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Sweet Potato Bowl with Pecan Cilantro Pesto

Yields1 Serving

All of the elements for this bowl can be prepped up to three days ahead. The mashed sweet potato can be reheated in the microwave and everything else can be served room temperature. If you’d like, you can make a double batch of sauce as it’s delicious as a dip for steamed or raw vegetables or drizzled on grilled chicken, pork or tofu.

Sweet Potatoes
 3 medium sweet potatoes (about 2 pounds) peeled and cut into 1-inch pieces
 3 tbsp orange juice
 1 tbsp unsalted butter
 ½ tsp salt
Pecan Cilantro Pesto
  cup pecan pieces, divided
 5 ½ cups cup packed fresh cilantro, leaves and tender stems
 ¼ cup water
 2 tbsp lime juice
 1 tsp minced garlic
 1 tsp minced ginger
 ¼ tsp salt
 Pinch of crushed red pepper flakes
 2 tsp toasted sesame oil
 Pinch of crushed red pepper flakes
For Assembly
 1 ⅓ cups shredded cooked chicken breast (1/2 breast of a medium rotisserie chicken)
 ¾ cup canned black beans, drained and rinsed
 1 ⅓ cups shredded green cabbage
 1 large scallion, thinly sliced

Place the potatoes in a pot and add water to cover by about an inch. Bring to a boil then reduce the heat to medium-low and simmer until the potatoes are tender, about 13 minutes. Reserve some of the potato water, then drain the potatoes and return them to the pot. Add the orange juice, butter, salt and 1 tablespoon of the potato water and mash until smooth. Add more of the potato water by the tablespoon as needed.


While the potatoes are cooking, make the pesto: Toast the pecans in a dry skillet over medium-high heat, stirring frequently, until fragrant and toasted, 3 to 5 minutes. Place 1/3 cup of the pecans into a food processor along with the cilantro, water, lime juice, garlic, ginger, salt, crushed red pepper flakes, and the sesame oil and process until chopped. With the processor running, drizzle in the pecan oil and continue to process until smooth, stopping to scrape down the bowl once or twice.


Divide the mashed sweet potatoes evenly among 4 bowls. Arrange the chicken, beans and cabbage on top. Scatter the scallion and the remaining pecan pieces on top. Serve with the sauce on top or alongside.

Nutrition Facts

Amount Per Serving
Calories 420
% Daily Value *
Total Fat 12g19%

Saturated Fat 3g15%
Sodium 635mg27%
Total Carbohydrate 56g19%

Dietary Fiber 10g40%
Protein 21g42%

* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet. Your daily value may be higher or lower depending on your calorie needs.