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Paleo Korean Caramelized Sweet Potatoes (Goguma Mattang)

Paleo Korean Caramelized Sweet Potatoes Goguma Mattang

 
I remember eating these caramelized sweet potatoes when I was young for every holiday in Korea with my family. I came to the US when I was 6, but I can still recall gathering with my relatives and eating a feast of delicious Korean foods. I especially loved Lunar New Year, because this was when all the kids would bow to the elders to wish them a bountiful New Year, and in return, they would hand the kids money. It was the best part!

Lunar New Year is just around the corner (Jan 28th) and while I don’t celebrate it like I did in Korea, when Christine from Vermilion Roots asked if I would like to join in on a virtual Lunar New Year party with other awesome food bloggers, I had to say yes!

Paleo Korean Caramelized Sweet Potatoes Goguma Mattang

Paleo Korean Caramelized Sweet Potatoes Goguma Mattang

Paleo Korean Caramelized Sweet Potatoes Goguma Mattang
 
The recipe I’m contributing is called Goguma Mattang in Korean, and it’s basically deep fried sweet potato wedges that are coated in sweet caramel sauce. They are sticky on the outside and crispy on the inside, and they are pretty much the most addicting dessert ever.

I don’t like to deep fry anything at home, since I like to use stable, heat-resistant oils like coconut oil or duck fat for frying, and it can get super expensive with those healthy oils. So I baked the sweet potatoes in high heat then broiled them to get them extra crispy, and it worked so well!

Paleo Korean Caramelized Sweet Potatoes Goguma Mattang

Paleo Korean Caramelized Sweet Potatoes Goguma Mattang


 
Even if you don’t celebrate Lunar New Year, I hope you end up making these, because they are absolutely delicious! The honey caramel sauce enhances the sweetness of the potatoes, and this mattang makes me miss my family and Korea so much.

5.0 from 2 reviews
Paleo Korean Caramelized Sweet Potatoes (Goguma Mattang)
 
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Ingredients
  • 1 lb Japanese sweet potatoes (about 1 large or 2 small)
  • 2 tbsp coconut oil, divided
  • ¼ tsp sea salt
  • 2 tbsp coconut sugar
  • 2 tbsp raw honey
  • Sesame seeds, for garnish
Instructions
  1. Preheat oven to 450 degrees F.
  2. Cut the sweet potatoes in half lengthwise, then cut them into thick wedges making sure they are all evenly sized.
  3. Coat and toss the sweet potato wedges with 1 tbsp of coconut oil and sea salt.
  4. Spread the sweet potato wedges on a baking pan and bake for 25 minutes, flipping halfway through, until the sweet potatoes are golden.
  5. Turn up the oven to broil, then broil the sweet potatoes for 2-3 minutes until they are extra crispy.
  6. Once the sweet potatoes are done, heat a large skillet over medium heat and add 1 tbsp coconut oil, coconut sugar, and honey.
  7. Once the sauce begins to boil, turn the heat to low to simmer until the coconut sugar is dissolved.
  8. Turn off the heat and add the sweet potatoes to the skillet and stir to coat.
  9. Sprinkle with sesame seeds and lay the coated sweet potatoes on a parchment paper, making sure they don't touch each other.
  10. Cool for at 5 minutes before serving. Enjoy immediately!

#SweetLunarNewYear Virtual Party!

The following food bloggers and I have come together for a virtual #SweetLunarNewYear party, so come join in on the fun! They have all contributed amazing delicious dessert recipes specific to their countries so I think it’ll be a cultural learning experience as well:

Snow Fungus Soup by Vermilion Roots
Indonesian Honeycomb Cake (Bingka Ambon) by What To Cook Today
Chinese Peanut Cookies by Wok & Skillet
Vietnamese Steamed Rice Cakes by A Taste of Joy and Love
Gluten-Free Chinese Almond Cookies by Grits & Chopsticks
Black Sesame Shortbread Cookies by Little Sweet Baker
Ice Cream Mooncakes by Brunch-n-Bites
Coconut Red Bean Pudding by The Missing Lokness
Cashew Nut Cookies by Anncoo Journal
One Bite Pine Nut Cookies by Yummy Workshop
Baked Coconut Walnut Sticky Rice Cake by Jeanette’s Healthy Living
Black Sesame Cream Puffs by Pink Wings
Cashew Nut Cookies by Roti n Rice
Mini Peanut Puffs (Kok Chai) by Malaysian Chinese Kitchen
Thousand Layer Cake (Lapis Legit) by Daily Cooking Quest
Pineapple Cookies (Nastar) by V for Veggy
Almond Orange Spiral Cookies by Butter & Type
Three Color Dessert (Che Ba Mau) by The Viet Vegan
Year of the Rooster Mochi by Thirsty for Tea
Korean Tea Cookies (Dasik) by Kimchimari
Sweet Sticky Nian Gao (Kuih Bakul) by Lisa’s Lemony Kitchen
Sweet Rice Balls with Peanut Butter (Tang Yuan) by Omnivore’s Cookbook
Candied Ginger (Mut Gung) by Plant Crush
Chick Egg Tarts by Dessert Girl
Red Bean Soup with Black Glutinous Rice by Nut Free Wok
Orange Scented Sweet Red Bean by Lime and Cilantro

Come join the party on Instagram, Facebook, and Twitter, and share your sweet Lunar New Year recipes by using the hashtag #SweetLunarNewYear. Hope you have a healthy and prosperous New Year!

Paleo Gluten Free Vegan Korean Caramelized Sweet Potatoes Goguma Mattang

Paleo Chestnut Chocolate Chip Cookies

Paleo Gluten Free Chestnut Chocolate Chip Cookies-3

Merry almost Christmas! This is my last recipe before Christmas so I decided I need to fit in one more recipe of everyone’s favorite dessert: chocolate chip cookies!

About 2 weeks ago, I asked on my Instagram what you like to do with chestnuts (’tis the season!), besides just roasting them and eating them. I got several responses which were all great, and one of my friends mentioned that you can use them as flour by grinding them up after roasting them. What a great idea! That’s exactly what I did with my chestnuts to make them into these chocolate chip cookies.

Paleo Gluten Free Chestnut Chocolate Chip Cookies-3

Paleo Gluten Free Chestnut Chocolate Chip Cookies-3

Paleo Gluten Free Chestnut Chocolate Chip Cookies-3

I loved the texture of these cookies, and you honestly can’t really taste the chestnuts. They taste like good ol’ chocolate chip cookies, which no one hates at all. I actually sent these to my dad for Christmas all the way to South Korea, and they held together with no broken pieces! 

Paleo Gluten Free Chestnut Chocolate Chip Cookies-3

Paleo Gluten Free Chestnut Chocolate Chip Cookies-3

Paleo Gluten Free Chestnut Chocolate Chip Cookies-3

If you are looking for last minute crowd-pleasing recipe for the holidays, I hope you make these because they are absolutely delicious! I think it’s the perfect treat for Santa Claus and if he doesn’t finish it, you can nibble on them while you open those presents he brought. Hope you have a wonderful holiday, filled with cozy and relaxing times with your loved ones!

Paleo Gluten Free Chestnut Chocolate Chip Cookies-3

Paleo Chestnut Chocolate Chip Cookies
 
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Serves: About 18 cookies
Ingredients
  • 1 cup roasted and peeled chestnuts
  • ¼ cup coconut flour
  • 6 tbsp coconut sugar
  • ½ tsp baking soda
  • 6 tbsp coconut oil, melted and cooled
  • 1 large egg
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract
  • 3 oz 75% (or higher) dark chocolate bar, roughly chopped
Instructions
  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. Line a baking sheet with parchment paper.
  2. Place roasted chestnuts in a food processor, and grind until crumbly and fine.
  3. In a large bowl, combine ground chestnuts, coconut flour, coconut sugar, and baking soda.
  4. In a separate bowl, whisk together coconut oil, egg, and vanilla extract. Pour this mixture into the dry ingredients and mix well.
  5. Fold in chopped chocolate.
  6. Scoop with a large rounded tablespoon to drop dough onto the lined baking sheet. Flatten slightly.
  7. Bake for 10-12 minutes, until slightly golden brown.
  8. Cool completely before serving.

Paleo Gluten Free Chestnut Chocolate Chip Cookies

Slow Cooker Beef Roast

Paleo Gluten Free Slow Cooker Beef Roast

Brr!! It’s cold outside, guys! For the past 2 and a half years that we’ve lived in California, it’s never frozen over and this past weekend, it was in the low 30s. So I’ve been cocooning myself inside with the dogs in layers and blankets trying to keep warm. I know there are places in the country where people are snowed in and the temperature is way colder, but I’m a total wuss when it comes to the cold.

When the temperature drops like this, the thought of slow cooked meat is sooooo comforting to me. This is why I was so excited when I realized that I have a huge bottom round beef roast in my freezer, waiting to be defrosted.
Paleo Gluten Free Slow Cooker Beef RoastPaleo Gluten Free Slow Cooker Beef Roast

I feel like this is the busiest season for so many of us, so it’s a great idea to take advantage of the “set it and forget it” method to avoid spending hours in the kitchen. This is why I’m such a fan of the slow cooker and the Instant Pot! I also love the amount of leftovers you can get out of beef roast, and I’ve used the meat the next few days for stir fry, in my omelette, and even as a taco meat! You make it once and you use it for 2-3 more meals, which is such a time and money saver, especially because roast meat is usually cheaper than other cuts of beef.

Hope you spend the week finishing up some holiday errands, cooking up some comforting meals (I highly recommend THIS ONE), and staying warm!
Paleo Gluten Free Slow Cooker Beef RoastPaleo Gluten Free Slow Cooker Beef Roast

Slow Cooker Beef Roast
 
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Ingredients
  • 1 lb baby potatoes, or regular potatoes cut into 1 inch chunks
  • 3 large carrots, cut into 1 inch chunks
  • 1 tbsp coconut oil or ghee
  • 3 lb beef bottom round roast
  • Salt and pepper, to taste
  • 3 garlic cloves, minced (omit for low FODMAP)
  • 1 tbsp tomato paste
  • 2 cups bone broth or beef broth
  • 2 tbsp tamari sauce or coconut aminos
  • 2 tbsp apple cider vinegar
  • 1 tbsp fish sauce
Instructions
  1. Line the bottom of a 6-quart slow cooker with potatoes and carrots.
  2. Heat ghee or coconut oil in a large skillet over medium high heat.
  3. Season the beef liberally all over with salt and pepper, using more than you think is enough.
  4. Add the beef to the pan and brown on all sides, about 8 minutes. Remove the beef and place in the slow cooker on top of the vegetables.
  5. Lower the heat to medium on the stovetop, and add garlic and tomato paste to the pan and sauté for 30 seconds.
  6. Add broth, tamari sauce (or coconut aminos), apple cider vinegar, and fish sauce into the pan and stir to combine. Pour the liquid into the slow cooker over the beef roast.
  7. Cover and cook on low for 8 hours or on high for 4 hours, until the beef is tender.
  8. Slice the beef thinly. Serve with vegetables and the sauce poured on top.

Paleo Gluten Free Whole30 Slow Cooker Beef Roast