Monday, October 22, 2012

Meal Share Monday V.1


If you know anything about my family, it is that we like to cook/eat. My husband has a natural gift for putting really good flavor together. He can grill, smoke, saute, etc. just about anything and it will taste good. He hasn't baked much but that's all good since sugar is evil. :) That being said, it isn't a surprise that even with the changes we've made to our diet, we still eat 

Probably the #1 question I get when I say we are now eating paleo is, "WHAT do you eat?!" Honestly, it is easier to answer that with what we DON'T eat. (i.e. sugar, grains, pretty much anything processed & legumes)

Last night it occurred to me that we could be sharing some of our creations with the world... 


Meal Share Monday

Each Monday I will share at least one of our favorite meals from the past week including a recipe so you can attempt to recreate (if you so please) in your own kitchen :) 

First up, this one happens to be created by the ladies (Me & my friend Kelly):

Grilled Chicken w/ Dirty Greens & Baked Sweet Potato
Serves 4 Adults

Chicken of your choice that you like to grill (We used boneless skinless chicken breast & bone-in chicken thighs- whatever you prefer/have on hand) seasoned to taste. (Thank you Papa Cain for your grilling skills :))

-4 Sweet Potatoes
-~2 C balsamic vinegar
-1/2 T agave
-~1/4C coconut milk
-1t vanilla extract
-4 slices of bacon (nitrate/nitrite/sugar free)
-salt&pepper to taste

-Kale (about the equivalent of 3 bunches) I'm actually not 100% certain how much kale we used because one of Papa Cain's co-workers gave us literally a black trash bag FULL of fresh picked, pesticide free kale straight from his garden. #blessings
-bacon grease from 4 slices of bacon
-3 cloves of garlic (minced or I just use a hand grater and grate it right into the pan)
-salt&pepper to taste
-hot sauce of your choice (watch out for sugar and added ingredients though)

The chicken is pretty easy- season & grill it.

Heat oven to 350 degrees. Wrap sweet potatoes in aluminum foil and bake for about 45 mins- 1hr or until soft. 

Heat balsamic vinegar on stove top and simmer until reduced to a kind of thick saucy yumminess. 

Sizzle up some bacon in the pan you are going to cook your kale in. When it is finished remove bacon and set aside, leaving the grease in the pan. Clean and tear apart the kale from the tough stem and put it in the pan. Go ahead and throw in whatever you are seasoning it with- garlic, salt, pepper, etc. Let that hang out for quite a while until the kale is nice and soft. After you plate it, drizzle with some hot sauce & be very, very happy :)

When the potatoes are nice and soft, remove from oven and unwrap. Slice the potatoes open and scoop out the insides and put in a large bowl. Add coconut milk, cinnamon, nutmeg, vanilla & agave and mash together. Scoop the potatoes back into the shells and sprinkle with bacon & drizzle with balsamic vinegar reduction. 

Information only: I don't really write recipes so I hope this makes sense. If you have any questions, just comment below- I'll do my best to help you out. Also, the sweet potatoes were as good as dessert. I'm not kidding you. 


  1. I would add just one thing: when you clean the Kale, REALLY clean it, because there is nothing that ruins greens like a mouthful of sand...

    1. This is true. We had to clean our's really carefully bc it was picked from the garden and put straight into the trash bag so it included spiders and worms and lots of dirt :) But it was REALLY yummy!


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