Day 9 of my 30 day blog series journaling my experiment with a Capsule Kitchen. The plan? Use 33 ingredients to create all our meals for three months. If you just joined me you can either start at Day 1 or view all Capsule Kitchen posts.
On Day 8 I tried a new recipe using items from my Capsule Kitchen list and a non-list item from my RV pantry. It wasn’t exactly a hit with my family.
Last Night’s Meal
Last night’s meal was a new recipe: Crockpot Quinoa, Sweet Potato & Chicken Fajitas. I was sure this time I would have quinoa success. I didn’t.
We all agreed with Honest Toddler’s tweet last night::
I would rather eat a handful of ants than quinoa.— Honest Toddler (@HonestToddler) June 8, 2015
I shredded the chicken as directed, mixed everything together, and served it up on tortillas. The tortillas were the only part of the meal with texture. The rest was basically mush. Maybe I cooked it too long. Not sure. My family ate it—and Mike willingly ate it again on tortillas for lunch today. Unfortunately, these planned-overs are over.
I’m going to make a comfort meal that my family loves, Pioneer Woman’s Pot Pie. I have 1/2 & 1/2, a pie crust and a package of frozen mixed vegetables that are non-list items that I want to use up.
For a side dish, I’m planning to use another non-list item from my pantry: Chipotle Peppers in Adobo Sauce. This little can intimidates me. It’s been hanging out in the back of my pantry too long, though. It’s time to use it.
A few months ago I saved a recipe for Chipotle Mashed Sweet Potatoes. I’m going to give those a try this evening. I figure serving a new recipe with an old, well-loved recipe may be better received by my family.
Chipotle Mashed Sweet Potatoes
- 2 whole Large Sweet Potatoes, Peeled And Cut Into 2 Inch Chunks
- 2 Tablespoons Butter
- 1 whole Chipotle Pepper
- 2 teaspoons Adobo Sauce
- 1 teaspoon Salt
- 1/2 teaspoons Pepper
- Place the chopped sweet potatoes in a large pot of water. Place over medium high heat and boil until the potatoes are fork tender. Drain the water from the pot, leaving the potatoes in the pot.
- Add the butter, chipotle pepper and adobo sauce to the sweet potatoes.
- Using a potato masher, mash the potatoes until smooth.
- Season with salt and pepper.
- Add extra adobo sauce or chipotle peppers once seasoned depending on how hot you’d like the sweet potatoes.
Can You Help A Girl Out?
Got a sure-fire - yet, simple- recipe using quinoa that I can try? I’ve got another 1/2 box left and I’d rather not throw it out.