I broke my 21 Day Sugar Detox last night… on day 4. Le sigh. I HAD to, and do you want to know why? I had a really good reason guys. It was our monthly Minneapolis Paleo Potluck Meetup and it was Thanksgiving themed. THANKS, GIVING, THEMED. This means I ate all the food. I tried every last thing that people brought, and do you know what? It rocked my world. Now if you haven’t already joined a paleo Meetup group, then do it. Or if there isn’t one in your city? Start one! I promise it will be awesome and make you feel great because you can go to a potluck and eat EVERYTHING on the table! It’s the best. AND you will make new friends because you most likely already have several things in common!
Anyways, last night I was lucky enough to try the following (might forget some as there was SO much): turkey, gravy, mashed carrot/parsnip fauxtatoes, butternut squash soup, green beans with almonds and garlic, brussel sprouts with bacon, heirloom tomato salad with basil, fermented cranberry sauce, amazing paleo sausage stuffing, asparagus and mushroom saute, spicy meatballs, thai soup with bok choy and sweet potato, fruity “jello” made from gelatin, pumpkin spice bread pudding, little maple chewy things, homemade beet kvass, and probably a few things I am forgetting… you would have broken your detox too!
So my contribution to this feast had to have sweet potatoes… obviously. You know me by now, right?So I made this delish dish for them and now I’m sharing it with YOU because it got some rave reviews. Several people actually said it was their favorite dish of the night and as you can see up there (in the previous paragraph) there was a LOT of great food there!
This dish is literally perfect to bring to any Thanksgiving meal because its a crowd pleaser, PLUS it’s really stinkin’ easy and only uses 6 ingredients. Easy, peasy. So if you still haven’t thought of what to bring to your family feast, bring this. It will not disappoint! Best part? It’s not covered in brown sugar and marshmallows! I know, right?
What is everyone doing for Turkey Day? What is your favorite part of the meal, paleo or not? Also, please forgive the iPhone pictures on these… my camera is still not unpacked from moving… I should get on that.
Walnut & Coconut Whipped Sweet Potato Casserole
- 4-5 large Sweet potatoes or Yams, perfectly baked
- 1/2 can full-fat Coconut milk
- 1 tbsp Pumpkin pie spice (1/2 tbsp more if you want it very “spicy”)
- 1 1/2 c Walnuts
- 3/4 c flaked Coconut
- 3-4 tbsp Coconut oil, palm shortening, ghee, or Kerrygold
- pinch of Sea salt
- Roast your sweet potatoes using my method (I did this the day before)
- Preheat oven to 200 degrees
- Let your potatoes cool enough to peel and smash in a large mixing bowl
- Add coconut milk and pumpkin pie spice and using a stick blender blend until very smooth
- Transfer sweet potatoes into a large glass or stoneware baking dish, mine was 2 quarts, you could use a 13×9 as well
- In a food processor add the walnuts and coconut, pulse 15-20 times until slightly chopped but still different sized chunks
- Spread the topping over the whipped sweet potato
- Place chunks of your cooking fat over the top (doesn’t have to be that evenly distributed, chopping it cold can make this better for you type A people out there)
- Place in oven for 20 minutes to thoroughly heat the sweet potatoes
- Turn on broiler to low and broil for 10-15 minutes, WATCH CAREFULLY so they don’t burn
- When some pieces are browned on the edges remove from oven and serve!
- This is amazing hot, but also very good the next day straight from the fridge with a spoon… just sayin’
Tagged: casserole, coconut, dairy free, gluten free, grain free, healthier, holiday, paleo, paleo diet, potluck, primal, refined sugar free, side dish, sweet potatoes, thanksgiving, walnut, whipped, whole30