I love that this colorful creation offers a nice compliment between raw & cooked food. It is an extremely easy and nourishing meal. I started with sweet potato and anaheim pepper. I roasted them in the oven together for 45 minutes. Then I added organic frozen corn, salt-free organic red beans, raw pumpkin seeds and my own fat-free Chili-Lime Dressing. I placed the salad on a big bed of organic baby spinach.
No additional dressing is needed for the spinach because the salad is bursting with so much flavor. Absolutely delicious and very satisfying. I highly recommend this yummy dish. Try to buy your ingredients organic whenever possible. Read below for all the health benefits of this amazing salads ingredients.
Sweet potatoes are packed with massive amounts of vitamin A, a nutrient considered critical in maintaining proper eye health. One sweet potato contains nearly eight times an adult's daily need of this important vitamin, and, because the vitamin is fat-soluble rather than water-soluble, the body can store it for later use. So many Americans are deficient in this important vitamin that the sweet potato might be seen as a critical health food for our inadequate diets.
Pumpkin seeds are a natural source of beneficial carbohydrates, amino acids and unsaturated fatty acids. They contain most of the B vitamins, along with C, D, E, and K. They also have the minerals calcium, potassium, niacin, and phosphorous. They are very high in potassium, and have good amounts of beta carotene and vitamin C.
Roasted Sweet Potato and Anaheim Pepper with Chili-Lime Dressing
1 large sweet potato (cubed)
1 large anaheim pepper (sliced in chunks)
1 tsp. olive oil
1 cup fresh or frozen corn
1 cup unsalted red beans (drained & rinsed)
1/4 cup raw pumpkin seeds
1 1/2 Tbsp. fresh lime juice
1/4 cup apple cider vinegar
2 Tbsp. water
1 medjool date (don't forget to take pit out)
1 tsp. chili powder
1/2 tsp. garlic powder
1/2 tsp. oregano
1/2 tsp. salt
1/2 tsp. black pepper
1/8 tsp. cayenne pepper
1.) Heat oven to 375 degrees. Coat sweet potato chunks and anaheim chili with 1 tsp. olive oil. Place mixture in roasting pan and cook for 45 minutes.
2.) Remove from oven and add frozen or fresh corn, red beans and pumpkin seeds. Mix well.
3.) Make dressing by placing all ingredients in personal size blender and blend well. Add dressing to sweet potato mixture.
4.) Serve by placing large handfuls of baby spinach on 2 plates and divide mixture evenly on top of the spinach.
5.) Enjoy this delicious and healthful meal.