Monday, July 1, 2013

Beer n' BBQ Veggies

Today was one of those blah days. You know, when you are tired and nothing is really satisfying you. Whether it be the music your tuned into or your stomach growling but not giving any inclination of what it's craving. That was me today - perhaps the change in weather was the cause. I was completely ready to lie on the floor and play with my pup for the rest of the night.

However, after soaking and cooking dried chickpeas all day, I was forced to get up and start prepping some things. The plan was to make a chickpea, edamame salad with asian dressing. Only about a serving or two - enough to last my roommate and I till July 4th festivities. Once I started getting on a roll with prepping that dish my stomach started growling later and somehow my brain started kicking in. We had no plans for dinner so I decided I might as well make something happen. It's amazing how once one small idea pops into your head it can spiral out of control until you come up with something you didn't even intend.

With July 4th right around the corner, I was inspired to use some BBQ sauce. After chopping my veggies, everything started falling into place and I kept thinking of more and more ideas. I grabbed my ingredients, started chopping, mixing and pouring and ended up with a Beer n' BBQ hash. I threw a splash of beer in here, some kale in there and BAM. Deliciousness.

Beer n' BBQ Veggies for two
  • 1/2 red onion 
  • 1 Sweet Potato (cut very thing - like matchsticks)
  • 1 carrot chopped thin
  • 1 cup cooked chickpeas
  • 1/2 Alamo Golden Ale beer
  • 1/2 cup Stubb's BBQ sauce
  • 1/4 cup of kale
First sautee the onion in some olive oil on medium heat. Throw in the chopped sweet potato and carrots and cook for about 2 minutes. Add in the chickpeas, pour in the beer and turn up the heat to high. Bring the beer to a boil and let cook for 5 minutes or until the liquid absorbs and the sweet potatoes and carrots are tender. Add the BBQ sauce and continue cooking for another few minutes. Add the kale and stir till combined. 

Voila! The whole meal took probably 15 minutes with prepping and all. A great way to end a blah day. 

Chickpea Edamame Salad (no measurements)

  • chickpeas
  • edamame
  • sliced carrots
  • red onion
  • Soy sauce
  • Rice wine vinegar
  • miso paste dissolved in water

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