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  • Stuffed Sweet Potatoes with Chickpeas, Asparagus and Arugula

Stuffed Sweet Potatoes with Chickpeas, Asparagus and Arugula

Posted on March 6, 2017
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Sweet potatoes are my jam. Mashed, grilled and even for breakfast, I’ll take them anyway I can get them. They are a welcome addition to any meal. And as I’ve transitioned into more of a plant-focused diet this past year, sweet potatoes have become an even more integral part of my kitchen.

So it only made sense that I would combine sweet potatoes with two of my other favorite ingredients: crispy baked chickpeas (seriously, these things are like crack) and the seasons first asparagus spears.

Oh asparagus. Nothing screams Spring like asparagus. And right now, I am definitely screaming for Spring. Because we just came off of one of the coldest weekends we’ve had all Winter. And it’s freaking MARCH you guys! I definitely thought we were out of the woods (I even folded and put away my snow pants!), but apparently we’re not. Jack Frost has extended his stay a little while longer.

Stuffed Sweet Potatoes with Chickpeas, Asparagus and Arugula | www.floatingkitchen.net

So I’m mixing hearty, belly filling baked sweet potatoes with tender greens. And smothering them with a creamy vegan dressing and some spicy roasted chickpeas. The seasons are colliding – inside my kitchen and out. I think that’s what March is all about.

The sweet potatoes can take up to an hour to bake, depending on their size. But it’s a completely hands off process. So while this might not be the quickest dinner to prepare, I’d still dare to categorize it as “easy”. I also think this would be delicious with some roasted broccolini in lieu of the asparagus, if you happen to have that on hand.

Stuffed Sweet Potatoes with Chickpeas, Asparagus and Arugula | www.floatingkitchen.net

I’m sharing the recipe for these Stuffed Sweet Potatoes with Chickpeas, Asparagus and Arugula as part of our monthly round-up organized by Becky from Vintage Mixer. March can be a tricky month if you’re like me and live somewhere where you’re still stuck in a mix of seasons. So I hope you can find some cooking inspiration from Becky’s March Produce Guide, as well as from the recipes that some of my blogging friends have created (links below!) that highlight this month’s fruits and vegetables. And be sure to let us know ways in which you’re using March produce by using the hashtag #eatseasonal on social media!

Cheers,

Liz

Recipe inspired by How Sweet It Is

Stuffed Sweet Potatoes with Chickpeas, Asparagus and Arugula

Serves 4

Stuffed Sweet Potatoes with Chickpeas, Asparagus and Arugula

Ingredients

  • For the Sweet Potatoes
  • 4 medium-large sweet potatoes, washed and scrubbed
  • 1 cup loosely packed arugula

  • For the Chickpeas
  • 1 (16 ounce) can chickpeas, rinsed and drained
  • 1 tsp. extra-virgin olive oil
  • 1/2 tsp. salt
  • 1/2 tsp. cumin
  • 1/2 tsp. chili powder

  • For the Asparagus
  • 1/2 lb asparagus spears, trimmed
  • 1 tablespoon extra-virgin olive oil
  • 1/2 tsp. salt
  • 1/2 tsp. black pepper

  • For the Dressing
  • 2 tablespoons tahini paste
  • 2 tablespoons lemon juice
  • 2 tablespoons water
  • 2 tsp. maple syrup
  • 1/4 tsp. salt
  • 1/4 tsp. black pepper

Instructions

  1. Pre-heat your oven to 400 degrees.
  2. Line a large rimmed baking sheet with parchment paper. Prick the sweet potatoes all over with a fork and then place them on your baking sheet. Transfer them to your pre-heated oven to bake for 50-60 minutes, or until the sweet potatoes are soft enough to be easily pierced with a small pairing knife. Remove from the oven and set aside, covering to keep warm.
  3. Meanwhile, spread the chickpeas out onto a paper towel. Then use a second piece of paper towel to pat the tops dry. Transfer the dried chickpeas to a rimmed baking sheet. Drizzle with the olive oil, tossing to coat. Then sprinkle with the salt, cumin and chili powder. Transfer the baking sheet to your pre-heated oven and roast the chickpeas for 20 minutes, stirring them once half way through cooking time. Remove from the oven and set aside.
  4. Meanwhile, toss the asparagus on a rimmed baking sheet with the olive oil, salt and black pepper. Transfer to your pre-heated oven and roast for 10 minutes. Remove from the oven and set aside.
  5. To make the dressing, add all of the ingredients in a small bowl or jar. Mix until well combined and smooth.
  6. To serve, slice the sweet potatoes open, being careful not to cut them completely in half (you want the bottom to remain intact), and gently pry them apart to create space in the center. Drizzle about 1 tablespoon of the dressing inside each of the sweet potatoes. Then stuff with the arugula, asparagus and chickpeas, diving the ingredients evenly between the sweet potatoes. Drizzle with the remaining dressing. Serve immediately.
http://www.floatingkitchen.net/stuffed-sweet-potatoes-with-chickpeas-asparagus-and-arugula/

March Eat Seasonal Recipes

March Eat Seasonal Recipes

Creamy Vegan Kiwi Lime Avocado Pie by Letty’s Kitchen

Chana Aloo Gobi Masala: Chickpea, Potato, and Cauliflower Curry by Food for My Family

Spicy Lemon-Ginger Tonic Tea by Suitcase Foodist

Broccoli Rabe and Chicken Pizza with Basil Cream Sauce by Vintage Mixer

Hot Chili Blistered Asparagus with Sriracha Aioli by Kitchen Confidante

Glazed Meyer Lemon Bundt Cake with Candied Lemons by Simple Bites

Frozen Chocolate-Dipped Kiwi with Sea Salt by Project Domestication

Tempura Cauliflower with Spiced Yogurt Dipping Sauce by Completely Delicious

Easy Lemon Thyme Roasted Artichokes by Flavor the Moments

Healthy Shamrock Shake by Joy Food Sunshine

Curry Roasted Cauliflower by Healthy Seasonal Recipes

Roasted Cauliflower Pasta with Lemon Chimichurri by She Likes Food

Thai Curry Cauliflower Soup by Mountain Mama Cooks

  • Orange and Arugula Smoothie Bowl

Orange and Arugula Smoothie Bowl

Posted on February 13, 2017
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If you follow me over on Instagram, then you know I’m a daily consumer of smoothies and smoothie bowls. So imagine my surprise when I looked at my posting history from the past several months and realized that I hadn’t shared a smoothie/smoothie bowl recipe here since this Apple Pie Smoothie Bowl during first week of October.

Shocking, right? So I’m here today with this Orange and Arugula Smoothie Bowl to appease the food blogging Gods.

Orange and Arugula Smoothie Bowl | www.floatingkitchen.net

Now, I certainly never want to discourage someone from making one of my recipes, but I feel like I should be up front and say that if you’re a person who isn’t into savory smoothie bowls, this one might not be the best fit for you. Because this smoothie bowl has got some kick!

In this bowl you’ll find a hefty doze of arugula and that classic peppery taste that goes along with it. I’ve also added in some parsley and…wait for it…cauliflower!

Yes, there is cauliflower in here! But let me tell you that you can’t taste it one bit. For real. I would not lie to you about this. Don’t fear the cauliflower!

I got the idea about the cauliflower from a recipe created by Laura that was published on The Kitchn earlier this year. It’s a great way to add more vegetable fiber to your smoothies and smoothie bowls. Admittedly, sometimes my sweet tooth takes over and I tend to fall a little too far on the sweet side of things. It’s easy for my creations to turn into something more closely resembling a milkshake (not that I’ve ever complained about that!). So adding in a handful of cauliflower is a great way to bring the balance back to the vegetable side of things. And if you’re anything like me, you always have some pesky cauliflower florets (or stems that you’re going to toss anyway) in your crisper drawer that need using up.

Orange and Arugula Smoothie Bowl | www.floatingkitchen.net

I’m still crushing hard on Winter citrus, so I’ve got a whole orange in this recipe. And for fun, I made a couple brûléed orange slices for decoration (and I practiced making some strawberry hearts for one of the photographs, since it’s almost Valentine’s Day and I’m a hopeless romantic!). You can use whatever kind of oranges you like, but I’m partial to blood oranges and Cara cara oranges right now, since they won’t be available as readily once Spring rolls around.

To balance the savory ingredients, I used a super ripe banana and some vanilla-flavored yogurt. I didn’t want this smoothie bowl to be TOO savory. Even I have limits.

I’m sharing the recipe for this Orange and Arugula Smoothie Bowl as part of our monthly #eatseasonal recipe round-up organized by Becky from Vintage Mixer. If you’re finding yourself in a cooking rut this month (the internet is basically just a sea of red velvet desserts at this point), then check out Becky’s February Produce Guide for some inspiration. And don’t forget to see what new recipes some of my blogging friends have created this month, too. Just click the links below!

Cheers,

Liz

Orange and Arugula Smoothie Bowl

Serves 1

Orange and Arugula Smoothie Bowl

Ingredients

  • For the Brûléed Orange
  • 1-2 orange slices
  • 1/4 tsp. sugar

  • For the Smoothie Bowl
  • 1 cup loosely packed arugula
  • 1 orange, peeled
  • 1 peeled banana, chopped and frozen
  • 1/2 cup Greek yogurt (I like vanilla flavored)
  • 1/2 cup cauliflower florets
  • 2 tablespoons fresh parsley
  • 1 tablespoon lemon juice
  • 1/2 tablespoon chia seeds
  • 1/4 cup water

Instructions

  1. To make the brûléed orange slice(s), sprinkle one side of the orange slice(s) with sugar. Heat a dry skillet over medium-high heat. Once the skillet is hot, add the orange slice(s) sugar-side down and cook until lightly caramelized, about 1-2 minutes. Remove the orange slice(s) from the skillet and place on a plate with the brûléed-side facing up. Set aside.
  2. To make the smoothie bowl, add all of the ingredients to your blender. Blend on high until smooth. Pour into a bowl. Top with a brûléed orange slice(s) and additional chia seeds, if desired. Enjoy immediately.
http://www.floatingkitchen.net/orange-and-arugula-smoothie-bowl/

February Eat Seasonal Recipes

February Eat Seasonal Recipes
Beet Buckwheat Pancakes by Simple Bites

Citrus and Yogurt Fruit Pizza with Granola Crust by Completely Delicious

Spicy Cashew Spring Greens Soup by Letty’s Kitchen

Cauliflower Chickpea and Crispy Kale Tacos with Orange Tahini Sauce by Vintage Mixer

Lemon Poppy Seed Meringue Cookies by Project Domestication

Meyer Lemon & Thyme Semifreddo by Suitcase Foodist

Paleo Lemon Poppy Seed Bread by Joy Food Sunshine

Broccoli Cheese and Potato Soup by Foodie Crush

Tilapia with Tangerine Salsa by Healthy Seasonal Recipes

Shredded Brussels Sprouts and Kale Salad with Orange and Avocado by Mountain Mama Cooks

Beet and Apple Salad with Citrus Honey Yogurt by Flavor the Moments

Meyer Lemon and Honey Lassi by Kitchen Confidante

Roasted Veggie Buddha Bowls with Pesto by She Likes Food

Coconut Quinoa Bowls with Roasted Broccoli and Tahini Sauce by Cafe Johnsonia

Cilantro-Lime Chicken Soup by Food for My Family

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