Recipe: Mexican Style Sweet Potatoes


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Nothing beats a sweet potato in all its simple baked goodness, but they can get old fast if you don't switch it up. This recipe brings some Mexican flavor to the otherwise, well, sweet, sweet potato and offers an extra oomph that will fill you up and excite your palette.

Sweet potatoes has a number of killer health benefits. They're high in vitamins B6 (which can boost cognitive and immune function and may help reduce the risk of heart disease), C (thought to lower risk for some types of cancer and famous for its immune-boosting effects), and D (the famous bone density, immunity, and nervous system booster) [1] [2] [3] [4] [5] [6].

Plus, these orange spuds contain a ton of fiber, which boosts digestive and heart health [7]. They're a better choice over regular white potato because it's made up of complex carbohydrates, meaning its sugars are slowly released into the bloodstream, rather than being processed quickly and causing a spike in blood sugar (and energy), followed by a crash.

Recipe: Mexican Style Sweet Potatoes

Photo by Aylin Erman 

Serves 2

What You'll Need:

2 sweet potatoes
1 tablespoon extra-virgin olive oil
1/2 white onion, diced
1/2 red pepper, diced
1 garlic clove, minced
1/2 teaspoon sea salt
1 lime, juiced
1 13oz can black beans
Extra-virgin olive oil
Parsley, chopped

What To Do:

  1. Pop the sweet potatoes into the oven and bake at 400 degrees Fahrenheit for one hour.
  2. Remove from the oven and slice each potato lengthwise.
  3. Scoop out the insides so that there is only a thin layer remaining lining the edges. Set aside.
  4. Heat olive oil in a frying pan over medium heat, and cook the chopped vegetables until tender, about seven minutes. Seasoning with salt to taste.
  5. Drain and rinse the black beans and add to the frying pan along with the lime juice.
  6. While the bean and vegetable combo is cooking, mash the mixture with the edge of a fork to break up the beans.
  7. Add the cooked sweet potato insides to the bean mixture and mix until thoroughly combined.
  8. Stuff each potato with the bean mixture and serve with a drizzle of extra-virgin olive oil and chopped parsley.
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