Sweet Potato and Black Bean Quinoa Bowls

Hi Everyone! It’s Danae from Recipe Runner. Happy 2015! I know it’s already the middle of the month, but the last time I had the chance to share a recipe withΒ you here on Ashley’s beautiful blog we were at the height of the holiday season. I’m sure many of you, myself included, have some nutrition goals in mind for the new year. One of mine is to incorporate a meatless meal into the mix once a week and these Sweet Potato and Black Bean Quinoa Bowls are helping me do that!

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These vegetarian bowls have a lot of things going for them that make eating a meatless meal less of a struggle. The problem I have with a lot of vegetarian meals is that there isn’t enough protein in them to keep me full for more than an hour. Sure I love salads, but if that’s all I eat I guarantee I’ll be raiding the fridge shortly after looking for something more to fill me up.

Sweet Potato and Black Bean Quinoa Bowls | A delicious, filling, meatless meal that will please both vegetarians and meat lovers! | www.reciperunner.com

These Sweet Potato and Black Bean Quinoa Bowls are primarily made up of those three main ingredients and then seasoned with some southwest spices. The black beans and quinoa add a good amount of protein to the meatless meal which will help keep us full much longer than say a bowl of pasta. The sweet potato adds in a good amount of healthy carbs, not to mention they are loaded with vitamins. I seasoned both the sweet potato and quinoa with a combination of chili powder and cumin, and there is a generous amount of cilantro in the bowls because I seriously can’t get enough of the stuff! After a lot of debate on how to prepare the sweet potato I decided to roast it in the oven. Roasting vegetables brings out such wonderful flavor and sweetness in them. I know it takes a little longer, but for this the timing was perfect since it took the same amount of time to cook the quinoa.

Sweet Potato and Black Bean Quinoa Bowls | A delicious, filling, meatless meal that will please both vegetarians and meat lovers! | www.reciperunner.com

Since the bowls were looking a little one note in the color department and because they needed a little something cool and creamy to take the edge off the heat from the chili powder, I decided to top them with the most glorious cilantro cream drizzle. The base of the drizzle is plain Greek yogurt which I then flavored with cilantro, fresh lime juice, a pinch of garlic and chili powder, and a little agave nectar for sweetness. The drizzle is completely healthy, but you feel like you are getting something extra special! If adding a meatless meal or just a delicious healthy meal is part of your nutrition goals for this year, then I highly recommend you give these Sweet Potato and Black Bean Quinoa Bowls a try!

Sweet Potato and Black Bean Quinoa Bowls | A delicious, filling, meatless meal that will please both vegetarians and meat lovers! | www.reciperunner.com

Yields 2-3 Servings

Sweet Potato and Black Bean Quinoa Bowls

A delicious, filling, meatless meal that will please both vegetarians and meat lovers!

15 minPrep Time

15 minCook Time

30 minTotal Time

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    Roasted Sweet Potato:
  • 1 large sweet potato, peel and diced
  • 1 teaspoon extra virgin olive oil
  • /2 teaspoon chili powder
  • 1/4 teaspoon cumin
  • 1/4 teaspoon kosher salt
  • Quinoa:
  • 3/4 cup red quinoa
  • 1 3/4 cups water
  • 1/2 teaspoon kosher salt, divided
  • 1/2 teaspoon chili powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon cumin
  • 1/4 teaspoon garlic powder
  • Juice of half a lime
  • 2 tablespoon cilantro, chopped
  • Cilantro Cream Drizzle:
  • 1/4 cup plain non fat Greek yogurt
  • 1/4 cup cilantro, chopped
  • 1/4 teaspoon agave nectar or honey
  • Juice of half a lime
  • Pinch of salt, garlic powder, and chili powder
  • Other Ingredients:
  • 1 cup black beans, rinsed and drained
  • Cilantro for garnishing


    Roasted Sweet Potato:
  1. Preheat oven to 425 degrees then line a baking sheet with foil and spray it with cooking spray.
  2. Toss the diced sweet potato in the olive oil and spices and lay it out in an even layer on the prepared baking sheet.
  3. Roast the sweet potato for 12-15 minutes or until it is fork tender.
  4. Quinoa:
  5. Rinse and drain the red quinoa then put it in a medium sized sauce pan with the water and 1/4 teaspoon of kosher salt.
  6. Bring the quinoa to a boil, then cover it with a lid and lower the heat to medium low.
  7. Cook the quinoa for about 15 minutes, until all of the liquid is absorbed.
  8. Remove from the heat and season the quinoa with the remaining 1/4 teaspoon of kosher salt, chili powder, cumin, garlic powder, lime juice, and cilantro.
  9. Cilantro Cream Drizzle:
  10. In a blender add all of the ingredients and blend until smooth.
  11. Assembling the Bowls:
  12. In 2 or 3 serving bowls divide the quinoa mixture.
  13. Top the quinoa with the black beans and roasted sweet potato.
  14. Drizzle the cilantro cream on top with a spoon.
  15. Top with more cilantro if desired.



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  2. Kelly

    Love how hearty and filling these quinoa bowls are! The roasted sweet potatoes sound amazing with the black beans, cilantro and southwest spices! Looks like the perfect meatless dinner! Thanks for sharing Danae and Ashley!

  3. Cyndi @ My Kitchen Craze

    Yum this bowl looks delicious! I would love this for lunch right now! πŸ™‚ Pinned!

  4. Christin@SpicySouthernKitchen

    What beautiful pictures! Sweet potatoes and black beans are one of my favorite combinations. Looks so delicious!

  5. CakeSpy

    Seriously. This sounds like the perfect virtuous yet delicious dinner!!!

  6. Julianne @ Beyond Frosting

    This is out of this world! We love Mexican mash ups in our house and sweet potato is a favorite of mine! I have to try this! I recently has sweet potato tacos which were so good!

  7. Alice @ Hip Foodie Mom

    Ashley and Danae, this is just the type of superfood deliciousness I want to put into my tummy. . love love love this Sweet Potato and Black Bean Quinoa Bowl recipe!

  8. Marissa

    This looks incredible – all of those flavors together in one comforting bowl! Love this Ashley and Danae!

  9. Julie | This Gal Cooks

    What a beautiful quinoa bowl, Danae! I love love LOVE sweet potatoes and quinoa. Not necessarily together. I mean, I know they are good together, especially when made like this! πŸ™‚ Adding to the list of recipes to try!

  10. Denise | Sweet Peas & Saffron

    I hear ya on the not-so-filling vegetarian meals! This one definitely looks like it has some staying power, not to mention deliciousness! Love the sweet potatoes, and that cilantro drizzle looks amazing πŸ™‚

  11. Kirsten @ Treat Yourself Sweeter

    Yum, yum, yum… this would be perfect in winter or summer. Lovin it. I just posted a Cherry, Pistachio and Quinoa salad on my blog… I can’t get enough of the stuff!

  12. Life Breath Present

    I have to tell you, this looks incredibly tasty and filling! I’m so excited to try it out, I think I’ll be turning one of our quinoa meals into this this week! πŸ™‚

  13. Leesha @ Living Contently

    Wow! This looks so filling and yummy! We do a meatless meal, and I can definitely use this (and some of your other ideas)! Thanks!

  14. Lori Hart

    This looks deliciously healthy! I found your recipe over at the Two Cup Tuesday link party. I host Tickle My Tastebuds Tuesday and would love it if you would come over and share this recipe. I’m sure our party goers would love it! Here is the link http://bit.ly/1xR7OkE. Have a wonderful day

  15. Trish

    These look awesome! And your photos are totally gorgeous.

  16. AnnMarie

    I have been loving all the bowl recipes I have been finding and trying. They are so good! This one is different so it is next on my list to try. Pinned!

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  18. Simple Hacks Living

    I love sweet potatoes and black beans together! Yummy, pinning it.

  19. Amanda

    Oh my those look heavenly!! I’ll have to give these a try for sure πŸ™‚ Pinning ?

  20. Sarah R.

    WOW, this sounds really, really good!!! Thanks for posting the recipe…and thanks for linking up to Snickerdoodle Sunday- hope to see you again this Saturday at 5:00 ET with your latest makes!

    Sarah (Sadie Seasongoods)

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  24. Jessica

    I love everything about this! This is so my kind of food. Mouth is now watering.

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    Congratulations! This post is featured over at Diana Rambles today and has been pinned in the Featured at Diana Rambles board at Pinterest, Tweeted, and Recommended on G+. Please grab a featured button off my button page or via the post guidelines graphic. Thanks for sharing this awesome idea!

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    • Ashley

      Thanks for stopping by, Natalie! I hope you get a chance to try it!

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  32. Hayley

    This was incredible! Delicious and filling. Putting it together took some time but it is definitely something I will make again.

    • Ashley

      Hi, Hayley! I am glad to hear that you loved them.

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  35. Jacqi

    Just found this recipe today and went out to get all the ingredients. I have a very limited diet so I was really hopeful that this would be good. It was amazing! Thank you so much!

  36. Lisa

    These bowls are sooooooo delicious!!!!

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  38. Kathy

    Oh my god. I made these last night and they are sooooooooo good. Super easy (I didn’t even measure anything out) and it turned out great! Can’t wait to make these again and again. Also they are super filling! I did half sweet potato half yams- and next time I want to try it with some bell pepper on top as well. So good- everyone should try these!

    • Ashley

      I am so glad to hear that you loved them, Kathy! These bowls are the perfect meal!

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  41. Maren

    Made these last night and the flavor combo is spot-on. I should’ve made more of that drizzle; it was so good!

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  44. Sherri

    These were sooooo good! Very hearty & filling. Easy to make, and the portion size was perfect for my small family. It’s easily customizable. I’ll definitely make it again. Thanks for sharing.

  45. Jackie O.

    Thank you for this recipe! I made it without the yogurt to make it vegan and it was amazing!! I will be making this a staple recipe πŸ™‚

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  47. Ashlyn ~ Dollop of Yum

    I love sweet potato and I love black beans so I was ecstatic when I found this recipe! I am always looking for easy healthy recipes. I featured it in my latest post “Kick Start The New Year #3: 15 Healthy Lunches”.


    OH MY GOSH. Let me tell you, it’s difficult to convince my fiance to eat vegetarian meals (because he’s a southerner and friggen loves meat). HOWEVER, I made these bowls tonight & they were a total hit! Super easy to make and soo yummy – loved the cilantro drizzle. Will definitely be cooking these up again!

    • Ashley

      Hi, Jessica! I am so glad to hear that you and your fiance loved the bowls. All vegetarian meals don’t have to be boring πŸ™‚

  49. Nikky

    I made this last night and loved it! I kinda just winged it and threw it together noy looking at instructions much. I put quinoa in rice cooker and sweet potato and added potato and carrot to the steaming rack in the rice cooker thren put it all together. πŸ™‚ i thought it was delicious

    • Ashley

      Hi, Nikky! I love the addition of the carrots and am so glad to hear that it turned out well for you!

  50. Judy

    Cannot stand the taste of cilantro in or on anything! What other type of cream sauce would go well with this dish?

  51. Karen

    Hi Ashley

    Can’t find the recipe anymore and I wanted to cook this beautiful dish for dinner, it was still up yesterday…
    Help? πŸ˜‰

    • Ashley

      Hi, Karen! I am so sorry about the issue with my recipe. I updated my recipe formatting this morning and a few posts were paused temporarily. Everything should be there now. Enjoy!

  52. Laraib Beauty

    I have been loving all the bowl recipes I have been finding and trying. They are so good! This one is different so it is next on my list to try. Pinned!

  53. Rocio

    I just made this for lunch and was delicious!!!! I just add some avocado to the yogurt sauce! To die for!! Thank you so much for this recipe πŸ™‚

    • Ashley

      Hi, Rocio! I am so glad you loved the recipe. The avocado cream is the best part!

  54. Ivy

    Thank you for this recipe! Seriously the most delicious and filling thing I’ve ever made at home and being a college student I appreciate the cost effective ingredient list! I did splurge for the quinoa but it’s so worth it! Definitely going to be making again!

    • Ashley

      Hi, Ivy! This meal is definitely a favorite at my house too. I am so glad to hear that you loved it!

  55. Brittany

    This recipe looks amazing!! Does it reheat very well? I was hoping to make it ahead of time and bring it to work for lunch. Thanks!

    • Ashley

      Hi, Brittany! Yes, I reheat this meal often. I like to cook it at the beginning of the week and eat as leftovers throughout the week. I recommend reserving the sauce on the side before reheating.

  56. Sheri R Trudeau

    We absolutely LOVED this recipe! Thank you!

    • Ashley

      I’m so happy to hear that, Sheri! Thanks for your comment.

  57. Brenda

    Hi! I love all these ingredients so i made this today and thought omg this is so flavorful! Since I’m health conscious I don’t feel guilty putting this on my meal plan. Thanks so much..will eat once a month!
    Gracias from south Texas!

  58. Andrea

    I have to comment that I have never been so frustrated using a recipe online….the ad pop ups were taking me away from the page every time I tried to load and while I’m halfway through cooking couldn’t get it to load to finish the recipe…pretty disappointing.

    • Ashley

      Hi, Andrea! I am so sorry, that is frustrating. Ads are not supposed to be blocking any of my content. If you see it happen again and can screenshot it and send it to me, I would be very grateful. I would like to fix the problem so that people can enjoy my recipes without issues. Thanks!

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