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Easy Sweet Potato Black Bean Quinoa Bowls with Crema

  • Author: Krista
  • prep_time Prep Time: 5 minutes
  • cook_time Cook Time: 30 minutes
  • total_time Total Time: 35 minutes
  • yield Yield: 4 1x
  • category Category: Vegetarian
  • method Method: Mix
  • cuisine Cuisine: Tex-Mex


Easy Sweet Potato Black Bean Quinoa Bowls drizzled with a zesty Cilantro Lime Crema. This fresh vegetarian meal is filled with roasted sweet potatoes, black beans, quinoa, roasted red peppers and corn. 



  • 2 sweet potatoes, peeled and diced
  • 2 tablespoon olive oil
  • 1 teaspoon ground cumin
  • 1/2 teaspoon smoked paprika
  • 1/2 teaspoon garlic powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 2 cups of water
  • 1 cup dry quinoa
  • 1 cup low sodium black beans, drained and rinsed
  • 1 cup no salt sweet corn, drained and rinsed
  • 2 roasted red peppers, thinly sliced
  • 1/3 cup red onion, thinly sliced
  • optional: jalapeno, sliced
  • 2 avocado, sliced

Cilantro Crema:

  • 1/2 cup fresh cilantro
  • 1/3 cup plain greek yogurt
  • 3 tablespoon red wine vinegar
  • 1 tablespoon lime juice
  • 2 tablespoon olive oil
  • 1 tablespoon honey
  • 1 teaspoon dijon mustard
  • 1/2 teaspoon red pepper flakes
  • 1/4 teaspoon ground cumin
  • 1/4 teaspoon smoked paprika
  • 1 garlic clove
  • salt & pepper to taste


  1. Preheat oven to 400°F.
  2. In a small bowl, add olive oil, 1 teaspoon cumin, 1/2 teaspoon smoked paprika, 1/2 teaspoon garlic powder, 1/2 teaspoon salt. Mix together.
  3. In a large bowl, add sweet potatoes and the olive oil seasoning. Toss to coat the potatoes with the mixture.
  4. Spread the sweet potatoes on a baking sheet in a single layer.
  5. Bake for 20 minutes. Remove and set aside.
  6. In the meantime, rinse quinoa with water. Then add 2 cups of water and quinoa to a small sauce pan. Bring to a boil. Then cover and reduce to simmer for 15 minutes or until liquid is evaporated. Remove from heat and fluff quinoa with a fork.
  7. To a small food processor add fresh cilantro, greek yogurt, red wine vinegar, lime juice, olive oil, honey, dijon mustard, red pepper flakes, ground cumin, smoked paprika, garlic clove, salt and a pepper to taste. Blend until smooth and cilantro is finely chopped.
  8. Assemble the Sweet Potato Bowls. To a large bowl add quinoa, sweet potatoes, black beans, roasted red pepper, red onion, avocado, corn and then drizzle with dressing. (optional sliced jalapenos)


  • Serving Size: 1 bowl + crema
  • Calories: 529
  • Sugar: 14 g
  • Sodium: 484 mg
  • Fat: 21 g
  • Saturated Fat: 2 g
  • Carbohydrates: 73 g
  • Fiber: 15 g
  • Protein: 14 g
  • Cholesterol: 1 mg

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