Sunday, January 29, 2012

Black Bean + Roasted Sweet Potato Burritos

(purple & orange sweet potatoes)

I love to cook, so from time to time I thought I'd share a simple recipe, sound good? As I was sitting around thinking to myself what in the world should I cook for dinner, I remembered that I had picked up some gorgeous deep purple sweet potatoes from the Asian market! I have never had the purple ones before and loved the color and I knew I had to make something with them. I had heard of people pairing black beans with sweet potatoes, it sounded like a yummy combination, so I thought burritos! 
So I put my thinking cap on and thought what spiced would be good? I wanted them to have a Mexican flair, so I the obvious ingredients came to mind, cumin, chili powder, etc... But them I remembered I had bought a curry powder mix from the Asian market that contained all kinds of delicious ingredients such as cumin, coriander, chili, cinnamon, fennel, and a few more and thought that would work just fine! So came together my lovely mixture of veggies and spices and a beautiful burrito was born! I hope you all enjoy these as much as my family did! 

Black Bean + Roasted Sweet Potato Burritos
(as with all of my recipes, hardly any measuring actually takes place, so just use your best judgement and make it your own! Also, feel free to replace any ingredients, just think of my recipes as guidelines!)

* 2 Sweet potatoes, diced into small cubes (any variety will work)
* Half of an onion, diced
* 1-2 Tbs Curry spice (any kind you like) or Mexican spice mix
* 2 Tbs Coconut oil (melted) or Olive oil
* 3-4 Cups cooked black beans
* Prepared Salsa, Grated Cheese, Sour Cream, Lettuce, Etc...

Take your sweet potatoes and peel and dice them into small cubes. Dice up your onions. Put the sweet potatoes and onions in a roasting pan. Coat in oil and sprinkle in spices. Toss to coat. 
Place roasting pan in a preheated oven at 400 degrees F.
Roast for approx. 15-25 minutes, or until tender and slightly crisp
Take the sweet potatoes out of the oven and add them to a pan along with the black beans and saute on medium heat in some butter for a few minutes. 
Turn the pan off.
Now it's time to assemble! 

Grab a tortilla and scoop some of the black bean + roasted sweet potato mixture in and add toppings! Easy as that! Simple, frugal, nourishing, and most importantly yummy!!!!! 


Thursday, January 26, 2012

Thursday's Pick Five

I thought I would start something fun on here. I got to thinking that I would really like to share with you all, all of the really lovely Etsy shops that I run across. I am always falling in love with shops on Etsy (I mean, how could you not with all of the lovely artisans out there?) So I'm thinking that every Thursday (well, that is the goal at least), I will share with you the five Etsy shops that have caught my eye recently. Here are this weeks five picks!

(Highly recommended!) 1. Wild Root Botanical
(Wonderful salve!) 2. Wooly Moss Roots

All of these shops are just filled with beautiful items! I do hope you take the time and visit them!

Thrift Store Finds!

You'll come to find that I love, love, love browsing my local thrift store! I feel like I'm on a treasure hunt every time I venture in. A lot of the time, it is a source of inspiration for me. I seem to always find some sort of trinket, gadget, or other thing to get my head spinning with crafty ideas! It is a great source for recycling/upcycling! Do not be surprised if I just can't contain my thrifty find excitement and need to share it here with you!
 (Above) This book is so amazing! I'm sure many of you have heard of it before. I however, only vaguely remember hearing of it. It has cooking instructions for pretty much any meal you can think of! Most are traditional, nutritious, whole, and simple meals. Needless to say, I'm happy to be adding this to my cookbook collection!
 These little salt and pepper shakers are adorable! Like little canning jars. They seem to be missing their gaskets and they have a little rust, but other then that they are perfect!
I'm a HUGE fan of Sesame Street and love to collect vintage sesame street books. Our little local thrift store has a section specifically for vintage books of all kinds and I was thrilled when I ran across this one! I noticed that it said "scratch n' sniff", but didn't pay any mind to it. When I got home, I decided to see what that was all about. Several pages had sections to "scratch n' sniff" and wouldn't you know! Most of them still had a strong scent! I couldn't believe it. This book was printed in 1978! How neat is that!


Tuesday, January 24, 2012

Welcome to The Indigo Forest blog!

Thank you so much for stopping by our new blog, The Indigo Forest.
Here we will post our crafty endeavors, shop updates, coupon codes, and giveaways! We do hope that you come and stop by this little blog of ours and The Indigo Forest on Etsy! Thank you.