A third roommate moved into our apartment this weekend.
It was kind of last minute, but I think it was a great decision.
He is really quiet, doesn’t take up a lot of space, and he really likes to just chill.
He is my new pal. I am fostering him for the holiday season until he finds a home.
How did I end up with this cute little fluff ball on my couch, you ask?
I volunteer for an incredible organization in LA that helps rescue dogs from the streets and shelters and bring them into loving homes. There is no organization headquarters, so all dogs are fostered in homes of various volunteers until they become adopted. I had been thinking about fostering for awhile, but I wanted to wait until I was more settled in after my move. Well, I finally decided to take one of these cuties in for the holiday season.
Killian is a poodle-terrier mix. He is playful, snuggly, loving and all around perfect.
I’m wondering if I’ll be able to give him back…
I’ve noticed that one of Killian’s favorite things to do is watch me in the kitchen. This weekend there was a lot going on- my roommate’s birthday, a holiday party with friends, a potluck for work, etc. etc….and I cooked for each event. Needless to say, I was BUSY.
Killie (obvious nickname choice) just sits attentively and watches as onions are chopped, pots are stirred, and trays go in and out of the oven. He never gets in the way. I’m telling you…he’s PERFECT.
Killie was REALLY licking his chops on Sunday night when I made whole-wheat pasta with lamb and sweet potatoes.
(Which is kind of funny because we think he looks like a little Lamb….don’t you think?)
This dish was delicious and unusual for me. I love lamb, but I usually only ever have it in chop or shank form. Buying ground lamb was a great alternative to ground beef or ground turkey. Your can find it at your local Whole Foods.
The flavors are fabulous. This is a perfect, warm meal for a fall night — even a weeknight; it is more simple than you’d think!
Now excuse me, but I have a cute puppy I have to go spoil…
- 3 medium sweet potatoes, peeled and chopped into ¾inch pieces
- 2.5 Tablespoons olive oil, divided
- 1lb ground lamb
- 2.5 cups chopped onions
- 4 garlic cloves, minced
- 4 teaspoons cumin
- ½ teaspoon cinnamon
- ⅛ teaspoon cayenne pepper
- 1/.5 cups canned crushed tomatoes (from a 28oz can)
- ½ cup low-sodium chicken broth
- 1 12oz package whole-wheat spaghetti, cooked al dente
- ½ cup fresh cilantro, chopped
- ½ cup freshly grated parmesan
- Pepper to taste
- Preheat the oven to 450 degrees. Toss the sweet potatoes with 1.5 Tablespoons of olive oil in a bowl. Sprinkle with salt and pepper and then lay the sweet potatoes on a large baking sheet in single row. Roast in the oven until edges begin to brown, flipping with a spatula every so often, about 35 minutes. Remove from the oven and set aside to cool.
- Heat 1 Tablespoon of olive oil in a large nonstick skillet over medium-high heat. Add the lamb and the onions. Saute until the lamb browns on all sides and the onion softens, about 8 minutes. Break up the larger chunks of lamb as you saute. Next, add the garlic, cumin, cinnamon, and cayenne, stir for 1 minute. Add the tomatoes and broth and bring to a boil. Reduce the heat and simmer until the mixture thickens, 5-7 minutes. Stir in the sweet potatoes. Season with pepper to taste.
- Serve in large bowls with whole-wheat spaghetti on bottom, topped with the lamb and sweet potato mixture, and then a sprinkle of cilantro and parmesan.