I recently tweaked my knee in a backcountry ski accident, putting a real damper on my weekend adventure plans. Any skiing, backcountry tours, mountain shenanigans are put on hold – at least for the time being. So, that means I spent the weekend at home, trying to stay off my knee. Trying being the operative word.
So, this weekend I managed to do a bit of yard work, listed my rental property back in Conshohocken, went to Longmont to see Frantz (a film that’s part of the Boulder International Film Festival) with my mom & sister, and spent a lot of time hobbling around the kitchen. For Sunday Funday, I decided to make two dishes to prep for the week: Spicy Thai Sweet Potato Stuffed Peppers and Smoky Mushroom & Caramelized Onion Tacos.
Spicy Thai Sweet Potato Stuffed Peppers
Stuffed Peppers Ingredients
2 peppers, cut in half & de-seeded (I used green)
2 sweet potatoes cubed
1 cup of cooked brown rice
- Put cubed sweet potatoes in a bowl with a cup of water. Microwave on high for 5-8 minutes (until sweet potatoes are soft).
- Put halved peppers in a oven-safe dish.
- Mix rice & sweet potatoes together & pile into pepper halves.
2 tablespoons of coconut oil
2 garlic gloves
2 green onions, chopped
1/4 cup of water
1 tablespoon apple cider vinegar
3 tablespoons amino acid
1/4 cup of full fat coconut milk
1 tablespoon of corn starch mixed with 2 tablespoons of water
1 tablespoon of red pepper flakes
1 tablespoon of chili paste
1 tablespoon sriracha
- Melt coconut oil in a sauce pan. Add garlic and onions. Saute on medium-low for 2 minutes.
- Add pepper flakes & chili paste. Saute another 2 minutes.
- Add apple cider vinegar, water & amino acids. Stir for 2 minutes.
- Add in the coconut milk, sriracha and corn starch mix. Stir well and turn down heat. Let simmer for 2-4 minutes.
- Sauce will thicken with time, so continue to stir until it’s almost gravy like. Turn off heat
- Pour sauce on top of the peppers.
- When ready, heat over to 375 and cook for 20 minutes.
Smoky Mushroom & Caramelized Onion Tacos
10 button mushrooms, sliced
1 1/2 cup of spinach
1 onion, sliced into slivers
2 cloves of garlic
1 tablespoon of coconut oil
6 tortilla wrappers or corn tortilla (You can also use lettuce to cut the carbs)
1/2 cup of cilantro for garnish
1/4 cup of water
3 tablespoons of liquid smoke
1 teaspoon of garlic powder
1 teaspoon of paprika
2 cloves of garlic, minced
- Combine all marinade ingredients in a plastic bag. Add the sliced mushrooms into the bag. Set in the fridge for 15 minutes.
- Melt the coconut oil in a pan. Add the two cloves of garlic and onions. Cover with a lid for 6-10 minutes, stirring every few, so they brown, not burn.
- Once the onions are browned, add the mushrooms, with the marinade, to the saute pan. Saute mixture for another few minutes.
- Add spinach to mixture and turn off heat, stirring until the mixture is covered with the marinade.
- Scoop the mixture into the tortillas.
- Wrap them up and put into a baking dish & top with cilantro. When ready to eat, heat over to 350 and cook for 15 minute.
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