an evening of culinary adventure.

Our first night home in weeks with nothing on the calendar! I was happy to embrace the opportunity to try a new recipe. I thought I had the ingredients in the recipe from Great Gluten Free Vegan Eats committed to memory (having reviewed it just prior to rushing out for yoga this morning), but after a particularly intense 75 minutes of bending in strange ways, realized I would have to improvise my grocery shopping for dinner-stuffs.

I am nothing if not open to culinary exploration. white bean sweet potato quinoa chili -- an accidental culinary success!

This is how the white bean sweet potato quinoa chili (pictured) came into our lives this evening! I imagined it would be a little more like a soup, but with the liquid-absorbing capacity of beans, quinoa, and potatoes, it thickened up quite well, almost into something resembling a thick puree. (About half of the white beans started to break down during the cooking process, giving it a really hearty, thick consistency.) Paired with millet toast and a [surprise] bottle of Riesling that the mister brought home, it was a great little mid-week winter dinner... and then came dessert!

As some folks know, I am on a mission to quit sugar, thanks largely Sarah Wilson's incredible inspiration at I Quit Sugar. Kicking it has made a huge difference -- but those something-sweet cravings still pop up every now and then.

I've found that incorporating more filling fats into my daily food has  helped a lot, so I was thrilled to discover Detoxinista's delicious recipe  for almond butter freezer fudge: (can be) sugar-free, (is definitely) super   satisfying, and (is easily) the easiest dessert I've ever made. The recipe for that is below, too! freezer fudge

If you're cooking at home this weekend and need some ideas, why not experiment with throwing whatever you have into a pot and seeing what it turns into? Try the fudge, too -- even if your stovetop adventure turns out to be less-than-amazing, you'll have a foolproof, heart-healthy dessert to fall back on. :)


white bean sweet potato quinoa chili [vegan, gluten-free]
Serves 6
white bean sweet potato quinoa chili — an accidental culinary success!
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  1. 1 1/2 cups cooked white beans (white kidney, cannelini, or great northern)
  2. 1 medium white onion, chopped
  3. 1 clove garlic, minced
  4. 1 one-inch piece of ginger, minced
  5. 1 tsbp coconut oil
  6. 4 cups vegan vegetable broth
  7. 1 1/2 medium sweet potatoes, cubed
  8. 2 tsbp curry powder
  9. 2 tsbp chili powder
  10. 1 tsp coriander
  11. 1 tsp dried cilantro
  12. 1 tsp cinnamon
  13. 1 tsp allspice
  14. 1 tsp sea salt
  15. 1 cup red quinoa, cooked
  16. 2 cups lacinato kale, loosely packed
  1. 1. Heat oil in large saucepan over medium heat; add onion, garlic, and ginger. Sautee for a 3 minutes until softened.
  2. 2. Add broth, potatoes, and spices. Stir to combine.
  3. 3. Bring to a boil; let boil for 5-7 minutes.
  4. 4. Reduce heat and set timer for 20 minutes; simmer, stirring occasionally.
  5. 5. After 20 minutes, add kale and quinoa. Stir in completely. Set timer for 10 minutes more, stirring occasionally.
  6. 6. Season with salt and pepper to taste. Serve.
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almond butter freezer fudge [vegan, gluten-free, sugar-free]
Yields 20
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  1. 1 cup natural almond butter
  2. 1/4 cup coconut oil (at room temperature; should be solid but soft)
  3. 1/2 tsp fine sea salt
  1. 1. Combine all ingredients in a bowl until smooth and evenly blended.
  2. 2. Pour into a plastic-wrap-lined* square container (tupperware or glass is great). Smooth top with spatula.
  3. 3. Place in freezer to set (approximately one hour).
  4. 4. Cut into 1″-squares. Store extras in airtight container in freezer. (Our freezer now requires a security system… these are SO good!!)
Adapted from Megan
Adapted from Megan
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2 comments on “an evening of culinary adventure.
  1. meg says:

    yum! i want to try both of these… adding almond butter & white beans to my weekend shopping list!! xo

  2. Just put them in the freezer! You know how I love my simple recipes involving almond butter!

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