Jumping Off The Meat Wagon?

Let me be clear: I am not a vegetarian. I have never been a vegetarian and truthfully, I doubt that I will ever go down that road.

That said, we do restrict particular types of foods in our house. Will has never eaten pig or cow in his life, so those never make it onto our dinner plate. And once I started experimenting with my eating this past year, the majority of dairy products disappeared from our lives as well. {The mucous feeling in my throat is just too much to handle!}

When Silk first approached me about this sponsored post, I wobbled on whether it was a good fit for my blog. I occasionally write about food, but it’s definitely not a staple of my site. However, it’s been a hot topic in our house this year and–asthma aside– something Will and I have frequently chatted about.

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All Photos by Will Rochfort

I’ve done a bit of reading this year about the meat industry’s relationship to greenhouse gases and it’s been interesting. Again, I’m not a vegetarian, but I told Will that it couldn’t hurt to go meatless one day per week. He agreed. By cutting out meat products for 1/7 of the week, I figure we’re doing a bit more in helping our natural resources. Β And thus far? We’ve been enjoying it!

Along the way, I’ve been experimenting with some new concoctions in the kitchen. These veggie meals have been quite sporting for someone who isn’t used to “cooking” veggie snacks. Sure, I can whip up a tasty salad but it was tough to be creative beyond that!

So how does this all tie back to Silk’s new campaign? They are encouraging people to jump onto the #MeatlessMondayNight during football season. Truthfully, I can’t say that I’ve ever been interested in football {yay, soccer!} but I’ve heard that the parties are full of snacks like beef chili and chicken wings. As such, Silk is asking people to branch out into some veggie alternatives for just Monday evenings. And since this coincides with my newest personal project, I happily agreed to offer up a favorite veggie recipe in our house: Southwestern Sweet Potatoes!

I first made these awhile back when Will and I were dealing with my asthma-food issues. We had next-to-no groceries in the house and the pantry looked like a hodgepodge of leftover cans. I was wicked hungry and in no mood to go to the store, so I started throwing everything into a bowl. Fortunately, it turned out great and I’ve made them quite a few times since.

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Want to give the Southwestern Sweet Taters a try for dinner or your next football party?

What You Need:

2 sweet potatoes

1/2 red onion, finely diced

1 tomato, diced in small cubes

2 cloves of garlic, diced

1 avocado

1 can black beans

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1 can of corn

2 TB chopped cilantro

1 TB olive oil

2 tsp chile pepper

1 tsp red pepper flakes

1-2 containers of Silk Vanilla Dairy-Free Yogurt Alternative

What You Do:

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  1. Preheat the oven to 400 degrees.
  2. Stab small holes all over the potatoes. Then, bake for 45-60 minutes {just make sure they’re mushy on the inside!}
  3. Saute the garlic and onions in the olive oil until clear.
  4. Throw the black beans, corn, chile pepper and red pepper flakes in with the garlic and onions.
  5. Once sweet potatoes are done, remove from oven and cut open like you would a baked potato.
  6. Dump the black bean mixture on top
  7. Add the avocado, tomatoes and cilantro to your potato
  8. The final flourish: douse the top with the Silk non-dairy yogurt! I know it sounds weird but it’s seriously so good. The sweetness of the vanilla combines with the kick of the red pepper and totally makes the flavor. Will liked it so much that he had his own container of yogurt for garnishment!

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A chance to include my wedding bouquet in a photo? YES.

This conversation is sponsored by Silk. The opinions and text are all mine.

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Are you veggie, non-veggie or somewhere in the middle? What’s your reasoning behind your decision?

9 Comments

  • Reply Emmy September 11, 2015 at 9:59 am

    I have that mucous-y feeling in my throat all the time! I don’t think I can cut out dairy, though. πŸ™ I’m from Wisconsin! LOL

    • Reply heather September 11, 2015 at 10:27 am

      It was rough for me too and admittedly, I don’t cut it out ALWAYS. I’m human, after all! I did completely switch to almond milk which was easy and said adios to Greek yogurt which was damn near traumatizing for me. I don’t know if I’ve been living under a rock or what, but I honestly didn’t know they had dairy-free yogurts like this one– it seriously MADE MY DAY at the grocery store πŸ™‚ Cheese is the one main sticking point for me– I LOVE CHEESE.

  • Reply Christian DesoHiker September 11, 2015 at 10:36 am

    That made me hungry already! Haha! Good job guys! πŸ™‚

    • Reply heather September 11, 2015 at 1:35 pm

      Hahaha! You’ll have to give it a try!

  • Reply Ingunn September 11, 2015 at 11:02 am

    Well now I just can’t get the expression “meat wagon” out of my head.

    I’ve been vegetarian for a long time (since college, after seeing a skinless corpse – sorry – in the anatomy lab whose muscles looked exactly like the pork tenderloin my now-husband had made for dinner when I came home. I just couldn’t do it after that!). For Meatless Mondays, focus on what you *can* eat, rather than what you can’t! Preparing vegetables and legumes as the main course instead of just steaming them or whatever as sides opens up a whole new world of culinary awesomeness.

    • Reply heather September 11, 2015 at 1:36 pm

      Haha! Now I can’t get the idea of a skinless corpse out of my head! πŸ˜‰

  • Reply Kelly del Valle September 11, 2015 at 4:41 pm

    Awesome! When I went vegetarian, my husband decided he would join me every other week. I didn’t think he would, but he has stuck to it and barely eats meat at all anymore!

  • Reply Anne September 14, 2015 at 8:23 am

    We’re not vegetarian, but I do try to make meals where meat is not the main focus or filler, if that makes sense. I don’t like pork very much, so we have a lot of chicken and I try to do red meat once per week for the iron. I try to buy meat from local stores or farmers markets when I can.

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