Vegan Sweet Potato Bean Salad
Tonight’s dinner was my attempt at recreating the meal Dreena Burton posted on her blog Sunday. It looked so delicious, and I noticed I had everything on hand to make something similar, so I figured I’d give it a go. Being out of black beans, I substituted pintos instead. I cooked the beans, roasted the sweet potatoes, and chopped up a red pepper and a cucumber. To the cooked pinto beans I added a little smoke seasoning. I combined the red pepper and cucumber in a bowl and added lemon juice, oregano, parsley, black pepper, and sea salt. All that was left to do was toss the beans, roasted sweet potatoes, and cucumber pepper mixture in a casserole dish and fold everything together. It was so good, the heartiness of the beans combining with the tender sweetness of the roasted sweet potato. And the refreshing crunch from the raw pepper and cucumber really brought it all together. I can’t wait to eat the leftovers; I bet it’s even better cold!
After dinner I turned to the Vita-Mix to whip us up a batch of raw soft serve ice cream, this time with blueberries! They made for a really pretty bowl full of frozen treat. Yum!
We’ve been discussing amongst ourselves and really want to do away with purchasing packaged foods to help us out in both the budget and nutritional areas, also taking into consideration the environmental drawbacks of commercial packaging. I want to do a little 30-day shopping challenge on the extreme end to see where we want to draw the line in the future. I’m thinking ingredients, say buying large bags of wheat flour or a big bottle of olive oil, is a yes, but buying prepared foods, such as faux meats, frozen foods, chips, or crackers, is a no. No canned, bottled, or boxed beverages. Anything I can make in my own kitchen I won’t purchase. I want to focus on filling the cart with fresh produce, grains, dried beans, nuts, seeds, and recipe essentials. This definitely isn’t a “throw away all the packaged food you own” plan. Tossing things would be wasteful and definitely not budget-friendly! I don’t quite have the details worked out yet, but if anyone else is interested in doing it as some sort of blog challenge, let me know. It could be fun!
Do you like fun little challenges within the blogging community? What are some you have participated in?