We moved to Palermo, Sicily yesterday.
All we have for food in our cupboard is four granola bars and one watermelon.
An excuse to explore!
And I certainly don’t mind that!
After arriving yesterday we checked out a pizzeria + gelateria that is directly across the street from our flat. We bought dinner for 11.50€ (two drinks, two personal pizzas, and two gelatos) and essentially rolled home.
I also bought a watermelon (that Paul says will be full of worms) for 1€ off the street from a large man with his belly out.
We certainly aren’t going to starve here, and I can’t wait to see what this city has to offer us. Sicilian food is said to be some of the tastiest in the world!
When you don’t have very much cookware, meals like this are key.
These sweet potatoes are stuffed with a tex-mex beany cheese sauce and topped with sautéed broccoli and cheddar! So yummy and simple.
Currently, we have one pot, one pan, a strainer, and some eating utensils…blogging like this will certainly be interesting, but it’s nice to know I could make this if I wanted to (who needs a food processor when you have really strong squeezing hands)?!
Anyway, I’m excited to share more about my adventure here in Palermo with you until December.
There will be soooo much food to talk about!
- 4 sweet potatoes
- 1 tbsp extra virgin olive oil
- 2 cloves garlic, minced
- 1 bunch broccoli, cut into florets
- red pepper flakes, for sprinkling
- 19-ounce can white beans, drained and rinsed
- 3/4 cup water
- 1 cup grated cheddar cheese
- 1 tsp taco seasoning
- 1/2 tsp fine sea salt
- sour cream, for topping (optional)
- Preheat the oven to 450 degrees F. Poke the sweet potatoes a few times with a fork and roast them for about 50 minutes, or until tender.
- Meanwhile, heat 1 tablespoon of olive oil in a large skillet. Add garlic and wait until it sizzles, then add broccoli and a sprinkle of red pepper flakes (to your liking). Sauté the broccoli until bright green and tender, 5 to 7 minutes.
- In the bowl of a food processor, mix together the beans, water, cheddar, taco seasoning and sea salt. Taste, and add additional seasonings to suit your preference.
- When the sweet potatoes are done, slice them down the middle and mash the inside of the potato a bit.
- In each potato, add the bean mixture and then top with broccoli and a bit of cheddar on top. Place the potatoes back in the oven for a few minutes until the cheese is melted.
- Enjoy warm with a spoon of sour cream.
-Recipe adapted from A Couple Cooks
-Extra potatoes can be stored in plastic wrap for up to three days and re-heated in the microwave.