Good-for-You Guy Grub - Black Bean & Sweet Potato Burrito Bowls with Chipotle Cream

Guys, I’m talking to you - did you know June is Men’s Health Month? The purpose of this yearly initiative is to heighten your awareness of preventable health problems and encourage the early detection and treatment of any disease that may be lurking about. A proven way to help lessen your chance of heart disease, diabetes, cancer and other medical issues is to eat a well-balanced diet of whole foods. So, do you want to be a soft and squishy loaf of white bread or a healthy and lean, clean-eating machine?

Many guys have told me that the lack of time and cooking skills are the primary obstacles keeping them from a nutritious meal – some also mention the expense of healthy foods. Well, my recipe for Black Bean & Sweet Potato Burrito Bowls with Chipotle Cream makes all of these excuses null and void – it’s quick, easy and cheap. Oh, and it tastes better than take-out food, too! Canned beans, sweet potato and frozen corn keep the cost down while prepared pico de gallo, Litehouse Food’s Chipotle Greek Yogurt Opadipity Dip keep it tasty and convenient. The only cooking skills required are chopping a sweet potato, spreading frozen corn on a baking sheet and turning the oven on.

Litehouse Opadippity Chipolte Burrito Bowls Shopping Bag Litehouse Opadippity Chipolte Burrito Bowls Shopping Bag

 

You can have your burrito bowl and eat it too! That’s because this dish is brimming with an abundance of superfoods including black beans, sweet potato, spinach and avocado. These healthy ingredients are all over-achievers when it comes to providing your body the vitamins, minerals and other important nutrients needed to perform optimally. For example, black beans are packed with protein, have no saturated fat and are the highest-fiber legume around – they will keep you feeling full for a good, long while. Just a four ounce serving of sweet potato meets more than 100 percent of your daily need for beta carotene and is also a great source of iron and vitamin C and E.  Not only do the antioxidents in sweet potatoes help protect against cellular damage, but experts say they are first rate when it comes to a post-workout recovery meal.

Litehouse Opadippity Chipolte Bowl Easy Roasting Litehouse Opadippity Chipolte Bowl Easy Roasting

 

Spinach is packed with iron, calcium and magnesium, along with many other nutrients that are important for men of all ages. Spinach has been linked to the prevention of certain cancers and medical professionals often recommend spinach to those with high blood pressure – the high potassium content negates the effects of sodium in the body. Most men I know love avocados and this fondness for the creamy, quirky fruit is a good thing. Avocados are a powerhouse of nutrition, loaded with fiber and an impressive source of protein for a fruit – avocados are also more abundant in potassium than bananas, who knew?! While avocados are fairly high in calories, the calories come from heart healthy fat that actually aids in satiety; some research reports that the filling feeling avocados create will help keep your weight in check. If inclined, you can even make a couple batches of this vegetarian burrito bowl recipe to take to work all week – your wallet, waistline and overall health will thank you. Enjoy!

Litehouse Opadipity Chipolte Bowl Ready to Serve Litehouse Opadipity Chipolte Bowl Ready to Serve

 

 

Black Bean & Sweet Potato Burrito Bowls with Chipotle Cream

Serves 2 | Finish in 30 minutes
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June is Men’s Health Month, a good time to give your diet a healthy overhaul. Our Black Bean & Sweet Potato Burrito Bowls are easy to make, inexpensive and loaded with guy-friendly superfoods – remember, you are what you eat!

Ingredients

1 medium sweet potato (about 10 - 12 ounces), 1 tablespoon olive oil, 1 tablespoon Litehouse Food Instantly Fresh Cilantro, ¼ cup Litehouse Food Opadipity Chipotle Greek Yogurt Dip (divided), 3 cups baby spinach, 1 15-ounce can black beans (drained and rinsed), ½ cup prepared pico de gallo, ¼ cup thinly sliced red onion, ½ small avocado cut in slices, 2 ounces crumbled queso fresco cheese, ½ lime sliced for garnish,

Directions

1. Preheat oven to 400 F degrees. 2. Wash and dry sweet potato; chop into approximate ½” cubes. Place on one side of rimmed baking sheet; drizzle with olive oil and sprinkle with cilantro. Add frozen to the other side of pan. 3. Roast for approximately 15 – 20 minutes or until sweet potatoes are softened and beginning to crisp and corn is turning slightly brown at edges. Remove from oven. 4. Place sweet potatoes in bowl and coat with 2 tablespoons of Chipotle Ranch Dip. 5. Layer spinach evenly among the bottom of two bowls. Top with dressed sweet potatoes, black beans, roasted corn, pico de gallo, red onion, and avocado. Sprinkle with crumbled cheese, add a dollop of the remaining Chipotle dip and garnish with lime wedge.


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