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Sweet Potato BLT

I was going for something original. Something no one had had before.

Okay, let’s be honest, it was an accident. I was starving, had only a few things in the house and ran out of bread. But on the bright side, I did make something that I think I would actually go out and buy the ingredients for to make again. Made for an excellent pre-lunch snack (read: second breakfast) and is technically Paleo. What? Paleo and tastes good? Yup, no bread in this BLT.

Sweet Potato BLT

Gather:
1/2 Pound of bacon
Lettuce
1 Medium sized tomato, diced
1 Sweet potato, peeled and diced
Salt and pepper, to taste

In a medium-sized skillet, cook bacon until crispy. Remove cooked pieces from pan and let cool on a paper towel (which will also soak up some excess bacon fat).

Remove most of the bacon fat and place skillet back on the stove. Add sweet potato and cook on medium heat until crispy. This can take 10-15 minutes. Stir occasionally.

Chop bacon and add to a bowl. Add sweet potato, diced tomato, and roughly chopped iceberg lettuce. Add salt and pepper. Toss and enjoy.

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Citrus Garlic Steak Tips

Garlic Steak Tips

So we’re back on The Whole 30 bandwagon, which means that we’re no longer eating any sugar, legumes, grains, alcohol, or dairy. It’s a bachelor’s dream: meat and potatoes, all day, every day.

Which is how Andy and I came to decide on steak tips. Me not wanting another pepper-crusted beef, I went for something new: a citrus and garlic steak tip marinade. Surprisingly, he really liked it. I think I’m going to have to start making some more marinades. I’m taking any suggestions, just as long as they are Whole 30 approved. Thanks! Continue Reading

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Philly Cheese Steak Fries

Philly Cheese Steak Fries

Gah, I totally feel like I just said goodbye to my diet for this one. Soooo good though. It really started as I was having a hankering for a Philly Cheese Steak. And while I did buy bread, for some reason I didn’t really want it on bread. And then I remembered going for poutine the other day with one of my girlfriends (fries topped with gravy and cheese curds). Even more sinful than what I made.

So I pulled some French fries out of the freezer and went to work. The results? A very fabulous, cheesy, dinner. You’ll need a fork for this one.

Philly Cheese Steak Fries

Gather
1/2 medium-sized sweet onion, diced
3/4 green pepper, diced
1 pound of flank steak, sliced thinly
1/2 bag of frozen french fries
Garlic powder
Black pepper
Sea salt
Cheddar cheese, sliced thinly

Red the instructions to your frozen french fries and cook them until slightly crispy.

In a frying pan, cook onions and green peppers. Use a dash of olive oil if you do not have a non-stick pan. Cook on medium heat until onions are slightly browned, almost carmelized. Add steak and a dash of garlic powder, black pepper, and salt to taste. Cook on medium-high heat until meat is cooked through and browned.

Spread meat mixture over cooked French fries. Top with cheddar cheese and put back into the oven at 375 for about 8 minutes, or until cheese is completely melted.

Remove, let cool, and serve. Enjoy with a fork!

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Jalapeno and Cheese Stuffed Panko-Breaded Chicken

Jalapeno and Cheese Stuffed Panko-Breaded Chicken

Some people laugh at me when I say cooking is therapeutic. I kind of let myself go head first into it and just focus on the task at hand, and think about nothing else. On the off days that things are really bad and you just want to hit something, stuffed chicken is kind of a saving grace. Not because it’s easy, but more because you get to beat the heck out of the meat. Hey, it’s cheaper than paying for a kick boxing class.

So when I was having an off day about a week ago, I decided I’d take a little extra time in the kitchen – mallet in hand. Turns out you can make a pretty delicious meal when you put some extra elbow grease into it. Spicy, cheesy, and accompanied by peas and mashed potatoes. Really, could it get any better than jalapeno and cheddar stuffed chicken?

Jalapeno and Cheese Stuffed Panko-Breaded Chicken

Jalapeno and Cheese Stuffed Panko-Breaded Chicken

Gather
1 jalapeno pepper, minced
1 cup of cheddar cheese, shredded
2 whole chicken breasts
Flour
2 eggs, beaten
Panko bread crumbs
Black pepper
Salt
Garlic Powder

Preheat oven to 375.

Slice chicken breast length wise into thirds. Using a mallet or a rolling pin, beat and pound out the chicken until about 1/4 inch thick. Line chicken with a sprinkling of jalapeno peppers and cheddar cheese. Roll and pin with toothpicks.

In three seperate bowls, place flour, egg wash, and Panko breadcrumbs. Add salt, pepper, and garlic powder to panko bread crumbs, just a sprinkling of each. Dredge chicken in flour, then into egg wash, and then roll into Panko bread crumbs. Place in a sprayed, glass baking dish.

Bake, uncovered, for 35-40 minutes, or until chicken is cooked through and browned.

Remove, serve, and enjoy.