Who doesn’t like tacos?
I’ve played with different tortillas in the past. My first experiment was shaping bacon into the shape of a taco shell. But I’ve also used cauliflower and zucchini. A few years ago I made ones plantains and ones with sweet potatoes. I’ve made spinach ones for wraps. And a month ago I made kale ones (again for BLT wraps).
So I set out to revisit the sweet potato tortilla. Something super simple.
It was pretty mush mashed sweet potatoes and tapioca flour. My husband (the chef) did an awesome job helping me cook and flip them.
My own personal verdict is that I liked them MORE than the ones I’ve made in the past. The tapioca added a nice little stretchiness to the tortilla, so I could pulls and wrap it up nice and tight.
And I liked the flavor. Continue reading “Gluten-Free Sweet Potato Tortillas”
I love coconut.
I think I have started each post this week with a food that I love (or have loved previously, as with potatoes). But I really do love coconut, which I have found in my years of baking, is a hit or miss. Often people love it or they hate it.
But I do a pretty good job of using different coconut products with turning people off. Because I bake with a lot of different coconut products: coconut milk, coconut oil, coconut sugar, coconut cream, and shredded or flaked unsweetened coconut. Usually the flaked and shredded are the ones I get the most feedback for, although I do with coconut flour sometimes. But I’ll confess I like the nutritional value of coconut flour more than almond flour, but it is tricky to work with. It can get chalky or dense. I have found it lends itself well towards cakes.
This last year I have done a decent amount of coating chicken in different flavors. I’ve made chicken tenders. Parmesan chicken. And my personal favorite, buffalo chicken strips.
So why not make a coconut chicken?
What pairs better with coconut than lime?
I’ve been wanting to play with making some jicama rice for awhile now. Why not now? Why not add some lime zest and juice? Maybe a little cilantro…..
Granted I ate this one solo, my husband is a trooper in my recipe experiments (I can’t tell you all the ways I am blessed to have such a man by my side), but there are certain things he doesn’t like. Coconut is one, he’s not a big fan. So I can respect that. Buffalo for him, coconut for me.
This was AWESOME. I loved the flavor combination. The crispiness of the coconut. It was pretty easy to make. And it was filling.
I will definitely be playing with this jicama rice more in the future as well! Continue reading “Crispy Coconut Chicken with Cilantro Lime Jicama Rice”
I loved potatoes growing up. My amazing momma was a meat and potato girl. Bake potatoes were my jam.
However, I’ve read so much about potatoes, it’s added a stigma about eating them. This has created a barrier about eating them, and although I see some Paleo sites including them, I just can’t pull the trigger yet.
However, in the last 15 years, since I’ve cut them, I have discovered and experimented with an array of other tubers. I have grown fond of sweet potatoes, which I claimed to hate as a child (I was a super picky eater and most of the time I claimed to hate something, when the truth was, I had never tried it). I really like parsnips (as does my husband, so we really dig a root hash with them). Turnips, I tried but they seemed bland compared to the others and I didn’t go beyond trying them. Plantains= love (read yesterday’s post on plantain chips). And rutabaga. I found I really enjoy rutabaga. I tried them first as fries. Yum. Delicious. I mashed them. They were good, but mashed cauliflower I think is still the best after 8 years of trying all tubers, I pick the cuneiform veggie. They are super good in a hash.
But then I saw a recipe for a crispy potato cake and boom I knew I wanted to try it with rutabaga. My husband has a mandolin slicer at work, so I was able to get a nicely stacked cake. This wasn’t very hard to make either, and it was full of flavor.
Crispy Rutabaga Cake Continue reading “Crispy Rutabaga Cake”
I love plantains.
I had never had them until I was about 25. I was hooked on the first bought. And man have I taught and had loads of conversations about them since them. It usually starts at checkout, where many cashiers don’t know what it is or how to ring them up. I have learned to tell them to look up bananas first. From here the conversations generally turns to asking how it tastes. Upon which I respond:
- It does not taste like a banana
- It is not sweet, it is starchier
- No you can’t just peel it and eat it
- I suggest slicing it thinly and sauteing it in coconut oil with sea salt
I also introduced a lot of my friends and my husband to plantains, making them taste them for their first time. My friends are lucky, I usually introduce them in the form of pizza crust and taco tortilla shells to them. Zach, though I had him taste just sliced and sauteed ones (as described them). He is a BBQ chip kind of snacker, so he thought they didn’t have a lot of flavor and he only likes them very thinly sliced.
I however, have found I really enjoy the tastes of the plantain. And I like them pretty simple and plain. Just sea salt. Because I was thinking about being creative and making all these different flavors of chips, but then I skipped it all, sea salt is good. Since it isn’t broken, I am not fixing it.
I will also tattle on myself here. I think sometimes people think I am in the kitchen all the time. Or I want to be there ALL the time. This is not try. Look at last week, where I only had one post. Sometimes I need a break. Sometimes I am like everyone else and I don’t want to prep or make a bunch of food. Sometimes I like meals that are quick and easy. Like lettuce wraps, I love a lettuce wrap (which is what i ate with these chips). So making vegetable chips (cabbage are my favorite) has been a favorite method of mine in the past, to have on hand for those non-cooking days. It is true I love baking. I love cooking. But sometimes you need a break. And the next day I may be in the kitchen all day, completely joy-filled. Breaks are nice to refresh the work we’re doing.
As I mentioned, I did sea salt because that’s what I like, but feel free to play around with other flavors, or dips maybe. But I am also not a chip dipper or guac person (raw avocados actually make me nauseous), so I just eat them on their own.
Plantain Chips Continue reading “Plantain Chips”
Last post of the week! Happy Friday, everyone, you made it to the weekend! Congratulations!
Maybe you feel like celebrating or indulging a bit? this little beauty is amazing because it only takes a few minutes to make. It is super easy, and the perfect serving for just one person. Then you are not tempted to eat a whole tray of brownies. You can’t feel bad about a little mug?
I have to give a shout to my mom for the inspiration on this. I was racking my brain for things to do with brownies (I’m not done yet, stay tuned next week I’ll have ice cream). My mother has been making my nephews individual mug cakes. It’s just one of the many cut things they do. I can make a brownie in a mug!
If I were to do this again or thought of it before hand, I could have topped this with a spoonful of coconut milk vanilla ice cream or whip.
Anyways, I’ll keep it short and sweet (I’ve got baking to do anyways, time for me to work: 2 farmer’s markets this weekend and a brunch).
Enjoy and have a great weekend!
Gluten-Free Brownie in a Mug
- 2 tbsp almond flour
- 2 tbsp tapioca flour
- 2 tbsp unsweetened cocoa powder
- ¼ cup honey
- Pinch salt
- 2 tbsp melted coconut oil
- ¼ cup water
- ¼ tsp vanilla
- 2 tbsp Enjoy Life Chocolate chips
Continue reading “Gluten-Free Brownie in a Mug”
Happy Tuesday Beautiful People!
Thank you for tuning into the blog today. Yesterday I shared a post on brownies. My first ever brownie recipe on this website. I couldn’t just do one small post. Or just make plain old brownies. I had to dress some of them up.
So I kept some to make ice cream with. I made two with salted caramel (what you’re experiencing right now) and two surprise ones (coming Thursday). I also did a brownie in a mug (coming Friday).
There are so many ways to doctor up your brownies. I was contemplating whipping up a goat cheese cream cheese frosting, folded in with Brittany style oreos, you know Cookies N’Cream brownies. I also thought of making a goat cheese blend to swirl in with blackberries. But I am a caramel girl at heart. I’ll admit, I have gone round and round with making it. Half the time it works out. Half the time I get burnt (and I do mean physically as well, I’ve taken some knarly burns from hot caramel). This caramel was easy and turned out like a dream. I was over-the-moon happy with the results.
Sprinkle a little sea salt over the top. What more could you want?
I made the caramel afterwards, otherwise, I would have played with swirling some into the brownie batter. You filling it. If you want to try, give it a go. Pour in half the batter. drizzle in caramel. Pour on the other half of the brownie batter.
These were excellent with the coconut flour, but I would be interested to see them with almond flour. If you need dairy-free, swap the butter for coconut oil, I had more butter on hand than oil.
Be warned: these are rich! You do not need very much.
Salted Caramel Gluten-Free Brownies Continue reading “Salted Caramel Gluten-Free Brownies”
You know you are in the right profession when you have withdrawals. I haven’t baked anything in a week. I’ve been hard at work on my computer designing my 8-week program and cookbook. I felt great accomplishing my goals for these things, but there is the creative part of me that yearns to make things. Luckily, I have two markets this weekend and Zach and I have a brunch for the SAE mothers. I had a hard time not baking anything for my market today, the urge was definitely strong, however, I do like to make things as fresh as possible. So that will have to wait until Friday (I did measure all my dry ingredients out into containers though with notes, so all I have to do is add a few wet ingredients and mix. I have become a master at prepping ahead of time so I am not over-worked and stressed on Friday’s. Being able to take my time, not feel rushed, and do my best is essential to the taste of my products). I was excited to realize I had a little extra flour left over. Granted it was coconut flour. I was determined to make to it work. I really wanted a new recipe to blog. And I really wanted to make something. And I’ve had my heart set on making brownies. Its been on my to-do list for a month now, ever since I realized I do not have any brownie recipes, here, on my website.
Also I couldn’t just settle for making plain brownies. Yes, they’re good, but I have been creative deprived for a week, I needed more. So I decided to make two with caramel. To make the last two into Samoa style brownies. And to save one of the plain brownies to make a little brownie ice cream. Plus a brownie in a mug. That was my mother’s inspiration. She has been into making little mug cakes for my nephews, so why not a brownie in a jar. It’s easy and perfect for one solo person to make. A little indulgence, without having a whole tray of brownies in your face, taunting them to eat them. The pressure to eat them would be real.
So sit back and enjoy this week of brownies! Time to fix their void on this page!
(note the Samoa are my favorite, but they are also my favorite Girl Scout cookie from childhood).
- 1/2 cup coconut flour (if I did this again I would use almond flour, but the coconut was still good)
- 1 cup coconut sugar
- 1/2 cup butter (or coconut oil or ghee, I had more butter than extra oil), melted
- 1 tbsp extra-virgin olive oil
- 2 eggs
- 2 tsp vanilla
- 1/2 cup unsweetened cocoa powder
- pinch sea salt
Continue reading “Gluten-Free Brownies”