This, my friends, is maybe my most favorite meal ever. Healthy meal. I could probably live on stove popped popcorn with white cheddar seasoning or bread and cheese. Or pasta with tomatoes and feta. I actually just like food. Healthy wise, I could maybe go vegetarian if I had more skills and creativity in the kitchen… (we all know that lasted about 2 weeks before I broke up with vegetarianism when it was time to go to Chick-fil-a.) I don’t really love meat, except on hamburgers, blt’s, and fajitas. Ok ok, maybe I love it. But in general, we sort of stick to easy meals that are fresh or simple baked goods. I can’t tell you how many times we’ve eaten fruit and homemade bagels for dinner. Or pretzels with mustard. or ciabatta bread? You get the idea.
I hate to dispose my bad eating habits, but I will say this- I love healthy food. I wish I was a rabbit. And as you also know, I’ve begun kind of a health kick. Today, I made it all the way through the day without even a hint of sadness at missing out on anything with added sugar. Oh wait. Adam took me on a surprise date this morning to get pumpkin spice lattes and muffins. I’m bad at remembering these things. But I stuck it through lunch and dinner was so satisfying. So without further delay…
Sweet Potato with Warm Black Bean Salsa (it’s awesome!)
2 medium sweet potatoes
1 can of black beans (drained and rinsed)
1 can of diced tomatoes (or 2 fresh medium tomatoes) drained
1 tablespoon extra virgin olive oil
1 teaspoon of ground cumin (or a couple of shakes)
1 teaspoon of ground coriander (I’ve skipped this ingredient countless times)
a little salt and pepper
Bake the sweet potatoes accordingly… in the oven for about an hour or in the microwave for about 7-8 minutes each. Mix all of the rest of the ingredients in a bowl and cook in the microwave to warm it up. Cut your sweet potatoes in half, scoop on tons of spoonfuls of black bean salsa, and top it off with a dollop of sour cream and some fresh cilantro. So GOOD!
I think it’s hearty enough on it’s own, but when I cook it for my brother and stepdad I add a little hamburger steak or grilled cheese on the side. Please try this.
Also, I’ve discovered 2 awesome salad dressings. Brianna’s Blush Wine Vinaigrette is my favorite. I also make a homemade kind that consists of whisking together balsamic vinegar, a little olive oil, and some honey-dijon mustard. Both are great.
Anyone have some good, easy, cheap, healthy meal ideas or recipes?