It’s no secret that I love good food but creating and sharing recipes is, sadly, something I don’t often have time to do. Before Luisa was born I was absolutely the Chef in residence but adding a new baby into the mix meant Matt had to step up to the plate. Quick note – I won’t apologise for massive overuse of puns.
It’s not that Matt wasn’t a good cook, he was just a bit slow and lacked creativity. Well, that’s all changed now, with Luisa demanding most of my time – particularly in the late afternoon Matt is well on his was to a Michelin star. He is quickly racking up a really stellar collection of recipes that would make you audibly sigh with satisfaction.
Now, this is fabulous, having someone to cook dinner five nights out of seven is a major parenting win. But, I’m starting to really miss having the time to pour over recipe books and blogs! I use to love experimenting with new ingredients, trying to recreate spice and herb blends from my favourite restaurants but a side order of tantrums and crayon doesn’t complement my recipes too well!
Lately, as Luisa learns to play more independently and can do some age appropriate things in the kitchen I’ve picked up the metaphorical apron again. What? You didn’t think the parent of a toddler would wear an apron, did you? That’d be like shovelling snow in a blizzard… if the blizzard was composed of cereal and glitter.
Anyway, on with the show. This week I’ve been experimenting with a new ingredient that offers a twist on a classic. Hellmann’s new Tomato Ketchup Sweetened with Honey is a healthier and tastier alternative to classic ketchup, offering families the opportunity to enjoy the same great flavour in a healthier way.
Because Hellmann’s have sweetened the ketchup with natural honey as opposed to loaded it with sugar you’re able to have a family favourite without the guilt. This reimagined ketchup contains 30% less sugar vs. standard tomato ketchup and 36% more tomatoes, providing you with more of what you want and less of what you don’t want.
I created vegetarian burritos packed full of sweet and smokey flavours complemented by an earthy and sharp avocado sauce. I decided to incorporate the ketchup into a Mexican inspired recipe in two ways, as a glaze on roasted sweet potato and to add flavour to pinto beans.
As with all the recipes I make, it was really important to create something the whole family could enjoy. Whilst I have included strong flavours and spices they are balanced in such a way as to not be overwhelming. Dishes like this are a firm favourite in our house as Luisa loves anything she can get involved in. We usually let her assemble the wraps herself and I’ve found that she eats a lot better when she’s having fun and taking part.
You can watch my video for a walk through or see the full recipe for my sweet & smokey vegetarian burritos below.
Smokey Sweet Potato Burritos with a Rustic Avocado Sauce
These burritos are perfectly balanced to give the right combination of fire and sweetness with an earthy quality that the whole family can enjoy.
- 1 tbsp olive oil
- 3 small sweet potatoes cubed
- 1/2 tsp cumin
- 1/2 tsp garlic granules or powder
- 1/2 tsp hot paprika or chilli powder
- 4 tbsp Hellmann's Ketchup with honey
- 1 avocado
- 1 jalapeño (deseeded)
- 1/2 red onion
- 1 lime (juice only)
- 2 garlic cloves
- 1 tbsp coriander
- 1 can pinto beans
Cube your sweet potato and toss to coat in olive oil. Then sprinkle the dry herbs and mix to coat the cubes evenly, season with salt and pepper.
Roast the sweet potato for 30-40 minutes until charred on the outside and soft in the middle. Use a silicone brush to glaze the cubes with 2 tbsp Hellmann's.
Whilst the sweet potato is roasting add your avocado, onion, lime juice, jalapeno, coriander and garlic to a blender. Blitz until you achieve the desired consistency. You can go for something totally smooth or leave some texture. Season.
Drain your can of pinto beans reserving 2 TBSP water. Gently warm them with the reserved water and remaining 2 TBSP of Hellman's.
Assemble your burritos, garnish with whatever takes your fancy. My preference is for roasted red peppers, salad leaves and feta. If you like extra spice now is a good time to add some extra chilli.
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As you can see from the nutritional info below these vegetarian burritos are a really healthy choice. We’re all looking for ways to make healthier meals without sacrificing flavour and it seems to me that this is a great place to start.