Sweet Potato + Green Rice + Black Bean Burrito Bowl

Sweet Potato + Green Rice + Black Bean Burrito Bowl

Serves: 4-6


Green Rice Sauce:

  • 1/2 cup vegetable broth
  • 1 1/2 cups spinach, lightly packed
  • 1/2 cup cilantro
  • 1 jalapeno or serrano pepper, seeded
  • 1 medium shallot or 1/4 red onion, roughly chopped
  • 1 garlic clove
  • 1/4 tsp salt (plus, more to taste)

Green Rice:

  • 3 tbs olive oil
  • 1 1/2 cups brown rice
  • 2 1/2 cups vegetable broth

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)


Green Rice Sauce:

  1. Place the spinach, cilantro, jalapeno, shallot, garlic, salt and veggie broth in a food processor or blender.  Blend until smooth.

Green Rice:

  1. Heat the oil in a pot over medium heat. Add the rice and stir to coat. Toast the rice, stirring frequently, for 2 minutes.
  2. Stir in the green rice sauce and cook for 1 minute, stirring constantly.
  3. Add the veggie broth. Bring to a boil. Reduce heat to a low simmer and cover the pot.
  4. Cook the rice on a very low simmer for 45 minutes.
  5. Remove from heat.  Let sit for 10-15 minutes.
  6. 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.


  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.


  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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