Living in a new city is a such a fun, adventurous experience...especially when it is your first time actually living in a city. I grew up in the suburbs, twenty minutes outside of San Francisco. While we would go up to the city often, I never had the full on city experience. My childhood was sprinkled with week long stays at my Godmother's house in pacific heights. Even then, though, it was only a glimpse into the lifestyle. Moving from Eugene to Portland has been the best ever. Kristian and I can't get over how much there is to do. Everytime we venture out, we are blown away by how many nieghborhoods and cute streets we didn't know about, despite visiting often over the past couple of years. Each day, we can be found exploring different parts of the city, working at different coffee shops and jotting down new places to try. These are the super fun parts of moving to a new city. On the less awesome side is not yet having an established friend group...
So far, my friends-making-activities have included running into some lovely people who recognized me from my instagram—that was awesome. It made me feel totally welcomed into the city. I also met up with a lovely family friend over tea this past weekend. Tea dates are totally my favorite. Another exciting event is Mickey's book signing this weekend and I am look forward to connecting with some paleo people there. If you are attending the book signing and recognize me, please come up and say hi. A couple of other friend-making things I am planning for the month of February are: meeting up with some people who have reached out on Instagram, attending a Ponderosa & Thyme workshop, and doing "follows" with local photographers. The last one is something I am particularly excited about because I have a lot to learn in terms of the photography industry. By the way, do you have plans for the Super Bowl? In Eugene, I'd usually just watch big sporting events with a group of friends. While we haven't made any plans for the superbowl...yet, I know many of you will be watching. So I decided to make you something. NACHOS. HEALTHY sweet potato nachos. SAY WHAT. Your welcome!
- One bag Jackson's sweet potato chips or one batch Primal Palate sweet potato chips
- One batch avocado crema
- 1 pound grass-fed ground beef
- 1/2 yellow onion, sliced
- 1 bunch of cilantro, leaves removed and chopped
- 1 tsp sea salt
- 1 tsp garlic powder
- 1 bunch green onion, chopped
- 1/2 red onion, diced
- 1 small can of sliced black olives, drained
- Lime slices for garnish, optional
- Start by making one batch of avocado crema. Next, prep the veggies. You will need to: thinly slice 1/2 yellow onion, remove the leaves and chop 1 bunch cilantro, thinly slice one bunch of green onion, dice 1/2 small red onion and drain 1 small can of sliced black olives.
- Once all the veggies are prepped, heat 1 tablespoon fat of choice (olive oil, tallow, coconut oil, etc.) over medium-high heat and then brown the ground beef on the pan. Once it has started browning, add the sliced yellow onion. Once the meat is cooked through, add 1 tsp garlic powder and 1 tsp sea salt and combine. Turn the heat off and stir in 1/2 of the chopped cilantro leaves. Transfer to serving bowl.
- Assemble nachos by starting with the sweet potato chips, then add ground beef. Next, add olives, red onion, green onion. Top with avocado crema and cilantro leaves. If you are doing a DIY nacho bar, just place all of the toppings in small bowls and let guests assemble there own nachos.