Sweet Nutrients of Sweet Potatoes
Posted on September 28, 2020
Sweet potatoes are an excellent source of vitamin A, C, B6, potassium, and fiber. They also tend to add a nice sweet twist to an otherwise savory dish, such as chili, making it burst with flavor. The addition of black beans in the chili recipe below makes a great plant-based protein that helps protect against heart disease, weight gain, diabetes and more. This recipe combines all the benefits in a bowl!
RECIPE: Sweet Potato and Black Bean Chili with Ground Turkey
YIELD: 4 servings
2 Tbsp. olive oil
2 sweet potatoes, peeled and diced
1 small sweet onion, diced
1 cup corn
1 cup water
1 pound ground turkey
1 (12 ounce) can black beans, drained and rinsed
1 (8 ounce) jar salsa
1 Tbsp. chili powder
1 tsp. ground cumin
¼ tsp. cayenne pepper
¼ tsp. garlic powder
½ tsp. onion powder
1 tsp. salt
¼ tsp. freshly ground pepper
- Heat oil in a large saucepan over medium-high heat. Add onion and potato and cook, stirring often, until the onion is slightly softened, about 4 minutes. Add water, bring to a simmer, cover, reduce heat to maintain a gentle simmer and cook until the potato is tender, 10 to 12 minutes.
- While this is simmering, heat a separate large skillet over medium-high heat and stir in ground turkey. Cook and stir until meat is crumbly, evenly browned and no longer pink, 10 to 15 minutes. Drain and discard any excess grease.
- Add in chili seasoning, black beans, corn and salsa to the ground turkey. Add in the sweet potato and onion mixture, stirring until well mixed. Cook until flavors have blended, 5-7 minutes. Serve warm.
To top it off, you can slice some avocado, sprinkle some low fat cheese or add a dollop of low fat sour cream as a garnish. The only thing left to do then is eat and enjoy!