Did you know that sweet potatoes and regular potatoes come from different plant families? They are both root vegetables but differ in appearance, taste and nutrients. Orange sweet potatoes are high in vitamin A which promotes eye health. Sweet potatoes have a lower glycemic index than other potatoes making them a better choice for diabetic and people watching their sugar. Sweet potatoes can fit into a healthy diet, but you should avoid frying them, cooking them in butter or adding brown sugar or marshmallows to the recipe.

Black Bean Sweet  Potato Chili (serves 4)

  • 1/4 cup uncooked quinoa, rinsed in cool water
  • 1/2 medium yellow onion diced
  • 1/2 jalapeno pepper seeded and minced
  • 1 medium sweet potato peeled and diced
  • 1  15 ounce can of black beans drained and rinsed
  • 1 14.5 ounce can diced fired roasted tomatoes
  • 1 Tablespoon unsweetened cocoa powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon chipotle chili powder
  • 1 teaspoon cumin powder
  • 1/4 teaspoon smoked paprika
  • 1 cup vegetable stock
  • salt and pepper to taste
  • olive oil
  • 2 scallions chopped
  • 4 teaspoons low far sour cream or vegan cashew sour cream

I make my chili in an Instant Pot, but you can also make it on the stove top.

Sautee onions in olive oil until translucent.

Add quinoa, sautéed onions, jalapeno, sweet potato, rinsed black beans, diced tomatoes and their juices, cocoa powder, chili powder, cumin, paprika and vegetable stock to the Instant Pot and cook for 8 minutes on high pressure.

Alternately you can add all the ingredients to a pot and cook on the stove top until the sweet potato is fork tender. Stirring occasionally.

Divide into 4 servings.

Garnish with 1 teaspoon sour cream and scallions.

each serving: 459 calories/ total fat 3.2g (saturated 1.1g) cholesterol 0 mg, sodium 203 mg, total carbohydrates 85.7g (dietary fiber 19.8g, total sugar 8g) protein 26.4g




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10215 Fernwood Road, Suite 100
Bethesda, MD 20817

(301) 388-8858