My son is a vegetarian in a meat-loving family. He is taking his desire to eat healthy very seriously and we’re all very supportive of it. After all, we know we all should be eating healthy. What’s really surprised me is that it hasn’t been too hard to come up with healthy, vegetarian options for dinner. Take these Sweet Potato and Balck Bean Burritos for example…they’re absolutely delicious! Everyone in the family is satisfied and not missing meat one bit.
Sweet potatoes are packed full of vitamins and minerals and tons of fiber, plus they taste great. This meal is simply a good- for- you, feel -good -about -what -you’re -eating kind of meal.
I start out by baking the sweet potatoes in a 400 degree F oven for about 45 minutes. I take them out and let them cool.
After they’ve cooled, I peel off the skins. They come off quite easily.
Meanwhile I saute the onions, garlic and jalapeño pepper in a little olive oil. Then, I add the beans, sautéing them for a few minutes, and finally I add the chopped, cooked sweet potatoes and stir and cook just a couple of minutes more so all the flavors simmer together.
I used whole wheat tortillas to hold all that goodness together and garnished each burrito with fresh spinach, cheese and a tangy Cilantro Yogurt Sauce.
For the sauce, I combined greek yogurt, cilantro, jalapeños and lime juice in a food processor and pulsed until I got a creamy consistency. I seasoned the sauce with salt and pepper. This sauce would be wonderful over grilled vegetables as well. It’s creamy and tangy and totally good for you.
FOR THE BURRITOS
3 large sweet potatoes
2 Tablespoons olive oil
1/2 cup chopped onion
3 cloves garlic
1 Tablespoon fresh minced jalapeños
1 teaspoon cumin
1 teaspoon corianter
1 can black beans, rinsed and drained
FOR THE CILANTRO YOGURT SAUCE
1 cup Greek yogurt
1 cup cilantro, trimmed
1 teaspoon chopped jalapeño
the juice of 1/2 lime
1/2 teaspoon salt
1/4 teaspoon pepper
Preheat the oven to 400 degrees F.
Scrub the sweet potatoes and prick each sweet potato several times with the tines of a fork. Place the sweet potatoes on a rimmed baking sheet lined with foil. Bake until potatoes are tender, about 45 minutes. Remove them from the oven and set aside.
In a large skillet on medium high heat add the two tablepoons of olive oil. Add the chopped onion and saute for two minutes, then add the garlic and the jalapeno and saute 2 minutes more. Add the cumin and the coriander and stir in the black beans.
Peel the skin off the sweet potatoes and chop them into bite sized pieces and add them to the pan and stir well. Remove from heat.
To make the Cilantro Yogurt sauce: Combine the all the ingredients in the food processor and pulse several times to desired consistency.
Scoop the sweet potato and black bean combination into the heated tortillas. Top with the spinach and cheese then finally drizzle with the sauce.