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Tex Mex Sweet Potato “Taco”

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I got suckered into watching a TV dating show the other day. Like any good single woman, I said, “I’m just watching it to make fun of this concept, again.” I mean, it seems hard enough to find someone, let alone find someone through a media frenzy. So I sat down and got suckered in, mostly because it seems slightly crazy to go on national television looking for love. How do you know it’s real? Are they just on the show to get publicity? To get money out of the high rollin’ dudes? Are the guys only willing to date/marry someone because the women are willing to throw themselves in front of millions of people and possibly make a fool out of themselves?

Gah! Just thinking about it makes my head spin. And the best way to clear my mind? Cooking.

So I set out to perfect the taco.. with a sweet potato? Yeah, you read that right. And I think it came out fabulously.

Tex Mex Sweet Potato Taco

Gathering:
1/2 pound ground chicken
1 can of low sodium black beans, drained and rinsed
1/2 onion, diced
1/2 red pepper, diced
1 small can of yellow corn, drained and rinsed
1 tablespoon chili powder
1/2 tablespoon garlic powder
1/2 tablespoon cayenne
2 teaspoons ground black pepper
1 teaspoon salt
1/4 cup of white wine
Sprinkle of shredded cheddar cheese
Extra Virgin Olive Oil

In a saute pan on medium heat, add olive oil, onions and peppers and cook for a few minutes until onion is softened. Add ground chicken and spices, and cook until chicken is cooked through. Add black beans and cook for another five minutes. Deglaze pan with white wine and once alcohol is cooked off, but mixture is still moist, add corn. Cook until warm.

Wash sweet potato and poke holes in the skin (so it won’t explode in the microwave). Cook for four to five minutes in microwave. Turn over, cook for another four to five minutes until soft through. Let cool, cut open, and pour on the taco meat mixture over the opened sweet potato and add shredded cheese. Enjoy!

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Baked Sweet Potato Fries

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Our oven doesn’t work and I want to eat some baked sweet potato fries.

Yes, you read that correctly. Our oven doesn’t work. Every time we preheat it, the temperature drops 200 degrees the moment you open the oven and then can’t climb back to the optimum temperature for another 30 minutes (if we’re lucky). It’s been driving me crazy. I can’t bake any cookies or cakes.

So when I decided to follow the sweet potato trend, I pulled a Tim Gunn and made it work.

Luckily our broiler works. So I put the broiler on low and let that warm up. I peeled the sweet potatoes and the cut them into half inch pieces. Tossed them in a dash of olive oil, black pepper, sea salt, and garlic powder. I baked them for 12 minute, turned them over, and then baked another 12 minutes until they got a light char on them.

They actually came out crispy, and I’m so glad I made them!