Posts Tagged ‘vegetarian’

Well, day one vegetarian is almost under wraps and as I was going to round it out with some pasta and marinara when  my lonely sweet potato caught the corner of my eye.  This wonder yam was purchased in SEPTEMBER at my local farmer’s market,  and despite me constantly forgetting it, has remained intact and beautiful.  I decided in honor of my sweet potato’s magical powers I would make up my own recipe with it!  I did it for one so just use some mental math to multiply!

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Cayenne and Orange Honey Balsamic Sweet Potato Wedges

1-1/2 lb Sweet Potatoes

2-3 tbsp Orange Honey (or regular honey)

About 1/4 cup Balsamic Vinegar

Two tbsp Butter

Salt and Pepper

Cayenne Pepper

  • Clean sweet potato and cut into 1/2″ chunks, removing bad spots.
  • In a large skillet melt 1 tbsp butter, coating bottom.
  • Place sweet potato in skillet and cook 4-5 minutes, constantly stirring until outside begins to lightly brown.
  • Meanwhile, in a medium bowl melt other TBSP of butter for about 45 seconds.  Add balsamic vinegar and honey and whisk.  Add salt and pepper to taste.
  • Once sweet potato chunks are browned, transfer to bowl and coat with mixture.
  • Return to skillet and cook 3-5 more minutes until outside begins to char. Place in bowl. (Tip: if you continue to cook sauce on low and stir, it makes a great glaze to top potatoes with).
  • Sprinkle with cayenne pepper.

I ate them as a side, but they’d also be good in a whole wheat wrap with some greens and a soft cheese maybe?  Kinda like the Juan Wrap at Watercourse Foods!




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Me. Not an Accurate Depiction.

So  this is the time of year that people get super reflective and decide all of the “changes” they’re going to make in the next year which they typically drop by January (or March is they’re REALLY resilient).  I, like the others, have been doing that exact same thing as well and while i have the superficial and the silly,  the one that I have decided to take very seriously is….drumroll please…I am going Veggie.

Yeh, I’m Irish and East Coast…what am I thinking?  In fact, I’m fairly certain if my nana had a computer or the internet or a computer with the internet she’d faint.   But hear me out.  Over the past 6 months I have been removing more and more meat from my diet, starting with red and heading down the line until I am now at this point where I am ready to go all vegetable (and many-a interesting grain).  This is not a result of being in Colorado and spending too much time in Boulder or a flash in the pan idea like a nose ring or Vegas marriage.  Rather, it’s something I’m ready to do and it’s going to be a wild ride.

I’ll write the occasional blog post about it and report on the progress over the upcoming months.  It’ll never be preachy or laden with “I feel amazing!” quotes.  Instead, it’ll be amusing (at my expense) narratives of what it’s like to watch someone else eat a delicious looking cheeseburger or how stupid I feel trying to figure out how the fuck to use tempeh and make it resemble meat.  I’m like your Veggie test dummy.  Plus the nice thing is that beer is vegetarian so what’s better than writing a healthy and ethical blog post drunk?  As Alec Baldwin says, “It’s a weird good feeling…like going to the gym drunk!”

And now you, my faithful readers, have been invited into either the best decisions I’ve made or the worst 4 months of my life.  Cheers.


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