You go to a friend’s house for dinner?” During the giveway, I had a few people ask this question so wanted to address it. Great question by the way! Thanks guys for asking it.
Oh, and I’ll get to the picture soon. It’s worth the wait, I promise!!
So if friends don’t know how we eat or we are unsure of the meal, we typically will eat just a little something ahead of time so we aren’t famished when we get there. I will also try to help the kids make good choices by talking to them about it on the car ride there so they are prepared. I don’t make it a big deal, but I want them to be ready to make good decisions. And of course, at the same time, we do have to try to balance that without being rude. More times than not, there is always something we can eat that works though. Eating this way really isn’t hard since more times than not, there is always some protein and/or vegetables around.
Something else you can do to help, and this is one you probably do anyway, but offer to bring a dish, or two! Bring a good appetizer or healthy side that your family can enjoy, as well as everyone else. Or if it’s the desserts that they will have that has you worried, it’s always easy to bring a pretty bowl of some fresh cut up berries or whatever fruit you guys like. Maybe even bring some dark chocolate to melt and make it a little more fun. Who doesn’t love fruit dipped in warm dark chocolate?? All you need is a cup and microwave so it’s simple to do. Or make some fabulous chocolate chip cookies. I’m always looking for an excuse to bake those things!
With that said, we aren’t always going to be with our kids to help them make these decisions though and that’s why it’s so important to teach them now. And as I’ve said before, if we don’t educate them, who will?
And of course, there are a few rare times when there’s not much we can do, so they’ll eat what is there, call it a special occasion, help them realize why they feel tired or less energetic or grumpy the next day, and chalk it up to a learning experience as well.
Okay on to the fun stuff!! So who doesn’t love or miss french fries? These were THE BEST paleo french fries, or just french fries for that matter. Crispy (yes super crispy!!), tasty, and good for you! My husband had these ready as a part of our dinner the other night when the kids and I got home from the beach. Sweet guy. Anyway, he made them better than I did (yes of course I made them again the very next day), but they were still so good. I think by the second or third time, I think I’ll be able to get them just right. Hope these instructions will help you. ..
You just need a few sweet potatoes and some arrowroot powder!
Wash, peel and then cut your potatoes but make sure not to make them too thick or too thing (these were a tad too thick). I think next time I’ll just make mine round using the mandolin so they will be more consistent.
After cutting the potatoes, put them in a bag (or big bowl) with water and let them soak for at least an hour (that’s all we did) or up to 5 or so hours (this is optional if you have time).
After they soak (optional), get out another freezer bag and scoop 2-3 tbsps of arrowroot powder. Then pat dry the spears off and put them in the bag (blow some air in the bag) and shake so they are evenly coated. Next, spray a cookie sheet with coconut oil. Then lay the spears out flat on a cookie sheet. Make sure they aren’t bunched up or they will just get soggy.
Oh and mine have way more arrowroot powder covering them than they do in this photo below. Turns out the more arrowroot powder, the crunchier they are!
Drizzle 1-2 tbsp(s) of olive or coconut oil across the fries. Then cook on 425 for 20 minutes, and then flip for another 5-10 minutes. Allow to cool, add some celtic salt and cinnamon (optional) and go crazy! I ate so many of these the first night, I gave myself a stomach ache!! Don’t go that crazy.