Sweet Potato Chili

I promised a friend that I would put this recipe up… So now I’m finally doing it! This is the recipe for the chili that we have been making on a weekly basis. It’s usually enough for dinner for two nights (for two people), as well as lunch for a few days. It’s easy to throw together and heavy on canned goods.

The recipe is very versatile– if you are missing an ingredient, just omit it. Or substitute it with something you do have. No corn? No problem. Can’t stand cilantro? Leave it out. The world (chili?) is your oyster. 

Ingredients:

  • 1/4 cup sunflower oil (or vegetable oil)
  • 3 tbsp paprika 
  • 1 tbsp chili powder
  • 1 tbsp cumin
  • 1 tbsp garlic powder
  • 1 crushed vegetable bouillon 
  • 1 onion, sliced
  • 1 large sweet potato, peeled, and cut into small cubes
  • 1 zucchini, cubed
  • 2 bell peppers, cut into squares
  • 2 cans of diced tomatoes
  • 1 can of sweet corn
  • 4 cans of beans/lentils of choice (we used 1 black, 1 lentils, 1 brown, 1 kidney)
  • 500g tomato passata (aka plain cheap tomato sauce– €0.28 at Albert Heijn!)
  • handful of cilantro

Preparation:

  1. Heat the oil in a large soup pan. Stir in the paprika, chili powder, garlic powder, cumin, and crushed vegetable bouillon.
  2. Add the onions and sauté until they start to get soft. Then add the sweet potato. Continue to sauté until the sweet potato is soft enough to be easily pierced with a fork (but not too soft– it shouldn’t be mushy!). This could take up to 15 minutes, and make sure to keep stirring during this part so that the potatoes/onions don’t burn. If it starts to get too dry, add a little tomato sauce to keep things going.
  3. Now add the zucchini and bell peppers and sauté until they start to get a little soft.
  4. Wooo! You’re out of the woods! The hardest part is over. Now add the cans of diced tomatoes, can of corn, and beans. Stir. WOAH!! It barely fits in the pot!
  5. Add the tomato passata as needed. It should be used to make sure the chili begins in a liquid state. Finally, sprinkle in the handful of chopped cilantro.
  6. Bring to a boil, then quickly down to a simmer. Let it simmer with the lid on for about 30 minutes, stirring occasionally. Then take the lid off and continue to simmer for another 30 minutes or so (to let some of the liquid evaporate). 
  7. Poof! Food for a week. It’s one of those foods that’s usually better on the second day. I served the chili pictured here on a bed of spinach and topped with some cherry tomatoes. 
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Using up everything in your fridge

What happens when you have… broccoli, fresh dill, fresh cilantro, tomatoes, bell peppers, arugula, spring onions, and avocado that are all threatening to ‘get funky’ simultaneously? You make this delicious plate of veggies! Robbert assembled this tonight from everything that was (remotely) edible in our fridge. I would even go so far as to make this combination again on purpose! All ingredients with a * were the ingredients that desperately needed immediate consumption…

Items on the plate include:
Leftover heaven

  • Stir-fried veggies (1)
  • Sliced avocado (2)
  • Black bean burger (3)
  • Roasted potatoes with dill (4)
  • Roasted tomato over arugula (5)

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(iix) Preheat the oven to 220°C (or 425°F).

(1) Stir-fried veggies ingredients:

  • *1 head of broccoli, sliced, steamed for 5 minutes
  • *2 bell peppers, sliced
  • *2 spring onions, sliced
  • 2 cloves of garlic
  • *Few sprigs of fresh dill
  • 2 tablespoons of olive oil
  • Salt to taste

Preparation: Fry spring onions in olive oil. Add garlic and salt. Add bell peppers, saute until soft. Finally add broccoli & dill and saute until broccoli is soft. DONE!

(2) Slice avocado: slice an *avocado

(3) Black bean burger

  • 1 can black beans, drained and rinsed
  • *1 spring onion
  • *1 bell pepper
  • *handful cilantro
  • 2 tsp garlic powder
  • 1 tsp salt
  • breadcrumbs (omit this for gluten free! you can also roll in flaxseeds- delicious as well!)

Preparation: In a food processor or emulsion blender, combine the black beans, cilantro, spring onion, bell pepper, garlic powder and salt. Shape the ‘dough’ into three or four burgers. Roll in breadcrumbs. (If the mixture is too wet, put some breadcrumbs in the dough itself.) Put the burgers in the preheated oven for about 10 minutes, flip burgers, then put back in the oven for another 10 minutes.

(4) Roasted potatoes with dill

  • 1 pound sliced potatoes
  • 2 tbsp olive oil
  • Salt to taste
  • *handful of fresh dill

Preparation: Toss potatoes, olive oil and salt. Place in pre-heated oven for 20 minutes. Take out and toss with the fresh dill. Put back in the oven for another 20 minutes.

(5) Roasted tomato over arugula

  • *Handful fresh arugula
  • *2 tomatoes

Preparation: Put the tomatoes in the preheated oven next to the burgers or in their own private tray (if you have the space). Bake for 20 minutes. Place over a bed of arugula.

BAM! Everything in the fridge? USED UP! What kind of fancy dinners have you concocted from almost-dead ingredients?

Guac-some-more-le

We eat guacamole almost every night, and because it browns rather quickly, we whip up a new batch every night. So this recipe is about enough for two people on your dinner of choice:

Ingredients:

  • 1 avocado
  • 1/4 cup cilantro
  • 1 medium clove garlic, chopped lightly
  • 3 tbsp salsa (we use it from a jar… very fancy)
  • 1 tsp lemon juice
  • salt to taste

Preparation:

  1. Toss all ingredients in a food processor. Process til smooth. (If you don’t have a food processor and own an immersion blender, that will also do the trick!)
  2. If you like chunky guacamole or don’t own any type of blending equipment– mash all ingredients with a fork!!! (but don’t forget to chop up your cilantro and garlic into finer pieces)
  3. Serve with anything and everything.
Mmm... guacamole goes on everything...
Mmm… guacamole goes on everything…

 

Peanut Tea Roll

Ingredients: (makes 4 full rolls/8 halves)

  • 4 sheets of rice paper
  • 1 cup of dry rice (and 2 cups of water for cooking)
  • 1/4 cup of chopped cilantro
  • 1/4 cup peanut butter
  • 2 tbsp sunflower oil (or canola oil)
  • 2 tbsp sugar
  • Additional pinch or two of sugar for in the roll

Preparation:

  1. Cook the rice: bring 2 cups of water to boil with the one cup of rice. Once it starts to boil, cover, and let simmer until the rice cooks through.
  2. Prepare the peanut sauce: In a small saucepan on the lowest heat add the peanut butter, oil, and sugar until runny and sauce-like. If it’s still too thick, add a bit more oil.
  3. To prepare the rice paper, carefully make sure paper is submerged in water for a couple of seconds, remove and place on a plate large enough for the sheet.
  4. Spoon on a quarter of the cooked rice. Then drizzle a quarter of the peanut sauce over the rice. In the center, sprinkle a quarter of the cilantro and a pinch of sugar.
  5. Roll like a burrito, and slice in half!

Easy Fancy Rice & Beans

This is an easy way to spice up the old rice ‘n beans combination– and it also looks fancy! This makes enough for two hungry adults.

Ingredients for rice:

  • 1 cup brown rice
    • 1.5 cups vegetable stock
  • 1 tbsp cumin
  • Can of diced tomatoes
  • Salt to taste

Ingredients for beans:

  • 1 large onion, chopped
  • 2 cloves garlic, chopped
  • 2 tbsp olive oil
  • 1 bell pepper, chopped
  • 1 tbsp cumin
  • 1/4 cup chopped cilantro
  • 2 cans of black beans
  • Salt to taste
  • Hot peppers to taste

Optional garnish ingredients:

  • 1 fresh tomato, chopped
  • 1 avocado, sliced

Preparation:

  1. Put rice and veggie stalk into pan and bring to a boil. Add cumin. Then let simmer.
  2. Once the water is almost absorbed, add in the can of diced tomatoes and salt to taste. Continue cooking until the liquid is mostly absorbed.
  3. While the rice is cooking, start to prepare the beans. Begin by sautéing the onions and garlic in the olive oil. Then add the bell pepper along with the cumin. Continue to sauté until the onions start to become translucent.
  4. Add the cilantro, salt (to taste), and hot peppers (if desired) to the onions and peppers. Finally, start adding in the beans, a bit at a time. As you add, start to mash them in with a fork (or masher) to get a bit of a blend. The beans will start to dry out, so keep them moist by adding water a bit at a time, as necessary.
  5. Place the rice & beans on a plate, and garnish with avocado and fresh tomato!

Summer Bean Quinoa Salad

This is very quick to throw together when using canned beans!

Ingredients:

  • 1 cup quinoa
  • 2 cups of cherry tomatoes, quartered
  • 1 can black beans, drained and rinsed
  • 1 can white beans, drained and rinsed
  • 1/4 cup chopped cilantro (or more if you’re a major cilantro fan!)
  • 1/4 cup olive oil
  • 1 tsp rosemary
  • 4 cloves garlic
  • 3/4 tsp salt
  • 2 tbsp lemon juice

Preparation:

  1. Cook quinoa according to package instructions
  2. Meanwhile, heat the olive oil on medium with the garlic and rosemary. Once oil is heated up, reduce heat to the lowest setting for about 5 minutes, or until the garlic cloves are soft. This will help to get the garlic and rosemary flavors in the olive oil.
  3. Add in the salt and lemon to the olive oil and whisk. Let the oil cool.
  4. Toss the white beans, black beans, quartered cherry tomatoes, cilantro, and cooked quinoa in a big bowl. Add the olive oil dressing and toss again.