So I admit I have a file on my laptop with a HUGE collection of recipes I have found online that I would LOVE for someone to cook for me….or to fix myself. Tonight I got around to one of them.
The Red Spoon blog has some inspiring & incredibly delicious food & I love keeping up with all her culinary adventures. When I saw the recipe to convert someone who isn’t a fan of sweet potatoes to someone who will eat them… I knew I had to try it! I love sweet potatoes already so this had to be good.
The recipe: Roasted Sweet Potato & Black Bean Salad
These are all the ingredients:
Chopped up the sweet potatoes & onion & tossed them in the olive oil, salt & pepper. They went into the oven & I got in some time with my birds & pug in another room, even tweeted a little. It smelled soooo good! I was getting excited when I noticed the slightly smokey smell.
YUP… I burnt them! Turns out mine didn’t need as long to roast in the oven. Also I would have probably picked up on that had I turned/stirred them like I was supposed to! Double Ooops! Some may caramelize onions, but I cremated them!
So back to the drawing board. No more sweet potatoes in the house & not feeling like a trip out to the store. Once I’m in my comfy clothes, I’m in them! So what to do?
I opened one of the cans of black beans, added some salt & pepper & heated it up over medium high heat.
Chopped the jalapeno & added that to the beans. Yes I added the whole jalapeno, but not the seeds! I like it hot but didn’t want SEED HOT! Also figured out I had a few cuts on my hand which is always fun when working with hot peppers.
Next up a clove of garlic minced & added to the pot.
Now time for the good stuff! The juice of half a lime…
I used the wooden spoon to really get the juice out. Pulp added is not a problem with me. I love lime & it works get with the jalapeno.
I let this all simmer on medium heat while I fixed a steak, some fried okra & heated up some leftover white rice from chinese take out. The liquid from the can reduced down a bit & its important to stir now & then. Which luckily I remembered to do this time around.
The final touch was adding some fresh cilantro to the mix!
Seriously good stuff!
Just scooped some on top of the rice & I was in heaven. Simple & hit the spot.
Maybe mistakes do lead to good things after. (but don’t think I’m giving up on that Sweet Potato & Black Bean Salad recipe that easy! One day…. just not today.)
Right up my alley! Delish!