Tuesday, September 21, 2010

80-- Yam & Black Bean Burritos

Ole! These vegetarian burritos are SO tasty and SO easy!

A yam is a potato's brighter, healthier brother. They are high in vitamin B6 and potassium, which are good protectors against cardiovascular disease. Yams are also high in FIBER, which keeps our GI systems running smoothly. They also have a lot of vitamin C-- bring on the antioxidant benefits!

Yams are often confused with sweet potatoes. They are different, however they can be substituted in most recipes.

These burritos are lovely topped with a little bit of sour cream. Don't be shocked! Sour cream is not quite the devilish food that people make it out to be. Two tablespoons of light sour cream has just 40 calories, 2.5g of fat, and so much satisfying flavor! Use light sour cream for topping Mexican food-- you will not notice the difference! NOTE: 2 tablespoons is quite different from a 1/2 cup.

Yam & Black Bean Burritos
Original recipe: California Dept of Public Health
Serves 6

2 medium yams, peeled and cut into 1/2" chunks
2 Tbsp olive oil
1/2 onion, diced
15 oz black beans, drained and rinsed
1/2 tsp cumin
6 tortillas (bonus points if you use whole wheat)
Light sour cream (optional)
Cilantro, chopped or chiffonade (optional)

Preheat oven to 375 degrees. In a large bowl, toss yam chunks with 1 Tbsp oil. Spread coated yams on a greased baking sheet and roast in the oven for 20-30 minutes, or until yams are tender.

In a large skillet, heat 1 Tbsp oil over medium-high heat. Add diced onion and saute until tender. Add beans and cumin. Remove skillet from heat and gently stir in roasted yam chunks.

Spoon ~1/2 cup mixture into the center of each tortilla. Top mixture with sour cream and/or cilantro, if desired.

Nutrition Info per burrito: 220 calories, 6g fat, 8g protein, 47g carbohydrate, 8g fiber

1 comment:

  1. This was yummy! My husband was skeptical, as he is usually not a fan of yams/sweet potatoes (got burned out on the latter as a kid), but even he was won over! This is a recipe I will definitely recommend and pass along to others. So easy!