Monday, September 26, 2011

Sweet Potato and Black Bean Huevos Rancheros

We went to lunch yesterday with the fam, and G2 ordered some new-fangled huevos ranchero dish, and was unhappy with it. It was more like dry scrambled eggs and he likes the runny, saucey kind. The kind that, incidentally, my sister-in-law ordered. I guess it was painful for him to watch her "delicious looking" eggs while he picked through his.  I decided to do my own new-fangled version with sweet potatoes and black beans, and it was not only delicious looking, it was pretty darn tasty, to boot. I've heard of this combo in regards to Mexican-type food before, and it really is an interesting combo. The spicy beans and tomatoes with the sweetness of the potatoes is really a nice compliment.

1 Tbsp canola oil
1 onion, diced
2-3 cloves garlic, minced
1 poblano pepper, diced
1 bell pepper, diced
1 large sweet potato, peeled and diced (about 2 cups)
1 Tbsp cumin
1-2 tsp chili powder*
14 oz can of tomatoes, fire roasted (our favorite)
14 oz can black beans, drained and rinsed
eggs (we each had two, Graham had 1)
short grain brown rice, cooked

Heat oil in a large skillet over med-high heat and add onions stirring for about a minute. Add garlic and cook another 30 seconds. Add peppers and cook another 30-45 seconds. Add sweet potatoes and spices and cook until spices are fragrant. Add tomatoes, reduce heat a bit and cover and cook until sweet potatoes are tender, about 15 minutes. Add black beans and black pepper and continue to cook over low for another 10 minutes or so. Meanwhile, prepare the eggs. I scrambled Graham's, but cooked G2's and mine over medium, and managed to not mess it up. I tend to over cook the yolks. Scoop some rice on the plate, topped with the black bean mixture and then with the egg(s). Sprinkle with cilantro and serve with avocado on the side. We opted out of tortillas, but those would also be a welcome addition.

*I actually used 1 Tbsp of chili powder, but it was too spicy for Graham. A couple of big dallops of yogurt helped mellow it out, but I will use less spice next time.

We had quite a bit left over, so this could easily serve 6 with the addition of more eggs, and especially with tortillas. Instead, G2 and I will have a yummy lunch tomorrow! And, I think he felt that his brunch from yesterday was rectified.

*Great nutritious dinner...lots of vitamin A from the potatoes, iron and fiber from the beans, iron and vitamin C from the tomatoes and the whole grains from the nutty rice. And of course, an egg is just about the perfect protein source.