Wednesday, January 12, 2011

Black Bean & Sweet Potato Chili!

Ok so after a long day of shoveling this foodie is wiped! (3 full rounds of shoveling out our long driveway and sidewalk).  Lets just say that I may not be able to lift my arms to type tomorrow!
Winter Wonderland (Photo courtesy of my Roommate)

Between that and fighting with Power Point formating all day (I told you I was working from home!!!)  I was ready for a cold beverage and some yummy food.  I will admit that the roommate and I contemplated venturing out to either one of our 2 favorite local haunts (Franklin Southie or The Banshee) but the lure of a warm apartment stocked with food and cold beer was too strong!

We have been dying to make the following recipe for days after I picked up this magazine at Whole Foods (yes it was an impulse buy...  no judging!!)

Black Bean & Sweet Potato Chili!!! (Pg 22 if you pick this up)

We had the majority of the ingredients in the apartment and took a little creative liberty to adapt it to what we had on hand.  This recipe was ridonkulously easy and quick!!

Dice veggies, sautee veggies, add liquid n' simmer, add beans and tomatoes, heat and serve!  Within a half hour we had a giant pot of yummy comfort goodness ( You can not even get take out that fast, especially during a blizzard!)
Peel and dice 1 medium sweet potato

Dice 1 medium yellow onion, and 4 cloves of garlic

Sautee potato & onion in a bit of olive oil

Add garlic, spices (Chili powder, corriander, allspice, S&P) and sautee for 30 secs.  Add cold water (2 1/2c)
 Bring this to a boil and then reduce to a simmer for about 10 minutes till potato becomes tender.
Add your beans and diced tomatoes and bring to a boil
We added lime juice, one can of diced tomatoes, one can of black beans and one can of kidney beans (recipe called for 2 cans of black beans but we only had one....) .  Once this started to boil, I brought the temp down to simmer for about 5-6 minutes.

That's it people!!!  It couldn't have been easier!
As we were devouring enjoying our dinner we kept thinking about ways to adapt this recipe.  You take this base recipe and add the following things:

  • Ground meat (chicken, turkey, pork etc....)
  • Serve over cornbread
  • Serve over grits or polenta
  • Add in more veggies and herbs
  • Simmer longer to thicken up.

Overall I have to say that this was a great Snow Day.  I got a hell of a work out shoveling, finished and started a few projects I have been meaning to get to at work and was able to cook a great meal with my roommate!

How did you spend your snow day?  What is the one thing you crave/make when snowed in?