Saturday, March 17, 2012

Weekend Cooking; Sweet Potato Black Bean Burritos

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Ah, Spring Break has been a treat of restorative time at home to heal and get some projects done.  We invited friends over for dinner on Wednesday night to socialize which gave me the first few days of break to ponder what to make.  One of their daughters eats gluten-free so I was looking for something that would be versatile without making my own kids blanch from a lack of carbs.  I also had a pile of sweet potatoes on my counter begging to be used so I went to my Pinterest board, Eat Drink and Be Merry to search for something I'd drooled over previously.  I'd pinned it from the The Novice Chef via Janssen.

Doesn't it look delicious (see photo below). Mine were served on a bed of greens as well but I didn't make the delicate creme fraiche laced on the top  All I did to make it gluten-free was to lightly toast a few corn tortillas and add the filling in.  I opted to make my own black beans by soaking them a day before and cooking them in my slow cooker the day of; they simmered with bay leaves and half a diced onion.  I made a lot and plan to freeze a batch of them in packets of 2-3 for future lunches.  I had one yesterday and it was even better than Wed.  night.  I love leftovers but my family does not; so perfect for me to take to school and reheat.

At the table I served them with my own homemade salsa from last summer (made with my mom), chopped avocado, and a spicy sour cream and green chili dip I created to take the place of the fancier (and more time consuming creme fraiche).  They were a hit and this recipe will easily become one of my favorites-it would help if I could just get Teenage Boy to like sweet potatoes.  I can imagine this as a great potluck meal.

This post is linked to Weekend Cooking at Beth Fish Reads.  Pop over and see what every one else is cooking up!