2013 began strangely.
That’s a good thing in my book.
First of all, I woke up in a bed that wasn’t my own.
No… it wasn’t because I had a lucky start to the year. I stayed with a friend avoid having to drive with all the drunks on the road. And I’d had more than 2 myself.
The good part was that a) my friend’s bed was like sleeping on a marshmallow and b) she sent me home with black-eyed peas and collard greens. In the South people say that you should start the year with black-eyed peas for luck and collards for wealth.
The 2nd day of the year I had a strange and not-so-good surprise. This is what happens when you forget about a spaghetti squash for a few months:
The seeds sprouted. I debated cooking it anyway, but was too creeped out. Into the garbage it went. Fail.
It turned out to be a good thing because I baked a sweet potato instead… and that ‘tater made for a strange but absolutely delicious lunch.
A little sweet, a little spicy and fantastically creamy. The traditional mayo-based version of chicken salad will never be satisfactory again.
2 meals later I made it with pumpkin puree and curry. Also strange, but still good.
Sweet Potato Chicken Salad
- 4 oz shredded chicken
- 1/4 C mashed sweet potato
- 2-3 tsp fresh lime juice
- 2 tsp unsweetened almond milk
- 1/2 tsp cumin
- 1/4 tsp cayenne
- 1/4 tsp cinnamon
- 1/2 diced cucumber
- 1 T red onion, chopped
- Fresh dill, to taste
Place shredded chicken in a bowl. Set aside.
In another small bowl, combine sweet potato, milk, lime juice, and spices.
Add sweet potato mixture to chicken and stir to combine. Add veggies and mix until incorporated.
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Junk-Free January is off to a good start! I navigated dinner at a restaurant with my family Wednesday night by ordering a delicious grilled trout (without butter or salt) and steamed cabbage (topped with sriracha). They all enjoyed drinks, but rather than feeling left out (I can’t stand not to try new things) I tried a sip and then enjoyed my water.
Have you ever heard of the black-eyed pea and collard tradition?
Would you have eaten that squash?