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cumin-lime black bean and sweet potato bowls

December 28, 2012

I dreamed a dream in time gone byyyyyy, when hope was high and life worth livinggggg, I dreamed that love would never die, I dreamed that god would be forgivinggg, then I was young and unafraidddddd, and dreams were made and used and wasteddddd, there was no ransom to be paidddd, no song unsung no wine untasteddd..

Yeah, so I just got back from seeing Les Miserables. I haven’t stop singing since I walked through the door. Lucky for you, you can’t hear me. Taylor and Henry are not as fortunate.  If you have not seen this film it is a MUST!  Such a beautiful story. I saw the musical when I was young and I didn’t think the movie would live up to the live show. However, I was totally blown away.

IMG_1336 Enough singing. Let’s take a look at this meal. This meal is what happens when summertime flavors meet sweet potatoes. It is an explosion of comfort and freshness all at the same time. It’s easy to whip up and makes fantastic leftovers.  We like stuffing the filling into burritos the next day.

IMG_1338Feel free to add whatever else you would like to this “bowl,” we like the simpleness of the beans and sweet potatoes.  The highlight is the cumin-lime dressing.

Cumin-Lime Black Bean and Sweet Potato Bowls (serves 2)

For the dressing:

1 tbs olive oil

2 tsp cumin

juice from 1 lime (plus a sprinkle of zest)

1/2 tsp red chili flakes

1 tbs agave syrup (or maple syrup or honey)

Whisk ingredients together and set aside.

For the black beans and sweet potatoes:

1 cup cooked quinoa (or rice)

1 can of black beans, drained and rinsed

1 extra-large sweet potato (or two small), chopped into 1/4 inch pieces

1 red onion, diced

1/4 cup of jalapeno peppers, diced

For topping:

Diced Avocado

Sriracha sauce


In a saucepan bring a pot of water to a boil. Add sweet potatoes and cook until they are fork tender.  About 15 minutes. Drain

Heat a little olive oil over medium heat. Add onion. Cook for about 5-8 minutes. Add beans, sweet potatoes, jalepenos, and cooked quinoa. Mix well.

Place bean and potato mixture into bowls, drizzle with dressing and toppings of your choice. Enjoy!

IMG_0317He really wants me to stop singing! I can’t help myself.

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14 thoughts on “cumin-lime black bean and sweet potato bowls

  1. Carrie Link says:

    Now you have that song stuck in MY head!

  2. amy leclerc says:

    It is sorta great to see the words to that song written. Your recipe is dope!

  3. Say hi to Andy Orr while he is with you!!

    Love, Andy’s Mom

  4. lisa fine says:

    Cool blog. Found it today through a search. My partner and I recently moved to Vermont to start a small homestead, and I’ve been writing about our adventures on my blog. We’re looking into buying some land and maybe a tiny house this spring, and then will get started with gardens, some chickens, and maybe goats or sheep.

    1. drealieberg says:

      Thanks for stopping by the blog! Congrats on the move to Vermont! It sounds like you guys have a HUGE adventure ahead of you! Good luck.

  5. Joanne says:

    I saw les Mis this weekend also!! LOVED IT. I’d actually never seen it before but I played the piano for a musical version of star wars in college (don’t ask) and a lot of the music they used was from les mis. So it brought back some good memories.

    this sweet potato bowl sounds awesome! The perfect lunch.

    1. drealieberg says:

      I laughed out loud imagining the Star Wars musical version! You are a lady of many talents!

  6. Catherine Browne says:

    Love this blog AND your recipes!! I discovered it this summer (through Alice Henry) and have been printing the recipes and trying many of them ever since!! Also enjoy your photos! Question: I’m about to make this – is there supposed to be cumin in the cumin-lime dressing? I assume so… I’ll just add some! Keep up the good work! I look forward to it every day!

    1. drealieberg says:

      Hi Catherine! Yes, there is supposed to be cumin in the dressing. Thanks for the heads up! it’s 2 tsp. I just edited the post! Thank you for the second set of eyes!

  7. Mimi says:

    Hi Andrea – I’m Alice Henry’s sister and she showed me your blog. This is the best recipe! I made a big batch on Sunday and can’t stop eating it.

    1. drealieberg says:

      Hi Mimi,
      So glad you are enjoying the blog! Thanks for following along. I LOVE your sister! Alice is the best! XO

  8. krissy engle says:

    Everything you make looks amazing! Totes inspiring me to start cooking more!

    1. drealieberg says:

      Thanks Krissy! let me know what you end up cooking off the blog!

  9. […] The recipe I chose this week is from Andrea at A Farmer in the Dell.  I found her blog through my sister, Alice, who worked on an organic farm the last two summers with Andrea.  I love vegetarian recipes because it’s good to take a break from animal protein, and it tends to be easier on the wallet  – per serving, this recipe costs less than $2.00!  To check out the full recipe (I don’t want to steal Andrea’s thunder), click here. […]

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