Bacon & Blue Burger with Sweet Potato Buns

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You may need to wipe up that drool on your face…

Ok, now you can finish reading about how to make this AMAZING burger! Not to toot my own horn, but one of the best burgers I’ve ever made! This would even be good without the blue cheese, if you’re not into stinky cheese.

You may be asking yourself, why does she keep posting food with bacon and blue cheese? Let’s just say I got a generous amount of Iowa bacon (the best) and Maytag blue cheese from my mother in law and went all out! It’s not every day when you can have these brands at your disposal, unless you live near Grinnell, Iowa. So I may have gained a few lbs this week, but it’s been worth it!!

I wanted to stick to my Paleo diet as much as I could (hence the cheese part) and I saw on Pinterest some people making their buns out of sweet potatoes. Genius! Like I said in my previous post, I love anything sweet and savory, and this is it to a T! I actually thought it tasted better than a regular bun, but I could eat sweet potatoes everyday so I am slightly biased. I will say it’s even messier with the sweet potato buns, but every good burger needs about 20 napkins along side it!

A couple of facts to make this burger taste the best:
1.When picking out your sweet potatoes, make sure they are thick and round enough for a nicely sized “bun”.
2. When buying your meat, get 80/20 ground beef. I prefer organic and grass fed, so the only option I had was 85/15, which was still good. For meals like tacos or casseroles you should buy lean ground beef, but for burgers, 80/20 is best. You need that fat to give it the good juicy flavor you want… trust me!

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To start, preheat your oven to 425°. Take your sweet potato and peel it, then slice to the thickest, most round part of the potato. Take a small plate and pour in some olive oil and salt and pepper. Rub both sides of the potato with the olive oil until evenly coated, then place on a baking sheet. Bake for 20-30 minutes depending on your oven, turning once halfway through.

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You want to make sure they’re cooked in the middle and crispy brown on the outsides. Mine look a little burnt in the pictures, but they’re not, they are perfectly roasted!

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Take a large bowl and add your meat, seasonings, Worcestershire, Sriracha (trust me), and blue cheese. The best way to mix burgers and meatballs is with your hands, don’t be afraid to get in there! Once everything is mixed evenly, form into patties. When I make burgers, I don’t skimp on size, so mine were about a ½lb. each.

Since I am home while my husband is deployed, I don’t have all of my awesome kitchenware so I had to settle for a cast iron skillet. If you have a grill or grill pan, I would recommend that. If you have a skillet like me, spray with some olive oil PAM and turn on medium high heat. Wait a few minutes and make sure the pan is nice and hot before placing your meat down. For medium burgers cook on each side for 5 minutes flipping only once (this keeps all of the juices in). Depending on your stove and kitchen appliances, cooking times can vary.

If you have bacon already made from a few days before (#fatgirlproblems) take that out and throw it in the pan for a few minutes to get it crispy and hot again. If not, you better make yourself some bacon! Place on a paper towel to soak up excess grease, I also did this with my burgers (this helps the sweet potato buns stay solid, the grease can make them mushy and fall apart).

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Before assembling, take a small bowl and mix together your blue cheese sauce. I didn’t really measure anything, but I can use my own terms. I mixed two spoonfuls of sour cream, two of mayo, about a tbsp worth of crumbled blue cheese and about three long squeezes of sriracha. Just taste it and see how you like it, add more of whatever you think until it tastes just the way you like it!

Warning: You may acquire a major food coma after consuming this burger, but your going to have a very happy belly!

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What you’ll need:
For the buns:

1-2 very round sweet potatoes (I only made 1 burger, so I only needed 1 potato)
olive oil
salt and pepper
For the burgers:
80/20 ground beef ( I prefer organic grass fed) ½lb. per burger
1 tsp cumin
1 tsp garlic powder
1 tsp onion powder
1 tsp black pepper
1 tsp seasoned salt
1 tsp paprika
1 tsp cajun
4 dashes of Worcestershire
a few squeezes of Sriracha (sorry I didn’t really measure!)
a handful of crumbled blue cheese (just judge the ratio of meat to cheese and add more or less based upon that)
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Greens
For the mayo:
2 spoons of light sour cream
2 spoons of olive oil mayo (Hellmen’s of course, Miracle Whip is just plain sacrilege !! )
1 tbsp or so of blue cheese crumbles
a few squirts of Sriracha, the spicier the better in my opinion, but taste as you go.


Sweet Potato Crusted Quiche

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Paleo approved breakfast quiche?? Yes please!

Ok, so I lied.

It isn’t technically Paleo because it has blue cheese in it. This girl got herself some Maytag Blue Cheese from her mother in-law and there’s no way she can turn that down!

So, if you want to be all hardcore Paleo about it, you can omit the cheese part, but let’s be honest, what’s a good quiche without cheese?!

To tell you the truth, if you’re looking for a nice crispy bread-like crust, you won’t find it here, but that doesn’t mean this version isn’t good! In fact, I prefer this crust instead of the normal flour filled crusts. I’m a huge sweet potato fan, and to seal the deal with why I liked this quiche so much, I love anything sweet and savory.

Sweet potato + bacon + kale + blue cheese = sweet & savory!

If you like chicken and waffles, or you tend to dip your bacon and sausage in your maple syrup, (seriously, who doesn’t?!) then you will love this dish!

 Preheat your oven to 400°. Let’s start by peeling then slicing your sweet potatoes as evenly as possible, or use a mandolin if you have it. Make sure they are thick enough to make a nice crust. Once sliced, arrange your sweet potatoes in a greased casserole dish as evenly as possible and covering the bottom and sides of the dish. As pictured below.

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Bake for 25-30 minutes or until they are nice and golden brown.

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While the potato is baking, start on your bacon and filling.

I really shouldn’t have to tell you how to cook bacon! Get it nice and crispy.

Sauté your onion and garlic for 5 minutes on medium heat, then add your kale and sauté a few more minutes until it’s soft and wilted.

In a medium sized bowl, whisk your eggs, blue cheese, spices, and water. Add your veggies and crumbled bacon until mixed evenly (careful not to over mix the eggs). Pour the mixture into your dish and gently shake it to evenly distribute the mixture.

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If you love cheese, like me, add a little shredded cheddar on top. (C’mon you know you want to!)

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Turn your oven down to 350°. Bake for 30-40 minutes (depending on your oven) or until the cheese is slightly browned and bubbling.

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Let sit for 5-10 minutes (if your taste buds will let you) and serve!

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What you’ll need:
2-3 sweet potatoes (I only used 2 but my dish was rather small)
butter to grease the pan, or PAM

½ lb of bacon, center cut 
½ diced sweet onion
2 cloves of garlic, minced
½ bunch of kale, omit the stems and tear the leaves off into smaller pieces 
¼ wedge of blue cheese, crumbled (Maytag brand if you want to go all out!)
4 eggs
(this is my go to mixture for any scrambled egg type of recipe, it’s the best!)
1 tsp pepper 
1 tsp onion powder
1 tsp garlic powder
1 tsp paprika
1 tsp cajun
2 tsp parsley
1 tbsp water (this helps the eggs get fluffy)
I omitted salt since blue cheese and bacon are already very salty on their own!
Shredded cheddar cheese, just enough to cover the top

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Triple B Chicken Pizza

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Warning: Mouth may water while reading this post.

Triple B chicken pizza?? What the heck is that?! Triple B stands for Blackened, Blue, and Buffalo. Ohhh yes, amazing. A few things I love: Pizza, Blue Cheese, and Blackened anything. So I thought, why not put all of these amazing ingredients into one!? I’ve always wanted to try a pizza like this, but my husband isn’t a big buffalo or blue cheese fan (crazy right??) so, like in a previous post, I have been making everything I like that he’s not a big fan of.

I didn’t make the dough homemade, which is something I want to try next time. I bought the dough at Publix and they made it fresh the same day. The dough is absolutely amazing! So fresh and when it was done baking, it had the perfect combination of crispy outside and soft middle. I bought Boar’s Head blue cheese, anything they make tastes great. I blackened the chicken using my grill pan (best invention ever!). Needless to say, I was in heaven when I tasted this pizza! It had the perfect amount of spicy and paired great with a nice cold glass of milk!

To get started, you may have to leave your dough out of the fridge for an hour. Next pre heat your oven according to package directions, mine was 350°. If you have a pizza stone (I highly recommend this if you don’t have one) and place the stone on in the oven while it’s preheating. This will help make that crust that’s crispy on the outside and still soft in the middle.

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While the oven is preheating make your blackened seasoning. Mix well and set aside. Before you start cooking the chicken, this may cause a lot of smoke so turn your fan on!! Heat the pan on medium high and place olive oil. Prepare your chicken (cut off any fat and rinse with water) pound the chicken to a flat 1/4-1/2 in thickness. Cover both sides of the chicken, and press down with fingers. Cook the chicken for 3-4 minutes on each side or until cooked through. Set aside.

Next, cut your peppers and onion. Set aside. Now take a medium size bowl and pour in your sauce and dressing add some blue cheese crumbles, mix well.  Take your blackened chicken and cut into cubes.

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Take your dough ball and place some flour on the surface as well as your rolling pin and hands. Roll dough to desired thickness. Pop any bubbles that may form. Take a large spoon and place the sauce in the middle of the dough, then gently spread outwards leaving some room for crust. Sprinkle your peppers and onions evenly, then sprinkle chicken pieces evenly. Lastly, place your crumbled blue cheese evenly on top. Place in the oven for 18-20 minutes (I ended up having to bake it about 25 minutes, just want to make sure the crust is browned and the bottom is browned but not burnt)

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What you’ll need:

Pre made, fresh pizza dough
1-1 1/2 lbs boneless chicken tenderloins
1/2 green bell pepper, chopped
1/4 red onion, chopped
For pizza sauce:
1/2 cup Buffalo sauce (I used RedHot)
1/2 cup Blue Cheese Dressing (I used Low fat T Marzetti‘s)
hand full of Blue Cheese crumbles
(You will most likely have extra, but thats ok!)
For blackened seasoning:
Cajun Seasoning
Cayenne Red Pepper seasoning
Ground Cumin
Chili Powder
Onion Powder
Salt & Pepper
(Pour an even amount of each, I used a little more of the cajun, until there’s enough to coat both sides of  the chicken)

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