Perfect for chilly days: Sweet Potato Chili

Today I feel like I’m finally contributing the first, good, real post here. (We’ll call the rest “padding”.) It’s been hitting record lows this week and as a true girl raised in the south, the extent of my warm and cozy wardrobe equates to American Apparel leggings and J. Crew cardigans. I have been wearing  Edward’s sweatshirts a lot because mine are buried somewhere in the bottom of the hamper and I don’t really feel like trying to find them. (Why would I when there’s a big, cuddly, man-scented sweatshirt just waiting at the foot of the bed for me to crawl into in the morning?)

So, like I said, it’s been chilly. And I’ve been finding myself craving warm and savory foods. For serious, everything I’ve eaten and drank in the past 48 hours has been piping hot. Tonight, I was planning on having a nice dinner together but Edward was in a serious mood and just wanted to heat up leftovers so I was left to my own devices. I’m was actually really excited because I had been wanting to try something that I knew Edward wouldn’t be interested in: chili beans on a sweet potato. He thought it sounded weird. I thought it sounded just as delicious as those spicy sweet potato chips we love so much. So tonight, I did it. And holy crap it was FANTASTIC! I found these little individually wrapped Biggins potatoes at Target and thought I’d give them a try. You just pop em in the microwave in their wrapping for 5 minutes and they come out perfectly steamed. Genius.

I scraped the sweet potato out of the skin (because I wasn’t sure how clean it was and I’m weird about stuff like that) and then loaded it up with chili beans, a sliced up seitan sausage, and a bit of cheese. Oh, and a bunch of chipotle tabasco sauce. If you haven’t had that yet, go buy some right now. It’s amazing. And the result was better than I expected. I didn’t need any salt or extra seasonings. It had so much flavor. This is definitely a quick and easy keeper recipe!

I get really excited when meals of mine are pretty much all veggies in some form. And after eating it I didn’t feel tired or sluggish. I really do enjoy how I feel after eating a clean, healthy meal. I hate the feeling of a food coma. I have actually been craving green monsters lately but I just can’t bring myself to make any frozen concoctions when it’s so cold. Murphy’s law, right?

PS. Don’t judge my horrible lack of working out. I’m so bad at it, especially when I’m busy.

(And for those wondering, I still haven’t gotten a tape measure. It’s become a bit ridiculous. But I am determined to find one so I can track my success on this weight loss/healthy overhaul journey.)


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