Stuffed Sweet Potatoes and Roasted Chickpeas

What to have for dinner?  Not a lot of time?  You can make a healthy quick meal out of only a few ingredients.

Start with some nice sweet potatoes.  Add some black bean avocado salsa. Pair it with some toasted chickpeas with nuts and broccoli and you have a nutritional powerhouse and satisfying meal.

Ingredients

4 sweet potatoes
1 avocado
1 tomato
handful of fresh cilantro
1-2 Tablespoons fresh lime juice
1/4 chopped red onion
1/2 cup black beans
1/4 cup corn
sea salt and black pepper to taste
dash of cumin

2 cups cooked chickpeas
olive oil
cayenne pepper
cumin
sea salt and black pepper
garlic powder
1/2 cup chopped walnuts
broccoli florets

Directions

Wash the sweet potatoes and cut off the ends.  Bake them in a 400 degree oven for about 30 minutes.  Cut them in half and try to scoop out the insides and cut the “meat” into small cubes.  You may need to cook the potatoes longer if they are too hard but you don’t want them to be cooked too long or they will be too soft to cut into cubes.  After cutting the “meat” out you can continue to cook the cut up pieces if they are not tender enough.

While the potatoes are cooking, chop up the avocado, tomato, red onion and cilantro.  Mix all together with lime juice, black beans, corn, cumin, salt and pepper.  After the potato has cooled, add the cubes to the mixture and then scoop back into the potato skins.

While oven is still hot (at 400 degrees), mix the chickpeas in a bowl with olive oil, cayenne pepper, cumin, salt and pepper, and garlic powder.  I’m not much for measuring, I just sprinkle a little of everything on and mix.  Spread them on a cookie sheet and bake for 20 minutes.  Stir and then continue to bake for 10 to 15 minutes longer or until nice and crunchy.

Lightly steam the broccoli and add with chopped walnuts to the chickpeas.

Serve a stuffed potato with a nice helping of roasted chickpeas and some fresh green juice or smoothie and you have one healthy meal that was simple to make.

Enjoy!

-Kristen
Choosing healthy living over dying 🙂

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