Spicy Black Bean Sweet Potato Medley

by danielle on February 22, 2013

If you’ve read my blog for a while now you probably know I’m not the biggest fan of veggies. I like them okay but they’re definitely not my meal of choice. For this reason whenever I come up with a new recipe I try to figure out a way to get in as many vegetables as possible. This recipe is no exception! Full of plant protein and healthy carbohydrates from vegetables, this meal definitely gets you multiple plant servings in one meal. I also used my secret trick of adding tons of spices to make the veggies taste even better!

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Ingredients: 

  • 2 medium sweet potatoes, diced 
  • 1 and 1/2 cups black beans, cooked
  • 1 zucchini
  • 1 red bell pepper
  • Zest of 1/2 lime
  • 1/2 tsp. chili powder
  • 1/2 tsp. paprika
  • 1/2 tsp red pepper flake

Directions: 

  1. Preheat your oven to 400 degrees. 
  2. Dice your sweet potatoes in small cubes and place on a baking sheet sprayed with olive oil. ***Little tip for crispier potatoes, soak the raw potatoes in water for 30 minutes. It removes some of the starch and makes them crisp up better. I learned this tip from the Detoxinista!
  3. Bake the sweet potatoes for 40-45 minutes until roasted.
  4. While the sweet potatoes are cooking dice the zucchini and bell pepper into small pieces.
  5. Once your potatoes are done preheat a skillet with a tsp. of olive oil.
  6. Saute the zucchini and bell pepper until cooked over low heat.
  7. Add in the black beans and zest your lime over the mixture.
  8. Next add in your spices followed by the sweet potato and continue to saute over low heat.
  9. Serve and enjoy!

Makes 4-6 servings 

 

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What’s your favorite way to spice up your vegetables??? 

{ 34 comments… read them below or add one }

Lucie@fitswisschick February 22, 2013 at 10:48 am

That looks very tempting and so pretty with all the colors!!

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danielle February 22, 2013 at 1:33 pm

Thanks so much Lucie!

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kim@hungryhealthygirl February 22, 2013 at 11:54 am

Looks delish! This would make a great side for Taco Tuesday! Have a fabulous weekend!

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danielle February 22, 2013 at 1:34 pm

Glad you like it Kim! Happy Friday!

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Michelle @ Eat Move Balance February 22, 2013 at 12:31 pm

All sorts of my favorite items in one dish!! I’d just add just sauce on top and be in heaven! Yum!

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danielle February 22, 2013 at 1:35 pm

Glad you like it Michelle! This would be great topped with salsa too!

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Linz @ Itz Linz February 22, 2013 at 12:32 pm

oooh soak the sweet pots? never heard of that before! my hubs esp would love that because he likes em crispy!

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danielle February 22, 2013 at 1:35 pm

I never knew it either but just learned of the tip and it worked great!

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Chelsea @ One Healthy Munchkin February 22, 2013 at 1:06 pm

Mmm I love black beans and sweet potatoes together!

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danielle February 22, 2013 at 1:35 pm

Thanks Chelsea! Me too!

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Anna @AnnaTheApple February 22, 2013 at 1:13 pm

Ahh looks so yummy! And love the tip about soaking the sweet potato. Like the addition of lime juice as well.

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danielle February 22, 2013 at 1:36 pm

Thanks so much Anna!

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Brad Gouthro Fitness February 22, 2013 at 1:14 pm

I’ve said it before…you always take such nice food pics! I’m going to e-mail you about a collab project before the days over!

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danielle February 22, 2013 at 1:38 pm

Thanks so much! I’m excited to hear your idea :)

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danielle February 22, 2013 at 1:38 pm

Ahh no way! I had no idea!!! I will have to change that! Thanks for letting me know. I love your blog :)

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Kierston February 22, 2013 at 1:25 pm

It looks super tasty! Love that lime zest :)

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danielle February 22, 2013 at 1:37 pm

Thanks Kierston! Happy Friday!

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Greta February 22, 2013 at 2:15 pm

Yummy! Colorful! Fun! And I can smell spring :)

I use millions of spices – always experimenting and forgetting how much of whatever I had put into dish – bad, as sometimes I can’t recreate the most delicious meals :( I should really watch that. However the ones that grow in my kitchen as rosemary, mint, parsley, oregano or dill are always there.

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danielle February 22, 2013 at 6:37 pm

I am so bad about measuring spices too! I always guestimate!

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Hannah @ CleanEatingVeggieGirl February 22, 2013 at 2:19 pm

I bookmarked this the instant that I saw it. I am a huge sweet potato lover and I love the protein found in black beans. Plus, a spicy-flavored dish is always a winner, in my book. I am excited to try this on the days when I just don’t have much energy or motivation to cook! ;)

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danielle February 22, 2013 at 6:37 pm

So glad you like it Hannah! It was super easy to make!

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Laura @ Sprint 2 the Table February 22, 2013 at 2:21 pm

These are my favorite flavors! I love the zesty lime with spicy and then the sweet, sweet potato. :)

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danielle February 22, 2013 at 6:38 pm

So glad you like it Laura! I love the spicy lime combo too!

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Lisa February 22, 2013 at 4:15 pm

Um, I need to make this right about now! I love al the added flavors to spice this dish up! Yum. And it doesn’t have any of the foods/veggies I’m allergic to! Major yay to that!

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danielle February 22, 2013 at 6:37 pm

So perfect! I’m so glad you can enjoy it!

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Sarah @ mymostlyhealthylife.com February 22, 2013 at 4:39 pm

Mmm, that looks unreal! My favourite way is literally just S&P and Garlic!

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danielle February 22, 2013 at 6:38 pm

Thanks Sarah!

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jessiebearwhat February 23, 2013 at 4:38 pm

mmmm sweet potatoes are my fav

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danielle February 24, 2013 at 3:07 pm

Mine too!

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Nicole @ Fruit 'N' Fitness February 23, 2013 at 4:53 pm

I love sweet potatoes, this looks so good and healthy! I almost always have all these ingredients in the house too! Love simple, healthy meals

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danielle February 24, 2013 at 3:07 pm

So glad you like it Nicole!

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Brittany @ Delights and Delectables February 23, 2013 at 8:18 pm

This looks amazing! The sweet and spicy mix sounds so good!

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danielle February 24, 2013 at 3:07 pm

Thanks so much Brittany!

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