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Black Bean-Sweet Potato Chili

This is one of my favorite winter comfort recipes:

Black Bean-Sweet Potato Chili

It has lots of good antioxidants and garlic to chase the sparkly vampires nasty flu bugs away.  I made this for dinner last week, shared some with my parents, had some for lunch the next day, and froze the rest.  It will make for easy school-night meals as the semester picks up.  Instead of using canned beans, I cooked a pound of dried beans in the crock pot early in the morning.

ImageBeans a-soaking: Cooking your own will cost about 1/4 as much as using canned beans.

Then I added the other ingredients:



…and cooked for on high 6 more hours.


1 medium red onion, chopped: $0.79
1 red pepper, chopped: $1.43
4 garlic cloves, minced: $0.20
1 large sweet potato: $0.49
2 limes: $0.50
1 (28 ounce) can diced tomatoes: $1.99
1 pound dried black beans: $1.29
1 tablespoon crushed red pepper: $0.05
1 tablespoon cumin: $0.05
1 tablespoon chili powder: $0.05
1 tablespoon cocoa powder $0.05


/8 servings = $0.86/serving!

That’s really cheap, even for me.  And thank goodness.  Adjuncts don’t get paid in January.  However, planning ahead a little bit means that I’m not stuck with ramen.  Not that there’s anything wrong with ramen.  But variety is the spice of life.


My friends and I come up with the BEST potluck themes!  The latest one: chocolate.  Yep, a whole meal centered around chocolate.  It was awesome.

I made Black Bean and Yam Enchiladas with Mole Sauce.  I got the recipe from a wonderful blog called The Keen Kitchen.  Check it out!

The mole was actually really easy to make and really rich.  I can’t wait to make it again!

The lovely Sara made a unique and delicious pasta dish!  It was tossed with a light citrus-zest sauce and topped with finely grated chocolate.

Half of us really enjoyed the complex flavors, but half of us preferred the pasta without the chocolate.  Personally, I have always felt that citrus and chocolate is a winning combination.  All of us agreed that the pasta and enchiladas were surprisingly good together.

Next came the important part: dessert!

The beautiful Jenny brought us heavenly chocolate-pumpkin muffins with pumpkin glaze.

My description will not do these justice.  They were super chocolatey, and the pumpkin glaze was super pumpkiny!

Sara really outdid herself by bringing an entree AND a fancy dessert!  She made these lovely little chocolate tarts.  They involved puff pastry shells, chocolate pudding, and mini marshmallows.  They tasted like s’mores.  But classier!

We also enjoyed a lovely Malbec with our meal, provided by the gorgeous Kate (who was not able to drink any, since she was pregnant at the time, but she has since delivered a healthy baby boy…Yay!)

We decided that our next potluck theme should be Greek food.  I’m excited about that one, but I also think that we should repeat the chocolate theme soon.

Caribbean Home Cooking

The other day my friend Yaina made a lovely Cuban/Puerto Rican meal for me!

Black Beans and Rice, Tostones (Savory Fried Plantains), and Avocado-Tomato Salad

Just bragging.  That’s all.

Simple Homemade Burrito Bowl

This is a really simple concept: just cook some rice.  Meanwhile saute half an onion and 2 cloves of garlic in a tablespoon of oil.  Add a can of black beans, drained.  Season with chili powder and cumin.  Throw in any veggies you like (I used grape tomatoes, halved, and baby kale, because I had them on hand).  And make some simple guacamole by mashing 1 avocado with the juice of half a lime and a little bit of salt.  Serve the beans on top of rice.  Garnish with guacamole and your favorite salsa.  This makes 2 servings for me (and so does a Burrito Bowl from Chipotle).

  • Rice: $0.22
  • 1 tablespoon oil: $0.05
  • 1/2 onion: $0.17
  • 2 cloves garlic: $0.10
  • 1 can black beans: $0.79
  • spices: $0.05
  • tomatoes: $0.59
  • baby kale: $0.45
  • 1 avocado: $0.88
  • 1/2 lime: $0.09
  • salsa: $0.25


That’s probably about half the cost of eating at Chipotle.