Sweet Potato Fry Casserole
Hope my wonderful readers are having a great and not so grueling Monday so far!
If you remember my post yesterday, I mentioned that I was attempting to make a recipe inspired by the wonderful Mama Pea, despite the fact that I had about a quarter of the ingredients on hand. I am happy to report back that my concoction was a total success! By following Mama Pea’s guidelines for her Wannabe recipe for Tater Tot Casserole, I managed to create one awesome dish! I’d like to tweak a few things in the recipe the next time I make it, but this was what I did.
Sweet Potato Fry Casserole
This serves 6-8, depending on if you are eating this as a meal or side dish.
Inspired by Mama Pea’s recipe at Peas and Thank you.
Prep Time – Approximately 15/20 minutes
Cook Time – 45/50 minutes
- 2.5 cups frozen mixed veggies [I used green beans, corn, peas, and carrots]
- 1.5 cups chopped celery
- 1 can of chicken or vegetable broth [preferably, low sodium]
- 1 can chickpeas [rinsed and drained]
- 1 tsp cumin
- 1 tsp black pepper
- 2 tsp stevia
- Dash of salt to taste
- 1 Tbsp flour [I used Bob's GF]
- 2 Tbsp Nutritional Yeast
- ¾ bag of frozen sweet potato fries
- Preheat Oven to 375 degrees.
- Thaw your frozen veggies in microwave for about 30 – 45 seconds.
- Wash and chop celery.
- Spray a skillet with cooking spray and sauté all of your veggies.
- After sautéing for about 4 minutes on high, add in your chickpeas.
- Add your pepper, cumin, and optional stevia and salt.
- Add the flour and nutritional yeast. Stir and make sure everything is coated.
- Pour in broth. Cook for another five minutes, on medium high heat.
- Place mixture into a coated baking dish.
- Top with Frozen Sweet Potato Fries.
- Bake for 45 – 50 minutes.
- Let cool, serve, and enjoy!
I had prepared myself for a total disaster since I totally changed up the recipe, but this turned out so, so good! My veggie hating father even ate a bit of it and did not seem too appalled. I ate a large portion of this for lunch, alongside a simple salad. I was full for hours!
Because I did so much experimenting in the kitchen for my noontime meal, I was not ready to try anything too exciting for dinner. I was not really in the mood for anything, and I had some leftover spaghetti squash that needed to be eaten, so dinner turned out pretty random. I decided to cook some fresh green beans and a bell pepper in garlic salt and onion flakes. Surprisingly, this is really good. I threw all of my veggies in a bowl and dumped tons of salsa from a local, family run Mexican restaurant on top, and mixed all together. This was really good! I also ate a couple egg whites and cheese for protein, with celery and peanut butter for dessert!
I spent some time hanging out with my cousin Doug after dinner, and since he is such a medical genius, he thought that our bodies were devoid of calcium. The only cure for this, may you ask? Go out for ice cream!
I had an M&M McFlurry. I have not had one of these in years, and it tasted pretty darn good! J
After the cold dessert last night paired with the chill in the air this morning, I decided to break out of my Breakfast Rut, and warmed up some Super Chocolately Protein Overnight Oats. They definitely hit the spot!
On my way to college class, I snacked on apples with cinnamon and baby carrot sticks, then when returning to school, I had leftover Sweet Potato Fry Casserole from yesterday! I got some weird looks, but it tasted awesome.
If you follow me on Twitter, you may have noticed that I discovered Bigelow Green Tea with Peach yesterday. Since my discovery, I have been craving it like crazy! I steeped a bag of my new find as soon as I got home from school this afternoon, then poured over ice, and added a pack of Stevia! You guys should check this stuff out! Not only does it taste great, but it IS great for you!