Mixed Bean Casserole with Sweet Potato Mash

I love this recipe because it was really easy to throw together and it consists of super healthy ingredients. It took me under and hour to prepare and cook, which I tend to consider do-able on a weeknight.

Ingredients:

  • 3 large sweet potatoes, peeled
  • 1/2 cup unsweetened almond milk
  • 4 tsp salt, and black ground pepper
  • 2 tbsp olive oil
  • 1 large red onion, diced
  • 4 cloves garlic, minced
  • 2 tsp paprika
  • 1 pint baby bella mushrooms, diced
  • 1 bunch scallions, finely chopped
  • 1 can red kidney beans, drained and rinsed
  • 1 can black beans, drained and rinsed
  • 1 can diced tomatoes (do not drain)
  • generous handful fresh cilantro, chopped
  • 2 tbsp maple syrup
  • juice of 1 lime

Directions:

In a large pot, fill 2/3 with water and bring to a boil. Add sweet potatoes and boil for 20-30 minutes (until fully cooked or soft). Drain and set aside to cool. After cooling, in a stand mixer with a whisk attachment, mash sweet potatoes with 2 tsp salt and the almond milk.

Preheat oven to 400º. In the same pot (or a large skillet), heat olive oil over medium-high heat. Add the red onion and garlic and sauté for 5 minutes. Next, add the paprika, mushrooms, and scallions, and stir everything together. Let cook another 10-15 minutes, stirring frequently to avoid sticking or burning.

After mixture has cooked a bit, stir in beans, tomatoes, cilantro, maple syrup, and black pepper, and lime juice. Scoop the mixture into a large baking dish and spread sweet potato mash evenly across the top.

Place in the oven for 45-50 minutes, until top of potatoes has crisped up. If necessary, broil dish for up to 5 minutes to achieve more crispiness. Optional: top with additional scallions.

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