Monday, 10 February 2014

The Perfect Paleo Steak Frites

**This post is a competition entry**
I recently got an exciting little email in my inbox telling me all about SuperBreak's Paris Blogger Competition! I absolutely adore Paris and went with my bestie this time last year, so I was super keen to potentially win the opportunity to go again!

The competition is to create the perfect Valentine's Meal idea and as all of you are aware, I am currently working my butt off at the gym and mainly eat a paleo diet. I thought I would, in true french style, create a paleo steak frites menu with sweet potato chocolate brownies for dessert.

Steak frites is what I sampled in Paris and learned to really appreciate having my steak on the rarer side. I would cook the steak in kerrygold butter turning it over approximately every 60 seconds so that all the juices stay in the steak. Now obviously some of you will prefer a more well done steak so cook the meat through to your preference.

For the frites, I have found a lovely low carb alternative using carrots. If you chop the carrots into chip like pieces, drizzle them in olive oil and season with salt and garlic seasoning and then bake in the oven at about 200 degrees for 30 minutes, you get some really tasty chips.

You could also serve wilted spinach and a portobello mushroom along with your steak frites too!

Parfait!

Now.. dessert time.

These brownies are THE best discovery I have made since starting to experiment in the kitchen. They are deliciously indulgent but without the guilt of normal brownies..!

Ingredients

1 medium sweet potato, grated
2 eggs
2 tablespoons vanilla essence
1/2 cup of honey
1/2 cup of oil (almond / coconut / olive)
1 tablespoon baking powder
1 cup cocoa powder
1/2 cup coconut flour
Dark Chocolate Chips

How to make
  1. Preheat the oven to 185 degrees C. Make sure the oven is hot before putting the brownies in.
  2. Mix the sweet potato, eggs, vanilla, honey and oil in a large bowl. Then add baking powder and cocoa powder until well mixed.
  3. Add in the dark chocolate chips plus any additional ingredients you wish to add. I added raspberries in, and then have also made a variation of these brownies using frozen cherries, almond essence instead of the vanilla and almond flakes. Then finally stir in the coconut flour bit by bit so that they do not get too dry.
  4. After everything is well mixed, pour the mixture into a shallow tray. Make sure you grease it well so that the brownies don't stick. Oven cook the brownies for approx 30 minutes and leave to cool before serving.
Serve with ice cream if you are feeling sinful after your saintly meal, or total 0% greek yogurt!

Super easy to make, yet impressive.. :)

If you are looking for any last minute V-Day gifts for the special person in your life, check out SuperBreak's Valentine's Breaks or if you fancy a cheeky city break click here.

 Fingers crossed!!
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