I'm a 1700-ish player who plays opening systems starting with 1.Nc3 as white and 1. ... Nc6 as black, and generally I'm pretty happy with my results. But there's one type of setup that I struggle forming a plan against, where my opponent trades bishops on e3 (or e6) recapturing with the f-pawn. A typical example would be:
[FEN ""] 1.e4 Nc6 2.d4 e5 3.d5 Nce7 4.c4 Ng6 5.Nf3 Nf6 6.Nc3 Bc5 7. Be3 Bxe3 8.fxe3
What should my strategy be as black in this position? Usually with the dark-squared bishops off the board I would try to place my knight on f4, but that's impossible with the pawn on e3. I usually end up trying to attack the e3 pawn (with O-O, d6, c6, Ng4, Qb6 in some order), but white has no problem defending that. Stockfish says the position is even, but I've not scored well in these type of positions and feel kind of at sea. Any suggestions?