“Running Burritos” (Vegetarian Sweet Potato Burritos)

Confession: I wouldn’t have tried this recipe on my own. It seems weird to me to put sweet potatoes in a tortilla. Thankfully Jeff can cook circles around me and knows a good recipe when he sees it. I can’t remember why, but he called them “running burritos” the first time he made them, and it stuck in my mind. Pair these burritos with something green, and I don’t think you could do much better to fuel your running.

The original recipe, which I am 75% true to, can be found on this page: “Addictive Sweet Potato Burritos“. Check it out for the original measurements, ingredients, baking instructions, etc. 

Running burritos

Sweet potatoes, cheese, quinoa, beans, salsa verde? It’s a delightfully unexpected combo if you ask me.

Ingredients / Handy Grocery Shopping List:

1 tbsp sunflower oil (vegetable/olive would also work fine)
1 onion, chopped
4 cloves garlic, chopped
6 cups cooked beans (I used black beans; the original calls for kidney beans. If using dried beans, check out the 90 Minute No Soak Beans instructions – so easy!)
2 cups water (add slowly, you may not need it all)
1 tbsp chili powder, 1.5 tbsp chipotle chili powder, 1-2 pinches of salt and cumin (alternative: 3 tbsp chili powder)
4 tsp mustard
2 tsp cumin
Dash of cayenne pepper
3 tbsp soy sauce
4 cups mashed sweet potatoes
3 tbsp-1/4 cup finely chopped cilantro
1 cup quinoa (measured uncooked). Cook according to these instructions or as you normally would. (How to cook fluffy, tasty quinoa)
12 burrito-size tortillas (can substitute smaller tortillas to make small burritos, but get more of them – I used 30!)
8 oz. cheese (I used cheddar)
Salsa verde (if desired, for topping)
Sour cream (if desired, for topping)

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Pizza-Making Tips and My Favorite Pizza Recipe

You should make this pizza.

Even if you’ve never made pizza, you should! Here’s why:
1. It’s not that hard, especially if you heed my tips below and have a stand mixer to make the dough.
2. The dough recipe is for 3 pizzas, so you’ll be fed for a week, or you can have a delicious dinner party!
3. The combination of flavors is delicious – sweet figs, salty prosciutto, peppery arugula, and a couple of cheeses…(wipes drool off chin).
4. If this is a drawback, the pizza was so tasty that we ate it before thinking to photograph it, so check out the original photo from the Pioneer Woman:

Don’t you want to make that? I thought so.

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Vegan Indulgences, Part I

I saw a peculiar pin on Pinterest last week. Vegan queso. Sounds gross, right?

I don’t know what compelled me to try it (ok, I want to find some healthy-ish indulgences to have while I’m training to crush Oprah). Here is a link to the original recipe.

The “queso” is made from boiled and puréed potatoes and carrots, nutritional yeast, olive oil, lemon juice, and salt. The original recipe is basically trying to mimic ballpark nacho cheese, and I think the result is way better than ballpark nacho cheese. But I was looking for something more like chunky queso. Continue reading