Sweet Potato Black Bean Burritos

My husband are by no means vegetarian (c’mon, bacon amiright?), but we try to be somewhat mindful of where our meat is coming from, and how often we eat it in the name of sustainability. And, depending on who you talk to, in the name of health. So, I’m always on the lookout for some hearty meatless dinner options. I got this one from my sister-in-law, added a little bit of my own touch, and love it!

sweet potato black bean

What you need:

  • 3 cups sweet potatoes (peeled and diced, about 1 large potato or a couple small/medium ones)
  • 1/2 onion (chopped)
  • 2 cups cooked black beans (or about a can and a half, or a full 2 cans for some extra protein!)
  • 1 tsp. ground cumin
  • 1 tbs olive oil for sautéing
  • 3/4 tsp ground cinnamon
  • 3/4 tsp salt
  • 1/2 tsp chipotle chile powder
  • 8 flour tortillas
  • 1 1/2 cups shredded  cheddar cheese
  • Optional toppings, some variety of the following: sour cream, salsa, avocado, cilantro, green onions, tomatoes… while the burritos taste quite good without these things, the freshness is a GREAT combo to the smokey sweet flavor of the burritos and adds a little more substance.

Start by peeling and chopping your sweet potatoes and chopping the onion. Saute together in a large frypan.

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Allow the onions and especially the potatoes to soften. They will be baked a little, but it’s nice to get a good bit done at this step. Meanwhile, start diving up your cheese in the tortillas. You can do this without spreading them out, but I like to just lay em all out there and make sure they are fairly even. I like to keep a little cheese to put on top.

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Add the black beans and spices. Cook until beans are warmed through. Then, divide among the tortillas.

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Wrap them up and tuck them in a 9×13 pan. (Sometime I want to add some sort of sauce and make them more wet burrito/enchilada…)

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Cover pan with foil and bake at 350 degrees for 20-25 minutes. Pull out, dish, and garnish with selected toppings. I like to make it sort of buffet style, where people can decide how to spruce up their burrito however they like. These are also GREAT leftovers, they reheat really well. I promise you’ll see this happen before you know it:

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Yum!

Art Scammers

I’ve had a few weird scam attempts on me lately. Most of them were pretty obvious. Unfortunately one of them was that my Paypal was hacked. I had a terrible password and never changed it since I rarely use Paypal anymore. Seriously, get a decent password, especially on anything close to money! I knew better, and so do you.

That’s not what I want to draw to your attention, though. I want to show you this email from richardbrowwn@live.com:

Hi,
My name is Richard Brown. I lived in Dallas for twenty years before I had a recent move back to Germany. I found your profile on Google and I’m interested in purchasing an artwork from you for the beautification of my guest room. May I have a few images of your available works. You could send me your website so that I can go through them online.
Till I read back from you.
Thanks.

Richard.

I got this and was pretty skeptical to start. Found my profile on Google? Oddly generic, and especially from the email that I rarely use for any account online. And Is he just looking around for artists before looking for art? But hey, I did just sell a few pieces recently, so maybe? So I replied, keeping it generic, also making sure I don’t send him anything high res in case he plans to do something sketchy with them. Then I got this reply:

Hi Mattea,

Thanks for the email. I went through your website and found the attached work interesting. Can I  have a detailed information about the work, its availability and pricing?  As soon as we reach a concrete agreement on pricing, I can instruct my personal assistant to  process a  check to you  for the payment of the work so that my mover can have it picked up along with my properties that are to be moved to Munich.

I await your email soonest.
Regards,
Richard.
Yeah, this has all kinds of weird scamminess written all over it. Especially for little ole me. Google didn’t find anything as a direct quote from the first email, but a basic search of “art scammers” found me the awesome Stop Art Scams blog. Just a few posts down, a very similar sounding scam was written up with countless other people with their versions.
Another site I found later after googling the email address:  http://www.artquest.com/artquest/scammer-names.htm, a growing list of emails used to scam artists.
I am not sure what posting this will do, but I felt unusually violated by the scammers going after artists specifically. It’s no secret artists tend to be a special breed. We are passionate, emotional, and incredible dreamers. We really want the best and while we are often seen as pessimists, I think it’s our way of dealing with being burned in the past. I know I have often said if I just assume the worst, if it happens it’s not a surprise, and then if it’s better we can be happy. Then, there are these scumbags preying on this realm of beautiful people. I feel the need to make sure they don’t succeed.