Recipes for Poets

May 20, 2011

Happy May 20th! This is a day for recipes for poets. I have no idea where I came across this recipe, and so I don’t know whom to credit. Eek. I love sweet potato buritos and hope you do too. If you’re on this poetry blog and wondering why I’m sharing a recipe, please read the part after the recipe. That should explain everything.

Sweet Potato Burritos

1 tablespoon vegetable oil
1 onion, chopped
4 cloves garlic, minced
6 cups canned kidney beans, drained (I use black beans and use dried)
2 cups water
3 tablespoons chili powder
2 teaspoons ground cumin
4 teaspoons prepared mustard
1 pinch cayenne pepper, or to taste
3 tablespoons soy sauce
4 cups cooked and mashed sweet potatoes
12 (10 inch) flour tortillas, warmed
8 ounces shredded Cheddar cheese

1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F (175 degrees C).
2. Heat oil in a medium skillet, and saute onion and garlic until soft. Stir in beans, and mash. Gradually stir in water, and heat until warm. Remove from heat, and stir in the chili powder, cumin, mustard, cayenne pepper and soy sauce.
3. Divide bean mixture and mashed sweet potatoes evenly between the warm flour tortillas. Top with cheese. Fold up tortillas burrito style, and place on a baking sheet.
4. Bake for 12 minutes in the preheated oven, and serve.

I asked poets via Facebook and this blog if they’d like to share a recipe. The idea I had behind asking poets to share their recipes is that time management is one of the most important (yet seldom discussed) aspects of being a poet or any kind of artist. Are your eyes glazing over because I wrote “time management”? Stick with with me a for a moment, please.

Here’s the original invitation:

Since most poets have other work that takes their attention away from art, it’s important to have time management skills. One of the many ways I save time is by cooking healthy meals that do not take long to prepare.

For that reason, I invite you to join me in posting your favorite 20-minute (or so) recipe on May 20, 2011. Post your recipe to your blog or website. I will share all of the links in a big post here on the 32 Poems blog. To participate, please do the following by May 15, 2011 (thanks to Kelli Agodon for inspiration on the guidelines):

Recipes for Poets Guidelines

  1. Create a blog post that lets people know you will participate. If you can, refer them to this post.
  2. Leave me a comment on this post that includes your blog URL and name if you would like to participate.
  3. On May 20th, post a recipe that takes 20-30 min (or less) to prepare on your blog or website.
  4. It’s easiest if you place the recipe into the blog post you wrote above, so I’d already have the link for it. If you don’t want to do that, you can just send me the new link.
  5. I will include a master list of all of the participating blogs right here on the 32 Poems blog.

Can I count on you? Are you in?

Participants so Far:
Kelli Agodon, Book of Kells blog
January O’Neil, Poet Mom blog
Bernadette Geyer
One Minnesota Writer
Spoon Fed Writer
Inkwell Blackout
Hungry Poet
Monica Wendel at No Ideas But
Being Poetry
Jessica Goodfellow
Kristin Berkey-Abbott

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