Friday, December 31, 2010

RECIPE: Mom's Sweet Potato Black Bean Salad

This recipe is one that my mom, Jamie, created  this month. She made it for Sunday dinner a couple of weeks ago and it was so good that we've both made it for dinner parties since then. The mixture of black beans, roasted sweet potatoes, and lime juice make it yummy and the cilantro is the perfect finishing touch. Enjoy!
This recipe was inspired by a sweet potato salad recipe from Mary Jesperson

1          small sweet potato, unpeeled and cut in small cubes
1          large red onion, diced
3-4       Tbsp olive oil
            OR any spice combination you would like i.e. Herbs de Provence, or cumin and paprika, etc, and salt and/or pepper to taste.
Mix veggies together in a medium-sized bowl with olive oil, spread on a cookie sheet, then add spices and salt and pepper.  Roast at 450 degrees for 25 minutes.

           (Jamie: cheapest place in our town to buy this is at WinCo)
           (Jamie: I haven’t tried it yet but you could use any rice and season it).
           Prepare as directed on the box.
1          can black beans, drained and rinsed
1/2       cup fresh cilantro
2  Tbsp fresh lime juice
2  Tbsp olive oil
1/8 tsp salt
Whisk together it all together
Add  together roasted sweet potato combination, black beans, cilantro, dressing and rice. Mix gently to combine.  Serve immediately or at room temperature.

Wednesday, December 8, 2010

QUOTE: Succeeding at Trials

If it is our trial, then we can succeed. 

When in situations of stress we wonder if there is any more in us to give, we can be comforted to know that God, who knows our capacity perfectly, placed us here to succeed. No one was foreordained to fail or to be wicked. When we have been weighed and found wanting, let us remember that we were measured before and we were found equal to our tasks; and therefore, let us continue, but with more determined discipleship. When we feel overwhelmed, let us recall the assurance that God will not over-program us; he will not press upon us more than we can bear.  
     Elder Neal A. Maxwell


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