Sweet Potato & Black Bean Tacos

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This little recipe is one of my staples, and something my girlfriends and I love to make together on a regular basis (and are a little obsessed with). It is marvelously simple to make, is great for lunch leftovers, and the mix of flavors is so unique and delightful. Who would have thought of balsamic glaze on a taco? Brilliant.

Assemble the following ingredients into soft corn or flour tortillas:

  • Roasted sweet potatoes (Preheat oven to 350°. Chop 4-5 sweet potatoes into small chunks, drizzle with olive oil, add salt and pepper to taste. Roast 30 mins or until tender/slightly crispy.)
  • Canned black beans, rinsed, drained, and warmed
  • Goat cheese crumbles
  • Arugula
  • Balsamic glaze (I found mine at Trader Joe’s, in the olive oil section.)
  • Kosher salt to taste

I wish I could give credit to the genius who thought of this amazing dish, but I’ve looked all over for the original recipe and have failed to find it. At any rate, I hope you enjoy it as much as I do (every week)!

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Eating for One

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While the Mr needs a lot of substance and comfort (and meat) in his meals at the end of the day, I’m always happy to create something simple with whatever I can find in the kitchen. Since he’s gone for training, I’ve gotten a kick out of seeing what I can dish up out of a seemingly empty fridge. It’s strangely gratifying, and the wallet and the waistline are definitely better off.

But needless to say, I’m ready to fill up the fridge with comfort food and share the dinner table again.

Do you eat differently when your man is away?

(Eggs with goat cheese and arugula salad / Kashi veggie pizza / roasted sweet potatoes and eggs over medium)

Wherever There’s Bacon

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eggI am always looking for easy, weeknight staples we both love.  And while I’m into Pinterest-y-crunchy-wheat bulgar-with-balsamic-glazed-brussels sprouts-type concoctions, the Mr. typically needs something more hearty and comforting at the end of a long day.

Inspired by this recipe, I added crispy bacon and swapped in a whole wheat pizza crust to make it more Navy-man friendly. It was a BIG hit (a little heavy for me but so tasty, and he loved it). The beauty of it is you can customize your portion it to make it as healthy or fatty as you like. Everyone wins!

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Breakfast Pizza: Recipe-ish

Pre-made pizza dough (I used Trader Joe’s whole wheat)

Shredded mozzarella (about 2 cups)

Bacon (about 6 strips)

Eggs

2 avocados

Lemon juice

Salt & pepper

Crushed red pepper (optional)

Roll out pizza dough on a floured, upside down cookie sheet. Sprinkle with mozzarella and bake according to pizza dough package directions.

Meanwhile, fry or bake bacon to desired crispyness. Coarsely chop and set aside.

Mash the avocado flesh, add lemon juice and salt and pepper to taste.

Heat up a tablespoon of olive oil in a skillet to medium heat, and fry eggs sunny-side up (one egg for each pizza slice). Scrambled would also work, if you’d rather.

Once the pizza is baked, cut into individual pieces. Top each with avocado, bacon, and one egg, as you see fit. Sprinkle with salt, pepper and crushed red pepper to taste.

Because I’m Lazy

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I like to cook. But only if what I’m cooking allows me to have an undistracted conversation with whoever’s company I’m enjoying, and not have to rush back to my phone with greasy fingers for the sixth time because I can’t remember if it said 1/2 Tbsp or 3/4 tsp, or dammit was I not supposed to add that egg yet?

If a recipe requires more than one pan, a lot of chopping, or any ingredient I can’t find at Trader Joe’s, I immediately start to panic and I’m unlikely to try it. And that is why this article is amazing. 34 two-ingredient recipes. Oh the simplicity!  The Flourless Nutella Cake and Lemon Mousse are first on my list to try.

Abundance

This is our grapefruit tree. It’s so lovely, but I can never figure out what to do with all that fruit. Other than give it away in bags to friends (who usually can’t figure out what to do with all that fruit).

So I went on a Pinterest search, and here are some of the goodies I’m looking forward to trying. Don’t they sound delicious?

Grapefruit, kale, & fennel salad.

Grapefruit margarita.

Grapefruit olive oil pound cake.

Grapefruit brûlée!