Wait No Longer: Sweet Potato, Quinoa and Black Bean Bites

[Ooh, look at those widdy bits of black bean and sweet potato in there!  Who could resist?]

Even as I slog through my pile of assignments and tests, I’ve been sneaking in here to read everyone’s comments, with much gratitude.  Thanks so much for the “ooomph” I need to complete all this work, and your wonderful support!  You are THE BEST.

And since my willpower for staying away from the blog is about as good as my willpower for staying away from chocolate, here I am again–but only today, and then it’s back to the books.  Why am I popping in, you ask?

Well, since so many of you asked about these squares, it felt shameful to keep you waiting for a recipe that isn’t even mine!  Those Sweet Potato, Quinoa and Black Bean Bites that people are drooling over (and which I ate for breakfast the other day, heated up–divine!), are an easy-peasy adaptation of this recipe.

I basically followed the recipe verbatim, though my version of breadcrumbs was a fresh piece of spelt sourdough bread ground up in the food processor (for gluten-free squares, use a piece of GF bread, or GF breadcrumbs).  I also used organic ketchup rather than tomato paste, fresh cilantro, and omitted the caraway seeds.  Other than that, I patted the mixture into a lightly greased 9 x 9 inch pan and let it bake until dry and firm on top.  Cooled it completely, then cut into little squares, which I placed gingerly on a baking sheet and re-heated until the outsides were a bit crispy.  Honestly, these are fantastic.

Now go enjoy some SPQandBB bites until I get back!

A bientôt,

xo Ricki 🙂

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  1. suh-weet! we miss you.

  2. Sweet potatoes, quinoa and black beans (and a gluten-free option) – you’re the best!! :0)

    Come back soon!! :0)

  3. Mmm, these look so tasty and healthy! Yum!

    Good luck with all the work! 🙂

  4. Ricki, I could kiss you for getting this one posted.

    Thanks my dear!


  5. Although this combination is totally foreign to me, I suspect I would love it. Once I finish this horrific packing and the move, I’ll give it a try.

  6. Thanks for the link. These look great.

  7. Nice to see you pop back in! Hmmm…wonder if you could be persuaded to post the flan too?! Just kidding–take your time and good luck with all that grading!


  8. These are such an interesting idea. You are so much more adventurous with your grains than I Ricki. Which I find quite inspiring. Quinoa is on the way to being a “normal” part of our diet – largely because of your wondrous tagine.

    And now these look really, really good. Black beans are quite hard to find over here, so do you think I could sub in chickpeas or red kidney beans?

  9. Those look amazing!

  10. These look real good Ricki! I hope you whizz through the rest of your work 🙂

  11. they sure look fantastic – and you deserve a little break from the books every now and again!

  12. I’m so impressed you got the recipe to us so fast, since you’re on your little hiatus and all. Thanks a bunch — these look sooo good!

  13. Thanks Ricki for pointing it out….I have linked your entry in Soy category but by mistake your pic was added in chicken category….I’ll fix it asap.

  14. What an interesting recipe! It looks beautiful and like something I will really enjoy.

  15. Thanks so much for sharing! See you back here soon 🙂

  16. For your wonderful blog, I’ve given you the Arte y Pico award. See it here: http://alteredplates.blogspot.com/2008/08/altered-plates-receives-arte-y-pico.html


  17. You have outdone yourself with this recipe Ricki. A perfect vegetarian treat. Thank you.

  18. keep peeking in and posting, ricki. you were missed. and good luck with the tests.

  19. I just found your blog – brilliant!

  20. Hey Ricki,
    I just had to ping a post back to you…..you can come to Brussels too! I quit my job teaching college English and high tailed it over here last year. Best decision ever…but that’s me….a little wacky I guess. But, yes, please read and live through – the more the better!!

    Again – great blog!

  21. Thank you for dropping by and thinking of us! Good luck with everything!

  22. veganhomemade says

    Those do sound really good. Keep on truckin’ with the work!

  23. They sound tempting because I have yet to try such a combination!

  24. Hey! Sweet potatoes and black beans are an incredible combination! Check out my sweet potato-black bean burgers I made a few months ago! http://thevagrantvegan.blogspot.com/search/label/Burgers
    Quinoa is a very nice addition.

  25. They look awesome and tasty. Photos are great.

    Joe @ mycookingquest

  26. Mmm yum thanks for posting this recipe!

  27. These sound really good Ricki, and full of healthy stuff. I must admit when I saw the picture I wasn’t sure wether to expect sweet or savoury – there’s a hint of flapjack about them in appearance!

    Have bookmarked these to try later

  28. Three of my favorite foods!! Brilliant.

  29. I’m picturing cutting these out with cookie cutters and serving with mango chutney. Yum!

  30. So I’ve got the first batch out of the oven and they’re a little crumbly. Any tips on keeping them solid and intact?

  31. These look great! I don’t see the recipe… is it posted here? Thanks. 🙂


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