Baked Sweet Potatoes with Black Beans and Tomatoes

 

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It’s that time of year when it seems like there’s not enough hours in the day.  Everyone is rushing to and fro, braced and bundled up against the  cold.   The sun sets earlier and shortens our precious few hours of winter sunlight.  It’s in times like these that it’s tempting to just wrap ourselves in our favorite blanket, turn on Netflix, and call Dominos for that $5 pizza special.

–but we must press on!

Healthy, filling, and most importantly WARM food is a salve for the tired winter soul.  When I was stressed and worn-thin in college, I managed to make cooking a priority.  The act of creating yummy food provided an escape that refreshed me mentally, and nourishment that fueled me physically.

Now as I step down from my soapbox I give you my go-to recipe that is not only healthy, but cheap.  It contains some of my favorite foods- sweet potatoes, black beans, sour cream, and cilantro.  Even better, it has a chipotle kick that will warm you up, or at least thaw you out a bit.

Baked Sweet Potatoes with Black Beans and Tomatoes

Serves 4

 

Ingredients

4 medium sweeet potatoes

1 can (16 oz) black beans, drained but not rinsed

1 can (14.5 oz) diced tomatoes, drained

1 tbsp of adobe sauce from canned chipotles in adobo sauce

1/2 of medium yellow onion, chopped

1 tbsp olive oil

1/4 tsp salt

1 tbsp cumin

2 tsp garlic powder OR 2 garlic cloves, minced

1/4 chopped cilantro

reduced fat sour cream for topping

cayenne pepper (optional)

 

Instructions

1. Preheat oven to 450F. Wash sweet potatoes and puncture 3-4 times with tines of fork.  Put aluminum foil on a shallow baking pan or sheet. Place sweet potatoes on sheet.

2.  Bake for 35-45 minutes or until tender. While baking, heat olive oil on medium heat in a saute pan or large frying pan.

3.  Saute onion in oil until soft.

4.  Add black beans, tomatoes, 1/4 tsp salt, 1/2 tbsp cumin, 2 tsp garlic powder, and 1 tbsp adobe sauce to onions. Cook for 15 minutes on medium high heat.

5.  When sweet potatoes are done, slice open lengthwise and place black bean picture in each sweet potato.  Sprinkle cilantro and top with sour cream, and a dash of cayenne pepper if desired.

 

 

One comment

  1. Yousef says:

    Oh my goodness!! I made these last night (with a few minor adtesjmunts due to lack of ingredients) and they were absolutely delicious!! I was surpised as I would not have thought anything other than brown sugar and cinnamon would have worked on sweet potatoes. I did not have any cumin or chipotle chili powder so I left those out all toghether, and I did not have any garlic so just used garlic powder. Also, due to laziness, I only seasoned one side of the smashe potatoes. They were so good, I cannot even describe it. The way the potatoes crisp up and the sugar carmelizes the spice mixture yum! This should seriously be a recipe in a fancy steakhouse. I will definitely make this again and again and again. Thank you for sharing!!!

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