt with candy toppings but I’m not wanting it right now so I’m not going to eat it. I finally decided to make some Pumpkin Paleo Granola as my first off meal and I am excited but I am also aware that it’s a treat and not a normal thing.

My goal is to eat pretty much how I have been on the Whole3o with the occasional fun.

If you are considering doing the Whole30 I highly recommend it. I feel great. I feel happy. I feel educated.

Slow Cooker Kalua Pork… Yummy!

When we were first married we lived in West Jordan, Utah. My husband was a football coach and teacher at a local high school. I loved living in West Jordan because it is heavily populated with Polynesians and that means two things: Family and Great Food!

Before every home game the parents would make this huge ridiculous meal for the boys and coaches and I was luckily enough to eat some of the food. Delicious. One of my favorite things was the kalua pork. Simple but so flavorful. I had all but forgotten about it until I came a crossed it on NomNom Paleo’s website and now it is a staple. I like to make a 5-7# because we can have it so easily for leftovers. It is good on it’s own. I’ve had it with scrambled eggs. Nachos (for the kids). In soup. Breakfast burritos. It’s very versatile. Very delicious. Very easy.

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Slow Cooker Kalua Pork

5-7# boneless pork butt (I get mine at Costco)

Himalayan Pink Salt (NomNom uses Red Salt but I haven’t ordered it yet so… pink it is)

3-5 strips of bacon

3-5 cloves garlic (optional)

Lay the bacon on the bottom of your slow cooker. For every 1# use 3/4 tsp of salt.Sprinkle and rub salt all over your pork butt. Place cloves of garlic in the butt too. I took my knife and made holes and shoved some in. Place it your pork in the slow cooker and cook on low for 10-12 hours. Take it out of the liquid. Shred it. Drain most of the liquid it’s very salty so you don’t need a ton. Then I throw my pork back in the crock pot and serve it out of there.

 

Sides: I love this with cauliflower faux-tatoes and roasted brussel sprouts. Yum!!

Day 15-17

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Day 15

Workout: Cleans, Hand Release Push Ups, MB Sit Ups

Breakfast: Banana Nut Porridge and eggs

Lunch: Roast beef and veggies

Dinner: Chicken and green salad

Day 16

Workout: Kettlebell Swings, Double Unders, Burpees

Breakfast: Banana Nut Porridge

Lunch: Chicken and green salad, cauliflower rice

Dinner: Kalua Pork, applesauce, and roasted vegetables

Workout: Cleans, Thruster, Push Press, Back Squats,  Pull Ups, Ball Slams, Push Ups, Air Squats, Sit Ups= Death!

Snack: Beef Jerky, 1/2 banana with almond butter, a little sweet potato

I’ve decided that I am only going to have nuts once a day. I think I’ve been eating them a lot and they are starting to replace mindless snacking (which is a no-no).

Day 17

Rest Day

Breakfast: Banana Nut Porridge (My only nuts for the day)

Lunch: Kalua Pork, Roasted Veggies

Snack: Beef Jerky, Dried apples and bananas

Dinner: Bean-Less Chili (Everyday Paleo)

Oh man was I excited this was a rest day. After my surprise two a day workout yesterday (Thanks to my coach) I was exhausted and so sore. All I wanted to do today was lay on my couch. I did get some cleaning done but it was definitely a lower energy day.

Day 14

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Day 14

Workout: “Fight Gone Bad”

Breakfast: Banana Nut Porridge (Against All Grain) Delicious!

Lunch: Eggs, sausage, and cauliflower rice pilaf (Well-Fed), berries with coconut cream, nuts, and coconut chips.

Dinner: Roast beef with roasted brussel sprouts and carrots.

I was talking to a friend today about how I felt my Whole30 was going and it was a great talk because I had a chance to reflect on changes at the half way mark so I figured I would share them with you too.

I am overall a fairly happy person. I don’t stress very much. Just kind of go with the flow. It’s nice.

In talking with my friend I realized that I am even more happy… maybe not that. More… patient which in turns makes me happier. As my Dad would say I have changed my tone of voice with my family. There is less yelling and fighting between us which is very nice. There is more together time because they help me out in the kitchen sometimes and also since I’m not snacking as much I try to stay out of the kitchen which leaves more time for them.

I have more energy. This is huge.I never really felt like I lacked energy. I am still tired by the end of the day which is ending a bit earlier than it used to but I get a lot more accomplished  in the awake hours. Mondays used to just be laundry day but I got most of the house cleaned plus I organized my spices.

I enjoy my food more and appreciate it which sounds really weird but I was habitually on the internet or on the phone or watching tv while eating. Since ending that I feel like I take more time to savor and enjoy my food. Even if it is just ham and a banana with almond butter.

All of these things led to a happier Me which is great and an added benefit that I didn’t know would happen. Another added bonus was my “mean” time I was so nice that even my hubby noticed which is awesome!!

 

I highly suggest you try the Whole30. It’s benefits are limitless and honestly… it’s only 30 days. 🙂

Days 10-13! Hallelujah.

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Day 10:

Today is my rest day. It’ll be nice to rest today but I am sad because that means no sweet potatoes.

Breakfast: Eggs, sausage, and broccoli

Lunch: Chocolate Chili with avocado and onions.

Dinner: Eggs, broccoli, onion, mushrooms, and red pepper.

My energy was great today. My appetite has definitely changed. I don’t know if I’m eating more at my meals but I haven’t been as hungry lately which is awesome. Also I feel like I’ve been more patient with my family. Bonus!

Day 11:

Workout: Cleans, Wall Balls, Dips,and Jump Rope

Breakfast: Eggs, Sausage, and Sweet Potatoes (I was glad to have them back.)

Lunch: Ham, Apples, and broccoli

Dinner: Whole Foods salad bar with Tessemae’s Dressing

Today was great because I went out with my hubby to do some grocery shopping and I was nervous because it’s my first meal out. Granted we were at Whole Foods but it was nice to have the guidelines and follow them!

Day 12:

Workout: Broomstick Mile

Breakfast: Cauliflower rice pilaf (Well-Fed), fried eggs and bacon.

Lunch: Cauliflower rice pilaf, ham, and a hard-boiled egg

Dinner: Ham, Apple with almond butter, and broccoli.

I had to work tonight So dinner was more on the go kind of food but still yummy.

 

Day 13:

Rest day but I still had to work.

Breakfast: Sweet Potato pancake with almond butter and bananas.

Lunch: Ham and broccoli

Dinner: (At my in-laws) Eggs and sausage.

Kind of a boring few days when I type it out but I loved every day of it so that is great!