Well that was a long trip home!
Brett and I left America last Tuesday and just got back to China four days later on Saturday after 4 flights, 2 days galavanting around Switzerland, and lots of unnecessary hassle in a few of the airports.
Yeah, we looked pretty rough when we walked through the door of our apartment in China. But our time in America with family and friends was SO worth the long and draining hours of travel that it took to get there and back. I’ll be sharing more about our time in America and Switzerland later on in the week so stay tuned for that!
As always after lots of travel, I’m so happy to be back in my kitchen cooking my own food and creating new recipes. I’ll be sharing a blog post on tips for maintaining a blog while traveling a little bit later, but one major tip I’ve found that works for me is to keep a list of recipes you want to create on your phone or in a notebook. Just because I’m traveling doesn’t mean that I’m not thinking of recipes. I’m almost always thinking up recipes! Having a list that I can add ideas too is such a lifesaver. Then when I come home from a long trip, I don’t have to quickly come up with new recipe ideas, but instead I can just choose a recipe off my list and get started right away.
I’m really excited about the new recipes I’ll be creating in the near future, but for today I’m going to share with you a simple way to jazz up the Oil Free Baked Sweet Potato Fries I showed you how to make the other day.
Enter in: Vegan Chili Loaded Sweet Potato Fries!!
I’m all about condiments when in comes to fries, but why not take some simple fries to thenext level by topping them with spicy homemade chili, nutritional yeast, cilantro and avocado? Chili usually intimidates me as I always think it will take forever to make, but in the time it takes your Oil Free Baked Sweet Potato Fries to cook, your chili will be ready and you can pile it on your warm and crispy fries and dig in!
This meal is so hearty and flavorful and easily adaptable. Use your favorite beans or even swap out some of the vegetables. Heck, use some canned chili if you want! Jazz this meal up with some awesome condiments too such as Sriracha, nutritional yeast, vegan sour cream, avocado, cilantro or even some vegan cheddar cheese!
I hope you guys can give this delicious and hearty recipe a try! If you do, let me know by leaving a comment or taking a picture and tagging #theconscientiouseater on Instagram!
- 1 batch Oil Free Baked Sweet Potato Fries
- 1 red onion, chopped
- 3 gloves garlic, minced
- 1 cup chopped carrots
- 1 red bell pepper, chopped
- 2 tablespoon chili powder
- 1 tablespoon cumin
- 28 oz. can chopped tomatoes
- 2 15 oz. can beans (kidney and black)
- ½ teaspoon salt plus more to taste
- Nutritional yeast
- Vegan Sour Cream
- Vegan Cheese
- In a large pot, sautee the onion, garlic, carrots and bell pepper in water until the onions are translucent, about 5-10 minutes.
- Add in the spices, tomatoes, beans and salt and allow everything to simmer for 10-15 minutes until the flavors have melded and the beans are heated through.
- Serve over Oil Free Baked Sweet Potato Fries and top with optional toppings!