Loaded Sweet Potato

Every bite of this meal is bursting with flavour: the perfect combination of sweet-and-savoury sweet potato with sautéed black beans and kale, and the creaminess of the cashew dressing.
Serves 2
Total Time
50 Minutes Plus 2-3 Hours Soaking
3 tbsp of raw cashews
2 medium sweet potatoes
1 tbsp of olive oil
1 can of black beans, drained and rinsed
225g of chopped stemmed kale leaves
¼ tsp of sea salt, plus more as needed
1 tbsp of nutritional yeast
Juice of ½ a lemon
½ avocado, sliced
Freshly ground black pepper
Minced fresh chives, for garnish
Step 1
Put the cashews in a small bowl, add warm or hot filtered water to cover, and set aside to soak for 2 to 3 hours.
Step 2
Preheat the oven to 200°C. Line a baking sheet with baking parchment.
Step 3
Place the sweet potatoes on the prepared baking sheet and prick them several times with a fork. Roast for 45 minutes to 1 hour, until fork-tender (the cooking time will vary based on the size of the potato). Alternatively, to reduce the cooking time, slice the potatoes in half lengthways, place them cut-side down on the baking sheet, and roast for 30 to 35 minutes.
Step 4
In a large frying pan, heat the olive oil over medium heat. Add the black beans, kale and a pinch of salt and cook, stirring occasionally, until the kale has wilted and the beans are warmed through. Keep warm.
Step 5
Drain the cashews and transfer them to a food processor or high-speed blender. Add the nutritional yeast, lemon juice, 1⁄4 a teaspoon salt and 3 tablespoons of water and blend until smooth.
Step 6
Gently slice each roasted sweet potato lengthways. Using a fork, mash some of the flesh.
Step 7
Top the sweet potatoes evenly with the black bean mixture and the avocado. Drizzle with the cashew dressing and season with pepper. Garnish with chives and serve.
Step 8
TIP: I recommend making a larger batch of the dressing to store in an airtight container in the fridge and enjoy throughout the week in other recipes. Also, when you’re using a high-speed blender, it can be easier to blend larger quantities of ingredients.

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