Sweet potatoes might not be the sexiest of veggies out there, but I'm definitely attracted to them.
With my running steadily becoming more intense the closer I get to my marathon, I've tried to boost my calorie intake and make sure I'm getting all the necessary vitamins I can from my food.
The sweet potato has some amazing qualities and benefits that make this yummy root a win/win!
Here are just some reasons the sweet potato is the Top Tuber!
-Rich in beta carotene
-Lots of fiber
-Contains potassium and manganese
-Loaded with Vitamin A and C
-a great complex carbohydrate
Angela from Oh She Glows shared a lovely recipe for Roasted Sweet Potato and Black Bean Salad on her website. After searching for a different way to serve sweet potatoes, I knew this would be a perfect meal after my long run. My version is pretty similar, just a few changes.
3 sweet potatoes, peeled and cut into 1-inch chunks
1 large onion, chopped
3 tbsp extra virgin olive oil
1/2 tsp Kosher salt
2 cloves garlic, minced
3-4 tbsp fresh lime juice (Juice of 2 limes)
1 tsp cumin
1 can of cooked black beans, drained
1/2 cup fresh cilantro, minced (optional)
Preheat oven to 400F. Place sweet potatoes (I added regular potatoes in as well), chopped onion, and 1 tablespoon olive oil in a bowl. Toss till evenly coated and season with salt and pepper. Bake on a cookie sheet for about 35-45 minutes, tossing every 10 minutes. The veggies should be tender and lightly browned.
While this is cooking, mix your dressing together in a bowl. Use the rest of the olive oil, a dash of salt, minced garlic cloves, lime juice, cumin, and cilantro (I didn't have fresh cilantro, so I substituted in oregano and basil). Mix in the beans and stir well. Once the potatoes and onions are done, mix the beans, dressing, and the veggies all together.
I paired this with one of the healthiest and easiest grains to make...couscous; along with some baked whole wheat pita bread! So simple.
Green Pepper Couscous:
Pour 2 cups of water or broth (I used vegetable broth) in a pot
Cut up 1/4 cup green peppers and put in broth
Bring to a boil, then remove from heat.
Put 1 cup couscous in and cover.
Wait 5-10 minutes and fluff with a fork.
What is your favorite meal for after workouts or a long day?
Does anyone have a great recipe for sweet potatoes that you'd like to share?