Baked Sweet Potato with Warm Chickpeas, Sundried Tomatoes & Spinach

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What do you do when life throws you unexpected curve balls?

Do you go in to defense mode, get angry and start blaming yourself, and / or those around you?

Or do you recoil, and go into hiding out mode, become passive not knowing what to do?

Each life event, depending on what it is, will have us reacting in expected AND unexpected way. For some of them, we truly can have no idea how we will end up handling it until one day we are faced with it. Like loss and grief.

The month of October turned out to be one of a pivot point in my own life. One of  breaking point, where I realised I had gotten the end of my level of toleranc. And the only way out was letting go and move forward into the unknown in whatever way that would look like, as long as it was different from my current reality. Because how things were was no longer working.

It had become evident that it was time to move and find another place to house myself and my dogs.

Considering I had lived the past 8 years in the same spot, this did feel like a pretty daunting move, and I have had a whole lot of “excuses” to why I couldn’t make it happen any sooner…

But when push came to shove, I let go. And I did something that is very hard for me to do, I asked for help. What happened felt like nothing short of amazing!

Through one of my close friends I managed to find a suitable place, just a few miles away (which made hauling my belongings so much easier!) So in just one week I had moved in to my new home.

I doubt that I will live here for the next 8 years, but it is perfect for now, and gives me a lot of space to get back to creative mode again. Now that the initial stress and overwhelm have passed, I am actually excited to see what this new chapter of my life will bring.

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Change has not only just taken place in my own personal life…

You may also notice some minor changes to the blog?!

Like a NEW LOGO! And a new tagline. (This is the third tagline I have had since this website was birthed into life four years ago…)

Because, like I said, life is forever changing and evolving I felt it was time for a new logo, and tagline(!) to better reflect where I am at with my work and my message. So.This.Is.It.

 

I would love to know what you think of the new logo and tagline.

What does Wholehearted Living look like to you?

And when you hear Mindful Eating? What comes to mind?

 

To be honest, these past few weeks definitely put my intention of wholehearted living to the test. I realised why I have been working on myself over the year, reading umpteen self-help books, getting coaching, taking courses and training and gone to retreats. Because in the midst of it all, I realised that I have now lots of tools to draw upon, as well as kind supportive friends (thankfully) that is really beneficial when life takes unexpected turn like this. Which it inevitably will, it’s just part of being human and alive.

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So, just a small glimpse of my life, and the reason for why it’s been a little quiet on the blog.

Now let’s get to the recipe!

This is actually one of those “deconstructed” type recipes, based on a really delicious recipe by Dale Pinnock aka The Medicinal Chef. His books and recipes are fab and well worth checking out.

In his version the sweet potato is mashed and added on top of the cooked spinach and chickpeas, and then the blue cheese added before it is all baked in the oven. It is such a comforting dish! Perfect for this time of the year.

Here I have pared it down in to a baked potato version and serving the chickpeas et.al. on top instead.

It had been a really long time since I had a baked potato, something that was really popular in Sweden when I grew up. But with ordinary white potatoes instead. It is really a simple dish, that you can whip up anytime. Just don’t start the project of cooking one when you are already approaching a ravenous state of hunger though… As you do need a good 45 min for it to cook in the oven.

If you are cooking for a crowd, just double the quantities accordingly.

 

BAKED SWEET POTATO WITH MASHED CHICKPEAS, SUNDRIED TOMATOES & SPINACH

Serves 1 (double quantities as necessary)

1 decent size sweet potato, washed, leave peel on

½ tin of chickpeas, drained & rinsed

Approx. 7 sundried tomatoes, roughly chopped

A large handful  (about ½ cup) fresh spinach leaves, if using large leaves roughly chop them

½ tsp of smoked paprika powder

A pinch of cayenne pepper

50g blue cheese of choice

Sea salt & Black pepper, to season

 

Heat the oven to 200˚C. Place your sweet potato(s) on a baking tray and put in the oven. Cook for approx. 45 min until it is soft right the way through.

To make the chickpea mash; Gently heat some olive oil in a frying pan. Add the chickpeas, spices and seasoning. Cook on medium heat until heated through and then roughly mash the chickpeas with the back of a fork.

Add the spinach to the pan and cook for a few min until wilted down.

Take out your cooked sweet potato. Allow to cool slightly, make a cut through the middle and squeeze open. Then add the spinach-chickpea mix on top. Add some blue cheese or feta if you prefer to top it all off.

Serve and enjoy.

Baked Sweet Potato

 

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