Hello, gorgeous.  No, it’s not inappropriate to talk to Tuesday night’s dinner.  It was just that good.

When I saw Lindsay’s sweet potato socca, I knew I had to recreate it for my dinner, and sweet potatoes + black beans are one of my favorite combinations.  Add sweet, creamy goat cheese to the spicy black bean spread and the flavors balance beautifully.

I love pretty much any combination black beans, sweet potatoes, and goat cheese.  Other recipes include my simple black bean burgers, black bean goat cheese quesadilla, or as sweet potato nachos.

The black bean spread is a lightened up copycat recipe from one of my favorite Mexican chains, Mad Mex.  I’ve known the ingredients in their recipe for a while, but took the time to lighten things up (hello mayonnaise) and think I finally found the right balance of spicy, smoky, and creamy.  I know it sounds crazy, with none of the typical black bean dip spices, but the little bit of adobo (from the chiles) seems to go a long way.

Sweet Potato Socca (courtesy of The Lean Green Bean)

  • 1 1/2 cups cooked sweet potato (no skin)
  • 1 cup garbanzo bean flour
  • 1 1/2 cups water
  1. Pre-heat oven to 425.
  2. Puree all ingredients and bake for 25 minutes in a sprayed springform pan (I used 9in).
Approximate nutrition (per 1/4 socca): 180 calories, 2 grams fat, 8 grams protein

Lightened Up Spicy Black Bean Spread

  • 1 can black beans, drained & rinsed
  • 2 chipotle peppers (canned in adobo, about 2 inches long each)
  • 6 Tbsp fat free mayo (I’m sure Greek yogurt would work, but I wanted the mayo flavor)
  • 2 Tbsp parmesan cheese
  • 2 Tbsp reduced fat mozzarella cheese
  • pinch chili powder
  • pinch salt
  1. Combine half of the black beans and chipotle peppers in food processor (I used the small Magic Bullet cup) and puree until smooth.
  2. Stir in additional ingredients, mixing well.
  3. If serving alone, heat in oven with additional mozzarella as topping until cheese melts (I spread about half the recipe directly on the socca).
Approximate nutrition (per half recipe): 270 calories, 4.6 grams fat, 16.8 grams protein
Sweet Potato Socca with Goat Cheese and Spicy Black Bean Spread
  • 1 recipe sweet potato socca, cooled about 5 minutes after baking
  • 1 serving Lightened Up Black Bean Spread
  • 2 Tbsp goat cheese
  • 2 Tbsp reduced fat mozzarella
  1. Pre-heat oven to 400.
  2. Spread black bean spread evenly on socca, top with cheeses.
  3. Bake 10 minutes, until cheese begins to melt.
Approximate nutrition (per 1/4 pizza): 320 calories, 9 grams fat, 18 grams protein
Who’s coming over for leftovers?


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