A while ago I wrote a “Food For Thought” entry entitled “Walk the Line“. The idea was to talk about how to get started if you’re just beginning, or restarted if you have found yourself in a slump. I wrote this at a time when I was living in the top 20% of my own personal “bell-curve”, and it’s easy to talk about solutions to a problem you aren’t currently experiencing. That was back in September of last year. Fast-forward through Halloween, Thanksgiving, Christmas, and New Year’s Eve, a few difficult personal growth moments, and a LOT of parties. Things aren’t quite so on track at this point. Now I’d like to get a little down and dirty and personal, and talk about what “walking the line” means when you’re looking at it from the BOTTOM 20% of your personal bell-curve.
I love my Rosemary Potato Stacks, but we don’t eat white potatoes very often so I wanted to try them with sweet potatoes. Instead of rosemary I used sage, and I left out the lemon. Sprinkle in a bit of cinnamon and you’ve got a fantastic variation on a theme!
There is some debate on white potatoes being strictly Paleo or not, but if you are including them in your routine I highly recommend this side dish from “The Homegrown Paleo” by Diana Rodgers. (You can follow her blog HERE, and purchase her cookbook HERE.) These little guys are simple, but slightly labor intensive and worth every minute that goes into making them. They are buttery and lemony and crispy and I guarantee you will love them!
I have to say I have no idea where Michelle Tam came up with this combination of ingredients. I thought it sounded really weird, but I was feeling like I had to try something new, and I’ve been intrigued by this recipe for a while now so I thought I’d try it. I’m glad I did because these little gems turned out pretty darn good. I’m going to stick these in all of my dining categories because even though I made them for dinner, Joe had them for breakfast the next day with a fried egg on top, and for lunch as well. On a side note, the recipe says it makes 12, but I only managed to get 9 out of mine.
Get the recipe HERE.
How do you break out of a rut? With Cherry Chicken from NomNomPaleo, that’s how! I was afraid of this one being overly sweet, but the cherries are the only sweet ingredient. With enough savory items going into it, you get a hint of the cherry flavor without the sweetness.
The recipe calls for drumsticks, but I did this with bone-in, skin-on thighs. I baked them on top of a rack placed on a tinfoil lined baking sheet for 20 minutes skin side down, then 25 minutes skin side up. The results were amazing enough that I now have another dish in my regular rotation.
I got this recipe from the NomNomPaleo iPad/iPhone app, but if you don’t have access to that, here it is: