Slow Cooker Vegetarian Chili With Sweet Potato + Shirtless Sean

IMG_1222My favorite wine (Cru) and a good meal (adapted from this recipe) makes me very happy!

I was eating lunch with MK the other day and I was telling her how much I love Chili and she asked if I had ever made it. I wasn’t sure I had. I know I’ve made like an Indian chili with lentils and Indian spices but I wasn’t sure I had ever made a true chili. I don’t think last night’s meal constituted a ‘real’ chili either.

You know I’m always looking for a good excuse to eat a sweet potato bc they are my fave. So imagine my surprise when I was browsing the web and came across a vegetarian chili with sweet potato. Music to my ears. Especially since A’ left in the morning and goes ‘lots of veggies for dinner, OK?’. A’ rarely makes any demands requests so I thought I would be a good wife and make him what he wanted.

Enter… the vegetarian chili with sweet potatoes!

I found the recipe and I pretty much had everything I needed in the house. I changed a few things in the link above to make it better for our tastebuds.

Here’s what I changed:

  • I added an extra garlic clove
  • I used two medium sweet potatoes instead of one.
  • I used chickpeas instead of kidney beans
  • I purposely didn’t use radishes and I forgot (darn it) to use the scallions
  • I had Sweet Potato Tortilla Chips
  • I used Plain Greek Yogurt instead of sour cream
  • I cut up half an Avocado in the bowl (YUMM!)
  • I put spinach in the bowl underneath the chili

IMG_1221And we sat at our coffee table and watched the season premier of Downton Abbey :)

Did you watch the premier? What did you think? What about the Bachelor? There’s a girl on the Bachelor from Boynton Beach where my Grandpa lives. I like the 25 year old girl who works in DC. I think it’s going to be a saucy season.

Can we just talk about how many shots of Sean were shown without his shirt on? I mean, the guy has a good body but I sorta felt like I was watching a Soap Opera. I have a feeling that 50% of this season’s shots are going to be Shirtless Sean. I formally declare this season the  ’Shirtless Sean’ season.

Working out


Crossfit yesterday was fun and I am good sore today. There’s a difference between good sore and bad sore and I am definitely good sore today. Let me tell you why. We did Kettlebell Swings (sorry that is the best vid I could find where they took the kettlebell over their head) and I challenged myself to pick up a heavier kettlebell. I almost always go for the 25 lb one but I took the 35 lb one yesterday! It’s fun getting stronger for instances like when I pull out the crockpot and I don’t feel like I’m going to drop it.

Today I went for a 4 mile run with an average pace of 8:55 min/mi. I’m back in my favorite routine. Cross-train Mon, Wed, Fri and Run Tues, Thur, Sat…I’m running routinely these past two weeks and it’s been so nice. A girl in my apartment complex who I told me knee woes to (she is also a runner) saw me the other day while I was walking my dog and goes ‘you look good, have you been running again?’ Umm yes!

Ok, enough rambling for now.





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About S2S

I've always been somewhat concerned with getting physical activity and eating healthy. My parents were always doing active things with my sister and I growing up and cooking good foods for us. I work out 6 days a week and recently began to get serious about it! I'm just learning how to cook and so far it's been fun. I enjoy hanging out with my husband, my family, and my puppy in Tampa. I got my undergraduate degree in Finance but after two years in the corporate world I have decided to go back to school at USF to become a teacher. It has been the best decision of my life, aside from marrying my husband! I travel to Orlando and Boca Raton frequently to visit the in laws. I'm always up for new challenges and am always willing to try something once. From running in my sneakers to walking the beach in my sandals - I'll share all my adventures with you. Enjoy!
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