Sweet Potatoes with Warm Black Bean Salad

I totally love this new sweet potato recipe I tried today: Sweet Potatoes with Warm Black Bean Salad, from Eating Well. It’s extremely simple, hearty, flavorful, and nutrish! Baked sweet potatoes sound tasty, amirite? But who wants to wait an hour for them to bake on 90 degree day? Not me. Today I discovered the joy and beauty of microwaving potatoes. Hallelujah!

I admit I was skeptical, but this method worked like a charm. No undercooked centers. No explosions. Just plush potato-y interiors. I simply thoroughly scrubbed a pair of sweet pertaydas potatoes, stabbed them with a fork a dozen times or so, and stuck them on a plate and microwaved for 15 minutes.

The topping is simple: a can of drained and rinsed black beans, a can of drained, diced tomatoes (or use fresh if you have them!), plus cumin and coriander (the recipe suggests 1 tsp of each, but I reduced the coriander to 1/4 tsp because it tastes very strong to me), and salt to taste. Heat this up on the stove while the potatoes microwave, and you’re basically done. I may have added a splash of EVOO to the mix as well.

If you want to be like me, you can grab the plate out of the microwave with your bare a$$ hands, and shout “wooooooo!! hot!!!” and then touch the potatoes to see how hot they are (hint: they are hot), and then holler “HOT PUHTAYTAS!!!!.” That part is optional.

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Slice the potatoes in half, add a scoop of the tomato and bean topping, dollop of sour cream, and cilantro if you’re feeling crazy. I wasn’t. These potatoes are filling enough to be a main dish, but can also serve as a hearty side dish. The recipe can be found at Eating Well.

In this case, I served the sweet potatoes with Al Fresco Buffalo Chicken Sausage. The Chicken Sausage was pretty good, but I truly did not like the tough casing texture achieved after broiling. I definitely prefer the Brat Hans Chicken Sausage that I prepared last time – or maybe just the cooking method (sauté in a skillet) that I used last time? All in all, I really did enjoy the flavor of the Chicken Sausage, just not the texture!

I also threw together a bangin’ salad with organic baby greens, a sliced bosc pear, blue cheese, red and green bell peppers, and red onion. Mmm! I make a mean salad. Rawr.

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Note Currently listening to: Deep Blue – Arcade Fire.

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  1. Pingback: Top Dinner Recipes of 2011–Part II « Meg.Goes.Nom.Nom.

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