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Sweet & Savory Thanksgiving Sweet Potatoes

Greetings, hungry readers! This is Meagan from Eat Something Delicious and I'll be taking over for Kylie today. Kylie and I "met" last year when we noticed how much each of our blogs had in common. We quickly became good friends who connected on more than just our blogging hobbies (although, she's still my go-to person for when I start rambling about Wordpress updates, rich pins, and all the other blogging topics my poor husband used to endure listening to). A Slice of Ky has really grown to be an amazing site and I'm so excited to be sharing one of my recipes here today. A few years ago, all my experiences with sweet potato could be summed up in two dishes: sweet potato casserole (yes, the kind with marshmallows on top)...

Simple Roasted Butternut Squash

Paleo Roasted Butternut Squash 1I love this time of year, because winter squash is in season, and right now I’m obsessed with this simple roasted butternut squash. I’ve been making it at least once a week, but I could literally eat this everyday. It’s creamy, sweet and melts in your mouth. The butter coats the squash and gives it a caramelized finish that is to die for. I like to pair it with my maple glazed pulled pork for a savory comfort meal. I could also see pairing this alongside chili or a sloppy joe. Yum, I’m getting hungry just writing this! This simple roasted butternut squash is an easy side dish that pairs with just about anything. I like to prep the squash (peel and cut) before work in the morning, so that I can just toss it into the oven when I get home. The best is when I have meat cooking in the crock pot, because I have an amazing meal ready in what feels like lickety-split. You’ll notice onions in the photos, but I’ve realized since then that I like this better with just the butternut squash by itself. I will update the photo just as soon as I can get a picture before it all gets eaten!

Bacon In The Oven

Oven Baked Bacon A Slice of Ky ResizedOn weekend mornings you’ll usually find me in the kitchen sipping on a warm cup of tea and cooking up some breakfast. When making a full-out breakfast, the stovetop usually gets pretty crowded. Between the eggs, vegetable hash, and breakfast meat, there is a lot going on on top of that stove. Actually, the pans to make these three things won’t even fit on my stove all at once. I needed to come up with a solution other than having to cook my weekend breakfast in stages. I could probably bake the eggs and veggie hash in the oven, but why not try to eliminate one of the more higher maintenance items from the stovetop? Although bacon is quite straightforward to cook, it’s actually kind of messy and needy when you think about it. All that splattering grease and constant turning. Changing my bacon cooking method from something other than the stovetop would be the ideal remedy. I’ve made bacon on my electric griddle before with great results, but that thing is so tucked away under a million other things it usually only makes an appearance for special occasions!  I also tried cooking bacon in the microwave which surprisingly turned out really well.  I was happy with the microwave bacon results except for one thing. All the bacon grease was getting soaked up by the paper towel on the plate. I just could not go on letting that precious liquid gold go to waste! I needed a way to cook the bacon efficiently, yet still preserve the bacon grease.

Cauliflower Mash

Cauliflower Mash Recipe A Slice of Ky 680xThis cauliflower mash took some trial and error, but I was finally able to nail down the right consistency and taste that I have been looking for. All of the recipes I’ve found online recommend prepping your cauliflower by steaming or boiling it first. However, the consistency has always turned out too thin and runny for our particular taste no matter how much butter, milk, or olive oil I added. Lots of people may like their cauliflower mash this texture, however our preference in this household is a thicker consistency. It wasn’t until I tried roasting the cauliflower first that I found the perfect texture for our cauliflower mash. So, if you’ve been searching for the secret to a thicker cauliflower mash, you must try this method!

Paleo Mashed Sweet Potatoes

Mashed Sweet Potatoes_REV3I love me some mashed sweet potatoes! In my house, they’re usually being made for a Sunday night dinner paired with a rotisserie chicken we picked up while making our weekly grocery run. It makes for a quick, easy, and comforting meal.  I typically boil my sweet potatoes in order to speed up the process a bit, because at this point the aroma of the rotisserie chicken has filled up the house and we’re usually ready to pounce! But, if you have the time you could roast them in a 400° oven for about an hour. I tend to keep my recipes simple, but you could experiment by adding some different herbs like rosemary or thyme. These mashed sweet potatoes are so good it’s easy to overdo, so enjoy it but keep in mind moderation in all things!

Sweet Potato Fries

Sweet Potato Fries   Save Print Prep time 10 mins Cook time 30 mins Total time 40 mins   Serves: 2-4 Ingredients 2 Large Sweet Potatoes (cut into thin strips) 2 Tablespoons Avocado Oil 1 Teaspoon Smoked Paprika Salt & Pepper, to taste Instructions Preheat your oven to 400° Peel and slice the sweet potatoes into ¼ inch strips Lay the fries on an aluminum foil lined baking pan making sure the fries are in a single layer Drizzle with avocado oil, smoked paprika, salt, & pepper and toss to combine Bake for 30 minutes, tossing...