Sorry about the not nice photo. It might not look it, but this was the best tasting and most filling recipe I’ve made yet for the Hunger Challenge. It didn’t leave me wishing for something else to eat immediately and was super simple to make.
I also believe that it has literally the most nutritional bang for the buck of any of my Hunger Challenge creations. You’ve got greens in the form of spinach, protein, minerals and fiber in the beans, and beta-carotene, fiber, and other good things in the sweet potatoes. I thought it would be boring and might need herbs or lemon juice or something but it was really tasty with just salt and pepper. And a tablespoon of oil was the only fat. Doesn’t get much better than that.
Serves 5 (.75 cents per serving)
1 tablespoon vegetable oil
1/2 of a medium onion, finely chopped
1 celery stalk, chopped
2 cloves garlic, finely chopped
1/2 pound dried pinto beans, soaked for 4-8 hours and drained
3/4 pound sweet potatoes, peeled and cut into bite-sized chunks
10 ounces frozen spinach
Salt and freshly ground pepper to taste
In a large soup pot over medium heat, warm the oil. Add the onion, celery, and garlic and sauté until soft and fragrant, stirring occasionally (about 10 minutes) Add the beans and water to cover by 2 inches. Bring to a boil, lower heat to a simmer and cover partially. Cook until nearly soft, stirring occasionally and adding water if necessary. (depending on the age of the beans, this can be anywhere from 45 minutes to 2 hours) Once the beans begin to soften, add salt a little at a time until the beans are salty enough for your taste. Add the sweet potatoes and simmer until tender, about 10 minutes. Add the spinach and cook to thaw and wilt, stirring occasionally. Adjust water quantity, and salt and pepper and serve immediately.