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Paleo Sweet Potato Chili

Indulge yourself in a bowl of spicy chili that is full of beef and sweet potatoes. It’s thick, rich, and slightly sweet while being grain free, sugar free and dairy free. If you’re looking for a low sugar, healthy option, you won’t be disappointed with this recipe!

We’ve done this as one of our mealfit Ready meals and got amazing reviews!

Prep Time: 13-17 min

Serves: 6

Ingredients:
• 2 lbs ground beef
• 1 red onion, chopped
• 1 tsp minced garlic
• 1 large can (29.5 oz.) tomato sauce
• 2 cups petite diced tomatoes, with juice
• 3 cups beef stock
• 3 carrots, chopped (about 1 cup)
• 5 small sweet potatoes, peeled and cubed
• 2 bay leaves
• ½ tsp. thyme
• 2 tsp. salt
• 1½ tsp. black pepper
• ½ cup chili powder
• Dash of oregano
• Dash of red pepper flakes

Instructions:
• In a large saucepan, brown ground beef, onions and garlic. Drain off the fat.
• Add the remaining ingredients to the saucepan. Mix well, bring to a boil, then simmer for about 30 minutes or until the sweet potatoes and carrots are cooked through.

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What is the difference in Sweet Potatoes and Regular Potatoes?

Potatoes….
One is good and one is bad.

One is Paleo and one is not?

So…..What is the difference?

We have put together an amazing Infographic that explains everything in words and pictures(Because we all learn better with images).

Click below to get this amazing Infographic about the difference in regular and sweet potatoes.

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Lockert Roasted Veggies

 

This is by far the most popular dish I make. There is someone that requests this every week. It has all the veggies our family loves. This idea came from a friend of mine, Jake Lockert.

It has morphed over the years and this is the combination we feel like is the best. You can use any combo of veggies you want.

You will need:

8 Slices of Bacon
3 Sweet Potatoes
2 Beets
1 lb of Broccoli Florets
2 Squash
2 Zucchini
1 Tbsp of Garlic Salt
1 Tbsp Garlic and Sriracha Seasoning
1 tsp of Salt
1½ tsp Pepper
¼ cup of Olive Oil

Begin by pre-heating your oven to 450º.
Cover a sheet pan with aluminum foil and place half of the bacon on the foil so that you cover as much of the pan as possible. Then, put this in the oven for about 7-8 minutes while you cut up the veggies.
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Chop up the sweet potatoes, beets, broccoli, squash, or any other vegetables you prefer
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Place all cut veggies into a bowl
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Season liberally with garlic salt, Garlic Sriracha, salt, and pepper.
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Cover the bowl with a lid and shake to mix
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Pour olive oil onto the veggies while they are still in the bowl
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Now pour the veggies on top of the half-cooked bacon
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Place the other half of bacon on top of the veggies in rows
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Bake at 450º for 20-25 min or until the top layer of bacon is crisp
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Ingredients

8 Slices of Bacon
3 Sweet Potatoes
2 Beets
1 lb of Broccoli Florets
2 Squash
2 Zucchini
1 Tbsp of Garlic Salt
1 Tbsp Garlic and Sriracha Seasoning
1 tsp of Salt
1½ tsp Pepper
¼ cup of Olive Oil

Directions

Preheat oven to 450º
Cover a sheet pan with aluminum foil
Place half of the bacon on the aluminum foil so that you cover as much of the pan as possible
Put in oven while you cut up veggies – about 7-8 minutes
Cut up all the veggies and place in a bowl
Season liberally with garlic salt, Garlic Sriracha, salt, and pepper
Place lid on bowl and shake to mix together
Pour olive oil on the veggies
Place all the veggies on top of the ½ cooked bacon
Place the other half of the bacon on top of the veggies in rows
Bake at 450º for 20-25 min or until the top layer of bacon is crisp

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Best Paleo Chili Ever

Paleo eating seems to be the hot thing now with the likes of Lebron James taking it up a year or so ago, it seems to be getting more and more publicity.

I would love to say we are super strict paleo in our home but that is not the case.

We are mostly Paleo but we do slip in an out of the paleo lifestyle on occasion.

In my opinion Chili is one of the worlds most perfect foods.
It has…

  • Great Protein and Fat or Low fat (Beef, Turkey, Venison, ect.)
  • Great Carbs (tomatoes, beans, or sweet potatoes, and carrots)
  • Most importantly it is in one pot.  Easy to make and not time consuming

My kids crush chili every time we make it so we make it a lot.

There are tons of people out there in the paleo community who get frustrated because they cannot eat beans on the paleo diet, thus they cannot have chili. This Chili recipe is Strict Paleo.  So all the paleo people rejoice!!!

 

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In a large saucepan, brown ground beef, onions and garlic. Drain off the fat.
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• Add the remaining ingredients to the saucepan. Mix well, bring to a boil and simmer for about 30 minutes or until the sweet potatoes and carrots are cooked through.

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Here is the entire recipe. Feel free to share this on Pinterest or any other of your social medial Channels. The is a Pinterest link in the corner of the pictures to share.

Serves about 6

.• 2 lbs. ground beef
• 1 red onion, chopped
• 1 tsp. minced garlic
• 1 large can (29.5 oz.) can tomato sauce
• 2 c. petite diced tomatoes, with juice
• 3 c. beef stock
• 3 carrots, chopped (about 1 cup)
• 5 small sweet potatoes, peeled and cubed
• 2 bay leaves
• ½ tsp. thyme
• 2 tsp. salt
• 1½ tsp. black pepper
• 2 tbsp chili powder
• Dash of oregano
• Dash of red pepper flakes

• In a large saucepan, brown ground beef, onions and garlic. Drain off the fat.
• Add the remaining ingredients to the saucepan. Mix well, bring to a boil and simmer for about 30 minutes or until the sweet potatoes and carrots are cooked through.

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Purple Haze Sweet Potatos – Side Dish

Side dishes are always the thing, in my opinion that can take a meal from good to great. Side dishes can also take the dish from healthy to un-healthy in the blink of an eye.

The trick is to make that healthy side dish taste as good or better than the un-healthy one. That is what we try to do. Take healthy dishes and make them taste amazing. We love sweet potatoes. I get them from a farmer in McMinnville Tennessee about 45 min from where I live in Cookeville.

Sweet potatoes are a better alternative to white potatoes because of the lower glycemic content and effect they have on the body.
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I also love purple onions and goat cheese. So, why not take all the things I love and see what we come up with.

Here you go, I hope you enjoy.

• 1 ½ Large Sweet potatoes cut in thin slices
• Salt and pepper to taste.
• 2 large Purple / Red Onions
• 3 oz Goat Cheese
• 3 tbsp of Heavy Cream
• 3 tbsp Butter

• Preheat the oven to 375.
• Dice the onions, season with salt and pepper and sauté in some olive oil. About 3-4 min
• Warm a pan with the goat cheese and heavy cream and mix until combined. The mixture should be thick. DO NOT BURN
• Peel and Slice the Sweet potatoes thin and layer them on the bottom of a casserole dish.
• Season this layer of the potatoes with Salt and pepper.
• Place 2 small pats of butter on the potatoes
• A thin layer of the cooked onions
• Then drizzle some of the goat cheese mixture on top.
• Another layer of potatoes with salt and pepper
• 2 pats of butter
• thin layer of onions
• goat cheese mixture
• Top with a layer of the potatoes and salt and pepper.
• COVE WITH FOIL and bake about 20 min,
• Take off foil and bake another 5 -7 min.

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How to make Sweet Potato Noodles

Have you ever wanted to make a great alterative to pasta? Well here is your chance! Check out the awesome how to video below! You will love these sweet potato noodles!

 

Ingredients:

  • 3 Large Sweet pot0atoes
  • Salt
  • Olive oil

Instructions:

  • Place a pot of boiling water on the stove and season with salt.
  • Place the Sweet potatoes in the Ben Reiner turner and make your noodles.
  • Use the blade that is the largest. It makes the best noodles.
  • Place the noodles in the boiling water for 30 seconds.
  • Throw the noodles in a bowl of Ice water to stop the cooking process
  • Season with salt and a tbsp. of olive oil and toss.
  • Warm in microwave or in a pan for 30 4o seconds.
  • Lay on a plate and put sauce on top. Enjoy.

 

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3 Must Buys for Lunch Each Week

I get the question all the time from people that do MealFit and people that do not do MealFit.

What is the best thing to eat for lunch??

My simple answer is leftovers. I love leftovers because there is no thinking involved, and little to no work involved as well. Not many people have time or the facility to stop and take 10-15 min and prepare lunch. I also hate going out to eat for lunch. I would rather spend the time working & getting more things done. Lets face it, you don’t get much done the 15 min before lunch and you are for sure not getting tons done the 15 min after lunch.

One thing for sure is, there needs to be enough meat/protein made from the night before so that you have some the next day. With that thought in mind, here are 3 things you need to get every week at the grocery store to have for lunch throughout the week.

#1 Frozen Stir-Fry Veggies.

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This is a great buy because you can buy a huge bag for $5 and have a great vegetable side to go with your protein. This is easy because all you have to do is put some butter in a skillet and warm them up for about 6-8 min. You don’t have to stand over them. Stir them every now and then and they are good. You can cook them all while you are getting ready in the morning.

You can also change their taste based on what you season them with. This is how you learn to cook. Take different seasonings and try them. This will not only change up the taste, but it will expose you to tons of different things.

#2 Sweet Potatoes

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We love sweet potatoes because of all the different things you can do with them. This is something you always need to have on hand because of its ease and convenience. You can “bake” them in the microwave for about 10 min and have a baked potato.
Take a microwave safe bowl and put ½ C water in the bottom. Put the potato in the bottom of the bowl and put a plate on top and microwave on for about 10-12 min (depending on the size of the potato.)

You can cut them up season them and bake them on 425 for 20 min and have “Fries”

You can boil them and mash them and have mashed potatoes. (Add a little canned coconut milk, honey, and salt).

All of the above take very little prep time.

#3 Spinach

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This one is the easiest one. You can literally eat this out of the bag. Take the left over meat from the night before, put it on top and throw some olive oil, vinegar and seasoning on there an you have a salad.

You can sauté it with butter, salt and pepper and have it as a side.

 

 

With all 3 of these you can get as fancy or as simple as you would like. I like all 3 of these for a number of reasons.
1. Cheap. All three of these items are super affordable.
2. Easy to find. You can get any of these at just about any grocery store around.
3. You can be creative. There are tons of things you can do with each of these items. Let you imagination run wild. Pinterest or Google any of these items and you will find more than enough ideas.
4. GREAT for you. All of these items are natural food that are packed with tons of nutrients.

 

I hope this helps.

 

QUESTION: What is your favorite way to cook one of the items above?

 

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Crockpot Pulled Pork Stuffed Sweet Potato

I think it’s time for a twist on the classic loaded baked potato. Meet your new best stuffed dinner buddy, the Crockpot Pulled Pork Sweet Potato! Pulled pork is delicious, and there’s nothing wrong with just eating it straight off the plate (or straight out of the oven.

This is a favorite in our home. Jackie (Wife) devours it every time I make it. Real easy.

The tenderloin recipe is traditionally done with coke but I adapted it with apple juice and club soda.

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Prep Time: 12-14 min

Serves: 5

Ingredients:

  • 1 ½ lbs. pork loin
  • 1/4 c. chili powder
  • 2 tbsp. garlic salt
  • 3 c. apple juice
  • 3 c. club soda
  • 5 large sweet potatoes
  • 3 avocados
  • Sugar-free BBQ sauce

Instructions:

  • Season entire pork loin with garlic salt and chili powder. Pour 1 c. of apple juice and 1 c. of club soda in the bottom of the crockpot and add the pork loin. Add the rest of the apple juice and club soda to just cover the pork loin. Cook on low for 8 hours.
  • Place potatoes in a microwave-safe bowl with 1 c. of water. Place a plate on top and microwave for about 15-18 min.
  • Remove pork from crockpot and discard almost all of the liquid leaving just a tbsp. or two of juice behind to help moisten the pork.
  • Place the pork back into the crockpot and then use two large forks to shred the meat. Leave slow cooker on low, or warm, to keep things hot until you are ready to serve.
  • When ready to serve, cut a slit in the sweet potato, lengthwise. Grab the potato from both ends and press together to open the sweet potato up. Fill each sweet potato with a generous helping of pulled pork and top with a small drizzle of sugar-free BBQ sauce.
  • Divide 3 avocados between the 5 servings.
  • Serve immediately!

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Chorizo and Sweet Potato Enchiladas

Chorizo and Sweet Potato Enchiladas is an all time favorite.

These Chorizo and Sweet Potato Enchiladas are pretty freaking amazing.  They’ve got that whole spicy, sweet, cheesy, comforting thing going on.  Wonderful, complex flavors that mingle together so well! It requires very few ingredients and seemed very easy and delicious.

Try this at home and let me know how this turns out for you guys.

Prep Time: 14-17 min

Serves: 3

Ingredients

  • 2 tbsp. olive oil
  • 2 sweet potatoes
  • 1 medium bell pepper
  • 2 cloves garlic
  • 1 lb. chorizo
  • 8 taco size tortillas
  • 1 (15 oz.) can enchilada sauce
  • 1½ c. shredded cheese

Instructions

  • Peel the sweet potato and cut into a half inch cubes. Remove the stem and seeds from the pepper and also dice into half inch pieces. Mince the garlic.
  • In a large skillet, cook the sweet potato, pepper and garlic in olive oil, over medium heat until they begin to soften (about 10 minutes).
  • Squeeze the chorizo out of it’s casing into the skillet. Break up the meat and cook until thoroughly browned (about 5 minutes).
  • Spray a large casserole dish with non-stick spray and preheat the oven to 375 degrees. Scoop about ¾ cup of the chorizo sweet potato filling into each tortilla. Fold in the ends and then roll the tortilla up around the filling.
  • Place the filled and rolled tortillas in the baking dish. They should fill the dish and fit tightly against each other to prevent unrolling.
  • Pour the enchilada sauce over the rolled tortillas and top with shredded cheese. Bake in the oven until the edges begin to bubble (about 20 minutes).
  • Serve hot.

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Crockpot Paleo Hungry Man Sweet Potato Casserole

Some of you just really like sweet potatoes, and that is just as noble. The hungry man is just a catchy title, and I fully expect the ladies to make this big batch of goodness as well. This recipe yields a lot of food, all at one time, eat it or freeze it, you know you need it.

Great meals for a large group. This dish also keeps in the fridge well, so you may want to make it early in the week.

Prep Time: 13-16 min

Serves: 6

Ingredients
• 2 lbs. ground beef
• 1/2 lb. bacon
• 8 eggs
• 4 large sweet potatoes
• 1 large white onion
• 1 large red onion
• Cayenne pepper, to taste
• Paprika, to taste
• Garlic powder, to taste
• Black pepper, to taste
• Oregano, to taste

Instructions
• Slice sweet potatoes into slices like chips.
• Dice your bacon finely and brown it in a pan into crisp pieces. Remove from the pan and set it aside for later.
• Dice your onions into large chunks and add to your pan along with your ground beef. Make sure you use a deep skillet or pan big enough to brown 2 pounds of beef and 2 onions.
• Season your beef as you wish. I used a generous amount of cayenne, paprika, black pepper, garlic powder, and oregano.
• Beat your 8 eggs in a bowl, blender, or food processor. Add some cayenne and paprika to your egg mixture if you wish.
• Grease your crockpot with some coconut oil and line the bottom with slices of sweet potato.
• Spoon in a layer of your seasoned beef onto the sweet potatoes then sprinkle some of your crisped bacon pieces on top of the beef.
• Repeat the layering evenly until you use up your supplies.
• Once you have finished layering, pour your egg mixture over the top. Cook on low for 6 hours.

Have a nice weekend!