Vegan Sweet Potato Bean Salad

July 6, 2010 by Keri

Tonight’s dinner was my attempt at recreating the meal Dreena Burton posted on her blog Sunday.  It looked so delicious, and I noticed I had everything on hand to make something similar, so I figured I’d give it a go.  Being out of black beans, I substituted pintos instead.  I cooked the beans, roasted the sweet potatoes, and chopped up a red pepper and a cucumber.  To the cooked pinto beans I added a little smoke seasoning.  I combined the red pepper and cucumber in a bowl and added lemon juice, oregano, parsley, black pepper, and sea salt.  All that was left to do was toss the beans, roasted sweet potatoes, and cucumber pepper mixture in a casserole dish and fold everything together.  It was so good, the heartiness of the beans combining with the tender sweetness of the roasted sweet potato.  And the refreshing crunch from the raw pepper and cucumber really brought it all together.  I can’t wait to eat the leftovers; I bet it’s even better cold!

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After dinner I turned to the Vita-Mix to whip us up a batch of raw soft serve ice cream, this time with blueberries!  They made for a really pretty bowl full of frozen treat.  Yum!

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We’ve been discussing amongst ourselves and really want to do away with purchasing packaged foods to help us out in both the budget and nutritional areas, also taking into consideration the environmental drawbacks of commercial packaging.  I want to do a little 30-day shopping challenge on the extreme end to see where we want to draw the line in the future.  I’m thinking ingredients, say buying large bags of wheat flour or a big bottle of olive oil, is a yes, but buying prepared foods, such as faux meats, frozen foods, chips, or crackers, is a no.  No canned, bottled, or boxed beverages.  Anything I can make in my own kitchen I won’t purchase.  I want to focus on filling the cart with fresh produce, grains, dried beans, nuts, seeds, and recipe essentials.  This definitely isn’t a “throw away all the packaged food you own” plan.  Tossing things would be wasteful and definitely not budget-friendly!  I don’t quite have the details worked out yet, but if anyone else is interested in doing it as some sort of blog challenge, let me know.  It could be fun!

Do you like fun little challenges within the blogging community? What are some you have participated in?

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  1. Danielle (Runs on Green) says:

    That sounds like an awesome challenge! I def. need to take your lead and start watching my budget 😕

    I’ve done a few challenges and I think they’re fun 😀

  2. Averie (LoveVeggiesAndYoga) says:

    I dont need a challenge to do what you are suggesting…welcome to the life of a high raw, GF, soy light, food allergy challenged vegan. If i dont make it myself, i dont eat it. What i do buy pre packaged is for scott and skylar and since i am cheap, i buy them very little that i can’t make LOL


  3. Priyanka says:

    I think challenges are fun, I did a few of them a while ago. The husband and I, hardly eat anything that comes prepackaged. We prefer buying veggies and cooking them the way we want.

    • Keri says:

      That’s awesome! We always buy fresh veggies, just sometimes some Daiya, Gardein, or Field Roast sausage slips in the card… And the husband loves tortilla chips… 🙂

  4. Christy says:

    YUM! Sweet potatoes and beans are really a match made in Heaven. 🙂

    I need to start participating in blogger challenges. I’ve never done one except Vegan Mofo last October which got me blogging again. Where are the best ones found?

    • Keri says:

      They are! 🙂
      I usually just catch the challenges going around on Twitter or in my reader. I’ve seen “pantry challenges” to use as much of what you have as possible before shopping and I’ve done a sugar challenge to avoid any added sweeteners outside of raw fruit. If you come across any good ones let me know- it’s a great way to meet new people and share links! 🙂

  5. I would love to participate in a challenge like that. seems right up my alley since my blog name is everything is homemade (ha). But my issue is TIME. I either don’t have enough or I’m not utilizing it in the most efficient manner. If I could get into a routine I think it would be easier. Maybe I’ll try one thing at a time?

    • Keri says:

      I think I’m going to start doing a prep day, probably Sunday, where I chop veggies and melons, make some dish staples like seitan and freeze some, etc. I’ll start the challenge on the 19th since I’m having a house guest next week and want to indulge her in fun vegan a little. 🙂

  6. JL goes Vegan says:

    Keri I food prep every Sat or Sunday. I find the time therapeutic and the time I save during the week is so worth it! The salad looks amazing!

    • Keri says:

      I think that’s what I’m going to do as well. It would definitely cut my meal preparation times down. It probably also means I need to meal plan in advance though… Thank you!

  7. Mandiee says:

    Great idea for a challenge! I did away with most packaged goods a few months ago and it’s wonderful. Now I basically buy in bulk (especially from organic farmer’s at the market who sell bulk grains and beans) and shop at the farmer’s market, with a little odds and ends filled in here and there. Happy Herbivore did a challenge a little while ago that was to eat only whole foods for 30 days. You might want to check it out for some inspiration.

    By the way, that salad looks delish. It was actually what helped me find your blog again. I’m definitely here to stay now :).

    Have a lovely day!

    • Keri says:

      Oh yeah, I remember Happy Herbivore’s challenge now that you mention it. I’ll have to go back through her posts for inspiration. Thank you!
      And I’m glad you came back! 🙂 I’m so glad you’re sticking around!