January 30, 2017

Spicy black bean and tomato stuffed yams



One of the reasons I started my blog was to keep track of recipes. I wasn't in the habit of using cookbooks or recipes, nor was I likely to remember exactly what I added to a dish to make it repeat-worthy. I wanted to force myself to keep a record of what I cooked so I could have a catalogue of recipes I could return to and make again. I recently had an old recipe pop into my mind, and I was able to look it up and make it for dinner instead of spending time trying to recollect what the ingredients were. It was easy and delicious so I'm sharing it again. The recipe was inspired by a cookbook review I did for Peta's Vegan College Cookbook intended to help college students with limited resources (like money, ingredients, equipment and time) feed themselves in a dorm or apartment. Although most of the recipes were not exactly my taste, a few, with some adjustments, were actually quite good. Spicy black bean and tomato stuffed sweet potatoes was one recipe that has stuck with us. My adapted recipe first appeared on the blog May 28, 2009 on a post describing the day I became a vegetarian. Now, eight years later, I'm re-sharing the recipe after making it and loving it once again. I'm changing the name from stuffed sweet potatoes to stuffed yams to reflect what we actually use.  

Update: I looked up the difference between sweet potatoes and yams and learned that my memory on the subject failed me. I should have done what I originally planned and written about it, but I was too lazy. The garnet yams I like so much are actually sweet potatoes. Sorry about the misleading title. The two vegetables are quite different. Here is a link to find out more about the differences between sweet potatoes and yams. There are also nutritional differences and the article provides a link to learn more.

Spicy black bean and tomato stuffed sweet potatoes
  • 4 medium garnet yams (or any orange sweet potato), scrubbed
  • one tablespoon oil or two tablespoons broth or water
  • 1/2 cup chopped green onions, white and green parts
  • 2 cloves garlic, minced
  • 1 teaspoon dried oregano
  • 1 15-oz. can black beans, rinsed and drained (or 1-1/2 cups home-cooked black beans)
  • 1/2 teaspoon smoked Spanish paprika
  • 1 15-oz.can diced tomatoes with green chilies, (or a can of diced tomatoes plus 3 tablespoons of diced green chilies from a can, or 1-2 finely chopped fresh jalapeños)
  • 1/4 cup chopped fresh parsley or cilantro
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt (if needed)
  • fresh ground pepper, lots
  • 1 small avocado (or vegan sour cream)
  • 4 tablespoons lemon juice, divided
  1. Slice a very small piece from the end of each potato. (Or, you can prick them all over with a fork.) Bake at 425˚F for about 40 minutes or until nice and soft all the way through. You can bake them right on the oven rack. When they are ready, place them on a plate to cool slightly while you finish up the filling.
  2. Cook the onion, garlic and oregano (and jalapeños, if using fresh) in the oil (or broth or water if you don't use oil) for one minute. Add the beans, tomatoes, canned chilies (if using), paprika, salt and pepper. Heat gently until hot. Stir in two tablespoons lemon juice, and the parsley or cilantro. Taste for seasoning.
  3. Open the avocado and scoop out the pulp. Mash and mix with two tablespoons lemon juice, a tiny pinch of salt and fresh ground pepper.
  4. Split the potatoes lengthwise and gently push the ends towards each other to create a pocket.
  5. Fill the pockets with the bean mixture and top with avocado.
  6. Eat. Serves four.


Women's march Seattle


I don't usually like to bring politics into the blog, but I'll tell you, it's been a nightmare week watching the horror happening in the White House, and I'm so glad I had the opportunity to participate in the woman's march to experience the joy of knowing first hand there are so many people who believe in the core values our country stands for.



The Seattle march organizers final head count was 200,000. And Seattle folks are continuing to protest about the refugee ban. Were you at a march?

6 comments:

  1. You and I are clearly sharing some sort of telepathic communication... I literally just finished a photography project that saw me shooting four different versions of stuffed sweet potatoes. Pesto + mushrooms, spinach + peanut sauce, etc... Guess it's time to load up on sweet potatoes yet again and give your toppings a spin!

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    1. Interesting. It definitely seems like there's some sort of telepathy that runs through the Universe and connects food bloggers and cooks so they make the same foods!

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  2. I started blogging for a similar reason - recording my mom's recipes which she never writes down. It's always a pinch of this or that, no actual measurements. :-) Love sweet potatoes, the toppings just puts it over the top.

    Good for you, I haven't gone to a march yet. I keep thinking of a media blackout because of all the stress of seeing what's happening. But I also want to stay informed. :-(

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    1. The recipes were mostly for me, but also for my kids who kept asking for family favorites. Then I guess I got carried away. As for the march, I think we're beginning to see we can have a big impact on what's happening in our country if enough of us yell loud enough. At least I hope so.

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  3. All the marches have been one of the brights spots of politics over the last couple of weeks - it's been good to see people fighting back against all the terrible things that have been happening recently. I know this might seem like a daft question, but what's the difference between a yam and a sweet potato? Either way, I like the look of the filling!

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    1. The marches are restoring my faith a bit after the catastrophic government we find ourselves with in the U.S., and the public outcry seems to be having an effect.

      As for the difference between yams and sweet potatoes, I should have refreshed my memory before writing the post because I think garnet yams are actually sweet potatoes! They are bontanically different species but it would take too long to write about it here. Here's a link that will shed some light. http://huff.to/19XCF4N

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