Sweet Potato with Aduki Beans and Green Pepper

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An old roommate of mine (see Why I Heart NYC) used to make this, or something similar, all the time. She’d throw a poked sweet potato into the microwave for 8 minutes, and in the meantime she’d sauté a can of black beans (unrinced) with a bunch of spices. When both were done she’d open the sweet potato and pour the beans on top. Voila! Instant healthy, delicious meal.

For my version, bake the sweet potato (or I think I actually used a yam this time) – poke it and throw it in the oven at 375-400*f while you do other things, maybe 45 min, then start the beans:
Sauté a chopped onion in coconut or any other high-heat oil until its soft.
Add a can of beans – this time I used Aduki beans.
Add in a vegetable – this time I used green pepper, but spinach or kale or other things work too.
Add in spices, such as cumin, coriander, cayenne, paprika (best spice ever!) and salt.
Pour it over the sweet potato/yam and slice some avocado on top.

Also can I just say how awesome and under-valued Aduki beans are? They’re awesome. They’re tiny and super good for you – I think they’re supposed to be the best for you, like super high in iron and other minerals. Also, I guess they’re what’s used in Chinese red bean paste, which I love, so I’m totally gonna have to try making that! (Or you should and tell me about stuff you’ve made!!)

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