Tuesday, November 15, 2011

Weekend Eats........

Hey everyone! I've been pretty busy, so I haven't taken the time to blog over the past several days. Here's a few pics of what I've been eating. First up is my favorite....a mango green smoothie. I had to post it, because the bubbles on top look like two eyes and two little nostrils. :o)  Do you see it?

Last night I made a sweet potato casserole for two.  I was watching the Food Network channel Sunday and saw Anne Burrell make a sweet potato casserole that sounded so good.  I tried to remember her secret ingredients, so I could make it last night.  I didn't want to make a large batch just in case it didn't turn out good.  It turned out wonderful though.  I loved addition of the citrus!

1 large sweet potato
2 tbs vegan butter
1 tsp cinnamon
juice of one Clementine (Ann used an orange, but a Clementine was all I had)
the zest of one Clementine  (Ann used the zest of an orange)
a splash of almond milk

1/4 cup old fashion oats (I may have used a little more, I didn't measure...sorry)
1 tbs vegan butter
2 tbs brown sugar
a dash of cinnamon

Peel and chop the potato then boil for about 20 minutes or until tender. Once tender, transfer the potatoes to a bowl and mash with a fork, then mix in the butter, cinnamon, Clementine zest and juice. Add a splash of almond milk if the potatoes are to thick. Transfer mixture to a small casserole dish.
For the topping, put the oats, butter, cinnamon, and brown sugar in a small food processor and pulse until everything is mixed and lumpy. Sprinkle topping over sweet potatoes and bake at 350 for 20 minutes.

I also made a veggie stir fry for supper last night....not the best combo...I know.  It sure was good though.

One night Tony cooked supper and made veggie fajitas.   They consisted of onions, peppers, zucchini, tomatoes, and roasted chickpeas.  They were so good.  This was the first time that I put roasted chickpeas in my fajitas, and it won't be the last.  They were a great addition. Tony is now in charge of making fajitas, he just doesn't know that yet.

I did roast the chickpeas though.  I drained, rinsed, and dried the chickpeas, then put spread them out on a baking sheet.  I sprayed them with a little cooking spray and then sprinkled some chili powder, paprika, and a little salt on them .  I put those bad boys in the oven on 350 and baked them for about 30 minutes.

So far this is my favorite spice blend for the roasted chickpeas. The next day I added the leftover chickpeas to a salad and topped it off with some AWESOME Goddess dressing. I've seen Goddess dressing all over the blog world for a year now, and I just finally bought some the other day. Why do I wait so long to try things.....ugh I have really been missing out by not having Goddess dressing!

We went to Tony's parents house for lunch on Sunday for soup and chili.  She made some vegetable soup just for me.  :o)   She sent some home with me, so I added some kale to the leftovers for supper that night.  It had all kind of veggies in it.  Very Very good!  And, I have no idea why the picture ended up posting turned the wrong way. 

I hope everyone is having a good week!



  1. I just bought sweet potatoes last night on a whim and wasn't sure what to do with them. I think I'm going to try your casserole. Thanks!

  2. I see the face in the smoothie! lol

    My mom makes a sweet potato side dish that's a bit similar to that. She adds pecans to it, too. So good!

    Roasted chickpeas sound like a great addition to fajitas. I'm going to try that!

  3. Those are some swell lookin' eats. I have a bunch of chickpeas that need to get used up, so thanks for the inspiration!

  4. Too cute! Those chickpeas look great- I must make them again, thanks for the reminder!

  5. Ohh, that sweet potato recipe sounds great, can't wait to try that. I agree on the Goddess dressing, I found it the other month and it is amazing, my new favorite. Plus, if you ever near Trader Joe's it is cheaper than the Annie's brand and tastes pretty much the same.

  6. Everything looks so good! The sweet potato casserole sounds so good, perfect for Thanksgiving! I LOVE roasted chickpeas, and putting them in fajitas sounds brilliant! The soup looks so hearty and great on a chilly day!

  7. I see the eyes and nostrils!! That smoothie was watching you!!!

    All the fare looks great; I love the sound of that sweet potato casserole. Those chickpeas look soo yummy!!! And what a sweet mom in law!!

    Have a good week, Michelle!

  8. Alien smoothie!Tonight's popcorn and nooch night, but now those roasted chickpeas are calling my name. Just preheated the oven, here I go. Thanx for posting.

  9. Mmm, that sweet potato casserole sounds so good - perfect for the holidays. I love that Tony helps out in the kitchen so much. Maybe someday my G will... I also think it's great that your mom-in-law looks out for you foodwise. That's very special.

  10. I have yet to roast Chickpeas! You're blowin' me out of the water here.

    I'm a good four years ahead of you on the Goddess Dressing though.

    The MIL cooking special for you sounds sweet and all, but don't let your guard down. Trust me. You took her little Baby Tony away.

  11. Yes I can see the face on the smoothie!

    I also posted roasted chickpeas the other day! :-)


  12. Ha to SV's MIL comment and agreed. Roasted chickpeas in a salad sounds delicious. And I'm lovin' how that sweet potato topping looks.