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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 Kitย (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 ๐Ÿ˜‰

 

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:

ย 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 ๐Ÿ™‚

My Mini Weekend Vacation

Happy Wednesday everyone! I have some exciting things to share in my next few posts, so get ready ๐Ÿ™‚ In the meantime, today I am writing up a quick recap from this past weekend.

For those of you who are purse lovers, you may be familiar with the brand name Vera Bradley. Actually, even if you aren’t purse lovers (me included), you’ll have probably heard of the company before. They are one of the most popular purse, luggage and accessory companies in the U.S. right now, especially for college girls like myself. You really can’t go more than a few minutes without seeing someone toting around a Vera Bradley quilted purse, book bag, messenger bag, umbrella, etc. They are known for their bold patterns and somewhat expensive, yet high quality lines.

Once a year Vera Bradley holds an Outlet Sale in Fort Wayne, Indiana where they hold a huge discount sale in a large building. Last year over 60,000 people attended the multi-day event. My mom unfortunately didn’t find out about the sale until after it took place last year, but this year we made sure to make plans to attend.

vera-sale-table

So, this Friday my mom drove up to my school, dropped off some food for me to store in my fridge for the coming week, and then together we headed over to Indiana on a long drive. We spent the night at a fancy Hilton Hotel (which we got a huge discount on with AAA and a Vera Bradley coupon) where the room was complete with microwave and fridge.

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vera-hotel-window

 

vera-hotel-desk-tv

 

Also it had a ridiculously large bathroom which I wish I could have stuffed in my overnight bag and transported back to my college dorm room.

vera-hotel-mirrow

 

vera-hotel-sink

 

vera-hotel-shower

 

vera-hotel-bathroom

That night I had one of the best sleeps in a long time. I watched questionable television shows (Dallas anyone?) as I drifted off. Saturday morning we slept in until about 7:00am and after getting ready and eating breakfast, headed out to the sale.

Plantain chips

Plaintains and Chicken for breakfast. Sorry for the reused photos this week!

When we got there the line reached almost to the back portion of the parking lot. It was huge.

I brought a magazine with me to read, but I ended up not needing it. Within minutes my stomach began hurting and I had to borrow my mom’s keys to drive to the nearest gas station. Yes, my medication decided to pick that moment to act up again. Life sucks, but what can you do?

vera-me

When I got back less than 20 minutes later, the line had already progressed a lot and my mom was inside.

This of course made it awkward for me seeing as how there was still a line and all of the women in it were eyeing me suspiciously as a “line cutter” as I walked to the front to find my mom. I decided to hold her on the phone, asking loudly where EXACTLY she was, saying “Are you by the large tv?”… “Where? I don’t see you!” until I finally scooted my way inside. Crisis averted.

Once inside we headed straight into the sale. They handed us each big pink garbage bags and set us free to roam.ย HOLY COW.

vera-sale-table2

There were rows upon rows of tables piled sky high with every patterned bag and accessory imaginable. Here is a map for reference purposes, although it got pretty crumbled from so much use:

vera-map1

Starting at the beginning, we went over every spot several times probably. I read a tip online beforehand about carrying items with you in garbage bags and putting them back later if you decided not to keep them. Apparently patterns run out fast and it’s better to be safe rather than sorry. It turned out to be a good tip because as we returned some items to the random bins on every aisle there were woman there scooping them right back up again.

vera-sale-table3

Everyone was incredibly friendly though, despite how packed the place got. My mom and I traversed around for a few hours before making our final picks and going to checkout. On the way to the checkout we passed a large Vera Bradley quilt on the wall where some others were getting pictures. I offered to take a photo of a girl and her mom in exchange for one of our own.

vera-sale-mom-me

The final checkouts reminded me of the inside lines for rides at Disney World. Organized but crazy. There were so many people and they were buying SO many things! Seriously, one woman had an entire garbage bag to herself and must have pulled out close to a thousand dollars worth of stuff. Most of the things were on sale for over 50% off that day so she was really buying almost two thousand dollars worth, but still, that’s a bunch. The max was $3,500 per person though and I don’t think I saw anyone who managed to buy quite that much.

Once we made it out of the sale and hit the road again, it was time for lunch. We decided to stop by Texas Roadhouse as they have baked sweet potatoes on the menu that I have been getting whenever we go out to eat. Unfortunately I didn’t take any pictures as my phone was dead from snapping shots at the sale. Just imagine an 8oz steak and the largest sweet potato you have ever seen.

hoarder-sweet-potato

Pretend that I didn’t use this photo for my last WIAW… and that it’s plated all fancy at a restaurant alongside a steak.

Then after filling our tummies began our drive back. We hit a snag when my mom dropped me off at my car so I could move it to a closer parking spot at school. She was supposed to follow me back but got stuck behind a few other cars and so began our scavenger hunt to find each other for a good half an hour. I eventually did find her and drove behind her car, waving my hands to no avail in an attempt to grab her attention. We lost each other again and I finally decided to just park my car and walk back to my dorm. Of course my cellphone was still in her car so communication was futile.

Needless to say we eventually found each other, and after a little grocery shopping to set me up for the week, we said our goodbyes.

Funny enough, I don’t actually have any pictures of any of the things we purchased. It ended up being a total of $100 or so for both of us combine though (which compared to the thousands mentioned above, that’s pretty reasonable I’d say ๐Ÿ˜‰ ). I will tell you that I bought a water bottle holder, a wallet, some keychains, and a present for a friend. My mom bought a bag or two, some lunchboxes, and a water bottle holder I think. Even with the huge sales, I still couldn’t justify spending $25 on a tote.

Instead I went on ebay that following Sunday and bought a used Vera Bradley bag for less than $20. Hah. I’m currently shopping for a new book bag for next year too as mine is getting a little worse for wear. It’s a Vera Bradley messenger bag in… Ellie Blue.

vera-bag

I’ll update this post when I get a snapshot of all of our Vera Bradley purchases, and I’ll also post the photo in my next blog post so you won’t miss it. And I’ll probably have to correct myself for whatever I’ve forgotten.ย And my mom saved the day by e-mailing me a picture of our loot. I guess she had been texting her friends pictures of everything we bought already ๐Ÿ™‚

vera-lot

 

Me: Blue/Flower water bottle holder (Actually a baby bottle holder, but it was too cute to pass up), the purple wallet thing, four key chains, and the red wallet for my friend (I wish I had a small iPhone like her. It seems the best stuff only fits iPhones ๐Ÿ™ ).

Mom: Yellow/Black/White lunchbox and matching water bottle holder, purple flowery lunchbox for her friend and a matching purple wallet for herself to take while walking, and a large tote/purse in the same pattern as my messenger bag above.

While not everything went perfectly, it was such a nice break from my usual hectic weekend and it was nice to be away from school and the busyness that comes with only a few weeks left to go!

Thanks Jenn for hosting WIAW again this week. Sorry for having to skimp on pictures… Oh, but to complete the day, I probably ended it with chicken for supper. So predictable, am I right?!

Questions for you:

  • Have you ever heard/bought Vera Bradley before?
  • What is your favorite brand?
  • Do you ever go to outlet/discount sales?
  • Do you like staying in hotels? Any rituals? I personally cannot sleep under the sheets and always have to bring my own blanket and pillow. Haha.