Do you need something for dinner that is really super easy, but also delicious? This Black Bean and Sweet Potato Enchilada Bake is just what you need. I does take a little time to bake, but we are talking seriously easy here – almost embarrassingly easy. And, best of all, it was good enough that there were absolutely no leftovers. My son came in a couple of hours after dinner wanting more, but my husband had finished it off.
Good Monday to you all,
This week’s dish is one of my childhood favorites, Goulash Mom’s Way. This is one of mothers standards when I was growing up, fairly easy to do and very tasty. It’s served over elbow macaroni, the standard side was chopped spinach. We always had a salad. The reason I picked this dish today is that 5 years ago, Sunday, mother passed away. My sister and I try to get together to honor mother each year on this anniversary. Now as a side to this celebration, there is always a frozen margarita or two to toast with, but that is a discussion for next week :). So I asked my sister, Heidi, if she would join me to help me cook this and share some us time. Now the unique thing about recreating mothers cooking is that Heidi and I have different experiences of how mother cooked. Mom lived with Heidi for the last 10+ years of her life, so she had more time to cook alongside mother. I believe there are things that mother did when cooking that could not be written down. I have cooked goulash many, many times, but I just wanted to check in to see if what I was doing was “mom’s way”. I am happy to say that this is the case today. The other thing I discovered is that cooking with Heidi is a lot like cooking with mom. We both laughed when we realized this. One of the traits we had to experience was mother desire that things be done correctly and if you did not do it correctly (stirring the gravy, browning the meat, etc.), she would take the utensil out of your hand to show you how to do it….. We both did this to each other today. This also generally lead to your being demoted to watching for the remainder of preparation. We did not do that.