Spiced Green Beans and Stuffed Sweet Potatoes

For the green beans:
1 lb green beans, ends snapped off, and cut into 1-inch pieces
1 cup tomatoes (about 2 medium), chopped
2 garlic cloves, minced
1/2 cup red onion, diced
1 tsp fresh ginger, minced
1/2 tsp red pepper flakes
1/2 tsp hot paprika
2 TBL olive oil
2 TBL water
salt and pepper to taste

Heat oil and saute onions and garlic until onions are soft. Add tomatoes, ginger, spices, and water. Cover and cook about 10 minutes, until tomatoes are very soft. Add green beans and cook 20 minutes. Remove cover and cook another 5-10 minutes on low, until some of the extra liquid has evaporated.

For the sweet potatoes:
1 large sweet potato
1/2 cup spinach (frozen is fine)
1/2 cup white beans, drained
1 garlic clove, minced
1/2 cup red onion, diced
7-8 kalamata olives, sliced
olive oil for cooking
Earth Balance

Preheat oven to 400 F and prepare a baking sheet with foil. Cut the sweet potato in half, long-ways. Generously rub the sweet potato halves with some Earth Balance and place open-side down on the foiled baking sheet. Bake 25-30 minutes, then remove from oven. They should be very soft.

While the sweet potatoes are cooking, prepare the filling. In a pan, saute the garlic and onions in a little olive oi. Then mix in the spinach and white beans, stirring well to mash up the beans. Remove from heat and set aside to cool.

Let the sweet potatoes rest for a few minutes, then scoop out the insides and add to the spinach mixture. Mix very well, so that all ingredients are combined. Then carefully spoon the filling back into the potato skins. Press gently to pack all of the filling in. (If you have extras, you can bake it up in a separate container!) Top the sweet potatoes with the sliced olives. Bake an additional 20 minutes at 400.

Kidney bean curry with green beans and potaotes

We made the most delicious curry out of leftover kidney bean dip and vegetables,  served with leftover tomato rice.

1 c. leftover kidney bean dip (kidney beans, lots of fresh parsley, cumin, lemon juice, tahini, garlic powder, salt, water)

1 14 oz. can diced tomatoes

1 onion, diced

4 Yukon potatoes, cut into eights and boiled for 10 minutes, drain and set aside

1.5 c. green beans (frozen)

1/2 red bell pepper, chopped

1/2 tsp ginger

1 tsp turmeric

1 tsp garam masala

1 tsp cayenne

salt to taste

1-2 c. water

Boil potatoes, drain but reserve a little of the cooking water, and set aside. Meanwhile, in a dutch oven, saute onion in olive oil with the ginger, cook about 5 minutes on medium heat. Add bell pepper and cook another 4-5 minutes. Add tomatoes and spices, bring to a boil. Add bean dip and stir well. Add 1 cup of water and return to a boil. Add green beans and potatoes. Add more water if needed. Cover and reduce heat to simmer for 30 minutes. Serve with tomato rice.