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  • West African Yam and Bean Patties

    Weekly Recipe: 
    NonWeekly
    Makes 8 patties

    1 tablespoon coconut oil, extra for frying

    1 onion, diced

    1 pound yams, diced

    1 carrot, grated

    4 - 5 cloves garlic, minced

    1/2 teaspoon ginger powder

    2 teaspoons paprika

    1/4 teaspoon cayenne pepper

    1 can pinto beans, drained and rinsed

    1 cup cooked brown rice

    1/4 cup quinoa flakes

    1/4 cup finely chopped almonds

    Sea salt and pepper, to taste

    Lime wedges, for garnish

    Heat one tablespoon of coconut oil in a skillet over medium-high heat. Add the diced onion, reduce the heat to medium, and cook until the onions are soft and translucent, about three to five minutes. Stir in the yams and add a pinch of sea salt. Cover and cook until the yams are completely tender, about five minutes, stirring occasionally. Add the garlic, ginger powder, paprika, and cayenne, and cook until fragrant, about 30 seconds. Remove from heat. Empty the pinto beans into a large bowl, and use a fork to mash them. Add the cooked vegetable mixture along with the cooked rice, quinoa flakes, and almonds. Stir to combine and then add salt and pepper, if desired. Hand-shape the mixture into eight patties. Heat a small spoonful of coconut oil in a pan over medium-low, then set a couple of patties in the hot pan. Cook the patties for about six minutes, then flip them over: you should see a nice crust on the cooked side. If they break apart during the flipping, just reshape them with the spatula—they’ll hold together once the second side is cooked. Cook for the second side for another six minutes. Repeat until all patties are cooked. Serve the patties on your bun of choice or atop a bed of greens à la “protein style” with a lime wedge on the side for garnish. Source: Thrive Foods by Brendan Brazier

  • Honey Lemon Chicken

    Weekly Recipe: 
    NonWeekly
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    Serves 4

    1 whole chicken, 2 to 3 pounds

    2 tablespoons olive oil

    2 tablespoons honey

    1 tablespoon sea salt

    3 lemons

    2 medium onions

    1 head garlic

    Preheat the oven to 350 degrees. Rinse the chicken and pat dry. Place the chicken, breast side down, in a 13 by 9-inch baking dish. Drizzle the chicken with the olive oil and honey, sprinkle with sea salt, and stuff with one of the whole lemons. Cut the remaining two lemons in half and place in the corners of the baking dish. Cut the onions in half (leaving the skin on) and place alongside the lemon halves. Break the head of garlic apart (leaving the skin on) and scatter the cloves around the baking dish. Bake the chicken for 50 to 60 minutes, or until the skin is well browned. Increase the heat to 450 degrees, turn the chicken breast side up, and bake for about 15 minutes more, until an instant-read thermometer inserted into the thigh reads 170 to 180 degrees. Remove the chicken from the oven. Carve the chicken, drizzle with the pan juices, and serve. Source: Paleo Cooking from Elana’s Pantry by Elana Amsterdam and photo by Leigh Beisch