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Slightly obsessed with sweet potatoes

13 Sep

I FINALLY completed a Whole 30 in August! Yay me! I’m crediting it partly to my new found love for sweet potatoes. 

I work long hours on the weekends as a bartender of a busy Mexican restaurant. In my past attempts of the Whole 30, I generally ended up crashing and burning after one of these long weekends. I realized that lack of proper planning was mostly to blame. I would fail to fuel my body during these chaotic hours which would leave me hungry and tired and reaching for sugar. After two or three times falling off the wagon on a Sunday night because I was over-worked and under-fed, I knew I was going to have to really make sure I made time to prep SOMETHING, anything really, and make time to eat it, before I got to the “just eat all the damn cookies at 11pm” hungry point. With 2 kids and a busy schedule, that was easier said than done but I managed to come up with a quick easy meal that I could bulk prep on Fridays and it would last me the weekend.

Behold : A meal with no name

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This first picture is about as simple as it gets. Before work I cooked up some grass fed ground beef with salt and pepper, probably some garlic and onion powders. When I got to work, I “baked” a sweet potato in the microwave. (Stab it repeatedly with a fork or knife, pretending it’s your bosses face if you happen to be annoyed with him, this day, I was. Then cook about 6 to 8 minutes.) I added a dab of ghee and a sprinkle of pumpkin spice. Seriously good stuff here.

By this second picture I had gotten a little bit fancier. I added onions, garlic, bell peppers and spinach to my ground beef. And of course, I still brought along ghee and pumpkin spice for my sweet potato. Holy yum! It’s my favorite combo, maybe ever. This day I brought zucchini, summer squash, and red bells and used the grill at work to cook them. How did I not think of this before??? Since then I’ve even brought steak and pineapples to grill.

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So, just to recap.

1. Cook up a couple pounds of ground meat, adding whatever veggies and seasonings you like.

2. Bake a sweet potato, add tons of ghee and pumpkin spice.

3. Combine all that business and enjoy

Meals for days.

You’re welcome.

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Banana Pumpkin Pancakes

8 Feb

A new breakfast staple in my house is banana pancakes. The first recipe I saw for these called for 2 bananas/2 eggs/ 2 tablespoons of almond butter. They were delicious but my batter wasn’t a consistency I liked. They were delicious though, like banana nut bread!  I saw another recipe that called for 1 banana/ 2 eggs. I decided to try this one and I like it much better! A few days ago I saw a can of pumpkin in my cabinet and decided to play with the recipe.  As with everything I seem to make, it’s super easy, kid-friendly, and oh-so-delicious!

1 can of pure pumpkin

2 bananas

6 eggs

1 tablespoons of pumpkin pie spice

a thumbs worth of butter, ghee, or coconut oil

Puree all ingredients in a food processor or blender. This makes A LOT. I portioned it into 4 equal containers. Each container made me about 8 to 10 small pancakes.

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Now heat up your skillet on medium heat and add some fat. You could use butter, I used coconut oil.  I use just a regular spoon and use 2 spoonfuls for each pancake.

pumpkin banana pancakes cooking

Takes just slightly longer than regular pancakes to mostly cook through. Give it a few minutes and when there are bubbles around the edge and the middle part will be kind of “solid” looking as opposed to liquidy. Flip over and cook another minute or two. Done.

pumpkin banana pancakes

Garnish with berries and serve. For syrup use a touch of local raw honey or a good quality maple syrup (check the label, there shouldn’t be anything but maple syrup in it!!) Your kiddos will be happy because they get pancakes. You’ll be happy because they’re eating whole delicious food!

Here are some regular banana pancakes I made a while back. 2 bananas and 4 eggs. It made A LOT of pancakes, at least 20. You could half it and save some for another meal or cook them up and store them in the fridge for snacks or a really quick meal for the kids.

kiddos pancakes

Gigi is having fresh blueberries with hers.(non-messy version)  For Hunter I heated up some frozen berries for about 3 minutes and it made a compote, no added sugar, the fruit is sweet enough! No syrup needed!

Do you make a version of banana pancakes? I’d love to hear your different recipes or if you try this one, please let me know what you think.

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