Holy sh*t. Did you know it’s almost Christmas?! YOU DID?! And you didn’t even say anything??? You’re an asshole. How am I suppose to remember sh*t like this? Ok, don’t get your panties in a twist for me referring to Christmas as sh*t. It’s a play on words. I don’t even know what I’m saying. What I am trying to get at though is I need to start making my Christmas list. And by Xmas list, I mean the list of people I’m going to purchase for. I might as well just invest in one SMALL sticky note since I don’t purchase for many people. My list will most likely include four people. Four effing-blow-your-mind-out-of-this-world awesome people, to be exact. I don’t know what the hell I’m going to get them though. As soon as I try to start thinking of something I can get them, I automatically think about kitchen utensils. How selfish is that!? I literally consider getting THEM gifts that I would want. My god. I’m such an only child.

Every Christmas is different year to year in my household. We used to have a routine, then I aged a bit and screwed up that routine. Some years I would have a boyfriend that I just HAD to spend time with on Christmas day. Or I would have a best friend that I couldn’t spend a second away from. In conclusion, I was a raging b*tch during my adolescent/teenage/adult.up.to.the.age.of.20 years old. I was just so annoying. And selfish. Well, I’m still good at the selfish. I’m just not good with sharing my food. Especially sweet potato fries.

So this year my parents and I are heading to Dallas to visit the fam. You know what that means? Lots of candied nuts. I have no idea why but bags of them just start flowing at my grandparents house. They must secretly know my vice. And my granddad has a chocolate basket next to his chair in the living room. A legit chocolate BASKET. There is more candy and cookies in that basket then I have headbands in my purse. It’s unreal. I’m never leaving that chair.

No, but on a serious note, the most important part of this trip is going to be me checking out some Dallas CrossFit gyms. I’m sooooo excited to go to gyms in different states. Meeting good looking people in other areas is just smart. And makes my time spent on Facebook even more thrilling. Everybody loves an attractive new friend on the good ole FB.

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Paleo Sweet Potato Pilaf

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  • 34 strips bacon (or more, really), diced
  • 1 head cauliflower, riced (don’t worry, we’ll go over it)
  • 1 sweet potato, chopped
  • 2 garlic cloves, minced
  • 1/2 cup chicken broth
  • 1 teaspoon garlic powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon pepper


  1. Heat up a medium saucepan under medium heat, add your diced bacon and let that start to cook down and release the fat.
  2. While the bacon cooks, cut your cauliflower into smaller florets, place in a bowl and put in the microwave for 2 minutes to help soften it up.
  3. Once the cauliflower is done cookin, add it to your food processor. I used my shredding attachment but you can always use a regular blade as well. Shred those heads!
  4. Now once your bacon is done cooking, remove it from the pan with a slotted spoon and place the pieces on a paper towel. Try not eating it, just try. I failed miserably.
  5. First toss in your minced garlic to the bacon fat saucepan, then add your riced cauliflower and mix to combine it all. Now add your sweet potatoes as well. Mix to combine.
  6. Pour in your chicken broth and spices and mix to thoroughly combine.
  7. Let simmer for about 6-10 minutes or until cauliflower AND sweet potato are tender.
  8. Add extra (if there is any left) bacon on top.

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  1. Carly says:

    Hi Juli! I have never actually met you but I think you may have met my sister Molly-who is married to Brian Favero-at some point some time during some competition! I love love love your blog. Always looking up new recipes and you have some of the best ones out there! I made this for dinner tonight and it was delicious. I actually posted about it on my blog if you care to check it out! My blog post

    thanks for the sweet recipes & awesome commentary. Oh and thanks for being so inspirational with all the ass kicking you do!

  2. Juli Bauer says:

    Hey Carly! I do know Molly and she is awesome! It's been too long since I saw her last. Thanks so much for the support and for checking out the blog! I'm glad you're liking the recipes!! And great blog!! I'll be checking that regularly!

  3. Rebecca Jeanne says:

    MIne took a LONG time to soften the sweet potatoes, maybe 25-30 mins? I wanted to have it with my chicken tonight but I got impatient. 😉 I hope to try it tomorrow at lunch!

    1. juli says:

      Let me know how it turns out Rebecca!

  4. Tanya Roneberg says:

    I made this tonight needed a bit more liquid (must have had a big cauli). Zapped the sweet potato in the microgroover before adding it and stole the chilli powder tip…so very yummy. Can’t wait to have it for breakfast with a poached egg.

  5. Jaclyn says:

    I made this last night for dinner (along with your Blackberry Glazed Pork Chops). I added an onion and I caramelized that and the sweet potatoes in the bacon fat before adding the “rice”. I also added a bit of cayenne pepper. It was totally yummy and I’m eating the leftovers right now for breakfast with some fried eggs.

  6. Anna says:

    Sooo yummy! Thought it had tons of flavor ! Thanks for all the good recipes. You’re making my switch to paleo so easy and most of all good tasting.

  7. Rose @ Healthy Food for Hectic Lives says:

    I tried this recipe tonight with a few variations. First, I took another commenters advice and microwaved the sweet potato for a few minutes before cubing it up. Then I sautéed the
    garlic and “riced” cauliflower in coconut oil rather than bacon. I also added a tsp of garam masala spice. I really enjoyed it.