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I love rice and grain bowl recipes. You take some rice, quinoa, or grain of your choice, top with seasoned veggies/protein and then add a delicious sauce. It’s a great way to use up leftover grains and whatever odd and end veggies you have hanging around.
I always like to add something creamy like cheese or avocado and something crunchy. Nuts are good, as are tortilla strips, which is what I used here. It goes well with the spicy roasted veggies and black beans, which I served over brown rice.
The roasting was a three step process, but don’t let that scare you away — essentially, you’ll want to put the hardest veggies on first (sweet potatoes), followed by the softer ones (onions and peppers) and then I added the beans to heat them up at the end.
The sauce is one of my favorite things, for real. A bunch of cilantro blended with garlic, lime, and jalapeño. A touch of honey tames the heat. I make this sauce so much I can make it without measuring, and then I taste and adjust at the end. If you’re not a fan of too spicy, you can leave the pepper out — it’s just as delicious promise.
Sweet Potato Black Bean Bowl with Jalapeño Cilantro Lime Sauce
Spicy roasted veggies and beans are served over rice, and topped with a delectable cilantro lime sauce. Perfect for a busy weeknight.
cooked grains of your choice — brown ricequinoa, farro, or bulgur all work well
Preheat oven to 425 degrees F. Line a baking sheet with parchment paper.
Combine the brown sugar with the seasonings in a small bowl.
Add the sweet potatoes to the pan and drizzle with about a third of the oil. Sprinkle with some of the seasoning mixture and roast for 15-20 minutes, until starting to brown. Remove, and add the onions and peppers, followed by another third of the oil and seasoning. Roast for 10-20 more minutes, until veggies are lightly caramelized.
Remove, add the corn and black beans, along with remaining seasoning and oil.
Roast for about 5 minutes.
To make the sauce, put all of the ingredients in a blender and blend until smooth. Taste, adjust seasonings, and add a bit of water if necessary to thin out.
Serve over rice or grains of your choice, and top with desired toppings.