Presentation is Key

Good morning, planet earth! How are you feeling? I've just finished my morning cup of ginger green tea and am excited to share with you a beautiful photo of dinner last night. I bought the ingredients earlier in the week to make this Mexican-inspired meal, but got blogger's envy after I saw what Naomi made for lunch: wrap your head around a tlayuda! Goodness, that looks amazing - I'll have to make them very very soon.

I'll post last night's "recipe", even though it wasn't all that complicated and very similar to a previous dinner I've posted recently. But I simply have to share it because of the way Phil decided to present it. More often than not, he is the photographer - and last night he took great pride in his photos. I put my plate together in record time, STARVING, but waited patiently while he put together the gorgeous display you see below. This is the man I'm marrying, folks! And I honestly wouldn't have it any other way :)

Sweet Potato Burrito Bowls

A nice gluten-free and healthy option instead of your standard burrito

What did I tell you?

The particulars:

  • 1 red onion, sliced
  • 1/2 red pepper, sliced
  • 1/2 yellow pepper, sliced
  • 1 red chili, deseeded and finely chopped
  • salt, pepper, cumin, coriander, paprika
  • 1 sweet potato, cubed
  • 1 avocado, pitted, peeled and sliced
  • 4 small tomatoes, chopped
  • handful cilantro leaves, chopped
  • 1 cup brown rice
  • 1 can refried black beans
  • juice of 1 lime
  1. Drizzle the sweet potato cubes with some olive oil and stick in a roasting tin. Place in a hot oven and leave for 20-30 minutes, until softened and slightly crispy around the edges.
  2. Get the brown rice cooking at this time as well.
  3. Stir-fry the veggies: start with the onion and red chili in some oil - stir and cook for a few minutes, then add the seasoning and spices. Leave to coat and cook for a few more minutes, then add the peppers. Continue cooking until golden, stirring often.
  4. Heat up the black beans in a small pot until warmed through.
  5. Once everything is ready, layer up your bowl: rice first, then black beans, then stir-fry, then sweet potato, then avocado and tomato and cilantro leaves and drizzle with lime juice. Or if you're like Phil, something a bit more delicate!

Lesson learned: This is an uncomplicated yet satisfying meal for two. I think refried beans are important (even though phil says it looks like cat food, and he's pretty much right) - but regular black beans would be fine too.