Bean Me Up

A few weeks ago there was a wonderful gathering of food bloggers in Atlanta for a yearly conference known at BlogHer Food. As the Twitterverse popped and sizzled with exciting tweets from conference goers makin’ friends, takin’ names, soaking in swag and learning from the best, I found myself, as one might imagine, quite jealous.

I wanted to be one of the cool kids who does cool things with cool people. Perhaps for the first time EVER. Cool people go to conferences. Obvs.

Of course, there is one slight problem. If I were to attend a conference like that I believe my name tag would read:

Hello, my name is:
The Most Socially Awkward Person in the World
Author of: A Mediocre and Mostly Forgettable Food Blog

I’m really not good at things like…talking to people I don’t know. I’m thinking something like a blog conference would involve a lot of that. And here I thought all bloggers are quiet, sensitive, writer-types full of angst and adjectives.

No? Just me? Okay, got it.

I’d probably spend the entire weekend standing in a back corner staring down at my phone like I’m texting Big and Important People when really I’m just checking the extended forecast. Again.

Even so, I do wish I could have attended for no other reason to meet one my absolute faves who just happened to be there. I would have spotted her across a room, awkwardly called out BRANNY! even though that’s totally not her real name.*

*She would have turned around though. We all call her that. ‘We’ being all us food bloggers. 😉

Branny is kind of fantastic. And I kind of have a tiny girl crush on her even though we’ve never met. She and her husband live on this amazing farm where they learning all about the wonderful world of horses. How cool is that? She also cooks up some of the most unique (and mostly vegetarian) eats of the web. The way she combines different cuisines, unique ingredients and bold flavors into tasty veggie dishes even her meat-loving husband adores is straight up genius. She’s creative, funny, and has a heart as big as the sun. I’m pretty proud to say I “know” her! 🙂

I sure am glad she’s around because, if left to my own devices, there is no way I would have discovered the awesomeness that is sweet potatoes and black beans smashed together and stuffed into a tortilla. Thank you, Branny, introducing me to these wonderful Sweet Potato and Black Bean Burritos!

These are so good. With just a few ingredients, all of which can be prepped ahead of time, these tasty treats are becoming one of my favorite quick dinners. The ingredients are so simple, but the combination of sweet potato and black bean is so flavorful. The sweetness of the potato plus the smokey bite of cumin and kicked up coriander makes the filling really stand on it’s own without the typical burrito add-ins like rice and cheese. The leftovers are perfect for freezing and make a great lunch on the go. Thanks again, Branny, for another great meatless meal to add to the rotation. Oh, and also for being awesome. 😉

SWEET POTATO AND BLACK BEAN BURRITOS (Recipe Source: As seen at Branny Boils Over, originally adapted from a Moosewood recipe)

*I didn’t have burrito-sized tortillas on hand so I rolled them up taquito style in taco-sized tortillas. Whatever you’ve got around works.


  • 2.5 cups cooked sweet potato, cubed (about 2 medium potatoes)
  • 2 cups cooked black beans
  • 1 onion, diced
  • 2 garlic clove, minced
  • 4 tsp ground coriander
  • 1 tsp salt
  • 4 tsp cumin
  • 4 tsp lemon juice
  • 8 tortillas (whole wheat preferred, not what I had on hand this time around)


Pulse the onions and garlic in the food processor. Add onions and garlic to a skillet and cook on the stove top with coriander, salt and cumin until softened.  Return ingredients to food processor with cooked sweet potatoes and beans. Add lemon juice.  Pulse to combine.  Stuff the mixture into tortillas and roll up. Place on a baking sheet and bake in a 350 degree oven until golden and hot all the way through; about 30 minutes.


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Filed under vegetarian, veggies

4 responses to “Bean Me Up

  1. Hey now. I thought *I* ran the “Mediocre and Mostly Forgettable Food Blog.” 🙂 I am so glad you enjoyed this meal – it is certainly a keeper. And when we do get together, I’ll tell you my real name (but you can call me Branny). I promise I’m easy to talk to!

  2. The 'Vore

    What a wonderful little tribute to my wonderful little Branny!

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