If you see something green and spicy in this kitchen, it’s typically of New Mexican roots. The green chile is dear to the heart of my taste buds, but occasionally we branch out. And when TJ’s obliges, we have fresh jalapenos ready to spice things up!
Saturday’s 10-mile run left little energy in any form – coming home after the group coffee date and waiting on the Metro left my stomach demanding fuel. I immediately went for something easy – oatmeal? cereal? yogurt?
Ah, that would be quick, but not satisfying. An inner monologue convinced me that slicing a few things and adding an ounce of creativity would go further in terms of satiety and nutrients. I like to add something green to most meals – a pop of color, a dose of extra vitamins & minerals – and this time, the jalapeno stepped up.
Spicy Jalapeno & Sweet Potato Pasta Mix
1 small sweet potato – peeled & cubed
1 small jalapeno – sliced, seeds in, if you so desire
Yellow onion slices – measurement depends on how much you like sliced, sautéed onion
1/2 Tbsp Olive oil
Linguine noodles, cooked
Seasonings: cumin, black pepper, BBQ sauce (all optional)
Cook noodles; drain and set aside. Meanwhile, heat oil over medium. Add sweet potatoes and cook for 1-2 minutes (stir frequently); add in onions and jalapeno slices. Saute until onion & sweet potato are softened / cooked through. Stir to avoid burning. Season to taste.
Combine it all together, drizzle with some spicy BBQ sauce (or don’t – that’s up to you and how much you love a spicy BBQ flavor…). Grab a fork, and enjoy!
Next up: a Superbowl Burger night! Veg-head style.
Black Bean & Jalapeno Veggie Burgers
This is the easiest veggie burger I’ve made yet, and the texture far surpasses anything I’ve done in the past. I simplified the tactic, and am baffled that I haven’t bypassed the Food Processor before.
1 can (15 oz) black beans, rinsed
1-2 small jalapeno peppers, chopped (seed if you choose)
1/4 c red onion, diced
1/4 c whole-wheat flour
Seasonings: black pepper, ground cumin (optional)
Toppings: fresh avocado and/or tomato slices, sharp cheddar or pepper-jack cheese (any or all of the above would work!)
Heat oven to 425*. In a small bowl, mash the black beans with a fork until most beans are split/smashed. Stir in jalapeno, onions & flour. Season to taste.
Forms 4 patties. Bake for 8-10 minutes; flip and cook an additional 5-7 minutes (should be solid and cooked through, slightly crispy on the outside).
Voila! Easy as that. No machinery to clean; no fancy appliances needed. Just a simple burger to enjoy alongside some homemade sweet potato fries…or, your side of choice.
Jalapenos made a bold statement here – we may welcome them to the dinner table more often!
What’s your spice of choice?