Sunday, January 29, 2012

Moving to Aspen, and Sweet Potato, Eggplant and Black Bean Tacos

Skiing Snowmass with 14 inches of new snow
We officially live in Aspen, in a lovely little carriage house just off main street.  I am finishing my physical therapy education at the Aspen Club Sports Medicine clinic, and Steven is working at a hotel in Snowmass.  We feel very lucky to be spending the winter here, doing what we love: skiing.  Along with the move came a new kitchen.  Our cooking space has gone from small to smaller, but we are slowly getting adjusted.  Today's recipe started as a way to use eggplant and black beans in the same dish.  It ended up being a very filling and tasty meal.

Sweet Potato, Eggplant and Black Bean Tacos
Serves 4 hungry humans

  • 2 tablespoons olive oil
  • 1/2 medium onion, diced
  • 1 teaspoon honey
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt, divided
  • 1 small eggplant, peeled and diced into 1/2 inch pieces
  • 1 small-medium sweet potato (I used a garnet yam), peeled and diced into 1/2 inch pieces
  • 1 tablespoon cumin
  • 1/2 teaspoon paprika
  • 1/2 teaspoon black pepper
  • 1 clove garlic, minced
  • 1 teaspoon lemon juice
  • 1 15 oz can black beans
  • Corn tortillas
  • 1/2 cup chopped cilantro
  • 1/2 avocado, diced
  • Chopped lettuce 
  1. Heat oil over medium heat in large fry pan and add onion.  Cook until translucent, then reduce heat to medium low and add honey and pinch of salt.  Continue cooking until onion caramelizes, about 5 minutes.  Add garlic, and cook until fragrant.  
  2. Add sweet potatoes and eggplant, and return heat to medium.  Sprinkle with cumin, paprika, black pepper and remaining salt.  Cook, stirring frequently until potatoes and eggplant are both soft, about 15 minutes. 
  3. In a small saucepan heat beans over low heat in their juices.
  4. Remove the sweet potato mixture from the heat, and stir in lemon juice.  
  5. Strain the beans and stir into the mix.
  6. Serve in warmed corn tortillas topped with cilantro, avocado and lettuce.  

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