Some like it hot!


And so do I, apparently! A friend of mine forwarded this recipe to me with the correct assumption that it would be “my kind of thing.”  Indeed…kale, sweet potato, white beans, curry, coconut milk…what’s not to like?  Lunch for a week paired with jasmine rice…(well, three days with two freezer lunches), and a nutritional powerhouse.

So what’s the problem?  None, if your tastes lean to the mild side. I started with the recommended amount of curry, added to the sweet potatoes.


The recipe calls for chopped kale, but I happened to have baby kale on hand, so I threw it in as is. (Am I the only one who over-estimates how many greens I can fit into a green smoothie…and how many green smoothies I can consume?  Let’s just say I needed to use that kale.)


The problem came during the taste test.  The foundation was there for a great meal…a variety of fresh ingredients, pleasing color for the eye, and coconut milk (come on).  But it didn’t pack a punch…that is…until I doubled the curry, added salt and pepper, and added red pepper flakes.  That brought the heat up to a noticeable level, but it needed a balancing element.  Bring on the agave nectar!  Personal preference, but I think that a spicy coconut base comes into its own with a bit of sweetness.  A tablespoon was all it took, but the difference was amazing.  Give it a try, and if you agree, please leave a comment.  I would love to hear about your adventures on the vegan journey!


Acorn squash in its Sunday finest

Nicole Erikson, thanks for the inspiration! It may be intended as a side dish for dinner, but because I’m a rule breaker, I’ll be having it for breakfast. What a gorgeous way to welcome fall! 

I baked the squash in the oven at 400° for 30 minutes, then added a teaspoon of coconut oil in each half and topped with salt, pepper, and cinnamon. The rest is a slight variation from your version, based on ingredients that I had handy. 😉

I added roughly chopped dates and walnuts, and topped off with coconut milk… Maybe 2 tablespoons in each, or a little less. More evidence that vegan does not have to be boring or tasteless.