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Sweet Potato + Black Bean Wraps (v2.0)

Sweet potato and black bean wrap

I have been trying to cut back on the amount of Nightshades (white potatoes, tomatoes, eggplant, peppers, paprika, chili powder, cayenne pepper, etc.) I’ve been consuming. I feel like we’ve slipped back into our old way of eating: pasta with tomato sauce on repeat, burgers and fries more often than not, and eating out a whole heck of a lot more than we’re used to. Unfortunately, my body has been paying the price with more frequent headaches, irritability, stomach aches, hives, and break outs. So I thought it would be good to go on a Nightshade hiatus, and bring back some of our old favorites from the days where even...

Sweet Potato + Black Bean Chili

sweet potato and black bean chili

Posting about chili seems oddly appropriate today, in the aftermath of yet another snow storm in Pittsburgh. Looking out my window, there are a good 4 inches of snow that have yet to melt. Mother Nature clearly didn’t get the memo that Spring was supposed to have sprung. What I love about chili: it’s the kind of meal that takes very little prep or effort, but has a huge payoff at the end. And if you make enough of it, it will payoff all week long. Also, you get to eat it with cornbread. Lots and lots of cornbread. This chili was inspired by my love for black beans, sweet...

Smothered Sweet Potatoes

I have to say that my first inclination when it comes to the gorgeous yam is not to smother it with tomatoes, paprika, or cayenne pepper. Probably has a lot to do with the whole food sensitivity thing (stupid nightshade intolerance), and the fact that sweet potatoes were seen as a replacement to the things-I-couldn’t-have. Thank goodness for Pinterest. And for blogs like Naturally Ella (a new favorite). This whole sweet potato smothered with tomatoes, chickpeas, and spices was her idea. I think it took my brain a bit to adjust to the flavor combinations. Sweet potato and tomatoes aren’t intentionally combined in my kitchen. Unless, of course, you count...

Sweet Potato Latkes (Gluten Free)

a stack of sweet potato latkes

Hanukkah came and went. But that doesn’t mean that the best of the holiday treats have to go with it. My favorite treats this time of year: sweet potato latkes, homemade applesauce, and donuts. Last year was a parsnip and sweet potato latke kind of holiday. This year felt like it needed something a bit more simple, so I stuck with my favorite sweet potato. This year, I think I made about 10 dozen latkes. That breaks down to: 10lbs of potatoes, 5lbs of onions, a dozen or so eggs, and a crap-ton of oil. For a once-a-year treat, I’m okay with that. If that was how we ate all...

Sweet Potato Bagels

Sweet Potato Bagels

I’ve made bagels only once in my life. Well, prior to making these bad boys. And I have to say, I was pleasantly surprised at how do-able it was. Time consuming, yes. Doable, absolutely. I’ve been craving bagels lately. And being the cheap budgeting queen that I am, flat out refused to pay a whopping $12 for a dozen. Making them was the only (cost-effective) option. Besides, I got to pick the flavor (hello you gorgeous sweet potatoes, you) and the kind of flour (enriched and bleached…no thanks). I even enjoyed kneading the dough by hand. Yeah. I could have used the bread machine. But that would sort of defeat...