Eating Vegan Paleo / Baked Sweet Potato with Beans and Greens

29 Apr

My favorite "lazy" meal. Baked sweet potato with greens and beans.

For the past several months since I’ve gone grain-free, I’ve been on the search for really quick, easy to make “lazy day” meals that will keep me satisfied without hitting up Seamless for takeout.  These types of recipes are especially important for me when my work schedule gets insane and my days really long.

While perusing Pinterest one day I came across this recipe on the Kitchn and have been hooked making variations of it ever since.  The formula is pretty simple.  Take a baked sweet potato, and stuff it with a tasty combination of beans and greens. Depending on how you cook the potato, it can be ready to eat in 10 minutes start to finish.

If I have some extra time, I’ll actually roast the sweet potato in the oven (which takes an hour).  Otherwise, if I’m being super lazy it just goes in my microwave on the baked potato setting.  The beans and greens get sautéed in a pan with olive oil, garlic, and maybe some onions or shallots while the potato cooks.  They also can be mixed and matched depending on what you are in the mood for.

Here’s some examples of the different variations I’ve made:

The Original

(i.e. the Kitchn version)- Sweet potato, kale, white beans.

The Mexican

Sweet potato, spinach, black beans and top with salsa and avocado.

The Italian

Sweet potato, broccoli rabe, chickpeas and a squeeze of lemon juice. (shown above, this one was AMAZING)

The Clean-Out-the Fridge

Sweet potato, whatever greens are in my fridge, whatever beans are in my cabinet.  It can also include other “leftovers” from that week.  One particularly good version included some leftover lentil salad I had made for the bean component.

The possibilities are pretty endless.  Plus it’s pretty damn tasty.

What’s your favorite “lazy day” recipe?

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7 Responses to “Eating Vegan Paleo / Baked Sweet Potato with Beans and Greens”

  1. Daile April 30, 2013 at 12:42 am #

    That sounds and looks so delicious and easy! I’m a massive fan of soup with loads of veggies when I want something quick and easy for one.

    • Corrie April 30, 2013 at 12:55 pm #

      Me too! Soups are my go-to during the winter. Especially ramen style soups I make with zucchini noodles, yum!

  2. wordswithnannaprawn May 5, 2013 at 7:23 am #

    I’m on the trawl of blogs for vegan meals tonight, I’ll take this one to go!! Looks awesome, and easy so that’s a bonus!

    • Corrie May 5, 2013 at 8:33 am #

      It’s really yummy. Let me know what you think!

  3. SexyTofu May 6, 2013 at 1:31 pm #

    Yum! Quick question though. I also am trying to avoid grains, but hadn’t looked into “pale” because I thought the diet avoids beans and legumes, as well. Not true?

    • Corrie May 6, 2013 at 1:35 pm #

      Technically, that’s true. At my gym they allowed me to do the Paleo Challenge and leave legumes in, and I know on other challenges they allow vegetarians and vegans to make this modification so it’s considered ok as far as I know. I usually tell people while I’m eating out that I’m a “grain-free” vegan to avoid any confusion.

      • SexyTofu May 6, 2013 at 1:48 pm #

        Okay great, yep that’s what I do too. Sometimes I come crawling back to my oatmeal, but for the most part, avoiding grains.

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