Oh man, so when I got home from Chem lab last night around 8 all I could think about was that I needed food and I needed it immediately. My PB sandwich at 4:30 in between class and lab had long since been digested and I was SO HUNGRY!

Unfortunately I also remembered that I have almost no food in the fridge and desperately need to go to the grocery store (going today, I swear!!). Enter this easy creation originating mostly from random things in my pantry (except for the star sweet potato)! Things of this variation were a favorite when I was living in Prague (cheap = good!)!

Sweet Potato Black Bean Mess



  • 1 sweet potato
  • ~1/3 can of black beans
  • diced tomatoes (also canned, no salt added… told you i have no food!)
  • marinara sauce
  • cumin
  • cinnamon

Start with the sweet potato. I had zero patience due to my imminent starvation and microwaved it! Poke a few holes in it with a fork, and microwave on high about 5 minutes.


Once it’s out, cut it in half.


Top first with the black beans…


Then with the tomatoes (however much you like)…


And finally with the marinara sauce (I used a ton… mmm) and a few sprinkles each of cumin and cinnamon!


Proceed to dive in headfirst. From pantry to plate in 8 minutes flat! Not bad for something so nutritious and tasty! :)

I had it along with some microwaved frozen peas for a little green. I heart frozen peas. Not only can I eat them, but when running, I can ice my knees with them 😉


What’s your usual quick and easy “I might starve if I don’t eat in the next 10 minutes” meal?

Another busy day today — Bio class (a quiz, eek) and lab, and then I’m going to a fun new kickboxing class at a boxing place tonight with some friends! I LOVE kickboxing (the hardcore version where you use actual gloves and bags… not the lame gym version) and used to go to a karate place a couple years ago for it. I miss it! Awesome workout, too.

Have a good one, friends! :) I’m off to the grocery store for provisions – I’m having 15 of my girlfriends over tomorrow night for a wine and designer jeans party (awesome, right?? it’s like a tupperware party but with discount designer jeans!!!), and I will be making a bunch of fun appetizers :) Recipes and pictures to come!


  1. 1

    I love black beans and sweet potato together! I really need to get better on food budgeting so I should make that a staple. Jeans party sounds fun, I haven’t heard of those!

  2. 2

    Your party sounds awesome. Can I be a slight bit jealous that I will not be attending?

  3. 3

    Looks like a beautiful mess to me!

    I would love to meet up in the city sometime. Unfortunately, my next couple weekends are booked :( But we’ll find time!

    • 4

      you should!! a guy i know from high school gets jeans wholesale and sells them back discounted at parties like this. if you’re interested in hosting one, just send me an email and i can give you his info! :)

  4. 5

    Ummm okay guilty admission – bagels. Yes if they are in the house they are eaten. Obviously for breakfast, that’s usually when I’m the most famished. Somehow I always crave them when I get home from a late work shift at 11pm. Okay I would eat bagels 3 times a day if they were in my house . . . thus the blog name!

  5. 6

    That’s an awesome mess! Two of my favorite foods.
    I think oatmeal is my “starving” food. Or, you know, just my all the time food!

  6. 7

    Who is doing your jeans party? I live in DC and when I lived in Philly I always heard about these. I would like to have one :)

  7. 8

    Greetings from Cape Town.
    This looks absolutely yummy!
    Thanks for sharing. I will be back for more.

  8. 9

    A designer jeans party? That’s awesome!

  9. 10

    Kickboxing was amazing. Next time we are ALL wearing our MNS shirts. Will look into the other place next month.

  10. 11

    i know it’s awesome because it’s tasty AND cheap! do it :) i also like mixing cut up sweet potato with all sorts of veggies, tomato sauce, and other beans. those recipes will come soon :) it’s basically all i ate when i cooked for myself in Prague!

  11. 12

    heck yes! get your butt up to dc :) it’s going to be amazing. i have a slight (huge) designer jean obsession. i totally buy all my other clothes at Target, but jeans… ahhhhhhh my weakness.

  12. 13

    Yeah my weekends are slightly obscene as well.. perhaps a week night wine date?? I’ll email you :)

  13. 14

    Mmmm. For some reason my family was never a bagel family, so I still don’t really go for them, unless egg and cheese are involved 😉

  14. 15

    OMG yes!!! I am so on board. We should just do like a free kickboxing class tour of northern VA, hehe.

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