Happy end of the summer! Though this might not be the easiest time of the year, I’m trying to look on the bright side of things as I enjoy the last days I have left at home. The beginning of a new school year is always full of new exciting things, and faces. So I guess it’s not that bad to go back after all…
A Midwinter Night’s Baked Sweet Potato
Ahhh baked sweet potatoes… So simple, yet so satisfying. I don’t know why I like them so much. But there’s just something comforting about them. Sure, when I think about “comfort food”, they aren’t the first thing rushing through my mind. I tend to immediately picture a steaming bowl of mac n’ cheese, or lasagna. But they definitely come as a close runner-up. Our heater broke because of the cold last night and I couldn’t think of anything else to warm me up. This dish was just prime comfort food with ingredients that I had on-hand. Additionally, it turned out to be a great way to use some left-over beans and onions. The dressing made it all come together nicely. It added this great sweet and savory taste to the dish. All in all, this one’s a keeper if you’re looking for some warmth on a cold winter’s night. Bon appétit!
Prep time: 35-40 min
- 1 sweet potato
- 1/2 cup cooked black beans (rinsed and drained)
- 1/2 avocado (mashed)
- 1/4 yellow onion (chopped)
- olive oil
Peanut-Honey Mustard dressing:
- 1 tbsp peanut butter
- 1 tsp olive oil
- 1 tsp dijon mustard
- 1 tbsp water
- 1/4 tsp honey
- salt, pepper
- Preheat the oven to 400°F. Prick the sweet potato with a fork. Bake for 35-40 minutes, or until you can pierce through the flesh easily with a fork.
- Once the sweet potato is in the oven, make the peanut-honey mustard dressing by mixing all the ingredients together until the mix is homogenous.
- Also meanwhile, sauté the onions with olive oil, on high heat, in a small pot for about 5 minutes. Add a splash of water and let it evaporate to further soften the onions. Add the black beans and cook for about 5 more minutes on medium heat.
- Once the sweet potato is done, cut it in half with a knife, but not all the way, and spread both sides apart. Stuff with the black beans and onions, and top with the mashed avocado. Drizzle with the sweet and savory dressing and enjoy while it’s hot!
TIP: you can substitute lentils or chickpeas for the black beans and you can also sprinkle with cheese for extra comfort food!