Monday Tuesday Munchies: Purple is Power

It’s always nice to have a Monday off to get to catch up on things, like folding massive amounts of laundry or allowing our dinner table to see the light of day again. True confessions: I’m the messy on in the house. I’ve grown accustomed to coming home and dumping everything down, and sometimes it’s just good to get everything all spic and span and restart the process of putting things back when you’re done. It’s refreshing and makes me feel like such a better person!

This weekend was also marked by good fellowship. I was beyond blessed to spend time with a handful of dear friends. I even got a chance to use a new online app I have to call my friend in Mozambique! As someone who gets beyond busy often, it’s good to slow down and make time for some good ol’ heart to hearts.

This week saw an increase in the color purple on our plates. I bought purple potatoes to make a steak salad (inspired by Real Simple – we’ll talk about that soon!) and was able to incorporate them into two dishes. I also brought home some purple cabbage for another dish. Needless to say I fell in love with the coloration. I get so amazed by the brilliance of raw food sometimes! Take a moment and revel in this with me ….

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WOW. Am I right!?!

Alright so now to the meals I actually made them with…

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1. Remember this lazy Sunday casserole? I made it this time with purple potatoes instead of red. The purple potatoes are softer and creamier, almost as if they were buttered. Combined with sausage, bell pepper, conion, and carrots, and all topped with a delightful chicken broth and balsamic dressing marinade/this stuff is super savory and tasty!

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2. This chili-garlic shrimp noodle bowl from Real Simple was amazing! The recipe called for soba noodles, which are made with buckwheat, but my grocery store didn’t have these so I just used rice noodles. The shrimp are tossed in a chili-garlic sauce that you can find in the Asian section at the grocery store, but I decided to make my own. I used this recipe and cooked it with jalepenos. You can use pretty much any chili pepper, but I was glad I used one with a lower heat because this sauce packed a punch! The noodles are tossed in soy sauce and toasted sesame oil and then topped with the shrimp, shredded cabbage, snap peas, and carrots, with a lice of lime. YUM!

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3. This is not the steak salad recipe from Real Simple. Yes, it has purple potatoes and steak and it is a salad, but it’s different and I’ll post about it later this week. But I wanted you to have the link to their salad as well because it sure looks tasty!

Hope you’re having a great Tuesday and that you enjoy everything on your plate this week!

Monday Munchies: Comfort Foods

The weather here has been wet and cold for the past week, and it’s made me want nothing more than to snuggle up on the couch under a big quilt. It’s also been the perfect week for warm dishes cooked in bowls. I’ve got some delicious things to share with you!

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1. Lazy Sunday Casserole: This is simple and incredible. Roasted potatoes, carrots, onions, and sausage – this stuff is savory and heavenly and it’s so simple!

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2. Slow-Cooker Creamy Chicken with Biscuits: So this is the slow-cooker version of chicken pot pie. A little bit of flour, dry white wine, and chicken broth makes for an incredible flavor mixture. My husband suggested that diced potatoes would add a good textural balance to this meal in the future, and I think he has a great point.

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3. Slow-Cooker Curried Chicken with Ginger and Yogurt: I love chicken curry so this recipe is quite wonderful in my opinion. Greek yogurt is added at the end of the recipe to give the chicken this delightful creaminess. Serve it over Jasmine rice – so good!

If you’re looking for other curl up in a blanket recipes, check my old Monday Munchies post out on slow-cooker chicken gumbo and vegetarian chili!