I had a day off today. Dustin was off 1/2 the day, so I spent the morning with him. When he left for work, I decided to spend the rest of my free time in one of my favorite places: my kitchen! I had a list of things I’d been wanting to make, and today was the day. I had a ton of fun…
We started the day with a nice breakfast: bacon, scrambled eggs, avocado, and coffee. I like to drink my coffee with about 1/4 can full-fat coconut milk, and a healthy sprinkle of cinnamon. Swirly goodness… yum!
My first project was Sarah Fragoso‘s “Garden Fresh Meatballs.” I love this recipe because it includes a TON of vegetables. Check out this picture, taken BEFORE I added the meat. That’s a pretty large mixing bowl filled with zucchini, sweet potato, roasted red peppers, spinach, and garlic. By the time you add ground turkey and grass-fed beef, you’ve got a perfect ball of hearty deliciousness. Perfect for dinners, breakfasts, or snacks. I make enough to freeze for crazy days when I don’t have time to cook.
Here are two pictures of the meatballs just before I put them in the oven. I always have to cook them longer that the recipe says. After 45 minutes covered, I remove the aluminum foil and allow some of the juices to steam out in the oven for another 30 minutes. This also allows a nice crispy glaze to form on the tops.
My next project was “Paleo Apple Muffins” (another one from Sarah Fragoso!). I hate cleaning muffin pans, so I like to make this recipe in a shallow glass pie dish. It requires a little longer in the oven, but it is so much easier to clean! Just slice it like a pie, and enjoy!
Next, I started on Spicy Okra. This is one of Dustin’s favorite snacks. The okra are BEST right out of the oven, but they’re good leftover too.
Moving on to Bacon-Wrapped Dates… I actually thought that this recipe sounded a little weird when my friend Erienne told me about it, but I decided to try it anyway, for the love of bacon. There is a recipe here in my Recipe Tree, but I used one from my new cookbook, Paleo Comfort Foods. The only difference is that the cookbook version had me place an almond inside the pitted date, then bake the bacon-wrapped package for about 12 minutes in a 475-degree oven. Let me tell you something: these are insanely delicious. The sweetness of the date creeps into the saltiness of the bacon, and then completely melts in your mouth. I was pleasantly surprised. I will definitely be making these again!
By that time, I needed to start thinking about dinner! We had Gazpacho with Avocado Cream, with a side of meatballs and spicy okra. Delish!
And earlier in the day, I made a chilly dessert. I forgot to take pictures of it, but you can find the recipe here. Chocolate Custard… the perfect way to end a wonderful day.