Okay, remember those enchiladas with cashew creme? They are amazing. I’ve made them at least 4 times now. My aunt has made them too. She loved them, I loved them, and now…you will love this.
I think my creativity is rubbing off on my husband. He’ll say “how about long curtains here” or “you should make ___, it would make a great blog post, totally my idea.” Well, this is one of those things.
After we had the enchiladas one night he said, “I bet the toppings on a baked potato would be really good.” Mission accomplished. I made both baked potatoes and sweet baked potatoes to try. Personally, I like the flavor of the sweet potatoes, but either work well and taste good. So whatever camp you’re in: Sweet Potato Rockers or White Potato Mashers, you’ll be set. (Yes, I just made up those awesome team names.)
Bake the potatoes in the oven (or partway in the microwave and the rest of the way in the oven), just remember to fork stab them first. You can set them right on the oven rack without wrapping in tinfoil. Talk about easy! However, you cannot do that with sweet potatoes. If you set them straight on the oven rack they will leak sweet juice all over your oven. I put mine in a parchment lined bread pan to bake. I was only baking one. You could use a larger pan for more.
Also, you might note that they really look quite the same topped with avocado and cilantro. Isn’t that nice?! Now there’s two recipes that are similar but have some key differences. It’s always nice to find recipes like that. At least I think so. It makes cooking a little more exciting.
As a side note, before we get to the recipe, here’s a small report from the first week of summer!
This past week has been awesome! It was the official first week of summer with my kids home. I’m happy to report that we still love each other and are looking forward to this week as well.
Here’s what we’ve accomplished this past week, ready? No really, ready?
Soccer camp, tennis camp, park dates, play with friends at home, neighbors outside, and at friends’ houses, grocery shopping with 3 kids, did worksheets, reading, and journaling with the kids, stuck to a cleaning chore plan with the kids, helped the kids make bread from scratch, drew pictures about perspective, planted a new tree, went to the new movie Monsters University, went to a dance recital, went running, donated unused items, took paint to chemical drop, built a really cool lego boat that has a bad guy suite and pool, got away with making super easy meals, dusted, swept, and reorganized the garage, painted a garage wall, installed a wall bike rack, put down rubber gym floor mats in the garage (hello new home gym….aaakkk! So excited!), left the water on for 2 hours…oops, put on bandaids, learned about photography from friends (thanks Courtney and Ksenia, now I realize how much I have to learn), bought a new book from costco “The Windup Girl,” admired my husbands cheekbones, housed some teenagers for a church youth conference for one night, talked with a friend about organizing and cleaning home, browsed a whole bunch of vegan/vegetarian books I checked out from the library, went to the library with the kids, attempted to hide our kindle from the 2-year-old so he would stop watching Curious George, and enjoyed every second of it, besides the part where I got a slight cold the kids shared with us all. They are so kind.
Phew. Wow. That is quite the list. I’m really glad all those things didn’t happen on the same day.
The thing that is going to to save me this summer is a schedule! I have a check-list for every day, we have things that need to be done before bed, whenever they can happen.
The other thing is better menu planning. Playing outside is sometimes more fun that coming in to cook, but both are kinda important. You’d think I’d have this down by now, wouldn’t you. 🙂