Our Weekly Cooking Challenge Continues!

Hello my friends! Has anyone been joining in on our weekly cooking challenge? Basically, every Tuesday night Matt and I have been alternating cooking duties, and whoever’s turn it is has to make something new (to us) and creative. It’s been a fun way to get ourselves to try new recipes and mix things up!

This week was my turn!


I was in the mood for something vegetarian and we had some greens and sweet potatoes on hand to use up, so I did a quick Google search for “sweet potato greens recipe” and stumbled across this recipe for Curried Sweet Potatoes with Chard and Chickpeas. I had pretty much everything we needed already – perfect!


The recipe was easy to follow and pretty simple – my type of recipe. The only modifications I made were using fresh tomatoes instead of canned and I left out the scallions and raisins since we didn’t have any.

from the farmer dc

Putting it all together… love that it was a one pot meal.


curried sweet potatoes with chard and chickpeas

Et voila! That was easy. Tasty, too!


Matt gave this dinner two thumbs up, too! It reminded me of a cross between my Sweet Potato Lentil Chili, Sweet Potato & Lentil Coconut Curry, and BBQ Chickpeas with Sweet Potato & Bok Choy. Yum – I need to make all of those again, too!


Even better was that it made about 4 servings worth, so I split the last two up into freezer bags and froze the rest for later. Love having easy meals waiting in the freezer when needed.


As for Matt’s cooking challenge night, last week he decided to go for an all-out veggie extravaganza!


We had a ton of random veggies on hand from From the Farmer (click on that post for a review/coupon code for the service), so Matt decided to get creative in using some up.

First, we had to figure out what to do with these weird looking things, which are sunchokes! Ever heard of them/tried them? They look like a more knobby ginger!


Matt ended up roasting them in a little olive oil and garlic and then we ate the insides (next time we’d peel them first – live and learn!) – they were kind of like potatoes in texture/flavor. Fun!

As for our main course, the feature was spaghetti squash!


Matt sautéed a ton of veggies in a pan with garlic and oil and a ton of other seasonings:


And then added the already cooked squash in.


Yum! The spaghetti squash/veggie explosion was delicious – kind of like a sauce-less pasta dish! Great flavor. And those are the sunchokes on the side!


Props to Matt for his creativity. :) We also enjoyed some wine while he cooked – this Cabernet Sauvignon from local vineyard Barboursville. A client gifted this to me awhile ago – we really liked it!


What fun new recipes have you tried lately?


  1. 1

    I’ve made the Curried Sweet Potato & Chickpea dish! Loved it! It was perfect for packing for my lunches too :) Love that you guys are doing this challenge – great idea!

  2. 2

    I recently made a black bean soup from the Pioneer woman, I thought it was really good and it made a ton. My husband wasn’t a huge fan, more for me! I’ve never heard of sunchokes before, I’ll have to keep my eye out for them and give them a try!

  3. 3

    The sweet potato recipe looks delicious! I love a nice green contrasted against another brightly colored veggies! And sunchokes? Never heard of them!

  4. 4

    One-pot meals are my type of recipe ;)
    My mom used to plant sunchokes in her garden. I love them! We mainly eat them raw. They have a crunchy texture and are great in salads

  5. 6
    Roadrunner says:

    Another delicious dinner, it appears! Well done!

  6. 7

    I checked Wikipedia for sunchokes because I’m not familiar with them. It looks as though they’re also know as Jerusalem artichokes. After reading Wiki, I’m really pleased that I haven’t planted them in my garden because of their growing habit and if this statement is true, then I’m really not a fan! “which way soever they be dressed and eaten, they stir and cause a filthy loathsome stinking wind within the body, thereby causing the belly to be pained and tormented, and are a meat more fit for swine than men.”[11]

  7. 10

    You have two talented cooks in your home…so lucky!!!

  8. 11

    I just linked your curried sweet potato recipe to who requested recipes for meatless meals. I gotta try this one cuz I love almost anything made with sweet potatoes!

  9. 13

    YUMMY! I love the challenge and my husband and I have been doing it, but instead of switching back and forth we have just been cooking together but finding a new recipe to do each week!

  10. 15

    Grandma used to grow Jerusalem artichokes in her flowerbed right under the kitchen window! So I think you ate them when you were little and have just forgotten.

  11. 18

    I love curry and sweet potatoes, but those two ingredients together is a perfect combo!

    I’ve actually never had spaghetti squash before but I definitely need to give it a try!

  12. 19

    My mother used to grow Jerusalem artichokes in her garden when we were little. I remember them growing taller than our sunflowers. She used to peel them, slice them, and put them in our salads. They tasted like water chestnuts.

  13. 21

    Oh that looks so tasty. It is funny that your sweet potatoes are a different colour to ours in England. They tend to be more orange here. I will have to try the recipe as it looks good. We also can’t get spagetti squashes here and would love to try them. I did a lovely chicken and salsa dish in the slow cooker/crock pot. Two chicken breast, half tin of drained black eyed beans and jar of salsa pop it in the slow cooker and cook on low for 4 hours, shred the chicken and keep warm till ready. I had ours on a salad with some sweet potato wedges. mmmm i am hungry!

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