That’s about how much sleep I got on Monday, when it poured buckets all night long.
My roommate apparently didn’t sleep through the storms either, so we decided to have an early dinner last night and then call it a day. As I mentioned in a previous post, Emily gave up meat for Lent and we’ve been taking turns cooking for each other once or twice a week. I get a lot of requests to show examples of actual meals I eat (as opposed to just the desserts); therefore I thought I’d post about our dinner last night.
For more examples of how I eat, see: My Non-Dessert Recipes.
Sweet Potato Shepherd’s Pie?
I initially wanted to make a real shepherd’s pie, topping my Bread-Free Vegan Stuffing recipe with mashed sweet potato and then baking. But life got busy, and there was no time for the extra baking step. (Plus, as I said, we wanted to go to sleep!) So I settled on a “deconstructed” shepherd’s pie. It was so absolutely delicious that now I don’t think I’ll ever bother trying the longer version! (Unpictured, I also had Ezekiel toast and a larger serving of the lentil filling.)
Sleepy Sweet Potatoes
(deconstructed Sweet Potato Shepherd’s Pie)
- 1 medium onion, sliced (175g)
- 1-2 cups spinach (I used 60g)
- 2-4 carrots, cut into coins (I used 140g, but feel free to use more)
- 1/2 can diced tomatoes
- Optional: 1 zucchini, cut in coins (I used 280g, but I steamed 1/2 separately and mixed them in later.)
- 1 stalk celery, cut into coins (I used 65g)
- 1/2 cup to 1 cup cooked lentils, drained and mashed (I used 110g Westbrae)
- 1 1/2 tsp dry basil
- 1/2 tsp salt
- 1/4 to 1/2 cup water
- 1-2 tbsp olive oil (You can omit this, but you’ll lose the yummy, buttery taste!)
Heat oil, then add carrots, zucchini, onion, and celery. Cook a few minutes (like 10), then add spinach, lentils, spices, and tomato. Cook 2 more minutes. Add the water, bring to a boil, then cover and lower to simmer for 45-50 minutes, or until the carrots are soft and stuffing is flavorful. Without the optional ingredients, this makes around 3 cups, or around 2 servings. Serve with rice, polenta, or roasted potatoes or yams.
Are you a light sleeper?
Or can you sleep through anything? My lucky sister is the exact opposite of me. She doesn’t wake up to cell phones, car alarms, barking dogs, and when we were little and lived in Japan, she literally slept through earthquakes! Link of the Day:
…………….Sweet Potato Chili