Friday, September 28, 2012

Sweet Potatoes are Really Sweeties!

On my Facebook post this week I promised a sweet potato recipe. Before I get into though I want to talk just a little bit about the health benefits of sweet potatoes. They are a favorite food of mine and I gather a favorite for you too. They are a beautiful orange in color root vegetable. They are naturally sweet, extremely nutritious, and ver versatile. You can use them for savory or sweet dishes, the sky is the limit.

Sweet potatoes are root vegetables, so they are a very grounding food, warming food. I am a huge fan of seasonal eating. Our Creator is incredible because he made certain crops to grow when we need them, like these bronze colored gems in cooler weather. He is so good to us!

Sweet potatoes are rich in B6 otherwise known as niacin. They have been studies done that people suffering from depression are usually very deficient in niacin. High does of niacin have been proven to be very effective in allowing the chemicals in the brain to balance. Niacin is also great for helping with lowering homocysteine levels in our body, which work the arteries in our hearts.

They are full of antioxidants, specifically C and E to fight free radicals for cancer. They are an abundant source potassium, which is important for lowering and regulating blood pressure.

Okay so here is the recipe I promised:

Sweet Potato and Black Bean Burritos

Sauce (You will have some left over)

2 Cups of organic plain strained tomatoes
1 Cup of vegetable stock
1 Tsp of paprika
4 Tsp of chili powder
1 Tsp of garlic powder
1 Tsp of dry minced onion
2 Tbsp of nutritional yeast

Put everything in a small pot on low heat


1-2 Tbsp coconut oil
1 cup of diced red onion
3 cups of diced and peeled sweet potatoes
4 cups of diced tomatoes
2 cups of diced green bell peppers
2 minced cloves of garlic
2 cups of cooked black beans (soak them the night before, cook them in the morning)
6 oz of goat cheese

Sauté all of first six these ingredients on the stove top under everything is soft.
Mash sweet potatoes with a masher in the pan. Pour some sauce into the mixture. Then mix in the black beans and the cheese. Put filling into your favorite lettuce leaf, swiss chard leaf, or organic corn tortilla, roll it up, and enjoy!

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