Friday, 11 November 2011

Paleo Bacon Wrapped Sweet Potato Fries

Could sweet potatoes be any better? Yes! Wrap them in bacon and you'll see. And I challenge you not to eat the entire tray of them!


Sweet potatoes
That's it

1. Preheat oven to 200C (400F) 
2. Peel desired number of sweet potatoes and cut into fries
3. Cut up bacon lengthways into thin strips
4. Wrap each sweet potato fry in a piece of bacon
5. Place on baking tray and cook in the oven for around 20 minutes. Turn over and cook on the other side around 10 minutes or until crisp.

Thursday, 10 November 2011

Paleo Dark Chocolate Macaroons

Oh man are these tasty little treats. They are super easy and you can adjust the honey to make them less sweet and slightly more healthy if you like. They can also be made in a variety of ways (see variation below). 

cups desiccated coconut
1 cup (+/- 6) egg whites
1/2 cup honey
1/4 tsp salt
1 tsp vanilla
100g bar of 90% chocolate
Almonds (optional)

1. Preheat oven to 180C (350F)
2. In a bowl beat together egg whites and salt until fluffy. You can beat them till they're stiff if you like but it doesn't make a huge difference to the outcome
3. Add coconut, honey and vanilla and combine
4. Form into desired shapes onto baking sheet and top with an almond (optional) and bake for 15-20 minutes until golden brown
5. Remove from oven and place in freezer for a few minutes to cool down
6. Melt dark chocolate and place a small dab of it evenly space out on baking paper for the number of macaroons you made (do this only once macaroons are cool)
7. Place one cooled macaroon on each chocolate dab and then drizzle remaining chocolate over the tops. Again place in the freezer to cool so that chocolate hardens
8. Try not to eat all at once

I also tried making these into macaroon squares. Instead of individual ones, I spread the macaroon mixture in an even layer in a baking tray, baked it, and then placed the whole thing on top of a layer of melted chocolate. I was feeling adventurous so I added dark chocolate chips to this macaroon mixture and also added coconut flakes and macadamia nuts to the chocolate layer underneath. It is a little tricky to get the macaroon layer onto the melted chocolate layer, but well worth it! YUM!

Paleo Slow Cooker Dry Rub Ribs

These are so simple to make and are fall-off-the-bone, flavour-filled bites of deliciousness!

3 racks of pork ribs
1 large onion
3 rashers of bacon
Sea salt
Garlic powder
Dried basil
(play with whatever spices you like)

1. Cut up ribs into 3-4 rib pieces
2. Mix together all the spices and rub the ribs thoroughly with them
3. Cover the bottom of the slow cooker with the bacon rashers
4. Slice onion into rings and place on top of bacon
5. Place ribs on top of onions
6. Turn slow cooker onto Low and cook for 8 hours