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SWEET POTATO TACOS & MY WEEKDAY VEGETARIAN UPDATE

sweet-potato-tacosWEEKDAY VEGETARIAN UPDATE

I have been doing this weekday vegetarian thing for about 2 months now and I have to say it is going swimmingly. David has kind of abandoned the cause but it isn’t like he’s’ bringing steaks home everyday or anything; he just eats more fish really.  As for me, while I am loving my new way of life, I have to say I’m really glad I didn’t give up meat entirely. Though I have a new found love for veggie burgers (I love trying different ones, right now my favorite is at Hook Burger in Pasadena) on the weekends a big juicy burger is all I want. As far as eating more veggies goes, I can say I have definitely increased my veggie intake but not quite to the level I was looking for. I have slipped into the world of meat substitutes just a little bit more then I would like. For example I love Soy-Rizzo, I use it for chili, eggs, potatoes…yumm!  The only other meat substitutey thing I eat are these delicious edamame nuggets from Trader Joe’s that my friend Brittany told me about like two years ago. I’m kinda ashamed that I eat them, but they are super easy when I need to eat something that requires no thought.

SWEET POTATO TACOS

This week I made probably my favorite veggie meal yet and I just have to share it with you! I found this recipe for smokey sweet potato tacos on a blog called A Side of Sweet, and when I saw it I grabbed my purse and immediately went to the grocery store to get the ingredients.  I tweaked it just a little bit (mostly because I don’t follow instructions very well) and honestly it was one of the best things I’ve ever made!

For all of you who are saying, “I just can’t get into sweet potatoes” I promise you, this is a sweat potato like you’ve never tasted it before! It isn’t overwhelming at all. Check out my slightly revised recipe below but also show some love to Kelly of A Side of Sweet who came up with this genius recipe!

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The Recipe

Add 1 tablespoon of Rice bran oil (or any high heat tolerant oil) to skillet

Add garlic salt, paprika, and a little bit of salt and pepper to oil (enough to cover the entire skillet).

Add 1/4 of a sliced sweet onion (let it sweat for 1 minute)

Add 2 cubed sweet potatoes to medium heat and cover for 15-20 minutes (stir occasionally)

Once potatoes are cooked, add 1 can of Trader Joe’s Cuban Black Beans (or just regular black beans but the TJ’s ones add a little somethin’)  and add lime juice from one lime until heated.

Warm tortillas (I used Trader Joe’s corn/flour tortillas)

Add sweat potato mixture

Add chopped cilantro and microgreens

Sprinkle with feta cheese

Enjoy!

 

Try it and let me know what you think! Thanks for reading! XO!

love-cheria

 

Food Health

WEEKDAY VEGETARIAN’S RULE! JOIN THE CLUB!

I’ve never been into diets. I just can’t do it. Admittedly I lack the discipline, but I also just don’t really believe in them.  I think it takes a long time to develop healthy habits. I also believe that food is our friend, not our foe. David, my healthy food guru, always says, “Your focus should not be on subtracting from your diet, but rather adding to it.”  So every year I try to make a healthy “addition” to my diet. One year it was switching all of my whole wheat breads to sprouted breads, another year it was changing out all of my cooking oils for high-heat tolerant oils, last year we started juicing, and in December we decided to become weekday vegetarians.

I wish I could say that we are doing this for some ethical reason but that’s not really the case. I’ve contemplated becoming a vegetarian for years, but the problem is, I LOVE food! I know that there are plenty of vegetarians out there who love food as well, but I just couldn’t justify depriving myself of trying something new because it had meat in it. There was also that gnawing question that I know you carnivores are thinking, “Can I really go the rest of my life without having another burger?”  So my first thought was to have 75% of my meals be meatless and then I thought, “I know! I’ll be a weekday vegetarian!”

It wasn’t until after the fact that I learned the concept of being a weekday vegetarian is actually a real thing. There’s even a Ted Talks about it! It taught me that our decision to cut out meat for the majority of our diet is also good for our carbon footprint. So that felt good.

Honestly it has been the easiest thing for David and me. The hardest part is not that I really want meat, it’s that we have to think a little bit more about what we’re going to cook, and actually plan our meals.  But this is also the fun part. For a while our meals had kind of gotten into a routine so we weren’t cooking as much together (honestly David usually does most of the cooking, I’m pretty spoiled that way). Now we are back in the kitchen together, which I love.

I do have a couple of concerns about this whole change. 1) My goal is to eat more veggies. What I don’t want to do is make a habit of loading up on carbs; and let me tell you it is really tempting. There are some great vegetarian pasta dishes that I’m dying to try (and I will) but I want to avoid eating carbs just because it’s easy, and stick to the goal of increasing my veggie intake. 2) My personal diet challenges are not that I eat badly but that I tend to over eat. So I’m hoping I don’t feel hungry all of the time. So far so good. 3) I’m not really big into meat substitutions, like all of these soy products that are out there. I really want to try to stick to a plant-based diet in it’s original state.

Do you have any thoughts or recipes to share? Below are a few veggie dishes that I am dying to try.

 

 

Lime Cilantro Portobello Tacos

Look at these pretty tacos that Sara from A House in the Hills made.

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 Brussels Sprout Salad with Pomegranate, Walnuts & Jalapeno

A Greg and Lucy Malouf creation made here by blogger Alexandra at Alexandra Cooks