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Paleo Sweet Potato Casserole with Maple Bacon Pecan Topping

Thanksgiving! When we stuff our faces full of things that are not on any diet! Except of course, if you have actual allergies. So we cheated a little on strict paleo, eating the gluten free stuffing that Nicole’s sister made, and there may have been some canned cranberry sauce. But for the most part, our Thanksgiving meal fit our dietary rules.

Nicole’s challenge was sweet potato casserole. Neither of us likes the marshmallowy original anyway, leaning more towards savory, than sweet. This dish came out perfectly, and was gobbled up.
Sweet Potato Casserole

Ingredients
Casserole:
5 large sweet potatoes
1 butternut squash
2 tsp pumpkin pie spice (to taste)
some salt and pepper, to taste
1/2 stick butter
1 can coconut cream (or other full fat coconut milk)
Topping
1 lb bag chopped pecans
1/2 stick butter
3 Tbsp maple syrup
1/2 lb bacon, cooked till crispy and crumbled

1. Peel and chop sweet potatoes and butternut squash into 1 inch squares.

2. Boil until soft, strain the water out, and put them back in the pot.

3. Add butter and walk away for 5 min to let it melt from the heat. When the butter is soft and melty, add spices and coconut cream, and mash like your life depends on it.

4. Preheat the oven to 400*, and grease a 9 by 13ish casserole dish. We used Trader Joe’s coconut oil spray. Scoop the squash and sweet potato mixture into the dish, and set aside.

5. In a small saucepan, melt butter on low heat. When butter is fully melted, add pecans, bacon, and maple syrup, and stir/toss until fully coated. We used maple syrup from Smoky Hollow Farm, which is nomtastic.

6. Evenly spread topping on sweet potato mixture.

7. Bake for 15-20 min or until topping is nicely browned. I made this the night before, and then baked at at 350 for an additional 15 min the next day to warm it back up.

8. Nom. Then Nom some more

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Nicole misses bread pudding. Like woah. If this is actually the right texture, it may become a new staple. I think it may have to wait until after Thanksgiving prep, though, our plates are pretty full at the moment. (See what I did there?)

Paleo Fried Food

There are some people who would be offended by the title. After all, one of the big concepts of paleo is to avoid the cooking methods and materials that make southern fried dinners possible.  And corn does not fit into the paleo diet. However, farm fresh corn from the CSA should not go to waste. So we were flexible, as we often are about our diet, and Nicole wanted fried chicken. 

There is no picture of the corn, because this was made on the hottest day of the heat wave, and the second it was done, we retreated into the air conditioned bedroom with the tray of fried things and a plate of corn, butter, and salt. This is also the reason there is no fancy plated dish photo.

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On the left is fried zucchini from the farmshare, and fried green beans. On the right is fried chicken. Everything was egg-washed, covered in spiced coconut flour, and fried in coconut oil. Nom, nom, nom.

 

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