i decided over the weekend that while the man was gone, i would go vegan. i was vegan for around 12 months about 4-5 years ago...and seriously felt my best ever. my diet was full of real foods, and my lunches looked like i picked them from the garden right before i came to work. it was pretty awesome.
and then someone re introduced me to bacon again, and things went downhill. now, i can't give up bacon, burgers, or general animal protein...but i can deal with little spurts of veganism.
so, in my quest to plan my meals this week while the man is out of town, i happened across this buzzfeed article about great vegan dinners. there are several on this list that look delicious...but this one caught my eye. it could have been the peanut butter as the main ingredient, or the fact that i was pretty sure i had everything i needed to make it already at home...but either way...this one was a winner. here is how i made it, and adapted to my own liking.
peanut butter and sweet potato mash/hash/soup/pasta
- 1 box chopped POM tomatoes (26 oz)
- 2/3 cup PB (or less or more whether or not you like pb...i do :))
- 1 sweet potato (or more) chopped into cubes
- 1 onion (diced)
- a pinch of herbes de provence
- a pinch of salt and pepper
- 1 can of chickpeas
- penne pasta (optional) or rice/quinoa/veggie noodles for base
- Chop up sweet potato(s), drizzle with olive oil, salt and pepper. roast in the oven for 30-40 minutes, depending on how cooked you like them. i like mine burnt.
- add box of tomatoes to pot on medium
- dice onion and add to pot with tomatoes
- rinse and drain chickpeas and add to pot
- add peanut butter, salt and pepper to taste, and herbes de provence
- let pot cook on medium covered for 15 minutes.
- whatever you are adding for the base (if anything) start it so that it's finished around the same time as the sauce.
- put base in dish, cover with sauce and add roasted sweet potato chunks on top! I add srircha for heat...and VOILA! Dinner is served.
i will say that this certainly is not the prettiest meal i've ever cooked...but it sure does taste good. i won't tell you what it reminded me of...but don't let the look of it fool you. it's one of the best meals in a pot i've had in a long time!