Sweet Potato Nachos

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Hold your horses, these are some amazing nachos.  We’ve had them for dinner a couple of times in the past month now.  I dreamed them up while playing, let’s use up what’s in the fridge and pantry.  That is one of Eric’s favorite meal-time methods – he hates hates having too much of one item around, while I am the opposite and would stockpile 15 of everything if I could.

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Start by roasting 1 sweet potato, at 425° for 45 – 55 minutes, or till soft.  I made a 1/2 pan, which easily fed Eric, myself, and toddler.  If you want a full size baking sheet, double the recipe.  Line a baking sheet with foil.  Place a layer of tortilla chips on the foil.  Tear the sweet potato into chunks and sprinkle 1/2 over the layer of chips.

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Cover sweet potato in 3 oz of cooked ground beef or fake beef crumbles, 1/2 cup shredded Mexican cheese, and a sprinkling of Mexican spice mixture.  Repeat layers once.  Top with 1-2 sliced jalapeño peppers, seeds in or removed.

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I am a big fan of Quorn meatless and soy-free grounds.  I use them in all my recipes in place of ground beef.

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Bake nachos in oven for 8-10 minutes at 350°, or till heated and cheese melted.  I love my Breville toaster oven and use mine for baking a variety of things – Eric converted me years ago and I will never go back.  Can you catch my mistake in baking these?

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Serve with a dollop of sour cream and a choice beverage, of course.

Sweet Potato Nachos (serves 2-3)

1.  Roast 1 large sweet potato, at 425° for 45 – 55 minutes, or till soft.

2. Line a baking sheet with foil.  Place a layer of tortilla chips on the foil.  Tear the sweet potato into chunks and sprinkle 1/2 over the layer of chips.  Cover 1/2 of sweet potato in 3 oz of cooked ground beef or fake beef crumbles, 1/2 cup shredded Mexican cheese, and a sprinkling of Mexican spice mixture.  Repeat previous steps for second layer.  Top with 1-2 sliced jalapeño peppers, seeds in or removed.

3. Bake nachos in oven for 8-10 minutes at 350°, or till heated and cheese melted.  Serve with sour cream.

April So Far

I have no idea where March went and April is moving along at that pace as well.  It is hard to believe this school year has already begun the wrap-up – I guess that is what happens when you spend most of the year in new baby fog.  That fog is apparent in my blogging as well – not much to share around here lately.  I bake, cook, make art, and sew when I can.  If I have to time to document it, I do.  The bigger problem is finding time to finish projects and then do something with the documentation of the finished product.  You get the picture.  Well, anyhow, here is an April work-in-progress update…

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I am still carving out art-making time for myself, staying true to my New Year’s Resolution.  Except I have been working on larger and more time-consuming projects, so I have fewer opportunities to share them.  Soon, soon though.

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I have been keeping myself busy with updating one of our bathrooms.  So far we have ripped out and replaced flooring, installed a new sink, and repainted the walls.  Home projects move at a much slower rate when there are two small children to interrupt progress, so the finished product may or may not be ready for presentation sometime later this summer.

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We of course made time to celebrate Eric’s birthday this month – a whole 10 years old!  (That was Greta’s guess on his age.)  I love love love the expressions in this photo.

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I finally got Eric on Pinterest so I can share project ideas with him more easily.  He has found a plethora of amusing pyro projects for himself, including this little brick rocket stove.  Google it and you will find plenty of plans.  It is small, cheap, and burns fuel incredibly efficiently.  We plan to cook some meals on it in the near future.

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My number 1 kitchen helper these days is the youngest member of the household.  My little guy is on the move – crawling, pulling up, monkey around things, and trying to walk on his own.  It won’t be long now until I am running after him.  And with that brief update, I am off to enjoy the remainder of this rainy Sunday afternoon.  I’ll be back soon to share more artwork and a killer nacho recipe.  Enjoy!