I have found yet another blog to be obsessed with. And when I say obsessed, I’m obsessed with it in the way that I went out and bought a spiralizer as soon as I started reading this blog. The name of the blog is Inspiralized. How adorable is that? Adorable. Ali, the creator of Inspiralized, will blow your mind with her creations using a spiral slicer. If you’re wondering if you should get this tool for you kitchen, do it. It’s around $30-40 on amazon. You’ll love it. And everything she has to bring to your dinner table. Wait until you try this sandwich. I want to marry this woman right now. Seriously. Oh, and her photography is fantastic. Gotta love that.
Following a Paleo diet somewhat restricts what you can indulge in, but it’s totally worth it to feel and look great (inside and out!) Luckily, all you need is a little creativity to replace your old favorites with Paleo-approved versions.
Let’s start with the burger bun…. Flour? Butter? Not so Paleo. Sweet Potato Noodles? Eggs? Definitely Paleo! Today, Juli’s giving me the mic on PaleOMG and I’m so excited to share this recipe with you: a Salmon BKT (Bacon-Kale-Tomato) on a Sweet Potato Noodle Bun with Mashed Avocado-Cilantro Spread.
Before we get to the recipe, let me introduce myself. I’m Ali, the blogger at Inspiralized (Inspiralized.com), a food blog dedicated entirely to cooking with the spiralizer, a kitchen countertop tool that turns vegetables into noodles. Vegetables? Again, Paleo!
Although I am not Paleo, many of my recipes are and those that are not can be easily changed to be! The most common recipes on my blog are for pasta and noodle dishes, using zucchinis and other types of vegetables (cucumbers, carrots, butternut squashes, yellow squashes, parsnips) as the noodles. Obviously, spiralized cooking results in quick, healthy and clean eating that’s low-carb, low-fat and mostly low-calorie.
Now for the recipe. These buns are made of spiralized sweet potatoes bound together with eggs. Two ingredient sandwich buns, you can’t beat that! I grilled the salmon, but if you don’t have access to a grill, feel free to sauté, bake or steam it. Same goes for the onion and tomato, which I also grilled. Trying to keep low calorie? Make this an open-faced sandwich and only use one bun on the bottom
Hopefully after seeing how delicious this Salmon BKT looks, you’ll be inspired to create your own healthy spiralized dishes….. You know what I call that? Inspiralized! Thanks everyone!
- 1 large sweet potato, peeled and spiralized, using Blade C (find out how to use the spiralizer and what Blade C is by clicking here)
- 2 tsp garlic powder
- salt and pepper, to taste
- 1.5 tbsp olive oil
- 1 large egg + 1 egg white
- 1.5 oz salmon (or more, if you prefer)
- salt and pepper, to taste
- 1 tsp lime juice
- 1 piece of bacon
- ½ one avocado
- 2 tsp chopped cilantro
- 1 slice of tomato
- 1-2 large pieces of kale
- 1 slice of onion
- Place a large skillet over medium heat and add in ½ tbsp of the olive oil. Place in the sweet potato noodles and season with garlic powder, salt and pepper. Cook for about 5-7 minutes or until noodles have softened. The noodles will turn bright orange when they are cooked.
- Place the noodles in a bowl and crack over the eggs. Stir to combine thoroughly and coat all of the noodles.
- Take out two 6” ramekins. Place in enough noodles to pack the ramekin half-way full.
- Place a piece of wax paper over the ramekins and push in to cover the noodles. Place a can of something (tomatoes, beans, etc) and press firmly down onto the noodles. Place the two ramekins in the refrigerator for at least 15-20 minutes.
- While the noodles are chilling, cook your bacon. Place a large skillet over medium heat and place in your piece of bacon. Cook until to your desired crispiness and set aside, placing it on top of a plate lined with paper towels.
- Make the avocado-cilantro mash. Place in the avocado and cilantro into a bowl and mash thoroughly until no chunks of avocado are left. Set aside.
- Once the noodles are done cooling, remove the can and paper. Place a large skillet over medium-low heat and add in the last of the olive oil. Very carefully, over the skillet, turn the ramekin over and tap the bottom with one hand until the noodles come out. Cook (without moving) the noodle bun for about 3-4 minutes and then flip over and cook an additional 2-3 minutes or until all noodles are compact. There will be a slight char on both sides.
- While the bun is cooking, season your salmon with the lime, salt and pepper. Place the salmon on the grill (I use a George Forman). Cook for about 4-5 minutes or until it is no longer pink in the center. Set aside when done.
- Once the salmon is done, place your onion on the grill and cook for about 2 minutes. After 1 minute, place on your tomato slice and cook for 1 minute. While the tomato is cooking, assemble your sandwich.
- Place one bun on the bottom, top with the onion. Then, place on the piece of salmon. Then, the tomato. Then, the bacon. Then, the kale. Finally, spread the avocado mash on the bottom of the top bun and place it on top of the bacon. Secure with a toothpick before eating.