Sweet Potato + Mango Bowls

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WHAT A TIME TO BE ALIVE, PEOPLE.

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I’m sorry I’ve been so MIA. I think I’m back now.

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Cross country move + pregnancy + working = a very sleepy giwl.

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But we are here! We are in Colorado! Breathing the fresh mountain air! Skin so dry we are bathing in lotion! Noses so bloody we are keeping Puffs in business! Hopefully our bodies adjust soon because our wallets certainly haven’t to home ownership. We are trying to get settled, but there is so much to do and so little time in a day. Plus, our dishwasher is already broken so that is a very fun thing to deal with when you are a food blogger. But truly no complaints, the views are ridiculous and it feels crazy that WE, a couple of fools, own THIS house. I keep waking up, coming downstairs and being like am I on vacation or is this everyday life?

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But hot DOG it was nice when an appliance broke to just call the maintenance people and have them come fix it for free….

 

 

Time: 1 hour (prep + cooking) | Serves: 3-4

Ingredients:

  • 2 sweet potatoes, peeled + cut into thin wedges
  • 1 can of kidney beans, rinsed + drained
  • 1-2 cups of cooked brown rice
  • 1 mango, chopped
  • 1 red onion, diced
  • 1/2 cup of cilantro, chopped
  • Juice of 1 lime
  • 1 tbsp. of chili powder
  • 1 tsp. of smoked paprika
  • 1 tsp. of cumin
  • S+P, to taste
  • 2 tbsp. of olive oil

How to:

  • Preheat oven to 425
  • Arrange sweet potatoes on a lined baking sheet + drizzle with 1 tbsp. of oil + chili powder + smoked paprika + cumin + S+P
  • Bake 20-25 minutes until crisp to your desire
  • Heat remaining olive oil in a skillet over medium heat
  • Add 1/2 the onion + S+P, cook 3-4 minutes
  • Add beans + S+P, cook another 3-4 minutes
  • Turn off heat, add rice + stir
  • Meanwhile, combine mango + remaining red onion + most of the cilantro (reserving a little to top the bowls) + lime juice + S+P
  • To serve, add some rice mix to a bowl + top with mango salsa + some sweet potato wedges + cilantro
  • Serve warm
  • Trick your mind into believing your having a french fry bowl + really enjoy yourself

 

Adapted from here!

Veggie Fried Rice

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Sometimes I don’t think when I eat.

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And I accidentally eat two whole sweet potatoes + a can of chickpeas in a span of 15 minutes.

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Like I did just now.

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I have GOT to start eating more mindfully. AKA not grab my food, plop in front of the computer & work while eating. Mere minutes go by & all my food is gone & my stomach is distended from all of the carbs I shoveled into it. I’m physically ill right now. I cannot get comfortable on the couch. Every position reminds me of the deep shame I feel for being a trash panda. I think Garrett is going to have to actually roll me into the bedroom and put me in my pajamas for me.

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Seriously, can someone come over & pop me like the balloon animal I am?

 

 

Time: 30 minutes (prep + cooking) | Serves: 2-3

Ingredients:

  • 2 cups of cooked brown rice, leftover from day before
  • 1 onion, sliced thin
  • 1 head of broccoli, cut into florets
  • 1-2 carrots, diced
  • 1/2 a head of green cabbage, chopped
  • 1/2 cup of frozen peas
  • 2 tbsp. of sesame oil
  • 1 tbsp. of soy sauce
  • 1 tsp. of sriracha
  • Cilantro, for serving
  • S+P, to taste

How to:

  • Heat 1 tbsp. of sesame oil in a wok over medium heat
  • Add onion + broccoli + carrots + cabbage, cook for 6-8 minutes or until browned in places
  • Remove from pan + add remaining sesame oil
  • Add rice + soy sauce, cook for 3-4 minutes or until toasted
  • Add veggies back in + peas + sriracha, cook another 2-3 minutes
  • Serve warm with cilantro
  • Get on in there with your hands + just chuck all the contents at your face + hope some make it in your mouth

Homemade Black Beans + Rice

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Well, Topanga’s birthday party was a SMASHING success.

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No, literally, she smashed her pupcake and promptly fell asleep in her party dress.

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The real MVP of the party was Garrett, though.

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He spent two hours blowing up hot pink balloons and hanging doggy decorations. And he only complained like 2 times! It was all worth it, though. I’m sorry, I couldn’t NOT buy rose gold balloons that spelled “LETS PAWTY,” ya know? Then, Garr grilled all the meats and served dinner to our guests. He sat through SEVERAL rounds of What Do You Meme? and Catchphrase. If you didn’t know, Garr is a BIG game guy. NAHT. Then, I was feeling extra lazy and just wanted to lounge on the couch and gab with my pals, and that boy cleaned up the whole daggum kitchen, dishes and all. He’s basically my very own, perfect yenta.

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AND he brings home the bacon, best of both worlds!

 

 

Time: 3 hours (prep + cooking) | Serves: 4-6

Ingredients:

  • 1/2 lb. of black beans, soaked overnight + drained
  • 1 white onion, chopped
  • 1/2 a green bell pepper, chopped
  • 2 tbsp. of garlic, minced
  • 1 tsp. of oregano
  • 1 tbsp. of cumin
  • 1 tbsp.
  • 1 28oz. can of whole, peeled tomatoes
  • 1 1/2 cups basmati rice
  • 2 cups of vegetable broth
  • 2 limes
  • 2 tbsp. of olive oil
  • S+P, to taste
  • Cilantro, for serving

How to:

  • In a large stock pot, bring beans + 1/2 the onion + all the green pepper + 1 tbsp. of garlic + oregano + 1/2 the cumin + S+P + 4-6 cups of water, enough to cover everything, to a boil
  • Reduce heat, cover + cook for 2 hours, stirring often, until tender. Add more water as necessary to keep the beans covered
  • Meanwhile, place tomatoes + remaining onion in a food processor + blend until smooth
  • Transfer to a sauce pan + add broth + remaining cumin + S+P, bring to a boil
  • Meanwhile, heat olive oil in a bigger sauce pan over medium heat
  • Add rice + toast, stirring for about 5 minutes
  • Add remaining garlic + cook another minute
  • Pour boiling tomato mixture into rice pan, stir + cook until rice is tender, 30-40 minutes
  • When both rice + beans are tender, add the juice of a lime to each + some cilantro
  • To serve, put some rice in a bowl + top with beans, sprinkle with more cilantro + serve with lime wedges
  • Go to town on it + get ready for some mega toots tonight!

 

Adapted from here & here!