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While staying in the rehabilitation centre since my accident, one of the things I have missed doing has been cooking. It's been so strange to go from being mommy and wife 100% of the time to having to focus so much on myself. And also to have people do things for me that I normally do. Like cooking. Or rather having hospital meals delivered to me.
My stay at the rehabilitation centre however is coming to an end in a few days and I get to finally get back home! One of the things I cannot wait to do again is cook. It seems a bit silly really as our lives have been changed so drastically due to my injury and I have to relearn how to do so many things. But cooking? Oh man - focusing on delicious, healthy ingredients, easy recipes, delicious freeessshhh veggies from the garden. Oh, I cannot wait!
Plus, I am beyond excited to detox my husband and son from all of the junk they have been eating because he has so little time to cook. Totally understandable, but I'm looking forward to taking care of my boys (and me!) again with delicious, healthy meals.
However because of my accident, I still have days with pain, days when all I can do is be a vegetable on the couch, and days that are a bit off. That's okay and I know it will get better with time. It already has. But I also know that planning my meals is absolutely going to be a necessity. Being smart in the kitchen can be fun though, and there are plenty of ways to re-purpose leftovers in delicious and exciting ways so you don't get tired of eating the same meal 13947 times in a row. Okay, I do exaggerate a little bit, but it certainly can feel like that, right?
To breakfast like this:
The breakfast version was so easy to prepare, so tasty, and oh my gosh - filled with so many delicious textures and flavours! The spices from the stew had had a night to really settle and were 'refreshed' with a quick pan fry. The eggs added a creamy texture, and the sweet potato presented a delicious and fun element!
The sweet potatoes are kind of awesome in this recipe. You see, this post includes a fun technique for preparing sweet potatoes! I call these a sort of sweet potato noodle due to the long, thin strips of sweet potato that it incorporates. If you are strictly paleo or gluten free, this technique would also be a nice way to serve sweet potatoes alongside a pasta sauce! All in all, this is a very simple but effective process. By preparing sweet potatoes in this way, you also cut back on actual cooking time, which is always a fun bonus!
Reworking leftovers with beef stew
- 1 tablespoon coconut oil
- 1/2 medium sweet potato (shredded)
- 1 yellow onion (diced)
- 1/2 cup -1 cup leftover stew (or as much as you feel like having)
- 2 eggs
- 1 tablespoon water
- Handful of arugula or salad greens of choice
- 1 spring onion
- Get out a cutting board, a good potato peeler, a bowl and your sweet potato
- Peel the skin off of the sweet potato and discard
- Afterwards, hold the sweet potato firmly and peel shavings of sweet potato into a bowl. You should make long movements to get long 'sweet potato noodles'. Set aside
- Heat coconut oil in a pan on medium heat
- Add onion and pan fry yellow onion in a pan
- Once the onion is translucent, add sweet potato noodles
- Pan fry for 5 minutes or until they are no longer stiff
- Add leftovers and crack eggs into the pan
- Add water and cover with a lid for 5 minutes
- Remove lid half way through to check on the eggs and make sure nothing is burning. If you feel there is not enough liquid in the pan, add an additional tablespoon of water. Cover again.
- After the 5 minutes is up, the whites of the eggs should be cooked. If they are not, cover and cook for an additional 2 minutes.
- Serve with spring onion, salad greens and optionally some sriracha
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