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Sweet Potato Quesadilla

October 9, 2011

We are experiencing an odd Autumn in the DC area. In September, we had an earthquake, a hurricane, and a serious rainstorm. The final catastrophe sounds small, but because of two clashing fronts, the storm held torrential downpours over Fairfax county, causing the worst rain in a hundred years.  Flash floods ravaged the area, even killing several people. After the storm, the temperature oscillated between record highs and lows for weeks. It seemed like the weather taunted us throughout September.  So far, October seems to be settling the weather a little, which cold mornings and warm afternoons.

On Saturday, we took advantage of the nice weather by visiting a park service farm in Leesburg. It took an hour to get there, and of course Serafina fell asleep when we were just five minutes outside the farm. So, we started off trying to conquer the corn maze, with Serafina napping in the stroller. Ambitious at first, we stormed the entrance. However, after one too many mentions of Children of the Corn and claustrophobia, forty minutes later, we headed back to the entrance. Once she awoke, Serafina rolled in a sandbox filled with corn,

clucked at the chickens,

raced rubber duckies, and picked out some pumpkins.

We ran her ragged, and she loved every minute of it. Today, we planted two hundred bulbs, built the second half of the book shelves, cleaned, and hung pictures. I won’t lie, at one point we had Serafina strapped into her highchair watching Sesame Street, while AAM and I pieced together the shelves, singing “Head, Shoulders, Knees, and Toes…” These shelves will be amazing when they are done, but we certainly have gotten creative in how to distract our 18 month old from playing with the nail gun. We have learned she likes climbing ladders and hammers, both very baby friendly.

To give AAM some babyfree time so he could saw wood, Serafina and I went running. The day was beautiful, and I am starting to get more comfortable with my jogging stroller. It was such a kick to hear her enjoying the ride; she literally went “Weeeeeeee” all the way home. Upon returning, she helped me put together this fairly simple dish. Inspired from a Moosewood, recipe, it is a quick  and hearty weeknight recipe. This is a good recipe for children, just leave off the cayenne pepper. Serafina LOVED it, she giggled and hummed while she ate it, so next time I might sneak in shredded spinach.

Sweet Potato Quesadilla

  • 4 cups of sweet potatoes, peeled and diced
  • 1 cup of chopped onions
  • 2 tb olive oil
  • 1/2 cup of veggie broth divided
  • 2 tsp cumin
  • 1 tsp chili powder
  • 1/2 tsp dried oregano
  • salt and pepper to taste
  • 1 cup of black beans
  • 1/2 cup of shredded cheddar
  • tortillas (two per person)
  • canola oil spray
  • cayenne pepper
  • sour cream

1. In a saute pan, saute the onions and garlic in the olive oil. Once translucent, add the sweet potatoes, chili powder, oregano, cumin, salt and pepper. Saute for 10 minutes. Add veggie broth occasionally to prevent the sweet potatoes from burning the pan. Stir together.

2. On a griddle, even better a panini press, spray the oil, place a tortilla, cover with 1/2 cup of the sweet potato mixture. Sprinkle some black beans and a little cheese on top. Place a tortilla on top, and sprinkle with cayenne. Let sit for 2 minutes over medium/high heat.

3. Serve with sour cream.

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