Sweet Potatos and Black Beans

My husband was not a fan of sweet potatoes. And then we joined a produce CSA and along comes a box containing quite a number of sweet potatoes. He was not thrilled. But I found a few recipes that were vastly different than sweet potato casserole, and now he likes sweet potatoes.

My son is a Health and Exercise Science major and has become a runner. He’s into eating very healthy. Sweet potatoes and black beans play very nicely in a healthy diet and they play quite nicely together. He found this Sweet Potato and “Un-Fried” Bean Tacos recipe on cHow Divine. Oh how divine it is! It’s simple and quite yummy. OK, I was skeptical about the combination of mustard and tamari (use soy sauce if you don’t have it), but it work. Well. 🙂

cHowDevine's Tacos

OK, it does take over an hour to bake the sweet potatoes. Sure, you could microwave them and they’d taste good, but seriously, take the time to bake them so the sweetness develops. Mmmmm. These didn’t need any of the traditional taco toppings like cheese, sour cream, tomatoes, or lettuce. They’re great by themselves.

Jerk Chicken Casserole

Another recipe that is a wonderful combination of sweet potatoes and black beans is this Jerk Chicken Casserole recipe from BHG.com. OK, so lime, cayenne, pumpkin pie spice, black beans, and sweet potatoes — strange, right? But delicious. Not “weird” at all! Nor spicy (you’re in control). It’s a nice change of pace that’s citrus-y, sweet, and savory, all rolled into one yummy meal.

Both of these feel like comfort food. A few years ago, I would NEVER have chosen these recipes to make. Too “weird.” Now I’m wishing that I had tried these years ago! Both are easy, tasty meals that are also quite healthy.

3 Comments to “Sweet Potatos and Black Beans”

  1. Hi there. These black bean burritos look yummy. I have been trying to eat more vegan types of foods to be healthier and I am going to give them a try. Thanks for posting!

  2. Hi Della! I’m so glad to hear that you liked the sweet potato and bean taco recipe. And I totally get that you were skeptical about the tamari-mustard combo. But good right? 🙂 Thanks for sharing the outcome!!!

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