Cheezy Broccoli Stuffed Sweet PotatoHere’s a cooking concept for a somewhat insecure chef: overstuffing baked sweet potatoes. Think about it. Your oven bakes your potatoes for 90 minutes, until they are “tender and sticky sweet,” then, you heap way too much stuff on top of them. It’s a bit wild and silly, actually.

But I did it. I made the “Cheezy Broccoli Stuffed Sweet Potato,” from Healthy Happy Life, because I was interested in the layers. I increased the recipe amounts in order to bake three sweet potatoes. The lemony hummus, made with canned black-eyed peas, was quite addictive. The “cheezy” nutritional yeast, mixed with my (frozen) broccoli, was a welcomed flavor. Was the maple drizzle too much? Overindulgent? I’m not sure, but I know that I liked a splash of hot sauce on top of it all!

Chicken Rice BowlAnd speaking of hot sauce…I also made the “Chicken Rice Bowl,” from No Recipes. Honestly, a bowl full of rice and ground chicken and scrambled eggs doesn’t require a recipe. However, the cooking method for the ground chicken and its marinade was brilliant, here.

I increased the amounts in this recipe, too, to get three bowls. I used Chinese rice wine instead of sake (disrespecting the whole Japanese thing).

At low heat, the water cooked away from the chicken. Then, at high heat, the meat browned. My sauce never “caramelized,” but the chicken tasted great after this process.

The modest presentation of my chicken rice bowl cried out for a sauce, so that’s where my hot sauce saved the day. Next time, I’d consider making extra “marinade” to make my bowl saucy.

Sweet Potatoes (3) = $7.80

PREP TIMES: potatoes roast in 90 minutes, while you smash hummus and steam broccoli; cook rice, brown chicken, scramble eggs
sweet potato + tangy hummus + cheesy broccoli = good flavor combo; chicken browned with soy and sugar and ginger

Next time, I want to cook Hank Shaw’s “Sicilian Tuna Meatballs,” paired with Marcella Hazan’s iconic “Tomato Sauce with Onion and Butter.” And feeling a bit giddy, I’ll also cook the “Bacon-Wrapped Enoki Mushrooms,” from Noob Cook. Come back to my site next week, to share this fun with me.