Feels good to be back on the blog....even though I'm still busy working. Tomorrow begins the lighter days, followed by a few days off. I sooo need it!
Today's lunch was a simple salad of: shredded cabbage, broccoli slaw, pea shoots (local), turnips (local), the last of my broccoli sprouts, celery, cucumbers (local), and fresh basil and dill. Added juice from half a lemon, salt, and garlic powder. As it turned out, the turnips weren't my favorite in there. Mind you, I like turnips.....just didn't really go with the lemon juice type dressing. Will have to use my turnips elsewhere!
Like I mentioned before, I had several sweet potatoes from my csa I needed to use. So I decided to make mashed potatoes, using both red potatoes and sweet potatoes (thanks Lea!). Here's my recipe:
Tanya's Mix n' Mashed Potatoes:
for the potatoes:
5-6 red potatoes, cut into smallish wedges
2 sweet potatoes, cut into smallish wedges
~1 tsp cumin powder
2 tsp onion powder
salt,pepper, creole seasoning
Boil the potatoes until tender. Drain and put into a bowl. Mash them up with a fork (I didn't have a potato masher). Add the spices to taste. If you like it spicy, add more creole seasoning (or paprika, cayenne pepper, etc.). Set aside.
for the sauce/gravy:
1/2 cup chopped yellow onion
3-5 cups raw kale, torn apart
1 Tb cumin seeds
1 1/2 cups canned, diced tomatoes
1/2 cup water
1 Tb cornstarch (or other thickener), plus a little water
salt, garlic powder, black pepper
Put the onions in a pot with a little water. Cook until soft. Add the kale (I also used market mustard greens). Cook for a couple of minutes, until wilted, stirring every so often. Add the cumin seeds and spices. Stir. Then add the tomatoes and water. Cook until bubbling. Mix the cornstarch with a couple of spoons of water. Mix well and add to the sauce. Simmer for 5 minutes or so. Serve on top of mashed potatoes.
Notice I again didn't use any oil. I almost added some almond milk to the potatoes, but then decided against it. You can, if you want it creamier. I like it a little chunky too! Enjoy. And just so you know, I still have several sweet potatoes left, so there will be another recipe some time in the near future. Probably this weekend. It's also time to make another dessert! Stay tuned.