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
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)
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.