I hope you all survived Monday. It was a rollercoaster here, but I managed to get through it… thanks to coffee… and chocolate.
Ethan’s first nap was fantastic. I squeezed in both a quick workout and a shower. Woohoo! He has recently reverted back to his 3-4 hour sleep schedule at night, which is really unfortunate for this tired mama.
His second nap, on the other hand, was his typical 30-minute cat nap. I wouldn’t mind his short naps so much if he actually woke up happy and rested instead of cranky and screaming. We had to go for a walk to quiet him down since NOTHING else seemed to work. Thank goodness it was a lovely day outside!
Anyway – enough about sleeping vs screaming babies. I have something wonderful to share. This curry recipe is filled with my favorite things, sweet potatoes, raisins, olives, and plenty of lovely spices. It will make your kitchen smell fantastic! (Sorry, the pictures do not do it justice!)
- 1 TBS olive oil
- ½ tsp cinnamon
- ½ tsp turmeric
- 1 TBS curry powder
- 1 small/medium onion, diced
- 2 carrots, peeled and diced
- 1 sweet potato, peeled and cubed
- 1 bell pepper, diced
- ¾ cup orange juice (I used Trop50 reduced sugar.)
- 1 small box (42g) raisins
- ¼ cup kalamata olives, pitted and quartered
- 1 can chickpeas, rinsed and drained
- 2 handfuls of baby spinach
- Warm the oil in a large pot with a lid; I used non-stick. Add the spices and stir until fragrant, approx. 1-2 minutes.
- Add onion and potato, and cook about 3 or 4 minutes.
- Add a splash of water to de-glaze the pan. Stir in bell pepper and carrots, and cook until soft. Cover, stir, cover stir, and do not let onions burn.
- Pour in orange juice, chickpeas, and raisins, and simmer 15-20 minutes covered, stirring occasionally.
- Near the end, stir in the olives and spinach. The spinach should wilt quickly. Serve.
I served this over brown rice the first night, but when I enjoyed the leftovers for lunch, I ate it as-is. Since the recipe is not very saucy, I think I would recommend serving it without rice or quinoa. Of course, garlic naan is always a nice addition if you have some at-hand. #carblover
You can tell by the ingredients that this is GF, vegan, but not paleo. Call it what you want; I call it good! As always, if you try it, be sure to leave your thoughts in the comments.
- What are some of your favorite curry ad-ins?
- Raisins, yay or nay? I know Laura’s not a fan…