Sweet Potato Pilaf

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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.


Paleo Sweet Potato Pilaf


  • 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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Oh, Hi! I’m Juli.

I’m a food hoarder. And a really bad dancer. If you don’t know me well, you will probably not understand my humor. Therefore, I apologize ahead of time. Thanks for listening to my ramblings of my ever-changing life and trusting my kitchen mishaps. Your trust in me is appreciated.


18 thoughts on “Sweet Potato Pilaf”

  1. Made this tonight, and it came out kind of bland. Definitely would be tasty with sausage, and could use some onion. I look forward to playing with the recipe. Thanks for a good starting base. 🙂

  2. Fiona- Add sausage, I added it to meat with leftovers!!

    Jsands- nooooooooooo!! Damn damn. Onion would definitely be good and more garlic. I'm thinking cooking it with a chorizo or pork sausage would be super good. I'm sorry it didn't turn out well 🙁 poop

  3. I made this last night and it made for a great side dish to some venison back strap steaks. I added a little chili garlic paste to give it some kick and it was outstanding. Thanks!

  4. Made this last night with an onion added in, and mixed through two teaspoons of cajun spices with a half teaspoon of chilli powder at the end. It was delicious! (tasted even better warmed up the next morning). Definitely worth leaving to soften.

  5. I'm glad you liked it Journeyoftwo!!! Good idea with the chili garlic paste!

    Pangarl- this was definitely even better the next day!! I bet it would be great mixed with eggs for breakfast!!

  6. Just made this and maybe I'm just easier to please but I thought it had a lot of flavor and I ate it almost to the point of discomfort (along with some bacon wrapped dates that you mentioned in another post). Sausage would undoubtedly be good in it as sausage is much like bacon in it's 'When ISN'T sausage good' quality. I've still got about half of this left and I'm planning on it being my carb with my breakfast eggs in the morning.

  7. Made it tonight for dinner, came out great! Added red chili flakes for some kick and greek seasoning…LOVED it! Your faithful followers and friends…The Goldsmith's 🙂

  8. 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!

  9. 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!

  10. 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.

  11. 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.

  12. 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.

  13. 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.

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