Black Bean & Sweet Potato Lettuce Wraps

I have been cleansing for over two weeks already! I definitely have not been perfect, but just setting the intention to cleanse has really helped me make better food choices, like not eating chocolate every day!
This is what I have been eating for lunch for the past two weeks (and I’m still not sick of it!). It’s easy and cheap to make and fun to eat! I made a big batch of it a couple Sundays ago and put half in the fridge for lunch the first week and then froze the other half for lunch the second week. It was so nice, I really didn’t have to do any food preparation this week since I did it all the week before! And since I love sweet potatoes I definitely don’t feel like I’m being deprived.
Costco was selling heads of baby romaine lettuce (an 8 pack for about $3!) which make perfect lettuce for wrapping. I hope they don’t stop carrying them! The costco here started carrying tofu again too! I’ve been very excited about that.

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Not the most beautiful picture, but it was taken on my desk at work, so considering that…it’s pretty good 🙂
Black Bean & Sweet Potato Lettuce Wraps
Makes 8-10 servings

2 yams, cubed
1 yellow onion, diced
2 cans black beans, rinsed and drained
1 green bell pepper, seeded and diced
1-2 tablespoons olive oil
6 cloves garlic, minced
1 teaspoon salt
2 teaspoons ground cumin
2 teaspoons chili powder
Several heads of baby romaine or other lettuce for wrapping
1 red onion, diced (optional)
Avocado (optional)
Cilantro (optional)
brown rice (optional)

Heat 1 tablespoon of olive oil in a very large frying pan on medium heat. Add the diced yam and sauté for 5-10 minutes depending on how large your yam chunks are.
Add the onion & garlic and cook for 5 more minutes over medium heat.
Next, add the salt, cumin and chili powder and cook for 1 more minute. If the onion is sticking add a little more olive oil.
Add the green bell pepper and beans and cook for 10 minutes on low or until the yam is soft.
Top with red onion and cilantro and serve in lettuce wraps.
Serve with or stir brown rice in if you have any more room in your pan!

Have a great rest of the week! I have a new body butter recipe I will hopefully be posting for Friday morning. It’s a good one!

Laura

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