January 24, 2012

Who Says You Can't Have an Entirely Yeast-Free Birthday Dinner?

Saturday night, we had Momma J (aka: my mom) and her man-candy over for her birthday dinner. It's so much easier to stick to the diet when you cook for yourself so we decided to stay in and play "chef" rather than go out somewhere else. (Not to mention...we saved ourselves from a pricey dinner tab...)

I got so stupidly excited about our meal, I literally forgot to take pictures of the birthday girl herself. Whooooops! (Sorry mom!)

Did I mention I'm ALL about simplicity when it comes to cooking?! Because I am. Seriously-a 2nd grader could have made all this. You know...a second grader who's mother makes them cook. (Not a bad idea...)

Without further adieu...

Baked zucchini
Cut zucchini into spears, drizzle with olive oil, top with season salt & pepper.
Bake on 350 for 20 minutes. 

Baked sweet potato fries
Slice sweet potatoes into fry-size. Drizzle with olive oil, sea salt, chili powder & pepper.
Bake on 425 for 25 minutes. (These didn't come out crispy like I'd imagined but they were still to. die. for.)

Bacon-wrapped asparagus
(because, let's be honest, everything is better wrapped in bacon)
 Wrap asparagus with bacon, drizzle olive oil, dash of sea salt & pepper. Top with fresh garlic.
Bake on 350 for 15 minutes. (I like these better on the grill.)

Pan-fried oryx steaks
(Praise the Lord I married a man that hunts. And cooks.)
Soak meat in original unsweetened almond milk & an egg to remove "gamey-ness". Fill freezer bag with 3 cups oat flour. Toss raw meat in oat flour to bread. Add 3 tbs coconut oil to skillet. Pan-fry until golden-brown.

For dessert, we made yeast-free chocolate mini-cakes for the third time within the week. (Recipe here.) I had half of mine already down my throat before I even thought to take a picture of it. Sawwy!

Let's just say everyone left with full bellies & we were pretty darn proud of ourselves!
Happy Tuesday pretty people!


  1. That was one good dinner and lunch the next day. I would also remind everyone to continue to add coconut oil to the meat while it cooks so it doesnt stick to the pan.

  2. Sounds delicious! I will be making this!
    Btw to make your SP fries crispy after they are done cooking drizzle lightly again and throw under the broiler for a couple minutes and flip and broil again! Crisppppy! You shouldn't need to add more oil!

  3. I thought that the book said no to sweet potatoes?

  4. Momma J and her *man candy* enjoyed every bite!! It was super delish! Thank you!! Momma J

  5. LMAO TO BB!! ^^^ hahahahahahahahahahahahahaha "i'd like to remind everyone..."

    can he just start his own damn blog?!

    PS-WHAT IS ORYX?! never in my life heard of such a thing

  6. Not sure which is funnier, "man-candy" or the coconut oil tip. Regardless, this dinner looks ridic. I am all over that bacon wrapped asparagus.

  7. hahaha to Beau. HE is so cute! Sounds and looks deelish!! My grandma makes steak similar to that. I am always too scared to try to replicate it. Happy Birthday to your mom!

  8. Looks delish! Nice work, I am so gonna have to make that asparagus!

  9. Wow! I can't believe that is all test free. That asparagus looks delicious and I love sweet potato fries!

  10. I want to try the sweet potato fries!

  11. Everything looks wonderful, I love baked zuchinni and sweet potato fries!

  12. Hmmm I wonder what that tastes like I'm googling to see what the heck it is..

  13. now these are sooo my kind of recipes! not a lot of ingredients and pretty easy peasy overall. if there are more than 5 steps or a ton of ingredients...count me out. thanks for sharing steph. everything looks super yummy.

  14. Ahh all that food looks SO good!!


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