It’s days like this that remind me why I love living in Santa Cruz! I started off the morning with a really fun crossfit workout, then went to the beach with some of my favorite people, and it was actually hot and sunny! We wrapped it up by cooking a delicious feast! The best part, it was mostly paleo. It’s so much fun getting together with friends, pigging out, having some cocktails, and not feeling guilty about it in the morning!
We had protein burgers and sweet potato fries for our main course.
Cocktails: Tequila over ice with fresh orange juice, and fresh lime juice. A splash of soda water and a splash of trader joe’s margarita mix (which is technically cheating, but we used very little)
Appetizers: Hector made an amazing guacamole, I didn’t get his recipe, but I definitely will for a future post. I sliced up organic persian cucumbers, squeezed a little bit of fresh lemon and salt on them. We used them to dip into the guac!
Entree: Protein Burgers and Sweet Potato Fries
1 lb of organic ground beef
1/4 white onion – chopped
1 clove garlic
1 tsp salt
1 tsp pepper
Make 4 patties, grill to desired wellness (usually 4 to 6 mins per side)
We used organic romaine lettuce from Trader Joe’s for the wrap. It’s a tougher lettuce, so it works great for wraps. We also grilled some onions and peppers for toppings, and sliced up tomatoes and avocados.
Baked Sweet Potato Fries:
Serves 6 -8
3 bags of pre-cut sweet potatoes from TJs
1/4 cup olive oil
1/2 tsp salt
1/2 black pepper
1 Tbsp chili powder
1 Tbsp paprika
1/2 tsp cayenne
1/4 tsp Cinnamon
Soak the sweet potatoes in cold water for 20-30 mins before continuing for crispy texture.
Preheat oven to 450. Line a cookie sheet with either foil or parchment paper.
Place sweet potatoes in a pan and toss with all of the above ingredients. Spread them in a single layer. Bake for 15 mins, then turn with a spatula. Bake for an additional 15 minutes.
*Just an FYI .. fries were spicy, so adjust spices however you like. My friend, Sara suggested using fresh rosemary, and fresh garlic. I would maybe even add some fresh thyme, for more of a garlic herb flavor!