Chicken and Bacon Salad in Sweet Potato Boats

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Hi all! My name is Heather I am the blogger behind Cook It Up Paleo.  I am so incredibly honored and excited that Sarah has asked me to be a contributor on Everyday Paleo, i.e. my favorite paleo blog ever! Sarah’s book and blog were my first introduction to paleo four years ago, and as a result I went paleo, started my blog, and never looked back!

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Ok now on to this delicious recipe.  When I was a kid (or younger than I am…), my favorite food was “lid potatoes”, i.e. potatoes stuffed with cheese and lots of butter.  I still love the idea of potatoes stuffed with yumminess, and that was the inspiration for this recipe.

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This recipe has all the fixings: bacon, mushrooms, greens, onions, garlic, olive oil, and balsamic! It’s all piled on a baked sweet potato, and the result is a protein-packed and nutrient-dense breakfast, lunch, or dinner that is sure to please the whole family!

Chicken and Bacon Salad in Sweet Potato Boats

Ingredients

  • 2 large sweet potatoes/yams, baked
  • 4 slices bacon, diced
  • 1 onion, chopped
  • 12 oz. fresh mushrooms, sliced
  • 2 garlic cloves, minced
  • 2-3 cups shredded cooked chicken
  • 1/2 teaspoon dried thyme
  • Salt and pepper to taste
  • 2 cups salad greens (spinach, arugula, etc.)
  • Fruity olive oil (optional)
  • Balsamic vinegar (optional)

Directions

  1. Slice the baked sweet potatoes in half lengthwise.  Use a spoon to carefully scoop out the flesh, leaving a thin skin to stuff with the salad later.  Set the skins aside and dice up the cooked sweet potato flesh.
  2. Heat up a large skillet and add the diced bacon.  When it releases its fat, add the diced sweet potato, onion, mushrooms, garlic, chicken, and thyme.
  3. Cook over medium heat, stirring often, until the veggies are cooked and the bacon is crispy.  Add salt and pepper to taste.
  4. Remove the pan from the heat and stir in the greens.  Let a sit a minute so the greens can wilt.
  5. Scoop the mixture into the sweet potato “boats”.
  6. If desired, drizzle with fruity olive oil and balsamic vinegar.
  7. Serve.

Time to table: 30 minutes

Serves: 4

Caldo De Res and Introducing Massa Natural Meats!!

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A few months ago I posted on my Facebook page, a picture of our freezer full of grass fed beef and many of you wanted to know who my “supplier” was!  I was eager to fill you all in on my secret but the awesome little company that I had purchased my beef from was only selling locally at the time. Now for the good news – my little local supplier is shipping their amazing beef nationwide!  I am happy to introduce Massa Natural Meats, offering pasture raised beef from start to finish and I must say that their product is by far one of the highest quality and most amazing tasting beef I have ever eaten. I also appreciate that you can order either by the cut OR you can have them custom butcher and send to you your choice of an 1/8, 1/4, 1/2, or a whole cow! Finally, Massa Natural Meats will soon be offering all natural, pasture raised, heritage pork and grass-fed lamb!  Please visit Massa Natural Meats to see all that they have to offer and let me know what you think of their product! I’m sure you will be impressed.

Now on to the recipe!!

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Everyday Paleo Crab Cake Eggs Benedict

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Food Glorious Food!  My oldest son, Coby, was recently in the orchestra for the musical Oliver and the darn song “Food Glorious Food” will forever be stuck in my brain!!! However, the song is fitting because I love to cook and I love to eat and I have been doing a whole lot of both lately as I plow through finishing up my next book, Paleo Around The World – Italy! I am aware that I have been neglecting the recipe part of this blog which is what originally started Everyday Paleo to begin with, but I’m also aware of how much this little site has grown and how much support is needed to help others who are looking for answers as they begin or continue their paleo journey; and recipes alone do not provide all of the pieces to the puzzle.  I’m hopeful that the information provided on this blog is inspiring and helpful to all of you, and all of us here at Everyday Paleo strive to give the highest quality information to you; straight from our hearts, knowledge and experiences.

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Healthy Gift Giving Ideas for 2012!

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I love this time of year, I really really do, and thanks to my mom’s genius plan that she put into place years and years ago, I appreciate the holidays even more.  When I was about 12 years old, my mom put her foot down and decided to take a more realistic and sane approach to this often crazy and stressful time of year.  As children, we never had buckets of money laying around.  My dad worked as a school teacher and my mom choose to stay home with us and on a school teachers salary, my mom made up for our one parent income by making most of our clothes by hand, maintaining a year round garden, making all of our food from scratch, and planning our family entertainment around board games or playing music together.  With that being said, Christmas time for us meant being frugal, yet still joyful.

My mom’s “genius plan” that she came up with all those years ago was quite simple.  The kids would get a few gifts, and my parents would donate a little bit of money to a favorite charity.  On Christmas day, when the aunts, uncles and cousins would arrive, we would have a White Elephant Gift Exchange, and some of my favorite holiday memories consist of our entire family laughing hysterically at the funny, thoughtful, or silly gifts that each family member would wrap.  Did any of us feel deprived? No way. The relief of NOT purchasing extravagant or unnecessary gifts for every person in our family was wonderful; and instead we all felt good about buying one simple or funny gift to share and many of us have followed in my mom’s footsteps of giving to a favorite charity.  Of course, and at the holidays especially, I miss my mom terribly; however, I’m so grateful for all that I have learned from her and every year I hold my children a little tighter, grateful to be here with them and hopeful for many more Christmas day’s together with the ones I love.

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Video Tour of Osteria Del Parco with Chef Samuele

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I’m truly glad to be back home, but a rather large part of my heart will always remain in Italy. I still have SO much to share with all of you so please hang in there with me while we continue to sort through photos and edit video and I’ll continue to post stories and videos of our amazing journey.  I’m also starting work on my next cookbook which will be the first of many for an international paleo cookbook series! The first book will of course be all about Italy with accompanying recipes; all paleo but as authentic as possible!!!  I’m so excited to expand our paleo lifestyle into international travel and cuisine – we are learning about life from others who truly know how to live it and now we can share it with you and my heart is truly bursting with joy, excitement and anticipation…  Our lives are forever changed, we’ve had to make huge changes on the home front in order to make this all happen, but life is so darn short, and it’s worth the risk, worth the fear, worth the craziness with kids and family, worth putting it “all on hold” in order to dive head first into really living…

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One Pot Chicken Drumsticks and a Release Week Recap!

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It’s pretty darn cool to cook right out of my own cookbooks and that’s just what we have been doing this week! I haven’t revisited the recipes in my new book for a few weeks, simply because after you write, photograph, test, and re-test recipes; it’s sometimes necessary – in order to keep ones sanity – to put it all to bed for a while . However, now that the book has been released, it all seems fresh and new again and our family is having a blast making and eating the food from our very own Everyday Paleo Family Cookbook!

Today I’m going to share a recipe from the new book that we made for dinner last night; but first I want to do a quick Release Week Recap, go over some highlights, and thank the awesome bloggers out there who took the time to review my new book!

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Release Day Giveaways!!!

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CONTEST IS NOW CLOSED!  WINNERS HAVE BEEN EMAILED AND NOTIFIED!  THANK YOU ALL FOR ENTERING!

The day has arrived, the official release date of the Everyday Paleo Family Cookbook!!!  Thank you thank you thank you all so much for supporting, commenting, pre-ordering, encouraging, and being a part of all the buildup to this event!  I can’t WAIT to hear what you all think of the book!  I know there have been oodles of changes here on the blog and now a book release and  I promise that soon things will be back to normal, ok who am I kidding, nothing is EVER normal around here at the Fragoso house, but I’m happy to continue to bring you all along with me on this wild and crazy ride!

With that being said, in order to celebrate the official release day, let’s do some giveaways!

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