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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.

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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 🙂

Genuine with All of the Faults In-Between WIAW

Recently I’ve realized that I all of my posts are starting to sound like a whiny college student. I guess that should be fine since I AM a college student who occasionally likes to whine banter diplomatically. A while back though one of the bloggers that I follow mentioned that once they left college, they really didn’t like reading blogs written by college students anymore because they couldn’t relate any longer. For me, I read blogs from people of all age groups and interests. If someone is interesting or seems like a genuine person I’ll follow along no matter the age or topic.

With that said, I believe that blogger’s statement has stuck with me because it serves a reminder that not everyone reading is in college or can relate to being in college. And as I am so much more than just a typical “college student,” I don’t want every post I write to be weighed down with my talk of exams, homework and sleep.

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Something that I know you all can relate to though is technology. Social Media. Let’s talk about Instagram for a moment. Have you ever heard of F4F, L4L or S4F? If not, then skip down a few paragraphs to the food pictures because it’s not important. If you have heard/seen or even experienced the profound meaning behind F4F though… Please explain why this even exists?

Upon joining Instagram I thought it was a way to quickly share and express yourself through images. Whether that be with pictures of food, beautiful scenery, workouts, pets, or a combination thereof, I believed that Instagram was all about showing what is unique about YOU. Other than adding the filters, how much more raw and real can you get than sharing captioned images of your everyday life? You leave yourself open to comments from people literally all around the world. You connect with people from EVERYWHERE.

I thought it was truly an amazing thing. Until I started seeing those hashtags I mentioned above. Follow for Follow? Like for Like? Shout out for shout out? I have issues with getting mad about things having nothing to do with me, but these hashtags just made me downright angry. Almost to a ridiculous point I was furious at these Instagramers. How dare they disrupt this beautiful thing going on with commercialism? By asking for an undeserving follow, like or shout out they are just superficially inflating their accounts. I’ve seen people with thousands of followers getting less than a dozen likes per picture. Not because the pictures were horrific or anything like that; it was because those followers weren’t following them for THEM. Just for the reciprocated “follow,” “like,” or “shout out.”

f4f

As I said, in reality it is my fault for expecting social media to be anything other than social media. Even on blogs I will get the occasional comment where the only thing someone says is “Love your blog! Will you check out mine?” To me this discredits them on my second requirement for following a blog- BEING GENUINE!

genuine

There is so much more to be said on this subject and yet, right now if I continue I think I will start to sound like my scratched up Backstreet Boys’ Millenium CD. After awhile from so much abuse it could barely get through the first track of “Larger than Life” without repeating the manical laugh of A.J. McLean. One thousand times over.

Similarly, I don’t think any of you want me to repeat myself one thousand times over, creepy laugh or not.

(I just realized that this is way more “thinking” than I had planned for a simple WIAW post. I’m also going to be linking up with Amanda at Running With Spoons tomorrow for her Thinking Out Loud link-up!

Thinking-Out-Loud

Now for an entirely genuine WIAW with all of the faults in between, here is some food of recently… some mine, mostly not 😉

Hey! I can actually use this WIAW button and tell the veggie truth this week 🙂
I have been absolutely terrible about posting recipes lately, and it’s not for lack of edited photos or having the time to write them up. In fact, there are currently three complete recipes just waiting to be published in the queue. It’s just the “other stuff” that needs to be written along with them. The “life” stuff. Example number 3 is below for a new cracker recipe I just made over the weekend. They are nut-free and are packed with tons of flavor.

crackers-close-color-sharp

The next recipe I need to share (oh wait, that means I actually have 4 recipes all typed up! These two plus a vegan banana bread, and a smoothie recipe 8o … Alright, I will be sharing at least one this week!) is for some apple bread that I baked up in small ramekins. They are kind of a coffee cake/cinnamon heaven. I’m not sure what to call them yet. Now though I feel like “heaven” should definitely be included somewhere in the name?? They made my house smell absolutely wonderful.

apple-outside-sharp

Now for something that I have been snacking on:

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Green… Ice cubes?

cucumber-frozen-2-sharp

Yes, those would be green ice cubes that I brought back with me from home to eat during the week. I took about 5 cucumbers, peeled them (the skins bother me), ran them through the juicer and then froze the juice into ice cube trays. All of the juice made around 30-something ice cubes in all. When I’m home for the weekend I like to make fresh cucumber juice, but during school that’s not possible so frozen is the next best thing. Originally I planned to thaw them out the night before and have a glass in the morning. Then I forgot and decided to eat them like Popsicles (or ice cubes… Since I really do just eat plain ice cubes. I’m not the only one, right?).

And below you can see a glass of cucumber juice in all of its glory. That is about 1 cucumber juiced, and then diluted with an equal amount of water. Delicious and refreshing. My mom was intrigued and asked to try some. She commented that it was surprisingly sweet, and I’d have to agree! I never considered cucumbers as being sweet before, but the juice definitely is.

cucumber-juice-sharp

Just for the fun of it, I decided to throw in a random picture of me to prove that I am in fact alive (Just in case there was any doubt). I’m also going to break my sort-of-vow above and acknowledge that I look a little worn out in this picture. I’m just plain tired t0 tell you the truth and am aiming for a full 8 hours tonight (I usually get about 7). Spring Break next week will be very welcomed indeed!

me-myself-i-dark

Questions for you:

Do you have an Instagram? How do you feel about the follow for follow trend that has emerged?

What recipes have you made recently? And have you posted about them (FAIL for me 🙁 )

Have you ever snacked on ice cubes before? I can’t be the only one!

Do you still hold onto your old scratched CDs? I’m sure I could rummage around and still find that old Backstreet Boys CD if I tried!!