Adventures in Cooking

I tried cooking on my own the other night, without a recipe or any guidance. It was pretty comical. I went to the grocery store and got all the fixings to make a bomb spaghetti squash meal (since that’s the only thing I’m actually good at “whipping up”) only to get home and realize that I had in fact bought a butternut squash. Nice job labeling, Stop & Shop! So I baked it, then mixed it up with some chicken and onions and broccoli, trying to be all Emeril like, throwing random spices and shiz into the pan. Not sure what went wrong, maybe it was bad meat or a bad squash, or bad combo of flavors/foods, but my stomach wasn’t too happy afterwards. So, moral of the story is- I’m sticking to recipes for now. More specifically, recipes from PaleOMG (duh). I made this recipe last night and it is amazeballs. I made extra to pawn off on my boyfriend and have mucho leftovers for the rest of the week. Sidenote- why are not all dudes Paleo? It shocks me. I feel like every guy would love this way of eating.. tons of meat, bacon, fat.. Anyhoo, I digress. Try this recipe. That is all.

Curried Twice Baked Sweet Potatoes

Sorry for the bad picture. I was too hungry to take out my real camera/find good lighting before stuffing my face as quickly as possible.

Ingredients

  • 1 lb bulk Italian sausage
  • 3-4 sweet potatoes (if you’re buying them for this specific recipes, try to buy the rounder/fatter ones so they are easier to restuff than the long skinny ones)
  • 1 yellow onion, diced
  • 1 garlic clove, minced
  • 1-2 tablespoons curry powder
  • 1 teaspoon ginger
  • ½ teaspoon ground cloves
  • ¼ teaspoon cinnamon
  • Salt and pepper, to taste
  • 1-2 tablespoons fat of choice (I used olive oil)

Directions

  1. Preheat your oven to 425 degrees.
  2. Cut your sweet potatoes in half lengthwise, place open side down on a cookie sheet and bake for about 25-30 minutes or until you press on the skin of the sweet potato and it “gives” a bit.
  3. While the sweet potatoes bake, pull out a large skillet and place over medium-high heat. Add your fat to the pan, once hot, add your onions.
  4. When your onions begin to sweat, add your Italian sausage. Break up your sausage with a wooden spoon and let cook down.
  5. Once your sweet potatoes are done cooking, pull them out and let cool for just a couple minutes. Use a spoon to carefully scoop out the insides and place in a large bowl (Emphasis on “carefully”. I got a littttttle sloppy).
  6. When your Italian sausage is cooked through, add it directly to the bowl with the sweet potatoes.
  7. Add your spices to the sweet potatoes/Italian sausage mixture. Thoroughly combine. Taste to see if you need more of any of them.
  8. Restuff your potato skins with the curry sweet potato and sausage mixture.
  9. Put your oven on broil and place the stuffed sweet potatoes back in the oven to cook for 3-5 minutes or until browned on the top with just a little crispness to it!

-ES

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2 thoughts on “Adventures in Cooking

  1. I’m right there with you; the extent of my cooking is a salmon burger and burnt pancakes lol. Your meal looks like it came out real well, I’m definitely going to try that out:))Hope you had a great new year’s day and I look forward to reading more:))

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