black bean stuffed sweet potato

Black Bean and Salsa Stuffed Sweet Potatoes

This meat-free dinner is adapted from a recipe my husband found on his favorite cycling podcast website. So you know it’s got to be good if it was developed with athletes in mind, right? Well, we made this and dug into it and thought we went to heaven.  The spicy smoky flavor of the black beans combined with the creamy sweet potato is a marriage of flavors that’s meant to be. I’m not kidding, try it and if you don’t see angels I will eat my cycling socks. Continue reading “Black Bean and Salsa Stuffed Sweet Potatoes”

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How to make “Bowls”

“Bowls” are a newly popular concept, and for good reason. They are fresh, generally quick to put together, tasty, and relatively inexpensive.

Think Chipotle, SweetGreen, or pretty much any of the “healthy fast food” franchises popping up in malls across the country. Essentially it’s a pile of stuff in a bowl, with lettuce/greens on the bottom, and stuff on the top. Hm… sounds kind of familiar, right? Like a salad bar? Yep, exactly like a salad bar. The difference is in the marketing, and the proportions. it’s a little bit of salad with a lot of “stuff” arranged in a colorfully pretty selection of “wedges” around the edge.

Literally, it’s just a bowl of different wholesome, nicely flavored ingredients, that you then pour some sauce on and mix together, like… well… like a salad. Yeah.

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Creamy Rice with Salmon

I got this rice with salmon (arroz con salmon) recipe from a food blog written by a Columbian woman.  I’m so sorry I’ve lost track of the url of that web site but I made a lot of changes to the recipe anyway, so it barely resembles the original.

I removed several ingredients, changed several others, and used leftovers to compile the dish instead of creating it from scratch.  It was surprisingly good!  I served it with sautéed beet greens but I recommend choosing a side veggie that’s more neutral in flavor, like broccoli or green beans.  The beet greens were good but the strong flavor overpowered the more subtle taste of the rice dish. Continue reading “Creamy Rice with Salmon”

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BBQ Beef-Stuffed Potatoes (Slow Cooker)

I am in love with the simplicity and efficiency of this recipe for BBQ Beef-Stuffed Potatoes. Everything is made in one pot and then assembled in a very appealing way just before serving.  Plus it makes enough that you can reuse the finished ingredients in a variety of subsequent meals.

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Prep Time 20 minutes
Cook Time 8 hours
Passive Time 8 hours
Servings
people plus leftovers
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Prep Time 20 minutes
Cook Time 8 hours
Passive Time 8 hours
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Instructions
  1. Combine brown sugar, tomato paste, Worcestershire sauce, chili powder, 1 teaspoon salt, and 1/2 teaspoon pepper in a small bowl; rub generously over roast.
  2. Coat a 5-6 qt slow cooker with olive oil. Place red onion slices in a layer in the bottom of cooker, then place roast on top of onions.
  3. Rub potatoes with oil and wrap each potato individually in parchment paper. Arrange on top of roast. Cover and cook on LOW 8 hours or until tender.
  4. Unwrap potatoes; Cut each potato in half crosswise and split each half lengthwise, cutting to but not through the other side. Squeeze each potato half to open for stuffing. Shred roast with 2 forks, and stir to combine with onion mixture.
  5. Top each potato piece with 1/3 cup beef mixture, 1 tablespoon cheese, 1 tablespoon sour cream or yogurt. Then sprinkle with green onions, and salt and pepper to taste. Note: Each 1/2 potato makes one serving. Depending on how many people you are serving you can save the remaining potatoes and beef for later in the week.
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