This recipe is pretty epic. I recently asked my Facebook followers to tell me what meal they missed most since going paleo. Among the many amazing answers, one stuck out the most to me. Poutine. I pronouce it ‘poo teen’. No idea if that’s right, but I’m going with it. And the reason this meal stuck out to me was because I had no idea what it was. I had to Google that business and figure out what all the craze was about. Well, french fries with gravy and cheese curds DEFINITELY caught my attention. Holy balls. I really wish that meal would have occurred in my life prior to paleo. So instead, I made up my own recipe. I don’t know what poutine tastes like so this could be nothing like it, but I don’t really care. It tastes like sweet heaven.
I had a fun weekend. Let’s recap. I had a Coaches Prep Course all weekend. Learned how to be a better coach as well as some tips for becoming a better athlete. Pretty damn awesome when you have people like Nicole Christensen, Russell Berger, and Chris Spealler helping you correct your form. I’m pretty sure I’m in love with Chris Spealler. I never wanted to jump on the bandwagon and be obsessed with him, but he’s just wonderful. And good looking. I’m sure his wife is very good looking as well. And his child. I can’t wait to meet my very own Chris Spealler. A really good looking CrossFitting man who is super humble and kind. And single. Where are you bro?
Anywho, on Friday I told Sergio that I wanted to go out Saturday night. That quickly changed as soon as I got home from my course and sat on the couch. And immediately decided going to a bar sounded like sh*t. And watching ‘Love Actually’ sounded much more fun. Then Sergio showed up at my house and gave me the look of disappointment, so I had to go. But once we got in his car, with heated seats, I was happy. And then I got to see a ton of friends that I rarely see since I’m slightly antisocial. AND since Sergio was so appreciative of me going out to the bars, he grabbed my phone and changed my Facebook status to ‘I gotta go poop so bad’. What a good friend. Always making me look good for all the single men out there.
I just ate an entire sweet potato. With butter. Real butter. It was stupid good.
- 1 sweet potato, cut lengthwise into preference sized french fries
- 6-8 strips of bacon, cut into 1 inches pieces
- 1 head of cauliflower, stem removed, cut into small florets
- 1/2 cup canned coconut milk
- 1 tablespoon almond butter
- 1 shallot, thinly sliced
- pinch of dried thyme
- pinch of black pepper
- pinch of sea salt
- 1 tablespoon fat of choice
- Coconut Oil spray
- Preheat oven to 400 degrees.
- Cut your sweet potato in half lengthwise, then slice the sweet potato into ½ inch strips then cut those in half. This is all in an attempt to create perfect little french fries.
- Place parchment paper on a cookie sheet and line sweet potatoes on it so they are not overlapping.
- I used spray coconut oil and lightly sprayed the sweet potatoes then topped them with a pinch of salt.
- Then remove your stem from your cauliflower and roughly chop cauliflower into small florets. Cheese curd size will do.
- Place in a glass baking dish and drizzle a tablespoon or so of your fat of choice.
- Place cauliflower as well as sweet potatoes in the oven to cook for 20-25 minutes. (Your cauliflower may take longer)
- While the goodies are in the oven, add your diced bacon into a skillet over medium heat. Use a wooden spoon to break up the bacon and help cook on all sides.
- Once bacon is done cooking, remove from heat and remove bacon with a slotted spoon and place on a paper towel.
- Pour excess bacon fat into a jar or can (save it ya dummy) leaving 2 tablespoons behind in your skillet for the gravy.
- Place skillet back over low heat, add your shallots to cook down for 2-3 minutes, then add coconut milk and almond butter then some thyme and black pepper.
- Let the coconut milk come to a slight boil then use your spoon to mix together and begin to cook down.
- Once the mixture begins to thicken, add your bacon back to the gravy and remove from heat.
- Once your sweet potatoes and cauliflower are done cooking, place in a bowl or on a plate, top with gravy, and devour!!