Sweet Potato + Green Rice + Black Bean Burrito Bowl

Sweet Potato + Green Rice + Black Bean Burrito Bowl

Serves: 4-6

Ingredients:

Green Rice:

  • 3 tbs olive oil
  • 1 1/2 cups brown rice
  • 3 cups vegetable broth
  • 1 1/2 cups spinach, lightly packed
  • 1/2 cup cilantro
  • 1 jalapeno or serrano pepper, seeded
  • 1 medium shallot
  • 1 garlic clove
  • 1/4 tsp salt (plus, more to taste)

Sweet Potatoes:

  • 4 medium sweet potatoes, peeled and cut into 1 inch pieces
  • 2 tbs olive oil
  • 1/2 tsp smoked paprika
  • 1/4 tsp sea salt

Black Beans:

  • 2 14-oz cans of black beans (3 cups cooked), with their liquid
  • 2 tsp ground cumin
  • 1/2 tsp chili powder
  • 1 tsp sherry vinegar or lime juice
  • sea salt & ground pepper to taste

Simple Guacamole:

  • 2 avocados
  • 1/4 tsp salt
  • 1 1/2 tbs lime juice (1/2 a lime)

Directions:

Green Rice:

  1. Place the spinach, cilantro, jalapeno, shallot, garlic, salt and 1/2 cup of the veggie broth in a food processor or blender.  Blend until smooth.
  2. Heat the oil in a pot over medium heat. Add the rice and stir to coat. Toast the rice, stirring frequently, for 2 minutes.
  3. Stir in the spinach mixture and cook for 1 minute, stirring constantly.
  4. Add the rest of the veggie broth. Bring to a boil. Reduce heat to a low simmer and cover the pot.
  5. Cook the rice on a very low simmer for 45 minutes.
  6. Remove from heat.  Let sit for 10-15 minutes.
  7. Fluff with a fork and season with salt and pepper, if needed.

Sweet Potatoes:

  1. Preheat oven to 425 degrees.
  2. Toss the sweet potatoes in the olive oil, paprika, and salt.
  3. Arrange in a single layer on a baking sheet (will need two sheets).
  4. Bake for 30 minutes, tossing halfway, until the potatoes are tender and carmelized.  Be careful not to burn.

Beans:

  1. Place the beans, with liquid, in a medium pot.
  2. Add in the cumin and chili powder and warm over medium heat.
  3. Bring to a low simmer and cover until ready to serve.

Guacamole:

  1. Add all ingredients to a bowl.
  2. Stir well (using a fork to mash the avocado).
  3. Add more lime juice or salt to taste, if needed.

Bring it All Together:

  1. In four bowls, add green rice, beans (use a slotted spoon), sweet potatoes.
  2. Top with guacamole.

Variations & Notes:

  • You can also serve with salsa, toasted pepitas, cilantro, and / or feta.

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