Pulled Pork over Mexican Sweet Potato Rice- Paleo/Whole30

Last week I showed you How To Make Sweet Potato Rice. So it stands to reason that this week I would show you just one of many things you can do with it. So many ideas are popping into my head, but I am starting with this one: Pulled Pork over Mexican Sweet Potato Rice- Paleo/Whole30!
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Oh Goodness Gracious…

My love of Mexican food knows no bounds, so my first thought after coming up with sweet potato rice was “how am I going to Mexican this baby up?!” I’ll tell you how, onions, bell peppers, jalapeño chilis, and tender pulled pork that’s how!

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Instant Pot or Crock Pot, It’s All More Than Good…

You can make this pulled pork in the Instant Pot or Crock Pot. It will be tender and juicy and perfect for topping this spicy sweet potato rice. Of course, I added some greens: chopped romaine and avocado and then garnished with some pickled cabbage. But pico de gallo is a great choice too!

Paleo and Whole 30!

I know many of you watch your grain intake. After reading Grain Brain I certainly do! This is a great way to get those complex carbs without the grains. And of course it has protein and healthy fats.

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The Recipe: Pulled Pork over Mexican Sweet Potato Rice- Paleo/Whole30

Tips and what you need: learn to make sweet potato rice here. You will need an Instant Pot or Crock Pot. If you need a tutorial on working with hot pepper click here.

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Pulled Pork over Mexican Sweet Potato Rice- Paleo/Whole30

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A delicious grain free, dairy free way to enjoy Mexican food! You can make this meal in the Instant Pot or Crock Pot, cooking time will vary.

Ingredients

Pulled Pork:

  • 1 1/2 tsp sea salt
  • 1 tsp freshly ground pepper
  • 1/2 tsp garlic powder
  • 1/2 tsp cumin
  • 1/2 tsp chipotle chili powder
  • 1 large yellow onion, peeled and thinly sliced
  • 1~ 4 pound pork shoulder (also known as pork butt, bone in or out)
  • 1 cup chicken or beef broth 

Mexican Sweet Potato Rice:

olive oil, butter or ghee

6 cups 'Riced' Sweet Potatoes (see link in blog post above for instructions)

1 small red onion, peeled and diced

1 small red bell pepper, diced

1  jalapeño pepper, minced (use as little or as much as you want (I use 2 teaspoons)

Sea salt and freshly ground pepper to taste

Toppings:

4 cups chopped romaine

2 avocados peeled and sliced

pico de gallo, purple cabbage...whatever floats your boat

Instructions

The Pork:

  1. Combine all spices and mix well.
  2. Place onions and broth in crock pot or instant pot.
  3. Rub pork on all sides with spices.
  4. Add pork to crock pot or instant pot.
  5. For Crock Pot: Set crock pot on low for 10 hours or high for 6 hours. I prefer low for 10, it turns out a bit more tender. When done, remove meat from pot and set on cutting board, discard liquid and onions. Use two forks to shred, discarding fat along the way. 
  6. If needed season with more of any of the spices you rubbed on the pork, but remember, the sweet potato rice is somewhat spicy:)
  7. If you want those browned crispy edges, sear in a hot pan for a few minutes!
  8. For Instant Pot: Close lid and make sure release valve is sealed.
  9. Press 'meat' option and set to 60 minutes. When meat is done, carefully release valve with oven mitt or spoon to release pressure.
  10. Remove meat from pot and set on cutting board, discard liquid and onions. Use two forks to shred, discarding fat along the way.
  11. If needed season with more of any of the spices you rubbed on the pork, but remember, the sweet potato rice is somewhat spicy:)
  12. If you want those browned crispy edges, sear in a hot pan for a few minutes!

The Sweet Potato Rice:

Prep all ingredients. If you need to see how to work with a hot pepper see link in blog post above.

Place large pan on high heat for two minutes, When pan is very hot add olive oil, butter or ghee

Add onions and bell pepper to pan and cook for 6-7 minutes, stirring occasionally (lower heat to medium if necessary

Add sweet potato rice and jalapeño. Cook, stirring occasionally, for 6-7 more minutes

Season with sea salt and pepper to taste

Plate 'rice', top with lettuce and avocado, then pork. Add pico de gallo or purple cabbage. Enjoy!

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Cuisine Mexican

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How to make Sweet Potato Rice! Paleo-Whole 30

Every once in a while I have a good idea. The other night was one of those times. I was making my Spiralized Sweet Potatoes with Chipotle Lime Dipping Sauce  and I thought “I wonder if I could make these spirals into sweet potato ‘rice’?” Yeah…food bloggers think about things like that. Five minutes later I found out the answer is yes, and that there are two ways to do it!  So let’s get to it: How to Make Sweet Potato Rice!
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Sweet Potato Rice: The Other Grain Free Rice

I assume by now most of you have seen or at least heard of cauliflower ‘rice’. It’s a life saver for those that try to avoid grains or just want to amp up the use of veggies in their diet. I happen to love it, and use it often (see here, here and here). But what I love about this sweet potato rice is that it feels more like real rice!  And the color is so appealing, Making Mexican food? Use this as a rice substitute. Have extra? Cook it up in a pan with eggs the next morning! It tastes great alone or served with beef or chicken. You can even use it inside a taco!

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How to Make It:

We start with spiralized sweet potatoes: in a perfect world everyone would live near a store that sells prepared spiralized sweet potatoes. But if your local store doesn’t carry them, don’t worry, you can make your own. You can use an affordable hand crank spiralizer, BUT I am going to lay some truth on you, the plastic spiralizer is great for softer foods like zucchini and white potatoes, but not so much for sweet potatoes. So if you think you may want to spiralize frequently (and I highly recommend you do!) you may wish to invest in the attachment for the Kitchen Aid mixer. It’s much sturdier than plastic and can handle hard veggies like sweet potatoes easily. Plus, you can walk away while the machine does the work!

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After Spiralizing the Sweet Potatoes You Have Two Options…

…the easiest option is popping them in your food processor for literally 5 seconds.

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The second option is super easy too. Just chop up those orange spirals with a good knife. It  takes 2-3 minutes. So either way, it works perfectly!

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The great thing about sweet potato rice is, you can make it ahead of time! Just  “rice” it, place in a covered container, and pull out of the fridge when you are ready too cook. It keeps well for 5-6 days. To cook, just add olive oil, butter or ghee to a hot pan and cook until slightly crispy. Season with salt and pepper and voila! A delicious side dish in minutes. Be sure to check back next week because I have a Mexican Sweet Potato Rice with Pulled Pork coming your way!

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The Recipe: How to make Sweet Potato Rice! Paleo-Whole 30

Tips and what you need: if you have a store in your area that sells pre-spiralized sweet potatoes, you can use those and save time. If not make your own with the attachment for the Kitchen Aid mixer.You can use a food processor or a a good knife to make the spirals into “rice”.

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How To Make Sweet Potato Rice: Paleo-Whole 30

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Easy rice substitute made with sweet potatoes

Ingredients

6 cups spiralized sweet potatoes ( about 3 potatoes) see instructions in blog post

olive oil, butter or ghee

sea salt and pepper to taste

Instructions

Place spiralized sweet potatoes in a food processor and pulse for five seconds. If using a knife instead of processor, chop spiralized potatoes until they resemble large grains of rice

Place a large pan on high heat, wait 60 seconds, then add enough olive oil to generously coat bottom of pan

When oil is hot but not smoking add riced sweet potatoes

Cook, stirring frequently for 8 minutes or so. Turn heat down if needed. "Rice" should be cooked but a little crispy so it has a 'bite'

Season to taste with sea salt and pepper, serve!

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Upside Down Orange Almond Cake

I have been making traditional Orange Almond Cake for years. But recently I turned this recipe upside down. Literally. This show stopper is my Upside Down Orange Almond Cake!
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Naturally Dairy and Grain Free!

This isn’t a cake recipe where I have replaced flour and dairy with substitutes, Orange Almond Cake is a traditional recipe that was always made with very few ingredients: fine almond meal, eggs, whole oranges and sugar. It has a bit of a custardy texture and served warm straight out of the oven it is quite heavenly. It’s also delicious the next day for breakfast!

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To Make The Traditional Cake Even Prettier I Turned it Upside Down…

…and used blood oranges for their deep, rich color. Of course if you don’t have access to blood oranges just use regular oranges. It will still be delicious, and beautiful!

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Two Versions: Traditional and Low Carb…

In the past I always made this simple cake with organic granulated sugar. But this week I tried a low carb version by using powdered stevia and it was fantastic! The texture was perfection and the taste, lovely. I was very pleasantly surprised. So feel free to make whatever version floats your boat! When I used a nutrition calculator the carb count came out to 6 grams of carbs per serving.

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Perfect for Parties…or Breakfast!

Honestly, this little cake makes quite the impression. Perfect for parties, brunches, showers or dessert and then breakfast the next morning! When a cake is made with oranges, eggs and almonds, there is no reason not to eat it for breakfast.

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Don’t Be Nervous About Turning That Cake Upside Down…I Got You!

To make ‘the flip’ foolproof I use a springform pan and parchment paper. If you don’t have a spring form pan, that’s ok too. Parchment and a good 9″ round cake pan will work too. You’ll just need to follow the tips in the recipe below to ensure success.

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The Recipe: Upside Down Orange Almond Cake

Tips and what you need: Regular almond meal works fine for this recipe but “fine” almond meal works even better! If making the low carb version, you will need stevia powder. I almost always recommend using parchment paper when baking but for this recipe it’s a must! It not only prevents sticking but makes the turning process easier. I also recommend a springform pan, but if you don’t have on you can use a 9″ round cake pan and pray. (Just kidding, you’ve got this!) You will need a blender and as always a good knife!

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Upside Down Orange Almond Cake

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A show stopping dessert that is naturally grain and dairy free! Low carb version offered. And be sure to allow enough time to boil oranges in advance.

Ingredients

Organic cooking spray or 1 tablespoon butter for pan

5 whole organic oranges, 2 boiled, the rest sliced for the top of cake (if using blood oranges I buy 2 navel oranges for boiling and 3 blood oranges for a pretty top)

6 large eggs

3/4 cup organic granulated sugar plus more for dusting (If making low carb version use powdered Stevia. All brands are different so check the conversion chart for your brand. For my brand 2 Tablespoons subbed for 3/4 cup sugar)

2 cups almond meal (I use 'fine' almond meal for a fluffier cake, but regular works fine too)

1 teaspoon baking powder

1 teaspoon vanilla paste or extract

Instructions

To do ahead: fill pot with water and boil two oranges for 30 minutes. Allow to cool.

Preheat oven to 375 degrees and move oven rack to lower third of oven. Wipe side of cake pan with butter or spray with organic cooking spray. Cut parchment paper into a circle and place it in the bottom of the pan, sprinkle with generously with organic granulated sugar. Set aside.

Take the two boiled oranges, cut in half and remove seeds if there are any. Place in blender and blend until smooth

Slice remaining oranges very thinly and place in a single layer into the bottom of pan, overlapping a little, set aside (you may have extra)

Use a stand or hand mixer to beat eggs and sugar (or stevia) until they become a little fluffy (4-5 minutes)

Add almond meal, baking powder, orange puree and vanilla, beat another 60 seconds

Pour batter into pan (over sliced oranges)

Place in oven for 45 minutes or until center of cake is firm

Remove from oven, allow to cool for ten minutes. Use a knife to separate the cake from edges of the pan. When cake is cool enough to touch, remove from pan, set cake on plate, remove parchment and dust with sugar. Serve.

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Chicken Bruschetta and Zoodles – Whole 30/Paleo

Looking for healthy? Looking for delicious? Looking for Paleo-Whole 30-gluten and dairy free recipes? Well I have them and this recipe for Whole 30/Paleo Chicken Bruschetta and Zoodles is all of the above!
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To Get the Most Tender Flavorful Chicken Breast…

…I will encourage you to brine the chicken breasts in salt water for at least 30 minutes because this renders the most tender, flavorful and moist chicken. There is a scientific explanation, like the salt water changes the molecular make up of proteins…blah, blah, blah, science, science, let’s eat! If the word ‘brining’ intimidates you, don’t panic. Brining is the simple process of soaking the the breasts in salted water. I use pink Himalayan Salt: After brining, you sprinkle with seasonings, brown in a pan and pop in the oven!

While Chicken Cooks, Prep Bruschetta Topping and Zoodles!

This bruschetta topping is the perfect, flavorful topping for chicken! Diced tomatoes, minced garlic, chopped basil and a little balsamic is all you need! Then we top with a few toasted pine nut and voila! A gorgeous healthful meal.

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For the Zoodles…

For those unfamiliar, zoodles are zucchini noodles. Many super markets now carry zoodles already spiraled, as they have become very popular. But if your local store doesn’t carry them, don’t worry, you can easily make your own. You can use an affordable hand crank spiralizer….

Chicken Bruschetta and Zoodles - Whole 30/Paleo/GAPS

…BUT, If you Think You Might Want To Spiralize Other Veggies…

…you may wish to invest in the attachment for the Kitchen Aid mixer It’s much sturdier than plastic and can handle hard veggies like sweet potatoes easily!

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To Cook Zoodles:

Just toss in a pan with a little olive oil and sea salt. You only need to cook them long enough to warm them up, 2-3 minutes. Then top with chicken and smother in the bruschetta topping. Yum! An incredible meal, and you’ll never miss the carbs!

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The Recipe: Chicken Bruschetta and Zoodles – Whole 30/Paleo

What you need: if you don’t have a store near you that carries premade spiraled zucchini you will need a hand crank spiralizeror the attachment for the Kitchen Aid mixer .

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Chicken Bruschetta and Zoodles - Whole 30/Paleo

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A simple, delicious Paleo/Whole30 meal in the oven or on the grill!

Ingredients

If you want the most tender breasts possible, brine chicken in salt water for 30 minutes before cooking: fill a large bowl with 4 cups water and 1/3 cup kosher or Himalayan sea salt. Stir. Add breasts and allow to soak in brine for 30 minutes.

  • 4 bone in/skin on medium sized chicken breasts
  • 4 zucchini, spiralized (if buying premade use 6 cups)
  • Tomato topping:

  • 2 cups organic diced Roma tomatoes (about 5 tomatoes)
  • 1/3 cup extra virgin olive oil (separated)
  • 8 basil leaves, chopped
  • 1 or 2 cloves garlic, minced (I use two)
  • sea salt
  • pepper
  • 2 Tablespoon balsamic vinegar
  • 2 Tablespoon roasted pine nuts (for garnish)

Instructions

  1. If using brine: Place chicken in brine and allow to rest for 30 minutes. When chicken is done brining, preheat grill or oven to 400 degrees and place oven rack in upper third of oven. 
  2. Remove breasts from brine (if using) and pat dry with a paper towel.
  3. Brush both sides with olive oil, then sprinkle with sea salt and pepper
  4. If using oven method: heat an oven safe pan or skillet on med/high heat for two minutes. Add olive oil to pan (enough to coat pan) When oil is hot add chicken to pan, skin side down. Cook chicken until golden brown (five minutes or so) turning heat down if needed. Place pan in oven. Cook for 25-30 minutes depending on size of breasts, turning skin side up last 10 minutes of cooking.
  5. If using grill method: Place breasts skin side down onto preheated grill. Cook for ten minutes, turn breasts skin side up and cook for 15 minutes (or more if using larger breasts.)
  6. While chicken cooks, make bruschetta topping and zoodles:

  7. Add tomatoes to a bowl, drizzle with 1-2 tablespoons olive oil, sprinkle with 2 pinches sea salt/pepper, stir in garlic and basil. Add balsamic. Stir and set aside

  8. If making your own spiralized zucchini, do it now.
  9. Just before chicken is done, place large pan on medium heat for 2 minutes. When pan is hot, add enough olive oil to coat bottom of pan. Add zucchini and heat, tossing for 2-3 minutes (just long enough to heat them up. If you cook them too long they will get soggy) Sprinkle with sea salt and pepper. Plate zucchini.
  10. When chicken is done remove from grill or oven, set on zucchini and top with tomatoes, garnish with pine nuts and serve!

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Cuisine Italian

 

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Five Greens Salad ~ Paleo/ Whole 30

Sometimes food surprises you.That was certainly the case the first time we tried this Five Greens Salad. It looks totally unassuming, but wow is it delicious! And so simple to make.
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Inspired by an East Coast Trip!

In October of 2017 we spent two weeks on the East Coast. Being life long ‘left coasters’ it was the first time either of us had been on the ‘right coast’ to see the fall colors. And Autumn did not disappoint!

Vermont

The colors were spectacular. We drove from Boston to Maine, Maine to Vermont, Vermont to the Berkshires (Mass), then the Berkshires to Rhode Island, and finally Rhode Island to NYC to see our oldest son and his family. Phew!

Inn by The Sea, Maine

On our drive we passed through New Hampshire and Connecticut stopping to apple pick, shop, meander through small towns, and of course, eat!

New hampshire

What a fantastic vacation! The colors were amazing, the history was incredible and we ate a lot of fabulous New Eanglan sea food.

Connecticut

The Salad, Not Just For Fall!

As we passed through Greenwich CT, we stopped at a local Mediterranean restaurant for lunch. We ordered, and soon a salad was dropped off at our table. We both just stared at it. We didn’t think it was the salad we ordered. We were expecting a salad with lettuce greens. But what we got was even better, we just didn’t know it yet!

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We were intrigued by the combination: apples, cucumbers, avocado, pistachios, golden raisins and chive vinaigrette. So we grabbed our forks and it was love at first bite! The Five Greens Salad is fresh, crispy, light, delicious, healthy and so unique. I don’t ever remember eating or even having seen a salad quite like it! We finished it off in two minutes flat. Of course when we got home I had to come up with my own version.

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Every time we make this sweet, tart, salty salad it reminds us of our fantastic east coast trip. Which is one of the great things about food, at least for me. I connect pleasant food experiences with the places I have been and the people I love. Even if you never make it to the east Coast in fall you can certainly enjoy this salad any time of year!

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The Recipe: Five Greens Salad

Tips and what you need: Dicing everything uniformly makes for a prettier salad. You will need either a white balsamic vinegar or a champagne vinegar. My first choice is this white balsamic (I also like this one)  Most grocery stores carry white balsamic and champagne vinegar, I encourage you to choose a quality brand (in other words, don’t go too cheap or your salad will suffer:)

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Five Greens Salad!

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A light, delicious, healthy salad that can be enjoyed almost any time of year! Paleo with a Whole 30 version.

Ingredients

Salad:

1 cup granny smith apple, diced (usually 1 large ribbon)

1 cup cucumber, peeled and diced

1/4 cup roasted salted pistachios

1/4 cup golden raisins

1 avocado, diced

sea salt, to taste

Dressing:

1/4 cup extra virgin olive oil

1 tablespoon white balsamic or champagne vinegar

1 tablespoon chives, sliced

2 teaspoons honey (omit if on Whole 30)

sea salt, to taste

Instructions

Try to dice all ingredients uniformly:

Prep all salad ingredients (except avocado) and place in a bowl, stir and sprinkle with a pinch  or two of sea salt, toss

Whisk together all dressing ingredients and drizzle over salad, toss

Add avocado and gently toss, add a little more sea salt if needed, serve

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