Crispy Smashed Potatoes with Prosciutto & Chipotle Aioli

I can’t quite remember when my love affair for crispy smashed potatoes began but it hasn’t stopped and I’m not sure it ever will. That is unless I become deathly sick from eating potatoes so I’m crossing my fingers that  NEVER happens! Now don’t get me wrong, these will taste really freakin amazing just topped with a little melted ghee with a sprinkle of salt and pepper. But smother each crispy morsel with some chipotle aioli and crunchy baked prosciutto pieces and I guarantee you will be praising my name, ha ha!

I usually make a batch of chipotle aioli using my homemade mayo recipe as the base and then add in enough chipotle powder to suit the spice levels of those I’m feeding. Add in as little or as much as you would like. You can even divide the mayo in half and make a mild and spicy version. If you want an even easier option for the chipotle aioli, you can just buy a jar of Primal kitchen Foods Chipotle lime mayo. I’ve done it with both and loved the results either way!

I think the funnest part of making this recipe is smashing down the potatoes with a plate! If you have any frustration to release than I highly recommend making this recipe lol, It’s very therapeutic 🙂 If you have kids, the smashing part may be a great way to let them help in the kitchen! Just make sure to monitor them so they don’t make them into mashed potatoes 😉

Crispy Smashed Potatoes with Prosciutto & Chipotle Aioli

Yield: 4 servings

Ingredients

    For Potatoes:
  • 2 lbs of small potatoes (about 1.5 inches in diameter)
  • 1/4 cup olive oil
  • salt & pepper to taste
  • chipotle aioli, see below
  • 6-8 pieces of prosciutto, check labels
    For Chipotle Aioli:
  • batch of homemade mayo makes about 1 cup
  • chipotle powder to taste
  • salt to taste

Instructions

  1. Line 2 baking sheets & preheat your oven to 425 degrees.
  2. Fold pieces of prosciutto in half & bake for 5 mins., flip & bake for another 5 mins. If it still isn't crispy, set oven to broil & cook for an additional min. Set aside to cool.
  3. Place potatoes in a pot and cover with water. Add salt bring to a boil. Lower heat & simmer for about 12 mins or until fork tender. Drain and cool.
  4. Using a small plate, carefully smash potatoes to make about half an inch. Place onto lined baking sheets & drizzle with oil.
  5. Roast for about 30 mins. (turn over at 15 mins) or until potatoes are crispy.
  6. Let cool for a bit and top with chipotle aioli, salt & pepper to taste, crumbled prosciutto and enjoy!
http://www.paleopaparazzi.com/2017/08/crispy-smashed-potatoes-prosciutto-chipotle-aioli/

I’ve been meaning to add this recipe to the blog ever since my Whole30 takeover on Instagram and Facebook last month. I had so much fun during my takeover and this was one of the most popular recipes I shared on there, along with my Easy Grilled Pesto Kebabs. Those two recipes made together for a meal would be epic! These whole30 friendly Crispy Smashed Potatoes with Prosciutto and Chipotle Aioli would also be a perfect appetizer to bring to a game day party or an upcoming holiday gathering! I’m happy to say it’s here on the blog to stay, so you can print it out and pin to pinterest for safe keeping!

Strawberry Ceviche Avocado Boats

We’re about 2 weeks away from the official start of summer, but it’s 90 degrees here in the Sacramento Valley so summer has pretty much arrived! We’re basically swimming in strawberries at our house because, well, what’s not to love about strawberries?! I don’t think I’ve ever met a person who doesn’t adore them! You can make just about anything with them from sweet (like my Strawberry Balsamic Coconut Cream Popsicles & Chocolate Strawberry Hearts) to savory dishes, they never let you down, amiright?! These Strawberry Ceviche Avocado Boats are on the savory side because all I can think about in this heat is fresh juicy strawberries, avocado and seafood! It was only natural to combine them into a fun and fresh new recipe, one that will take you away to Cabo with the first bite.

I always feel like it’s summer as soon as these beautiful ruby red berries start popping up here in Northern California. California Strawberries have my heart, I remember as a kid, we used to grow them in our back yard and I always hated when the snails got ahold of them, like seriously the worst thing to discover as a strawberry loving child, all your strawberries eaten by these little pests! Luckily my grandparents lived just down the street with raised planters full of strawberries, so we never went without. My grandma always made gobs of jam during the summer, some of my fondest memories are making fruit jams in the kitchen with her. As kids my cousins and I used to slather her strawberry jam all over homemade bread and devour it all summer long! My face was always sticky with strawberry jam at grandma’s house, it was a special time and place!

Sadly I don’t have any strawberry plants right in my own backyard anymore, but I really don’t have to worry because they are available year round! California produces 90% of the nations strawberries, so cool right?  I love that I can find my beloved Organic California Strawberries at the farmer’s markets and grocery stores for just a few bucks during the peak season! It’s better than Christmas in my opinion! I picked up a big flat of them at the market to create these dreamy Strawberry Ceviche Avocado Boats. They’re a perfect no cook recipe to add to your list so you don’t have to turn on the oven and heat up the house when it’s unbearable outside!

You may not have thought that strawberries could work in a recipe like this, but I assure you that strawberries make a great substitute for tomatoes. Like tomatoes they are high in acidity and are sweet, but not too sweet! What’s great is that there is an abundance of ripe strawberries right now so they are a wonderful addition to many savory dishes instead of tomatoes.

Here are some reasons (as if you already needed them) to be loving more on these beautiful little berries!

-They are rich in Vitamin C! One serving of 8 Strawberries will give you more than an orange!

-They are lower in sugar compared to other fruits but packed full of flavor!

-These cute little berries are red to remind you they are packed full of nutrients that may help reduce the risk of high blood pressure and stroke. This is an important one to my family as my husband is a stroke survivor!

Strawberry Ceviche Avocado Boats

Prep Time: 5 minutes

Total Time: 25 minutes

Yield: 6

Ingredients

  • 1 pound of raw shrimp, deveined (can use cooked)
  • 3 ripe avocados
  • 3/4 c. strawberries, diced
  • 1/2 c. white onion, diced
  • 1-2 rounded tbsp. jalapeño, diced
  • 1/2 c. lime juice (enough to cover shrimp so they cook evenly)
  • Salt & Pepper to taste

Instructions

  1. Cut your avocados in half and remove the pit. Squeeze lime juice on top, sprinkle salt on them, place on a serving dish and set aside.
  2. Chop shrimp into bite sized pieces. In a medium shallow container add the shrimp, lime juice, strawberries, onions, cilantro and jalapeño. Let marinate until the shrimp is no longer see-through but opaque, about 10 to 20 minutes.
  3. After shrimp has marinated, add salt and pepper to taste and mix the ceviche well.
  4. Add the ceviche to the center of each avocado boat. Garnish with more cilantro, strawberries and red pepper flakes if desired. Serve chilled.
http://www.paleopaparazzi.com/2017/06/strawberry-ceviche-avocado-boats/

I hope you love the recipe, and don’t for get to get your 8 a day! For more delicious strawberry recipes and inspiration visit the California Strawberries Website!

Disclaimer: This is a sponsored post on behalf of The California Strawberry Commission. Thank you for supporting the companies that make Paleo Paparazzi possible! I only work with companies I’m passionate about & align with the mission of Paleo Paparazzi. As always, all thoughts are 100% my own.

Easy Grilled Chicken Pesto Kebabs

Hey guys, I’m so excited for the three day weekend coming up! So much so that I created these fun new simple Chicken Pesto Kebabs for the grill. I know most of you here in the states will be celebrating by firing up the BBQ and making delicious treats to enjoy with family and friends. I wanted to share something that was easy enough, so that you have more time to enjoy your loved ones!

Memorial day is all about celebrating and honoring those American heroes who lost their lives serving our country. My uncle lost his life in Vietnam, so I always honor him and the legacy he left behind with my family on this special day. My Mom wanted to name me after him and said if I was a boy, my name was supposed to be Kenneth. When she found out I was a girl, she thought Kendra was a perfect fit!

Last year I got to spend some time in D.C. with my Mom and Dad and we got to visit the Vietnam Memorial Wall. It was a humbling experience, to say the least. I was in tears capturing this special moment as my Mom gently rubbed her brother’s name onto a sheet of paper to take as a keepsake.

I know this was kind of a deep post, but I didn’t want it to just be about the food, Memorial day is so much more than that! I think we get caught up in the traditions of a holiday, sometimes forgetting the reasons behind why we celebrate them. Feeling grateful for all those who have served and currently serve our country so we can be safe at home.

Easy Grilled Chicken Pesto Kebabs

Ingredients

  • 1.5 lbs. boneless chicken thighs, trimmed & cut into 1 inch cubes
  • 1/2 cup pesto (recipe here)
  • pint of cherry or grape tomatoes
  • salt & pepper to taste
  • metal or pre-soaked wooden skewers

Instructions

  1. In a large shallow container add the cubed chicken, 1/2 cup pesto and let marinate for 20-30 mins. or overnight.
  2. Pre-heat your outside grill to medium heat, can also be done inside on an oiled grill pan on medium.
  3. When chicken is ready, thread it onto the skewers along with the tomatoes.
  4. Sprinkle each skewer with salt & pepper to taste.
  5. Cook on the grill 3-4 mins on each side or until the chicken has reached an internal temperature of 165–175°F.
  6. Remove from grill and slather on more of the leftover pesto sauce!
http://www.paleopaparazzi.com/2017/05/easy-grilled-chicken-pesto-kebabs/

Paleo Sweet Potato “Toast”

Oh Sweet Potato “Toast” how I love thee! My love for sweet potato toast is no secret. I have been professing my love for sweet potato “toast” for quite some time on social media & during my takeover of The Whole30 Recipes last year and once again with my takeover last week!

Paleo sweet potato toast sausage prosciutto bacon smoked salmon

You all clearly love this slightly sweet, crusty, delicious little sub for the real thing. While it tastes nothing at all like it’s counterpart, it’s still DANG delicious and I don’t care!  It’s one of my most liked recipes on Instagram (next to my chicken veggie poppers) so I HAD to bring it to the blog so you can print out the recipe (wish they had that feature on IG, haha) and pin it to your Pinterest board for later too!
Paleo sweet potato toast poached egg stack

My love affair with sweet potato toast is REAL. I even played breakfast Jenga with it to create this lovely little poached egg version below. I think I play with my food more now than I ever did as a kid…lol! But I just wanted to send a quick thank you to my mom for letting me play with my food as a youngster. I’ve decided I will 100% let my kids play with their food, as long as they eat it afterwards 😉
Paleo sweet potato toast salmon avocado

SWEET POTATO "TOAST"

Prep Time: 5 minutes

Cook Time: 30 minutes

Total Time: 35 minutes

Ingredients

  • 1-2 Large sweet potatoes (thinly sliced)
  • 1-2 Tbsp. of your favorite high-heat oil (I love coconut or avocado)
  • A few pinches of salt
  • Toppings (some listed below)

Instructions

  1. Wash potatoes and pat dry.
  2. Preheat oven to 400°.
  3. Line a baking sheet.
  4. Slice sweet potato lengthwise into 1/4" an inch slices (I use a mandolin slicer to get them even & thin).
  5. Coat both sides of sweet potato with oil and lightly sprinkle with salt.
  6. Cook for 30 minutes (Flip after 20 minutes).
  7. Set oven to broil and continue to cook for one minute on each side, until toasty! (Just keep an eye on them, they can burn easily).
  8. Add your favorite toast toppings.

Notes

SOME OF MY FAVORITE COMBOS: Sweet & Savory

Poached egg with bacon & guacamole.

Sausage with guacamole, salsa & peppers.

Prosciutto with avocado slices & tomato.

Smoked salmon with guacamole & cucumber slices.

Wild salmon, arugula, roasted tomatoes & garlic aioli (I use my homemade mayo with garlic powder & pepper mixed in to taste).

Almond butter with fruit & drizzled honey -Not Whole30-

A few "toasts" stacked with poached eggs & avocado slices.

A few "toasts" stacked with layers berries & cashew or almond butter.

http://www.paleopaparazzi.com/2016/09/paleo-sweet-potato-toast/

If you are doing a Whole30, the only version of the “toasts” that are not Whole 30 compliant are the ones below. I consider this version more of a treat.sweet potato toast fruit and honey

Have you tried sweet potato “toast” yet? I’d love to know what you think. If you have, what is your favorite toppings? I’m always looking for more yummy combinations to create! The possibilities with sweet potato ‘toast” really are endless. I’m sure I will be updating with more combos in the future as they come my way! Happy toasting to you!!

Paleo sweet potato toast raspberry
Paleo sweet potato toast avocado toast

Whole30 4th of July

I was excited when the Whole30 team asked me to create 3 tasty dishes for your 4th of July BBQ’s/ Potlucks. I know how hard it can be to feel like your missing out on all the fun foods when a holiday pops up. That’s why I created an appetizer, a salad & a meat dish to make celebrating this holiday a little easier. Plus they are your typical 4th of July recipes, so if you don’t mention that they are whole30 friendly, no one will be the wiser! I’ve got you covered so don’t worry! You will not feel deprived at all, promise! Head over to the Whole30 website to get all 3 recipes! So off you go now…go get your BBQ on!

Red White & blue strawberries
Whole30 Red white & Blue Strawberries

Patriotic ColeslawWhole30 Patriotic Coleslaw

Firecracker BBQ Ribs

Whole30 Firecracker BBQ Ribs

Whole 30 Chicken Veggie Poppers

Chicken veggie poppers

Last week I had the opportunity to attend a fun blogger’s retreat in gorgeous Monterey, California. We toured an incredible strawberry farm and ate the most delicious food all made with, you guessed it, strawberries. I cannot wait to share with you what I learned! Stay tuned for that post soon!

While I was there, I was able to reflect on why I eat the way I do, and the healing that has come from years of eating real foods that make my body feel so good. I started my paleo journey with a Whole30, that soon turned into a love of making and eating food the way it was intended to be eaten, preservative & chemical free.

The whole30 really changed my life and I will forever be grateful for that gift. That is why I just adore creating whole30 recipes. They are simple yet so flavorful and they give me the energy I need to get through the day without crashing.

I have gotten so many compliments on this recipe. While I don’t have kids, many moms tell me that their kids LOVE them, and that makes my heart sing! They’re the perfect finger food and once you pop, you can’t stop (I had to) They’re seriously the funnest thing ever to eat!!  They make me feel like a kid all over again, and I love that so, so much!

I think the great thing about them, is that everything is packed into one delicious bite, the protein, fat & veggies! That way you don’t have to worry about you or you little ones eating everything on the plate, because you get it all in each bite you take! How awesome is that?! Finger lickin, chicken good!!

I’m so excited to finally have this recipe on the blog!! It’s one of the many recipes that I have shared on my Instagram, my Facebook page as well as the Whole30 recipes social media pages. I am slowly getting all my Whole30 recipes on here so you can find them easier and also pin them from here to Pinterest. I hope you enjoy this recipe as much as my little family does…the cat even likes them 😉 Total score!

Chicken veggie poppers-Whole30

Ingredients

    For the poppers
  • 1 lb. boneless chicken thighs
  • 1 cup of grated zucchini
  • 1 cup of grated carrots
  • 2 tbsp. of sliced green onions
  • 2 cloves of garlic, minced & sautéed
  • 1 tsp. fresh dill (can use dried)
  • 1 tsp. coconut aminos (optional)
  • 1/2 tsp. cumin
  • 1/2 tsp. salt
  • 1/2 tsp. pepper
  • Olive oil, for cooking
    For the garlic dill aioli sauce
  • 1/4 cup of homemade mayo
  • 1/4 tsp. garlic powder
  • 1/2 tsp. fresh or dried dill
  • Mix all ingredients together in a small bowl.
  • Add salt and pepper to taste.

Instructions

  1. Preheat your oven to 400°.
  2. Line a pan with foil and grease with a bit of olive oil. Set aside.
  3. Add a bit of olive oil to a pan and sauté minced garlic until fragrant. Set aside.
  4. Grate zucchini and carrots in a food processor and set aside.
  5. Wash chicken and pat dry.
  6. Put chicken thighs, grated zucchini, grated carrots, green onion, dill, sautéed garlic, cumin, Coconut aminos and salt-and-pepper into your blender/food processor and grind up together for a few minutes until all ingredients are Incorporated.
  7. Scoop a heaping tablespoon of your meat mixture onto your greased baking sheet and use hands to flatten and mold a bit.
  8. Brush tops of chicken poppers with oil.
  9. Bake at 400° for approximately 25 minutes, or until they are cooked through.
  10. You can broil for an additional 3 mins. If you want them to brown up a bit more.
  11. Serve with a side of guacamole, salsa or an aioli sauce. I like mine with a garlic dill aioli.
http://www.paleopaparazzi.com/2016/06/whole30-chicken-veggie-poppers/

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Avocado Prosciutto Stuffed Mushrooms

Avocado prociutto stuffed mushrooms

Are you looking for a delicious appetizer for your Oscars party this weekend?! Well look no further because I’ve got you covered on this one! These earthy little morsels get a facelift in this recipe after you slather them with a healthy dose of olive oil, bake them, stuff them with a creamy avocado filling and add some salty, crunchy prosciutto to the mix! Holy drool!

olive oil mushroom caps

This appetizer packs an amazing punch of flavor and is so cute to boot! Who doesn’t love crispy pork on top of everything? I mean, they even make bacon flavored ice cream because it rocks! Ok, well maybe if you’re Vegan, but even they miss pork because they make bacon flavored coconut and veggies! Once you pop you really cant stop with these babies, but you don’t have to worry because, unlike Pringles, they’re good for you, shhh!

These could also easily be made into a meal by using portobello mushrooms instead of the baby bellas and be equally if not more delicious! So, give them a go and let me know what you think!

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Avocado Prosciutto Stuffed Mushrooms

Ingredients

  • -8 oz. pack of baby bella mushrooms, stems removed
  • -1 large avocado
  • -1/2 cup baby spinach
  • -2 to 3 pieces of prosciutto
  • -1 tablespoon fresh lemon juice
  • -1 tablespoon fresh basil leaves
  • -1 tablespoon fresh parsley leaves
  • -1 tablespoon olive oil (for baking mushrooms)
  • -1/2 clove of garlic
  • -2 teaspoons onion powder
  • -1/8 teaspoon Himalayan or sea salt
  • -1/4 teaspoon pepper

Instructions

  1. Line 2 baking sheets with foil and preheat your oven to 425 degrees.
  2. Fold pieces of prosciutto in half and bake on lined baking sheet for 5 minutes, flip and bake for another 5 minutes on the other side. If it still isn't crispy enough, set oven to broil and cook for an additional minute. Set aside to cool.
  3. Remove mushroom stems. Gently rinse under cool water and pat dry with paper towel. Place mushrooms gill side up on lined baking sheet and use a basting brush to coat caps and sides of mushrooms with olive oil.Sprinkle salt on each mushroom if desired and place into 425 degree oven for about 5-6 minutes.
  4. Remove mushrooms from oven and dump out any moisture that collected inside the mushrooms while baking. Gently pat each mushroom dry with a paper towel. Set aside to cool.
  5. Slice avocado and remove pit. place avocado flesh into a high speed blender (I used a vitamix) or food processor along with baby spinach,lemon juice, basil leaves, parsley, garlic, onion powder, salt, pepper and blend until smooth.Taste test and adjust flavor as needed.
  6. Crumble your cooled prosciutto into bite sized pieces and sprinkle a tiny inside your mushrooms. Scoop avocado filling mixture into each mushroom topped with more crumbled prosciutto pieces. Garnish with dried cilantro, flavor god everything spice mix and almond flour.
  7. Serve and Devour!

Notes

To make this AIP friendly, omit pepper and almond flour garnish

http://www.paleopaparazzi.com/2015/02/avocado-prosciutto-stuffed-mushrooms/

 

Apple Nachos

I have a serious affinity for apple nachos. They are not only really simple and fun to make, they are a perfect fall treat! I always get really excited to make them when apples are coming in to season, but really you can make them any old time as apples are almost always available. I will add that they do taste even better with fresh in season apples though, just sayin! We love heading up to Apple Hill this time of the year to our favorite organic apple growers farm to stock up, picking apples in the fall just gives me all the feels!

Apple Nachos

Ingredients

  • 1-2 apples, sliced (preferably organic)
  • 2 tbsp nut/seed butter (used almond)
  • 1-2 tbsp cacao nibs or mini chocolate chips
  • 2 tbsp chocolate sauce, I used THIS recipe minus the strawberries & nibs
  • 1 lemon, juiced (optional)
  • a handful of your favorite nuts/seeds (I used pecans)
  • a handful of grain free granola (optional)

Instructions

  1. Slice apples with an apple slicer and toss with enough lemon juice to coat each slice in a large bowl.
  2. Place apples on a plate and arrange how you would like them.
  3. Drizzle apples with desired amount of almond butter or any nut/seed butter of choice. I place mine in a Zip-loc bag with one corner snipped off to drizzle it.
  4. Drizzle apples with chocolate sauce.
  5. Sprinkle with cacao nibs or desired chocolate and nuts/seeds and grain free granola.
  6. You can also add other toppings like raisins or unsweetened coconut shreds, the possibilities are endless!
http://www.paleopaparazzi.com/2014/10/apple-nachos-4/

 

Tuna Stackers

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Have you ever felt like your meals were just the same old boring thing over and over again? I feel that way quite a bit, and when I do, I try to get creative in the kitchen! Sometimes it’s all in the presentation of your food that can make eating feel exciting and new! This recipe will not only wow you, but the people you serve it to! Get ready to get creative in 3,2,1!

Tuna Stackers

Ingredients:

1/2 cup diced tomatoes
1/2 cup diced mango
1/2 cup diced avocado
1 can of tuna meat-I used wild planet
Basil for Garnish

Directions:

Assemble each of the two stacks by tightly layering together in a mold 1/2 of each of the  tomatoes, mango, avocado and Tuna. (If you don’t have a mold, you can use any hollowed-out aluminum can or a circular bottle-I used an empty coconut milk can with both sides open).

Press down on the top layer while slowly removing the mold to reveal the freestanding tuna stack. Repeat with the remaining ingredients to form a total of two tuna stacks.

Garnish your stack with basil, drizzle the tuna stacks with your favorite dressing if you fancy and serve.