This meal is best enjoyed on the couch, surrounded with lots of blankets and pillows, and accompanied with a marathon of 30 Rock (Season 4 to be specific).
I've been a bit under the weather lately - so while I usually pride myself on soaking and cooking dried beans and making tortillas from scratch I went the pre-made route on most of this meal. It was surprisingly easy and didn't take much energy to create. I was playing around with lots of ideas combining these ingredients - I considered quesadillas or enchiladas but ultimately decided on a lasagna.
Sweet Potato and Black Bean Mexican Lasagna
4 medium/small sweet potatoes
2 cans of black beans
1 yellow onion
Corn tortillas (I used about 6)
4 oz. grated goat cheese (I used a hard sharp cheddar goat cheese but I think this dish would be interesting with a soft goat cheese as well)
Preheat your oven to 375F. Start by peeling and cubing your sweet potatoes in .5" chunks. Throw in a bowl and toss with olive oil, chili powder, allspice and salt. Spread evenly over a baking sheet and roast for 35-45 minutes (until tender when poked with a fork).
Drain and rinse your black beans - throw these in the bowl you used for your sweet potatoes and stir in 2 tsp. of ground cumin and salt. Dice an onion and sautee with olive oil just until they begin to caramelize and are translucent.
Once the sweet potatoes are done cooking reduce the oven heat to 350F. Layer the green chile sauce, tortillas, black beans, sweet potatoes, onions, and cheese in that order until you use up all of your ingredients. Top with the remaining green chile sauce and a little bit of cheese. Cover with tin foil and bake for 40 minutes (remove tin foil at 20 minutes in to let the top brown a little).
This will serve 3-4 people.
A quick note: I've been cutting way back on dairy lately and have been considering going vegan. The compromise I've come to for now is to only eat local, grass-fed dairy and when going out to eat choosing vegan options (or making substitutions) when they're available. I'll touch more on this topic later but wanted to go ahead and throw it out there for discussion.
J & K started this blog project to document the remodel of their 1929 historical home in the heart of Oklahoma City. It has now turned into a documentation of life, food, fashion, freelance, inspiration, design, adventures and details around the J & K house.
Kathleen works as an award-winning brand consultant and designer specializing in small business branding at Braid Creative & Consulting. Jeremy is a software engineer and is the left-brain to Kathleen’s right.
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Trekking to Everest
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J & K: Blog Archive
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- Weekend Style
- Money | Matters
- Breakfast for Dinner: Indian style
- Anatomy of an Outfit: Crazy Legs
- Alt - The Summer Camp Experience
- Everest Luck
- Girl Crush: Michelle Martin-Coyne
- Anatomy of an Outfit: '70s Butt
- And Kathleen Business Cards
- Roasted Veggies and Pesto Pasta
- Make Up | Matters
- Always a Bridesmaid...
- THE JoDI FONT
- Happy Day
- Sweet Potato and Black Bean Lasagna
- Anatomy of an Outfit: Bumblebee
- Anatomy of an Outfit: Casual Friday
- Wedding Invitation: Letterpress Airmail
- Skin | Matters
- 7 months freelance
- Hello, Twenty-Eleven.
- Cucumbers & Hummus Lunch
- Anatomy of an Outfit: The Kathleen Scarf
- So very not glamorous.
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- Eva Black | Spaces
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- Design Crush
- The Equals Record
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- Yellow Brick Home
- The Creatives Project
- Silly Grrl
- Photographers Skeen
- The Clothes Make the Girl
- Bringing Design Home
- Pip & Estella
- A Practical Wedding
- Kind of a Sideshow
- Sandra Juto
- Old Sweet Song
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- Brooklyn Bride
- Design Crush
- Experiment in Poverty
- The Jealous Curator
- Making it Lovely
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- The Oklahoman
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- Oh So Beautiful Paper
- A Cup of Jo
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