Okra and Heirloom Tomato Salad

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I’m in the final week of my first Whole30! To be honest, it hasn’t been all that difficult, and Pre-Made Paleo certainly helped. (Yes, the long-promised review of Premade Paleo meals is still forthcoming.) Possibly because I tried to stay “close” to the paleo lifestyle even after the nutrition challenge, or perhaps because I’ve done the “no-carb” thing (processed carbs really) a couple of times in the past, but I didn’t go through the carb withdrawal or the “carb-flu” that many experience when converting to paleo or doing their first Whole30.

That is not to say these last few weeks have not been without their challenges. Initially, it was figuring out what the heck to eat – particularly when laziness and exhaustion won over the desire to eat something healthy. Lately, I’ve been struggling with “food-boredom.” A-googling I went, and -BEHOLD!- I stumbled across this amazing recipe for an okra and heirloom tomato salad. Not only did it sound yummy and different, the pictures are divine! Really, go, look! I just needed to find some okra.

I lucked out – a few of the vendors at our local farmer’s market had okra this weekend. My picture isn’t nearly as pretty, but here’s how mine turned out

Okra & Heirloom Tomato Salad

 

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Paleo Sweet Potato Pancakes (Latkes)

This morning I was looking for something a little different. Before paleo, one of my favorite breakfast dishes were potato pancakes. Not the deep-fried kind, but the you-can-still-see-the-shredded-potato kind (with sour cream and applesauce). Today’s challenge was to find a paleo-friendly way to reformulate these – using sweet potatoes.

IngredientsSweet Potato Pancakes

  • 1 large sweet potato, peeled and grated
  • 2 large eggs
  • cinnamon (optional)
  • 2-3 tbsp coconut oil

Directions

  1. Mix grated sweet potato with eggs.
  2. Add cinnamon to taste.
  3. Heat 1 tbsp coconut oil in skillet until melted and sizzles when splashed with water droplets.
  4. Form sweet potato mixture into small patties and place in hot oil.
  5. Cook for 3-5 minutes on each side.

Recipe Notes

If the patties are slightly oily, place on a plate with paper towels to drain. I love cinnamon and used quite a bit here. Serving suggestion: add bacon and eggs.