back in the saddle: lentil & sweet potato chili

lentil & sweet potato chili | everybody likes sandwiches

I’ve been going through a serious cooking funk lately. On Friday night, I scorched not just one pan of rice, but two. Have you ever burnt rice? The odour it leaves throughout your home is horrific and omnipresent. Now times that by two. Not a good scene. The previous week, I made a red lentil soup that I’ve made several times with rave reviews. This time however, I messed it up badly (hint, do not use lime when it states lemon). And then yesterday I decided to make a soup recipe that I found on Pinterest. It was fairly disgusting. I ate half a bowl and then poured the whole pot out. Wasting perfectly good food due to carelessness, bad luck or a bad recipe never sits right with me.

 

lentil & sweet potato chili | everybody likes sandwiches

But tonight, friends, I think I might have kicked that bad cooking ju-ju to the curb. This lentil and sweet potato chili was so tasty that even my vegetarian-sneering husband shared no ill will about dinner. He even said he liked it. There you have it….sayonara, bad kitchen vibes!

lentil & sweet potato chili | everybody likes sandwiches

It’s a pretty great empty-out-the-pantry kind of meal. Lentils, canned tomatoes, green peppers, a sweet potato, even ketchup. Yeah, don’t bug me about the ketchup–it was my trick to lessen the heat of an overzealous hand of super spicy chili powder. It worked, along with the balsamic vinegar and cocoa to quell the heat.

lentil & sweet potato chili | everybody likes sandwiches

Usually, chili is a great meal when you’re stuck in the dark depths of winter. I don’t want to brag, but out here on the west coast, we’re living it up like it’s SPRING! This weekend I planted the prettiest primulas out on the balcony and I only wore a short sleeved dress (no tights even!). A few of the cherry and plum trees are already in bloom, while snowdrops and crocuses have already popped their pretty heads out from the ground. Even the ski hills have closed up shop because there is no snow on the mountains. It’s a very warm winter out here and yet I totally feel for the wretched, long winter that exists to the east. Where ever you are, it’s probably chili time.

lentil & sweet potato chili | everybody likes sandwiches

7 comments to “back in the saddle: lentil & sweet potato chili”

  1. 1
    Sues   February 17, 2015 at 5:55 am

    This is the best rebound for a couple pots of burnt rice! It looks so satisfying, but still healthy!

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    Findia Group   February 18, 2015 at 12:18 am

    Thanks for sharing!

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    Nicole   February 18, 2015 at 11:03 am

    This chili sounds perfect! Temps are in the single digits by us and wind chills are below zero, but thankfully the sun in shining 🙂 I haven’t burned rice (yet) but it reminds me of the time I burned popcorn while babysitting one time. Now that I’m a home owner, I realize that coming home to that smell must have been troubling! Glad you’ve bounced back to your usual top-notch, comforting recipes 🙂

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    Charlotte @ Drop Dead Bread   February 19, 2015 at 9:31 am

    Oh, those kind of cooking funks are the worst, nothing will work, and even equipment starts going suddenly wrong. Good to hear you’re back on form! And this chilli certainly looks great, warm, comforting – just want we need on these cold days!

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    kickpleat   February 19, 2015 at 4:42 pm

    Thanks Sues for the vote of confidence 🙂

    Enjoy! Findia.

    Aw, thanks Nicole!

    Luckily, Charlotte, those times don’t come around all that often – thank goodness!!

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    Joanne M   February 20, 2015 at 8:03 pm

    Mmmm! This chili sounds yummy!! I suck at making rice. It’s either too soupy or over cooked. And yes, I have burned rice before as well. Glad to hear that the cooking juju is now gone.

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    Taina   March 8, 2015 at 12:40 am

    I just pulled this up after not visiting for a while. Spring is also here in Switzerland, but it’s been a very long winter- made even longer by my three kids being ill one at a time… then two at a time… and finally, of course, three at a time. Fun!

    Anyway- I pulled this up, took one look at it, and decided this is what I am making tonight for Sunday dinner. I have no idea if the kids will eat it (they are, at 2, 4, and 6, all annoyingly picky eaters), but every so often, it does them good to have something put in front of them that is a bit different. Besides, I’m craving this, and I have (almost) all the ingredients to hand.

    Thanks for pulling me out of my own rut!

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