Monday, July 22, 2013

Scrambled Egg, Spinach, and Garlic Sweet Potato Boats

and a Jamaican Jerk Experience

Yesterday my sister and I trekked to Jamaica, Queens, for the Jamaican Jerk festival. Not only were the atmosphere, music, and food awesome, but it was also a great cultural experience, which is something that I always look forward to. We had so much fun and got to try Ackee, a fish stew that is the national food of Jamaica, baked plantains and plaintain chips, coconut water, breadfruit (who knew that existed??), hard dough bread, festival (fried sweet bread), Jerk chicken, and Jerk ice cream (apparently in honor of national ice cream day which I didn't know existed until about 20 minutes ago). I even won a t-shirt in Air Jamaica's raffle! I also must've entered to win about ten trips to Jamaica, and am fully expecting that phone call...cross your fingers for me :)

Here are a couple of pictures from the day:

Tonight, I was looking to make a quick dinner because I got home from playing volleyball and lifting late (RDLs and hang cleans wooo) and took out some ingredients that I reaaally had to use because they were about to go bad (aka sweet potatoes)...well I started out thinking I was going to make a stir fry, but once again things escalated...I will keep this short and go straight to the recipe:
                                                   Spinach and Garlic Scramble Sweet Potato BoatsSpinach and Garlic Scramble Sweet Potato Boats

Scrambled Egg, Spinach, and Garlic Sweet Potato Boats

  • 1 large sweet potato (mine may have been big enough...but no worries if you have leftover filling, it still tastes delicious by itself as a snack :-)
  • 1 small onion, chopped
  • 1 tsp olive oil
  • 2-3 cloves garlic, minced
  • 3-4 cups fresh spinach, packed (eyeball based on size of potato)
  • 1 cup egg whites
  • Salt (approx. 1 tsp)
  • Dash of pepper to taste
  • Parmesan to top 

1. Microwave your sweet potato for about 3 to 4 minutes on high, with a little bit of water at the bottom if needed. You could also bake it until the inside is soft, but I definitely do not have time for that... :'(
2. Slice your potato in half lengthwise, and scoop out the insides (a spoon works great, especially when the potato is fully cooked). If the insides are still a little hard, chop or mash to bits with a knife.
3. Heat olive oil in a pan (I used a wok because I thought I was going to be stir frying, but whatever works) on medium heat, and when hot,  start sauteeing unions until they start to turn clear.
4. Add garlic, spinach, and sweet potatoes and continue to sautee until spinach is wilted, adding a little bit of water if the ingredients start to stick.
5. When heated throughly, pour in eggs whites and quickly scramble to combine all ingredients.
6. When the scramble starts to bronze, remove from heat and scoop into potato shells with a spoon.
7. Top with Parmesan if you want, and get after it :-)

I'm sure there are a bunch of recipes out there like this, but I pretty much used whatever I had and it came out pretty delicious. Add other vegetables to the sautee if you want/have them, i'm sure mushrooms would complement the recipe well too.

I'd love to hear about any cool festivals you've been to or interesting cultural experiences you've had lately...I feel like almost every day presents opportunities to experience something new around here! Just try taking the subway every morning and you will know what I mean :-)

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