Monthly Archives: September 2012

Fall is…sweet potatoes?

YUUMM!

Tonight’s dinner. Success.

So, I have been looking for new, yummy dinners. Of course, I like my diet to consist of lots of veggies. This meal is not only yummy, but is all veggie.

Sweet potato burgers:

  • 1 sweet potato (large)
  • 2 cans white beans
  • 2 tsp. Agave syrup (I used blue Agave)
  • 1/4 cup flour
  • “seasonings”: I threw in a random bunch of spices, including salt, pepper, chili powder, paprika and dried minced garlic
  • 2 tbsp. olive oil
  • bread crumbs
  • avocado
  1. Bake sweet potato (I did this in the microwave b/c I wasn’t patient enough to wait 45-50 minutes to bake)
  2. mash potato with rinsed/drained beans
  3. add agave, flour and “seasonings”-mix
  4. form into patties (7-8)
  5. heat oil in pan, place patties in pan
  6. brown on both sides (5 minutes tops)
  7. serve with sliced avocado

Seriously, so delicious.

-L

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Two things that don’t relate? Banana bread and Save-the-Dates

After spending a nice weekend at home with J, we decided we should probably figure out what we were going to do with the Save-the-Dates for our wedding since it is approaching in a few months. Now, I am not a huge fan of a certain superstore, but…Best thing ever: stationary and card creator on their photo site.

Seriously.

We picked a design we liked, dropped in our photos, typed a cute message and the date, and done! Ordered them for $.33 a piece (including an envelope). They were supposed to be $.40 a piece, but we got a discount because we ordered 100. Also, no charge for shipping, because they are being printed at the location I choose to buy them from. They should be ready in a week and we will send them out in two.

Can’t wait to see them and send them!

Also, banana bread.

I bought a lot of fruit for a fruit salad at work’s potluck last week. Apparently my eyes were a little too big when I bought because I still had 5 bananas left, which had become a fun pattern of brown polka dots over the weekend. What to do? Banana Bread.

Yum: I took my favorite recipe from Skinnytaste and altered it a bit. (Makes two loaves or cakes)

  • 5 bananas (cuz I didn’t have 7)
  • 1/2 cup of plain yogurt (because I ran out of applesauce-oops)
  • 2 1/2 cups of flour
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons baking soda
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • 4 tbsp butter…probably could have been ofter than I used
  • 1 c. light brown sugar
  • 4 large egg whites
  • 1 tsp vanilla
  • baking spray
  • I usually add walnuts, but I was out…
  1. Combine flour, soda, salt in bowl
  2. cream butter and brown sugar
  3. add bananas, yogurt, egg whites, vanilla; mix well
  4. add flour in thirds; don’t over mix
  5. divide into two pans (I used 8in round pans because I only have one loaf pan)
  6. bake for 50ish minutes (45 if you have a hot oven like me)
  7. let cool for about 20 minutes.

One for me, for breakfast. One for a friend.

-L

When you live alone, you forget to blog.

Well, 1 month in on my own…clearly, I have had a lack of blogging. I blame it on the fact that I don’t have J here saying “that should go on the blog” every time we make something. But, alas, I made something blog worthy tonight.

I am going to call it “chicken fajita bowl-i-ness” (J would be proud of the title):

Need:

  • 2 chicken breasts
  • 1 bell pepper (I had yellow, but you can use green or red), diced
  • 1 onion, diced
  • 1 can of refried beans
  • olive oil
  • chili powder
  • s&p
  • 1 avocado
  • cheese to top (I used shredded cheddar)
  1. heat some oil in a big saute pan; sprinkle chicken with chili powder, salt and pepper
  2. place spiced side down in oil
  3. stand back and put lid on top…it will probably splatter. It it does, turn the heat down a bit and put the lid on. If your stove is like mine, either hot or off, good luck.
  4. spice the other side of chicken for when it is ready to be turned
  5. while chicken is cooking, dice onion and pepper
  6. oil in a saucepan (big), dump in onions and peppers with s&p
  7. while these are both cooking, dice the avocado
  8. once peppers and onions are soft, put beans in pot, stirring and mixing contents (keep an eye on this as it can burn!)
  9. turn chicken and replace lid
  10. chase smoke out of apartment (see below*)
  11. once chicken is cooked all the way through, I set it on the cutting board to cool for a bit
  12. once cooled (a bit) I diced the chicken
  13. Bowl: bean mixture goes down in the bowl, as the base
  14. Diced chicken, avocado and cheese tops the beans

Eat.

*Things not to do: burn the spices. Be careful when spicing the other side of the chicken. I should have spiced the chicken on both sides before placing it in the pan. I forgot. Therefore, I accidentally dumped chili powder in my pan. It burned. Making a mess. And a lot of smoke. I spend a lot of time running around my apartment opening windows and turning on my two fans. An hour later, it still smells like burnt chili powder. Ew. Yet, my smoke alarms never went off…interesting.

Anyway, it was delicious! I find that when I eat “fajita bowls” with rice, it is so heavy. Honestly, I didn’t miss the rice. Saving the second portion for my lunch tomorrow, since I had no one to share my dinner with.

The fact that I was making a meal up in my head, serving two, made me think of J. He would be proud.

Can’t wait to have him back in my kitchen.

-L