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Dining Out With Dietary Restrictions

Hey bacon lovers. If you’re gluten and dairy-free like me, dining out can be a challenge. Luckily, we live in an age where most restaurants recognize the severity of allergies and intolerances, but there are still some places that refuse to modify their food in any way, shape or form to meet certain dietary criteria.

I recently wrote an article for Foodbeast entitled “Is it Right for Chefs to Refuse Making Modifications to Their Food,” based on a recent experience I had. I went to a super popular restaurant in LA and couldn’t eat a single thing because they had a no modification policy! Well, what do you think? I’d love to know! Comment below 🙂

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Easy Egg Muffins

I’m really serious about breakfast. Seriously, I won’t be able to survive the day if I don’t shovel at least a couple eggs in my mouth. This could be because I’ve been patterned to eat a hearty breakfast every morning, but it could also be because breakfast is the most important meal of the day. I’m sure you’ve been told this tons of times. I hate to break it to you, but it’s true.

Just because eating breakfast is totally necessary doesn’t mean it’s easy to do. It’s hard enough just making sure you’ve eradicated your bed head before heading out the door. Here’s where these egg muffins come in.

These babies are seriously so easy to make. I get it, time is of the essence, but these will take you 30 minutes to make – maximum. You’re probably wondering who the heck has 30 minutes every morning to devote to breakfast? But the key here is that you can prepare these ahead of time and then throw them in the freezer. All you’ll have to do when you’re ready to eat one is pop it in the microwave for a minute and you’re good to go.

The last thing about these that I really love is that they’re super customizable. You can put pretty much whatever veggies and meat in here you’d like. Go on, get wild with it! You’ll never go hungry in the morning again.

Recipe originally posted on NOBREAD.com.

Level: Easy

Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cook Time: 25-30 minutes
Total Time: 35-40 minutes

Servings: 12 muffins

Ingredients:
8 eggs
1/2 cup almond milk (or other milk of your choice)
salt and pepper
2 dashes cayenne pepper
3 stalks asparagus
8-10 slices squash
4 mushrooms
small handful chopped kale
8 slices prosciutto
*or whatever veggies and/or meat you’d like!

Directions:

  1. Preheat your oven 350 degrees Fahrenheit.
  2. Crack all of your eggs into a large bowl.IMG_7622small
  3. Add milk, salt and pepper, and cayenne pepper and mix.IMG_7625small
  4. Add your veggies of choice, and stir to combine.
  5. Grease your muffin tin with oil (I used avocado), or line with cupcake liners.IMG_7630small
  6. Spoon some egg mixture into each tin until it is about 2/3 of the way full. These will rise in the oven, so be sure to leave some room!
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  7. Take your prosciutto, and place it in the egg mixture in each muffin tin in a spiral formation.
  8. Place muffins in oven for 25-30 minutes, or until the eggs are cooked through.IMG_7644small
  9. Take tin out of the oven and let sit for 1-2 minutes.IMG_7645small
  10. Remove muffins to a cooling rack to the point where they’re not too hot to eat.IMG_7654small
  11. Once the muffins are cooled to your liking, enjoy!IMG_7687small
  12. Feel free to store the leftovers (or the upcoming week’s breakfast) in a Ziploc in the freezer.

 

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SnackNation Is The Subscription Box You Never Knew You Needed

I’m one of those strange breeds that genuinely loves grocery shopping. As a matter of fact, I really pride myself on my superior grocery skills. Even if it’s a grocery store I’ve never been in, I have this innate sense for where everything is located. I also usually know exactly what I want going in, so my trips to the grocery store are pretty efficient. I would say it’s a very strange talent.

But recently, I tried out SnackNation and was super impressed because I felt they knew what I was craving even more than I did. SnackNation is a monthly subscription box full of about fifteen snacks curated to your tastes. For example, I can’t eat gluten or dairy, and they designed the box so I could eat everything inside. Previously, they have only worked with businesses, but they’re extending their services to the everyday consumer, and you should be excited.

Photo by Analiese Trimber

Photo by Analiese Trimber

The best part of SnackNation, though, is that they specifically work with smaller, more innovative companies on the market rather than the generic, post-soccer game slop you’ve been eating your entire life. My favorite additions to the box included Truffle Pipcorn, these adorable, tiny popcorn kernels that pack a flavor punch, and Surf Sweet peach rings. It’s insane how good these peach rings taste, even though they are completely all-natural – no artificial dyes, no artificial sweeteners.

If I haven’t sold you on SnackNation yet, you should just go ahead and try for yourself – and you can, for free. They are launching their eCommerce site on November 28, and are giving away a free month’s subscription to their product. Just click here, and you’ll have crazy delicious snacks at your doorstep before you know it. You’re welcome.

In the meantime, visit their Instagram to see all the tasty snacks you could get in your mailbox any moment.

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Salmon Two Ways

If you know me, you know that nine times out of 10, if salmon is on the menu at a restaurant, I’m ordering it. Salmon is flavorful but still leaves you feeling lightweight, which has its purpose. Trust me, I love a good steak and potatoes meal, but sometimes you just need salmon.

Despite loving salmon so much, I had never really cooked it for myself. Part of my hesitation was that I didn’t know where to get it. There’s a lot of fishiness going on in the seafood industry (no pun intended) when it comes to sustainability and ecologically safe practices. Luckily, I’ve found my solution.

Atlantic Sapphire has pretty much everything. Their salmon is fresh, beautiful, and it’s cultivated in a way that’s good for the environment. Gotta love it when you can take care of your growling stomach and Mother Earth at the same time.

Because I’m not a salmon master yet, here are two ways to cook it that are pretty easy yet ridiculously delicious.

Level: Easy

Prep Time: 5 minutes
Cook Time: 15-20 minutes
Total Time: 20-25 minutes

Servings: 4

Ingredients:
2 large filets Atlantic Sapphire salmon
1/4 cup Bare Foods Asian Ginger marinade
1/4 cup Bare Foods Sweet Mustard marinade
salt and pepper, to taste

Directions:

  1. Preheat oven to 400 degrees Fahrenheit, and line a baking sheet with tin foil or parchment paper.

    Photo by Analiese Trimber

    Photo by Analiese Trimber

  2. Place salmon on baking sheet.

    Photo by Analiese Trimber

    Photo by Analiese Trimber

  3. Sprinkle salmon with salt and pepper.

    Photo by Analiese Trimber

    Photo by Analiese Trimber

  4. Pour both sauces into two separate, small dishes.

    Photo by Analiese Trimber

    Photo by Analiese Trimber

  5. Using a paint brush or cooking brush, spread Asian Ginger sauce on one filet of salmon.

    Photo by Analiese Trimber

    Photo by Analiese Trimber

  6. Repeat this process with the Sweet Mustard sauce.
  7. Place salmon in the oven.
  8. Cook for about 15-20 minutes, or until salmon is cooked through or to your liking.

    Photo by Analiese Trimber

    Photo by Analiese Trimber

  9. Serve with your choice of side dish. I paired the Asian Ginger salmon with black rice, and the Sweet Mustard salmon with quinoa.

    Photo by Analiese Trimber

    Photo by Analiese Trimber

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Sweet Potato Curry SWAPPLES™ Ice Cream Sandwich

I love shopping locally. This could have to do with the fact that DC has tons of interesting local products, thanks to Union Kitchen, a food incubator located in Northeast DC who now has two locations brimming with startups. I hate picking favorites, but there are two Union Kitchen products I just can’t live without: SWAPPLES™ and Jawea Ice Cream.

SWAPPLES™ are these incredible savory freezer waffles that are entirely made of vegetables. They’re gluten-free, dairy-free, Paleo, vegan…the list goes on. The primary ingredient in these puppies is yucca, a root vegetable that is utilized far more in South America than it is in the US. SWAPPLES™ is changing that. I know your first instinct is to think “blech” when I say it’s a waffle made of vegetables, but I cannot emphasize how amazing these things actually taste.

Jawea produces a line of dairy-free ice creams that use coconut milk as its base, and let me tell you, they know what they’re doing. I would consider myself somewhat of a non-dairy ice cream connoisseur, and I can tell you these treats are the real deal.

Since I love these products so much, it only made sense to combine my two favorite flavors of each – Sweet Potato Curry and Salty Dulce – together in the happiest food marriage known to man: the ice cream sandwich. I know this flavor combo sounds a little quirky, but don’t knock it ’til ya try it.

Recipe created for NOBREAD.

Level: Easy

Prep Time: 2 minutes
Cook Time: 5-6 minutes
Rest Time: 10-12 minutes
Total Time: 17-20 minutes

Servings: 2 ice cream sandwiches

Ingredients:
1 bag Sweet Potato Curry SWAPPLES™
1/2 pint Jawea Salty Dulce Ice Cream
1 cup chocolate chips
1 1/2 tablespoons coconut oil

Directions:

  1. Defrost SWAPPLES™ in the microwave for 10 seconds.

    Photo by Analiese Trimber

    Photo by Analiese Trimber

  2. Throw in the toaster, and toast until golden brown.
  3. Grab your cooling rack, and place a sheet of parchment paper underneath.

    Photo by Analiese Trimber

    Photo by Analiese Trimber

  4. Remove SWAPPLES™ from toaster, and let cool completely on cooling rack.

    Photo by Analiese Trimber

    Photo by Analiese Trimber

  5. While SWAPPLES™ are cooling, place chocolate chips in a microwave-safe bowl and microwave until melted, stirring every 15 seconds.
  6. When chocolate chips are melted, add coconut oil. You do not have to melt the coconut oil beforehand, since the chocolate will melt it anyways.

    Photo by Analiese Trimber

    Photo by Analiese Trimber

  7. Once SWAPPLES™ have cooled, dip them in the chocolate mixture. You can dip half like me, coat them completely, or even just drizzle the chocolate on top – whatever you want.
  8. Let chocolate cool completely, forming your “magic shell.”

    Photo by Analiese Trimber

    Photo by Analiese Trimber

  9. Place your pint of Jawea Salty Dulce ice cream on its side. Using a bread knife, slice two sections of ice cream that are about 1/2 inch to 1 inch thick. Basically, slice as much ice cream as you want for your sandwich!
  10. Put slice of ice cream onto one SWAPPLES™, and add the other swapple right on top.
  11. Voilá! You have a SWAPPLES™ ice cream sandwich!
    Photo by Analiese Trimber

    Photo by Analiese Trimber

     

Hungry for some SWAPPLES™ now? See where you can buy them here.

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Coffee Bacon Ice Cream

There’s no denying coffee and and bacon are meant to be consumed together. Sometimes I feel like their partnership is a bit more important than the one between bacon and eggs, because out of the group, coffee and bacon are the ones I can’t live without. Don’t get me wrong, I absolutely love my fried eggs, but I simply can’t function without my morning coffee.

If you’re a devout follower of my blog, you know I use espresso powder in pretty much any sweet thing I make, especially baked goods, so this ice cream is not the first time bacon and coffee have met in my life. However, it is the first recipe for ice cream I have ever posted, so let’s celebrate by all doubling this recipe and having one big party in the ice cream’s honor. Down?

Level: Easy

Prep Time: 5 minutes
Rest Time: 2 hours-overnight
Process Time: 15 minutes
Total Time: 2 hours, 20 minutes up-overnight + 20 minutes

Servings: about 1 1/2 pints

Ingredients:
5 slices bacon, diced
1 1/4 cups raw cashews
1/4 cup coconut sugar
1/3 cup maple syrup
1 14-ounce can full fat coconut milk
2 1/2 tablespoons coconut oil, melted
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
1/4 cup espresso powder, or more, depending on how much coffee flavor you like

Directions:

  1. Make sure the churning for your ice cream maker has been in the freezer for 24-48 hours.
  2. Add cashews to a small bowl and fill with water. Let soak overnight or for at least six hours.
  3. Once cashews have soaked, strain out water.
  4. Add cashews and all remaining ingredients to your food processor. Blend until fully incorporated, making sure to scrape down the sides if necessary.
  5. Remove ice cream base to a loaf pan or other non-stick pan.
  6. Place in the refrigerator overnight, or for at least two hours.
  7. In a small frying pan over medium heat, add bacon and sauté for about 5 minutes or until fully cooked.

    Photo by Analiese Trimber

    Photo by Analiese Trimber

  8. Remove cooked bacon to plate lined with paper towels to absorb the grease.

    Photo by Analiese Trimber

    Photo by Analiese Trimber

  9. Chop bacon to desired size and set aside.
  10. Assemble your ice cream maker and add ice cream base to your churning bowl.
  11. Turn ice cream maker on and churn for approximately 20 minutes or until ice cream resembles a soft-serve texture.
  12. Add bacon and any other desired toppings at the end and let churn until fully incorporated.
  13. Remove ice cream to a freezer safe container and let set for a few minutes to a few hours, depending on the texture you like your ice cream, then serve.
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    Photo by Analiese Trimber

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Bacon Seasoned Sweet Potato Fries with Lime Aioli

After eating sweet potato fries in restaurants numerous times, I decided it was time to try my hand at making them. However, I was determined not to bake them. That’s cheating. I wanted real, restaurant-quality fried sweet potato fries. So I bought a tub of palm shortening (because #Paleo), burned myself several times, and ultimately ended up with these delicious, bacon-y, salty sweet potato fries.

The secret is to fry them twice for optimum crispiness. Full disclosure: this was the first time I ever deep fried anything in my life and it’s a little harder than you’d imagine. Just get yourself a cooking thermometer and don’t be too hurt if you add another burn scar to your cooking wound collection. Think of it as a symbol of a job well-done.

Level: Easy

Prep Time: 5 minutes
Rest Time: 30-60 minutes
Cook Time: 6-8 minutes
Total Time: approximately 45-75 minutes

Servings: 4

Ingredients:
For the fries
2-3 large sweet potatoes
5 slices bacon (I like Applegate Organic Sunday Bacon)
1 container palm shortening
salt, to taste
For the aioli
2 egg yolks
1/2 teaspoon salt
1 tablespoon lime juice
zest from 1 lime
1 clove garlic
3/4-1 cup olive oil

Directions:

  1. Peel sweet potato.
  2. Chop ends off of sweet potato, and then chop sweet potato in half horizontally. This will make the sweet potato easier to manipulate while chopping.
  3. Slice your sweet potato halves vertically this time, doing your best to make each slice about 1⁄2 inch wide.
  4. Next cut vertically again, about 1⁄2 inch wide so slices look like fries.
  5. Continue chopping in this way until you’ve sliced all of your sweet potatoes.

    Photo by Analiese Trimber

    Photo by Analiese Trimber

  6. Place cut fries in a large bowl.
  7. Fill bowl with ice cold water and ice cubes.
  8. Set bowl in the refrigerator for 30 minutes to 1 hour. This process removes starch from the fries so they can get crispy.
  9. While fries are in the refrigerator, add all aioli ingredients except olive oil to your food processor.

    Photo by Analiese Trimber

    Photo by Analiese Trimber

  10. Pulse a few times until ingredients are fully combined.
  11. Once ingredients are combined, turn food processor on and slowly add olive oil in a thin stream until all used.
  12. Remove finished aioli to a separate bowl and chill in the fridge, if desired.
  13. After fries have chilled for 30 minutes to 1 hour, remove to a baking sheet lined with paper towels to absorb water.
  14. Pat fries with a towel to get them as dry as possible.
  15. Add container of palm shortening to a medium sauce or sauté pan on high heat.
  16. Using a thermometer, bring the temperature of the shortening up to 350 degrees. If you overshoot this temperature, it is okay because it will go back down once the fries are added.
  17. Once shortening is at your desired temperature, add a small batch of fries.
  18. Let fries cook in oil for 3-4 minutes.
  19. In the meantime, prepare another baking sheet with paper towels to absorb the grease.
  20. Once fries have been in oil for 3-4 minutes, remove to the baking sheet.
  21. Repeat this process until all fries have made it into the oil and onto the baking sheet.
  22. While fries are cooling, add bacon to oil.
  23. Fry bacon for approximately 2 minutes, or until cooked fully. Keep an eye on the bacon, as it can cook faster depending on the thickness.
  24. Remove cooked bacon to another plate lined with paper towels to absorb the grease.
  25. Raise temperature of shortening to 375-400 degrees.
  26. Add fries again in small batches, frying for an additional 3-4 minutes, or until golden brown.
  27. Repeat again until all fries have been fried twice and removed to the baking sheet.
  28. Chop crispy fried bacon as small as possible, ideally to the same size as your salt.
  29. In a large bowl, add cooked fries, chopped bacon, and salt.
  30. Toss until seasoning is distributed over fries.
  31. Remove to a plate and serve with aioli.

    Photo by Analiese Trimber

    Photo by Analiese Trimber

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