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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 🙂

Lots of Eats… Not So Much Sleep

You know it’s going to be a long week when you already start off Monday sleep-deprived. All last week I did really well with going to bed at a decent hour and being fully rested. Then Sunday night when I was working on a group project from home, my teammates were just not responding via e-mail like they needed to. Since our decisions were due at 7:00pm I had to be at my e-mail constantly checking for a response from them. In the end only one of them e-mailed me back. *Sigh* This is why I hate group work.

group-project

Nevertheless, the decisions were in on time (Just 8 more rounds to go. Yippee!…). But that left me still at home at 7:00pm with a few more things to pack. Realistically I wouldn’t have gotten back to my dorm room until 10:00pm or later. And there was still another assignment I had to do for Monday…

So I decided to stay home, do my homework, and leave early Monday morning to be back in time for my 9:30am class. Those two hours were tough as I was extremely tired and I had to stop half way there because I was worried I was going to fall asleep. Never again (you can quote me on that one!).

Now I am typing up this WIAW at a ridiculous hour because I just got back from watching Divergent with a few of my friends. Yes, I already saw it last Saturday, but I rarely have time to do anything social because of all of my schoolwork so I decided that I would take a quick nap after my Accounting class… and gear up to watch the movie at 9:40pm. Yikes.

This is going to be a quick post today, and my posts will probably be staying sparse in the foreseeable future with more exams and group projects this week.

I’m linking up with Jenn at Peas and Crayons, sharing all of the food I made on Saturday and Sunday!

Breakfast

One day for breakfast I made my dad a super simple stack of pancakes. 1 1/2 bananas + 3 eggs + 1/4 tsp baking powder. The texture was surprisingly better than normal and not quite as eggy as when I’ve made them in the past. They will never be quite as perfect as James‘s though 😉

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 Lunch

I had every intention of going to church this Sunday, and was even completely dressed and ready to head out. Then my new medication from my doctor kicked in and basically left me tied to the house for the rest of the day. Fun. It’s kind of on-and-off with whether it sort of/doesn’t work. Anyways, I felt awful because I was supposed to help my mom with the nursery that morning. To make up for it, I cooked her lunch that was ready when my dad and her got home.

First I made a simple homemade BBQ sauce. No crazy ingredients here!

Easy Homemade BBQ Sauce

Adapted from this recipe

Ingredients:

  • 6 oz tomato paste
  • 1/4 cup water
  • 2 tbsp coconut sugar
  • 2 tbsp honey
  • 1 tbsp lemon juice
  • 1 tbsp maple syrup
  •  2 tsp Worcestershire sauce
  • 1 tsp prepared mustard
  • 1 tsp garlic powder
  • 1 tsp onion powder
  • 1/4 tsp chili powder
  • salt and pepper to taste

Directions:

Combine all ingredients in a small pan and heat on the stove for a few minutes until ready to serve.

bbq-sauce-sharp

Then I forked a few sweet potatoes and microwaved them. While the potatoes were cooking I mixed a few cups of homemade shredded chicken and heated it up on the stove. To put it all together just slice open the sweet potatoes, fill with the BBQ chicken and voila!

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Snacks

These below are homemade plantain chips that I made in the microwave. Super easy and I’ll experiment a few more times before sharing the directions.

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I already shared the recipe for my yummy Paleo Peppermint Patties. You need to make them STAT.

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Over the weekend I experimented with one more dessert recipe. I made a pecan honey no-bake base, put a layer of homemade vegan caramel on top, and then a layer of homemade chocolate on top of that. It all tasted great but I think the caramel could be put to better use. More experimentation required! 🙂

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And that sums up everything I made over the weekend! Off to get some ZZZs and I’ll catch you all later!

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Questions for you:

Do you prefer group or single projects?

What is your go-to quick breakfast recipe?

Have you ever made your own condiments before?

Chocolate/caramel OR Chocolate/mint?