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Sweet Potato Slow Cooker Chili

When Charlotte (my eldest) was nearly three, she moved from a daycare to a nursery school. My schedule then went from three full days of childcare per week, to five partial days (12-3pm). Given that it took nearly an hour to get her to school by bus, and another hour to get home by bus, I was left with about an hour of childfree time every day. In addition to the crazy schedule, I was pregnant with my son and feeling absolutely knackered all the time. In order to save my sanity, we eventually moved across the street from my daughter’s school, but before that happened, we spent about four months with this bonkers schedule. The only way I could get dinner on the table was for us to live off of slow cooker meals.

Not being big meat eaters, I found it tricky to find meat-free slow cooker meals that weren’t just combinations of tinned ingredients. (This recipe still calls for tinned ingredients, but far fewer than many other recipes I found!) I tried all sorts of recipes and this sweet potato chili was definitely a favourite. (These Korean beef tacos are a favourite as well, but are much more involved!) This recipe is also great because you can dress it up with lots of fun accoutrement such as sliced radishes and tortilla chips. It is also excellent with some hot cornbread! Continue Reading…

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Friends with Recipes: Chili Stuffed Sweet Potatoes

My favourite instagram accounts are ones that leave me happy or hungry. Lila’s beautiful account leaves me feeling both! Lila (@iamalila) is a lifestyle photographer and mother of twins, though her account seems to focus on her love of food and eating. From smoothie bowls, to tacos, to homemade soups, her account is full of beautiful inspiration! I knew she would come up with something yummy for my Friends with Recipes series, and I was right!  This super simple recipe looks too yummy not to try.

Bethie x


Chili Stuffed Sweet Potatoes

Print Recipe
Serves: 4


  • 4 small sweet potatoes
  • 1 can red kidney beans
  • 1 can harissa bean
  • 500 ml (2 cups) passata
  • 40 g (about 1/3 cup) dark chocolate
  • spices: salt, pepper, oregano, smoked paprika.



preheat oven to 200 degrees Celsius (390°F), wash and dry sweet potatoes and put them to oven for about 45 minutes.


in the meantime heat a small saucepan over medium-high heat. Once hot, add a tablespoon olive oil, all beans, passata and spices. Cook for 15-20 minutes, add chocolate and cook for 5 minutes.


when potatoes are ready, split them open and place about few tablespoon of chilli in each potato and serve.


if any chilli left - freeze the leftovers for the next time.




Thank you Lila! This looks fantastic! Good luck on restarting your blog. I’m looking forward to following along! x

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(Do you have an yummy, easy, and relatively healthy meal to share? I would love to feature it on the blogWrite me at with any questions.)


Sweet Potato & Black Bean Taquitos

Tomorrow is Cinco de Mayo! As an American living abroad, it is my duty to share the celebration to the best of my abilities. This is why we pre-gamed Cinco de Mayo tonight so I would have time to share it all with you before the big day! (I’ll also be carrying around a bottle of tequila with disposable shot glasses, salt and limes with me all day, so hit me up if you see me!)


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Meal Plan #15

I am super pumped about the salmon burgers this week! I will be simplifying the recipe quite a bit, but if you have the time, the original recipe looks worth the effort (though I’ve not tried it yet . . . ).

I’d also like to share our homemade pizza dough recipe and technique with you later this week. We’ve finally figured out how to make them turn out from scratch at home without getting soggy in the middle. Jason said the one he made was perhaps the best pizza he has ever eaten!! From a foodie/pizza fan, that is saying a lot!

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Sweet Potato & Avocado Tacos with Slaw

I am so excited to tell you about my new collaboration with the online magazine, Ladyland! These ladies are basically the coolest mums online. Truly. They blog about craft projects, life hacks, decorating, makeup, and anything else a hip mum needs to know about life. I am over the moon to have been invited to be their food contributor! The best part (aside from getting to make ridiculous Periscope videos with Emma) is that they are able to take my simple meals and make them look incredible. I am always taking quick snaps with my iPhone while trying to cook a weeknight meal for two hungry kids, and my pictures are usually mediocre at best. But look out, because a few times a month you will be treated to seeing my food styled and photographed by Ladyland! (Whoop whoop!)

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Meal Plan #9

Can you believe we’re already on week nine of meal plans? Gosh, time sure flies! I have a little surprise for you on week ten and can’t wait to share it with you! It’s gonna be fun!

In the meantime, we have some yummy recipes for this week, including sweet potato tacos and a variation of the original wonderpot. It is the first one I came across and it kind of blew my meal planning mind. I would love to hear your favourite wonderpot recipe if you have one!

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Meal Plan #8

I am SO excited for this week’s vegetarian chili! It is slow cooker food at its best. We’re also throwing in a meal out this week to celebrate Jason FINALLY returning from a work trip to China! We’ll probably hit one of our favourite local spots as we’ll be moving to a new neighbourhood in just a few weeks! (sniff sniff)

I’d love to know what’s on your menu this week! I especially have my eye out for new slow cooker recipes!

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