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WIAW- Recipe Reviews and Sweet Potato Biscuits

The weather has been so nice recently, very warm and sunny. It’s perfect picture-taking weather. Over the winter I was forced to take most of my food pictures inside, and while it was fun to create a little DIY setup, nothing can beat natural light. I’m still getting back into the groove of outdoor shots since they differ greatly from inside ones, but I can still say that I’m glad to be back!

For today I thought there would be no better way to do a WIAW than to take pictures of some of the recipes I have been making from the Primal Life Kit (Affiliate links included). The sale ends in less than a week so I really encourage you to at least check out the goods. There are some fantastic cookbooks in there to be enjoyed by anyone, especially those who have to avoid gluten and dairy.

Breakfast

Starting the day here is a breakfast recipe straight from the PDF pages of Caveman Feast Ebook, written by George Bryant (of Civilized Caveman) and Abel James. Aside from a hilarious video on the ebook’s main page where George dresses up like bacon (??!!), it also gives you a few recipe previews and a run-down of what you’ll find inside. There are over 200 recipes and the ebook is valued at $47.

Caveman Feast Cookbook

The recipe that I made from the ebook was the Coconut Pancakes with Raspberry Reduction. Pancakes are kind of my thing when it comes to breakfast. I just adore making them and really enjoying trying out new variations. This one of course features coconut flour and was very simple to make. In the beginning I started to make the raspberry reduction too, but got inspired and that ended up becoming an ice cream/smoothie. Whoops. Still, with a topping of sliced bananas and organic honey, I made two nice stacks for my mom and dad, who both gobbled them up within minutes. It was a success.

Caveman Feast Pancakes

Caveman Feast Pancakes

Lunch

Next up came lunch, which we actually ate out for on Easter so I don’t really have a picture to share for the food specifically. It was at a Chinese Buffet and I ended up getting a plate full of shrimp cocktail, steamed clams, and crab legs. I do have a partial family picture from the day though.

wiaw-easter-lunch

Supper

For supper I knew that I had to make a recipe from the Chowstalker Community Cookbook.

Chowstalker Community Cookbook

I can’t even begin to guess at how long it took me to pick which one to make though. I jumped back in forth literally between countless recipes for a good hour before picking. Originally I was going to make an egg-type casserole, but instead I picked a more brother-friendly recipe with ground beef. The recipe that I chose was Sweet Potato Chili from contributor Katja at Savory Lotus and once again my family loved it. We had to make some substituions with the spices, zucchini for the celery, and some cooking adjustments (for time sake and because we didn’t have everything on hand), but it still turned out wonderful. One of the ingredients was broth which I was being stingy with and saving for school this week, so omitting that made the chili gloriously thick and there was a nice sweet potato bite in every spoonful.

Chili Seasonings

Sweet Potato Chili

Side

Finally, last but not least, I came up with a new recipe of my own. Inspired by the sweet potatoes in the chili recipe, I found my great grandmother’s old cookbook, located a basic biscuit recipe, and then proceeded to adapt it to my liking. It turned out pretty well for just winging it (funny enough, it kind of had the faint taste of Ritz crackers…. weird). I’m sharing the tentative recipe now, but I will definitely be reworking it in the future and perfecting the sweet potato biscuit. It makes a great side for chili!

Grain-Free and Vegan Sweet Potato Biscuits

Grain-Free Sweet Potato Biscuits

Grain/Gluten/Wheat-Free, Dairy/Egg-Free, Vegan, Nut-Free Option, Paleo-Friendly, No Added Sugar

Makes 9 biscuits

Grain-Free and Vegan Sweet Potato Biscuits

Ingredients:

  • 1/4 cup tapioca flour
  • 3/4 cup almond flour (use sunflower seed flour for nut-free)
  • 1/3 cup coconut flour
  • 1 tbsp baking powder (sodium and corn-free)
  • 1/2-1 tsp sea salt
  • 1/4 cup coconut oil, hard (you can probably replace this with butter or palm shortening)
  • 1 small sweet potato, baked and mashed (about 88 grams or 1/4 cup)
  • 1/2 cup or more of light coconut milk
  • seasonings as desired (garlic powder and onion powder for savory; cinnamon, nutmeg and ginger for sweet)

Grain-Free and Vegan Sweet Potato Biscuits

Grain-Free and Vegan Sweet Potato Biscuits

Directions:

  1. Preheat oven to 425 degrees and line a baking sheet with parchment paper.
  2. In a medium bowl combine the first five dry ingredients and optional seasonings if desired.
  3. Then cut in the coconut oil with a fork like you are making a pie crust. After cutting in the coconut oil you should be able to squeeze the mixture together into large crumbs.
  4. After adding in the coconut oil mash in the sweet potato until completely combined.
  5. For the last step mix in about 1/2 cup coconut milk and mix until combined. Add more if needed and let rest for about 5 minutes for the coconut flour to soak up the liquids.
  6. Using a tablespoon scoop out a heaping spoonful of dough onto the parchment paper. I rolled mine in my hands for a more uniform shape but that is not required. Before placing the dough in the oven take your fingers and press down slightly on the balls of dough to flatten them out.
  7. Bake for 20 minutes and check the biscuits. They should be starting to get a dark golden brown color around the edges. Add more time if necessary and remove to cool. If you cut into your biscuits and they are a little moist inside, place the cut side face up on a baking sheet and either broil or bake in the oven for a few more minutes to dry them out. Enjoy!

Grain-Free and Vegan Sweet Potato Biscuits

These have a very neutral flavor and would pair well with almost any topping. My parents went to the old standby of grass-fed butter before I suggested honey. It turns out that honey + butter was the golden ticket of toppings for these biscuits. A must try if you end up making the recipe.

Dessert

Dessert of course was more brownies. Specifically my coconut flour brownies which people (aka my mom and dad) cannot get enough of. They are just sweet enough and very satisfying. Many commenters have said that they haven’t had much success with coconut flour in the past or are scared to try it out. These are the perfect first recipe to try with that bag of coconut flour you just have sitting in your closet!

Coconut Flour Brownies

Once again, I would encourage you to check out the Primal Life Kit. Alone the two cookbooks that I reviewed today would cost way more than the $39 price of the package. And alone these two cookbooks are certainly worth it. Take my word (and my pictures’ 1000 words-worthiness) that this is a fantastic deal. In the end though, if you buy the kit, great! (And thanks in advance if you do). However, even if you don’t buy the kit, you should take a look at the sales page to get some ideas for some great single cookbook purchases. As an accounting major I’m required to tell you that the first option is more financially sound, but it’s ultimately up to you 😉

 

Thanks to Paleo Plan for creating the awesome package, and to Jenn at Peas and Crayons for letting me share my family’s eats and recipe reviews for this week’s WIAW! Don’t forget to check out all of the other bloggers’ posts for today.

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Questions for you:

 How did you celebrate Easter?

What do you like to add to your chili to shake things up? Sweet potatoes? Chocolate? Peanut butter? (I have yet to try the last two but I’ve heard they are very good!).

Check out the Primal Life Kit sales page and tell me one cookbook/product that you are interested in. I’m looking to do more reviews but am slightly overwhelmed by how many there are choose from! I need YOUR help 🙂

Bacon, Egg and Cheese Biscuffins

Bacon, Egg and Cheese Biscuffins (Grain-Free)

Just this week and next week and I will be over the hump of midterms! It’s actually kind of strange since I’m only in my sixth week of school in 2014. I usually associate midterms with “half” so that would mean that midterms should be at week 8… Maybe it’s always been like this and I don’t remember? It’s entirely possible.

Anyways, do you know what stinks about living in a dorm?

Fire drills.

fire-drill-diagram

Not even fire drills specifically though because the second word “drill” implies that they were planned. Fire alarms are really what I have a gripe with. On Sunday night right after I was walking back from the parking lot where I leave my car for the week, the fire alarm in my dorm went off. Okay, so I had to wait outside for 15-20 minutes in the freezing cold at 8:00pm. No biggie.

But then it happened again! At 12:30pm that night, after I was already in bed for over an hour and completely out of it. I literally stumbled out of my room into the common area pulling my pajama pants down over my (fake) tan ugg boots. Classy.

Like I said, I was out of it; however, I distinctly remember one of my suite-mates laughing as I tumbled out, eyes squinting and saying something along the lines of “Awww…. Madison.” Needless to say my suite mates were hardly put out since they were still awake (crazy, I know), except for the one who was in the shower when the alarm went off. Yes, I suppose I was better off than her.

So I guess the moral of this story is that I really can’t wait to move into an apartment next semester. That was actually one of the things that the realtor mentioned on Friday as we were looking at places. I had never even thought about it, but as soon as I did my face spread into this wide grin that probably stayed on for hours.

Say it with me: NO FIRE ALARMS.

fire-drill-minions

Sweet freedom friends.

Now I just have to hold out, oh, 10 more weeks…

Lucky for all of you though, the twice-in-one-night(mare) of fire alarms didn’t occur until this week. Before that I was a bit more rested and knocked out three new recipes during the weekend. First up are these Bacon, Egg, and Cheese Biscuit Muffins. Biscuffins as I like to call them. 😆 I took the biscuit portion of the muffins from a previous vegan biscuit recipe of mine. Then I molded them into silicon muffin tins, sprinkled in some cheese, poured in an egg mixture, and topped with super crunchy bacon.

Bacon, Egg and Cheese Biscuffins (Grain-Free)

Before getting into the recipe I have a tip on how to cook your bacon Mess-Free! Seriously. Zero clean up.

How to Bake Bacon in the Oven (mess-free!)

What you need to do is preheat your oven to 350 degrees, line a baking sheet with foil, lay out the bacon into one layer, and cook for 20 minutes or until crunchy. After the bacon is consumed throw away the foil and your baking sheet is as good as new! (I used turkey bacon because that’s all we had. Regular bacon may be slightly more fatty and therefore a little more messy). I’ve also seen where some people baked the bacon on a cooling rack on top of a cookie sheet to catch the fat below. I think I’ll try that next time if we use full-fat bacon. Let me know if you try out this method because it is seriously genius and results in way better bacon than making it in the microwave! (My other mess-free method 🙂 ).

Bacon, Egg and Cheese Biscuffins

Grain/Gluten/Wheat-Free, Paleo/GAPS Diet-Friendly, Nut/Dairy-Free Options, Meat-Free Options

Makes 10 Biscuits/Muffins

Bacon, Egg and Cheese Biscuffins (Grain-Free)

Ingredients:

  • Grain-Free and Vegan Biscuits
  • about 1/2 cup cheese (approximately 2 tsp per muffin tin)
  • 2 whole eggs
  • 2 tbsp coconut milk (dairy or nut milk would work as well)
  • sea salt
  • pepper
  • 4 strips of cooked bacon, crumbled

Directions:

  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees and get out 10 silicon muffin tins + a baking sheet to hold them on. (If you don’t have silicon muffin tins get out enough muffin pans for 10 muffins and coat them with oil to prevent sticking).
  2. Mix together the ingredients for the biscuits. Divide the dough among the muffin tins and using your fingers flatten them against the sides of the muffin tins to make a cup shape. Sprinkle in a little cheese into each.
  3. Then whisk together the eggs, coconut milk, and sea salt/pepper as desired. Divide the egg mixture among the muffin tins as well. (I filled mine about 3/4 of the way up. They shouldn’t be completely full because they rise some while baking.).
  4. Finally sprinkle the bacon on top of each and place them in the oven. Cook for about 25 minutes or until the centers are fully cooked.
  5. Remove, cool slightly and enjoy! These are great for a quick breakfast and heat up nicely a day or two later.

Substitution notes:

  • You can in theory use any biscuit recipe that you’d like in this recipe. Just make sure that it is of an equal volume to my biscuit recipe. I can’t guarantee any other recipes but most should work fine.
  • The biscuit recipe originally calls for almond flour, but if you are allergic you can replace it with another nut or seed flour.
  • If you want this to be dairy-free omit the cheese. You could alternatively sprinkle on some almond cheese, nutritional yeast or even a few teaspoons of sauteed vegetables (onions or peppers would be wonderful I think!).
  • If you can’t have coconut, you can instead use a nut milk or even dairy milk in place of the coconut milk.
  • While bacon is one of the key ingredients in this recipe, I do understand that not everyone likes bacon or eats meat. If you eat meat but don’t like bacon, you could probably also top the muffins with some homemade sausage, ground beef, sliced pepperoni, salami, trail bologna, etc. If you don’t eat meat you can omit it and the muffins will still taste great. I’ve also seen where some people have made homemade vegan bacon from coconut flakes and that would be very interesting! If omitting the bacon entirely I would recommend sprinkling on a little sea salt to replicate the salty taste.

Bacon, Egg and Cheese Biscuffins (Grain-Free)

Thanks to Jenn for hosting What I Ate Wednesday this week. Don’t forget to check out all of the other fabulous bloggers!

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Questions for you:

  • Did you have a lot of fire alarms go off in your college dorm?
  • What was the #1 cause? Ours is usually some freshman messing up Mac and Cheese (by forgetting to put water in it 😯 ).
  • Have you ever made a “biscuffin” before?
  • What are you linking up today for WIAW?