Sweet Potato Black Bean Chili

photo-9.JPG

One of my favorite fall recipes is this Sweet Potato Black Bean chili that I make year after year. I adapted it a smidge to tone down the heat so Zacky could enjoy it as well and made it in the slow cooker. We paired it with delicious, perfectly sweet pumpkin cornbread, that I have to admit, came from a Trader Joe’s mix. You do know October is the month Trader Joe’s has ALL things pumpkin, right?

Ingredients:

2 small white onions, diced

3 large or 5 small sweet potatoes, diced

1 28oz can diced tomatoes

1 can black beans, drained and rinsed

1 can kidney beans, drained and rinsed

2 cloves garlic, minced

1 Tbsp cumin

1/4 tsp cinnamon

2 tsp unsweetened cocoa powder

salt to taste

Set on high in your slow cooker for 4 hours.

leave a comment

Slow Cooker Cod and Butternut Squash in Coconut Milk

Slow Cooker Cod and Butternut Squash in Coconut Milk

I knew I wanted to make a meal in the slow cooker with fish, butternut squash and coconut oil but couldn’t quite find any recipes that matched what I wanted to make. So I decided to wing it, and fortunately the slow cooker makes it hard to mess up. I usually turn the slow cookershow me more

Barley and Vegetable Casserole

Barley and Vegetable Casserole

We recently celebrated the Jewish New Year at my parents’ house, where one guest brought a veggie-loaded dish that we loved. Zacky too, since there were tons of soft, bite-sized pieces of veggies for him to enjoy in a variety of colors. I forgot to ask for the recipe, but a quick google search ledshow me more

Apple Pumpkin Oat Breakfast Cake

Apple Pumpkin Oat Breakfast Cake

We recently went apple picking and within 24 hours I had a crockpot of homemade applesauce going (just diced apples, squirt of lemon juice and cinnamon stick – heavenly!) and then used my crockpot to make this breakfast cake. I’ve done many variations of this cake in the past, but this is by far theshow me more

Creamy Tomato Pasta with Sauteed Mushrooms

Creamy Tomato Pasta with Sauteed Mushrooms

Lately the little guy has been loving mushrooms, and I’m happy to encourage this taste for a new veggie (ok, fungus). Another favorite of his? Pasta. In an effort to curb the amount of pasta he gets and encourage other grains, I tried a quinoa brown rice pasta from Trader Joes that cooked up reallyshow me more

Barley with Zucchini and Peaches

Barley with Zucchini and Peaches

The other day I realized, just 15 minutes before I had to pick up Zacky, that I hadn’t cooked dinner. I always cook dinner in advance, so we can spend as much time as possible outside at the park before coming home at the very last minute before a potential hunger meltdown (both him andshow me more

Green Veggie Stir Fry with Cod and a Simple Sauce

Green Veggie Stir Fry with Cod and a Simple Sauce

Following a plant-based diet, it’s never really difficult for me to meet or exceed my daily “requirement” of veggies. Typically I’m on veggie overload throughout the year with a couple servings of fruit dispersed throughout the day. However, in the summer, when we finally have amazing fresh fruit (peaches! berries! melon!), I can’t seem toshow me more

Quinoa Salad with Salmon, Edamame and Avocado

Quinoa Salad with Salmon, Edamame and Avocado

A few clicks on Pinterest brought me to this great recipe that was adapted from a Steamy Kitchen cookbook recipe. Since I don’t have the cookbook, I don’t have the original recipe, but I took some shortcuts to make my version even quicker to whip up. Zacky and I enjoyed it for lunch throughout theshow me more

Farro with Tofu and Tomatoes

Farro with Tofu and Tomatoes

Fresh tomatoes and basil are key summer ingredients and I paired them with tofu and quick cooking farro for a quick dinner. Farro is like a chewier, plumper version of rice and I always have a bag of Trader Joe’s 10 minute quick cooking variety on hand. And, I prefer cooking it over rice latelyshow me more

Pasta with Asparagus, Chickpeas and Eggs

Pasta with Asparagus, Chickpeas and Eggs

I have a golden rule when it comes to enjoying pasta: jack up the veggies that you include with your pasta to boost the volume and fiber without inhaling a 4-serving bowl of spaghetti. Basically, have equal parts veg and pasta. Easy, right? This summery pasta dish from Real Simple only called for one poundshow me more