I’m a fly by the seat of my pants kind of cook, so I quite literally threw this recipe together in 2 hours, from concept to the table.  I have to pat myself on the back because these chili boats came out AMAZING!!  It satisfied every craving you could think of, and while it’s hearty and has a complex flavor, it’s also light enough to leave you feeling energized and healthy.  This is the perfect meal for a dinner party, especially for the upcoming fall, as sweet potatoes and chili seems to warm people up and make them feel festive.

SWEET POTATO CHILLI BOATS with AVOCADO-LIME SOUR CREAM

Sweet Potato Chili Boats paired with a light salad and blue corn tortilla chips.

SERVINGS: 8+
INGREDIENTS:
For the Chili
8 Sweet Potatoes
1 Onion, chopped
4 Garlic Cloves, chopped
1 Bell Pepper, chopped
1 15 oz can Black Beans
1 15 oz can Red Kidney Beans
1 15 oz can Pinto Beans
2 Carrots, chopped
2 Celery Stalks, chopped
1/2 Eggplant, chopped
1 cup of Rice of your choice, cooked
1/2 bag Frozen Broccoli
1 cup of Grape Tomatoes or other sweet small tomatoes, halved
1/2 cup Spanish Olives, chopped
1 cup Vegetable Broth
1/2 cup of Salsa
1/2 cup of Tomato Sauce or Paste
Salt, Pepper & Onion Powder to taste
1 tsp Cumin
1 tsp Cayenne
2 TBSP Earth Balance Butter or Olive Oil

For the Sour Cream
1 Avocado
2 TBSP Vegan Mayonnaise (I used Fabanaise)
2 Limes, juiced
1 tsp Garlic Powder
1/2 TBSP Apple Cider Vinegar
Salt & Pepper to taste
Parsley or Cilantro for garnish

Step 1: Wash sweet potatoes and slice in half. Place in microwave for 15 minutes or bake in the oven until soft.  Scoop out insides of potatoes and set aside. Heat the oven to 400 degrees.
Step 2: In a large pot over medium heat, melt Earth Balance butter and add onions, garlic, and celery to the pot.  Let cook, stirring occasionally until the onions and garlic get soft.  Add carrots, sliced tomatoes, and eggplant and continue to stir.  Let simmer a few minutes.
Step 3: Drain cans of beans and stir them into the pot.  Stir in rice.  Add vegetable broth, salsa, and tomato sauce and stir.  Let simmer a few minutes.
Step 4: Add broccoli and sweet potato insides into the chili and stir.
Step 5: Season your chili with salt, pepper, cumin, and cayenne… making it as flavorful and spicy as you’d like!  Be careful – as the flavors set in, it will get stronger.  Less is more – you can always add to it later, but you can’t take away!
Step 6: Finally, add the Spanish olives to the chili. Continue to cook the chili on a low flame, stirring occasionally for the next 30 minutes while you prepare the sweet potatoes and sour cream.
Step 7: Grease the bottoms of the sweet potato skins with Earth Balance and place on a baking sheet in the oven. Cook until edges are getting crispy.
Step 8: In a blender or food processor, throw in all of the ingredients for the avocado-lime sour cream, minus the parsley/cilantro and blend until smooth and creamy. Garnish with parsley or cilantro.
Step 9: Assembling your meal: Scoop chili carefully into the sweet potato skins. Dollop a generous amount of avocado-lime sour cream on top and serve with a side of tortilla chips and a salad for a complete & absolutely comforting meal. (You might want to make extra avo-lime sour cream for dipping extra chips if you or your dinner guests are feeling indulgent!)

Feel free to leave questions or comments about this recipe 🙂 

 

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Sandy Lo’s personal story is inspiring. She started, StarShine Magazine, an online publication in 2001, at the age of 18. She wrote her first novel in 2009, “Lost In You,” followed by the “Dream Catchers” Series. She was the first person ever to professionally interview Taylor Swift and has received personal endorsements for her books from members of boy bands Backstreet Boys and 98 Degrees. Recently, she has been seeing some tremendous momentum in book sales on Kindle. She has been included on the “50 Writers You Should Be Reading” list by The Authors Show, and “Dream Catchers”, “Breaking The Moon” and “Indigo Waters” reached the Top 100 Best Selling Coming of Age novels in Amazon’s Kindle Store. What makes this even more unique, is that Sandy relocated from NY to Nashville in order to write “The Watch Dog,” which is set in a fictional town outside of Music City. “The Watch Dog” reached the Top 10 Ghost Stories on Amazon. Aside from her writing projects, Sandy is also a freelance digital strategist.

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