Easy Peasy and CHEAP Meal

I love to cook.  Spending hours in the kitchen is not a problem for me.  Dicing, chopping, sauteeing…..these are all words that make music in my mind but I also know that not everybody is like me.  People want to get into the kitchen and get out as fast as possible without sacrificing taste and I get that.

So with that in mind two days ago I made a meal that took me approximately 20 minutes to make and it was great.  The majority of the time was spent waiting for the oven to heat up fully so you know that this is a fast and easy recipe.

Two people came to mind when I was making this meal.  The first was MattyO because of the speed at which it was done.  The second was Mandy because it used her garlic and had spice to it, which are two things that she enjoys.

Here is the recipe:



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Ingredients:1 medium sweet potato, 1/2c black beans (drained and rinsed), 2 cloves garlic (creamed), 2 tbsp Chili Garlic Sauce (more or less depending on your tolerance), 2 tbsp Brown Rice Flour, 1 tbsp olive oil, 3 pieces of bib lettuce (washed and dried), 1/4″ ring of red onion, whole grain mustard

Servings: 1-2 but if you are making for two add an additional set of bib lettuce and red onion

Nutritional Information: 429 calories, 18g Fat, 61g Carbs, 10g Fiber, 10g Protein (If you want more protein fry and egg over the top)

Nutritional Breakdown:  53% Carbs, 37% Fat, 10% Protein (all the fat comes from olive oil)


  1. Pre-heat microwave to 400*
  2. Microwave the sweet potato for 5 minutes.
  3. While sweet potato is in the microwave put all the ingredients except for the oil, lettuce, red onion and mustard in a bowl.
  4. After the sweet potato is done, peel the skin and place in bowl with other ingredients.
  5. With your potato masher mash all the ingredients together.
  6. Once well combined, heat up the olive oil in a pan.
  7. While pan heats split mixture into two and roll into a ball.
  8. Once the olive oil is hot (not smoking) put sweet potato balls into pan and flatten into a patty.
  9. Cook for 5-8 minutes until slightly charred and a crust has formed.
  10. Flip over and cook again for 5-8 minutes.
  11. Once done place in oven for 5-8 minutes to heat all the way through.
  12. Serve with pickles (just for Emily) and a side of mustard.

Great Taste With Limited Time In The Kitchen


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  1. Matt Oravec says:

    interesting… did not think of using a potato as a binder for the ingredients. However, super curious how the garlic tastes with the sweet potatoes. In my mind that is a clashing taste (could be because of the gobs of maple syrup and brown sugar I use on my sweet potatoes :) ).

    Will put this one in my arsenal to cook, seeing that I still have a half a garbage can of sweet potatoes.

    My go to meal? Ummmmm probably something thrown in a crock pot or putting a couple cans of cream of chicken, mushroom or celery in a pan and tossing a cup of rice in and two chicken breasts, bake it and VOILA!

    • CTER says:

      The garlic is slightly overpowered by the garlic chili paste so it is just a hint and not too much. I as a lover of all things garlic don’t mind the combination one bit but I can understand your point. That being said minus the ‘gobs’ of maple syrup and brown sugar your sweet potato will actually like the garlic hint.

  2. BDD says:

    Can a regular potato be used? I dont like sweet potatos
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    • CTER says:

      I don’t see why you couldn’t use a white potato. Get it soft enough, like a mashed potato, that you can mold it and it should hold up. You have the beans and the brown rice flour to hold it together.

      • adena says:

        I often mix sweet and white because sweet potoates can sometimes be a bit too sweet. I mash em together with s&p, chicken broth, form into patty and saute. Then I cook an egg, over easy or poached and put that on top. OMG so good! I will try this updated version and see how it goes with the extra flavour. I loves me some spice.
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  3. jess says:

    Yum! I can’t wait to try it.
    Unless I missed it somewhere…Do you have a name for this creation?

  4. marlene says:

    I’m all about the cheap + quick + easy + healthy meals. Thanks for sharing another goodie!!
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  5. you had me at the Chili sauce.
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